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September 2013 | Vol. XII - No. 9




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September Staff Picks


This month's Staff Picks focuses on high play-value specialty toys across several key categories. Take a look at the toys below, and decide whether they would make a good fit for your store.



Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Fashion & Accessories
Tween



This tote is layered in filmy fabric with hot pinks and zebra stripes! It is a trendy holiday purse for dress up or play.  The double straps and cording are made of pink satin with a fancy bow embellishment on the white satin edge. 8" wide.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36311      (added 8/29/2013)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Science & Nature
General Toys



Our original idea to recreate the earth's serene motion is expanded across the solar system with the beauty of our most majestic planets captured in our MOVA Globes. Along with the planets is the Silver and Navy Blue Constellations Globe, perfect for astronomy aficionados and star gazers alike.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36307      (added 8/26/2013)
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MSRP: $5.99
Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
SKU or Item #: SS001
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Creative Activities



Scribble colorful transfers on to themed backgrounds. Creative fun for all ages. No Mess! No Fuss! Just Fun! Perfect for travel, party bags, restaurants, and rainy day activities. All Scribble Down transfer packs feature the amazing illustrations of Clinton Banbury. Choose from six designs (Enchanted Castle, Woodland Faires, Wild Adventures, Pirate Adventure, Dinosaur Encounter, Fairy Cake Factory).    
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36304      (added 8/13/2013)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
SKU or Item #: BB0110
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Musical Toys
Music
Preschool



STRIKE UP THE BAND! This assortment of musical instruments is a great way of introducing children to music. Includes castanets, a triangle, and more. Encourages rhythm and social interaction. Provides lively entertainment for all ages. Fun for jam sessions and group play. Makes a creative, reasonably-priced gift.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36234      (added 6/7/2013)
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MSRP: $30.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Preschool
Board Games



The first skill and action game starring The Very Hungry Caterpillar! Children toss their fruit and try to be the first to land all three pieces on the twirling, electronic caterpillar to win. Game play gets kids up and moving – every miss has players scrambling to gather their fruit and try again. Launch date: August 2013.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36287      (added 7/30/2013)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Infant & Toddler
Musical Toys



When children press a key on the piano, they not only hear a sound, they see stars pop up! The clear arch guides the popped stars onto a different pipe so when another note is played, they’ll pop some more! Adults can remove the arch to allow the stars to land on the floor, encouraging children to crawl after them. Pop! Pop! Piano measures 9" x 11" x 5.34" with clear arch attached. For ages 12 months and up.
— Dean Smith, owner of JaZams in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly in a January 2015 survey that Pop Pop Piano is their store's best-selling musical toy. They sell around 10 each month.
— Dean Smith, owner of JaZams Toys in Princeton, N.J., told TDmonthly in an April 2015 survey that the Pop-Pop Piano is their store's best-selling infant & toddler toy. They sell around 12 each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36271      (added 7/11/2013)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2013)
SKU or Item #: 263529
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Action Figures
Animal Figures
Collectibles



Freeze time with this Safari Ltd® Flying Fish, and study the torpedo-shaped body of this miraculous creature before it flies out of your hands! The scale of this hand painted replica is 1:2. It measures 7” L x 5.25” H (17.5 x 3.5 cm) and is suitable for ages 3 and up. All Safari Ltd® products are 100% guaranteed and lead free to ensure children’s safety. Visit www.safariltd.com to view and purchase Safari Ltd® products and explore educational information in five languages.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36242      (added 6/11/2013)
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