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August 2009 Notable Toys — Travel





Age Range: 12 and up
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Gifts
Travel
Board Games - Trivia



Fifty years ago, Billboard launched a revolutionary music chart called the Hot 100. Billboard's Hot 100 Trivia Game captures 50 years of music facts, designed to appeal to both passionate and casual music lovers. Played in a fast-paced team format, Billboard's Hot 100 Trvia Game creates a party atmosphere. It has 2,880 questions in four categories: Who Sang It?, Finish The Lyrics, Who Am I?, and Grab Bag. Launch date: March 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25133      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 5 to 12
SKU or Item #: 557ES
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Travel
Arts & Crafts
Educational



Eco-Snoopers Fun Activity Travel Book contains an array of puzzles, mazes, Q&A's, and activities specifically designed to entertain and educate children on the merits of being environmentally green. The book can be carried anywhere and contains quizzes and challenges created to keep kids occupied for hours. The Eco-Snoopers Fun Activity Travel Book is part of a larger selection of Eco Snoopers stationery and backpack products. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24644      (added 7/17/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 7
SKU or Item #: BP08312
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Licensed Products
Travel



No reading is required for this fast-paced, card-swapping game for the young Thomas fans. The Stanley Comes Aboard deck can also be used to play Snap and Memory games. It is made in the USA of recycled materials. Launch date: March 31, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24319      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: BPA6226
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Licensed Products
Travel



I Spy Colorful Kids Puzzle Assortment offers an imaginative new twist on classic I Spy fun. The assortment features six different color-themed puzzles that link hands when completed. Players do the puzzle, then solve the riddles. It comes in a durable carry-along package and includes 100 pieces. The puzzles measure 16.75" x 18". Launch date: March 31, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24294      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: BP06136
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Developmental Toys
Licensed Products
Travel



It takes a keen eye and a quick hand to keep up in this fast-paced matching game. Players search the colorful picture cards to find the one that matches the silhouette card in hand. The player with the most matches wins. No reading is required and there are four levels of play. The game is created to help develop visual interpretation, critical thinking and social skills. It received a 2009 Oppenheim Gold Award. Launch date: March 31, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24293      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 6
SKU or Item #: BP75201
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Developmental Toys
Travel



Four individual puzzles help children learn shapes by putting the puzzles together. The shapes are cleverly shown in the puzzle pictures. The sturdy puzzles come in a self-closing carrier box designed for years of puzzle fun. "The unique Briarpatch Carrier design makes it a one-of-a-kind item, perfect for holiday and birthday party gift-giving. The award-winning SAMi artwork is also made for the specialty store shopper," Carol Comes, product manager for Briarpatch, told TDmonthly. This product is an Oppenheim Gold Award winner. Launch date: March 31, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24265      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 0 to 1
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Developmental Toys
Infant & Toddler
Travel



Velcro fasteners attach this trio of smiling bugs to baby’s infant carrier handle. Rich primary colors and high-contrast black and white geometrics are designed to catch the eye of even the youngest baby. The bold patterns and symmetrical faces and bodies allow baby to focus, helping baby feel calm. The bee and dragonfly have shiny fabric wings with top stitching, and the ladybug has ridged corduroy wings. The wings crinkle to the touch, designed to to delight baby and encourage exploration. The dragonfly, bumble bee and lady bug can be moved to different spots on the carrier handle to give baby a different perspective. Each bug makes its own soft sound. When a toy is positioned to the side of baby’s head (and field of vision), it can be shaken to help baby seek the source of the sound. "This toy encourages visual development: it has high-contrast, geometric patterns, faces and bright colors and can be hung at a distance to fit baby's developing vision," Peggy Barrett, PR consultant for Barrett Marketing Communications, told TDmonthly. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24007      (added 6/3/2009)
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Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: 30261
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Travel
Board Games
General Games



Everyone takes turns to spin the hamburger to see how many bites the pig will take. Players move the pig's hand to his mouth each time he takes a bite. With every bite the pig's stomach gets bigger, bigger and bigger. But the player who feeds him too much loses the game. This game has no loose parts, making it ideal for fun on the go. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23854      (added 5/22/2009)
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Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: 30224
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Travel
Board Games
General Games



There is a fly hidden in the trash can. Players take turns filling up the trash can by pushing the buttons on the outside of the trash can with different types of trash on them. At random, one of the buttons will make the trash can spring open and release the fly. To reset the game, players just push the fly back down and close the lid. Each time, the button that opens the trash can randomly changes so players never know when the fly is going to fly out. This game has no parts to lose, so is ideal for trips. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23855      (added 5/22/2009)
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Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 70758
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
General Games
Travel



This family oriented strategy game for two to four players is simple to learn and comes in a plastic case that snaps shut and is designed for ease while traveling. The object for each player is to surround their opponents' playing pieces and switch them to their color. The person who has made the most pieces of their color at the end of the game is the winner. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23847      (added 5/22/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Travel
Video Games
Musical Toys



The Riff-Rocker is a portable, personal USB guitar game that can be plugged in and played anytime, anywhere. The pocket-sized guitar functions like the widely popular, interactive guitar game but costs a fraction of the price. The Riff-Rocker is portable and designed to be easy to use. It requires a one-time, free software download. The software comes with an assortment of preprogrammed songs and allows players to import their own purchased music from the Web or their MP3player. The Riff-Rocker’s frets are used to play notes that appear on the computer screen. Players earn points by hitting the notes, and additional points are awarded when the fret keys are held down for long notes. It includes easy, medium and hard levels of play, as well as a multiplayer option. "The Riff-Rocker was designed as an inexpensive gaming alternative to all the accessories, games and consoles required to play other musical video games," Karlie,in marketing at Buztronics, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23743      (added 5/19/2009)
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