TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Sporting Goods & Accessories Product Category
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Fun & Fitness Happy Bike
Designed to provide safe, fun and healthy activity for children, the Happy bike has an adjustable seat and a tension setting, and includes a battery powered odometer. It is made with a steel frame, and is foam padded for safe play, Some assembly is required (tools included). Launch date: 2009. 10/29/2009 (Price: $130) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Fun & Fitness Air Walker
Designed to provide safe, fun and healthy activity for children, this air walker is made of steel and is foam padded for safe and long-lasting use. Some assembly is required (tools included). Launch date: 2009. 10/29/2009 (Price: $130) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Fun & Fitness Treadmill
This treadmill for children between the ages of 2 and 6 is designed to provide safe, fun and healthy activity. It is not motorized. It features a battery powered odometer, and some assembly is required (tools included). The treadmill is foam padded and colorful, built of steel for long-lasting use. Launch date: 2009. 10/29/2009 (Price: $130) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Fun & Fitness Weight Bench
This weight bench for children between the ages of 2 and 6 is designed to keep children fit by providing safe, fun and healthy activity. The total weight of the bar, including foam weights, is 4.25 lbs. Three different exercise are possible: press, leg curl, and leg lift. It is made of steel and foam padded. Some assembly is required (tools included). Launch date: 2009. 10/29/2009 (Price: $130) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Dirtbag® Classic - Blue/Yellow Footbag
by FLYING CLIPPER
The Original Dirtbag® the Dirtbag Classic is the flagship footbag for Flying Clipper. This eight panel hand sewn sand filled beauty is what all the kids are asking for. 10/27/2009 (Price: $9.00)
Mega Metal Dirtbag® - Blue/Green Footbag
by FLYING CLIPPER
The Mega Metal Dirtbag® is a one of a kind footbag. Not only does this one have miniature steel ball bearings for a filler but each panel of the Mega Metal has a metal stud affixed to it. Talk about Heavy Metal. 10/27/2009 (Price: $12.00)
Weplay - Stepping Stones
by WEE BLOSSOM INC.
The pebble-like stilts have rubber anti-slip guards and adjustable ropes. Once the ropes are removed, the stilts can be used as stepping stones; both sides can be used to train for balance. Dimensions are 6" x 4" x 3" and maximum loading is 132 lbs. "The new twist on an American favorite offers multiple ways to play. The stones can be used as stilts in two different ways with the curved side up to give the feet a new angle or with the flat side up for a more complicated way to walk. Also the ropes can be removed and kids can just walk across them," Lynn Toves, in sales and marketing for Wee Blossom, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: October 2009. 10/15/2009 (Price: $20.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Handheld Rotation Boards (L)
by WEE BLOSSOM INC.
This equipment targets the cerebral cortex and can be used with one or two players. Movements can be achieved by simple motions exerted from the waist and arms. The large board with a 26" diameter comes with two base mounts of varied curvatures to provide different levels of challenge and fun. Maximum loading is 132 lbs. "These fun and entertaining boards allow children to move easily in multiple directions," Lynn Toves, in sales and marketing for Wee Blossom, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: October 2009. 10/15/2009 (Price: $151.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Zigo Leader Carrier Bicycle System
by ZIGO INC.
With this mom- or dad-powered family transportation system, the user places one or two children in the ChildPod, puts on a helmet and is ready to ride. The LeaderLink System allows the Leader to uncouple in 30 seconds or less, transforming it into the separate elements, Zigo ChildPod and Zigo Cycle. The Zigo Leader can be used as a Carrier Bicycle, Stroller, Jogger (with accessory), Bicycle or Trailer (with accessory). "The Zigo Leader is the only product that allows parents to transport children in full view, unlike a rear bicycle trailer," Michael Ehrenreich, CEO of Zigo, Inc., told TDmonthly
. It received a JPMA Innovation Award 2008. Launch date: April 2009. 10/5/2009 (Price: $1399) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by CROCODILE CREEK
This heavy duty, textured ball is great for indoor or outdoor play. The ball is 7" diameter. It is made of rubber and contains no PVC, latex or vinyl. The product conforms to or exceeds U.S. and European safety standards.
— During a March 2010 survey of top-selling sports and outdoor products, three out of 37 retailers told TDmonthly
play balls are their best seller. ( Watch Video)
9/30/2009 (Price: $8.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
The Wave LX (Light Xtreme)
by STREET SURFING LLC
The Wave LX (Light Xtreme) offers an ultra-lightweight design that's built for extra speed and stability. Like the original Wave, the Wave LX runs on two wheels rather than four, with a flexible platform that gives you the ability to perform precision 360s in small spaces, carve downhill, and even ride uphill. In addition, the Wave boards encourage riders to perform all manner of skating tricks, including manuals, board leaps, ollies, acid drops, kick flips, and more. The Wave LX's wider concave platform allows for more stability and traction, while the reinforced web deck is lighter than before. As a result, you can cruise farther and turn with less effort on the Wave LX. The lightest casterboard of its kind, the Wave LX is also the first of Street Surfing's boards to offer the sleek Xtreme body design, which also helps boost speed. 9/11/2009 (Price: $79.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
iPlay Touchdown Football Set
by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
For little linebackers who can’t wait to hit the fields, the nine-piece Touchdown Football Set includes a kid-sized football with “laces” for proper holding technique, an adjustable goal post and a kicking tee. "This play set encourages outdoor, active play for children. It also develops hand-eye (foot-eye) coordination," Vickie Cullen, PR account executive for International Playthings, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: February 2009. 8/28/2009 (Price: $24.99)
Trikke T67s Carving Scooter
by TRIKKE TECH INC.
The Trikke T67 Three-Wheeled Carving Scooter lets the rider "surf the street" and exercises the whole body as a side-to-side motion propels it forward. This model is adjustable for anyone 4'6" to 5'4" and up to 200 lbs. "There is a trick to making them go, which must be learned, but children seem to have an easier time than adults. Though it is not necessary, Trikke can provide an instructional DVD to loop in the store," a company representative told TDmonthly
. Launch date: January 1, 2003. 8/19/2009 (Price: $199.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by IBERT INC.
The Safe-T-Seat, created for children 12 months to 4 years, is designed to offer a better center of gravity than other child bike seats and is easy to install. "The patented mounting system is much easier than other front-mounted seats on the market," Kelly Eissinger, president of iBert Inc., told TDmonthly
. It received a 2007 Creative Child Magazine Top Choice Award. Launch date: May 25, 2005. 8/19/2009 (Price: $94.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Rollors Lawn Game
ROLLORS is a yard game that can be played at a park, in the front or back yard of a house, or just about anywhere where a relatively flat ground surface can be found. This game of skill requires a modest level of physical activity and can be quickly varied depending on the age and skill level of the players. It can be played in teams or individual competition. Launch date: May 2009.Awards:
Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010As of 6/16/2011, this product is now licensed to and manufactured by MARANDA ENTERPRISES LLC.
8/19/2009 (Price: $35.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Swiggies water bottle
by GO HYDRO INC.
Swiggies is the Water Bottle for the 21st Century. It is designed to attach to one's wrist and provide easy access to water during an exercise. Each Swiggie holds 4 ounces of water or sports drink, for a total of 8 ounces. It is strapped onto the wrist and has a pull top. It eliminates the need to carry water bottles, which can be cumbersome to carry and break your stride when you have to stop to take a drink. You just fill them up with cold water and go. Swiggies comes in 6 bright colors for kids on-the-go and encourages kids to drink more water. Swiggies is approved by Child Safe International as a safe, BPA-free, "green" product. 7/31/2009 (Price: $12.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Combining the distinctive aspects of conventional kneeboarding and various wheeled products, the LandShark is designed to show off razor sharp steering and maximum maneuverability. It is ridden on the knees and powered by kicking or “pumping,” so users are presented with a sleek design optimizing a low center of gravity. Launch date: September 2009. 7/23/2009 (Price: $79.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by LISTON CONCEPTS
These lightweight batons have a shaft length of 48 cm and come in purple, blue and fire orange with coordinating handles, suede leather ends and sure-grip surfacing for ease of use. They are handmade in the USA.
— Lunastix are best sellers at Moon Rabbit Toys
in Sante Fe, N.M., Owner Shana Hack told TDmonthly
in early summer 2009.
— Lunastix were best sellers at Figpickels Toy Emporium in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, in the late summer of 2010. “Our employees are quite good at demonstrating Lunastix in the store,” said owner Brett Sommer. “When people see them performing they want to try it too. Also, the elementary schools have juggling classes that use Lunastix, so there is an endless supply & demand in the area.” 7/10/2009 (Price: $23.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
My SportBEAR line-up features handmade 15" jointed bears dressed in authentic sport apparel and accessories. ChalkTalkSPORTS offers add-ons that can make this special gift ideal for players, coaches and fans. Customization is also available. "With millions of childrens and their parents involved in organized sports, the My SportBEAR line is a perfect gift to celebrate the sport they love and are dedicated to," the marketing director for ChalkTalkSPORTS told TDmonthly
. Launch date: June 20, 2008. 6/29/2009 (Price: $39.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Boarding Basics DVD
by GarageCo Toys, Inc.
"Boarding Basics" is designed as the perfect companion DVD for the award-winning Yo Baby Kick Flipper. The easy to follow DVD offers instruction on tricks such as the 180 and 360 Spin, Ollie, Peanut Flip, Caveman and lots more. It takes kids through each move, step by step, so they can follow along and learn. "It is the only step-by-step DVD that teaches kids how to do all the cool boarding tricks on a Yo Baby Kick Flipper (think 'skateboard without wheels') in the safety of their home," Bob Ellis, president of GarageCo Toys, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: July 21, 2009. 6/29/2009 (Price: $6.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
myminigolf putting XL
Designed to combat boring kids' golf lessons, myminigolf employs obstacles the teacher can use to motivate kids in a playful way. "There is no competitor on market. myminigolf is the only product for this application," Hannes Weber, designer for defacto.GmbH, told TDmonthly
. This product was a finalist of the "Golf Europe Product Award 2008." 6/29/2009 (Price: $250) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by KAZAM LLC
The KaZAM provides an alternative way to learn to ride a pedaled bicycle based on the concept of balance first, pedal last. It is a training bicycle that assists children to balance, increase coordination and ultimately ride a traditional bicycle for the first time with confidence. "This customized toddler bicycle has the steering and balancing challenges of a traditional bicycle but it has no pedals, chain or training wheels. Unlike all the competitors on the market, there is no more awkwardness with where to put your feet when gliding and cruising on a run bike — the KaZAM is uniquely designed with a foot rest area thereby making the transition onto a pedaled bicycle quicker and seamless! Because of its unique patented footrest and design, KaZAM appeals instantly to children and their parents," John Lugo, partner at KaZAM, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: November 15, 2008.Awards:
Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010
— "All colors are great,"Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toys,
at Toy Fair 2010
— Glisyn Lewis Jarrells, manager of Imaginations Toy & Furniture Colo. in Blacksburg, Va., told TDmonthly
in a March 2013 survey that they sell around 10 Kazam balance bikes during the warm-weather months.
— In a July 2013 survey Diana Nelson, owner of Kazoo Toys
in Denver, Colo., told TDmonthly
that Kazam balance bikes are her store's overall best-selling toy. ( Watch Video)
6/29/2009 (Price: $99.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Fuzion Spencer Hawk H4 Carving Scooter
The Fuzion Spencer Hawk H4 builds on current Fuzion 4-wheel Steering Technology (FST). With four oversized cast urethane wheels and a floating axle design, the Spencer Hawk H4 offers the ultimate in road hugging, ground slicing, street carving abilities. Integrated pro rubber grips and 360° rotation are designed to allow for maximum trick potential for athletes of any caliber. "Spencer Hawk represents a new generation of participants in the action sports arena. The H2 and H4 products will shed new light on an up-and-coming genre and help exemplify the traditions and quality standards associated with the Fuzion brand and Hawk name," Darren Yuen, marketing manager for Nextsport, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: September 2009. 6/29/2009 (Price: $79.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Fuzion Spencer Hawk H2 Freestyle Scooter
"The Fuzion Spencer Hawk H2 is the first freestyle scooter to hit the market," Darren Yuen, marketing manager at Nextsport, told TDmonthly. It has a lightweight aluminum frame and wide polymer deck, custom solid core wheel technology and one-piece alloy bars. "Driven by the performance and quality standards of Spencer Hawk and his family, the H2 and H4 were developed to provide the ultimate in next-generation scooters. With edgy new looks and superior materials, both scooters are guaranteed to outshine the average two-wheel scooter," Yuen said. Launch date: September 2009. 6/29/2009 (Price: $59.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
The goal of this patent-pending, fast-paced game is for players to swing their ring onto their hook. One to four competitors frantically try to out-duel one another while tuning out the screams to focus on the perfect release. "Hookum is the first collapsible, multi-player Bimini Ring game," Joe Parrish, chief creative officer of 5mississippi, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: September 2009. Watch Hookum: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010 ( Watch Video)
6/29/2009 (Price: $39.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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