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August 2009 Notable Toys — Electronics





Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Software
Electronics



Designed for learning and fun, this electronic preschool toy harnesses the power of a computer and utilizes Interactive Voice Recognition Technology so that the on-screen Comfy characters respond to a child's voice as he or she plays the 36 educational games and activities. The multilingual product easily switches among 20 different languages. "During the past 80+ years, different versions of toy telephones have traditionally been among the top-selling preschool toys on the market," Ron Cantor, president of Comfy, Inc., told TDmonthly. "The Plug ‘n Play Phone is a preschool child's phone for the 21st century!" Two AA batteries are required (not included). Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25095      (added 8/24/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys
Category: Interactive
Robotics
Electronics



Prime-8 is a fast and agile gorilla robot that does everything from play laser tag to run with your kids down hallways. He explores his own surroundings or responds to remote control. He is silly, occasionally rude, and goes crazy when disturbed in his sleep! Prime-8’s intense interactivity is powered by a battery of sensors that allow him to respond to people and to his environment. Internal sensors measure his orientation constantly, and prompt him to right himself should he fall down. Outbound sight and sound sensors help Prime-8 maneuver around obstacles, respond to questions with grunts and growls, and express himself. Finally, motion detection sensors keep Prime-8 alert so that he can chase away intruders by firing rockets!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25092      (added 8/24/2009)
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Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Interactive
Robotics
Electronics



Penbo is a lovable interactive penguin that sings, talks, dances and plays games with you and her surprise Bebe. She responds to touch and sound and communicates with her Bebe through infrared sensors. Penbo also plays five games with you and Bebe; the more you play, the happier she becomes! Penbo is an autonomous robot designed to move like a penguin and interact with you and her Bebe through an array of sensors. She is aware of her surroundings, loves to dance, plays games and talks with Bebe in Penguish, her own language. Press Penbo’s heart to reveal a surprise egg with her Bebe inside; each color Bebe interacts differently with Penbo.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25090      (added 8/24/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Preschool
Electronics



This preschool toy is a safe, programmable TV remote control that children can use to find their favorite TV shows and channels quickly and easily. The iMote is designed to provide independence for kids and peace of mind for parents. A parent selects five safe TV channels that have their child's favorite TV shows, and access to all other TV channels is blocked. The iMote comes with 100+ colorful stickers, including the logos of popular TV channels (i.e., Nickelodeon, Disney, PBS, Cartoon Network)  to make it easy to customize for each child. "The iMote is the only remote control on the market that has been tested to pass all toy safety tests, so that when young children put it into their mouths there is no danger of lead poisoning; and parents don’t have to worry about their children watching programming that they may not feel is suitable for their children," Ron Cantor, president of Comfy, Inc., told TDmonthly. "Children develop a great sense of pride, confidence and self esteem in knowing that they have their own personal TV remote control that allows them to operate their TVs, just like Mom and Dad can."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25079      (added 8/21/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Plush
Electronics
Preschool



Peanut is part of a line of five AniMagic pets, which are soft, lap-size animals that move their heads, necks, ears and eyes, make whimpering sounds when petted, and each make their signature baby animal noise — bark or meow, for example. Peanut barks in appreciation when given his special bone, and even wags his tail. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25078      (added 8/21/2009)
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This 3" designer mini speaker has a lot of attitude. Featuring artwork by Jeremiah Ketner, it hosts a built-in hi-fi amplifier, internal rechargeable battery and can play for four to eight hours. It comes with an audio cable, a USB charging cable and a keyring clip for attachment to bags or other accessories. Headphonies can work with MP3 players, portable DVD players, computers and most mobile devices. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25072      (added 8/20/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Gifts
Appliances



This Silver Ion HEPA Air Filter is designed for homes with kids seeking to reduce airborne viruses that cause the flu. The HEPA air filter is coated with silver, an eco-friendly and non-toxic substance naturally occurring in nature that provides anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral protection. The Silver Ion HEPA filter is more affordable than other air sterilization methods and is designed to be extremely efficient when compared to ultraviolet technology alone. The Silver Ion HEPA filter reduces up to 50 percent of airborne viruses that cause the flu after 24 hours of use, and eliminates 99 percent of airborne allergens, 98 percent of bacteria, and up to 50 percent of the viruses that cause influenza. It's "perfect for a child's room or common high-traffic areas in the home," Akiko Tanaka, PR coordinator for Alen Corp., told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25015      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Appliances
Electronics



Named Respiratory Management Magazine's "New Product of the Year" for 2009, Paralda is an eco-friendly, RoHS compliant, Energy Star rated HEPA UV air purifier with 99.97-percent air cleaning efficiency. It is designed for babies and children's rooms because it contains zero lead components and is quiet. Its UV lamp is designed to last up to five years and sterilizes airborne viruses that cause the flu. It is available in the following colors: Bamboo Green, Twilight or Espresso. "Paralda was the first HEPA UV air purifier in the U.S. market to meet strict green standards — it is environmentally friendly by meeting all RoHS requirements and is Energy Star rated — using less energy than a standard light bulb," Ria Romano, PR manager for Alen Corp., told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24664      (added 7/19/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 355-078910
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Dolls
Electronics
Gifts



This USB Owl bobbles its head. It measures 5.5 cm and is available in white, gray, pink and brown. Launch date: May 6, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24651      (added 7/17/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
SKU or Item #: 300-524192
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Designer Toys
Gifts
Electronics



This monkey-faced bank eats and saves coins. The size is approximately 10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm. Launch date: June 6, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24650      (added 7/17/2009)
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Utilizing NeuroSky's ThinkGear technology, the product allows kids to practice their Jedi Master skills, actually using their mind to control movement of a ball. Users wear a headset that measures and interprets brainwave activity, transferring it to the 10" training tower where a sphere moves up and down. It includes Star Wars sound effects and 15 levels of training. Launch date: July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24531      (added 7/13/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 5
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Electronics
General Toys



This TV-based gaming system for preschoolers combines full-body movement, music, education and fun. Combining LeapFrog’s learning products expertise with Disney’s storytelling heritage and preschool TV programs, the system lets kids bring the fun of Playhouse Disney to life at their house. As they groove and play, kids can gain a greater understanding of core preschool skills such as math, language and music. The Zippity system leads kids through eight lively learning games that use an interactive mat for lower-body movement, such as running, dancing, jumping and marching, and a tummy-high joystick, or “bopper,” for upper-body action, such as moving left, right, forward and back. The easy-to-use system with eight learning activities pre-loaded—comes with a foldable mat and bopper, which interacts wirelessly with the Zippity console. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24350      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 5 to 8
SKU or Item #: LER6962
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Electronic Games
Electronics



Got It Reading & Math Game is a two-sided electronic game with two arcade-style joysticks. Word and math questions appear on the screen and players move their cursors to “grab” the correct answers before they are eaten up by the opponent or the friendly monster (also offers solo play). It features bonus rounds, volume control, automatic shut-off and two headphone jacks that allow quiet play. It includes Activity Guide and an AC adapter is available separately. "This game provides the option of either a reading or a math game, providing immediate feedback and play for one or two players," Nancy Davies, group account director for Salmon Borre Group, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24308      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 7 to 12
SKU or Item #: LER6970
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Electronic Games
Electronics



An electronic dice roll gives players a target number, and kids (or parents) race to add or subtract the light-up numbers one through 9 at their station. Once a player has used all of his numbers, he's scored a knockout. Players can also train for matches in solo mode. The announcer’s voice, starting bell and roaring crowd send fighters into the ring ready to rumble. It features volume control and automatic shut-off, and includes an Activity Guide. An AC adapter is available separately. Launch date: April 2, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24301      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 6 to 8
SKU or Item #: 12190
Launch Date: October 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Battery Operated
Educational
Electronics



This product is bilingual (English/Spanish) with a total of 140 activities. All activities are designed with a Web-browser format and user-friendly screen-scrolling function to enhance young users' computer skills. It has built-in, one-touch keys for direct access to main modes with real laptop simulated applications included. It's created to help kids learn grammar, math, drawing, logic, music, translation and personal organization. "[A] unique circular touch panel allows for quick file search," Jackie Tam, senior sales manager for Hanzawa, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24280      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 609C
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Music
Electronics
Musical Toys



This could be a first guitar for kids and a travel guitar for players of all ages. It includes eight dot position inlays, 1/4 pin pickup, and a silkscreen logo. No assembly is required. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24237      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 13 and up
Launch Date: November 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Key Chains
Novelties



Whenever there is an awkward pause, individuals can push the button on the key chain-sized theCRICKETtoy™ to hear "Chirp. Chirp." (crickets chirping). "There really is no other item out there like this designed for those awkward moments. It's a great conversation piece and it gets people asking, "Hey, where did you get that?" That's GREAT marketing and branding with multiple impressions throughout the week!" Jeff Anderson, owner of Kardandak Enterprises LLC, told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 5, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24094      (added 6/11/2009)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Electronics
School Supplies



Mark-my-time digital bookmarks in neon blue, green and purple are fun and easy to use. A simple and easy way to monitor reading times for either a countdown session with alarm or cumulative sessions monitoring and storing up to 100 hours of achieved reading time.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24110      (added 6/11/2009)
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