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October 2005 | Vol. IV - No. 10


October Peeks

We here at TDmonthly Magazine have toys coming out our ears as we prepare for the holiday rush. We are so totally about toys that we sometimes find them stuck between our teeth and occasionally have to stop what we´re doing to pick them out of each others´ hair like a bunch of monkeys.

What we´ve discovered through the toy invasion is that some products are born winners. We feel the following just may have what it takes to make it big in the real world.

MSRP: $5.95
Category: Novelties

Do cats really always land on their feet? With the Cat-A-Pult you can put the old saying to the test by flinging felines across the room. Just load one of the 1-3/8" plastic cats into the 5-3/4" plastic shooting device and pull the trigger. You may question the concept at first, but after propelling a few kitties across the room the company claims you’ll be a believer too. Each shooting device comes with ample feline ammo for a full-fledged cat-flinging party! Four cats are included. The concept is also available in Chicken Chucker, Boss Toss, The Wedding Slinger, Baby Shower, Ninja Attack, Love Gun and the best-selling Pig Catapult.
— Kids love this toy, said Jordan Walden, manager of Finnegan’s Toys and Gifts in Portland, Ore.
— It’s also a great seller at Golden Aspen in Flagstaff, Ariz., noted sales associate Sherri Anaya.
— Cat-A-Pult is No. 4 on Accoutrements’ 25 top-sellers list. Chicken Chucker is No. 2.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4805      (added 9/26/2005)

MSRP: $24.00
Category: Creative Activities

The kit allows kids to design their own clothing and accessories for four fashionable 15" paper dolls. The kit comes with plenty of differently patterned paper, glitter, ribbons, sequins, cool glues, puff stickers, buttons and more.The dolls are packaged in a huge designer´s portfolio that can be used later to store artwork.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4710      (added 9/20/2005)

MSRP: $6.95
Age Range: 15 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dolls

These tiny 3" vinyl dolls resemble workers you would expect to find in Santa´s workshop. The first series of Ice-Bots include 14 different characters. One secret design has yet to be released. The dolls are packaged blind, so the character’s identify is a surprise when the box is opened.
— “Mostly adults buy these,” noted Tory Middlebrooks of Lulubell: A Toy Bodega in Tucson, Ariz. “They’re usually collectors of art toys.”
— Another retailer pointed out that collectors start young. These Bots make a good start.
— The Bots were launched in Summer 2005.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4575      (added 9/13/2005)

MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys
Category: Wheeled Toys

LineChaserz is a technologically amazing and creatively fun vehicle line. Though first introduced at the 2004 Toy Fair, Overbreak is continuing to make a big push on the product this holiday season. The kit allows kids to draw any line with a black marker, which, by just flipping on an easy-to-use switch on the LineChaserz vehicle, will be magically followed by the toy car.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2078      (added 12/27/2004)

MSRP: $16.95
Age Range: 8 to 12
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties

Three Monkey benders with space helmets and official uniforms live on the rocket ship. Simply pop the hatch and let the Space Monkey Benders explore. Powerful magnets in their hands and feet let them hang on tight to the rocket ship or tether together for safe space walks. They’re bestsellers among boys 8 to 12 at Accipter in Raleigh, NC.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4804      (added 9/26/2005)


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