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High Tech Gadgets for Hip Kids
As iPods, VAIOs, Blackberries and Treos become mainstays of modern adult life, children and teenagers have often lamented the lack of trendy electronic products...
Baby Brains Abuzz with Baby Bumblebee
At Baby Bumblebee , where producing award-winning educational videos and DVDs for the infant and toddler market has become the norm, brainstorming is a way of life...
Diamond Comics
In 2003, the market for Japanese comics exploded to $100 million, and Manga distributor Diamond Comics Distributors is cashing in...
Construction Character Toys, Here to Stay
Through most of its long history, the success of the construction toy had been built squarely on its ever-increasing level of playability...
Gaming a Family Affair at The Five of Us
The Five of Us, Inc. is a team of veteran storytellers turned game developers. Their product? Narrative driven play in a “world of whimsy and wonder.”...
Fairy Dust and Fairy Wings Bring Sparkles and Glitter to Everything
Kids can transform into a fairy by making wings, a tiara and a sparkling wand. Little artists can create a magical, fantasy land on paper or on their bedroom wall...
Licensed Toys Drive Back To School Market
Slip a Disney Princess lunchbox into the Spider-Man 2 backpack, throw in some Care Bears stationary and zip it up--the kids are ready for back-to-school...
Hayes Specialty Corp.: Novelty Fun for All Seasons
Whether it’s a felt hat shaped like a beer mug, a set of casino chips, a Mardi Gras bracelet and matching tiara...
A Few Words About Bratz
Enormous sales have indicated that kids can’t get enough Bratz merchandise. Now, MGA Entertainment has teamed up with publisher, Grosset & Dunlap, to make some great reading material that is sure to get tweens coming back for more...
What In The World?
Some companies are offering heirloom-quality, educational toys that will hold a child’s interest, stand the test of time and protect the earth for the next generation...
Wooden Games and Collectables are Artistic Classics
There is purity about wooden toys - a minimalism that is eternally attractive.
Batteries Not Included – And Not Needed!: Wooden Toys That Stand the Test of Time
Not all the great new toys out there have flashy lights, electronic sounds, or synthetic materials.
Automoblox: Modern Wood Design
When it comes to being a car enthusiast, Patrick Calello, founder of Automoblox has used his passion for cars to develop a new twist on toys made of wood.
What A Geek!
There is a new super hero action figure hitting the toy markets. He doesn’t have a cape, doesn’t carry a gun or a light saber...
Prepare for Combat
What's better than a remote control tank? How about one tank for you and another for your opponent...
Ugly Never Looked So Good
What began as a series of wacky sketches from a guy to his girlfriend has resulted in a brilliant contribution the collectibles market...
Wheeling and Dealing
Among the hottest in new collectible toys, Hubz Thumb-Racerz ...
Spinning Into The Future
Resembling something that’s a cross between a UFO and a classic spinning top...
Urban Vinyl Toys from Kidrobot: Pop Art for a New Generation
The Urban Vinyl Toy scene has exploded in the U.S. and Kidrobot has been on the cutting edge of wave that won’t dwindle anytime soon...
GamePak: Play and Go
With the fanatical devotion to Gameboys, Playstations and Xboxes...
Mini-Mouse: A Pint-Sized Mouse for a Pint-Sized Hand
Children´s educational and game software is becoming increasingly popular in today´s technology-driven world...
The Peace Rug Stops Fights…Really!
School yard fights, unruly bullies and verbal taunts...
Music In Your Pocket
A line of stylish, wearable Micro Music systems that play postage stamp-sized...
The Amazing Dinosaur Plant: Making Paleontology Fun
This low-maintenance plant assists kids of all ages in learning about the ancient world and science in general...

Don’t Throw This Football
The All American Sport has inspired a unique new puzzle game, one which sharpens the intellect and...

Clever Card Game Inspires Children to Read the Newspaper
From the creators of the It’s News To Me board game comes yet another nifty learning device...

A Ticket to Fun
Ticket to Ride ($39.95), a new railroad adventure boardgame from noted game designer, Alan R. Moon and produced by Days of Wonder...

A Blast in the Bath
What’s more fun for a kid than a bubble bath...

Wham-O Hatches New Peeps Maker
Available in stores this spring, the Marshmallow Peeps maker by Wham-O will allow kids to make their own treats...

A Personal Billboard that Can´t Be Ignored
Have you ever wanted to warn the driver in the next lane that his headlights are off...

Etch A Sketch Reinvented
Remember those pencil-like images on that classic gray screen...

Freakboarders: Snowboarding Action Figures
They’re wild and stylish and arguably the most maneuverable action figures ever to hit the market...

No More Boring Trivia!
Pound for pound, Trivia By The Pound ($9.95) by Rumba Games offers the most trivia fun for your dollar...

Aquapets: The New Goldfish
Journeying from the distant AquaPlanet, Aquapets by Wild Planet Toys will arrive in America in the fall of 2004...

Cars That Get Thirsty
Add a little milk to this car, push a button and watch it go...

No Chalk Required
The days of chalking Hopscotch squares on the sidewalk are over...

This Robot Knows Karate
Robosapien by Wow Wee Toys Ltd. ($99) is not only the smartest robot in the toy store, but also the most life-like...

Breyer Trots Out Fresh Horses for Hidalgo
Giddy Up! Inspired by the upcoming feature film Hidalgo starring Viggo Mortensen...

Snapple Goes Electronic
You can’t drink it, but you can play it...

Fidgetz Poseable Wooden Figures
Fidgetz, a line of poseable wooden figures, games, sculptures and puzzles ...

RC2 Gives John Deere Vehicles a Hip Twist
RC2 Corp. is giving its Ertl-branded John Deere toys some “tuner” flair ...

Big Wheel Keeps on Turnin´
The ubiquitous toy of your childhood, The Big Wheel...

Skateboarders in Action
Meet Mike Dred, Cro Mag, Angry Nate and Goose 138...

GrayMatter is Anything But Trivial
The new GrayMatterTM board game dares players to question their own knowledge of trivia...

Making Geography Fun
From Out of the Box comes 10 Days in the USA, a new travel and chance game following up on the success of 10 Days in Africa...

Bats, Masks, and Spooky Crafts
There’s more to Halloween than dressing up and acquiring candy...

Fun Friends Covers the Cellular Market…Literally
It’s not just yuppies carrying cell phones these days: Tweens, and even grandparents, have gone wireless as well...

Going Ga-Ga Over Going-Going Crazy
Kurt Kirckof’s eureka moment came in the form of a dream. In it, he envisioned himself playing a board game that he had never seen or played with before...


Corgi Debuts New Military Die-Cast for 2004
New from Corgi, the History Channel Legends Collection features seven highly-detailed 1:72 scale die-cast warplanes of the U.S., German and British WWII air forces...

New Game lets Players “Argue” for Fun
Created by long-time friends Richard Halpern and Eric White, Argue ($29.99), the game, was created from an argument over the merits of skiing vs. snowboarding...
Hey Batta, Batta!
WizKids, LLC gets into the big leagues with its soon-to-be hit the MLB™ SportsClix™...


Planet Rascals’ Animals Get Wild
Planet Rascals has come out with a series of plush toys based on real zoo animals, including Jean the Chimpanzee, Jill the Leopard, Kobar the Koala, Leo the Lion, Rachel the Kangaroo...

“Race for the Checkered” Brings Stock Car Racing to the Card Table
ItsOkay President Barbara Pond and husband Leroy supported three local stock car racing teams before deciding to build on their love of the sport...


Titanium Figures Appeal to Rocking Kids and Nostalgic Adults
The breakdancing Freeze can pull off a mean elbow pose (read: a complicated handstand), while the admirably green Frankenstein Fright prefers to impresst...

Fasten Your Seatbelt: K´Nex Has a Rippin´ New Ride
K´NEX, a well-known manufacturer of construction toys, is taking off with their latest release...

Bow-Lingual Lets Dogs Speak for Themselves
Finally, dog owners can understand what their canine companions are trying to tell them...


Made to last: Brick and Stone Building Kits
Educational Insights, a company specializing in educational products for home and school, has found a way to combine the benefits of play activity with history...

UFO Toy Folds Into New Dimensions
When art and science are combined in a toy, the results are the UFO Toy. This retro toy gives children a chance to use right-brain creativity while stimulating the logically sided left brain...

Bella Building: Plastwood’s Set Towers Above the Competition
Besides visions of home-made ravioli, when people think of Italy they think of design and elegant craftsmanship. Now that list might also include construction toys as well...


Skullduggery’s New Krazy Kars
Did Henry Ford ever think, years after he watched the first Model T come off the assembly line, that children would be able to create their own mini models of the automobile?

Mighty Beanz Collectibles Are Off to Hopping Good Start
Mighty Beanz may only be about the size of a thimble, but they’re one of the biggest toys for the 2003 holiday season...


Like, Awesome! A Cool Mall for the Bratz
Little girls who have been bitten by the mall bug will rave over the Lil´ Bratz Fashion Mall™ ($59.99) by MGA, an all-inclusive playset that recreates the total mall experience...


I Want My Anime! GBA-TV Turns Gameboys into Personal Video Players
Now Gameboy addicts can get their fix of anime action without having to go home and turn on the TV...

Pixter Color from Fisher-Price: Junior´s Very Own PDA
For the child who envies Dad or Mom’s PDA, the new Pixter Color from Fisher Price ($79.99) allows preschoolers to pretend they’re in the grownup world—albeit a more carefree one...

Limbo Elmo: Red, Furry and Ready to Dance
That furry-red-creature-known-as-Elmo is back. Fisher-Price has released Limbo Elmo, who pops out of the box ready to par-tay!


Sony´s EyeToy Takes Video Gaming to the Next Level
Sony’s new EyeToy may be the Pong of its time. Just as that game’s white blip rebounded hypnotically across TV screens in the 1970s to become the precursor of today’s lush 3D gaming...

On the Road Again: License Plate Game Makes Traveling Fun
Long road trips usually make for bored, cranky kids. Fortunately, the folks at International Playthings have come up with an inexpensive and entertaining game...

Escape into the Future: MechWarrior Premier Edition Big Box
Released in August 2003, the MechWarrior: Dark Age collectible miniatures game was designed primarily for adult gamers, but computer-savvy children will love...


Kids and Teens See the Light: Glowing Fashion Accessories From Atomic
Atomic Products’ line of Atomic Wave illuminated fashion accessories will have both kids and teens glowing...

Plush and Cuddly Sea Friends
Have you ever wished you could swim with dolphins or pet a baby seal? Perhaps you will never get up close and personal with these sea creatures, but how about holding a plush tightly as you fall asleep...

OOZ and OZ for a Warped Good Time
When Myrna Hoffman started looking for a way to liven up her daughter’s birthday party, she didn’t know she’d be heading down a road paved some 500 years ago, or that her journey would later...


Piecing Together Geometric Puzzles
Most people believe the greater number of pieces in a puzzle, the more difficult the puzzle will be...

Worth Hunting Down: Sideshow’s New Terminator 3 Collectibles
Following in the footsteps of the first two Terminator movies, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines has drawn throngs of summer moviegoers...

New Instructional Video Makes Yu-Gi-Oh! a Snap for Beginners
Last November, Spencer Schmerling and Mark Widawer had a video production business (Your Turn Products)...


Color Fantasy’s T-Shirts Let Kids Wear Their Own Artwork
Fall is in the air, and kids are once again stuffing their book-bags and trudging off to the bus stop...

Automoblox Zooms into the Toy Market
While studying industrial design at Carnegie Mellon University, Patrick Calello hit upon an idea to create an educational toy that might inspire auto designers of the future...

Madacy Helps Crayola Celebrate 100 Years
Since their introduction in 1903, Crayola Crayons have become a fixture in classrooms and children’s homes.


Mini Talking Totes
For girls old enough to start sporting fashionable accessories, but who aren't ready to give up playing with dolls, Language Littles introduces the new Mini Talking Tote...

Gift Giving Gets Sweet
In May of 2002 Stephen Allen’s wife had more than just a sweet idea when she decided to tape LifeSavers® to a gift bag...

Fairy Bears Enchant
Do you believe in magic? If so, Fiesta Toys has a new plush toy for you...


Making Motorized Fun
Building blocks, Lincoln Logs, Legos and Erector Sets have been a staple of many children's box of goodies for decades.

Wikki Stix to the Rescue
Shapeable yarn is the perfect tonic for exciting art projects.

My Keepsake Clock Kit
What better way to encourage an 8 year old to master the skill of telling time than with a clock they can decorate themselves?

Chores Without Whining? New System Satisfies both Kids and Parents
Parents and kids no longer have to dread the call to action.
Scramble On: Nine New Puzzles from b. dazzle
What A Puzzler: Scramble Squares have more than 95 billion possible combinations, but only one solution.

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