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  Day 4 – 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 4.

Also see their top picks for the other days of Toy Fair:
Retailer Panel - Day 1
Retailer Panel - Day 2
Retailer Panel - Day 3





Name: KaZAM™
Company: KAZAM LLC
Other products by KAZAM LLC
MSRP: $99.95
Age: 3 to 5
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Bicycles & Tricycles
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24276

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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, told TDmonthly 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. 6/29/2009



Name: Mag-tagz - Ashley's Peace & Happiness Starter Kit
Company: MAG-TAGZ DESIGNS LLC
Other products by MAG-TAGZ DESIGNS LLC
MSRP: $16.99
Age: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25998

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The playful expression, “tag, you’re it” no longer applies to the boys on the playground who swoosh by as they poke a girl. This tag is designed as a hip fashion statement that schoolgirls wear around their necks. Mag-tagz are adorable magnetic “tagz” that can be changed regularly to reflect a girl’s ever-changing mood and style. Mag-tagz received two 2009 Seal of Excellence Awards in Creative Child Magazine's Kids Gear/Apparel category. Launch date: November 2009.
— A top pick, retailer Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toys, informed TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 11/5/2009



Name: Multi-Player Pentago: The Mind-Twisting Game
Company: MINDTWISTER USA
Other products by MINDTWISTER USA
MSRP: $29.95
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26567

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This multi-dimension, multi-player version of the strategy game Pentago accommodates two, three or four players. Two players can play using one or two colors each, and in games with additional participants, players can choose to play as individuals or in teams.  Launch date: March 1, 2010.
— A top pick, retailer Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toys, informed TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 1/5/2010



Name: Just Jump It Retail Rack
Company: JUST JUMP IT
Other products by JUST JUMP IT

Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Display

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27211

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This free-standing modular display comes free with any $400 order. It holds Just Jump It merchandise including jump ropes, skippers, steppers and lariats.
— "Our favorite Jump Rope co. Just Jump It has their act together! A New rack that holds all their product - what a concept!" John MacDougall owner of Golden Apple Learning Store in Pleasanton, Calif. told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.
— Joyce    Will, owner of Learning Express in Andover, Mass., told TDmonthly in an March 2015 survey that Just Jump It jump ropes are one of her store's best-selling outdoor toys. 2/18/2010



Name: Beach Buddies Shell Crafts
Company: CREATIVITY FOR KIDS
Other products by CREATIVITY FOR KIDS
MSRP: $16.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27212

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Turn 25+ real sea shells into a crew of creative crustaceans. This complete set includes a tropical pallet of paint, glitter-glue, wiggly eyes, craft glue, dimensional paint and ocean inspired felt accents.
— Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toys, informed TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010 of how she was impressed by this kit's use of real sea shells. 2/18/2010




Name: Foil Bead Maker
Company: ALEX BRANDS
Other products by ALEX BRANDS
MSRP: $21.99
Age: 7 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27213

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Make beautiful beads from foil. The device can create a number of shapes to make an assortment of necklaces, bracelets, rings, and earrings. Kit includes Foil Bead Maker Machine, 3 bead molds, bead rolling guide, 72 sheets of foil in 4 colors, 4 earring hooks, elastic cord, 5 satin cords, beading needle and easy instructions.
— Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toys, was intrigued by this product. "Very different, " she commented to TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010. 2/18/2010



Name: Jaguar
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Other products by MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27300

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These jaguars are part of a plush collection featuring stuffed animals and puppets that share characteristics of their real animal in the wild. A hangtag explains each animal's distinctive qualities. Retail price ranges from $16 to $36, depending on size. Launch date: January 2010.
— Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop in Scottsdale, Ariz., was impressed with this plush line at Toy Fair 2010. 2/19/2010



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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