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April 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 4




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"Just for Fun" Toys Show Off on Video

Don't Ask Why, Just Play


Novelties and odd skills catch the fancies of even the most jaded kids. Watch what's fun on these TDmonthly Magazine videos from Toy Fair 2009. More products coming soon (check out Geospace and Duncan in the Toy Fair video article from last month):

Retailers: Did you know you can broadcast TDmonthly Toy Videos from your website? (See website terms of use.) Manufacturers: Find out how a TDmonthly Video attracts buyers.






Hunt or be hunted with the Duck Hunter. Launch the duck in the air and try to hunt it down with the toy shooter as it flies freely in the air. The i-Fly Duck Hunter offers an interactive infrared battle between bird and player. Free flights can be up to 30 secords or more with realistic wing flapping. Takes 3 direct hits to bring down the duck. A 10 second charge equates to 30 seconds of free flight.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22682      (added 3/2/2009)
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MSRP: $5.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
General Toys
Novelties



Not only are MENTOS® great to eat, but these amazing candies are loaded with wonder. Learn how to create an enormous geyser by combining MENTOS® with soda. The eruption is amazing—up to 25 feet high—and so is the science just beneath the surface. The Geyser Tube™ allows you to load the candies and safely disperse them into the soda bottle.
— When asked about their best selling novelty toys in a September 2011 survey, Mary Porter Green, owner of The Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly: "We sell lots of the Geyser Tubes from Be Amazing! Toys."
— In a Fall 2013 survey, two out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that Be Amazing was a best-selling brand of science toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18072      (added 3/24/2008)
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MSRP: $11.95
Age Range: 6 to 96
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Outdoor Fun
Novelties
General Toys



Blow The World’s Biggest Bubbles! This is the famous Bubble Thing that started the giant bubble sport. It blows gorgeous high-flying rainbow-colored bubbles the size of baby whales. Easy! A thrill for all ages. Great for outdoor parties. Graceful operation without compare. Keep dipping and opening and closing the flexible fabric loop to create a fantastic menagerie of bubble shapes and sizes. Package includes BIG Bubble Mix powder that makes 2.7 gallons of world class bubble solution. Just add water and dish soap.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22232      (added 1/23/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Toys
Novelties
Magic Sets



Squirmles are incredible toy puppets who'll wiggle, jump, and squirm their way into everyone's hearts. All Squirmles Pets are packed in their own colorful sealed packages and come with their own storage/carrying cases for when not in use. Packaged, Tied, and Ready to Play.
— Marc Holcomb, owner of Toys & Co. in Greensboro, N.C., told TDmonthly in a September 2011 survey that they sell about 120 Squirmles each month. They have a display that features a video of the product.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17222      (added 1/28/2008)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Balls
Display



The Urban Classic now in a beautiful display box! This colorful counter piece contains twenty-four Sky Bounce Balls in an assortment of colors. Games listed on the side of the box are: Handball, Stickball, Stoopball, and Off the wall.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22596      (added 2/25/2009)
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Age Range: Adult
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Display



If you're shorthanded, Ernie the Interactive Talking Dog can entertain your customers for you. He can be programmed appropriately to respond to a number of phrases on cue. Can you say that about your staff? Mechanical Displays can also construct animated characters to order.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23219      (added 4/9/2009)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Vehicles - Small Toy
Remote Controlled
Novelties



Kids don't have to drive their parents up the wall anymore ... now they can transfer their energy straight to this super cool Gecko RC car. It can travel horizontally or vertically for fun in all dimensions. Launch date: February 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23256      (added 4/14/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Vehicles - Riding



Smooth rounded corners with 2 easy grip handles. Suitable for indoor or outdoor use. Includes self-mounting stickers. Danish designed, made in Denmark. Maximum weight 150 lbs. 42"L x 15"W x 16"H. Ages 3 years +. Launch date: February 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23265      (added 4/14/2009)
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These wooden play watches are a must for any little girl's costume wardrobe. They also teach her how to tell time. Designed in Italy, produced mostly in the Phillippines.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23267      (added 4/14/2009)
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Launch Date: October 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties



This cross-bow shoots large marshmallows up to 40 feet. Launch date: 4Q 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23268      (added 4/14/2009)
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Duncan Toys adds new spin to their juggling line by introducing the Phoenix™ Diabolo. Duncan's Phoenix is balanced and well weighted for long lasting momentum, making it accessible to beginners and performers alike. Featuring customizable shell colors and an integrated axle that converts from a fixed position to a one way bearing for easy learning and long lasting spin. Customization is tools-free with Duncan's built in hand knobs making axle and shell changes quick and easy for every player.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23280      (added 4/15/2009)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Yo-Yos



This counterweight yo-yo doesn't have to be attached to the hands and is perfect for performing a multitude of tricks.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23282      (added 4/15/2009)
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WarStone is a collectible card game using marbles to compete against opponents on a board. The starter set is designed for 2, 3, or 4 players. To start a game, divide the card deck by color and match up stones with cards of the same color. Set up the battlefield. Place stones in their starting positions. Stones with icons match the icons on the cards. Except for Hex cards, each stone has a matching card. The object of the game is to fire at an opponent and knock a predetermined number of them off the battlefield. The cards instruct you how to attack. Contents include 24 WarStone Stands, 24 Page Rule Book, 2 Savage Stones, 4 Master Stones, 16 Core Stones, 60 Cards, Ruler and Markers, and Storage Pouch.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23281      (added 4/15/2009)
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These are professional-quality juggling rings at an affordable price. They're emblazoned with the Duncan logo.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23279      (added 4/15/2009)
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Videography by Alison Marek and Amanda Wilder. Edited by Alison Marek.




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Alison MarekWriter's Bio: ALISON MAREK is an award-winning writer, director and cartoonist whose work has been published by Fairchild Publications and DC Comics (Piranha Press), broadcast on Showtime and other cable networks, and viewed worldwide in film festivals. See her short films and print work on www.alisonmarek.com. Watch her nefarious villains in the web series www.MuggsMovers.com. Get inspired by her cartoons "Daily ARFFirmations to Unleash Your Inner Fido" at www.ARFFirmations.com. Phew! And then ...  Read more articles by this author

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