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January 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 1




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January Toy Videos

Friendship Games for 2008


Old slumber-party games, such as Truth or Dare and fortune telling, have cropped up in vendable forms for 2008. Tween girls who want to know what their friends are thinking — or what tomorrow will bring — can try out Kubit2me Inc.'s tossing cubes and Green Rock Entertainment's Cahootie.

Find out what it's like to play these games and more in the videos below, selected by TDmonthly Magazine's staff. Are these toys fun? There's no better way than to see for yourself:


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Videography by Rob Poswall. Edited by Alison Marek.

*Video of the month*

Kubit2me Now You're Talkin' by KUBIT2ME INC.

This game for two to eight players makes communication more physical, exciting and fun. Participants toss the 6” bright orange plush cube to one another and answer thought-provoking questions from cards that they pull from Kubit2me’s denim pockets. A perfect game to play with friends, at family parties or at just about any group get-together, this non-competitive game comes with 99 friendship stickers and encourages open and honest communication about topics that affect our everyday lives, such as relationships, beliefs, opinions, memories and more. It even has a secret compartment for storing cards and stickers. Also available in Truth or Dare and other versions. (Watch Video)





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MSRP: $7.98
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 682804
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles



The replicas in the acetate Toob are hand-painted, phthalate-free and finely detailed for extra realism. Each 1-1/2” x 13-1/2” Toob contains 8 to 12 miniature collectibles. In addition to “In the Water,” over 40 other themes are available.
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Age Range: 4 and up
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Children can mix-and-match these cuddly plush friends that feature magnetically interchangeable heads and tails. Collecting all six in the collection allows kids to create more than 200 PlajaPets. In June 2007, new PlajaPets Tiger, Platypus, Rhino, Monster, Pig and Monkey were launched. “The very unique look and feel of our characters draws kids (and adults) to them. Once children get these in their hands, they honestly do not want to put them down. [They have been embraced by] teachers ... in classrooms all over the United States, as well as by child psychologists who teach cognitive development,” COO Jason Johnson of Plaja International told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2007.
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MSRP: $17.99
Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: 4032-1
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Licensed Products



This two-sized puzzle is soft, durable and all in one piece, making it ideal for travel. A twist on the classic jigsaw puzzle, it features flexible branches that exist all on one strand. Completed size is 17.5” x 14”. Launch date: October 2007.
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MSRP: $8.99
Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: RT8948
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Die-Cast
Vehicles - Small Toy



This officially licensed product comes with a sign that says “Don’t even think of parking here.” The art work on the New York City Taxi is new, and began appearing on real cabs in October 2007. “Daron is the only toy company that has a license to produce official New York City-licensed toy-set items,” Eugene McKeown, director of sales and marketing for Daron Worldwide Trading, told TDmonthly. “They are not sold in the mass market, and are of high quality, and retailers can order any quantity of each. Our low minimums are designed for the specialty market.” Launch date: October 2007.
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MSRP: $59.99
Age Range: 0 to 1
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler



The bébéPOD plus captivates the interest of babies with its bright colors, fascinating toy, and the soft and squishy feel of a seat designed especially for them. Its ergonomic design provides optimal support in helping baby learn to sit, it helps ensure that baby is comfortable and secure, and it comes with a selection of fun and stylish placemats. Ideal for travel, the non-toxic product is easy to clean and has a removable pommel, adjustable tray and a custom-designed Sassy toy with toy bar. It is intended for babies ages three months to 14 months. This product is an iParenting Media Award winner.
― Prince Lionheart is one company that “accommodate[s] me no matter how 'little' I am,” Kathleen Fisher of Pink Belly Gifts told TDmonthly in spring 2007.
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MSRP: $9.00
Age Range: 0 and up
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dolls
Infant & Toddler



Inspired by nature, this soft doll is lightly scented with lavender and features wooden rings along with bright colors and textured fabrics — velour, corduroy, fleece and sateen. It is handcrafted from quality hardwoods and features water-based finishes. Launch date: October 2007.
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: 894128001045
Launch Date: September 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Educational



This game for two to eight players makes communication more physical, exciting and fun. Participants toss the 6” bright orange plush cube to one another and answer thought-provoking questions from cards that they pull from Kubit2me’s denim pockets. A perfect game to play with friends, at family parties or at just about any group get-together, this non-competitive game comes with 99 friendship stickers and encourages open and honest communication about topics that affect our everyday lives, such as relationships, beliefs, opinions, memories and more. It even has a secret compartment for storing cards and stickers. This product received a 2008 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine, a 2008 Award of Excellence and Editor's Choice Award from The Toy Man, and was named one of Dr. Toy's Best Picks 2009. Launch date: September 2007.
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MSRP: $6.95
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 2000
Launch Date: August 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles



Each one-of-a-kind character in this collectible-art toy line is derived from handmade foam sculptures. Each piece stands between 1-3/4” to 2-1/4” tall and has its own special name and story. Launch date: August 2007.
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MSRP: $69.99
Age Range: 10 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Remote Controlled
Aircraft



The two-channel Firefly is the world's smallest, most stable and lightest indoor helicopter. The future of RC fits in the palm of your hand. The Firefly continues ITC's tradition of groundbreaking products and market-penetrating presentation.
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Sporting Goods & Accessories



The latest spin-off from Rocketbal is the FlyBall. It looks like a baseball and kids love to play catch with it. Little league coaches can launch 150 foot fly balls without using a bat. Beginners are not afraid to catch fly balls with this rubber baseball.
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MSRP: $30.00
Gender: Girls
Category: Gifts
Fashion & Accessories
Tween



Each pre-made gift set comes with five themed charms and one snap-clasp bracelet. Gift sets are packaged in a rainbow-striped box that doubles as a keepsake with a velvet insert and magnetic closure. The box itself comes in a special gift bag. Gift set themes range from friends to birthdays to dance to licensed Disney characters, such as Disney Princesses, Hannah Montana and High School Musical.
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MSRP: $14.50
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 9780979286001
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Educational



The Lonely Little Monster, winner of a MoonBeam Children's Book Award, stars Nola our wide-eyed Monster of Loneliness. She seems to have a problem... she can't find any friends!  Join her as she wanders through her fanciful world in search of a companion. Will she find a friend?  The Lonely little Monster was named  "One of Three Great Books About Loneliness" by "Time Out New York Kids." “The WorryWoos are a unique series that brings human emotions to life by personifying feelings as main characters. For the first time, author [and illustrator] Andi Green deals with aspects of our inner self, presented as quirky and loveable monsters who go on amusing introspective journeys in search of understanding and acceptance,” Green told TDmonthly. Nola and "The Lonely Little Monster" won a 2009 Hot Product Award from iParenting Media and a 2009 Preferred Choice Award from Creative Child Magazine.
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MSRP: $4.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Figures
Collectibles



Each two-inch bear features five points of articulation. Rosy (pink), Berrybear (blue), Clover (green) and Butternut (tan) are available. “Mbear Series 1 is a cute buddy bear in a pre-assembled configuration that provides instant play. Its removable parts are also interchangeable with STIKFAS™ product lines (STIKFAS action-figure kits and CUBOYDS™), therefore allowing enthusiasts to express their individuality and interest through kit-bashing, customization and posing,” Sammy Nelson of SaiZon told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2007.
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: September 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



This product for one or more players features an oxygen pump, 15 “funatomy” parts and three all-new games. It comes in a convenient carrying case. Launch date: September 2007.
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Gender: Girls
Category: Gifts
Stationery



From the company’s Classic Linen Collection, this journal is embellished with Swarovski crystals and features artist-quality paper. "In a world of outsourcing, all of our products are created in our artisan workshop located in Los Angeles," Brittney Lane of Press & Marketing for Terra Traditions told TDmonthly.
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MSRP: $5.00
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 652716
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature



Create sound and light with Safari’s World Energy Ball by touching the two embedded metal strips, demonstrating circuits and conductivity. Great scientific fun for individuals or groups. Put the whole world in the palm of your hand! View our entire collection at www.safariltd.com
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: F812
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Construction
Developmental Toys



The building blocks are made of soft foam, but look like real wood. The pieces are durable, lightweight, quiet and water-resistant, making them playable anywhere, even in the pool or tub. The blocks promote creative, open-ended and imaginative play.
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