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My Belly Button Baby by SMALL WORLD TOYSName: My Belly Button Baby
Company: SMALL WORLD TOYS
Age: 2 and up
Price: $29.99
Category: Infant & Toddler

What It Is
This soft plush rag doll features magnetic feet and hands that let her touch her hands, feet and belly button. The doll comes with a corresponding lift-the-flap book. 5

What We Thought
The little board book was easily understandable by my 11-year-old stepdaughter who’s just learning English, and she thought the magnetic limbs, mouth, eyes are belly button were a great touch. She also found the baby’s face and cuddliness absolutely adorable.

Why They’ll Want It
Very young children will be able to relate to this soft, adorable baby and will easily be able to follow the instructions in the book. Making the doll touch her own hands, feet, mouth, eyes and belly-button gives kids a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment as they learn about their own body parts. – Alison Marek, 6/30/08

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Adorable Girl Doll - The Girly Girl by ADORABLE ORIGINALS INC.Name: Adorable Girl Doll - The Girly Girl
Company: ADORABLE ORIGINALS INC.
Age: 3-9
Price: $39.95
Category: Dolls

What It Is
In this collection of six hip and huggable soft-bodied dolls are Girly Girl, Sporty Girl, Creative Girl, Free Spirit Girl, Social Girl and Performer Girl. Each name carries a special meaning and helps little girls define themselves by their qualities rather than their looks. Plus, their identity tags invite girls to log on to Adorable Girl Doll website for even more interactive fun.

What We Thought

Spongy springy, trademarked yarn hair really sets Adorable Original dolls apart from other rag dolls. Their cartoony faces make them friendly and appealing to little girls and to the adults who love them. Their outfits are to also die for.

Why They’ll Want It
Little girls who want something cuddly for bedtime will love to have these dolls on their pillows. Parents and grandparents who are looking to help instill self-esteem in their children will appreciate the message that every girl, no matter what she looks like, is beautiful and unique in her own way. - Alison Marek 6/30/08

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Calin Cheerful Pink by COROLLE DOLLSName: Calin Cheerful Pink
Company: COROLLE DOLLS
Age: 2 and up
Price: $26.99
Category: Dolls

What It Is
This 12" doll has a soft beanbag body and eyes that close when she´s "sleeping." She can wear clothing from Corolle´s Mon Premier collection. As with all Corolle babies, she’s delicately scented with vanilla.

What We Thought
This tiny baby is just the right size for little girls, ages 18 months and up. She’s pretty, sweet and has great clothes. My 11-year-old stepdaughter thought she was a very good quality doll and gave her the highest rating.

Why They’ll Want It
Little girls who love babies will adore this tiny doll sized just for them. The cute outfits and accessories will let them play mommy for hours. - Alison Marek 6/30/08

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Baboo's Bird UglyDoll by PRETTY UGLY LLCName: Baboo's Bird UglyDoll
Company: PRETTY UGLY LLC
Age: All Ages
Price: Not Specified
Category: Plush

What It Is
The soft and huggable blue plush has big round eyes and two yellow front teeth. Like all Ugly Dolls, he comes in a variety of sizes, from key-chain to 2” tall.

What We Thought

My 11-year-old European stepdaughter had never seen an Ugly Doll before and fell instantly in love.

Why They’ll Want It
Ugly Dolls are about the cutest nonliving things on earth. And they’re cuddly! – Alison Marek, 6/30/08

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Puzzibits™ Flexible 3D Puzzle Art™ - Ocean Depths by MANHATTAN TOYName: Puzzibits™ Flexible 3D Puzzle Art™ - Ocean Depths
Company: MANHATTAN TOY
Age: 6 and up
Price: Not Specified
Category: Puzzles & Skill

What It Is
The 150 flexible, interlocking pieces included in this set can be used to create three 3D designs — a turtle, a seahorse and an octopus.

What We Thought
TDmonthly staff enjoyed assembling the Puzzibits pieces to quickly create a turtle in its shell. The flexible plastic pieces easily fit together and it didn’t take us long to figure out how they should be connected. My 11-year-old stepdaughter also thought the kit was great and loved the feel of the flexible pieces.

Why They’ll Want It
Retailers raved about the original kit when it first came out. One reported that a grandmother returned to buy 12 more versions of the kit for each of her grandchildren, since nobody wanted to disassemble their creations once they were made. Kids will love being able to assemble the creatures in this kit using just the illustrated instructions. Or, of course, they could improvise and create their own. Once hooked, they’ll probably be back for more, so Puzzibits could generate some nice repeat sales. – Alison Marek 6/30/08

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Ultra Stomp Rocket by D & L COMPANYName: Ultra Stomp Rocket
Company: D & L COMPANY
Age: 8 and up
Price: $15.00
Category: Rockets

What It Is
Stomp on the launch pad and the blast of air can propel the Ultra Stomp Rocket more than 200´ in the air. The kit contains four rockets with the OG-1 Nosecone. The Stomp Rocket by D&L is consistently named as a great seller by specialty toy store owners across the country.

What We Thought

The stomp rocket support took just a few minutes to assemble. My 11-year-old stepdaughter was thrilled to see how far her first rocket went. She and her Dad (and the dog) devised a few games of competition and fetch that kept them occupied for some time.

Why They’ll Want It

Kids love the idea of stomping on something and causing a rocket to soar higher in the air than they could ever possibly throw it. By changing the angle of the launcher, they can aim for height or length in the rocket’s trajectory. It’s a fun toy for them to play with to challenge themselves, or to compete with friends or family to see whose rocket goes farthest. – Alison Marek 6/30/08

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Sweeters Pals by SWEETERS LLC.Name: Sweeters Pals
Company: SWEETERS LLC.
Age: All Ages
Price: Not Specified
Category: Plush

What It Is
These hand-knit dolls are made from 100 percent cotton in the U.S.A. Each doll can be personalized. The MSRP ranges from $36 to $60 depending on the doll’s size.

What We Thought
This is just the type of doll that grandmas love to buy for their grandchildren. They have an old-fashioned appeal with a modern design. The fact that they’re handmade lends them the aura of a keepsake, even though grandma didn’t do the knitting herself. My 11-year-old stepdaughter thought the doll was cute, but was perturbed that it didn’t have any hair.

Why They’ll Want It

Shoppers who are looking for wholesome, US-made products will appreciate these dolls’ quality and cuteness. Little girls will like the vibrant colors and cuddliness. – Alison Marek 6/30/08

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PlayMais Fun Farm Dice Game by PLAYMAIS CANADA INC.Name: PlayMais Fun Farm Dice Game
Company: PLAYMAIS CANADA INC.
Age: 3 and up
Price: Not Specified
Category: Construction

What It Is
PlayMais is a colorful, corn-based, biodegradable construction product. Kids can cut, twist and shape the pieces, which are colored with natural food dyes. Simply wet one end of a piece by dabbing it on a damp cloth to make it stick to another PlayMais. In this set, kids can also sculpt their own playing pieces for a fun-farm dice board game.

What We Thought
My 11-year-old stepdaughter and I played with this set for hours. She created everything from family portraits to rain clouds with the sun peeking through. We had so much fun recreating creatures and nature that we never even got around to playing the dice game. One potential problem with the set is that it smells so much like cereal that it attracted the attention of our popcorn-loving dog and cat. Finished pieces were therefore put up on a shelf and will soon go behind a shadowbox to protect them!

Why They’ll Want It
This eco-friendly, biodegradable kit will appeal to parents who are looking for safe and natural toys for their kids. Children will love the unique play pattern, which allows them to create free-standing pieces with a minimum of manual dexterity. The creative possibilities are virtually endless, as the PlayMais pieces can be cut, twisted and reshaped and do not require armatures. – Alison Marek 6/30/08

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Abraham Lincoln and the Forest of Little Pigeon Creek by AMERITALES ENTERTAINMENT LLCName: Abraham Lincoln and the Forest of Little Pigeon Creek
Company: AMERITALES ENTERTAINMENT LLC
Age: 8 and up
Price: $19.95
Category: Books

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The Witch's Child by ABRAMS BOOKSName: The Witch's Child
Company: ABRAMS BOOKS
Age: 7-11
Price: $16.95
Category: Books

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Rosie and Buttercup by KIDS CAN PRESSName: Rosie and Buttercup
Company: KIDS CAN PRESS
Age: 4-8
Price: $17.95
Category: Books

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Adventures of Cow, Too by TRICYCLE PRESSName: Adventures of Cow, Too
Company: TRICYCLE PRESS
Age: 3-6
Price: $12.95
Category: Books

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Quick Count Football by FLYING PIG GAMES, INC.Name: Quick Count Football
Company: FLYING PIG GAMES, INC.
Age: 7 and up
Price: $7.99
Category: Card Games

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Party Pooper by OUT OF THE BOX PUBLISHINGName: Party Pooper
Company: OUT OF THE BOX PUBLISHING
Age: 12 and up
Price: Not Specified
Category: General Games

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How Soccer Works by MAPLE TREE PRESSName: How Soccer Works
Company: MAPLE TREE PRESS
Age: 8-12
Price: $10.95
Category: Books

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ZipBin® Softie™ Wheelie™ by NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL LLCName: ZipBin® Softie™ Wheelie™
Company: NEAT-OH! INTERNATIONAL LLC
Age: 3 and up
Price: $19.99
Category: Play Sets

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Mark-My-Time™ Digital Bookmark by MARK-MY-TIME LLCName: Mark-My-Time™ Digital Bookmark
Company: MARK-MY-TIME LLC
Age: 5 and up
Price: $8.95
Category: Educational

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TC Monkey by Treasure Chest Pets, LLCName: TC Monkey
Company: Treasure Chest Pets, LLC
Age: All Ages
Price: Not Specified
Category: Plush

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Language Littles - Jolie by LANGUAGE LITTLESName: Language Littles - Jolie
Company: LANGUAGE LITTLES
Age: 3 and up
Price: $39.99
Category: Plush

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Warm Whiskers Laraby Lab Body Pillow by DREAMTIME INCName: Warm Whiskers Laraby Lab Body Pillow
Company: DREAMTIME INC
Age: 3 and up
Price: $39.00
Category: Plush

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Warm Whiskers Polar Bear Buddy Body Pillow by DREAMTIME INCName: Warm Whiskers Polar Bear Buddy Body Pillow
Company: DREAMTIME INC
Age: 3 and up
Price: $34.00
Category: Plush

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Carrera Go!!! Speed Racer 1:43 Scale Slot Car Race Set by CARRERAName: Carrera Go!!! Speed Racer 1:43 Scale Slot Car Race Set
Company: CARRERA
Age: 8 and up
Price: $79.99
Category: Licensed Products

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Wedding Day Kits for Children by PAPER POSIEName: Wedding Day Kits for Children
Company: PAPER POSIE
Age: All Ages
Price: $8.95
Category: Creative Activities

What Is It?
This wedding day kit contains an assortment of items that will keep your little one busy during your special day. The kit features wedding stickers, coloring postcards, memory card-photo frame, a temporary tattoo, non-toxic crayons, flavored lip balm, an unbreakable mirror, a photo frame, and a couple other fun activities. The wedding day kit comes in a fun plastic package with a handle for easy carrying purposes.

What We Thought
This was a fun and innovative activity kit that makes the children feel like they are a part of the wedding. All of the items are safe for children, which is one less thing that the bride and her party have to worry about. The “Wedding Scavenger Hunt” that is included in the kit allows the children to stay active. The items in the hunt can be found at every wedding. The plastic carrying case serves as a goodie bag that the children can tote around with them throughout the wedding. These kits are designed to keep the children busy with fun-filled activities but, more important, it makes the children feel more like they are a part of the wedding.

Why They’ll Want It
This is a great kit for brides and grooms that will have children attending the most important day of their lives. The children will particularly love the fact that there are so many activities included in the kit that can be done together with the other children. — Melvin Chua, 6/12/08

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Walt Disney´s “The Gremlins” PVC Set – Gremlin Gus by DARK HORSE COMICS, INC.Name: Walt Disney´s “The Gremlins” PVC Set – Gremlin Gus
Company: DARK HORSE COMICS, INC.
Age: 8 and up
Price: $14.99
Category: Action Figures

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The Gremlins by DARK HORSE COMICS, INC.Name: The Gremlins
Company: DARK HORSE COMICS, INC.
Age: 12 and up
Price: $12.95
Category: Books

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Set Cubed by SET ENTERPRISES INC.Name: Set Cubed
Company: SET ENTERPRISES INC.
Age: 8 and up
Price: $20.00
Category: Board Games

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Paper'oni Space Activity Kit by PLASMART INC.Name: Paper'oni Space Activity Kit
Company: PLASMART INC.
Age: 5 and up
Price: $19.99
Category: Arts & Crafts

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Guess What I Am! by TECHNO SOURCEName: Guess What I Am!
Company: TECHNO SOURCE
Age: 3 and up
Price: $15.99
Category: General Games

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The Tear Thief by BAREFOOT BOOKSName: The Tear Thief
Company: BAREFOOT BOOKS
Age: 6-10
Price: $16.99
Category: Books

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The Red Dragon Codex by MIRRORSTONEName: The Red Dragon Codex
Company: MIRRORSTONE
Age: 8-12
Price: $9.95
Category: Books

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