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June 2009 | Vol. VIII - No. 6




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Holiday Preview - Furniture and Decor

Wall Art and Places for Little Ones to Sit


If your customers are seeking some big-ticket items to put under the tree this year, you may want to direct their eyes to some fun artwork for kids' rooms, or wooden — and even cardboard! — furniture for play spaces. See TDmonthly's Holiday Preview of Furniture and Decor for a look at some newer launches.



MSRP: $21.95
Age Range: 0 to 1
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Safety
Furniture & Decor
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This wrap-and-tie crib rail cover is designed to protect baby and protect cribs from teeth marks. It is lightly padded with a waterproof layer, and machine washable in soft Sherpa fleece. The product is available in solids of chocolate, natural, white, pink, blue and sage green, as well as the company's Max and Maya dot print. It may be purchased in one long piece for the front or back rails of the crib, or two short pieces for the side rails of the crib. "[It's] tie on, not Velcro, so can be knotted, which makes it difficult for a child to remove from crib," Marchelle Lyons, marketing coordinator for Trend Lab, told TDmonthly. "[The] waterproof layer prevents the chewing and drool from soaking the wood of the crib." Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23916      (added 5/28/2009)
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A fun way to decorate a room! These one of a kind fabric wall stickers go on easy and can be moved, and removed with no damage to the applied surface - even glass!  Decorating a room is as easy as picking your favorite character and putting them on the wall.  Lots of characters to choose from.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23213      (added 4/9/2009)
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MSRP: $149.99
Age Range: 2 to 6
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor
Preschool



This durable, practical table for children has modern appeal with clean lines and a bold color. It comes with two chairs and features a sizeable workspace.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22540      (added 2/19/2009)
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MSRP: $424.00
SKU or Item #: 6195JC
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Furniture & Decor



This 66-lb. cube features acrylic, distortion-free mirrors on the top, bottom and sides, and measures 29" on each side. Part of the company's collection of early learning furniture, it is designed to offer a fascinating perspective of self-awareness. Launch date: January 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22246      (added 1/28/2009)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 21728
Launch Date: November 2008
Gender: Boys
Category: American-Made
Hobby Goods
Furniture & Decor



This 18" x 24" wall art reflects a skateboarder's mantra — EAT, SLEEP, SKATE. It is ready to hang and made in the USA. Launch date: November 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22193      (added 1/23/2009)
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A fun and simple toddler-sized wooden seat that flips over and becomes a table or with another flip becomes a chair again, fulfilling a toddler-style need to make every side of every structure into something useful. A sizeable seat for a toddler, they last up until at least age eight as seats for pulling up to the coffee table for an afternoon of coloring,  or the conductor's perch on a toddler train.  Made from FSC Certified formaldehyde free 1/2" plywood and finished with non-toxic environmentally friendly finish.  Measures 11 3/4" x 11 3/4" x 11 3/4".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23211      (added 4/9/2009)
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MSRP: $1375
Age Range: 0 and up
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor
American-Made



Muu, the new children’s furniture line created by Robert Kwak, is inspired by the Zen concept of Mu, which teaches that there is no difference between us and our environment. This modern crib  can be tailored to your personal taste. A centerpiece that is safe, comfortable, and elegant, it will become a family heirloom. Make it your own with a custom MuuPanel® … which is a snap to change for baby number two … or three. Made in the USA, the Sam Crib features fixed side rails for greater stability, three-level adjustable mattress position, easily converts to toddler bed with Sam Toddler Conversion Kit, fits standard 28" x 52" full-size crib mattress (not included), made of solid maple, poplar and recycled wood fiber MDF, white non-toxic lacquer finish, easy assembly.  Launch date: February 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22349      (added 2/2/2009)
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MSRP: $240.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Dolls - Accessories
Furniture & Decor



From the sustainably-minded Plan Toys company comes a dollhouse built with many of the latest advances in green engineering in mind. The house itself is made out of recycled rubberwood accented with safe vegetable dyes for color. It includes a retractable canopy wall made from organic cotton, a wind turbine, solar panels and recycling bins. The house is available furnished and unfurnished. Launch date: 2009.
— Plan products were named as best sellers at Green Frog Toys in Portland, Ore., in March 2009. “They’re eco-friendly and beautifully designed and made,” Owner Patricia Fiedler told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22702      (added 3/4/2009)
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These are made with super soft plush with special designs. Can be used for cats or dogs.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23781      (added 5/20/2009)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Launch Date: December 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Furniture & Decor
Eco-Friendly



This children's knock-down cardboard chair kit comes with six 12" x 12" decorative color sticker sheets. The chair seat and back are interchangeable and reversible. They are kraft on one side and white on the other so that kids can use crayons, paint, markers or other materials to decorate their chair. The product is made in the USA from up to 80-percent recycled fiber and is 100-percent recyclable. Launch date: December 4, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22179      (added 1/23/2009)
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MSRP: $129
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor
Gifts



Not just for Easter, this cute little tuffet is 12" in diameter and finished with soft bunny slippers.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23342      (added 4/23/2009)
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MSRP: $200.00
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor
Pretend Play



Ahoy mates. This pirate’s crate was designed for storing loads of treasure!
Pirates (even big ones) can sit comfortably on top of it. The padded lid can be detached. Made of nylon and foam, with wooden panel for sturdiness. Launch date: February 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22217      (added 1/23/2009)
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MSRP: $129.99
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Furniture & Decor
Educational



This playfully smart art easel has so many neat-o benefits. Use it as a traditional easel, a chalkboard, a white board, or a puppet theater. Included are two fabulous “coloring-book” scenes to use as backdrops when this clever easel is in puppet theater mode. There is room in the back to add a P’kolino Play Kit and the entire unit folds flat for easy storage. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22442      (added 2/10/2009)
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Gender: Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor



This “sports car” themed rocker is hand painted pink with silver and white accents.  Seat back design is a rear “window” with attached fuzzy dice.  Dashboard panel opens and closes and features shiny headlights, a heart-shaped hood ornament, a working steering wheel, and “speed queen” and “cute meter” gauges.  Removable seat cushion and armrest “fins” complete this cool rocker.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21841      (added 12/16/2008)
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SKU or Item #: SA977-W2-AC
Gender: Girls
Category: Tween
Furniture & Decor



This 13" x 39" piece of art is by artist Aaron Christensen.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21595      (added 12/5/2008)
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MSRP: $88.99
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 71047
Launch Date: November 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Educational
Furniture & Decor



Both decorative and informative, this 36" x 24" ready to hang picture depicts the continental United States through state license plates. The image is available in several presentation styles: Contemporary Mount (with beveled edge), Creative Canvas Wrap, Framed Canvas, Gallery Framed, Heritage Framed and Art Block Mounted. "Art4Kids is not sold in discount stores. Our artwork has no glass to break in a child's environment," Joy Phillips, founder and owner of Creative Images, told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22191      (added 1/23/2009)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 2 to 6
SKU or Item #: 54437
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys
Category: Furniture & Decor
Licensed Products
Eco-Friendly



This activity table and stool set has pop-out play pieces and includes a stand-up Handy Manny and his Toolbox. The table is reconfigurable, allowing for four different arrangements: large square, L-shaped, long rectangle, or two smaller rectangles. The product is super safe, recyclable, and manufactured in the USA. Made of Eco-Lock™ foam, it is vibrant, sturdy, durable, lightweight, and easy to clean. The design is under license from Foamables, LLC. It's an "innovative combination of versatile functionality and imaginative shape play," Kristine Bello, product manager for Kids Only, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21888      (added 12/19/2008)
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This hip, 12"-square piece of artwork is one in a series that also includes drums, electric guitar, and microphone versions. The image is available in the following styles: contemporary mount (with beveled edge), creative canvas wrap, framed canvas, gallery framed and artblock framed.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21503      (added 11/26/2008)
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MSRP: $130
Launch Date: February 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor



There’s never a traffic jam on this playful rug where every car gets to its
destination. Two other designs for 2009 include a pink and red princess
and a light and dark blue knight on his stead. All play rugs are made of
100% polyester for durability and easy cleaning. Launch date: February 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22214      (added 1/23/2009)
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MSRP: $499
Age Range: 0 and up
SKU or Item #: 001-55-040
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Developmental Toys
Furniture & Decor
Eco-Friendly



The Snake can function as a table, and may be used together with other tumbling animals in an obstacle course. It can also be turned upside down and used as a boat. "bObles is a playful interior environment for children, with a design their parents would love to place within their homes. The tumbling animals can be used as furniture, but [are] meant for play. The whole idea is to enhance children's motor skills while playing!" Director Mette Dyhrberg of bObles told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21491      (added 11/25/2008)
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Furniture & Decor
Gifts



This colorful, handcrafted clock features a different removable shape for each hour and also has movable hands. It measures 9" x 12" x 2".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21267      (added 11/11/2008)
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MSRP: $28.00
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor
Infant & Toddler



Add intrigue and whimsy to a child’s nursery with unique mobiles imported from Denmark. From counting sheep to marching hedgehogs to whale watching, there is a style perfect for every child. The elephant party mobile is also a classic icon in Demark.  It makes a great baby shower or birthday gift.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21250      (added 11/10/2008)
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MSRP: $500
Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Furniture & Decor
Safety



The Series 800 Status Collection Stages Crib, features a posh finish that will take a child from the birth to teen stages of life. It can add a touch of elegance to a child’s room in the form of a crib, toddler bed, day bed or full-sized bed with an intricate, modern detailed headboard and footboard. This innovative stages crib is crafted of solid wood products and veneers for long-lasting durability and strength. It is available in a variey of finishes: Walnut, Mahogany, Rubbed Black, Antique White and Espresso. There is a conversion kit available for purchase to convert the crib into a full-sized bed. Launch date: May 31, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23940      (added 5/28/2009)
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This colorful tent with a flag on top is constructed of cotton and polyester, mesh fabric and plastic rods. It can be folded for storage, and the mirror and window are removable.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24026      (added 6/5/2009)
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Julie L. JonesWriter's Bio: Julie L. Jones has written articles for both newspapers and magazines. Before joining the staff of TDmonthly Magazine, she worked as a communications writer and provided editorial support for a market research company. Read more articles by this author

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