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March 2004 | Vol. III - No. 3



Toys we like.

Kinetic Sand Metallic by SPIN MASTER TOYS
Kinetic Sand Metallic by SPIN MASTER TOYSDiscover the sand that shimmers in your hand! The all-new metallic Kinetic Sand assortment comes in shimmering Silver and Gold! And with 1lb of Metallic sand the creative possibilities are endless. This soft and stretchy sand easily cleans up while delivering non-stop fun! It's squeezable sand you can't put down. Feel the difference with Kinetic Sand! 7/29/2015 (Price: $17.00; Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Lay it or Break it by FOTORAMA
Lay it or Break it by FOTORAMA2 players compete in this game to help the chicken save her eggs! The farmer has collected the eggs and is ready to cook them. Players wear a plastic chicken beak, and attach a magnetic chicken clamp to their pants. Both players compete at the same time and, without using hands, remove the eggs one-by-one from the frying pan and transport them to the safety of the nest. If an egg falls and breaks, the player must start over. The player that collects the most 'unbroken' eggs in their nest the WINNER.

 7/2/2015 (Price: $17.99; Age: 5 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Bungee Blast JR by GEOSPACE INTERNATIONALStandard Pump Rockets are a rollicking blast to fire. But our new Bungee Blast Jr ramps up the fun and excitement by an order of magnitude. We've engineered a patented elastic bungee cord inside the pump cylinder to turbo boost the launching power. Load a foam rocket into one end and pull back the cylinder, feeling the increasing tension of the cord inside. Then let go. Kids will be amazed as the stored energy of the cord pushes the piston of air very forceful, blasting the rocket out at hyper-speed. It's like putting a turbo-charger inside! Ages 3 & up.

 2/19/2015 (Age: 3 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Play and Trace Boogie Board by IMPROV ELECTRONICS
Play and Trace Boogie Board by IMPROV ELECTRONICSThis brand new offering from Boogie Board re-envisions the board as a transparent screen that can be used for tracing anything. Practice letters, numbers, and shapes, then press a button to clear the design.

 2/14/2015 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Spike by R&R GAMES INC.
It is the early 1900’s and you are the owner of one of the fastest growing rail companies in the eastern USA. Expand your rail network as you connect cities in order to pick up and deliver more goods. Complete contracts and routes to bring in money to modernize your train. Upgrade your engines, tenders and railcars to transport the most freight. Build farther, transport more and amass wealth on your way to become 'King of the Rails'!
2–4 players • Ages 14 and up • Playing time: 60 min 11/10/2014 (Price: $49.95; Age: 14 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Niya by BLUE ORANGE GAMESSet in the Imperial Garden of Classical Japan, Niya centers on a dark political conspiracy among two influential clans. On every turn, players replace a garden tile with one of their clan tokens. The next player can only exchange a token for a garden tile that has an element in common with the previously chosen tile. The first to position their clan in a row, square, or blockade will win control of the garden...and power at court! A simple yet sophisticated strategy game, Niya captivates players young and old. 5/14/2014 (Age: 8 to Adult) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

ZipStix by HOG WILD
ZipStix by HOG WILD1 ZipStix and 1 Launcher. Starter Pack has everything you need to get zipping! High-octane graphics lay flat like a skateboard and then curl up like a runaway wheel when launched! 4/30/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Weplay® Forever Up-Down by WEE BLOSSOM INC.
Weplay® Forever Up-Down by WEE BLOSSOM INC.The Weplay Forever Up-Down Playset is designed for use with both hands. Simply grip the sides and practice turning it inward and outward repeatedly. Once you are familiar with its operation, place the ball of choice on the track. The object of the exercise is to control the ball without dropping it. This activity is suitable for everyone. It enhances one's reflexes and concentration as well as improves hand-eye coordination and hand muscle control. The balls are made of two different materials to provide different speeds and challenge levels. 4/28/2014 (Price: $42.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Marble Racer by GALT TOYS
Marble Racer by GALT TOYSBuild an exciting marble racing game for up to 4 players. Fully compatible with Galt Marble Run, this exciting construction set features 3 special racing pieces.A variety of chutes and wheels are also included for a really fascinating race. Starter top, starter base, finish, 3 racing vortex, wiggly bell chute, staircase, staircase support, curved chute with horizontal wheel, vertical wheel chute, paddle wheel, 'S' shaped chute, 4 straight chutes, 37 tubes, 4 bases and 20 marbles. Mention ToyDirectory for special considerations

 2/24/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

FUNNYBONES™ by FUNNYBONE TOYS LLCFunnybones is part skill, part tradition…and ALL fun! And, with 30 game challenges, the excitement never ends. Funnybones dates to the Greek and Roman periods & now this game is played in many places around the world. Funnybone Toys is thrilled to introduce its special version in the US, with game challenges ranging from easy to difficult! These include Overhand Ones, Twos, Threes and Fours; Clicks; Horses in the Stable; Eggs in the Basket - and more! Brief instructional videos of each challenge are posted on Funnybone Toys’ YouTube channel. Players improve hand-eye coordination as they tackle the challenges. Funnybones is great to practice alone and play with others while taking turns.

 1/17/2014 (Price: $9.99; Age: 6 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Ziperoos by WIGGLES 3D
Ziperoos by WIGGLES 3DGet ready for Zipperoos! Now a child can enjoy both a portable game and the fun of a plush animal in the same toy. Children can collect more than one Zipperoos game: Monkey’s Wild and Frantic Frog are available now. These simple and fun games each come with their own high-quality plush animal carrying case. Each Zipperoos plush has a zippered pouch in its back so children can store their new game inside their animal friend. Or, they can use the pouch as a hiding spot for anything they like! These fun games and furry friends are sure to find a home with any family!
Two fun versions
Frantic Frog:   Fast reaction card game.   Grab little hopper to claim the cards any time they match 
Monkey's Wild:  Help the animals find their friends in this set collecting tile game.  Monkey's are wild! 1/13/2014 (Price: $16.99; Age: 4 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Feather Pens by GEOCENTRAL
Feather Pens by GEOCENTRALBeautiful feathers are turned into a fun pen. These feather pens can add a touch of whimsy and style to your writing. It’s a great item to add when using a guestbook.  1/13/2014 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Scented Scoops by BEGINAGAIN
Scented Scoops by BEGINAGAINScented Scoops is an ice cream party playset that smells good enough to eat. The 6”x9” beech wood serving tray holds six, three-inch White birch “cones”. Each cone can be topped with one or more of the six, deliciously scented two-inch “scoops” made from 100% compostable corn starch bio-resin (two vanilla, two chocolate and two strawberry. Great for role-play, Scented Scoops is recommended for ages 4+

Where to buy:

NORTH EAST 12/4/2013 (Price: $29.99; Age: 4 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Squigz by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.Apply pressure to two Squigz. Air rushes out and the fun rushes in! Connecting to each other and to any solid, non-porous surface - Squigz are a species all their own. They flex. They stick. They suck people into creativity. Once they take hold, it takes some pull to separate them. When Squigz POP! in protest - you’ll have to admit… your hands and ears are shamelessly delighted!
— Jenni Mallory, manager of Magic Box LTD in New Orleans, La., told TDmonthly in a March 2014 survey that Squigz was a best-selling product.
— David Castillo, vice president of The Red Balloon Toy Store in Salt Lake City, Utah, told TDmonthly in a November 2014 survey that Squigz from Fat Brain Toys is one of their store's best-selling toys.

Where to buy:
NORTH WEST 12/4/2013 (Price: $24.95; Age: 3 and up)

Speed Stacks Competition Cups by SPEED STACKS INC.
Speed Stacks Competition Cups by SPEED STACKS INC.A great game to play solo, against the clock or go head-to head against friends. Cup Stacking is an exciting individual or team sport to race to stack and unstack 12 competition stacking cups. These cups are approved for use in the WSSA competitions.

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SOUTH 12/4/2013 (Price: $16.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Skazooms by JAX LTD INC.
Skazooms by JAX LTD INC.Make way for Skazoom, the amazing new toy that moves like magic. Slide them, spin them or even crash them into each other. Each Skazoom character comes with its own customized helmet and board - ready to race across any smooth surface. And with Skazoom accessories like the Bounce Park, Stunt Bowl and Ramp Ride, you can make your Skazoom jump, flip and bounce. Look for Skazoom and start collecting them all today.

Where to buy:
SOUTH 12/4/2013 (Price: $9.99; Age: 7 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Flying Kung Fu Frogs™ by PATCH PRODUCTS INC.
Launch your Kung Fu frogs at the training center and try to conquer all the levels to score big. It may look easy, but the levels rotate; you must try to land on moving targets to master the levels of Kung Fu! 7/11/2013

ZOOB Jr Scooter by INFINITOYThe ZOOB JR. Scooter features 18 ZOOB JR. pieces, 4 wheels, and instructions for 17 creations, such as a scooter, a mini go-cart, a skateboarder, and a spinning robot (but kids can make up lots more). The instructions require no reading, and are printed on sturdy cards. ZOOB JR. is our fastest-growing product category. 5/21/2013 (Age: 3 to 6) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Beyblade Metal Fury Performance Top System Legendary Bladers Descendants Set by HASBRO INC.
Beyblade Metal Fury Performance Top System Legendary Bladers Descendants Set by HASBRO INC.It’s a pack of stamina, defense and more defense with the Legendary Bladers: Descendants 3-pack set of spinning battle tops. In the stamina column of this trio of fierce Beyblade tops is the Scythe Kronos T12EDS top, with a Spin Track part whose Tornado design helps create a sustaining vortex. Its Eternal Defense Spike Performance Tip part is for stamina and defense. Create custom top combinations by switching parts, and may the best top win. 12/11/2012 (Price: $26.99; Age: 8 and up) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

eco-build a block set by ECO-KIDS
eco-build a block set by ECO-KIDSFrom building a tower, to a fortress or a maze, eco-build a block set™ will inspire imaginations to soar. These blocks are fun for all ages; they build confidence, teamwork and help with gross motor skills. Get ready to watch worlds come to life. These 100% recycled cardboard blocks come packaged in a reusable carrying case and are ready for play. With four unique sizes, use them as is or add an artful touch for hours of creative play. eco-build a block set includes 2 extra large boxes, 4 large, 8 medium and 16 small boxes. Carrying case measures 16.5"H x 20"W x 4.25"D. Launch date: August 2012. 11/21/2012 (Price: $39.99; Age: All Ages) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Stripes The Long Earred Bunny by SCHYLLING
Stripes The Long Earred Bunny by SCHYLLINGThis long floppy eared bunny is colorful and cuddly. Knotted eyes & nose add classic touches. 13" tall. Launch date: June 2006.
— As of 10/5/2012 this product had 4.1 out of 5 stars from 21 reviews on Pros: Colorful; cute Cons: Several reviews said the toy was not as durable as they had hoped. 10/5/2012 (Price: $24.99; Age: 3 and up)

The Little Yoga Mat by THE LITTLE YOGA MAT
The Little Yoga Mat by THE LITTLE YOGA MATThe Little Yoga Mat is a colorful, eco-safe yoga mat for babies and toddlers.  Designed by a yoga mom and created for the under 4 set, The Little Yoga Mat is a multi-purpose mat that works beautifully for tummy time, nap time and on-the-go.  Toss it into a stroller bag or backpack and take it on your travels!  It's simple to clean (soap & water), and comes in 2 yoga inspired designs:  SUN or LOTUS flower.  Kids LOVE having a mat that's just their size. Launch date: January 2011.
— As of 09/25/2012 this product had 5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews on 10/2/2012 (Price: $25.00; Age: 0 to 4) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Fruits & Veggies Wooden Magnetic Set by MUDPUPPY PRESS
Fruits & Veggies Wooden Magnetic Set by MUDPUPPY PRESSEach wooden magnet shows a stylized fruit or vegetable as illustrated by Jen Skelley: lemon, peach, radish, lime, kiwi, potato, garlic, mushroom, asparagus, blueberry, pineapple, raspberry, celery, strawberry, peapod, chili pepper, watermelon, orange, broccoli, pear, eggplant, avocado, grapefruit, cantelope, grapes, bananas, bell pepper, pumpkin, carrots, apple, corn, cherry, and tomato. Make your own green market on the refrigerator or any metal surface. The full magnetic backing will hold the letter firmly in position. Magnetic pieces are made of 80% recycled wood. Package contains 85% recycled paper and is printed with nontoxic inks.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys 9/11/2012 (Price: $18.00; Age: 3 to 6) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]



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