September 2008 | Vol. VII - No. 9
|Kookeys by 10VOX Entertainment
||“I got stuck with those Kookeys, which were the alternative to Webkinz, and they just tanked.” — Meredith Zellweger, Toy Jungle, Manhattan Beach, CA
“We're selling some, but they're not flying off the shelf.” — Fred Meyer, Meyer’s Toy World, Battle Creek, Mich. (also referencing Webkinz)
|Dolls by ALEXANDER DOLL CO.||“Each year, they keep decreasing. They're still selling, but not like they used to. … There's not that generation of collectors anymore.” — Mike DiAndrea, Hardware Center Inc., Paoli, Pa.|
|Swan and Dino Ride-ons by APPLEPIE TOY DISTRIBUTION||“[We] had them on display, [but there was a] lack of interest from customers because of the price point being too high.” — Jeanette Lauture, Aunt Jean's Toys & Treats, Montclair, N.J.|
|Boomwhackers by BOOMWHACKERS||“I way overestimated.” — Janet Codispoti Village Toy Shop, Hilo, Hawaii|
|Horses by BREYER||“The Breyer Horses sales keep going down.” — Dalene Lockhart, Toy Town, Casper, Wyo.|
|Plush by GANZ||“When you order Webkinz, they want you to order other things, too, so I ordered some plush, and I've been disappointed. … Some are not up to snuff as far as how cute they are. I won't order them again.” — Gwen Bowden, Doodlehopper for Kids, Springfield, Va.|
|Bamboo Games by HAPE INTERNATIONAL||“[The company] has a whole line that is eco-friendly toys, and they haven't done quite as well as I thought they would.” — Kara Fichtner, Out of the Blue, Albuquerque, N.M.|
|Quadrilla by HAPE INTERNATIONAL||"It might have been the price point. It's fairly expensive. … People like it, but they don't like the idea of all the pieces.” — Candace Gooch, At Once All Agog, Limerick, Maine
“They're in our sidewalk sale.” — Cathy Albrow, Creative Learning Toys, Grand Rapids, Mich.
|Papo by HOTALING IMPORTS||“Papo is dying. It's been great, but I think it's everywhere now.” — Terri Bracken, Earth Explorers Toys, Zionsville, Ind.|
|Thomas the Train by LEARNING CURVE||“Thomas the Train has been a really big disappointment this year, and last year, and the year before. Little bit of price [and] the market is saturated with generic stuff.” — Ron & Sue Banducci, Games Unlimited, Danville, Calif.
“They've really died. It may be because of the Fisher-Price Geo Tracks. They don't like to sell to us little guys. But it's a good product and has been advertised the living heck out of, and parents may be buying those instead.” — David Campbell, Amazing Toys, Great Falls, Mont.
|High School Musical by MATTEL||“They're just not going as fast as we thought they would.” — Kathy Yuri, Hammond Toys, Orem, Utah
“The craze is kind of over, at least until a new movie comes out.” — Billy Finley, Toy Castle, LLC, Jonesboro, Ark. (also referencing Hannah Montana)
|Costume Club Kids by PADDYWHACK LANE||"They had a ton of press. We had them in two different locations in the store and it's just not happening." — Tina Benoit, Kidstown, South Burlington, Vt.|
|Lemon Meringue Push/Pull Toys by PAMELA DRAKE||“The wheels consistently have problems. [We] have a lot of returns on that item; we will not order again.” — Julie Frost, Giggles for Kids, Suwanee, Ga.|
|Wheely Bug by PRINCE LIONHEART||“They're in Target now.” — Shirley Reilly, Let’s Play, Hillsboro, Ore.|
|Shining Stars by RUSS BERRIE||"The prediction was that these would be as popular as Webkinz (by Ganz), but it didn't even come close." — Diana Gisolfi, Sisters Kids, Springfield, Mass.|
|Tolo Plush by TOLO TOYS||“[It] has not moved well for me. Don't know why.” — Amy Barrett, Lasso the Moon Wonderful Toys, Helena, Mont.|
|WonderGames by WONDERCHESS LLC||“We invested in … WonderCheckers and WonderChess, by WonderChess, LLC. I don’t know if parents just don't get it or my employees don't get it, but they've been going nowhere.” — Linda Angel, Kidoodles Toys, Norman, Okla.|
|Foam Craft Workshop with hot wire by FABER-CASTELL||"The staff, everybody, thought that it was a great item. But boy, it did not sell. … I don't think any kid would get hurt with this, but it's all perception." — Anonymous|
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