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June 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 6


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We want you to see the toys we see, so you can determine if they're right for your store! Check this space every weekday to see brief video clips of new and specialty products.

In the spotlight today? Boost your sales with innovative products like Poke-a-Dot Who's in the Ocean? from INNOVATIVEKIDS

Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books

This board book helps kids learn how to count. Raised buttons pop in on every page so kids can press them as they count, so they don't lose track.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34002      (added 3/26/2012)

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MSRP: $20.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
Made in: China
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Kites
Outdoor Fun

The innovative Wind n Sun Specialty Kites were design with the Museum, Gift and Specialty customer in mind. There is a wide selection to choose from and each WNS kite has incredible graphics. The Wind n Sun also includes Lawn & Garden decor. "Customers will not only want to fly these kites you will see them displayed in children's bedrooms as room decor," Richard Brady, SR VP of Sales at BrainStormProducts/X Kites told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33372      (added 12/29/2011)

MSRP: $12.99
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Licensed Products

Relive the opening scene of "The Fellowship of the Ring" in LEGO form. As Gandalf the Grey makes his way through the Shire on his horse and cart, he meets an excited young hobbit, Frodo Baggins. Includes 2 minifigures: Gandalf the Grey and Frodo Baggins. 83 pieces. Launch date: June 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33654      (added 2/12/2012)

MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 1 to 5
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Musical Toys

Pounding sends the balls tinkling over the xylophone. Pull out the keyboard and the xylophone can be played solo. All Hape products comply with EN71 and ASTM quality standards - wood used comes from FSC managed forests.
Awards: May 2012 TDmonthly Top Toy Award. Why it won: This item was named a Top-10 Musical toy in February and a Top-10 Wooden toy in March by specialty retailers interviewed by TDmonthly. Its innovative design combines the elements of the popular shape sorting/tapping toy and the xylophone, giving it great play value.
— As of 1/6/2012 this product had 4.2 out of 5 stars from 13 reviews on Pros: Durable; lots of ways to play. Cons: The keyboard is not properly tuned.
— In a 2012 survey about Musical Products, three out of 13 retailers said this item was their best seller. Kelly Boone, manager of The Elephant's Trunk in Greenville, S.C., told TDmonthly that they sold at least 36 during the holidays.
— In a February 2012 survey about wooden toys, two out of 14 retailers said that this was their bestseller in the category. Kristin Dolle, manager of Playthings Toy Shoppe in Louisville, Ky. told TDmonthly that they sell between 8 and 12 units of this item each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33433      (added 1/9/2012)

Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Yo-Yos

The Pro Z yo-yo is the first all in one yo-yo that allows looping AND string tricks to be performed with a single yo-yo. By inserting the included MOD Spacers the Pro Z transforms from narrow body looping yo-yo, to a wide body string trick yo-yo. Using a ball-bearing axle, the Pro Z spins 10x longer than a standard yo-yo.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34052      (added 4/5/2012)


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