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August 2009 Notable Toys — School Supplies





Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: RL207
Launch Date: October 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Videos & DVDs
School Supplies



Kids can explore the systems of the human body — skeletal, nervous, muscular, circulatory, urinary, respiratory and digestive systems — in this 52-minute DVD that meets National Science Education Standards. Created for grades 4 through 8, it also covers the five senses and offers a bonus segment on healthy nutrition, exercise and MyPyramid. Launch date: October 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25204      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: RL923
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Videos & DVDs
School Supplies



Led by D.J. Doc Roc, positive lyrics, cool rap music and high-energy action characterize this educational DVD. Sums up to 18 and differences from 18 are covered in these "add and subtract songs." This product was named one of Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products 2009. Launch date: August 25, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25203      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Launch Date: December 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
School Supplies
Collectibles



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)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Novelties
School Supplies



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)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Tween
School Supplies
Licensed Products



Fred Figglehorn, the first YouTube star to land 1 million subscribers, is the focus of this talking pen that says five of Fred’s most famous lines. "Fred is the hottest licensed property of 2009," Kristin Baker, in sales admin at Kamhi World, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25159      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 13 and up
SKU or Item #: 535-USB
Launch Date: April 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Robotics
School Supplies
Hobby Goods



With the USB Interface Kit, robot lovers can connect the Robotic Arm Edge to a PC and have real-time manual control of the robotic arm and program the arm to perform a sequence of movements — just like an actual robot on an assembly line. The kit comes complete with a CD, a printed circuit board, a USB cable and accessories, and a detailed instruction manual. Launch date: April 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25138      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-352
Launch Date: April 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
School Supplies
Hobby Goods



OWI’s aluminum, non-venomous invertebrate building kit features a Scorpion to be assembled from metal and bendable aluminum parts. The Samurai Scorpion is comprised of two major parts: head and body. The head consists of a pair of eyes, mouth and claws used to capture prey. The body contains eight legs, tail and a curved aculeus (stinger). The kit contains 30 hard and soft pre-punched aluminum parts, seven screws, seven nuts, three springs and assembly tools. Its claws, arms, legs and tail are moveable. Launch date: April 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25137      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-351
Launch Date: April 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
School Supplies
Hobby Goods



OWI’s aluminum insect building kit features a praying mantis insect that the owner assembles from metal and bendable aluminum parts. The average size of the scientifically named “stagmomantis carolina” is 3" to 4" in length. Mega Mantis is twice this size, hence its name. Kids can hold it, bend it, and even move its legs, wings, head and fore legs. The kit contains 25 hard and soft pre-punched aluminum parts, seven screws, seven nuts, four metal springs and assembly tools. Launch date: April 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25136      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-MSK673
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature
School Supplies



Attacking Inch worm has orange, spiky limbs to ward off any predator who seeks to challenge it as a delectable delight. Its initial defensive mechanism may fool intruders for a moment, but still requires a way to heed out of harm’s way. The sun’s rays power this mini solar kit to slither along to safety. The mechanical movements are designed to simulate the movements of its soft-bodied derivative. Because its home is above ground, Attacking Inch Worm has a hard plastic body to protect itself. No batteries or tools are required, and there are less than 50 parts to assemble. Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25134      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-MSK672
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature
School Supplies



This little green amphibian friend leaps with a joyful sense of freedom using its hind legs and rubber feet. Happy Hopping Frog jiggles its eyes as a dog would wag its tail, acknowledging its love and appreciation to its owner. The tailless, leaping mini solar kit is activated by the power of the sun’s rays; no batteries are required. Happy Hopping Frog is designed for easy assembly with approximately 25 parts, and demonstrates alternative energy principles. Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25132      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-MSK671
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature
School Supplies



Powered by the sun's rays, this alternative-energy toy car requires no batteries or tools, and contains less than a dozen parts to assemble. Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25131      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: OWI-MSK669
Launch Date: April 2007
Category: Eco-Friendly
Science & Nature
School Supplies



Methodically, eight legs work in harmony to create a ballet style “tippy-toe” movement. Similar to its cousin from Alaska, the Walking King Crab scurries along to safe passage when powered by the sun's rays. Walking King Crab is powered with a mini solar cell (included) and demonstrates alternative energy principles. No batteries or tools are required; there are 35 parts to assemble. "Because of its entry-level price point, retailers will grow fond of its movements; both off the shelf and after assembly. If a make-it and take-it type product is what you are looking for, this hands-on terrestrial tantalizer will make you the local hero," Craig Morioka, president of OWI Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25130      (added 8/27/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: RL206
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
School Supplies
Videos & DVDs



Marko the Pencil and his friend Bailey take learners on a journey to Marko's Super Science Station where it's easy and fun to grasp science concepts and boost test scores. This DVD covers photosynthesis, plant parts, the butterfly lifecycle, plant and animal cells, food chains, food webs and more. It meets the National Science Education Standards. Launch date: June 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25052      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: RL980
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Videos & DVDs
School Supplies



Featuring D.J. Doc Roc, this DVD includes positive lyrics, rap music and high-energy action to generate excitement as students learn to solve division facts quickly and accurately. Kids can discover what division is all about, solve story problems, use remainders, and even work long-division problems. Launch date: June 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25050      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: WPRT1
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Language
School Supplies



WhisperPhone® Reader’s Theater includes 10 scripts, 10 scene setters and 10 coordinating exercises written by literacy experts and teachers. The scripts feature two characters in a telephone conversation about “How Things Are Made.” Students practice reading with expression in pairs. Launch date: March 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25027      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 5 to 11
SKU or Item #: 01176
Launch Date: June 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Books
School Supplies



This book describes the entire MathMosis system. It is filled with short lessons outlining the I Chant, You Chant teaching methodology and gives teachers at-a-glance ideas for counting practice activities, as well as extension activity ideas that can be integrated with other subjects. It includes reproducible worksheets for fact practice as well as instructions for fact-practice games. The MathMosis book is the foundation to the MathMosis system. "MathMosis is a unique instructional approach to teaching skip counting, multiplication and division, through a variety of learning modalities," Jennifer Tuttle, CEO of Brain Party, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25003      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 5 to 10
Target Age Range: 5 to 9
SKU or Item #: 01138
Launch Date: June 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
School Supplies
Display



Twelve MathMosis Posters provide a visual for kindergarten through 4th-grade students as they learn to count. The posters are printed on heavy cardstock for durability and are 23" W x 12" to 29" L, depending on the information on the poster. The posters were specifically designed for classroom use with attractive colors and large numbers that students can see in a large-group setting. "MathMosis Posters appeal to visual and analytical learners by presenting skip-counting patterns on bright, colorful, heavy cardstock," Jennifer Tuttle, CEO of Brain Party, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25001      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 6 to 11
SKU or Item #: 01169
Launch Date: June 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Board Games
School Supplies



MathMosis Mania provides children with a visual and kinesthetic approach to learning while having fun, offering practice in counting, multiplication and division. MathMosis Mania is designed to grow with children as they learn through multiple games. "[It] teaches number sense, multiplication and division through a variety of learning modalities, including visual, analytical and kinesthetic," Jennifer Tuttle, CEO of Brain Party, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25000      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 7 to 10
Target Age Range: 7 to 10
SKU or Item #: 01145, 01169
Launch Date: June 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Board Games
School Supplies



MathMosis® Mania provides children with a visual and kinesthetic approach to learning while having fun. The game gives children practice in counting, multiplication and division, and is designed to grow with children as they learn. Children will learn to play four different MathMosis Mania games, "which [help] children learn through many learning modalities including visual, analytical and movement," Jennifer Tuttle, CEO of Brain Party, told TDmonthly.
Awards: Dr. Toy's 100 Best Children's Products 2009
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24999      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: All Ages
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Eco-Friendly
School Supplies
American-Made



ReUsies are a reusable alternative to plastic sandwich bags. They are cotton on the outside and leak-resistant nylon on the inside, sealed with Velcro closures. ReUsies can be machine or hand washed, and each one is designed to replace hundreds of plastic baggies. ReUsies come in two sizes (larger sandwich and smaller snack) and many different patterns to appeal to all members of the family. "We use reusable items in many other areas of our lives (reusable water bottles, shopping bags, lunch boxes, etc.), but there are very few products that replace those plastic sandwich baggies we all use and toss every day," Karen Whorton, owner of ReUsies, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24978      (added 8/19/2009)
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Made entirely out of recycled newspaper, Smencils are gourmet-scented pencils designed to retain their scents for two years. The tightly rolled newspaper is hardened around a core of No. 2 graphite, so it sharpens like a standard wood pencil. The Smencils are then soaked to infuse their fragrance, finished with an eraser and identifying sticker, and packaged in a biodegradable, corn-based plastic Freshness Tube. There are 10 scents available: Bubble Gum, Cinnamon, Tropical Blast, Grape, Cotton Candy, Very Berry, Black Cherry, Orange, Watermelon and Rootbeer. They are available assorted in packs of 10 (one of each scent) or buckets of 50 (five of each scent). 
— “One kid has it, then everyone has to have it. I've been selling buckets of those things,” Sherry Phipps, owner of School Crossing in Williamsburg, Va., told TDmonthly in July 2009 about why Smencils are a top seller in her store.
— Smencils are also strong sellers at Golden Apple Learning Store in Pleasanton, Calif., Owner John MacDougall told TDmonthly in summer 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24946      (added 8/18/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: School Supplies



The Caiman Basin is part of Playmobil’s zoo line, a wide variety of modular sets that allow children to construct a full-featured zoo of their own design. This set comes with a large caiman and two babies, their landscaped enclosure, a tree with other wildlife, and an attentive zookeeper. The enclosure has a pool that can be filled with water for more realistic play.
— “There are some customers who have to have every single piece in a theme,” said Sue Hottel, co-owner of No Kidding in Mattapoisett, Mass., of what makes Playmobil her top-selling collectible item.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24945      (added 8/18/2009)
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This sheet of acid-free 3D stickers features LEGO law enforcement figurines, a "wanted" poster, a badge, police vehicles and more.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24931      (added 8/13/2009)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Science & Nature
School Supplies



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)
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Age Range: 12 and up
Launch Date: June 2003
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
School Supplies
Personalized



This is one of two Spanish planispheres the company offers. It contains about 700 stars and more than 300 objects for binoculars: nebulae, open en globular clusters, galaxies, double stars, variable stars and more. "Our program includes planispheres in 11 languages (five of them only available through our customers), and English planispheres for 10 different latitude ranges, together covering the entire populated world," Rob Walrecht, director of Rob Walrecht Productions, told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2003.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24671      (added 7/19/2009)
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