TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Wheeled Toys Product Category
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The Wave Stealth
by STREET SURFING LLC
The Wave Stealth® Board, a newly designed in-line casterboard, blends the motions of surfing, snowboarding and skateboarding to the fast-growing and popular sport of Street Surfing. With a camouflaged design of Army green and brown colors, the Wave Stealth provides a fresh, fun ride for tweens or teens. It consists of two platforms with a sure grip-tape deckplate design, joined by an anodized torsion bar. The two “Street Tech” wheels have Abec 7 bearings and casters that spin 360 degrees while the swiveling base allows riders to self propel by going forward, downhill and even uphill by just bending their knees and twisting their hips and shoulders. This product was named a Greatest Product of 2008 for sporting goods by iParenting Media. Launch date: November 2008. 11/24/2008 (Price: $79) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by 10 GRAIN
The URoll is the perfect size for little racers. It boasts a cantilevered seat strong enough for dad and mom, and the floating form creates a dynamic toy car that lets junior cruise in style. With an incredible turning radius, it’s agile enough for small spaces and can maneuver around tight corners. Launch date: December 2007. 11/13/2008 (Price: $175)
Digital 132 GT Racers
Carrera of America is recreating the excitement, thrills and spills of real-life motorsport racing with its new Digital 132 GT Racer set, which combines superior model making and state-of-the-art technology to provide lightning-quick, brilliant tactical moves, precision drifts in search of the ideal line, pit stops and peak speed capacity, and is compatible with other manufactures’ analog racetrack and slot car systems. Carrera’s 1:32 scale Digital GT Racer set is outfitted with a Porsche GT3 RSR Felbermayr Proton Competition LMES 2007, a BMW Z4 M Coupé Schubert Motors, 11 standard straights, three 1/3 Straights, a connecting track with black box, two Digital 132 lane change sections (four track sections), 10 curves 1/60°, a wireless tower, two wireless speed controllers, a transformer, guardrails, replacement contacts, instructions, verge border sections and track section interlocks. Assembled dimensions are 350 x 179 cm/11.48 x 5.87 ft. Track length: 9,0 m/29.53 ft. Launch date: November 2008. 10/27/2008 (Price: $250.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Happy Plus Princess
by KETTLER INTERNATIONAL INC.
The Happy Plus Princess has the patented 3-in-1 Auto-Freewheel™, an integrated automatic free-wheeling system allowing children to rest their feet on the pedals while parents guide them along with patented features such as limited turn radius, which restricts the front wheel from turning more than 45 degrees in either direction, Parental Control® steering lock, and quick-adjust telescoping frame. The tricycle has a high carbon steel frame and the backseat has 4 adjustable seating postions. The Happy Plus Frog #8847-500 and Happy Plus Construction #8847-700 are also available. This ride-on has a weight limit of 400lbs. 10/21/2008 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by KETTLER INTERNATIONAL INC.
Sitting on four rolling wheels to move forward and backwards, this construction digger can rotate 360 degrees and features dual action levers. Weight limit: 75lbs. 10/21/2008 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Girls 16" Candy
by KETTLER INTERNATIONAL INC.
Finished in metallic blue and hot pink, this low step through frame designed bike is made of durable steel construction, with non-slip pedals and grips, rear coaster brake, front and rear fenders and reflectors, padded handlebars and seat, and 16" white tires. A boys version is also available in the form of the 16" Spider #KT901-169. 10/21/2008 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Learning Curve - John Deere 36" Stake Wagon
by RC2 BRANDS
John Deere is a brand name passed down from generation to generation. So it's no wonder that the Stake Wagon is a pleasure for both kids and parents alike. Constructed of heavy-duty rust-resistant steel, the Stake Wagon rides on steel wheels with wide rubber tires. High stake sections are securely fastened. All edges and corners are rounded for safety. A wide wheelbase, easy-to-grab handle, and easy steering provide optimal riding.
— "John Deere is [a wagon] we have in store now — a throwback for parents of today. If they had one they're more likely to buy one," said Bob Breneman, co-owner of G. Willikers Toy Shop in Portsmouth, N.H.
— "We sell a lot of RC2 wagons," was the endorsement given by Peter Scott, owner of Perfect Toy in Avon, Conn. 3/13/2007 (Price: $120.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
P-Wee Flyer Wagon
by BERLIN FLYER
As with all Berlin Flyer wagons, the P-Wee is made by Amish craftsmen in Berlin, Ohio. The wagon consists of heavy-gauge metal and the finest hardwoods available. The bed of the wagon is varnished, while the sides are safe painted. A NO-TIP® steering mechanism is used in all Berlin Flyer Wagons. The P-Wee is ideal for smaller children. Some assembly is required.
— "For wagons, we have Berlin Flyer. They’re very easy to deal with. If you order three wagons, you’re going to get them," said Roger Lee, co-owner of Olney Toys in Olney, Md.
— Regarding wagons in his store, Jude Larene, owner of Izilla Toys in Seattle, said, "We sell from one manufacturer only. It's Berlin Flyer. They do very well. They're all hand made."
— "We sell the wooden wagons assembled," said Dan Marshall, owner of Peapods Natural Toys & Baby Care in St. Paul, Minn. 3/13/2007 (Price: $35.00)
Garbage Truck - Green
by BRUDER TOYS AMERICA INC.
This garbage truck features a trash compactor and a back end that tilts up to dump the truck contents. Each truck features tread tires and two small trash bins. “This toy is fully functional and designed to be used just like the truck in real life. This kind of classic play pattern allows for open-ended play that encourages children to think creatively and use their imagination. The basic controls and actions of the truck will need to be learned by younger children, giving them a chance to watch themselves succeed,” Noah McKiernan of Bruder Toys told TDmonthly
. Launch date: 2003.
— Michelle Deutschmann, owner of Kaleidoscope Toys in Falmouth, Mass., told TDmonthly
that Bruder has been a best seller ever since she opened her toy store.
— Lynn Robillard told TDmonthly
in summer 2007 that the second best-selling line at her store, Toys in the Attic in Manchester, Vt., is Bruder trucks, which customers like because they are plastic and can be left outside.
— “Big, beautiful trucks from Bruder [are] going to make great Christmas gifts,” Rick Henry of Stellabella Toys in Cambridge, Mass. told TDmonthly
. 2/23/2007 (Price: $65.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by PRINCE LIONHEART INC.
Multi-award winning and multi-directional Wheely Bugs, distributed in the United States by Prince Lionheart, go backward, forward, sideways and 'round and 'round. These ride-on bugs have a magical mind of their own. Their bodies have a padded layer of sponge, which is covered with a tough polyurethane skin that can easily be wiped clean. Handmade and crafted from the highest quality materials, Wheely Bug features multi-directional casters and unlimited mobility on all level surfaces. “The fact that the Wheely Bug is multi-directional, encourages gross motor skills and at the same time is heaps of fun,” explains its appeal, said Sarah Eastman, sales and marketing associate at Prince Lionheart. “In addition,” she continued, “this is a great product for the specialty market because it is handmade and beautifully crafted. Now moms can let their kids play with bugs, worry-free.”
― Wheely Bug was a Toy Fair favorite spotted by Terry Myers, owner of Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock, Texas. It was voted Toy of the Year in BabyTalk
's Dec. 2006/Jan. 2007 issue and received the 2007 Silver Award for Best Baby & Infant Product in The Netherlands.
— This handmade Australian toy earns gold stars for everything — wooden base, sturdy construction, simple design, adorable themes, easy-to-clean seat, multi-directional motion and two size options — all adding up to its receipt of a TDmonthly Top Toy 2007
— Two of 60 retailers in a March 2009 survey listed Prince Lionheart Wheely Bugs as a best-selling ride-in in their stores. The Wheely Bug was a best seller at Golden Apple Learning Store
in Pleasanton, Calif., in summer 2009. ( Watch Video)
11/27/2006 (Price: $69.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Thomas the Tank Engine
by LEARNING CURVE
Sit and scoot on Thomas the Train with the Thomas the Tank Engine Train Rideon. This riding toy encourages activity, as the motion-activated engine sounds act as a reward. The 3-in-1 design of the ride on allows toddlers to scoot along, push it around, or be pushed along by an adult (with optional handle). Motion-activated sounds encourages scooting around. 11/27/2006
by WUNDERWORKS OF AMERICA, LLC
Wunderwagon Jr. is a handcrafted wooden wagon that excites the imaginations of children and adults alike. The unique ladybug design provides safe and fun transportation that kids love. Grown-ups appreciate the high-quality materials, smooth ride, and extra-long handle for comfortable pulling. “Besides its unique body style, the Wunderwagon Jr.’s handcrafted materials, front caster wheels, and larger rear wheels give this wagon an extra-smooth, comfortable ride,” said Jack Heller of Wunderworks of America LLC. “Its compact design,” he continued, “makes it easy to transport and use in any type of environment.” Launch date: 2006. 11/15/2006
Ultimate Family Wagon
by RADIO FLYER
Radio Flyer has reinvented the toy wagon yet again. The company’s Ultimate Family Wagon sports a five-fold seat (patent pending) that allows for multiple seating and storage setups. Choose from 1) two children in seats with parent access storage, 2) one child in seat + covered storage area, 3) one child in seat + extra large storage area, 4) one child in seat + tray table + storage area, or 5) seats fold flat for flatbed wagon. Child seat belts are included, as is a UV-protection canopy that removes in seconds. There are two child cup holders and two adult cup holders.
— "The best quality wagons are probably Radio Flyer. They have a lock hold on the wagon market," said Casey Sartain, manager of Tutoring Toy Inc. in Salt Lake City, Utah.
— "We sell a wide range of Radio Flyer wagons, which continue to be a hit," commented Kim Emigh, managing partner at Growing Tree Toys & Books in State College, Pa.
— Cheryl Barrett of Mystical Toys in Mystic, Conn., said of Radio Flyer, "More of the toys are child safe and fewer things fall off or detach." 10/6/2006 (Price: $179.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
The LIKEaBIKE Forest is our top-of-the-line model. The Forest is the latest model in the LIKEaBIKE line of products. All frame pieces are constructed from very strong, attractive laminated beech wood. Somewhat darker than the birch wood of the other models, the dark green cotton seat, green mudguard and the grey felt between the fork and the frame make the Forest an absolute distinctive beauty. Wheels are steel-rimmed with cartridge bearing hubs to ensure smooth running. Forest is kitted out with 12" Impac Street Runner pneumatic tires. 1/4/2006 (Price: $295.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
With its spoked pneumatic tires the LIKEaBIKE spoky has the ‘real’ bike look. All frame pieces are constructed from strong, attractive laminated birch wood. Wheels are steel, with spokes and cartridge bearings to ensure smooth riding. Spoky is kitted out with 12" Impac Street Runner pneumatic tires. Saddle height can be adjusted to 4 different positions and features an attractive red or blue fabric cover. A seat pole extension is available as an option for tall children. 1/4/2006 (Price: $263) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
The LIKEaBIKE mountain is our most popular model.The mountain model stands out through its beautiful design. It is also highly versatile.Indoors and outdoors, town or country the mountain fits right into it. All frame pieces are constructed from strong, attractive laminated birch wood. Wheels are steel rimmed. The Mountain comes equipped with 12" Impac Street Runner pneumatic tires.The saddle height can be adjusted to 4 different positions and it features an attractive red or blue fabric cover.A seat pole extension is available as an option for tall children. 1/4/2006 (Price: $279) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Mighty World Light & Sound Fire Truck
by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
The transformable truck has an easy snap-fit assembly with light and sound, dual rear wheels, removable axles, bumpers and more. It is sturdy for basic play and also model-quality for older children with its adjustable assembly feature. It also features a detailed chassis and working steering. The compartment doors, two cab doors and hood open for added play value. This set includes a firefighter figure, rescue basket, hoses, fire extinguishers, ax and flashlight. “Mighty Worlds is brand new … and it's been selling extremely well already,” raved Ricki Block, owner of Ariel’s Child in New Windsor, N.Y.
— “Mighty World … is also liked by adults. They’re pretty humorous and modern,” said Wendy Kramer, manager of Big Fun Toys in Hoboken, N.J. “The cop has a gun and donut.” — It’s still doing well for Block, she told TDmonthly in July.
Susan Tice, publicity director for International Playthings, said that Mighty World had a small test run in 2005, “but the major launch [was] Jan. 2006.” 12/7/2005 (Price: $37.99)
Tractor With Front Loader
Distributed by Ravensburger in the United States, Siku has been making model cars and vehicles in Germany since 1921. Siku toys are a favorite with Gideon Rettich, partner at Classic Toys in New York City. “These toys are of the same quality as 30 or 40 years ago,” he raved. 12/7/2005
Garbage Can Set
by BRUDER TOYS AMERICA INC.
This Garbage Can Set comes with 3 small garbage cans (green, yellow and blue) and 1 large silver garbage bin. They all have lids that open and close and the silver bin is on rollers to easily move the heavy trash. They are made to be used with Bruder Garbage Trucks. 12/7/2005 (Price: $12.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
MAN Side Loading Garbage Truck
by BRUDER TOYS AMERICA INC.
The MAN Side Loading Garbage Truck by Bruder can be seen at full-scale functioning daily on any street in cities around the United States. This truck is fully functional, with a grapple to unload the bins from the side. The tailgate opens and latches and the collection body tips to unload the garbage. Additional garbage can sets can be purchased separately. The dimensions of the Bruder Side Loading Garbage Truck are 20.9" x 8.7" x 10.1". Bruder trucks always do well at Boomerang Toys in New York City, said owner Karen Barwick. “The bigger and more expensive, the better it is!” she added. “I can’t keep them in stock,” commented Jude Larene, owner of Izilla Toys in Seattle. 12/7/2005 (Price: $56.90) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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