TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Wooden Toys Product Category
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by MANHATTAN TOY
Baby can enjoy the clicky clack this teether makes when this toy is tapped together. This teether features wooden shapes, multiple textures and colors, and is easy for little hands to grasp. Launch date: 2010. 4/2/2010 (Price: $16.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Battle for the Seas
by BUNKY'S ENTERPRISES, INC.
This board game has a strategic engagement style of play, where players must use historical figures and sailing warships from the era 1750-1805 to battle for the seas. Bunky Gress, President of Bunky's Enterprises, Inc., told TDmonthly
, "The game is designed by the players in regards to length and complexity." Launch date: June 2010. 4/2/2010 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Floppy Flower Push Puppet
These wooden party favors are 4.5” tall and come in a set of four in various colors. Kids can push on the base and watch the flower move.
— These little puppets were on the top-10 best-seller list at My Club Tabby in Lake Charles, La., in spring 2010, as reported by Owner Natalie Comeaux. 3/25/2010 (Price: $10.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
HOBBY KITS WALACHIA
The hobby kits by WALACHIA vary in size and theme. They contain up to 300 parts of precisely cut wooden prisms of 9 x 9 mm, gables, roofs and bases made of plywood, doors and windows, even foil to substitute for glass. Paper prints can be applied on roof areas, or children can glue shingles made of beech veneer. The set also contains dusting material to represent grass, as well as sandpaper to use for small adjustments. Individual parts are glued with wood and paper glue according to step-by-step diagram instructions. Instructions available in eight languages. Launch date: 1992. 3/24/2010 (Price: $6.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
It is possible to build multiple variants of different buildings with the Dismantlable Vario Building Set from WALACHIA. The set contains beech parts of 15 mm in diameter, of various lengths, with which by means of locks at the ends, creative and unique constructions may be assembled and dismantled. Awards: 1995/Prague Toy Fair. Launch date: January 1992. 3/24/2010 (Price: $56) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Beleduc From Egg to Frog 5-Layer Puzzle
This layered wooden puzzle teaches kids the stages of a frog's life, from egg to tadpole to juvenile and adult. ( Watch Video)
3/23/2010 (Price: $24.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Woody Click Vehicle Transportation
This natural wood car transporter can tote two chunky vehicles and load and unload them for endless imaginary adventures with its driver Woody Click. A water based paint adds bright colors to playtime that begins with building the vehicles first and then play. It won the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Gold Seal Award in 2006. ( Watch Video)
3/23/2010 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Classic Baby Beads
by MANHATTAN TOY
Suitable for ages 3 months and up, this rainbow collection of wooden beads is held together by an elastic cord and can be manipulated into a variety of configurations. The beads are coated with non-toxic, water-based finishes.
— "If we were able to keep [Baby Beads] in stock, we would sell lots," Dean Smith, co-owner of JaZams in Pennington, N.J., told TDmonthly
in March 2010. "Based on how many we've sold, we would sell 30 a month." 3/23/2010 (Price: $12.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Wooden Bowling Set - White
by KITTY BABY LOVE
Created for family game night, this bowling set features six hand-cut and sanded maple wood kitty pins with carved facial features and coated in non-toxic paints. It includes a 2"-diameter bowling ball, a game play sheet, four score sheets, and a handmade cotton canvas bag for storage. "We love that they function to help develop hand-eye coordination for a younger child but will last for years as the child grows older," Sara, co-owner of Kitty Baby Love, told TDmonthly
. Launch date: 3/22/2010 (Price: $40.00)
Teach & Play Tiles
by MAPLE LANDMARK WOODCRAFT CO.
There are four different Teach & Play Tiles set for the beginning learner. Set 1 has shapes and colors, set 2 includes animals and vegetables, set 3 makes story telling fun with buildings and vehicles, and set 4 reinforces counting skills with numbers and fractions. Each set comes with 12 tiles, printed on both sides with non-toxic inks. The tiles measure 2.25" wide, 3.5" tall and a slight 1/8" thick. Sets come with a cloth storage pouch and suggestions for play. Each set can be used for rudimentary learning at first and then grow with the child in expanding activities. The tiles may be used for matching and sorting skills, comparing and contrasting, categorization, story telling and math practice. Launch date: Summer 2010. 3/19/2010 (Price: $12.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Magnetic Wooden Blocks - Starter Set
by TEGU INC.
This starter set of 26 Tegu blocks includes cubes, long planks and short planks in a natural finish. The blocks are made of European Beech and contain small, embedded magnets that allow the blocks to stick together and be fashioned in a variety of ways not possible with traditional blocks.Awards:
2010 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Toy Award, Gold Seal.
— In a February 2015 survey, Terry Myers, owner of Kaleidoscope Toys
in Round Rock, Texas, told TDmonthly
that puzzles from Melissa & Doug are her store's best-selling wooden toys. 3/12/2010 (Price: $50.00)
See & Spell
by MELISSA & DOUG
Melissa & Doug put their spin on another classic toy with See & Spell. Eight, two-sided cutout boards feature pictures and empty spots for letters. Kids can use the 64 included wooden letters to fill the empty spots, complete the puzzle, and spell the sight-reading word featured in the picture. The wooden letters can also be used as stencils.
— Cleeo of cleeo and bea
said the See & Spell is “an excellent tool in helping our tots grasp the concept of reading,” though she lamented the lack of a lid to keep all the pieces inside the box.
reviewers praised the product for using lowercase letters instead of the typical uppercase letters found with most spelling products.
— Reviewers on Melissa & Doug’s site
felt that See & Spell might not maintain the interest of children for a sustained period of time and hoped for a word expansion pack to help with this issue. 3/4/2010 (Price: $19.99)
by brinca dada LLC
This family set is designed for the Emerson House by brinca dada. The Modern Family is sleek, minimalist, and striking; the dolls' beauty is only matched by their equisite functionality. Not only are they posable and fully articulated, the dolls' biceps and calves flex realistically. The Modern Family turns playtime into an art. 3/2/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by brinca dada LLC
This living room set serves as a collection of accessories for brinca dada's Emerson House. It creates the perfect atmosphere for entertaining guests, reading a good book or relaxing with family. The set features eleven pieces including TV console, lamps, HD television, sofa, chairs, coffee table, console, side table and rug. Launch Date: Spring 2010. 3/2/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by FAT BRAIN TOY CO.
Inchimals is a set of 12 wooden blocks with animal images that measure from 1” in height (ladybug) to 12” high (giraffe). They can be combined with the 100 write on/wipe off math puzzles for kids to practice counting, number values and recognition, fine motor skills, language and more. Launch date: Spring 2010. 2/26/2010 (Price: $29.95)
Gourmet Grill (with food)
This realistic-looking barbecue set features a hood that opens and a collapsible side table. It includes red knobs to pretend adjusting the heat during play, and wheels to roll it around to different locations. Primary materials are plywood, MDF and non-toxic paint. It measures 47 cm x 37.5 cm x 60 cm.
— This BBQ set was one of the top-two products mentioned by specialty retailers during ASTRA's Share the Fair event at Toy Fair 2010. ( Watch Video)
2/25/2010 (Price: $149.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Building Blocks Sakrada
by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
These beechwood blocks in a pastel palette are made in Germany and come in a 10-piece set.
— Two of 38 specialty retailers named HABA blocks as a best-selling wooden toy in February 2010. 2/25/2010 (Price: $25.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
28 Clown Blocks
by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
This bright block set features 28 pieces colored with water-based, non-toxic stains.
— Two of 38 specialty retailers referenced HABA blocks when discussing best-selling wooden toys in February 2010. 2/24/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Unit Blocks on Wheels
by MELISSA & DOUG
This colorful collection of 36 wooden blocks comes in a red-wheeled wagon with a rope for transport. It measures 13" x 11" x 3."
— Five of 38 specialty retailers named Melissa & Doug's blocks as a best-selling wooden toy in February 2010. 2/24/2010 (Price: $16.99)
Abby & Emma Magnetic Dress-up
by MELISSA & DOUG
These wooden, magnetic dolls come in a box with multiple clothing options and include stands for playtime.
— Five of 38 retailers told TDmonthly
in February 2010 that Melissa & Doug magnetic dress-up items are a best-selling wooden toy in their stores. 2/24/2010 (Price: $19.99)
Prehistoric Sunset Jigsaw Puzzle
by MELISSA & DOUG
This 24-piece wooden jigsaw puzzle features an attractive palette of dinosaurs and scenery. It measures 0.4" x 11.75" x 15.75".
— Eight of 38 retailers named puzzles by Melissa & Doug as a best-selling wooden toy in early 2010. Jamie Burdette, owner of LB Toys in Media, Pa., told TDmonthly
his store sells about 36 a month of assorted styles. 2/24/2010 (Price: $9.99)
Thomas & Friends Wooden Railway: Charlie
by LEARNING CURVE
This small purple engine boasting red wheels and gold trim is labeled with the No. 14 and prides himself on mischief and adventure. It measures 3.5" x 1.5" x 2".
— Ten of 38 specialty retailers named Thomas & Friends as one of their best-selling wooden lines in February 2010.
— Mike Lane, manager of Hobbytown in Cumming, Ga., told TDmonthly
in early 2010 that his store sells about 3 dozen Thomas trains per month. 2/24/2010 (Price: $11.99)
Automoblox T900 Truck
Complete with interchangeable parts like the rest of the Automoblox collection, the T900 features a chrome grill and bumpers, all-terrain tires on chrome wheels, and an overall sleek, sporty design.
— Four of 38 specialty retailers named Automoblox as a top-selling wooden toy in February 2010. "Automoblox do really well," said Stacy Solie of Leapin' Lizards Toy Co. in Bend, Ore., citing sales of about 2 dozen per month. 2/22/2010 (Price: $45.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
KEVA Contraptions 200-Plank Set
This kit gives some structure to free-form building with planks, including an idea book with instructions for building ball-track structures, ramps, funnels and more. It allows for scientific experimentation as kids test rolling the two included lightweight balls to see if they move as anticipated.
— "A new concept kit will help kids build bigger and better — simple, open-ended and smart," said John MacDougall, owner of Golden Apple Learning Store
in Pleasanton, Calif., at Toy Fair 2010
— It was also a top-two favorite at ASTRA's Share the Fair event during Toy Fair 2010
— In an April 2012 survey, Elmer Carranza, manager of Doodlehopper 4 Kids
in Springfield, Va., told TDmonthly
that KEVA blocks are their best selling construction toy. ( Watch Video)
2/19/2010 (Price: $49.95)
The World of Eric Carle™ Wood Book
by KIDS PREFERRED INC.
Pages will never rip from this delicious book made of wood! Each page features the colorful items discovered by one very hungry caterpillar from watermelons to apples. Launch date: Spring 2010 2/19/2010 (Price: $10.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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