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  Day 2 – Retailer Panel

TDmonthly Magazine is proud to present its first-ever expert panel of specialty toy-store owners at Toy Fair — featuring individuals who know the industry best and have a sharp eye for selecting quality toys because they live and breathe “play” day in and day out! Read about their businesses below, and see our daily Retailer Panel picks for their recommendations of toys, games and gift items you should check out for your store.

See below for top picks from our Retailer Panel for Day 2.

Also see their top picks for the other days of Toy Fair:
Retailer Panel - Day 1
Retailer Panel - Day 3
Retailer Panel - Day 4





Name: Triviathon
Company: JEEZLE PETE'S! LLC
Other products by JEEZLE PETE'S! LLC
MSRP: $29.99
Age: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games - Trivia
Watch the Triviathon Video Watch Video Now
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21907

TRIVIATHON... fast-paced trivia for smart AND stupid people! Triviathon will have players singing, dancing, arm wrestling, cheering, cheating, and more as they compete in a game that puts each player's  cognitive, physical, and social skills to the test, while they try to win a race moving at speeds of 0, 1, 2, or 3 spaces based on trivia questions they don’t even have to know the answers to. Made in the USA, this game is designed for 2 to 12 players. Triviathon has received the following awards: Creative Child Magazine’s 2009 Game of the Year; PTPA Media 2009; iParenting Media Award 2009; The National Parenting Center Seal of Approval 2009, NAPPA Honors 2009; and Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products 2009.
— "A trivia game that you can win without having to know the answers.  Now some of us might agree that that is our kind of trivia game.  Super fun and fast paced.  A great choice for family game night.  My own children are going to love this game!!" Jennifer Shuman, of 1SmartNoodle, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.

Past videos: Toy Fair 2009 12/19/2008



Name: 6 in 1 Educational Solar Kit
Company: OWI INC.
Other products by OWI INC.
MSRP: $19.95
Age: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22536

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Including six different snap-together models, this kit provides children with examples of many uses for solar panel technology. A car, robot dog, hover boat, and other models spring to life when their solar panels are hit by direct sunlight, or the illumination of a 50 watt halogen bulb. Models are compact and light weight, making them easy to take outside and watch as the sun's rays are converted into clean electrical energy.
— Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toys, informed TDmonthly that this was one of her favorite products at Toy Fair 2010.
— Lisa LeStrange, owner of Lucky Duck Toys in Wayne, Pa., told TDmonthly that this solar kit is a bestselling science toy. It's "not expensive. We just got it and it's selling well. It's a good product — you shine a flashlight on it and it goes," she said. 2/19/2009



Name: The Amazing Alphabotz™ Superphonic Decoder Cards
Company: IDEOPOLIS LLC
Other products by IDEOPOLIS LLC
MSRP: $19.95
Age: 3 to 7
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25467

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The Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards jumpstart beginning reading skills by building lasting associations between sounds and the letters that represent them. The cards include a variety of games and activities that are designed to promote vital early literacy skills such as phonemic awareness and are geared toward children of various skill levels, making this product both an educational tool and a toy. "The ALPHABOTZ personify sounds in the English language. They help children visualize and build lasting associations between sounds and the letters that represent them. The letter/letter team on a character's chest and the icon on its head serve as constant visual reinforcements for the sound that is represented by that character," Nicole Sigsby, principal of Ideopolis LLC, told TDmonthly. Awards: 2009 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award in the Educational Products Category; iParenting Media; Mom's Choice; Tillywig Brain Child; and Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products 2009; 2009 Family Choice Award; 2010 The Toy Man Seal of Approval, Award of Excellence and Editors Choice Award. Launch date: July 2009.
— "Just when you thought it was not possible, here is another fresh approach to letter recognition.  Developed by an educator, Alphabots are for children at all developmental levels.  Use the 46 robot character cards in one of 12 fun letter and sound games to improve phonemic awareness. I love Alphabotz!" Jennifer Shuman, of 1SmartNoodle, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 10/2/2009




Name: Buckyballs™ by Zoomdoggle
Company: MAXFIELD & OBERTON
Other products by MAXFIELD & OBERTON
MSRP: $29.95
Age: 14 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26179

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This set includes 216 powerful rare earth magnets that can be molded, shaped and snapped together in an endless variety of configurations. Each Buckyball has two poles — one repels, one attracts. Not intended for children. Watch video
— ''Pun's has sold about four dozen in the last month alone,'' Joe Berardoni, Sr., owner of Pun's Toy Shop in Bryn Mawr, Pa., shared with TDmonthly in the fall of 2010.
—Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats in Montclair, N.J., sold nine of 24 units in two days after opening a box for display, she told TDmonthly. Two of 39 retailers named Buckyballs as a best-selling travel toy in March 2010.
— Dean Smith, Co-owner of JaZams in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly in a Summer 2011 survey that he sells "probably 50" sets of Buckyballs each month.
— May 27, 2010 RECALL of 175,000 sets (prior to March 2010) with 13+ labeling violating a federal standard that powerful magnets not be sold to children under 14. 11/25/2009



Name: Fire Station
Company: PLAYMOBIL INC.
Other products by PLAYMOBIL INC.
Age: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26318

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Quickly slide down the firemen's pole at the Fire Station and rush off to put out the fire. The fire station comes with a firemen's pole, fire hose tower, and a large gate for the fire emergency vehicles. Set also includes two figures and many other accessories. Dimensions: 22.8 x 13.3 x 18.5 inches (LxWxH). Recommended for ages four and up. (Warning. Choking Hazard. Contains small ball and small parts. Not for children under 3 years.)
— "I thought this product was great and placed an order for it at the show, " Jeanette Lauter, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 12/10/2009




Name: Furnished School Building
Company: PLAYMOBIL INC.
Other products by PLAYMOBIL INC.
Age: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26326

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Be sure to pay attention to the teacher during your classes. Includes nine figures, school building with functioning bell, furnished classroom, science room, art and music room, and many other accessories. You can even write on the chalkboard. Dimensions: 30 x 15 x 16 inches (LxWxH). Recommended for ages four and up. (Warning. Choking Hazard. Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.)
— "I thought this product was great and placed an order for it at the show, " Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 12/10/2009



Name: PigZup
Company: BLUE ORANGE GAMES
Other products by BLUE ORANGE GAMES
MSRP: $19.99
Age: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Family Games
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26956

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In turn, players flip their top card. As soon as two cards match, both players with matching cards race to stack up the requested number of piggies with the right color on top. The goal is to be the first player to get rid of all his cards to win the game. "How quick and precise are your fingers? Find out as you build piggy piles in this lively stacking game. Stay on your hooves! There is more than one silly way to stack up your piggies," Bert Devort, Sales Department, Blue Orange Games, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 14, 2010.
— "Loved this game," Kate Tanner of Kidstop Toys told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 2/4/2010



Name: Spot It!
Company: BLUE ORANGE GAMES
Other products by BLUE ORANGE GAMES
Age: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27018

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Spot It is a party game for two to eight players. It's played by laying a random assortment of cards on the table and all players racing to find one image that matches between two cards. This fast-paced game is designed to never be the same twice, and though it has very few rules to remember it requires a sharp eye to master. The set of 55 round cards transports in its own carry tin. Watch Spot It: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010
— Spot It has been been a top seller for retailers surveyed by TDmonthly since early Spring 2010.
— In a March 2012 survey, 3 out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that Spot It was their overall best selling product, and had been for more than a year.
— Dean Smith, Co-owner of JaZams in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly in a Summer 2011 survey that he sells 50-60 copies of Spot It each month.
Awards: 2010 TDmonthly Top Seller, Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010

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Name: Mighty Beanz – Star Wars
Company: SPIN MASTER TOYS
Other products by SPIN MASTER TOYS

Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Toys

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27109

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Mighty Beanz are zany and eccentric ‘bean’ characters. Each Mighty Bean belongs to a specific "Bean Team" and each Bean Team has a rarity level - common, rare and ultra rare - to signify their collectable value. Mighty Beanz move using a wacky, unpredictable and unique movement. These Star Wars themed beanz include characters from the Star Wars universe including Yoda and R2-D2.
— "I thought this product was great and placed an order for it at the show, " Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats in Montclair, N.J., told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 2/15/2010




Name: Air Hogs R/C Vectron Wave
Company: SPIN MASTER TOYS
Other products by SPIN MASTER TOYS
MSRP: $24.99
Age: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Remote Controlled
Watch the Air Hogs R/C Vectron Wave Video Watch Video Now
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27110

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The Vectron Wave is a hand-size UFO that is equipped with a state-of-the-art level sensor allowing the Vectron Wave to sense objects below it and thus automatically adjust its height accordingly to hover above them. With this built-in automatic level sensor, the Vector Wave does not need a remote control and is guided by a wave of your hand (or other object). Requires 1 LIPO battery (included) and 6 AA batteries (not included). Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010
— "I thought this product was great and placed an order for it at the show, " Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 2/15/2010



Name: Moon Dough
Company: SPIN MASTER TOYS
Other products by SPIN MASTER TOYS
Age: 2 to 4
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27111

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Moon Dough is a moulding compound unlike that is soft and marshmallow-like, does not stick or stain to material, and never dries out so you can use it again and again. As well as being wheat-free, the compound is hypo-allergenic. Launch date: 2010.
— "I thought this product was great and placed an order for it at the show, " Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 2/15/2010




Name: Bakugan Battle Gear
Company: SPIN MASTER TOYS
Other products by SPIN MASTER TOYS
MSRP: $7.49
Age: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27112

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The Bakugan Battle Gear increases your Bakugan's G-power strength. Each Battle Gear includes one Bakugan Battle Gear, one Ability Card, and one Metal Gate Card.
— "I thought this product was great and placed an order for it at the show, " Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 2/15/2010



Name: Strange Plant Collection
Company: DUNECRAFT INC.
Other products by DUNECRAFT INC.
MSRP: $24.99
Age: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27113

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Experience the strangest that the world of plants has to offer. In this collection, you will find plants that move, plants that grow eyeballs on top of their foliage, plants that grow flowers that look like brains, and plants that eat flies and small insects. All these plants are easy to grow and quick to show their freaky side. Safe for ages 4 and up.
— "I thought this product was great and placed an order for it at the show, " Jeanette Lauture, owner of Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 2/15/2010




Name: Big Drum
Company: PLANTOYS
Other products by PLANTOYS

Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27134

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This large drum comes with an adjustable lanyard and toddler hand size's drumsticks that are perfect for beating on the big drum.
— "We are all occasionally guilty of under rating the value of simpler toys, but you can't do better for gross motor planning, grasping, or cause and effect for your toddler than a drum like the natural wood Big Drum from Plan Toys. The drum sticks are the right size for toddlers and the drum has a really nice woody sort of sound. Another great product from Plan Toys," Jennifer Shuman, owner of 1SmartNoodle, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.
— Plan Toys is one of Owner Donna Fredericks’ best-selling wooden lines at The Play House Toy Store in Durham, N.C.
— Gary Green, owner of The Toy Box of Asheville in Asheville, N.C., told TDmonthly in a January 2012 survey about musical products that they sold 30 of this item each month during the holiday shopping season. 2/16/2010



TDmonthly Retailer Panel:

Marlene England and her husband, Tom, own Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts, a battery-free specialty toy store located in historic downtown Frederick, Md. The couple opened the store in 2000 as an alternative to high-tech, mass-market toys and games. Dancing Bear features fun for all ages —from baby gifts to board games, children’s books, musical instruments, science kits, arts and crafts, puppets and more.

Jeanette Lauture, mother to elementary school-aged twins, owns Aunt Jean’s Toys & Treats in Montclair, N.J. The store opened in March 2007 and specializes in innovative, imaginative, quality toys, with a nice selection of eco-friendly offerings and toys made in the USA.

John MacDougall owns Golden Apple Learning Store in Pleasanton, Calif., which serves as a center for toys, games, children’s books and teacher resource materials. It has been in business for 31 years and specializes in open-ended, non-electronic and non-licensed toys and games.

Joe Mitchell and his wife, Emily, own YoYo Joe's Toys & Fun in Wilmington, Del. YoYo Joe's opened in November 2008. Specializing in safe, educational and really fun toys, YoYo Joe's was named 'Best of Delaware' toy store for North Delaware by Delaware Today Magazine for 2009.

Jennifer Shuman owns 1Smart Noodle, an El Paso, Texas-based business that offers educational toys, games and activities selected through a screening process that includes an objective assessment of educational value and traditional value (cost benefit) and a subjective assessment, "Will I buy this item for my own children?" A mother of three children with various developmental delays, and having worked as an Early Childhood Educator for more than 20 years, she also stocks playthings that work well as therapy tools.

Kate Tanner owns Kidstop in Scottsdale, Ariz., a specialty toy and book store that takes play seriously and has been offering creative and imaginative items to families for more than 10 years. Kate specifically looks “for toys that ignite light bulbs over little heads” and often receives tips from the shop’s English Springer and head toy tester, McGuire.



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