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January 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 1




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Plush, Puppets and Dolls Try Something New

Being Sweet and Soft Just Isn't Enough Anymore


Plush can't rely on being cute anymore. It has to do something: take kids online to another world, transform into blankets, hold jammies, dance like grandma in her heyday. Or, at least take a more unusual form, such as an iguana or moose.



MSRP: $16.00
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts
Infant & Toddler



Each 17” machine-washable plush is under-stuffed to make it more blanket-like. The plush features embroidered eyes and satin paws and footpads, and comes in a size that makes it perfect for little toddler hands. Varieties include Tan Dog, Yellow Duck, Yellow Giraffe, White Lamb, Pink Horse, Brown and White Horse, Blue Dog and Green Frog. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16659      (added 12/19/2007)
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MSRP: $12.00
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Plush
Gifts



The 18” iguana is made of a distinctive fabric and a variation of colors. The fabric is slightly slippery to the touch with a shiny reptilian flare.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16663      (added 12/19/2007)
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MSRP: $24.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts



It's a Dance Party … and everyone’s invited! Get ready to dance through the decades as APPLAUSE introduces its fun Dance Party characters, dressed to impress in authentic attire from the '40s to the '70s. Each animal moves and grooves to a hit song from its own era, such as “In the Mood” and “Boogie Shoes.” These make great gifts for anyone who holds special memories of those by-gone days.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16716      (added 12/19/2007)
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SKU or Item #: 881200
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Pretend Play
Creative Activities
Furniture & Decor



The theater features a sturdy no-tip design that fits two children comfortably. A dry-erase marquee announces show titles and times, while a lighted stage, curtains and two hand puppets complete the rest of the show. Plenty of storage space is available behind the stage doors. Launch date: Fall 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16672      (added 12/19/2007)
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MSRP: $12.00
Age Range: 3 to 6
Launch Date: September 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts
Preschool



The full eight-character line of Gigapals plush toys consists of Pengo, Freddy Teddy, Toots and more. Each plush is ultra soft, safe and cuddly. Launch date: September 1, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9417      (added 9/19/2006)
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Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts



The plush is part of Douglas’ Sea Life collection. Other animals in the collection include Mommy Beluga Whale, several sharks, a larger dolphin and more. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16660      (added 12/19/2007)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Gifts
Plush



Suitable for both kids and adults, these plush flowers come in three vibrant colors.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16386      (added 12/3/2007)
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MSRP: $13.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 100008
Launch Date: August 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Interactive



This scented plush friend has embroidered facial features and comes with a secret Jellycode that allows kids to unlock the character at the Jellybeanies website, play games, JellyChat with other Jellybeanies members, and find secret messages in Chroma, the Jellybeanies’ magical world. This particular character has a smart and curious personality, and comes with a story card that tells more about him. There are eight Jellybeanies characters in the first series. The scent lasts up to 20 months. Launch date: August 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16359      (added 11/30/2007)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 2 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Teddy Bear



The In the Dark Glow Bear is designed to comfort children who are afraid of the dark. With glow-in-the-dark fur, the bear emits a warm and reassuring light in dark rooms, and also serves as a cuddly friend. Three sizes are available, Teddy-B, Teddy-Kin and Teddy-Graham, with suggested retail pricing of $29.95, $19.95 and $9 respectively.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16308      (added 11/28/2007)
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This plush planetarium projects a starry night sky onto bedroom walls and the ceiling, illuminating with red, blue and green lights.
— Kate Tanner, owner of Kidstop Toy & Book Store in Scottsdale, Ariz., was impressed with this product at Toy Fair 2008, noting, “the Twilight Turtle was extremely popular over the holidays.”
— “I love this collection,” Owner Michelle Smith of Piccolo Mondo Toys in Portland, Ore., told TDmonthly of this good seller at the end of 2008.
THIS PRODUCT IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE. SEE THE RE-LAUNCHED TWILIGHT LADYBUG HERE.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16304      (added 11/28/2007)
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MSRP: $15.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Each Travel Around the World set includes a toy travel case with a world map, a sticker sheet with 13 removable stickers to decorate the toy case again and again, and an 8” plush friend with a fun-facts tag and a hangtag that one can personalize. The travel case measures 8.5” W x 6.5” H x 3” D. "There's real play value here — kids can sticker the case, or use other stickers and make it [their] own. Secondly, kids can put other Aurora animals and personal belongings inside,” said Sean Hellenbrand, Aurora's director of sales for the gift division. “The plush animal is a lifelong friend for your child." Launch date: January 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16263      (added 11/27/2007)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Plush
Educational



A little dreamy, very sweet and loves a good laugh. He even makes fun of himself – often saying he may be all wet, but he is certainly no drip. Of course, as an Idbid, he also has a serious side. Waverly is particularly – and deeply – concerned about protecting the Earth’s water resources and keeping them clean.

AREA OF EXPERTISE: Oceans, seas, rivers and lakes
INTERESTING FACT: A fan of 60s music who is known to turn up the volume a little too high

Waverly is a huggable, soft, plush toy handcrafted in Egypt with 100% Egyptian cotton. No two are alike - just like children!.

Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16199      (added 11/19/2007)
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MSRP: $21.50
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Educational



Nola, the cuddly green Monster of Loneliness lives in a world of sunny skies and beautiful landscapes. But she’s missing one thing…a friend. Her wide-eyed stare and squooshy tummy make her an ideal candidate for hugs and kisses. She also sports a standard WorryWoo belly button made for tickles! She would love to be your best friend! 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.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16067      (added 11/9/2007)
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MSRP: $40.00
Age Range: 0 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



As Shakespearos once said, “The dog will have his day” … and that day is now! Nonos can usually be found waxing poetic and sniffing out a sonnet or two. But as the poet of the Deglingos, he needs inspiration. Will you be his muse?
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15945      (added 10/31/2007)
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Available in many animal varieties, MushABellies are soft and mushy and have grumbly tummies. The plush pillow corresponds with an interactive website for MushABellies, allowing kids of all ages to extend playtime. Each animal comes with its own grumbly sound, game card and MushABelly University student ID passcode.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15700      (added 10/11/2007)
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MSRP: $14.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Computers



This fierce cuddler has an online counterpart that lets kids access a virtual world full of games, contests and rewards.
— During TDmonthly's Homeschool Roundtable review of Kookeys, 8-year-old Joe Ledford expressed excitement for the online entertainment the plush animals afford. "Can I play the arcade games?" he asked his mom. "They are really fun!"
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15589      (added 10/3/2007)
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MSRP: $35.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts



This cuddly, hairy friend is a pillow, blanket and stuffed animal all in one, designed to serve as the perfect travel companion. “We at Zoobies continue to be on the curve of innovation for plush and for children's products, and we have some great new products debuting at the Toy Fair [2008],” Owner J.C. Smoot of Zoobies told TDmonthly. Launch: March 1, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15195      (added 9/17/2007)
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MSRP: $59.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 0607-01K
Launch Date: June 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Dolls
Gifts



The handmade rag doll is entirely washable and entirely manufactured in the United States. The 18” doll even comes with her own Internet key-code, allowing her owner to join the Adoptable Kinders online eSchool. This doll product was a TDmonthly 2007 Top Toy Award finalist. Launch date: June 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16812      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $40.00
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 15366
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts
Teddy Bear



The 18” classic teddy bear is made of a cuddly plum-textured fabric and features burgundy accents and ultra-suede paw pads. The bear wears a matching satin ribbon around his neck, with a “Gotta Getta GUND” enamel charm attached to his ear. Launch date: January 2008.
— The product uses “unique materials, innovative designs and detailed facial features,” Gund Marketing and Licensing Manager Shallu Chhabra told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16784      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $16.00
Age Range: 0 and up
SKU or Item #: 59064
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts



The pony is crafted of different pink calico patterns and corduroy accents. The pony also features a wide embroidered smile, aqua velour ears and a ruffled calico tail and head trim. An 8” style and a 22” style are also available. Launch date: January 2008.
— The pony uses “colors and material that match with today’s fashion industry,” Gund Marketing and Licensing Manager Shallu Chhabra told TDmonthly.
— “Stuffed animals by Gund — [we sell] three or less per month,” Tina, owner of Baby Furniture & Accessories in Albuquerque, N.M., told TDmonthly in March 2008, when asked which items sell best for infants and toddlers in her store.
— Five percent of the 40 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly in March 2008 named Gund as the hottest manufacturer of baby products in their stores.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16783      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $16.00
Age Range: 0 to 3
SKU or Item #: 1384
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts
Infant & Toddler



The 17” plush is the perfect companion or snuggle toy for any toddler. These “blankie friends” are made from extremely soft material and feature satin paws and foot pads, coordinating piping and embroidered eyes. The plush is machine-washable. Launch date: February 2008.
— “The faces are irresistible and the material is softer than imaginable,” Douglas Cuddle Toys Marketing Manager Erika Radich told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16881      (added 1/2/2008)
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MSRP: $24.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Plush
Gifts



From toy to pillow for the child on the go, these 100 percent cotton and 100 percent machine washable plush chenille characters have the nubby texture little ones love to touch. Small Velcro tabs make it easy to convert from plush toy to comfy, cushy pillow. Launch date: January 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16859      (added 1/2/2008)
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MSRP: $17.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
General Toys
Dolls



The Dream To Be Kids collection includes a paramedic, an EMT, a postal worker, a fire fighter, a construction worker and more. Each 15” doll comes with a highly detailed and embroidered facial expression, an enlarged head, enlarged feet and an enlarged uniform and a tag that can house a personal photo. Dream To Be Kids are designed to be inspirational gifts for children or can be given as remembrances for friends or family members in these professions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16857      (added 1/2/2008)
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MSRP: $5.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dolls
Gifts
Collectibles



A remake of the original 60’s doll, Flatsy is flat, yet bendable and poseable. The Flatsy collection includes six 4-3/4” dolls, each equipped with their own assortment of hair accessories. The trendy doll fits perfectly in pockets.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16903      (added 1/3/2008)
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