The Security Scanner is a hand-held metal detector that mimics those used by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officials at airports. Kids can scan every "agent" from head to toe—the LED alarm system alerts them when someone is hiding metal objects. Requires 1 9V (6LR61) batteries (not Included).
These Aqua Pets are updated versions of eight fan favorites from the original line. They feature redesigned aqua pods, offering new games and increased interactivity. Each Aquapet has its own look, sounds and songs. The creatures come alive when kids, or other Aquapets, interact with them. A microchip, microphone and speaker housed in the toy's base enable Aquapets to register and respond to sound. Each character replies with movement and melody. The more kids play with their Aquapets, the more songs they will perform and the livelier they'll become. Aqua Pets can also play three new interactive games: - Memory Moov (a memory-building sequence game) - Aqua Speed (a fast-paced reflex challenge) - Bubble Boogie (a fun and silly way to make your mini marionette dance) Place two or more Aquapets together for an AquaParty and the buoyant buddies will dance, chirp and converse with each other. Each energetic character has a sleep function, because even the most interactive friends need to rest.
The Spy Gear Lie Detector Kit allows kids to find out who is telling the truth and who is not by giving them a lie detector test. The indicator lights light up when the "suspect" is not telling the truth.
This digital camera is attached to spy sunglasses. Users can take photos with the secret handheld remote, then download them to a computer. This product is designed to encourage imaginative and abstract thinking skills.
These collectible 1.5" figures have interchangeable heads and are sold in a wrapped tablet double their size. When placed in warm water, the tablet fizzes and eventually dissolves to reveal the character. There are 12 Squatz, in robot, pirate, ninja and alien varieties. Launch date: January 2010.
This app-enabled, remote-controlled vehicle has video capability and features live transmission of video and audio to a color LCD panel and speaker on the remote. It comes preloaded with applications but can also be connected to a computer through a USB so that owners can create or modify apps online. It includes an SD card slot for recording, a speaker and microphone, and a software development kit for programming usage. Launch date: Fall 2010.
Would-be gumshoes have new crime-fighting gear with Wild Planet’s Spy Gear Evidence Kit, a portable, all-in-one mystery solver that helps kids determine who is guilty and who has been framed. The kit provides the tools for collecting fingerprints and the ID cards to keep track of them, plus fingerprint powder, brush, ink, lifting tapes and ID card, 30X microscope, tweezers, flashlight, UV light, specimen bags and carrying case with storage compartment. Launch date: Fall 2009.
Each coloring and activity set features a different theme (neighborhood, airport, horse ranch, zoo or construction site) and includes Crayola crayons, a coloring mat, corrugated pop-up buildings for decoration and play, and accessories. The three-dimensional structures allow kids to play after they’ve colored and designed the set. Launch date: Fall 2009.
This distraction device rolls into a room, stands itself upright, and explodes into pieces. Part of the Spy Gear line, it offers a stealthy surprise when a child rolls it into any space. Launch date: September 2008.
The outdoor aerial alert system allows users to launch signals more than 40 feet straight up into the air. The lightweight, pump-and-release launcher includes three sculpted, whistling foam signals, each with a unique appearance and purpose. Signals are color-coded to alert secret agents if they should proceed at full speed, continue with caution or abruptly abort their mission. The green signal features a reflector, the yellow one stores written messages and the red one is trailed by streamers. “The Signal Launcher is the first Spy Gear product designed specifically for outdoor use,” Wild Planet Media Relations Manager Kim Bratcher told TDmonthly. “Signals soar above rooftops, more than three stories high, whistling through the air.” Launch date: Spring 2008.
Bring custom creatures to life with this ball-and-socket building system composed of bone-shaped pieces and flexible joints that attach to a motorized platform. A step-by-step guide is included. “After you build your creation, you can bring it to life by hooking it up the motorized lab,” Wild Planet Media Relations Manager Kim Bratcher, told TDmonthly. “Connecting bones and flexible joints to form a dinosaur, alien or other fantastical creature is fun – but adding the mad scientist aspect of connecting the lifewire to its spine and controlling the speed and direction of the model’s movement is beyond what standard building sets offer.” Launch date: Fall 2008.
This 9” baby doll can be filled with water to imitate the weight and warmth of a real newborn. It comes with an easy-fill funnel, features a leak-resistant valve and is available in Caucasian, African-American and Hispanic varieties.Launch date: Fall 2008.
In this puzzle game, two players use strategy to slide tiles on the gameboard, seeking to deactivate their opponent’s fuses by making connections between their "defuser" and opposing pegs. Launch date: Fall 2008.
The high-energy game features lively music, encouraging phrases and audio alerts and is both physically and mentally challenging. The saucer-sized base unit consists of multi-colored and multi-numbered pods. The base houses a microchip and speaker that calls out commands, instructing players to jump on various pods in the fastest time possible. The game offers varying levels of difficulty, starting with simple color and number recognition and advancing to sequential, memory and basic math exercises. The game can be played solo, in pairs or in teams. Launch date: Fall 2008.
The game gets kids moving, thinking, listening and learning. Designed for preschoolers, the game promotes positive social and developmental skills in addition to physical activity. The game features an electronic hand-held tagger named Gerry Giraffe and his four fist-sized friends (a monkey, parrot, tiger and elephant). The giraffe calls out which animals kids should run to and tag and tracks the amount of time taken to complete each course. In team mode, kids work cooperatively to achieve their fastest time. Launch date: Fall 2008. — “Animal Scramble requires physical exertion through running, bending, reaching and tagging movements that aid in the development of large and small muscle groups while improving coordination and motor skills,” Kim Bratcher of Wild Planet Toys told TDmonthly. “The sharing, listening and turn-taking aspects of the game practice positive social behaviors.”
The expandable ball-and-socket building system features flexible connectors that create lifelike movement. Each set comes in its own carrying case and idea book. The Skeleflex line offers 12 assortments. Launch date: Fall 2008. — “The creative ball-and-socket building system includes interchangeable, rigid bone-shaped pieces that rotate at the point of connection,” Kim Bratcher of Wild Planet Toys told TDmonthly. “Pieces from all sets are interchangeable, so there is no limit to what a child can create.”
The remote-controlled tank-track vehicle wirelessly transmits video and audio to a private headset. The remote features a full-circle, single-button spin control and an attached earbud. Launch date: Fall 2008. — “The Spy Video ATV-360 is the first remote-controlled Spy Gear video car to offer audio transmission, a full-circle spin control and tank tracks,” Kim Bratcher of Wild Planet Toys told TDmonthly.
Wild Planet's popular Dodge Discs now come in a Spy version. Kids shoot rapid-fire discs from the motorized hand blaster. They can test their skills on the included target or battle against opponents. The blaster fires safe, soft-foam discs and can rapid-fire as fast as any kid who thinks fast and moves faster. It comes with a built-in shield and 20 foam discs. Batteries are not included. — "Dodge Discs from Wild Planet — shooting little disks [where kids are] trying to dodge the discs," said Peter Scott, owner of Perfect Toy in Avon, Conn., when asked about popular items for boys in his store. — Retailers told TDmonthly they sell about 10 units a month of the shooter toys from Wild Planet. — "The Spy Disc Shooter is the first defense tool in the Spy Gear line. The motorized spy-themed disc launcher has a rapid-fire feature for when you need to make a quick get-away. It comes with 20 soft-foam discs and the shooter also serves as a shield should your enemy spies have access to a launcher of their own," said Cori Burns, director of marketing for Wild Planet.
The Trek Pak is a nature-lover's utility belt. It comes pre-attached with six essential outdoor exploration tools: a compass, insect net, foldout wallet, tweezers, magnifying lens and storage canister. The Trek Pak is ideal for camping trips and nature hikes: it gives kids all the tools they need to catch and examine bugs, and it comes with a compass to help kids find their way home. Having all of the tools attached to the belt allows kids to keep their hands free for climbing and collecting. The Trek Pak encourages kids to engage in outdoor exploration. Launch Date: April 2007. ― In spring 2007, Roberta Edwards, owner of Wishes Toys & Gifts in La Quinta, Calif., cited Wild Planet as a vendor who has “gone the extra mile.”
Purse Pals are 3-D pets that live in a virtual world. Each small pet comes in a purse that opens to reveal a play environment with electronic sensors. Icons displayed on an LCD screen on the purse measure the pet's needs and happiness. Character Recognition technology enables the purses to recognize different pets and launch into party mode when other animals visit. In addition to group activity, there are plenty of games intended for one-on-one time between a girl and her pet. Launch date: August 2007.
The small, lightweight, durable binoculars offer magnification at six times the power of the naked eye. They are sized for small faces and feature rubberized grips, a wrist strap and a carrying case. Kids can watch birds in a nest, squirrels in the trees, or mom heading into the backyard to bring them another bowl of popcorn. “Specialty toy stores look for products that provide kids with fun, lasting and educational experiences. The Explorer Ops Binoculars are playful and practical — they motivate kids to go outdoors and explore nature or create their own imaginative play scenarios,” Kim Bratcher of Wild Planet told TDmonthly. The product received a 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio “Best Toy Award” Gold Seal. Launch date: March 2007.
This system features three wireless traps connected by radio frequency to form one infallible alarm system. It includes one touch-sensor sound and light alarm, one motion-detecting dual dart launcher, one invisible-beam siren and four foam darts. When trap number one (the sound and light alarm) is triggered, it arms the other two traps. Enemies entering a protected room will not set off any alarms on their way in, but will be bombarded during their attempt to escape. Launch date: Fall 2007.
This electronic version of the popular fortune-telling game often referred to as MASH (Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House) or Cootie Catcher is shaped like a palm-sized make-up compact and opens to reveal a scrolling LCD screen and entry keys. The screen prompts players to select information in nine categories, including desired city of residence, type of housing, species of pet and future profession. There are nine options within each category, plus a bonus feature in the LOVE fortune that allows players to type in the names of current crushes. Once selections are complete, the game automatically eliminates all but one choice in each category. Launch date: July 2007.
This spy emergency kit contains essential tools to complete top secret missions: a removable bright red light, a magnification scope, a removable motion alarm and a dual dart launcher to ensure a safe getaway. The unassuming sturdy black case contains secret compartments and offers enough space internally for additional spy equipment or other gadgets. “The inside of the kit is the perfect size to store Spy Micros, making it a great addition to any child’s Spy Gear collection. The minimal packaging allows customers to see exactly what they are buying and doesn’t waste any shelf space,” Robin Russell of Wild Planet told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 2007.
Mighty Pens come in the following varieties: Rip Chopper, with a ripcord launcher and two flying choppers; Pullback Racer, which becomes a car with a pull-back motor; Jet Flyer, which becomes an aircraft with wings that fold out; Dart Launcher, with suction-tipped darts; Rocket Blast, which launches three foam rockets; and Mini Hoops, which forms a mini basketball court. “The first Mighty Pen impulse buy will result in repeated planned purchases as kids come back to complete their collections. Specialty stores receive a full, four-color shelf display that conveniently shows off all six styles,” Kim Bratcher of Wild Planet told TDmonthly. Launch date: Spring 2007.