Since holiday ordering may be more difficult than ever this year, TDmonthly Magazine has boosted its video coverage of new and best-selling toys, so you can see them up close and in action as you're making your final buying decisions. Check out our extended toy videos section for the latest clips, and read on to see what else our September issue has to offer.
TDMONTHLY'S NEWEST AWARD WINNERS
Don't let some of the greatest new (and old) toys and games pass you by. TDmonthly is excited to release the results of the second installment of its 2009 awards program, which includes winners of TDmonthly's Top Toy, Top Seller, Classic and Innovations awards. See the finalists here and the 38 winners in this article.
TDMONTHLY GOES INSIDE ...
You've already gotten an inside look at the story and products behind Giant Robot, Three Cheeky Monkeys and Elegant Child stores. This month, step into Toy Crazy in Malibu, Calif, and try to stay sane among all the fun products!
It's never been easier for kids to become heroes, or to transform a dull window into a winter-themed attraction. Find out which other specialty products wowed us in the September Staff Picks article (preview below).
Little Hero Capes by LITTLE HERO CAPES
Little Hero Capes are designed to empower a child's imagination and expand his adventures. The fully lined capes are made from high-quality materials with high-quality sewing and have a SUPER design placed prominently on the back. The capes feature a snap closure so a child can easily spring into action when he or she hears the call. Each cape also has a collar, which may be placed upward for a more mysterious look. "Each Little Hero Cape, mask, and pair of power cuffs is artisan crafted in the United States," Allison Faunce, owner of Little Hero Capes, told TDmonthly. Launch date: October 2, 2008. 7/30/2009 (MSRP: $42.00; Age: 2 to 12)
Snappy the Snowman by WOWindows, LLC
Snappy the Snowman — waving to his seasonal fans — is a 3' x 5' full-color, high-quality plastic window decoration that lights up at night with back lighting from everyday household lamps for the enjoyment of passersby on the street. It comes with corner stick adhesive squares. Reusable WOWindow Posters are made in the USA and are not sold at national big-box stores, according to Robert Schott, director of national sales for WOWindows, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2007. 8/6/2009 (MSRP: $6.99; Age: 8 and Up)
Heritage Alphabet Blocks by PROMISE BRAND
Heritage Alphabet Blocks are classic toys designed to last generations. The solid-wood blocks are oversized, measuring 3” square, and they are all natural, non toxic and 100-percent organic. Each set of 12 blocks features 48 engraved characters, including the numbers 0-9. Heritage Alphabet Blocks come in three finishes: Color, Oil Only and Raw. Each Color Set utilizes real milk paint and a polymerized linseed oil rub. The blocks are made in Bend, Ore. "Promise Brand has made it our No. 1 goal to manufacture wooden products that exceed every toy test imaginable. Our materials set us far and above our competition," Alisha Alway Braatz, manager at Promise Brand LLC, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2009. 6/11/2009 (MSRP: $68.00; Age: All Ages)
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