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December 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 12




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Holiday Roundup: Keep on Ordering

If You're Running Low, These Companies Might Be Able to Help


Get your last-minute holiday orders from these great companies, sorted by category. Most of these toys and games were invented and produced by smaller, innovative companies, and some are even eco-friendly and/or American-made! There's something for every age and sensibility:



Action Figures Aircraft
American-Made Animal Figures
Anime Apparel
Arts & Crafts Audio & CD
Award Winners Backpacks
Balls Bath
Bicycles & Tricycles Board Games
Board Games - Trivia Books
Candy & Food Card Games
Cars Casinos & Gaming
CD-ROM Christmas
Closeouts Collectibles
Comics Construction
Costumes & Accessories Creative Activities
Designer Toys Developmental Toys
Die-Cast Display
Dolls Dolls - Accessories
Eco-Friendly Educational
Electronic Games Electronics
Electronics-Accessories Fashion & Accessories
Furniture General Games
General Toys Gifts
Hobby Goods Infant & Toddler
Interactive Kites
Kits Licensed Products
Miniatures Music
Musical Toys Novelties
Outdoor Fun Personalized
Play Houses Play Sets
Plush Preschool
Pretend Play Puppets
Puzzles & Skill Rail Roads & Trains
Religious Remote Controlled
Robotics Safety
Science & Nature Software
Special Needs Sporting Goods & Accessories
Stationery Stickers
Teddy Bear Travel Games
Tween Vehicles - Riding
Vehicles - Small Toy Video Games
Videos & DVDs Wheeled Toys
Windup Wooden Toys






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MSRP: $24.95
Age Range: 5 to 10
SKU or Item #: 85115
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Board Games
Preschool



The adorable characters of Becky, Bobby, Brenda and Billy Blunder revolutionize the way manners are taught. The game includes a game board, a story book and 300 fun and interactive charade, multiple-choice, scenario and true/false questions covering social and dining etiquette. “Blunders™ is the only board game on the market today that makes learning manners interactive and fun!” Successful Kids Inc. President Aimee Symington told TDmonthly. This game has received the following awards: Dr. Toy, National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, iParenting Media, Creative Child Preferred Choice, Mr. Dad Seal of Approval, eChoice, and The Toy Man Award of Excellence and Seal of Approval. Launch date: February 17, 2008.
— "I've loved the Blunders Game from the moment I was introduced to it.  Now you can reinforce manners at one of the places where manners are key.  Manner Mats takes the blunders concept and turns it into a set of 38  table mats. The mats include tones of games including word searches, challenges, multiple choice, what is wrong with the picture, complete the sentence and many more. Another innovative way to teach manners without having to point your finger," Jennifer Shuman, owner of 1SmartNoodle, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16257      (added 11/27/2007)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 5 to 10
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Interactive



This fuzzy frog gives kids the chance to register a star with the International Star Registry ... and name it, too. In the Shining Stars virtual world, owners of Shining Stars pets can play games, send e-cards, and define their pet's personality with different character traits.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20741      (added 9/24/2008)
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MSRP: $10.00
Age Range: 0 to 4
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Developmental Toys
General Toys



Featuring various color palettes, designs and different textures, these flat shape characters are extra easy for little ones to grasp. "Bright Beginnings products benefit a children’s development by enticing them to explore through visual and tactile stimulation," said Stephanie Araujo, marketing coordinator for Russ Berrie. Launch date: 2008
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20212      (added 8/25/2008)
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MSRP: $28.00
Age Range: 1 and up
SKU or Item #: GCWTW
Launch Date: May 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Developmental Toys



This 20-card set is designed to help children learn through sight and sound with full-color, professional photos and corresponding words. It introduces children to their own sense of style as they learn about clothes. These high-quality, laminated cards are made in the U.S., easy to wipe and big enough for little hands to hold. Launch date: May 12, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17316      (added 1/30/2008)
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MSRP: $34.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
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: $15.95
Age Range: 8 to 11
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
General Games



In "what's the deal?" – a tween and teen prep kit - Fiona and Luke find themselves in lots of sticky situations. Follow these exploits with children and watch Fiona and Luke grow as they think through the best solutions, and begin to apply them in their own lives.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16929      (added 1/4/2008)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dolls



One of 26 character dolls in the Candy Box collection, Ruth collects shiny pennies to buy her favorite treats. The 21” vinyl-and-cloth rag dolls in the magical world of the Candy Box Kids reflect and relate to every child’s life, with their emphasis on the cute, sweet, mischievous, silly and the just plain yummy. Ruth comes with a storybook and cassette and has the signature of creator Barbara A. Hock on her soft cloth body and her box. Each doll also has a trademark heart stamp on his or her chest, too. The girl dolls come with removable fake candy treats and the boys with removable frogs.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 6618      (added 1/17/2006)
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