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September 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 9




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TDmonthly Classics and 2008 Innovations Awards

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The new and the old fit perfectly together as these toy videos of TDmonthly's Classics and 2008 Innovations award winners make clear:

Manufacturers: Find out how a TDmonthly Video attracts buyers.




MSRP: $34.99
Category: Board Games
General Games



Beyond Chess comes with everything you need to play. The board is made of 64 high-quality, solid, plastic squares that measure 1.5"x1.5"x.25" and accommodate most chess pieces, plus two extra squares. This set includes standard Staunton-design chess pieces, a 12-page instruction booklet and a sturdy nylon backpack-style carrying bag.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16215      (added 11/21/2007)
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MSRP: $32.95
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: ABA-CLASSIC
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Educational



Abalone is a fast-paced strategy board game that has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide. Players compete to push six of their opponents’ marbles off the board. The game can be learned in one to two minutes, and the game itself lasts approximately 15 minutes. Each purchase order comes in a carton of six games. This game is a winner of Europe’s Game of the Decade Award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13759      (added 6/27/2007)
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Age Range: 4 and up
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puppets



Triceratops is a 26” long full-body glove. A tank-like plant eater with plated armor, he sports three soft foam huge flesh piercing horns on his head for protection against meat eating predators. As with all Prehistoric Puppets, he is fully flexible down to his swishing tail! A great learning and role playing puppet for ages 4 to extinct. Made of a super soft molded polyurethane foam realistically painted. Inventor Michael Maddi pointed out to TDmonthly that Puppetoys make great characters in little kids' home videos. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16732      (added 12/21/2007)
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MSRP: $27.00
Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 60201
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Science & Nature
General Toys



The wand is designed to look like a true wizard’s magic wand. The patented magic wand allows levitating objects indoors to go as high as the ceiling allows. With or without a magic spell, just press the button and watch how toy objects included with the set expand and fly up as high as you can make them go. Awards: TDmonthly Innovations 2008.
— The wand demonstrates “real levitation,” Olga Ousherovitch, president and co-owner of Toysie LLC, told TDmonthly.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16890      (added 1/2/2008)
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MSRP: $11.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 120470
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Plush
Gifts



This beautiful 13" doll exudes fun and spunk in her pretty little floral dress. Launch date: January 2008.
— In early 2008, 2 of 45 retailers singled out Manhattan Toy as the best-selling line in their stores.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16966      (added 1/8/2008)
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MSRP: $18.90
Age Range: Adult
Launch Date: October 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Infant & Toddler
Gifts



These donut- and heart-shaped pendants mimic real gemstones and hang on a black, silk cord with a breakaway clasp. The jewelry is made from a food-safe, phthalate-free, non-toxic, lead-free, federally approved silicone, so it is safe for babies to handle and chew. Eight colors are available. Teething Bling makes “a great shower or new baby gift,” Director of Marketing Amy Maurer Creel of Smart Mom told TDmonthly. Awards: TDmonthly Innovations 2008. Launch date: October 2006.

Where to Buy: Creative Kidstuff

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15762      (added 10/17/2007)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
General Toys



Kids today can enjoy this classic metal toy as much as their parents did when they were children. Awards: TDmonthly Classic 2008.
— Original Slinkys are one of the top-10 best sellers at the Lollipop Shop in Jonesborough, Tenn., and Kiawah Island, S.C., Co-owner Jeff Gurley told TDmonthly in spring 2008.
— “Slinkys are still doing very well,” Ray Goodhart of Ages & Stages Toy Box in Golden, Colo., told TDmonthly in May 2008, noting that they sell “probably 15 to 20” per month.
— “Slinky — nostalgia does very well,” Linda Hill, owner of Emerald Isle Toys in Emerald Isle, N.C., told TDmonthly in May 2008. “[We sell] 50 per year … [to] kids — not parents — looking for older toys.”
— In May 2008, three of 55 retailers named the Slinky as one of their best-selling novelty items. Original Slinkys are a top-10 best seller at the Lollipop Shop in Jonesborough, Tenn., and Kiawah Island, S.C., Co-owner Jeff Gurley told TDmonthly in spring 2008.

Where to Buy: Rocking Horse Toy Store; Berkira

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19263      (added 6/4/2008)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: FNKE0011
Launch Date: April 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Construction



With Flibbix™, players build their own board game, make their own rules and then play. It's super easy and lets players rebuild and replay the game as much as they want. Players race to the finish, but things can get wacky along the way — even the game board and rules can change during play. “It's the first-ever build-a-board-game set: Players can easily build and play their own, custom board game with Flibbix. Because each game is different, it has great replay value and players can make a game that’s fun and perfect for them,” Jason Ivan of Merillian told TDmonthly. Launch date: April 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17085      (added 1/17/2008)
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MSRP: $12.95
SKU or Item #: GMUS-MM-0730
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



This smaller version of GIANTmicrobes comes three to a pack in see-through, Petri-dish packaging. "It has struck a chord with this community. I'm shocked -- I thought it was only going to be pharmacy driven," Dave Callahan, director of sales for Giant Microbes, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2008. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17643      (added 2/20/2008)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
General Toys
Educational



The micro-robotic HEXBUG is a tiny, obedient insect that features bump-sensor feelers that help it avoid objects in its path. It responds to clapping or other loud noise by backing up or changing direction. The HEXBUG is small enough to fit in the hand and comes in five different body types and colors including pink, blue, green, yellow and orange. Awards: TDmonthly Innovations 2008.
— According to more than 60 reviews on Amazon.com and Radioshack.com, this fun, durable toy has been rated 4 out of 5 stars due to its entertaining and educational features. It is portable for any occasion and appropriate for any age. Consumers should be careful though, as they have been known to be flimsy and easily breakable, like real bugs! (09.12.08)
— "Everyone wants one, from adults to kids," Charles Bonner, owner of Heights Toy Center in Little Rock, Ark., told TDmonthly of this best seller in April 2009. "I sell 200 to 250 a month." Three of 44 retailers tagged Hexbugs as an overall best seller in late fall 2009.

— During a September 2010 survey, two of 44 retailers listed Hexbugs as their top-seller for tweens.


ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17476      (added 2/12/2008)
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