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A 22 pc brilliantly colored set of building blocks with a 52 pattern card deck. This all-in-one multifaceted didactic system includes a 22 pc. set of circular blocks and a full deck of Tieramid Pattern Cards™ (vol. 1). Sold in a hide-away handle box for easy portability. Non-toxic. Multilingual text – English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Tieramids are for ages 3 to adult.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4273 (added 8/23/2005)
Rainbow Arches Plus™
From: BULLS-EYE CREATIVE
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An 11 piece brilliantly colored block set with a 12 card deck. This all-in-one multiple-skill-challenging system includes an 11 pc. set of circular blocks and a full deck of Play-11™ Cards (vol. B). Non-toxic. Sold in clamshell packaging with pattern cards in a clear sleeve. Multilingual text – English, French, Italian, German and Spanish. Tieramids are for ages 3 to adult.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4272 (added 8/23/2005)
A winner of iParenting Media Awards 2005 Excellent Products, this catamaran rescue speed boat comes complete with two minifigures. Kids assemble the 107-piece speed boat themselves, which, once assembled, actually floats in water.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4239 (added 8/22/2005)
An elite crew of three clone pilots come with this set, ready to take the ARC-170 Starfighter on a dangerous mission. The Starfighter features wings that open into attack position and "bombs" that drop. An R2 unit is also included in this 396-piece kit.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4195 (added 8/18/2005)
The Emperor has arrived to inspect the new Death Star. Imperial forces stand at attention as Darth Vader meets the Emperor at his Imperial Shuttle. Kids can recreate the Death Star hangar with a cargo vehicle and command station with moving crane. This set includes 10 minifigures: Emperor, Darth Vader, 2 Royal Guards, 2 Imperial Officers and 4 Stormtroopers
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4194 (added 8/18/2005)
Kids will have fun with this 32-piece on-the-go kit. Parents can get the bright colors to help teach their kids about colors or maybe get their older kids a futuristic kit to build a maze for their desks. With either kit, kids cannot go wrong: Add it to an existing Block N Roll kit or purchase one to keep the kids occupied at camp, or traveling in the car.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3929 (added 7/12/2005)
This 60-piece building kit is designed with vibrant, rhombus-base blocks using high impact, translucent ABS material. Each kit includes four eXpansion framing parts that wedge onto two-part hub assemblies, plus, four sporty 6.5” wheels. With an included set of instructions, kids can assemble a four-wheeled, rolling WEDGiTS vehicle. Hundreds of other mobile designs can be created in two-wheel, three-wheel and other four-wheel layouts.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3898 (added 6/30/2005)
Gears! Gears! Gears Wacky Wigglers
From: LEARNING RESOURCES INC.
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Kids develop creativity and imagination by building glowing creatures. This 130-piece motorized building set includes colorful gears, springs, chomping teeth, flashing lights, whiskers and glow-in-the-dark eyeballs for endless creative combinations. It includes instructions to build four creatures.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3896 (added 6/30/2005)
Build incredible mazelike marble rollercoasters with both the starter and advanced construction kits. They retail for between $20 and $30.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3895 (added 6/30/2005)
This is a full-color printed paper model of Mount Vernon mansion (1/100 scale), easy to cut out and glue according to 3d diagrams. It is 12"x6"x3.8".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3878 (added 6/29/2005)
Bob´s Electronic Building Workshop
From: LEARNING CURVE
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Preschoolers can watch Bob the Builder in his all-new TV series and build along with their own workshop. Using blueprints that slide out from the wall, a lift-up dumper that can unload bricks and a spinning saw that cuts brick in half, they can help Bob make new building projects. They can create a shed and tree and more with Click Bricks. The set includes Bob, Talking Muck and bonus Click Bricks. It opens up to create multiple play areas.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3868 (added 6/29/2005)
From: LEARNING MATERIALS WORKSHOP
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Revolving gently or standing still like a "theatre in the round", Carosello is both a construction set and a platform for children to invent and stage stories or construct moving sculptural forms. Children can take apart and put together the brightly colored wood dowels, bobbins, balls, and bendable Mylar to create a changing world where shapes look different from various viewpoints, where new forms appear and disappear, straight lines become curves, colors bend, structures reflect and stories unfold.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3867 (added 6/29/2005)
This set includes 21 insecty, beetly, buggy, sparkly, shiny, anatomically incorrect hard plastic pieces that interconnect easily for little hands, help develop motor skills and inspire imagination. The new construction set allows small children to create a new take on ladybugs, butterflies, caterpillars, beetles and other bugs. The set is compatible with other BONZ sets.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3846 (added 6/28/2005)
The brightly-colored wooden blocks are cut at angles so that they build slightly askew towers. Each block is approximately 2 x 1.5 x 1.25 inches. The set includes 20 stacking blocks and four roof blocks.
— The toy is aesthetically pleasing; the buildings resemble “something you might see in the desert in Spain,” says Jason Oliver, chief operating officer of Oompa Toys in Los Angeles, Calif., who says the blocks do well with his customers.
— Arcadia won a German Design Toy Award in 2004, plus a 2002 Wiener Spiele Mischung.
— Though recommended for young children, its bold graphic design will appeal to all ages.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3796 (added 6/15/2005)
Gears! Gears! Gears! Movin' Monkeys
From: LEARNING RESOURCES INC.
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Age Range: 4 to 7
Kids can make monkeys fly through trees with 136 colorful plastic pieces. Included are gears, cranks, connectors and baseplates.
— Little kids love this gear toy, which is made just for them, says Tara Trew, sales associate at Growing Tree Toys & Books in State College, Penn.
— The kit comes with instructions for building a “gears jungle,” or kids can improvise and build their own.
— Movin’ Monkeys is the first Gears! set for small children.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3795 (added 6/15/2005)
Age Range: 5 to 10
These 27 brightly colored interconnecting, swiveling, rotating plastic shapes can be used to make recombined bugs, butterflies and beetles. Joints can bend 180 degrees.
— Exo Bonz can be combined with the Curious Bonz, Curious Globonz and Curious Seabonz sets, as well as Zolo construction toys.
— Bonz sets are good sellers at Accipter in Raleigh, N.C., says owner Sandy Friedman.
— Exo Bonz has won several awards, including a Family Fun T. O Y. Toy of the Year Award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3794 (added 6/15/2005)
Little white honeycomb balls and colorful sticks combine to make flowers, houses, giant spheres and more. The Pioneer Kit includes 121 parts and a colorful instruction booklet.
— At Big Fun Toys in Hoboken, N.J., these toys sell well, according to manager Wendy Kramer.
— Based on the mathematical principles of nature, Zome can create a plenitude of geometric shapes, molecular structures, quasicrystals, and more
— The manufacturer claims that Zome kits are in use in more than 6000 schools and educational institutions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3793 (added 6/15/2005)
This foam construction toy consists of wired tuber-shaped oblong pieces (toobers) and thin pieces of variously shaped foam with holes (zots). Boys and girls can make hats, monsters, dragons and more. Each toober is between 1 and 2 feet long.
— This toy is a favorite at Finnegan’s Toys in Portland, Ore., says manager Jordan Walden.
— Toobers & Zots has won more than 30 major toy awards and was one of only 12 toys to be included in Dr. Toys’ book, “Toys for a Lifetime” in 2000.
— Compatible kits include Toobers & Zots Zany and Toobers & Zots Zowy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3792 (added 6/15/2005)
Ball-and-joint construction pieces endow Zoob creations with mobility. Kids can make anything from spheres to dinosaurs with this 250-piece kit, which comes with six instruction booklets.
— Zoob continues to be a strong seller at Big Fun Toys in Hoboken, N.J., says manager Wendy Kramer. Tara Trew, sales associate at Growing Tree Toys and Books in State College, Pa., agrees.
— Zoob has been rated a top seller by accounts such as Neiman Marcus and Learning Express, it was the No. 1 selling product in two well-known direct-to-consumer catalogs, and it now sells in 45 countries around the world, according to Jeff Pinsker of Infinitoy.
— Jordan Walden, manager of Finnegan’s Toys in Portland, Ore., claims that Zoob was unavailable for about 3 years. During that hiatus, customers requested it frequently. Now it’s selling well again.
— “In our store, probably Zoobs” will be found under most trees for the 2006 holidays, Tristan Hewitt, manager of Dragon’s Toy Box in Seattle, Wash., told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3791 (added 6/15/2005)
Age Range: 5 and up
Included in a vinyl carrying case are 48 plastic pieces that build odd shapes, bright colors and abstract geometric designs.
— Compatible with the Bonz sets of construction toys, Sandy Friedman, owner of Accipter in Raleigh, N.C., says that all the building items in the Zolo/Bonz lines are popular in her store.
— Zolo comes in a pocket version for the compulsive player or impulsive buyer.
— Pop*Zolo is an add-on kit that has “mini to mondo” connector rods for all Zolo/Bonz systems.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3790 (added 6/15/2005)
Age Range: 4 and up
New this year, 40-piece Zoomorphs lets kids redesign creatures based on whim. They can pull off a cassowary’s head and add it to a leopard’s body, or give beetle feet to a velociraptor.
— Connie Hallinan, owner of Golden Aspen Toys in Flagstaff, Ariz., spotted Zoomorphs at the Toy Show and snatched it up for her store.
— Hallinan puts samples out for kids to play with. “If kids see it, they have to touch it and have to buy it,” she says.
— The interchangeable pieces are compatible with the Dinomorphs set, which includes a T Rex, Mosasaur, Pterandon and Duckbill. Other sets are Pets and Fliers.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3789 (added 6/15/2005)
Age Range: 6 and up
Modeled on the pure light and color emitted by computer screens, PixelBlocks are 3/8” translucent colored cubes that feature a peg-and-hole interlocking device on the top and bottom as well as a tooth-and-groove device on all four sides. Starter boxes include 200 single-shape pieces.
— Pixel Blocks are available in PhotoGrays and Artist sets, for a wider variety of colors. Individual colors can also be bought separately.
— Jordan Walden, store manager of Finnegan’s Toys & Gifts in Portland, Ore., says that PixelBlocks is his newest construction set that’s doing well.
— This toy is appropriate for both kids and professional artists, according to the manufacturer.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3788 (added 6/15/2005)
Age Range: 10 and up
Already popular in Japan, the basic, colorful “head” pods of Pontiki are only 1” to 2” long. Mini-geometric parts are stored inside the pods and can be used as hands, feet or eyes.
— Pontiki has an officially licensed “Franny K. Stein” version, based on the popular book series by Jim Benton.
— “The sets build on each other,” explains Sandy Friedman, owner of Accipter in Raleigh, N.C., where the toy is selling very well.
— “They’re an impulse item,” says Wendy Kramer, manager of Big Fun Toys in Hoboken, N.J. She keeps them by the counter for quick sales.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3787 (added 6/15/2005)
The shapes fit together differently than standard building sets, helping children think on their own. The 15-piece junior set comes with instructions on how to make the Wedgits support each other and wedge into place, as well as a design book to get kids building creatively. Winner of numerous awards from 1998 through 2004 from Dr. Toy, the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio and Parenting Magazine, the blocks encourage creativity and stimulate spatial thinking and geometric patterning.
— “Wedgits, by Imagibility, are very, very good for us,” Brandy Cardenas, manager of Timbuk Toys in Denver, Co., told TDmonthly in April 2008. “Of our starter set with 15 pieces, we sell a good 25 or 30 per month.”
— “We always do well with Wedgits,” Leslie Chiaverini, owner of Adventure Toys and Teacher Supplies in Los Altos, Calif., told TDmonthly in April 2008, when asked to name the best-selling construction toy in her store.
— Over five percent of retailers, who spoke with TDmonthly about construction toys in April 2008, named Wedgits as their best-seller.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3754 (added 6/3/2005)
Age Range: 1 to 2
These 16 blocks in bright colors are made of wood from ecologically supervised European forests. Famed Swiss toy designer Kurt Naef designed these blocks in 1957; they were his first toy design. The sophisticated but easy-to-use interlocking feature enables small children to build towers that don´t fall down. Older children can experiment with building cantilevered structures.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3753 (added 6/3/2005)
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