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A very special invention with long lasting glow in the dark, packed with 30 strands in each pack. Each strand is extremely flexible in order to make lots of creative fun knotting creations.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4419 (added 9/1/2005)
An attractive selection of glitter strands full of sparkle & glitter, packed with 50 strands in each pack. Each strand is extremely flexible in order to make lots of creative fun knotting creations.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4418 (added 9/1/2005)
A colourful selection of pastel shades, packed with 100 strands in each pack. Each strand is extremely flexible in order to make lots of creative fun knotting creations.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4417 (added 9/1/2005)
Fashion Angels: Magic Mood Lamp
From: FASHION ANGELS
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This color-changing heart-shaped lamp is cooler than you think. It doesn’t get hot and batteries aren't necessary — it’s rechargeable. Girls can remove the heart from the base for a portable mood light. “Groom Your Room” by adding ever-changing colored mood light.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4354 (added 8/30/2005)
Available in five colors, Labbits are growing at lightning speeds. Kidrobot has teamed up with Frank Kozik once again to release a colony of his legendary cigarette inhaling furballs. You have the mini-Smorkin´ Labbits — now get the big boys.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4284 (added 8/24/2005)
Kids can use one of many push-button settings on this plastic megaphone to alter their voices in different ways. It comes in a variety of colors and requires a 9-volt battery, not included.
— Kevin Pohle, Head Wizard and Owner of The Wizard’s Chest in Denver, finds these to be good sellers, as well as loud.
— Lindsay Demyan, sales associate at White Rabbit Toys in Ann Arbor, Mich., said kids love picking this toy up and marching around her store changing their voices with it.
— “Voice changers are some of the loudest things we have,” explained John Jame, assistant manager at the Los Angeles Toys “R” Us. “They are the greatest for kids of all ages.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4265 (added 8/23/2005)
The Magic Bean is a phenomenon where words and wishes – “love you”, “miss you”, “peace”, “harmony” etc. - are laser-engraved onto beans. When planted, these special messages are revealed on the plants! The Magic Bean is an innovative gift for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Valentines Day, and other all occasions.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4146 (added 8/12/2005)
Animal Rubber Bands - Zoo
From: EASTERN ACCENT INTERNATIONAL
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These brightly-colored silicone bands work like ordinary rubber bands when stretched, but revert to giraffes, rhinos, kangaroos, elephants, ostriches and hippos when relaxed. The work of Japanese designers Yumiko Ohashi and Masanori Haneda, whose mission is to endow longevity on disposable items, the bands are one of the hottest items for little girls at The Purple Bear in Guilford, Conn. Kids collect them and share them with friends. "It´s like the Beanie Babies," declared Jeanne Orlando, store manager. "They´re very, very popular. They´re a big hit with little kids," said Chris Kline, sales associate of the Museum of Modern Art´s Design Store in New York City. They also sell very well at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art´s store. Most toy stores aren´t carrying them yet, but they´re not only popular with Tween girls at Learning Express stores, but are "picking up," said senior buyer Sandie Pardiso. Twenty-four animals come in each box. They´re also available as a Pets line and on a card with six animals. Editor's Note: Animal Rubber Bands became a hot fad across the country in 2009. TDmonthly first reported on their potential as a top-seller in 2005. Launch date: 2002.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4040 (added 7/27/2005)
Age Range: 2 to 4
This simple system of brightly colored cars and ramps teaches a higher level of visual-motor integration than most toys used with two-year-olds. It also promotes fine-motor skills and cognitive development as well as sensory stimulation and social/coping skills — all the while introducing the rudimentary concepts of physics.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4015 (added 7/25/2005)
Blow into the tube and this alligator’s eyes pop into the air. It's perfect for children with respiratory diseases who need to build lung strength or for those with developmental delays who are learning cause and effect, oral exploration and social interaction.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 4014 (added 7/25/2005)
Unsound Advice Conversational Characters
From: SPECTRUM RESEARCH
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Age Range: 8 and up
Three different characters use a patent-pending technology that allows them to participate in conversations and respond to spoken questions or comments. Buddy Kool, Madame Seemore and Dr. Fullbright each offer more than 100 unique responses whenever they hear a human voice. Buddy Kool gives unasked-for advice, Madame Seemore peers into the future and Dr. Fullbright offers support and encouragement.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3850 (added 6/29/2005)
Celebriducks, the original creator of the first ever celebrity rubber ducks of the greatest icons of film, music, athletics and history, is releasing
Elvis Presley this July. The ducks are being released in limited editions with each one individually numbered.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3844 (added 6/28/2005)
Shaped like a microphone, this candy holder contains a lolly pop within the microphone top and a canaster of bubble gum bits in the handle. The Pop-Mics come in a choice of pink, blue or green and are sold 12 to a case. They are 6.5" by 5" by 6".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3843 (added 6/28/2005)
From: MARSHMALLOW FUN COMPANY
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Shoot an edible miniature marshmallow over 30´ with this pump-action shooter, complete with LED sight for aiming accuracy. The easy-to-refill magazine holds 20 marshmallows (or foam pellets—which are included) for fast, nonstop action. The LED sight shoots a safe beam of red light to help locate a target. Barrel and magazine are top-rack dishwasher safe, and the back of the box even has a target for practice.
— "The Shooter did excellent for us this past year ," said Andrew Saucier, general manager for the Marshmallow Fun Company. "We were on Jay Leno and Good Morning America. We're about to go on David Letterman, and AOL picked us as a top toy of the year." In November the company launched the Marshmallow Blaster, which fires "big marshmallows," he added.
— Warren Brown, owner of French’s Toy Shop Inc. in Concord, N.H., claimed he never fired marshmallows at lax storeworkers, but later admitted, “I did use it on a couple of customers!”
— "Marshmallow Shooters are really hot," Mary Alice Miner, co-owner of Miner’s Doll & Toy Store in Ocean Springs, Miss., told TDmonthly in fall 2007.
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3824 (added 6/28/2005)
From: FORUM NOVELTIES INC.
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These realistic fake cigs actually blow “smoke” when the prankster puffs. They come two to a package.
— Also in this category are cigarette “loads,” which can be added to real cigarettes. When smoked, the harmless loads explode, destroying almost the entire cigarette.
— Stink loads make cigarettes taste even fouler than they already are.
— Cigarette gags are in the top three best-selling items at Unnecessary Necessities in Queen Creek, Ariz.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3786 (added 6/15/2005)
Blue Mouth Candy
From: FORUM NOVELTIES INC.
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The candies taste perfectly normal but coat the victim’s mouth bright blue, which washes out with soap and water.
— Nasty candy is also available in fish, garlic, super hot, soap and salty varieties.
— Valerie Pontbriand of Four Eyes Joke Shop in Southbridge, Mass., drops foul-tasting candy around town so customers will remember her — and her store.
— “Jumping” candy, another variation in this category, has been around since before 1941, when it was written up in a Scribner’s Magazine article.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3785 (added 6/15/2005)
Dollar Bill Snatcher
From: LOFTUS INTERNATIONAL
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Kids can place these under dollars, pencils, candy, etc. and then pull away when someone reaches for the tricked-up item.
— This simple toy comes with instructions and five great gags on the back of the package.
— It’s a favorite joke item on Amazon.com.
— Some bill snatchers include a real dollar right in the package.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3784 (added 6/15/2005)
These 6” guns transform potato pieces into flying pellets. When the tip is pressed into a raw potato, it breaks off a small piece that becomes ammunition. The harmless pellets can travel across a room. One potato can provide hundreds of shots.
— The potato gun can be taken apart for cleaning, but kids should be careful not to lose the spring, advises a “Kid Reviewer” on Amazon.com, who calls the gun “awesome!”
— The potato shooter was recommended as a great stocking stuffer by Mark Slotin, owner of Imagination Station in
— Popguns were also touted as fun stocking stuffers by retailers across the country.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3783 (added 6/15/2005)
Snake in a Jellybean Can
From: LOFTUS INTERNATIONAL
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It looks like a normal can sitting on the kitchen shelf, but when the victim opens the top, two colorful 5’ coiled-spring snakes leap out!
— The snakes can be fitted into all kinds of containers.
— Valerie Pontbriand, owner of Four Eyes Joke Shop in Southbridge, Mass., likes to repackage and sell the snakes in a fishing creel. Other stores can devise their own special snake surprises for their customers.
— Snakes can be bought in cans that claim to be house mints, peanuts and mustard.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3782 (added 6/15/2005)
Gum lovers will get a shock when they reach for this really wild cherry gum. Rigged with a AAA battery, the gum delivers a startling but harmless shock to the potential chewer.
— A shock pen is among the top-10 practical jokes on Amazon.com.
— All kinds of shock items are best sellers at Unnecessary Necessities in Queen Creek, Ariz.
— Other shock items available through various outlets include shock cell phones, cigarettes, diaries and a shocking computer mouse.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3781 (added 6/15/2005)
Pranksters slip the ring over their fingers and wear the buzzer in their palms. A friendly handshake gives their victims a little shock!
— Unlike the original joy buzzer that had sharp edges, current buzzers are round-edged and harmless, says Mark Newgarden, designer of the Garbage Pail Kids.
— The product’s popularity in the ‘50s sparked competition from foreign knock-offs. Joke mogul Soren S.Adams’ grandson later redesigned their buzzer to be better and cheaper to produce, says Newgarden.
— Josh Banke, shipping manager at Finnegan’s Toy Store in Portland, Ore., says that joy buzzers are one of the items he has to order most often.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3780 (added 6/15/2005)
Monster X Super Soaker Key Chain
From: BASIC FUN INC.
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Squirting toys are on almost everyone’s top-10 list. This squirt toy is a miniature water pistol based on the Super Soaker by Larami. Attached to a keychain, it’s approximately 4” long.
— The manufacturer claims this mini item can squirt water up to 20'.
— Squirtable disappearing ink is a favorite at Uncle Fun in Chicago, says Alicia Bobheck, chief fun officer of the store.
— Other squirt toys include squirting cameras, calculators, ice-cream cones and even a toilet, while the squirting rose is still a favorite, says Mother Elf of Unnecessary Necessities in Queen Creek, Ariz.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3779 (added 6/15/2005)
Many of the new fake poops have everything but the smell. A variety of “accidents” from both dogs and cats are popular, as are poop pens.
— Super Deluxe Fake Crap, at $4.99, is the #1 best-selling gag item at the Four Eyes Joke Shop in Southbridge, Mass., says co-owner Valerie Pontbriand. It’s so realistic, it sticks to customers’ shoes.
— Kids buy crap because “their friends have it, and they think they need it, too,” says Stan Rust, store manager of Phillips Toy Mart in Nashville, Tenn.
— Fake crap was one of the top-10 practical joke items on Amazon.com.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3778 (added 6/15/2005)
Called a “classic” by several retailers surveyed, this technologically updated version saves the prankster’s breath because it reinflates after every use. Kids can place these under seat cushions and wait for an embarrassing noise when someone plops down. Ja-Ru holds the patent to this unique self-inflating item.
— First introduced by the Jem Rubber Co. of Toronto in 1930, the classic Whoopee cushion has been a favorite ever since, says Mark Newgarden, author of “Cheap Laughs: The Art of the Novelty Item” (Picturebox Inc., 2004).
— Phil French, co-owner of Whirligigs and Whimsies in Bethesda, Md., says he used to order the self-inflator by the dozen, “but now I’m buying in 24s.”
— The two top-selling practical joke items at Rebecca’s, in Euless, Texas, are the 8” Whoopee cushion and the 6” Whoopee cushion, according to Joe Nazarro, owner of the wholesale supplier.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3777 (added 6/15/2005)
Apron of Flesh
From: BUMP IN THE NIGHT PRODUCTIONS
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Kids who think Mom and Dad are boring might think again. A latex apron of realistic mutilated faces, body parts, and hair will have them asking, "So what´s actually in my hamburger?" As a gift or a joke, this spooky get-up knows no season.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3705 (added 5/26/2005)
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