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January 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 1




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Still Innovative

A Second Look at Some Recent Innovations


Though these products debuted up to two years ago, they're still fresh and deserve a closer look.



MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 13 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



This game tests players on their knowledge of snacks and sweets by asking them fun and clever trivia questions across five tasty categories: Chocolate, Candy, Cookies, Snack Attack, and Ice Cream & Desserts. The types of trivia questions range from jingles and advertising campaigns to ingredients, nostalgia, pop culture and more. "EAT IT! Snacks & Sweets Trivia Game now includes [$5.00 in] coupons for Sara Lee desserts, Jolly Time popcorn, Auntie Anne’s pretzels, Cadbury Adams Swedish Fish candies and Sour Patch candies," C-Me LLC CEO Eric Ash told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3367      (added 4/18/2005)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 094922660510
Launch Date: March 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Educational



To play this game of strategy, players simply scatter coins on the board and then vie to become president, appoint Supreme Court justices, and even vote in Congress to change the rules. The game is fast-paced and topical as all eyes turn toward the 2008 U.S. election year. “People are interested in politics, and this game gives them a chance to become president and experience the balance of power among the three branches of government. It really captures the spirit of the city,” Co-owner Joan Cartier of Coin Hopping Games told TDmonthly. The game board, a beautiful map of the National Mall and surrounding areas, invites exploration of the city and its landmarks. The game includes 50 destination cards with pictures of things to see, and is a patriotic experience Americans will find intriguing. For those thinking of taking the family to D.C., it's more fun than a guide book and provides a way to involve the whole family in the vacation planning. The game has received the following awards: 2007 iParenting Media; Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products 2008; Dr. Toy's 10 Best Board Games 2008; and Creative Child Preferred Choice 2009. Launch date: March 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10424      (added 12/5/2006)
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MSRP: $34.95
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games



This game includes 1 million puzzles, an alarm clock, a memo function and a help function that gives the correct answer for any cell — up to four times per game. This Sudoku electronic puzzle is top of the line with a super-high-resolution, large HTN-type LCD display for easy playing. It measures 4.5” × 6”, has five skill levels, can save games for later play and requires 2 AAA batteries.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 6056      (added 12/19/2005)
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MSRP: $149.00
Age Range: Adult
SKU or Item #: 0110000
Launch Date: January 2001
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Developmental Toys
Infant & Toddler



This patented prenatal education system plays auditory lessons through the mother's abdomen in a softer version of the mother's heartbeat (approximately 30 decibels less). The 16-week curriculum is designed for use one hour twice daily; the mother straps the fabric pouch around her belly and presses a button to start the lesson. Reported benefits are relaxed, alert and responsive babies who can better soothe themselves, as well as for older children, longer attention spans and earlier development. “BabyPlus is the only proven and patented auditory learning curriculum on the market that functions in the one language the prenatal child understands — the maternal heartbeat,” Carey Hart of BLASTmedia told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2001.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16693      (added 12/19/2007)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: J6GROW
Launch Date: January 2003
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Kits
Educational



This plant grows within days of being planted, folds up to sleep at night and moves quickly when tickled. The complete growing kit includes a 5” x 4” x 2-1/2” Jiffy Mini-Greenhouse, six peat pellets, one TickleMe Plant seed packet (10 to 20 Mimosa pudica seeds) and easy-to-follow instructions. Launch date: 2003.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16447      (added 12/5/2007)
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MSRP: $14.99
SKU or Item #: 50003
Launch Date: January 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Vehicles - Small Toy
General Toys
Gifts



The battery-operated train can either sit still or chug along, all the while blowing bubbles through the smoke stack. When in motion, the train changes direction whenever it bumps into any object. The bubble feature can be turned on or off. Launch date: 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15468      (added 9/27/2007)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 50001
Launch Date: January 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Bicycles & Tricycles
Outdoor Fun
Sporting Goods & Accessories



The bike features push-and-pull handlebars, adding an exercise element to the fun. The bike accommodates up to 75 lbs. Launch date: 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15467      (added 9/27/2007)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 12 and up
Launch Date: March 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics



The 8” talking head will say one of 100 random replies when the crown of thorns on his head is twisted. Launch date: March 2007.
— “There is absolutely nothing else like this currently on the market,” Mark Pirro, creator of the Submissive Jesus at Pirromount Products, told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16883      (added 1/2/2008)
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