|Product / Manufacturer / Price
|Iwako Erasers*, *** / BC INDUSTRIES / $1.00
||"The erasers are so popular that three local schools banned them." — Kate Tanner, Kidstop, Scottsdale, Ariz.
|Rubber Band Animals/Shapes / EASTERN ACCENT INT’L, TOYSMITH & SILLY BANDZ / $2.50 (varies)
||"We got 270 packages on Thursday and were sold out by Saturday morning.” — Katie Rook, Be Beep A Toy Shop, Columbia, S.C.
|Felt Fashions Messenger Bag* /CREATIVITY FOR KIDS / $21.99
||Techno Source's Printies, as a craft project
||“Arts and crafts is probably the best department, thanks to Creativity for Kids.” — Betsy Ordemann, The Magic Box, New Orleans
|Magna-Tiles* / VALTECH CO. / $49.50
||“I’ve never seen anything wrong with Magna-Tiles.” — Kate Tanner, Kidstop, Scottsdale, Ariz.
|iPlay Build-a-Road / INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC / $29.99
||“Once they get it open the kids will play for hours.” – Holley Anver, Ages & Stages Toy Box, Denver
|Grocery Cart / MELISSA & DOUG / $49.99
||Little Tikes Shopping Cart; Step2 Little Helper’s Grocery Cart
||“We have one out in the store and the kids love them.” – Peg Scholtes, Capitol Kids, Madison, Wis.
|Eco-Trucks / SPRIG TOYS / $14.99
||Hot Wheels; Tonka, as play vehicles
||“Sprig toys. …I keep ordering every couple of weeks. — Elizabeth Ryan, Tales & Toys, Venice, Calif
|Calico Critters / INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS / $22.99
||Hasbro's Littlest Pet Shop; Zhu Zhu Pets (as small play creatures)
||“It’s such a nice alternative for boys and girls to doll figurines since some kids would rather play with animals.” — Holley Anver, Ages & Stages Toy Box, Denver
|My First RC Dinos / KID GALAXY / $22.99
||Zhu Zhu Pets, as motorized creatures; Mattel Xtractaurs, for dino theme
||“We sell dozens and dozens of Kid Galaxy’s R/Cs.” — Joe Berardoni Sr., Pun’s Toy Shop, Bryn Mawr, Pa.
|Twilight Ladybug* / CLOUD B / $34.00
||“The Twilight Ladybug is fabulous.” – Becky Goblish, Picayune Toys, Dunwoody, Ga.
|Animal Figurines / SAFARI LTD. / $13.00
||“What we noticed is a trend in the last few months [toward] simpler, more realistic animals like kids have been watching on Animal Planet.” — Steve Swickard, Estes Ark, Estes Park, Colo.
|Bananagrams*,*** / BANANAGRAMS / $14.99
||Hasbro’s Scrabble and Boggle, for word play
||“There's nothing close to it. For a game in its third year, it's amazing.” – Sam Pollard, Mud Puddle Toys, Marblehead, Mass.
|Recycling Truck / GREEN TOYS INC. / $25.00
||“Doing extremely well with trucks, particularly the Recycling Truck from Green Toys.” — Rick Henry, Stellabella Toys, Cambridge, Mass.
|Magformers* / RAINBOW PRODUCTS / $39.99
||Mega Brands MagNext, LEGO
||Kids and parents eat up demos of Magformers, and “fourth quarter sales quadrupled.”
— Kate Tanner, Kidstop, Scottsdale, Ariz.
|Calin*** / COROLLE DOLLS / $28.95
||Hasbro’s Baby Alive, American Girl baby dolls
||“Every year we can never keep it in stock.” — Diana Nelson, Kazoo & Co., Denver
|Sticky Mosaics*** / THE ORB FACTORY / $17.00
||Spin Master's ChixOs, as crafts
||“They consistently do arts and crafts projects that appeal to girls and boys ages 4-8. The company does a good job of staying fresh.” — Mark Rosenblum, Hobbytown, Fairfield, Ct.
|Rush Hour*** / THINKFUN / $15.99
||“Even though Rush Hour has been out for years you always have a new crop of 8 year olds. — Teri Soelter, Teri’s Toy Box, Edmonds, Wash.
|Classic Water Garden Starter Kit Eco-Aquarium*** / WILD CREATIONS / $30.00
||Zhu Zhu Pets, as low-maintenance pets (though Zhu Zhu Pets aren't living!)
||“We order them twice a week and order 18 at a time.” — Greg Larson, Larson’s Toys and Games, Columbus, Ohio
|Jishaku / RSV PRODUCTIONS INC. / $19.95
||Jishaku is a best seller at 20 copies per month. — Bill Sartain, Tutoring Toy, Salt Lake City, Utah
|Automoblox Minis*, **** MANHATTAN TOY / $10.00
||Mattel's Hot Wheels, LEGO
||“The popularity of Automoblox has made it difficult to keep them in stock.” — Diana Nelson, Kazoo & Co., Denver
|Ultra Stomp Rocket*** / D & L COMPANY / $15.00
||NERF Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Dart Blaster
||“Stomp Rockets are very popular.” — Jacque Flagg, Jacque’s Inc., Bryan, Texas
|Snap Caps / m3 girl designs LLC / $7.99
||Techno Source Clickables Charms, for collectible jewelry
||Sold 860+ Snap Caps from August through October. — Mary Horne, J. Christopher Toys, Jonesboro, Ark.
|Jigsaw Puzzle / MELISSA & DOUG / $9.99
||“That would be our best seller.” —Clyde & Rose Walton, The Toy Shoppe of London, London, Ontario
|Wow Toys Dexter the Digger / RAVENSBURGER / $54.99
||Matchbox’s Rocky The Robot Truck, Tonka’s Chuck My Talking Truck, and Hasbro’s Transformers
||“It’s real durable and just awesome.” — Gladys Griffin, Main Street Toy Shop, Columbus, Ga.
|Kettrike Happy Plus Surfer / KETTLER INTERNATIONAL INC. / $210.00
||VTech Ride and Learn Giraffe Bike
||“We sell a lot of the Kettler tricycles.” — Amanda Scadina, Cheeky Monkey Toys, Menlo Park, Calif.
|Yamslam*** / BLUE ORANGE GAMES
||A best seller as of summer 2009. — John MacDougall, Golden Apple Learning Store, Pleasanton, Calif.