January Staff Picks
The new year is here, and while you're restocking your shelves after the busy holiday season, TDmonthly is scouting out out the latest and greatest specialty toys. Take a look at our staff picks below, then decide if any are a good fit for your store in 2014.
Chap Golden Retriever is one of 8 new sized and standing styled Douglas 10” Dogs.They are all full of personality, breed characteristics, beautiful faces, softness and playfulness. The value is incomparable and the new size is perfect for play! SRP $13"
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36433 (added 12/26/2013)
Want to boost their fine motor and visual thinking skills? You want Imaginets. The sturdy wood carrying case features durable hinges and rope handles that are perfect for little hands to grasp. Inside, brightly-colored magnetic blocks can be arranged on the boards to replicate any of the 50 full-color design challenges, including animals, faces, vehicles, sports, structures and more. Plus, the magnetic board surface doubles as a dry-erase board, so kids can decorate a backdrop for their creations.Where to buy:NORTH WEST
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36423 (added 12/4/2013)
MSRP: $28.99Age Range: 2 and upSpecialty: Yes (as of 2013)Gender: Boys And Girls
Watch the fun add up with My Very First Games - Counting Fun from HABA! Farmer Tim wants to check that everything is in order on the meadow and feed clover leaves to the animal kids! But the rascals are playing tag and happily frolic about! Farmer Tim soon loses track. Can you help Tim count and feed the animal kids? A bouncy counting game for ages 2 and up!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36413 (added 12/2/2013)
Learn about fruits and vegetables, the healthiest edibles, with the new 2014 Fruits and Vegetables TOOB® from Safari Ltd®! Packaged in a reusable acetate tube, this set contains eight figures: oranges, bananas, apples, pears, carrots, broccoli, corn, and artichokes. Hand painted figures range insize from 1.5" to 3" (4 to 7.5 cm) and are 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#: 36404 (added 11/27/2013)
MSRP: $16.99Age Range: 5 and upSpecialty: Yes (as of 2013)Gender: Boys And Girls
Hidden Pictures makes art appear before your eyes. This Sticky Mosaics kit is full of surprises. Follow a numbered legend and add tiles to 4 fun projects. Complete your picture to reveal one of 4 Wild Animals.
— In a May 2014 survey Sherri Stone, manager of Toys & Co.
in Charlotte, N.C., told TDmonthly
that The Orb Factory is their best-selling brand of activity kits. "Over a weekend, we could sell 30 pieces of Orb," she said - and 200/month of the whole line.
— In a January 2015 survey, two out of 10 retailers told TDmonthly
that Sticky Mosaics was their best-selling arts & crafts line.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36403 (added 11/27/2013)
MSRP: $15.00Age Range: 3 and upSpecialty: Yes (as of 2013)Gender: Boys And Girls
5.5” Rubberwood stirring xylophone. Wooden mallet stirred inside xylophone creates soothing soft sounds. Includes hanging header card.
— Crisi Chapman, co-owner of Dear Friends & Children in Duncan, Ok., told TDmonthly in a March 2015 survey that wooden instruments from Hohner are her store's best-selling eco-friendly toys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36386 (added 11/22/2013)
Minecraft - 7" Animal Plush Assortment (4-165258-Mooshroom, 5-16521- Pig). In stock.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36362 (added 11/6/2013)
STRIKE UP THE BAND! This assortment of musical instruments is a great way of introducing children to music. 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#: 36353 (added 11/6/2013)
Whether you call it gimp, lanyard, scoubidou, or boondoggle, vinyl craft lace is the perfect activity for home, camp, school or party. And Plastic Lace Crafts for Beginners is the perfect way to get started in this easy-to-learn craft. This book shows readers all of the essential stitches and skills they need to master the art of plastic lacing, with easy-to-follow weaving diagrams and colorful photos of finished projects.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36350 (added 11/4/2013)
MSRP: $30.00Age Range: 5 and upSpecialty: Yes (as of 2013)Gender: Boys And Girls
53 pieces include: 1 non-magnetic steel sphere, 8 triangular magnetic components,18 square magnetic components, 4 triangular covers, 8 medium square covers, 1 mask, 10 ball joints, 1 hand/head, and 2 crests. Aki is a Proteon. Geomag KOR Proteon are five characters with differing rocky, swampy and volcanic native environments. These characters are differentiated by the color of their covers and masks. There are three developmental stages that give life to different characters: from Aki, in the more simple stage, to Taurex, intermediate stage and Blatta, Vulkrum and Swomp who have evolved to the more advanced stage.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 36330 (added 9/26/2013)
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