TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Electronics Product Category
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Learn & Groove™ Animal Sounds Guitar
Toddlers can now invite another friend to join the band and play LeapFrog’s new Learn & Groove Animal Sounds Guitar. The colorful guitar, complete with whammy bar and fret button, introduces numbers and animals in English or Spanish, while encouraging little ones’ exploration of music and guitar sound effects. The guitar’s three fun learning modes—numbers, animals and music—will keep kids jamming and learning. Launch date: July 2007. 6/18/2007 (Price: $19.99)
Word Launch™ Learn-to-Read System
The WordLaunch system is a carnival-themed multimedia adventure that engages children and encourages them to learn, through animated games that offer fun rewards. The system recognizes 2,000 preschool and kindergarten words and actively helps children learn 300 common three- and four-letter words. The system comes ready to play and includes the magic word machine, TV connector cable, 32 letter tiles and an alphabet tray for organizing and storing the letters. Launch date: July 2007. 6/18/2007 (Price: $39.99)
Brightlings™ Exploration Station
The Brightlings Exploration Station offers new worlds for babies to discover each time they play. When babies drop a play pal into the Tumble Tunnel, they’ll hear musical chimes; in toddler mode, children will hear counting, from one to ten. At the Greetings Gate, baby mode is all about opposites, while toddlers can hear the word “hello” in five languages! Babies will love the three included Bitty Brights play pals, who dance with the colored ribbons on Rainbow Balcony and bounce with the Bobblers. Launch date: July 2007. 6/18/2007 (Price: $39.99)
FLY Fusion™ Pentop Computer
FLY Fusion Pentop Computer enhances homework productivity by providing easy access to subject information for faster problem-solving and real-time homework support. New for 2007 is a sleeker design and improved hardware capabilities. Students can upload notes and drafts they write on special FLY paper to a PC and convert them to word processing or e-mail documents. Users can also download useful applications for their FLY Fusion platform, as well as store and play an album’s worth of MP3 files. Launch date: July 2007. 6/18/2007 (Price: $79.99)
Snap Circuits RC Snap Rover
Both educational and fun, the Snap Circuit Remote Controlled Rover consists of over 30 parts that can be used to build over 23 projects. The illustrated color manual explains how to complete circuits using easy-to-handle snap components. The electronic unit can turn left and right, and move forwards and backwards. It also features a headlight for use in the dark. The hand-held device requires a single nine-volt battery, while the body requires six AA batteries. Launch date: September 2006.
— “Our top-selling science item is Snap Circuits,” Teresa Newman, buyer and manager at Toy World in Wayanta, Minn., told TDmonthly
. “And it’s good for the older ages.”
— One out of every seven retailers told TDmonthly
that remote control items are the most popular gifts for older kids.
— Two out of 58 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly
singled out Elenco Snap Circuits as the recommended gift for older kids and adults. 6/13/2007 (Price: $74.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Girlz Connect LocketPal
by BANDAI AMERICA INC.
Shaped like a colorful cosmetics case, LocketPal is the perfect first PDA device for today’s younger girl on the go. Open it up to access the touch screen and unlock four categories of interactive activities, including games, horoscope finder, friendship matchmaker and cool mood meter. In addition, girls can use the address and phone book, calendar and alarm to stay connected with their friends. LocketPal’s portable yet colorful design means that it can be clipped to practically anything (purses, backpacks and belt loops) so girls are always near the fun anywhere they go. Launch Date: July 2007. 6/12/2007 (Price: $12.99)
Tamagotchi PC Pack
by BANDAI AMERICA INC.
Take the interactive experience of raising a virtual pet to the home computer with the all-new Tamagotchi PC Pack. This exclusive pack comes with a colorful tree-shaped microphone and unique voice-activated software program that allows kids to command a Tamagotchi desktop buddy to fetch e-mail, dance onscreen and more. In addition to a mouse pad and an exclusive design of the Tamagotchi Connection, the CD-ROM disk filled with wallpapers, games, printable graphics and more can be used to customize a computer. Launch Date: August 2007. 6/12/2007 (Price: $34.99)
Vexor – The ESP Game
by AMAZING INNOVATIONS / AbsolutelyNew
The Vexor is the ultimate fifth dimension trick. Players match scrambled colored pegs to corresponding lights without knowing the order. 6/8/2007 (Price: $14.99)
by WOWWEE GROUP LTD.
With a full-color LCD screen, hand-mounted tweeters and a back-mounted woofer, a USB connector and MPE and MP4 playback, RS Media can display and store data easily from a PC. Users can utilize the personality editor to edit his movements, sound and video files, and even programming. Launch date: Fall 2007. 6/8/2007 (Price: $299.00)
by AMAZING INNOVATIONS / AbsolutelyNew
In this innovative musical sequence game, an internal computer chooses a “preview sequence” of three notes at random, and then plays them embedded with a melodic strain. Players push a button when they recognize the original triad within the sequence. The higher you score, the faster the music plays, increasing the challenge. This game stimulates ear training, and multiple units can be wired together so that two or more can play at once. Blinking lights add interest to the music being played. 6/8/2007 (Price: $14.99)
Talking Mama Bear
by TOMORROW INC.
This lovable plush toy features recording/playback technology that realistically recreates a mother’s voice. The toy also features several “teach modes” to promote number, color and anatomy recognition. “Unlike other recordable/playback products, this item is age-graded safe for very young children (18-24 months),” Chief Marketing Officer Jim Huntley of Tomorrow Incorporated told TDmonthly
. Christine Simmons of Tomorrow Incorporated's media department added, ""Recordable novelty toys can easily be recorded over or deleted by a child accidentally during play. Talking Mama Bear recordings are captured in the bear module in a way that makes it difficult to delete." Launch date: March 2008. 6/8/2007 (Price: $29.99)
by WOWWEE GROUP LTD.
This four-legged intelligent life form is equipped with multi-directional movement capabilities and advanced sensory awareness, including an infrared beam vision system that permits him to spot movement up to 13” away and sound sensor technology that allows reaction to possible intruders. Roboquad features multicolored flashing lights and funky sound effects, and his remote control has an eight-way directional pad. He can function either by remote or autonomously. Launch date: Fall 2007. 6/8/2007 (Price: $99.00)
Girlz Connect Destiny
by BANDAI AMERICA INC.
Girlz Connect Destiny is the ultimate portable tech toy for the social and savvy tween. Girls can connect now with the 20 different “get to know you, get to know me” personality quizzes that they share with their friends—both offline and online. One of its coolest features, Destiny features a USB port that connects online to the Girlzconnect.com community. Here, girls can create a profile, make and share their quizzes, search for new ones, and then download them one-by-one into their toy. This ultimately keeps Destiny fun, fresh and always interactive. Launch Date: July 2007. 6/7/2007 (Price: $19.99)
Nickelodeon Trivia Challenge
by CHRONICLE BOOKS FOR CHILDREN
This electronic quiz game lets kids prove how well they know their favorite shows. With 1,000 questions from 19 top-rated Nickelodeon shows, including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius,” “The Fairly OddParents,” “Avatar,” “Zoey 101” and “Unfabulous,” Nickelodeon Trivia Challenge is sure to provide hours of entertainment. The electronic module picks the questions and kids choose from multiple-choice answers. It’s perfect for sharing with a friend, playing alone or livening up long car rides. Launch date: September 2007. 6/6/2007 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Desktop Factory 125ci 3-D Printer
Whatever your challenge or interest — from school projects to that vexing home repair to a customized toy or avatar — Desktop Factory will cause the creative disruption of the manufacturing value chain, enabling each of us to personally manufacture what we need, when we need it. Desktop Factory prints 3-D solid objects from traditional CAD software, the variety of new low-cost or free CAD programs aimed toward the consumer, 3-D scanners and/or 3-D objects that are downloaded from websites, such as Turbo Squid, DAZ, etc. IdeaLab was founded by dot.com entrepreneur Bill Gross. This product received a 2007 Best of What's New award from Popular Science
— “Our intent is to reduce the costs over time, delivering a model below $1000 by 2011,” an enthusiastic Cathy Lewis, CEO of Desktop Factory, told TDmonthly
. “Contemplate the creative talent that will be unleashed when each of us has a 3-D printer. Imagine, too, the enormous reduction in greenhouse gas emissions when we alter the current manufacturing pipeline!” Launch date: 3Q 2008. 6/1/2007 (Price: $4995.00)
Laser Dance Matrix
by APPLIED SCIENCES
We've all seen the “Dance Dance Revolution” craze and the myriad plastic floor pad knockoffs. Now, Applied Sciences, a company with real scientists, is introducing a laser-triggered "pad" that works with no moving parts (except feet), and only floor to dance on. The player dances between laser beams to any type of DDR game: “Stepmania,” “In the Groove” and “Dance Dance Revolution” itself. A. Smyth (a real scientist) said the reaction to the prototype — from retailers, schools, kids, college students and old fogies — has been overwhelming: "We totally underestimated the response." The first human to test the completed prototype, Smyth explained that the coolest thing about playing it was "the fact that the floor had become the controller. For most people, though, the coolest things are the lasers." 5/25/2007
Huroi Two-Leg Robot
by ROBOBLOCK SYSTEM CO., LTD
This humanoid robot offers educators, students and robotic hobbyists a complete robot package. The stable Huroi-II can walk, run, and do flips, cartwheels and dance moves. Once programmed, it is ready to compete in any Robo One Class “J” competition. It is available as a kit or a pre-assembled, ready-to-walk instant gratification robot. 5/23/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by EDUCATIONAL INSIGHTS INC.
This hand-held game lets kids have fun while learning to multiply. Kids can choose from five different pre-programmed games specially designed to teach kids skills that will help them master the art of multiplying. Lighting and sound effects enhance the fun, while the included headphone jack allows the games to be played quietly anywhere. 5/21/2007 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Hot Wheels Accelerator
by OREGON SCIENTIFIC
The Hot Wheels Accelerator laptop is both exciting and educational. While immersing themselves in a world of racecar driving, kids will engage in math, logic, memory and spelling activities — 30 activities available in English and 30 available in Spanish. To add to the fun, Hot Wheels racetracks can be mounted to the laptop and kids can test the speed of their cars right on the laptop. Launch date: August 2007. 5/21/2007 (Price: $59.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
American Idol Digital Camcorder™
by DIGITAL BLUE
The American Idol Digital Camcorder allows everyone to shoot and edit videos as if they were on the set of American Idol. The American Idol Digital Camcorder has a new flip-out LCD screen, clear 640 x 680 resolution and 32 MB of memory that records six minutes of video when not connected to the PC and unlimited recording when connected to the PC. The camcorder is small enough to carry around conveniently. 5/21/2007 (Price: $49.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Transformers Powerhead Desktop PC
A desktop in the form of a Transformer will get any child excited about computers. The computer is initially the head and shoulders of a Transformer; when opened up in the center, a screen emerges and a keyboard pulls down. The computer can quickly and easily be folded back into its original Transformer shape. The computer comes with 48 learning activities, playable in eight different modes. 5/21/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Transformers Pinball Wars
by MOOSE MOUNTAIN MARKETING INC.
This highly versatile game allows for many different playing options: Optimus Prime and Megatron can battle, an individual can play alone, or multiple individuals can play in succession and then compare scores. The game features a double LCD display that keeps score and lights up. Accompanying Transformers sound effects and music helps to capture the entire Transformers experience. 5/21/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
b2 mi Jam mini Lixx
by BLUE BOX TOYS INC.
This mini guitar allows users to jam with digital music devices such as iPods and MP3 players. It features a selection of background rhythms and sounds that can be played on their own or combined with other music. It requires two AAA batteries (included). “The iPod market is very hot right now, [and] what sets us apart from other iPod accessories is that we are a musical instrument line that is small enough to fit in your pocket and perfect for traveling,” Junior Account Executive Jennifer Romer of Bender Hammerling Group told TDmonthly
. Launch date: January 2007. 5/21/2007 (Price: $20.00)
Star Wars Darth Vader Laptop
by OREGON SCIENTIFIC
Fulfill your destiny with the Darth Vader Power Laptop. Explore the galaxy with Jedi Masters, Sith Lords, Creatures, Droids and many more. 50 adventurous activities challenge your skills in word, math, spelling, logic, memory, music and games. Once you open your Star Wars Laptop, you can choose different options of play by touching the Light Saber pointer to the specially designed touch sensitive LCD screen. Pick up the interactive Light Saber and join Darth Vader on a secret mission. Qwerty keyboard and easy to read large LCD screen is backlit for low light conditions. This laptop includes over 20 minutes of intergalactic audio learning entertainment. Games designed especially for the 1st and 2nd grade Jedi. Use the carry handle for easy portability. With the Darth Vader Laptop, you can take learning to a whole new galaxy. 5/16/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Barbie B-Smart Learning Laptop
by OREGON SCIENTIFIC
Join Barbie® for some learning fun in this super stylish B-Smart™ Learning Laptop. A total of 80 fun-filled activities are all designed especially for the 1st and 2nd grade levels. Reinforce math, spelling, logic, memory, keyboarding skills and sequencing in fun and enjoyable ways with Barbie® as your host. 10 activities in Spanish also help teach language skills. 5/16/2007 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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