December 2007 | Vol. VI - No. 12
|“Once people start to get these better-quality toys, that's what they’ll want.” — Marilyn Chalais, Holztiger|
A Simple Hearth by CAMDEN ROSE
Children use their play kitchen to mimic what they see taking place daily. Our kitchen is created from the warmth and durability of solid cherry. All the knobs turn flawlessly and smoothly without the use of any metal hardware. The metal sink bowl can be removed for easy cleaning and a sliding cutting board pulls out allowing access for more children. 7/10/2007 (MSRP: $299.99; Age: 2 to 8)
Toddler Zoom by CAMDEN ROSE
Pint-size people just love to interact and witness their effect on an object. Little hands can send this car zooming. Created from maple or cherry, the 4” x 2.5” Toddler Zoom has simple birch wheels and a solid body. A non-toxic finish protects and brings out the beauty of the grain. Packed 5 to a case, wholesale. 12/7/2007 (MSRP: $4.99; Age: 2 to 4)
Soma Cube by MAPLE LANDMARK WOODCRAFT CO.
The soma cube is made from beautiful hard maple and finished with a light coat of polyurethane. This seven-piece puzzle features three-dimensional pieces that, together, measure about 2 ½” cubed. The solution is available on the company’s website. “The soma cube is available in single units, perfect for the small specialty store [that doesn’t have] a lot of room but wants to offer unique games,” Barbara Rainville, marketing manager for Maple Landmark, told TDmonthly. Launch date: March 2007. 6/25/2007 (MSRP: $9.00; Age: 8 and Up)
Con-Way Transportation Semi Tractor Trailer by WHITTLE TOY COMPANY
Con-Way Transportation Semi Tractor Trailer: Just introduced this fall, Whittle Toy’s Con-Way Transportation trailer with sleeper cab. This “Big Rig” replica weighs over ¾ of a pound and is nearly a foot long. It’s solid hardwood construction promises years of “Puttin the hammer down” fun. (Price: $24.99) 9/27/2007 (Age: 3 and Up)
The Little Engine That Could™ Set by WHITTLE TOY COMPANY
The Little Engine That Could™ Set: It’s the train that’s kept rolling since 1930. The train that made the phrase “I Think I Can, I Think I Can,” is a permanent part of our American lexicon and continues to teach us the power of positive thinking. This set consists of five cars: The Little Blue Engine, Yellow Gondola, Red Toy Car, White Milk Car, and Red Caboose.
Awards: A TDmonthly Classics Award for being an all-time favorite toy.
— As of 7/21/2011 this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 2 reviews on Amazon.com. 9/27/2007 (MSRP: $39.95; Age: 3 and Up)
Automoblox MINI by AUTOMOBLOX
Automoblox MINIs are a reinvention of the classic wooden toy car — a fusion of heirloom craftsmanship and ultra-modern styling, transformed into a mix-and-match design system that allows kids to create their own distinctive car styles. ”We’ve combined old-school durability, ultra-modern style and an innovative play pattern to create a new generation of classic car toys. The Automoblox MINI line makes it fun for kids to explore their own unique design instincts by combining warm wooden blocks, colorful rubber tires and bright translucent plastics to create super-cool car styles,” PR Manager Tina Noelle Mezzina of Automoblox told TDmonthly. A three-pack plus accessories are also available (MSRP: $24.99). Launch date: August 2007. ( Watch Video) 7/26/2007 (MSRP: $7.99; Age: 3 to 9)
A9 Compact by AUTOMOBLOX
Inspired by the compact cars popular in Europe and Japan, the A9 is certainly big on style for its small frame. Featuring small three-spoke wheels, low-profile tires, and a generous roofline with plenty of headroom, it is sure to get great mileage from this little gem.
— As of 05/13/2011 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 6 reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: One reviewer mentioned that the price was rather high, but then said the quality of the product was worth it.
— “We have some Automoblox. It's a fairly new line and we're doing great with them. I've reordered three times this month,” said Melinda Pontanares, manager of Apple Box Toys in San Diego, Calif., reporting sales of about 150 per month during a July 2009 survey of best-selling collectibles. ( Watch Video) 5/13/2011 (MSRP: $37.99; Age: 3 to 9)
Baby Clacker by MOSSY CREEK WOODWORKS
This Baby Clacker is fashioned from a piece of cherry wood harvested locally from sustainable timber. It is lovingly crafted in the shop on Mossy Creek and makes a gentle rattle when shaken. It has a safe mineral oil finish and is smooth to the touch. 11/27/2007 (MSRP: $11.30; Age: 0 to 2)
Wooden Baby Rattle by MOSSY CREEK WOODWORKS
Starting with a single block of wood, this rattle is lovingly fashioned in the shop on Mossy Creek. Baby can enjoy it now, and it can be a treasured keepsake in the years to come. The rattle can be personalized with baby's name and birth date for an additional fee of $6. 11/27/2007 (MSRP: $19.90; Age: 0 to 2)
KAPLA Color Squares by KAPLA USA
This square wooden box holds planks in six distinctive Kapla colors, with 40 planks of each color. ( Watch Video) 10/20/2006 (MSRP: $20.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Chalet Dollhouse With Furniture by PLANTOYS
The Chalet Dollhouse With Furniture offers kids the full package in dollhouse play. It comes in two units that can be manipulated to form numerous dollhouse layouts. It also comes with furniture, so that nothing's missing when dolls come to visit. The Chalet Dollhouse includes three stories, slanting chalet roof and creative stairs, as well as an innovative floor plan. It is 32" x 24" x 14", is made from recycled rubber wood, is coated with a non-toxic finish, and all colors are made from vegetable dye.
— When asked about best-selling play houses and furniture, Teri Soelter, owner of Teri's Toybox in Edmonds, Wash., said "Plan Toys. People will buy the furniture by itself and the dollhouses later."
— Four of 62 retailers TDmonthly spoke with in spring 2007 said Plan Toys makes some of the most popular furniture and play houses in their stores. They sell about three Plan Toys dollhouses per month. Seven percent of 56 retailers surveyed in January 2009 said doll houses and accessories are among their top sellers.
— “These products are so beautiful,” Teneen Dobbs, owner of Kits & Kaboodle in Carmel, Ind. told TDmonthly. “They display well. People just love wooden items.” ( Watch Video) 2/19/2007 (MSRP: $250.00; Age: 3 and Up)
On the Building Site by FAGUS HOLZSPIELWAREN
The On the Building Site line includes a crane, conveyor belt, container truck, excavator, wheel loader, dumper trailer and dumper truck. The vehicles range in size between 13” and 38”. 12/11/2007
Marble Run by FAGUS HOLZSPIELWAREN
The wooden track set from Germany includes four marbles and one bell disc. Easy to assemble and dissemble, the portable track can be easily stored and transported. It can even be mounted on the wall. When assembled, the track measures over 21” x 27” in size. 12/11/2007 (Age: 0 and Up)
Cash with Calculator by ESTIA HOLZSPIELWAREN
The battery operated wooden cash register is fully functional, allowing little vendors to play “grocery store” more realistically. During play, children will enhance their basic math skills. The calculator measures 7-3/10” x 7-3/10” x 4” and comes with a built-in paper receipt roll. 12/11/2007
Waddling Badger Dog by ESTIA HOLZSPIELWAREN
The wooden pull-along Dachshund features a flexible body, allowing all wheels to stay on the ground, even on an uneven surface. The pull toy measures 13-4/5” x 7-1/5” x 4”. 12/11/2007
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