August 2009 Notable Toys — Novelties
Coat hangers and twigs are a thing of the past now that the Spinmallow has been invented. Just stick a marshmallow on the telescoping skewer, hold over the fire and let the roasting begin. It includes a flashlight on top to help easily locate the graham crackers and chocolate. Launch date: 2009.
― John Naisbitt, owner of Thinker Things in Solana Beach, Calif., told TDmonthly in June 2010 that Spinmallow is one of his top-selling electronic items.
― “Marky Sparky is the best company for the older boy,” remarked Diana Gisolfu, owner of Sister's Kids in Springfield, Mass., about what makes Marky Sparky her best-selling line of electronic toys.
― Two of 40 retailers said in summer 2010 that Marky Sparky supplies their top-selling electronics.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25247 (added 8/31/2009)
The Toy Story pens come in three styles: Woody, Buzz Lightyear and Little Green Men. "Toy Story Talking Pens will be launching just in time for the re-release of 'Toy Story' 1 & 2 and the release of 'Toy Story 3' in 2010. Launch date: December 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25188 (added 8/28/2009)
Each Splat Attack display comes with 12 splat balls in six styles: Egg, Tomato, Gold Pig, Green Pig, Purple Pig and Orange Pig. Kids can throw them on the ground to see them splat and morph back into their original shape. In addition to the six styles, the company can create customized Splat Attack to feature licensed products or specifications. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25187 (added 8/28/2009)
Each display of these talking bookmarks comes with 24 bookmarks — six of each style: dog, cat, horse and monkey. Users simply press the bookmark to hear the respective animal sound. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25164 (added 8/27/2009)
Fred Figglehorn, the first YouTube star to land 1 million subscribers, is featured on these packs of stickers that come in bundles of 36. There are 13 stickers on the Hey It’s Fred – Red Stickers, which come on a red backer card, and 14 stickers on the blue version. "Fred is the hottest licensed property of 2009," Kristin Baker, in sales admin at Kamhi World, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25162 (added 8/27/2009)
Fred Figglehorn, the first YouTube star to land 1 million subscribers, is the star of these buttons that come on a blister card with a standard butterfly hole. The pack contains four different 1.5" buttons: Oh My Garnet, Hey It's Fred, On Offense, and May Day. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25160 (added 8/27/2009)
Created for use year-round, these 100-percent edible teeth are ideal for parties, give-outs or everyday fun. "We are the original edible candy teeth," Colin Leier, manager of Triple Alliance LLC dba Bubbagum, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25148 (added 8/27/2009)
This ball can bounce up to 50' high.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25107 (added 8/25/2009)
These tiny erasers are shaped like soft-serve ice cream cones and colored to match many flavors. The cones are even sculpted to resemble the waffle texture of the real treat.
— “They've just been out of control,” Casey Sartain, buyer at Tutoring Toy in Salt Lake City, Utah, told TDmonthly of Iwako Erasers. In July 2009, Sartain reported sales averaging 100 per day.
— “Anything that's little is big. For example, the Iwako Erasers,” commented Sherry Phipps, owner of School Crossing in Williamsburg, Va., about her top-selling collectible toys in summer 2009.
— Six of 49 retailers pinpointed Iwako Erasers as a top seller in their stores in July 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24938 (added 8/18/2009)
This interchangeable charm features a full-color image and a round clasp. Full length including clasp is 1.5". Launch date: March 2004.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24929 (added 8/13/2009)
BoogieBOTS Edge Series: GeishaBot
From: Bigatron LLC
Other products from Bigatron LLC
This wind-up character is designed to dance for 15 seconds and comes in "try me" packaging. It does not require batteries.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24855 (added 8/5/2009)
Windmill Tape Dispenser 2
From: WONIL INDUSTRIAL CO.
Other products from WONIL INDUSTRIAL CO.
Designed for quick, simple cutting of Scotch-type tapes, this dispenser cuts large quantities of tape to a 3.8 cm length with a single rotation of the handle. It may also be used as storage for pens, scissors or name cards. The product is available in pink, light blue and yellow.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24794 (added 7/30/2009)
Designed by Been KIM, the DrinKlip is designed to clip right onto tables or desks in order to hold drinks securely without requiring surface space. It is available in a several different colors.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24792 (added 7/30/2009)
In extreme miniature, these multi-colored erasers are made to look like delicious gourmet cakes decorated with thick frosting and fruit slices. Each cake has six separate slices and comes in a round case. Four differently colored varieties are available.
― “The Iwako erasers seem to be a hot one,” said Pat Selby, owner of Calico Cat in West Bainbridge Island, Wash., about her top-selling items for girls in summer 2009.
― Deran Muckjian, owner of Catch a Falling Star, told TDmonthly in June 2009 that both locations of Catch of Falling Star sell 1,000 Iwako erasers per month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24757 (added 7/24/2009)
SOGGS™ are half a dozen (six pairs) fresh, free-range socks. They are available in three different designs: with stripes, stars and plain. In every box with striped socks, there are six different, fresh-colored pairs of striped socks. The free-range socks are available in one size, suitable for ages 0 to 12 months. Launch date: 2005.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24751 (added 7/23/2009)
The Pocket Referee
From: VRANEY INC.
Other products from VRANEY INC.
The Pocket Referee is a conflict resolution tool that comes in the form of a shiny gold coin. The Ref comes packaged with a protective pouch and handy carrying clip that allows kids to keep it close by. This powerful tool helps teaches kids how to work out conflicts on their own without the help of parents or guardians. When a conflict arises that can only have one resolution (which TV show to watch, where to go for dinner) the holder of the coin can choose to get her way, which means she'll pass the coin on to her counterpart for the next conflict, or she can choose to keep the coin and pass the current choice over to the other child. In all situations both kids win. Also available in antique brass for MSRP $9.95.
Awards: Summer 2012 Tillywig Award Winner
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24734 (added 7/23/2009)
This play phone has soft touch keys, operator voice, and ringing tone. Includes 2 x AG13 (Button Cells) batteries.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24709 (added 7/21/2009)
Vazu™ Vase - RipRop Curved Green
From: TH+E DESIGN GROUP LTD.
Other products from TH+E DESIGN GROUP LTD.
This flat, flexible vase expands into a three-dimensional piece of art when filled with water, and stands upright while displaying flowers. Several designs are available in addition to this classic curved model. It has a tear-off top.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24700 (added 7/20/2009)
The Tornado Tube is a fun and educational toy! Create a tornado in a bottle and watch the the whirling vortex! Add colored water and glitter and enjoy both creative and educational play. Made in the USA.
— Mary Porter Green, owner of Curiosity Zone in Ashburn, Va., told TDmonthly in a March 2013 survey that they sell "dozens and dozens" of Tornado Tubes each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24685 (added 7/20/2009)
Kooky Klickers - Hetherwick
From: COURAGE BRANDS INC.
Other products from COURAGE BRANDS INC.
Each uniquely designed, 6" Kooky Klicker character pen features a name, birth order and numbered holographic sticker. There are hundreds of designs available, each topped with brightly colored stringy hair that bounces and springs when kids write. "Fresh new characters coming out monthly add to the collectibility of the brand. Kids always have to have the next new krew," Melanie Ghiz, marketing manager of Courage Brands Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24678 (added 7/19/2009)
The Gyro-discs spin up to 1000 rpm. Just hold the 11" metal ring and strike the smaller, colored discs. As you rotate the ring, the discs begin spinning faster and faster, like mini-gyroscopes. At first, the challenge is to keep all the discs spinning. Once you can do this, there are several tricks and stunts to master.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24615 (added 7/16/2009)
This product features two front teeth and "is the only 100-percent edible Christmas Candy Teeth," Colin Leier, manager of Triple Alliance LLC dba Bubbagum, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24286 (added 6/29/2009)
The objective of this product is to allow children as well as adults the opportunity to clearly allow others to see how they are feeling. Each wrist band has a character and a mood in writing that shows emotional states. These wristbands are designed as a fun way for kids to learn about emotions, colors and how to connect with themselves and others through feelings. "Moody Bands are an ideal tool to be incorporated in any school curriculum. This product is perfect for children, but what sets Moody Bands apart is that adults of all ages love them as well," Naif J. Faris, president of Moody Bands, told TDmonthly. Moody Bands received a 2009 Dr. Toy Best Children's Vacation Product Award, a 2009 Toy Man Award of Excellence, a 2009 Toy Man E-Choice Award, and a 2009 Toy Man Seal of Approval. Launch date: September 9, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24229 (added 6/29/2009)
What if you could have four of America’s favorite classic toys packaged conveniently in one box? Well, you can! Look no further than the new Hall of Fame Toy Pack from POOF-Slinky®, Inc. This one-of-a-kind product contains the world's original metal walking spring toy the Slinky®, the world's #1 Yo-Yo the Duncan® Butterfly®, everyone’s favorite bouncy, stretchy, rubbery Silly Putty®, and a classic gold and green metal tin of Crayola® crayons. Each toy in this Hall of Fame Pack was picked for inspiring creativity and imagination in children and for being loved throughout generations. This, “USA Made”, pack of classic toys is great for kids, or the kid in you! All of these famous toys are inductees in the National Toy Hall Of Fame. For ages 5 and up.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24213 (added 6/25/2009)
America's favorite walking spring now lights up! The illuminated Slinky provides an amazing multi-color light show as it walks down stairs or is juggled in your hands. Fun for day or night! For ages 5 and up.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24212 (added 6/25/2009)
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