January 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 1
If you want to know what a toy will look like on your shelf, TDmonthly Magazine lets you see it before and after it comes out of the box.
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BAB Security Blanky Puppet by Kids Preferred Inc.
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Xeko Mission: Costa Rica by MATTER GROUP LLC
Costa Rica is the setting for the second Xeko adventure. Meet the fearsome jaguar, the intelligent bottle-nosed dolphin and some of the most amazing birds, turtles and frogs in Mission: Costa Rica. ( Watch Video) 6/13/2006
Fantasyland Jigsaw Blocks by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
The charming shapes, patterns and motifs will guide children into Fantasy Land. Mouse, bear, lion and the other blocks can be arranged into a jigsaw picture or piled like constructing blocks. With a kaleidoscope block, mirror and little bell, these constructing blocks of beech wood have a foil coating. It is ideal for ages 18 months and up. “This creative block set offers the unique feature that it is a 3-D puzzle also — it may be constructed vertically or horizontally on a table. The multi-faceted colors, textures and optical effects create a one-of-a-kind set for specialty stores,” Lea Culliton of HABA USA told TDmonthly. It was named one of the 100 Best Children’s Products of 2006 by Dr. Toy. ( Watch Video) 5/22/2006 (MSRP: $55.00; Age: 2 and Up)
1001 Nights by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Tile by tile, through oriental patterns and shapes, children immerse themselves in the world of Aladdin and his friends with this wooden block set. It's a magnetic arranging game with 80 wooden pieces, magnetic foil and frame. ( Watch Video) 5/22/2006 (MSRP: $35.00; Age: 3 to 10)
Soft Doll Nelly by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
This soft, washable doll comes with a flower that serves as an elastic hair band, and features a padded body, chenille hair and a cotton/polyester and velour dress. “Her bracelet also does double duty as a hair band for the doll or for the little girl who is her owner,” Lea Culliton of HABA USA told TDmonthly. ( Watch Video) 11/22/2006 (MSRP: $35.00; Age: 2 and Up)
BAB Security Blanky Puppet by KIDS PREFERRED INC.
This incredibly soft plush toy can be used as a puppet or a little friend for snuggling. The bear’s clothing reads, “My Beary Best Friend.” ( Watch Video) 12/14/2006 (MSRP: $5.00)
Fruits Rattles by BLABLA
This set of five rattles is made of 100 percent cotton and was hand knit in Peru. It features an apple, an orange, a strawberry, a watermelon and a pear. A Veggies set is also available. Launch date: January 2006. ( Watch Video) 12/5/2006 (MSRP: $28.00; Age: 0 to 2)
Asthma FriendlyŽ Basset Hound by KIDS PREFERRED INC.
This soft and cuddly 13” canine is allergy tested and allows children to “cuddle with confidence.” The asthma-friendly guidelines are as follows: Put the toy inside a freezer bag and place it in a 10-degree or colder freezer for 24 hours; then, machine wash cold (delicate cycle) and tumble dry low. This process should be repeated every four weeks. ( Watch Video) 12/5/2006 (MSRP: $5.00)
123 Doudou Bear by KALOO
This security blanket and finger puppet in one makes a cuddly 8” square, perfect for baby’s hands and easy to pack. A Lilirose Velour Bear Doudou is also available. The product comes in a charming round gift box. In French, “doudou” means a blanket to wipe tears. “The softness, washability and unmistakable Kaloo look are what make all Kaloo products distinctive childhood favorites,” Lisa Orman of KidStuff PR told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 2006. ( Watch Video) 12/1/2006 (MSRP: $18.00)
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