August 2009 Notable Toys — Puppets
This realistic butterfly puppet features spreading wings and tentacled eye stalks.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25102 (added 8/25/2009)
Monsties Hand Puppet Thornwald
From: MANHATTAN TOY
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Thornwald will come alive with a child's imagination for puppetry magic. He features plush fur and googly eyes.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25101 (added 8/25/2009)
Famous Figures of Ancient Times: Movable Paper Figures to Cut, Color, and Assemble
From: FIGURES IN MOTION
Other products from FIGURES IN MOTION
Children can make moving figures of a dozen world-changing individuals from thousands of years ago. Cut-and-color or pre-colored action figures really move as they play out the lives of Julius Caesar, Alexander the Great, King David, Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi (builder of the Great Wall of China), Hannibal (and his elephant!) and others. Their stories are right in the book — or kids can make up their own stories about these historic figures. Launch date: April 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25028 (added 8/19/2009)
Plush Monkeys from Colombia
From: ONE WORLD PROJECTS INC.
Other products from ONE WORLD PROJECTS INC.
In the Colombian countryside, poverty and the displacement of peasants due to civil war has increased illegal wildlife poaching activities. One World Projects works with Fundación Ecologica Santa Fe in the 10,000-person community of Pintada, Colombia, to produce plush toys representing the monkey species that the organization hopes to reintroduce to the wild. Plush monkeys come in a variety of styles, including finger puppets and scarves, for kids of all ages. "Plush monkeys are all sustainably and fair-trade made and support two great causes. Located near the Pan American Highway, Pintada has become a rest stop for truck drivers, who have left behind a disproportionate number of children without fathers. Crafting these items also gives single moms a much-needed source of income, and gives their children hope for a better future," Sylva Dvorak, in marketing for One World Projects, told TDmonthly. Launch date: July 10, 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25006 (added 8/19/2009)
Kids can shiver timbers anywhere with this fierce pirate puppet.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24621 (added 7/16/2009)
Playing with puppets can be a joyful experience for children as they create stories, use new words and practice fine motor skills to make puppet gestures.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24620 (added 7/16/2009)
This pig glove puppet is soft and easy to manipulate. Snort.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24619 (added 7/16/2009)
Thumbuddy To Love - Fireman Fred
From: THUMBUDDY TO LOVE LLC
Other products from THUMBUDDY TO LOVE LLC
"Thumbuddy To Love" is an illustrated story book that comes with a thumb puppet to help children stop thumb sucking. Fireman Fred (for boys) matches the character in the book. A calendar at the end of the book allows kids to mark off the days they do not suck their thumb. "Thumbuddy To Love is a positive teaching tool for kids to help them break the thumb-sucking habit," Andrea, president of Thumbuddy To Love, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009. This product received a 2009 Mom's Choice Award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24453 (added 7/7/2009)
Princess Catherine Castlehoff
From: MELISSA & DOUG
Other products from MELISSA & DOUG
Princess Catherine Castlehoff is regally dressed in purple and gold. This unique royal puppet features elegant hand detailing and materials carefully crafted for years of pretend play. She measures 17" x 7" x 8".
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24391 (added 6/30/2009)
Kids can slip their hand through the opening of this soft, slinky ferret puppet's chest to work his mouth. There's an additional rear pocket for extra wriggling. Launch date: August 4, 2009.
Awards: A TDmonthly Classics Award for being an all-time favorite toy.
— As of 7/21/2011 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 4 review on Amazon.com.
— In late Spring 2011, eight out of 15 retailers surveyed said that puppets from Folkmanis were best-sellers in the category. "They have all kinds, and people can get odd things, like a ferret," Lisa LeStrange, owner of Lucky Duck Toys in Wayne, Pa., told TDmonthly. She sells 10-15 Folkmanis puppets each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24366 (added 6/29/2009)
These flexible hand puppets will let dino-buffs take their play to a new level. Assortment of three, approximately 8” long.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24192 (added 6/23/2009)
With his bright yellow feathers and familiar, wide-eyed face, Big Bird is a staple character for many children. Gund captures one of Sesame Street's cardinal characters in a soft, flexible hand puppet where little players or big can move both his wings and his long beak to act out favorite or original stories. The puppet measures approximately 12” tall.
— “The Gund plush [is] the only licensed product that's ever done really well,” Mike DiAndrea, manager of Hardware Centre in Paoli, Pa., told TDmonthly in spring 2009 of his top-selling licensed toys, Gund Sesame Street characters.
— “The Sesame Street 11" dolls are selling very well,” Fran Anaya, owner of Golden Aspen Toys in Flagstaff, Ariz., said, reporting sales of 15 to 20 plush characters per month in spring 2009.
— Nine out of 49 retailers named Sesame Street as their best-selling licensed character line during an April 2009 survey.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23876 (added 5/26/2009)
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