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November 2010 | Vol. IX - No. 11




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November Staff Picks


MAYFAIR GAMES INC celebrates the 15th anniversary of it's award winning Settlers of Catan while Silly Bandz spooks its fan with a Halloween pack. Meanwhile, DREAM LINK LTD. launches it's USB Rockets into the holiday season and UglyDolls and FIESTA add new products to their lines. See more November picks below:



MSRP: $150.00
Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: MFG3102
Launch Date: September 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Wooden Toys



Catan® is a modern classic. An international favorite, it has redefined social board games. Now you can create Catan out of wood and enjoy settling and building using specially tooled wooden pieces. Embark on a quest to settle the fair isle of Catan! Guide your brave settlers to victory by using clever trading and development. Use resources (grain, wool, ore, brick, and lumber) to build roads, settlements, and cities, and buy development cards. Acquire your resources through trades or the role of the dice. But beware! You never know when someone might cut off your road or if the robber will appear and steal your precious gains. Are you the best trader, builder, or settler? Will you master Catan? The strong, compartmentalized box contains: 52 thick, beautifully illustrated map hexagons, 144 specially designed playing pieces, 6 hexagonal building costs summaries and 2 special victory point markers, 1 vile robber, 2 dice, and 28 random number chits-all made from sturdy wood. The 154 cards, like the hexes, bear fine artwork from Michael Menzel. This special limited 15th Anniversary Wood Edition of The Settlers of Catan® is designed for 3-6 players.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30660      (added 9/23/2010)
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MSRP: $10.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
SKU or Item #: A07282
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Animal Figures



Cutie Kitties have soft and silky fur. These plush kitties from Fiesta are available in your choice of pretty pink or snowy white.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30600      (added 9/21/2010)
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MSRP: $5.95
Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: September 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Novelties



This Halloween-themed Silly Bandz 24-pack includes Jack-O-Lanterns, Bats, Frankensteins, Spiders, Witches and Ghosts. These bands can be collected, worn or traded with friends.
— In late summer 2010, 10 of 43 retailers surveyed named rubber band bracelets an overall top seller.
— Casey Sartain, buyer for Tutoring Toy in Salt Lake City, Utah, told TDmonthly in August 2010 that the store sells about 100 packs of Silly Bandz each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30616      (added 9/22/2010)
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MSRP: $79.95
Age Range: All Ages
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Furniture & Decor
Infant & Toddler
Animal Figures



This children's paint-by-number wall mural features a cute little elephant reading a story to his jungle pals, including a couple of monkeys, a giraffe, a hippopotamus, a leopard, a lion and a snake. This mural measures 96" wide × 72" tall
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30510      (added 9/10/2010)
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MSRP: $30.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Target Age Range: 6 to 8
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 30126
Launch Date: August 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Personalized



This portable art set features a plain brown paper exterior that allows users to personalize all sides. The set includes 18 colored pencils, 16 fine-point markers, 18 crayons, 14 pastels, eight watercolor cakes, two paintbrushes, two drawing pencils, a sharpener and an eraser. It measures 14.5" x 10.5" x 2.25" and has a rope handle and closure. "This art set allows ANYONE to personalize their own set!" Xonex Art Director Emily Meluch told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30540      (added 9/13/2010)
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MSRP: $246.95
Age Range: 14 and up
SKU or Item #: 55273
Launch Date: December 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Die-Cast
Collectibles
Vehicles - Small Toy



Cat F-Series Mining trucks combine a heritage of global leadership with today’s most advanced technologies for performance, safety, durability and comfort. The 793F truck has a nominal payload capacity of 250 tons.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30300      (added 8/27/2010)
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MSRP: $35.00
Age Range: 14 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 782
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Novelties
Computers



Who wouldn’t be amused by the prospect of nailing some unsuspecting coworkers with foam missiles from time to time? This USB gadget can be strategically placed anywhere within 3' of your computer and effectively staves off your most unwanted company. It shoots three foam missiles as far as 15' in any direction and can be controlled easily by your mouse or keyboard. Looking for something more powerful? Try the upgraded version, OIC Storm Missile Launcher.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30246      (added 8/26/2010)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush



Why does everybody think it’s OK to bother poor old Cozy Monster with their troubles and crazy questions about the meaning of life? Cozy Monster would love to have some answers himself! Who invented quizzes?! Who came up with taxes?! Perhaps you have the answer? If not, you and Cozy will get along just fine.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30664      (added 9/24/2010)
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MSRP: $39.95
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Educational
Science & Nature



The science project catapult kit allows you to tinker with the design of a medieval siege weapon, and provides you with the information needed to analyse your results. The catapult can be changed from a wheeled, sling type trebuchet, to a bucking spoon-arm onager in minutes. Power the siege engine with a free-swinging counterweight or fixed rubber bands. Vary the counterweight mass, projectile mass, or sling length. Install the optional crash bar or let the arm swing free. Compare the results of all the different configurations, and draw your own conclusions about which design is the ultimate medieval artillery weapon.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30643      (added 9/23/2010)
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MSRP: $159.95
Age Range: 5 to 10
Target Age Range: 5 to 9
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
School Supplies
Kits



The MathMosis Classroom Kit is an instructional tool which coincides with a school’s already existing math program. MathMosis was designed for kindergarten through third grade classrooms. Supported by research, this math supplemental teaches children to count by multiples through a variety of learning modalities and utilizes a strategy which assists in understanding and memorizing multiplication and division problems beginning at an early age. Kit includes MathMosis Book, MathMosis Mania Games, MathMosis Posters, and MathMosis Music CD.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30659      (added 9/23/2010)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Teddy Bear
Award Winners
Dolls



The Adventures of Zylie and Friends is a new award-winning collection of lovable plush characters, fashionable outfits, and educational stories. The line follows Zylie, a young bear from Manhattan, on her exciting adventures around the world where she meets new friends, collects new outfits, and learns about new countries and cultures. The characters come packaged in their own Adventure Kits, complete with 18" 5-jointed plush bear, signature outfit, accessories, passport, and a storybook from the series.
Awards:  2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Best Toy Award; 2010 Dr. Toy Best Picks; 2010 Parent's Choice Approved; 2010 NAPPA Rising Star; 2010 Creative Child Magazine Top Toy of the Year Award; 2011 PAL Award

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30858      (added 10/14/2010)
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MSRP: $14.95
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Girls
Category: Gifts
Tween
Cosmetics



The Soap Making Kit contains enough materials to create 16 SLS free, glycerine soap pieces. Kit includes 2 blocks of glycerine soap, 2 bottles of essential oils, 1 soap mold, stirring spoons, and dropper all in a zippered bag. Soap can be ready for use in 60 minutes.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30926      (added 10/20/2010)
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MSRP: $35.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Preschool
Gifts



Olivia is a fun loving, adventure seeking pig. Featuring an adorable red dress and piggy snout, Olivia is brought to life based on Ian Falconer's storybook character of the same name. Olivia is both a plush toy and a pillow and fleece blanket set.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30924      (added 10/19/2010)
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MSRP: $30.00
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction



These mix-and-match dinos spawn buildable species.  15 multi-colored parts assemble to build three complete dinosaurs or endless custom creatures with a little imagination. Encourage your little archaeologists to hatch the traditional terrors (shown)--Apatosaurus, Stegosaurus and T-Rex--before giving rise to a mob of new critters. Made in the USA of non-toxic wood and water-based paint.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30920      (added 10/19/2010)
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MSRP: $19.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Target Age Range: 5 to 9
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: 736211282231
Launch Date: October 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
Personalized



With this kit, one can design their own stencils, and then create colorful, shaded pastel pictures. Contains black, white, and color paper, pencil, soft pastels, scissors, cotton balls, and instructions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30911      (added 10/18/2010)
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MSRP: $11.95
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Science & Nature
Outdoor Fun



Add sunshine and water and see what develops. Use natural or man-made objects to make unique prints, by placing the objects on the included light-sensitive paper on bright sunlight or outside on an overcast day. Available in three different kits; each kit includes 15 sheets of paper.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30910      (added 10/18/2010)
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MSRP: $98.00
Age Range: All Ages
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: United States
SKU or Item #: BC-1001
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Personalized
Teddy Bear
Eco-Friendly



Eco-friendly, handmade and an instant heirloom. Transform outgrown clothing into a keepsake patchwork bear. The process involves one to ship 6 to 10 articles of clothing in the provided box, and approximately 4 weeks later, a classic, vintage-styled bear is shipped back made with the articles of clothing provided. Return postage is included. "Eco-friendly, sentimental and an instant heirloom," Jennifer Cura, owner of The Patchwork Bear told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30887      (added 10/18/2010)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Target Age Range: 8 to 12
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 204
Launch Date: May 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Personalized
Creative Activities



Create a custom, one-of-a-kind crafts by using the included paints to personalize bowls with one's own colorful designs, favorite sayings or name. Kit includes two mugs, one mug to paint for yourself and one to paint for a friend. Set mug designs by baking in home oven. Ceramics are FDA approved.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30892      (added 10/18/2010)
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MSRP: $49.95
Age Range: 13 and up
Target Age Range: 13 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 14-874
Launch Date: February 2011
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Licensed Products
Comics



In honor of the 2011 seventieth anniversary of Archie, Dark Horse has given the Archie family the signature Syroco-style treatment. The second character statuette in the series of five is Riverdale's resident rich girl and brunette bombshell, Veronica Lodge. Best friend of Betty, Veronica has great looks, money, and charm — everything a girl could want, except for the undivided attention of Archie Andrews. Standing 5" tall, this statuette is sculpted by Yoe! Studio. Each Archie Syroco statue is limited to 950 numbered pieces and comes packaged in its own tin box, with a pin-back button and character booklet.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30878      (added 10/18/2010)
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MSRP: $49.95
Age Range: 13 and up
Target Age Range: 13 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 16-193
Launch Date: October 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Licensed Products
Comics



The statues go back to the original look of the Peanuts characters from 1950, visibly different than today's look. The 60th anniversary limited-edition series features the five main characters and is sculpted by Yoe! Studio. Each character is limited to 650 pieces and comes packaged in a tin box with a pin-back button and a character booklet.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30875      (added 10/18/2010)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 13 and up
Target Age Range: 13 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 17-066
Launch Date: September 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Party Goods
Licensed Products
Anime



Users can brighten up any festivities with these lively Domo Party Lights, featuring five brilliant colors of the character Domo. Each set includes a 12' string, with 10 bright lights.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30873      (added 10/18/2010)
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MSRP: $6.49
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: North America
SKU or Item #: RAP4X15
Launch Date: January 1995
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities
School Supplies



Sandtastik Rappit Plaster Molding Cloth is made from safe and non-toxic materials. Ideal for making volcanoes, masks, body castings, sculptures, jewelry, dioramas and more. Simply cut, dip in water, squeeze out excess, and begin to model. From set up to finished craft in minutes. Available in rolls of 4”x15’, 8”x15’, 4”x135’, and 4”x270’.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30862      (added 10/14/2010)
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