February 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 2
|“I never go to see the manufacturers that I already deal with.” — Linda Hanzelko, Timmy’s Toy Chest|
Snorre - Bead Baby by SELECTA SPIELZEUG
This 7 cm Viking cheerfully watches over Baby while he sleeps. He features a helmet, shield and bright colors on his wooden frame.
— Selecta’s push toys were listed as top sellers by Owner Candace Gooch at At Once All Agog in Limerick, Maine, in May 2009. “It’s a shame that Selecta decided to pull out of the USA market due to CSPIA’s testing requirements,” she told TDmonthly. “I figure if a product meets the EU’s testing standards, then it should be fine for the USA. There are so many fantastic and safe European toys that our children will miss out on.” 2/14/2008
Triceratops with Baby by PLAYMOBIL INC.
With this set, children can capture a video of the enormous Brachiosaurus with the adventure-seeking explorers. It includes a camera, two figures, a frog, a sword, a cave, trees and other accessories. The Brachiosaurus has movable parts. Launch date: January 2008.
— Four of 66 specialty retailers named Playmobil as a top seller in their stores in May 2008. “We sell a lot because there's so much of it, and for the money, it has great play value,” Mike DiAndrea, manager of Hardware Center, Inc., in Paoli, Pa., told TDmonthly. “They do try to keep up with the trends.” 12/18/2007 (Age: 6 and Up)
Papo Crouching Robin by HOTALING IMPORTS
This hand-painted character is designed to encourage children’s imaginations as they play. It shows the famous Robin Hood in colorful clothing with weapons at hand. 2/14/2008
JCB fastrac 3220 by BRUDER TOYS AMERICA INC.
This pocket-sized, 1:128 scale die-cast tractor is designed with working parts and features fine detail. The replica, which measures 1.9” L x 0.9” W x 1.1” H, comes with a screwdriver for installing the included tow hitch or key chain to the rear. 2/14/2008
Dolly Licorice by COROLLE DOLLS
Dolly Licorice is a 10” vinyl doll with a cloth body and black hair. She’s dressed in bright colors with striped stockings and a pink streak running through her hair. Launch date: January 2008. ( Watch Video) 1/30/2008 (MSRP: $24.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Animal Soup by BRIARPATCH INC.
In this game, kids create one-of-a-kind critters with the turn of a page. The flip books have color-coded index tabs and are divided into top and bottom pages. Roll the die and flip the tabs accordingly, creating up to 100 different animal combinations. An added feature of this board game is that all players play at once. Each game comes with a game board, four flip books, four soup spoons, a soup bowl, 15 animal tokens, a color-coded die and complete game rules. Launch date: Spring 2008. 12/7/2007 (MSRP: $19.99; Age: 5 and Up)
Mattel Inc. - Disney Pixar: The World of Cars Assortment by TOY WONDERS INC.
Each 2-3/4” collectible model car is die-cast on a 1:64 scale. Each car comes with a 5-1/2” x 7” blister card. The car assortment includes: Chick Hicks, Cruisin Lightning Mcqueen, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Darrell Cartrip, Dinoco Chick Hicks, Dinoco Helicopter, Dinoco Lightning Mcqueen, Fred, Lightning Mcqueen, Mario Andretti, Old School Ramone, Pit Crew Member Fabulous Hudson Hornet, Pit Crew Member Fillmore, RPM #64 and Snot Rod. Launch date: December 7, 2007. 1/29/2008 (MSRP: $144.00; Age: 8 and Up)
Sweet WHO™ Snuggle Pods™ - Boy by MANHATTAN TOY
Created for children ages 6 months and up, this super-soft snuggle pal comes in his own satin-lined "pod" and is based on the WHO character from the Dr. Seuss classic "HORTON HEARS A WHO." Babies will love toting and tucking in their own adorable first baby doll. Launch date: January 2008. 2/12/2008 (MSRP: $15.00; Age: 1 and Up)
Stomp Launcher by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
This toy offers stomp-action fun with two soft, safe rockets and a stomp launching base. The flying height of the rocket depends upon the strength of the stomp. Launch date: 2005.
— Stomp Launchers are a top seller at Juggles in Wakefield, R.I., Owner Idanna Smith told TDmonthly. 11/5/2007 (MSRP: $8.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Pengoloo by BLUE ORANGE GAMES
The wooden game will help children enhance their memory skills. The game invites children to guess which penguin is hiding which brightly colored egg. Each egg hides perfectly inside each penguin. Launch date: 2008.
— In late fall 2009, Sue Banducci of Games Unlimited in Danville, Calif., estimated sales of 150 to 200 Pengoloo games in December. Two of 44 specialty retailers named the game as one of their overall best sellers. ( Watch Video) 2/14/2008 (Age: 4 and Up)
Baby Bathroom by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
The Baby Bathroom is specially designed to fit in the Baby Play House, but can also stand alone. The bathroom includes a shower stall, a vanity sink with a mirror, a toilet with a seat that lifts up and down, a throw rug, a bath towel, a little basket for towels and more. Calico Critters are available separately. 2/14/2008 (Age: 3 and Up)
My First Painting – Music by ALEX BRANDS
The painting set features four preprinted 6” x 6” canvases. The set includes eight 0.4 fl. oz. tubes of acrylic paint, four brushes, a mixing palette and a painting guide. Launch date: 2008. 2/14/2008 (Age: 5 and Up)
Pirate Joe Carpet by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Break out the pirate ship and set sail for lands unknown... but don't hurt your knees during the voyage. Children will love sprawling on this wonderful, New Zealand Wool, pirate-themed floor carpet. Measuring nearly 5' x 5' the Pirate Joe carpet will thrill and delight boys and girls alike. Made of New Zealand Wool. 12/7/2007 (MSRP: $250.00; Age: 0 and Up)
Princess Mirror - DYO by MELISSA & DOUG
Each set comes with a special keepsake and plenty of materials to decorate and personalize the mirror. Kids can decorate their mirrors with hearts, jewels, glitter glue, ribbons and more. The entire set is organized neatly in a handy wooden case.
— LB Toys Owner Jamie Burdette in Media, Pa., told TDmonthly that Melissa & Doug’s decorate-your-own kits are so popular that her store sells “40 to 60 per month.” Sallie Kashiwa, owner of Timbuk Toys in Denver said in July 2008 that her store sells 15 to 20 units per month of the Princess Mirror.
— Lyn Copeland, owner of Copelin’s Toy Zone in Norman, Okla., said that when it comes to Melissa & Doug items, her store sells “over 100 per month.”
— More than 13 percent of retailers told TDmonthly that Melissa & Doug’s arts-and-crafts products are their best arts-and-crafts sellers. In addition to this item, bead and magnetic dress-up sets by Melissa & Doug were also named as popular gifts for girls in a summer 2008 survey of 66 retailers. 1/16/2008 (MSRP: $9.99; Age: 4 and Up)
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