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January 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 1




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Dressing Up Inside and Out

Tweens Turn to Fashion and Decor


Wearing fairy wings is a thing of the past for most tweens, but that doesn't mean they won't use them to dress up their bedroom. These products encourage kids to decorate themselves and their surroundings.



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MSRP: $40.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Arts & Crafts
Apparel



This kit includes the following: a pair of boots with a paintable surface, six waterproof paint colors, 32 magical erasing pads, two paintbrushes, one mixing palette and a colorful instruction book.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16772      (added 12/27/2007)
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Josie is a cute gold- and brown-spotted giraffe that will help give a cell phone attitude while also protecting it from damage. Fun Friends Plush Animal Cell Phone Covers are cute and stretch to fit most flip-style cell phones. Made of the highest quality fabrics and materials, these adorable plush cell phone covers are a great gift for family and friends. Soft to the touch, these creatures are the perfect accessory. Fun Friends products are hand-washable and should be line-dried.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16686      (added 12/19/2007)
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Design and create two headbands with your own personal style. Makes wonderful gifts for your friends to decorate your hair with style!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16602      (added 12/17/2007)
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MSRP: $9.88
Age Range: 7 to 18
SKU or Item #: 11019
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Tween
Fashion & Accessories



This easy-to-use kit includes mosaic tiles, glass gems and hip stickers so that girls can create their own stepping stone for displays indoors or out. It is available at Wal-Mart. CAKE is inspired by the reality-based series airing on the Saturday programming block, “KEWLopolis on CBS.” Launch date: Q4 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16481      (added 12/7/2007)
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MSRP: $24.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 11393
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Arts & Crafts



Encourage recycling and reusing by offering these design kits to your little and tween girl customers. The kits are great for craft or slumber parties, too. This toy is still in development and artwork may not reflect the final product.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16420      (added 12/5/2007)
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MSRP: $28.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 11311
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories



Girls can use this styling wig to experiment with wild and fun hairstyles. Not only can they wear the wig, but they can even use the coloring on their own hair!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16419      (added 12/5/2007)
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MSRP: $8.95
Launch Date: September 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Halloween Merchandise



The product is a glow-in-the-dark gel that lasts for four to six hours without an external light source. The product is certified by the FDA to be safe for use on skin and hair, and can also be used on objects such as props or signs. Launch date: September 2007.
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Budclicks are the latest rage for tech-lovers. They are clickable decorations for your earbuds. They work on both old and new earbuds made for iPods.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15640      (added 10/8/2007)
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MSRP: $5.95
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Gifts
Novelties



These ponytail holders look like pom-poms. They are great for dressing up stuffed animals, for wearing in one’s hair, for use as a gift bow, for use as a napkin ring and much more.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16801      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $60.00
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 14432600
Launch Date: November 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Arts & Crafts
Personalized



Each pack includes two 19” x 24” sheets of multi-colored colored tree, leaf, flower, bird and butterfly decals. These U.S.-made surface graphics are made for use on many surfaces, including walls and furniture. Launch date: November 2007.
— “These decals are easy to apply to any clean, flat surface,” notNeutral Designer Chiaki Kanda told TDmonthly. “They are removable and re-usable and are an innovative and fun way to decorate any room instantly."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16798      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $460.00
Age Range: 3 to 6
SKU or Item #: 12000404
Launch Date: January 2004
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor
Preschool
Tween



The table and chair set is inspired by the boomerang form. Both pieces are environmentally friendly, industrial grade, hygienic, waterproof and easy to clean. Adult assembly is required. The set is available in pre-finished Baltic Birch plywood and three vivid, candy-coated colors. Launch date: January 2004.
— “These tables and chairs were originally designed for childcare centers and have been tried and tested,” notNeutral Designer Chiaki Kanda told TDmonthly. “Since their initial conception, the design has been simplified to a KD-version and is available in three painted styles.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16797      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $96.00
Age Range: 0 to 6
SKU or Item #: FCC016
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Display
Gifts
Infant & Toddler



Award-winning children's artist Janet White offers a rich watercolor interpretation of the classic nursery rhyme "What Are Little Girls Made Of" by extending her artistic palette into ballet. The richly detailed lithograph is laminated and mounted on a wooden board, and framed in a white bevel-edged wooden frame. The artwork's canvas-like texture is easy to clean, while the absence of glass makes the product safe for children. The frame measures 21-3/4"x17-3/4" and comes ready to hang with a wire hanger. Launch date: January 2008.
— “Dish and Spoon Productions wall art is recognizable and highly sought after because of the incredible level of detail that goes into each rendering,” Joanne M. Wiberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Dish and Spoon Productions LLC, told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16795      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $96.00
Age Range: 0 to 3
SKU or Item #: FCC011
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys
Category: Display
Gifts
Infant & Toddler



The richly detailed lithograph is laminated and mounted on a wooden board, and framed in a white, bevel-edged wooden frame. The artwork's canvas-like texture is easy to clean, while the absence of glass makes the product safe for children. The frame measures 21-3/4"x17-3/4" and comes ready to hang with a wire hanger. Launch date: January 2008.
— “Loved by children and parents alike, our sophisticated and whimsical wall art is a welcomed addition to a child's nursery, bedroom or family play area!” Joanne M. Wiberg, co-founder and chief executive officer of Dish and Spoon Productions LLC, told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16794      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $24.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: March 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Arts & Crafts
Fashion & Accessories



The book features detailed instructions and step-by-step illustrations for making seven different bracelets. The book comes with all the necessary supplies, including a bead loom, beading floss, needles and thousands of sparkling seed beads, bugle beads and specialty beads. The bead loom requires no assembly and collapses neatly for easy storage. Launch date: March 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16871      (added 1/2/2008)
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MSRP: $17.95
Age Range: 2 and up
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Preschool
Vehicles - Small Toy



The E-Racer is part of the "bamboo collection", a line of fun, eco-friendly toys produced by HaPe. Children will be intrigued by the colors and design of the E-Racer while parents will appreciate the natural bamboo shape, water-based colors and sustainable materials. The E-Racer is naturally fun! Launch date: February 2008.
— “It's made of eco-friendly bamboo, a highly sustainable, replenishable material,” Robin Lehnert of HaPe International told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16893      (added 1/3/2008)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 2 and up
SKU or Item #: E1704
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Travel
Wooden Toys



The wings of the whimsical Color Flutter Butterfly contain eight pockets to catch eight matching balls using the magnetic wand in this hand-held magnetic marble maze. There are no small loose parts because the balls stay put behind the wipe-clean Lucite cover. This maze is the perfect size for on-the-go fun and it stows easily in a bag or backpack. Launch date: February 2008.
— “Use of the wand in tracing the balls is a healthy activity in developing pre-reading skills,” Robin Lehnert of HaPe International told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16894      (added 1/3/2008)
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MSRP: $5.95
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: ASRH01
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Pretend Play
Wooden Toys



Amusing faces and poses make Anamalz simply irresistible. The Australian-designed animals can be moved to look left, right and run or stand on their legs and perform. Each animal is made of renewable wood and textiles and are entirely environmentally-friendly and child safe. Launch date: February 2008.
Awards: Dr. Toy 10 Best Creative Products for 2011; Dr. Toy 100 Best Children’s Products for 2011.
— “No two pieces of Anamalz are the same, as each are handcrafted from grained wood, resulting in individual toys of character and originality,” Robin Lehnert of HaPe International told TDmonthly. “In addition, every animal also bears a unique code on the bottom of one of their feet, allowing the proud new owner to register the toy online, name the animals and print out a personal certificate.”
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16895      (added 1/3/2008)
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This embroidered shirt comes with bold graphics and is hand-wrapped to look like a lollipop. The shirt is made from 100-percent combed cotton and features super-soft lined interiors, soft baby rib on heavy, durable weight (6.2 oz/square yard), reverse-cover-stitching, trims and side slits. More than 14 designs are available.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16667      (added 12/19/2007)
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