TDmonthly's ToyFair 2006 Preview--Novelties Product Category
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Jokes On You!
by REEVE & JONES LLC
Loaded with 12 complete pranks, the Jokes On You! kit from Reeve & Jones contains supplies and instructions for classic gags to pull on friends and family. A hand buzzer, fake vomit, pet poop, squirt ring, money snatcher, and many more items will arm tricksters young and old.
— During a September 2010 survey, two of 49 retailers listed practical joke supplies as their top-selling novelty items. 9/29/2010 (Price: $19.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
From Toysmith comes this classic Silly Putty in a bright red egg. The reusable egg-shaped container snaps easily open and closed, a good place to keep the Silly Putty clean when it's not in use. Silly Putty's unique texture and properties of stretching, bouncing, and even lifting pencil and some ink marks from paper make it an enduring kids' favorite.
— “We do really well with Silly Putty,” said Bruce Weiner, owner of Toys!3 in West Bloomfield, Mich., during a September 2010 survey of 49 retailers concerning best-selling novelty items. 9/29/2010 (Price: $2.50) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by OFFICE PLAYGROUND INC.
The Ooze Tube is a bright colored, slow-moving desk top toy. Part kinetic sculpture, part decoration, the Ooze Tube is filled with a clear, viscous liquid that flows from one half of the tube to the other through a small hole in the middle while bubbles form in the liquid above. When all of the ooze has run out, simply flip it over and start again.
— “We do really well on ... things that flip over, like Ooze Tubes. With oozie things like that, that there's a degree of mesmerization,” said Anna Barr, owner of Anna's Toy Depot
in Austin, Texas, when asked about her best-selling novelty items in September 2010. 9/29/2010 (Price: $6.99)
Ready for the jump with his parachute folded safely to his back, this little plastic skydiver (or soldier, or rescue worker) comes in four neon colors that are easy to find in the grass. Simply unwind the lines and toss him into the air or from a high place. The plastic parachute opens and he floats safely to the ground.
— After naming Toysmith's Mini Parachuter as a top-selling novelty item in her Columbus, Ga., store, Gladys Griffin, owner of Main Street Toy Shop
,“The reaction to the impulse buy is 'Oh, wow, I haven't seen this in years.'”
— Three out of 49 retailers listed Toysmith products as their best-selling novelty items during a September 2010 survey. 9/29/2010 (Price: $0.25) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
“You can be a super star every day!” says the illustrated blister card from Schylling. In assorted shapes, sizes, and colors, Schylling's Self-Adhesive Mustaches are instant personality. Whether for a disguise, fancy occasion, costume, or day-to-day fun, each of the seven mustaches is great for a laugh.
— “We sell a ton of those. I'm always amazed at the number of those we sell!” said Greg Larson, owner of Larson's Toys and Games
in Columbus, Ohio, of Schylling's Self-Adhesive Mustaches during a September 2010 survey of 49 retailers.
— Two of 49 retailers listed Self-Adhesive Mustaches by Schylling as a best-seller in September 2010.
— In a late Summer 2012 survey, two out of 12 retailers said that mustaches were their bestselling novelty item. 9/29/2010 (Price: $7.50)
by WESTMINSTER INTERNATIONAL CO.
This monkey slingshot's strong elastic arms can propel him far distances. Users simply put two fingers in the hand pockets, pull back and let go. He comes complete with a cape and mask, and lets out a loud monkey call when released.
— In autumn 2010, Christine Osborne, co-owner of Wonder Works
in Charleston, S.C., said she was still selling about 30 soaring simians per month. ( Watch Video)
9/27/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Magic Orbeez Maker
by TINY LOVE
Kids can grow up to 300 Orbeez at once, and 2,500 total, in this gizmo. While the Orbeez grow, children can shoot them through the hoops. Once grown, they cascade down the spiral ramp into the collection tray and can be used for play with ideas from the included activity booklet. 9/23/2010 (Price: $24.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Classic Disguise Glasses
This classic disguise, with black furry eyebrows and mustache, will give users a whole new look, unless they already have a sizable nose, big eyebrows and thick black glasses. The plastic frames are designed to fit most adult heads, and come bagged with an illustrated header. 9/23/2010 (Price: $2.50)
World's Longest Beard
This bountiful beard extends a cascade of wispy whiskers 4' below the chin. It would take decades to grow a real beard that long. The adjustable strap is designed to fit all heads. 9/23/2010 (Price: $11.95)
Silly Bandz Halloween
by BCP IMPORTS LLC
This Halloween-themed Silly Bandz 24-pack includes Jack-O-Lanterns, Bats, Frankensteins, Spiders, Witches and Ghosts. These bands can be collected, worn or traded with friends.
— In late summer 2010, 10 of 43 retailers surveyed named rubber band bracelets an overall top seller.
— Casey Sartain, buyer for Tutoring Toy
in Salt Lake City, Utah, told TDmonthly
in August 2010 that the store sells about 100 packs of Silly Bandz each month. 9/22/2010 (Price: $5.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by MANHATTAN TOY
Christa is dressed to impress and sparkles everywhere she goes. She looks radiant in her green shoes with poofs on the toes, snowflake stockings, a shimmery off-the-shoulder red dress and a green scarf, topped off with a red bonnet. 9/13/2010 (Price: $20.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by MANHATTAN TOY
Holiday Hannah is ready for any holiday party. Super fashionable, Hannah wears red pompoms in her highlighted golden hair, a cozy winter Santa sweater, a shiny gold light bulb-embroidered skirt, candy cane striped stockings and fuzzy white boots. 9/13/2010 (Price: $20.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Starletta Girl Size Dress-Up
by MANHATTAN TOY
Girls can explore, play and help make the world a little better while looking just like their favorite Groovy Girl superhero! In Starletta fashion, the Starletta Dress Up comes with a matching cape and dress. 9/13/2010 (Price: $40.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by MANHATTAN TOY
Red has an exuberant and athletic nature. She also tends to be highly cynical and sometimes teases her friends. Like Gobo, Red likes to take the lead and they sometimes butt heads. This life-size Red plush has a yellowish orange complexion, orange hair, and wears a red sweater. 9/7/2010 (Price: $120.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Kids can discover some of the most celebrated, controversial and thought-provoking novelists of the 20th century while playing this simple, strategy-based card game. 9/7/2010 (Price: $10.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Living Dead Dolls Retro Halloween Sets
by MEZCO TOYZ
These three retro Halloween-themed boxsets include a plastic mask, an exclusive 10" doll with a glow-in-the-dark mask, and a coordinating T-shirt (size XL only). The doll trio consists of Calavera The Skull, Pumpkin The Jack O¹ Lantern and Gabriella The Ghoul. 9/3/2010 [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by WARM FUZZY TOYS
Press this pig for "eye-popping" entertainment. This silly pig measures 3" tall. 9/1/2010 (Price: $3.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
by WARM FUZZY TOYS
Press this cow for eye-popping entertainment. This silly cow measures 3" tall. 9/1/2010 (Price: $3.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Crazy Cat Lady
Often whimsical and sarcastic, Accoutrements's line of action figures contains many unlikely characters. While perhaps not a comic or movie feature, the Crazy Cat Lady is a familiar concept that Accoutrements brings to life in a wild-eyed, wild-haired woman who comes packaged with six felines. Articulated arms and legs can be posed to hold the cats, as well.
— “Accoutrements action figures are an ongoing best seller,” said Samuel Cox, owner of My Favorite Toys
in Carbondale, Ill., during a July 2010 survey of best-selling action figures.
— Crazy Cat Lady was named by TDmonthly
as “one to watch
” way back in November 2004.
— Three out of 38 retailers said Accoutrements is their top-selling line of action figures in July 2010. 8/30/2010
O.I.C. Storm Missile Launcher
by DREAM CHEEKY
This webcam-equipped desktop missile launcher can be hooked up to a messaging program and controlled from anywhere in the world, by anyone on the user's buddy list. It is capable of shooting four foam missiles on an automatic rotation up to 25' in any direction. Each direction plays a different sound effect. "This is the only webcam equipped USB missile launcher with internet control capabilities," Taylor Giovan, Dream Cheeky marketing representative, told TDmonthly
. 8/26/2010 (Price: $45.00)
USB Missile Launcher
by DREAM CHEEKYWho wouldn’t be amused by the prospect of nailing some unsuspecting coworkers with foam missiles from time to time? This USB gadget can be strategically placed anywhere within 3' of your computer and effectively staves off your most unwanted company. It shoots three foam missiles as far as 15' in any direction and can be controlled easily by your mouse or keyboard. Looking for something more powerful? Try the upgraded version, OIC Storm Missile Launcher. ( Watch Video)
8/26/2010 (Price: $35.00)
Big Red Button
by DREAM CHEEKYBig Red Button sits on your desk and rescues you from office traps, office stress and even embarrassing yourself by getting fired over raging at coworkers. Functions include “Boom,” a less violent way to let out your rage by virtually destroying your computer, “I’m Working,” a working spreadsheet so your boss knows you mean business, “Punch Up,” to hit your enemies in the face, “Webkey,” takes you to your favorite url, and “Take-a-Break,” because you take many and need to save money on your energy bill by putting your computer in sleep mode.
8/26/2010 (Price: $14.99)
Blue Pucker Powder
by CREATIVE CONCEPTS LLC
This bright blue candy powder has a sour fruit punch flavor. The bottle measures 5" x 3.75" x 2." ( Watch Video)
8/25/2010 (Price: $15.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
USB Lightsaber Glow Lamp
by UNDERGROUND TOYS
This lightsaber plugs into a USB port to light a desk area. The base recharges the light and can be removed to adjust the illumination level. This singular lamp stands approximately 14" tall. ( Watch Video)
8/20/2010 (Price: $29.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
Doctor Who Timelord's Spinning TARDIS
by UNDERGROUND TOYS
With a flick of the wrist, fans can levitate this Timelord's Spinning TARDIS so it actually floats. The TARDIS measures 3" tall and contains magnets. It requires 6 AA batteries. ( Watch Video)
8/20/2010 (Price: $35.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]
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