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February 2015 | Vol. XIV - No. 2




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February Staff Picks

The new toys of 2015 are already showing great promise


2015 is underway, Toy Fair is almost here - it's an exciting time for specialty toys! TDmonthly receives hundreds of product submissions each month, and these new offerings for 2015 are some of our recent favorites.



Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Preschool
Pretend Play
General Toys



Colorful cardboard carry case opens to two-level castle.  Imaginative playset features a 16 piece reversible puzzle playmat and 28 accessories, including wooden characters, horses, and coach. For ages 4+ years.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37153      (added 1/27/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dice
General Games
Travel



America’s favorite card games now come in Mini Rounds! Mini Rounds are shorter, faster versions of the full game that come in playful click tins.  They are great for on the go as they fit easily into a purse or backpack. Perfect to play in restaurants or waiting rooms. Each Mini Round is pocket size for easy travel and designed to be played in a quick 10-15 minutes without losing the unique flavor of the game.

The SET Mini Round is the perfect introduction to the classic SET game with only 3 features it is easy to learn and the round cards accent the visual perception of the game.  The Quiddler Mini Round has 4 rounds to the game verses 8 making the award winning SHORT word game a little SHORTER.  The Five Crowns Mini Round is a five-suited rummy-style game that is sure to entertain your friends everywhere you go.  The Karma Mini Round is exciting, unpredictable fun, with a subtle strategy that really gets the competitive juices flowing.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37148      (added 1/26/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dice
Developmental Toys
Educational



Expressions is used in the classroom with younger children – they roll the dice and then act out the the expression. It is also used with children who are shy and do not express themselves well; they can point to how they feel.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37117      (added 1/20/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Gifts
Infant & Toddler



Super soft Plumpies™ for Baby are under-stuffed for just the right amount of huggable fun — 16" long in seven animal styles.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37144      (added 1/26/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Dolls - Accessories
Pretend Play



Floor length gown in a beautiful jade green and pale pink satin material, with beige lace details. Three rosettes trim the waist and complete with gorgeous oversized permanent bow. Includes matching bow barrette.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37134      (added 1/26/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Games
Travel



The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure Books carry on the tradition of skillfully utilizing dots to create the most amazingly complex and artistic dot-to-dot puzzles to ever hit the market. The goal was to raise the connect-the-dot bar even higher with this new 'Adventure' series. A simple story line that follows a boy around his home town looking for clues is a continuing theme in the Adventure Books. Together, visitors will navigate challenging puzzles and unearth secret clues to discover new species of dots and spectacular views. One can even challenge themselves by scaling the 'Everest of Connect-the-Dots', a four page foldout puzzle comprised of a record breaking 2,600 dots.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37126      (added 1/26/2015)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2015)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Arts & Crafts
Tween
Fashion & Accessories



Make them! Wear them! Share them! The special necklaces are designed to inspire girls everywhere. These super cute bottle-shaped kits include letter beads and string that spell out different inspirational messages, plus a cool closure to tie to any size. Girls can string them together to make cool necklaces that make a statement!
There are 8 different messages to choose from: Living the Dream, Always in My Heart, Normal is Boring, Love Thy Selfie, Not a Morning Person, Nothing to Wear, Believe in Yourself,  Keep Calm Stand Out.  Also available is a special camp set: Your Team Color
With so many inspirational messages to choose from, girls can stand out and express their style because normal is boring!

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37111      (added 1/7/2015)
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Age Range: 4 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Board Games
Family Games



6 TIME X-GAMES GOLD MEDALIST CREATES A BOARD GAME INSPIRED BY DAUGHTER! Bucky Lasek’s Ramps and Rails game play is mix between a fun chute and ladders race and an educational tool, which helps children better understand the relationship between numbers and spaces. Recent trends in accelerated learning of science and technology have shown the "count-on" method of play yields real benefits for children with their ability to use numbers.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37092      (added 12/18/2014)
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MSRP: $29.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Educational
Kits



Science Wiz presents their new Sound Science Kit. Joining a stable of bestselling titles, Sound lets a child build, record, play and explore sound vibrations. 20 activities are included with a 48 page book and materials. Building a working Edison Phonograph is the center piece of the product. For ages 8 years and up with a suggested retail of $29.95.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37087      (added 12/11/2014)
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MSRP: $24.99
Specialty: Yes (as of 2014)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Developmental Toys
Kits



A colorful activity center with 6 activities for little hands to explore. Press the button and it squeaks, pull back the blue bird to chime the bell, slide the mirror to see who’s hiding underneath. Encourages manual dexterity and the learning of cause and effect. Ages 6 months+. Mention ToyDirectory for special considerations

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 37085      (added 12/11/2014)
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