On With The Show
(Playthings Via Thomson Dialog NewsEdge)Talk about a casting call.
More than 1,500 toy, game and other childrens entertainment
product manufacturers, reps and importers from upwards of 30 countries will put
their best foot forward, so to speak, during the 2006 American International
Toy Fair. Theyll exhibit in hopes that one of their thousands of new
products will become the star of someones in-store
show, be it at Wal-Mart, the corner specialty store, Toys
R Us, online or elsewhere.
The good news for 2006 is that the chance of success for even the
smallest Toy Fair exhibitor continues to grow as retail opportunities expand
for manufacturers of all sizes. According to show organizers, there will be
more than 9,800 buyers at this years event, up 10 percent from 2005.
Among those who will walk the aisles of the Jacob K. Javits Center, the
International Toy Center and other showroom locations, are buyers from a host
of merchants not traditionally known for stocking toysretailers like
Gap, Best Buy and Urban Outfitters.
What theyll see is a diverse selection of childrens
entertainment options, from activity kits to xylophones, action figures to
video games, featuring the latest technology, the newest licenses and the
freshest ideas the most fertile minds in the toy business could conjure.
The following pages spotlight just a fraction of the products on display
at the show. Additional products can be found online at
. We hope you find what
youre looking for.
Keeping hands busy Action Products International
, Orlando, Fla.,
features new products from its Jay Jay the Jet Plane, I DIG, Curiosity Kits and
I Made That brands. Curiosity Kits is in for a brand re-launch in 2006 and will
introduce a variety of new products, including Junior Bureau of Investigation
kits and the Easi-Art Maker oven. The kits are designed for ages 6 and up and
range in price from $4.99$9.99. The newly acquired I Made That line
features build-it-yourself furniture kits. Four new kits will
be introduced in 2006, designed for ages 4 and up and ranging in price from
$25.99$49.99. I DIG Excavation Adventures kits feature ancient beasts,
prehistoric sharks, King Tut and new dinosaurs. The kits are designed for ages
6 and up, and range in price from $11.99$24.99. Jay Jay the Jet Plane
Tarrytown Bead Coaster, which retails for $39.99, was developed to build
hand-eye coordination and color recognition in toddlers ages 18 months and up.
Adora gives life Adora
, Edison, N.J., introduces new designs from both
its Name Your Own Baby collection and International Series. The Name Your Own
Baby collection offers a wide variety of dolls, with choices of hair color and
style, eye color, gender, skin tone and face design. Each doll is 2022
inches tall and weighs four pounds. Tyee is new from the International
Seriesa limited edition collection of dolls based on cultures from
around the world. Each doll is dressed in a costume representing its homeland
All Adora dolls retail between $80$180 and are designed for ages
3 and up.
Let there be light Outdoor play no longer ends when the sun goes down. The new Skylighter
flying disc, by Aerobie
, Palo Alto, Calif., lights up the
night sky with high-power LEDs that provide illumination to the disc and its
colorful, translucent rim. Skylighter flying disc is designed for ages 10 and
up, with a suggested retail price of $14.99.
Jump around! Jumparoo Anti-Gravity Frog Pogo stick from Air Kicks
, Seattle, promotes kids fitness and retails for $79.99.
The pogo stick features rubber T-springs that allow kids ages 4 and up, between
2662 pounds, to jump up to 2-feet high. A wide base and high-traction
treads increase stability and balance and reduce the risk of falling off.
Motion-activated, electronic frog sounds can be switched off, and a non-marring
base can be used indoors or out. For older kids, Jumparoo Anti-Gravity Pogo,
also $79.99, comes in three sizes suitable for ages 4 and up, from
33176 pounds, and features an adjustable-height
joystick for steering.
Art is just the start Alex
, Northvale, N.J., introduces the Little Hands
line of art supplies, craft kits, and soft puzzles for preschoolers. New items
include chunky and chubby crayons, paints, chalks and markers in addition to I
Feel stampseight rubber stamps with faces representing different
emotions. Funky Artist is a 12-piece, textured brush set with poster
New introductions also include the Super Embroidery Kit, Sew Fun, EZ
Fleec-y, Ruggedy Rug Crochet, Knot A Quilt, Home Tweet Home, My Scrapbook Case,
Funky Felt Jewelry, Belt Loops, My Ballerina Stool and Butterfly Clip Strip.
Suggested retail prices run the gamut from $9.99$49.99.
LB Kids, New York, is launching an Alex publishing program that includes
arts and craft books packaged with Alexs art supplies, as well as other
book projects inspired by Alexs line. The first five books are set to
launch in the fall.
Dainty dolls Alexander Doll Company
, New York, has plenty of new
arrivals this year, including the Pampered Baby Huggums Gift Set, Say It with
Pink Gift Set and Baby Goes Potty Set, with suggested retail prices ranging
between $50$90. A new partnership with the American Ballet Theatre
inspired two 10-inch Cissette dollsSwan Lakes Odette and Swan
Lakes Odileeach for $89.95.
The French Kitty play doll line, based on the childrens book
collection, expands with Bon Voyage French Kitty, In the Pink French Kitty and
Muy Caliente Leticia retailing for $24.95 each.
New plush dolls with movie tie-ins include Wendy Loves Curious George
for $84.95, King Kong the 8th Wonder of the World for $149.95,
Charlottes Web and Wendy Loves Kermit the Frog, both for $79.95. Three
new Wizard of Oz
licensed dolls include the Wicked Witch
of the East, Off to Oz and Wendys Wicked Ways, all ranging between
Keep on truckin American Dimestore
, Castro Valley, Calif., continues
to roll out 1:43 scale plastic cars and trucks for collectors and O-gauge
railroad hobbyists, each retailing for about $6. New American Dimestore models
are designed by owner Bill Hanlon to recall vintage vehicles from the 1940s and
'50s with convertibles, sedans and service trucks.
Speed Racer revamped Art Asylum
, New York, has secured a license for the
Classic Speed Racer
TV series from Speed Racer
Enterprises, Santa Monica, Calif., to create an updated version of the racecar
franchise for toys, collectibles, animated promos and music. Art Asylum will
create all-new, animated, promotional webisodes that will be
launched this summer on the Web and also come packed with the new toy line
hitting retail stores in the fall. The first promotional episode will be
screened at Toy Fair, and a soundtrack with all-new music will hit stores in
the fourth quarter. Other new licenses for Art Asylum include
from American Greetings, Battlestar
, Clive Barkers Jump Tribe
and Advanced Play Systems Arc
, Dallas, introduces its latest DVD
title, AthleticBaby Basketball, which features musician Eddie Coker. The
basketball-themed fitness workoutdesigned by NBA coach Don
Caseyis aimed at babies and toddlers 3 months and up, and retails for
Dog play by Aurora Based on the success of its toy pet carriers,
, Pico Rivera, Calif., is introducing a line of pet
carriers and other products for real animals, retailing for
$3.99$44.99. Pet carriers, for small (8 pounds) and medium (15 pounds)
size dogs, feature a zipper closure, dual handles and a see-through mesh water
bottle holder. Real pet apparel includes adjustable bowtie collars and dress-up
outfits. All are available in leopard, dalmatian and pink heart designs. Plush
pet versions are also available with a jungle or sea life theme. Each doll
comes with a mini pet carrier.
, Elizabethtown, Ky., introduces the latest
addition to its video series, developed by Lara Hayes Needham, Ph.D., to combat
childhood inactivity and obesity. The sports-themed series features short,
10-minute chapters in a no repeat format. The newest title,
Lets Dance & Tumble!
introductions to cheerleading, dance and gymnastics. BabyPro DVDs retail for
Timeless Teddy Ruxpin Back Pack Toys
, Milford, N.H., offers a Teddy Ruxpin
boxed set that includes a program cartridge, read-along storybook and picture
book. Digital technology keeps Teddy Ruxpins eyes and mouth in sync as
he tells his many adventurous tales. Five stand-alone story/software titles
that run 2030 minutes and include two stories each will be sold
separately this year, with more titles to follow in 2007. Teddy Ruxpin retails
for $69.99, with additional music and adventure titles available for
BewitchingBandai Bandai America
, Cypress, Calif., is
introducing popular Japanese brand Magical DoReMi
United States market, in a partnership with 4Kids Entertainment. The toy line
features a variety of dolls and role-play props debuting in the first quarter,
designed for children ages 4 and up. Suggested retail prices range from
$5.99$19.99. Bandai is expanding its Teen Titans
brand with miniatures that have a game component and collectible and deluxe
figures with accessories, vehicles and role-play items. An LCD game that
doubles as the Titans
interacts with specially packed game cards that come with each toy. For
preschoolers, Bandai introduces Firehouse Tales
playsets and bath toys based on the series from the Cartoon Network. In other
news, Bandai has increased its Web presence for a number of brands such as the
Power Rangers and Tamagotchi. A new line based on the Cartoon Network series,
, is also in the works.
Basic fun for all Basic Fun
, South Hampton, Pa., is introducing a
variety of new categories in addition to its new keychains. Highlights include
Atari 2600 games in a keychain plug-and-play, and licensed iPod skins featuring
the following licenses: Napoleon Dynamite
, Its Happy Bunny, Pirates of
, Tinker Bell, Hello Kitty, the NBA, Andy Warhol and
Bathtime fun Big Boing LLC
, Emeryville, Calif., is expanding its
Tub Tunes, Super Fort and Get-Up lines.
In 2006, the Tub Tunes line will include a Water Piccolo ($4.99) and a
Water Trumpet ($14.99), while new Space and Castle Theme Sets increase the
Super Fort line. The new kits stand alone or can be mixed and matched with the
original dynamic fort building system.
The Waterslide is the first entry in Big Boings newest line of
bathtime products. It features interchangeable pieces that allow kids to design
their own slides.
Beads for tweensThe Bead Shop
, Milwaukee, Wis., debuts Expose the
Toes! Barefoot Sandals Kit, which helps tweens design beaded ankle bracelets
with toe loop extensions. Each set makes 12 pair of barefoot sandals and 14
The Love to Knit! Hug This Shrug Kit helps tweens make a shrug in less
than four hours, and comes with a free Shrug Pin Kit with decorative beads.
Indearrings Interchangeable Magnetic Jewelry lets users make
necklaces, bracelets and rings that have interchangeable magnetic inlays, so
wearers can swap daisies, hearts, etc. from finger to wrist to throat. The Pom
Pom Jewelry Kit Glass comes with enough glass beads and sequins to make five
rings, five pairs of earrings, three necklaces and lots of bracelets.
Card games The year is A.D. 1348, and workers and servants are dropping like flies.
Gong Fermer works 16-hour days. His small plot of land is overgrown, and he
cant tend to it. If that isnt enough, this lowly servant is
sick and tired of being ridiculed while he works. All he has is his shovel,
bucket and his pride. Gong has chariots, horsemen and weapons
of destruction to support his kingdom. Is revolt conceivable? Can and will Gong
Fermer get revenge, or will the Black Plague do the dirty work for him? Make
history by playing this fast-paced strategy card game introduced by
Beckin Marketing Concepts
, Burnsville, Minn. Designed for
ages 8 and up, the game retails for $34.99. Booster packs will also be
Pose and re-pose Wiggle Wonder ($4.99) is a shape-memory interactive toy from
, West Hills, Calif. Toy figures can be
posed in 3-D positions and will hold their shape until exposed to warm water or
strong sunlight, both of which will transform the figures back to their
original 2-D shape. Wiggle Wonder is available in 20 package styles, each
containing six to nine figures such as bees, beetles, butterflies, spiders,
flowers or people. The product is recommended for ages 515, retailing
Healthy plush In a twist on the phrase play with your food,
Biltmore World Trade
, Tempe, Ariz., introduces Soy Silk
Palsa line of plush toys with exteriors made of all-natural soy silk
fiber derived from tofu. Characters include the 16-inch Tofu Bear, 14-inch
SOYnia Bunny and 7-inch Little EDamame Bear, each retailing for $40.
Making tracksBox Train Express
, Scottsdale, Ariz., introduces its
wearable corrugated box train cars. The trains come in a
variety of styles including a steam engine, two different box cars and a
caboose. Also available is the Coloring Playset, a black-and-white version that
allows children to color, decorate and personalize their own train. Each
Creative Playset, for kids 18 months and up, retails for $29.95.
Brainy babies The Brainy Baby Company
, Alpharetta, Ga., targets
children ages 25 with the 6-disc DVD collection Brainy Baby Preschool
Learning Pack for $79.95. The series includes ABCs, 123s, Art, Music, Animals
and Shapes & Colors, with each disc designed to heighten the
viewers knowledge of the topic.
Horsing around Breyer Animal Creations
, Pequannock, N.J., introduces
Baby Breyer Plush, a baby-safe line for a new generation of collectors. Nickers
is a Lullaby Horse that plays soothing music and features a gentle, rocking
motion that will convince even the toughest sleeper to nod off quietly. The
Wrist Rattle Horse features a velcro closure to fit even the smallest of baby
wrists, and Squishy Horse features jingle bells in its belly to entertain the
youngest of horse lovers.
Characters in cardsBriarpatch
, Millburn, N.J., introduces preschool
card games featuring Spider-Man, Captain America, Hulk and other Marvel
characters like Storm, Wolverine and Spider-Girl.
Spider-Man & Friends Gotcha and Spider-Man & Friends Hide &
Seek are for ages 3 and up. Gotcha features see-through character cards, so
kids can change color backgrounds to create many variations for matching
($5.99). Hide & Seek uses 24 character cards plus 24 clue cards for two
ways to play: hide-and-seek or memory. Players take turns flipping over a clue
card, then turning over and peeking at a character card while trying to match
colors and shapes ($12.99). Also offered are Spider-Man Crime Stopper Card Game
for 24 players, ages 6 and up; Spider-Man Web Slinger Game, in which
players place see-through web cards atop villain cards; and Spider-Man Ultimate
Power, where Spidey moves across a game mat to defeat eight villains
Briarpatch also introduces a line of The DaVinci
-inspired products for ages 8 and up. Offerings include
DaVincis Challenge Mancala ($17.99), DaVincis Challenge Card
Game and DaVincis Challenge board game ($6.99). Briarpatch will also be
marketing seven new games based on Disney licenses, including a Buzz Lightyear
Counting Game, The Little Mermaid Happily Ever After Card Game, Princess Wishes
Card Game, Thats SO Raven
Fortune Telling Card
Game, Thats SO Raven
Tell It Like It
Is Game, Pooh Tales of Adventure Card Game and Poohs Scavenger Hunt
Briarpatch adds I Spy Eagle Eye to its I Spy series of games, with a
bell that players ages 5 and up race to ring ($17.99). The NerdyWordy game
comes with two slotted crossword trays, a lift-up screen to prevent peeking and
letter cubes from AZ, including blanks. Players select letters that
both must use to spell out words by dropping them into their crossword trays.
Players create as many one-to-five letter words as possible, scoring bonus
points by spelling words within words ($14.99). For more math-oriented players
, Briarpatch now has a board game version of Sudoku, with 81 double-sided and
color-coded number tiles stored inside the board. A booklet of 50 puzzles is
Education hatches The R-Com three-egg digital incubator from Brinsea
, Titusville, Fla., is menu-driven and easy to use. Just
choose between one of the five settings (chicken, duck, pheasant, quail or
mystery bird), and the micro-controller holds the correct temperature and
length of incubation with no further input from the user. The display counts
down each day to tell you when eggs are due to hatch. All users need to do is
periodically top with water. The product is set to retail for $99.
Bigger is better Super-sized is the order of the day from Buffalo
, Buffalo, N.Y., with larger-sized puzzles for little hands. Six
designsBrooklyn Bridge, Old World Map, Neuschwanstein Castle, Birth of
Venus, The Last Supper and Washington Crossing the Delawarecomprise the
2,000-piece series. Each $18$20 puzzle measures 3 feet by 2 feet when
Artwork from Norman Rockwells Saturday
and paintings from the Hautman Brothers highlight
300-piece puzzles. Each $8.99 puzzle comes with a foldout poster.
, San Mateo, Calif., specializes in
heirloom-quality, wooden toys. Adventure Flyer and Air Racer are the latest new
products. Adventure Flyer is modeled after a 1930s, single-engine aircraft. Air
Racer mimics the classic teardrop shape of a 1930s racing airplane. Each
vehicle comes with a collectible card illustrating the story and the simple
concepts that go with it. The planes are designed for kids ages 3 and up and
retail for $19.95 each.
Buzztime continues for CadacoCadaco
, Chicago, expands on its Buzztime Home Trivia
System with Buzztime Head-on Trivia Challenge, a handheld trivia game where
players can compete against others by transmitting wireless signals to the
other players handsets. Players take turns sending questions, and
everyone answers simultaneously; up to four can play at once. Each game
includes 1,800 questions in three different trivia
categoriesEverything, Sports and Entertainmentdesigned for ages
10 and up.
Cadaco is also celebrating the 75th anniversary of Tripoley with a
special anniversary edition. The Tripoley 75th Anniversary edition is targeted
to ages 10 and up and retails for $24.99.
Asian dolls Carpatina Dolls
, Nashua, N.H., expands its Fantasy
Adventures line with the introduction of Ana Ming, an Asian girl. Ana Ming is
the fourth doll in the Fantasy Adventures line, joining Emma, Julia and
Isabella. Ana Ming, intended for ages 6 and up, will begin shipping in late
All Carpatina dolls retail for $69$74, with accessories and
dresses ranging from $24$38. Carpatina is also expanding the
Girlfriends Collection with more fantasy and historical costumes.
Carrera in Hot Pursuit Hot Pursuit PRO-X Deluxe digital racetrack system is the latest
introduction from Carrera
, Cranbury, N.J. The set combines
an extra large, 1:24 scale racetrack with 1:32 scale vehicles. The race
involves cops and robbers, as a Ford Mustang GT, in Highway Patrol colors with
a roof mounted light bar, takes off in hot pursuit of the Chevrolet Corvette
C6, both designed in original color schemes. Both of the digital cars come with
Xenon front and tail lights with built-in brake light function that goes on
when the vehicle slows down or stops. The new digital system lets you run
multiple cars on the same track.
Puzzled artists Ceaco
, Watertown, Mass., introduces a variety of new
and imaginative puzzles with unique and creative packaging, including tins and
baskets. Two new licensed assortments from award-winning artist Mary Engelbreit
are also in the lineup, with two new puzzles.
Also new on the list are oversized puzzles, glow-in-the-dark puzzles and
corkboard puzzles. All puzzles are designed for ages 12 and up and range in
price from $5.99$10.99.
Learn to drive Chicco
, Lancaster, Pa., debuts the 4-in-1 Ride-On
Car, featuring four different levels of play possibilities for children 9
months3 years old. The product includes an electronic activity panel, a
rocker, a push-and-walk and a sit 'n ride. Also look for the
Playgym Deluxe, featuring an electronic playgym and activity table. Both
products are set to retail for $59.99.
Very needy Needies, from Codependent Designs
, New York, are
interactive plush dolls inspired by codependent, high-maintenance
relationships. The attention-starved dolls compete with each other for human
affection, or getting touch, as they like to say. When you give
Needies touch by hugging and squeezing them, theyll
return your kindness with songs and flattery. Each Needie has a
custom-developed, wireless electronic nervous system that it uses to talk, sing
and feel hugs. Targeted to ages 1424, Needies have a retail price of
Crack the code Keep em guessing is the idea behind Codebreaker, a board game
, St. Louis, Mo., where players are stumped and
Trying to match tile pairs, players write or draw their own codes on the
back of cards to help them remember a match. The game is easy until players are
forced to reveal their codes, and maybe even turn over a coveted pair.
Codebreaker is suitable for all ages.
Cranium covers all Cranium
, Seattle, is launching a whole new line of
products this year, ranging from games to activity products and books. In the
game arena, they have something for everyone. Cranium Sounds of the Seashore
($16.95) for ages 3 and up, is a matching and memory game that incorporates the
sights and sounds of a day by the sea. As for family games, Cranium introduces
Cranium Zooreka, Cranium Tune Twister and Cranium Doodle Tales, all for players
ages 8 and up ($16.95 each). For adults, the company offers its pop culture
party game Cranium Pop 5 ($34.95).
Cranium is taking fun on the go with its Grab & Go Games line, which
includes Grab & Go Jacks and Grab & Go Hoppity Winks, each for
46 players ages 6 and up ($9.95 each). Cranium attempts to encourage
creativity and imagination with the launch of its new WonderWorks line of
activity toys this fall. The line includes the Super Story Recorder, Talking
Picture Book ($19.99 each) and Picture Studio ($9.99). Cranium also presents
its new Giggle Gear line of quickly customizable, wearable creations such as
Mega Mask ($19.99), Crazy Cap ($14.99), and Giggle Goggles ($9.99). In
partnership with Little Brown publishers, four new Cranium Books of Outrageous
Fun ($14.99 each) and the FunFolio activity book ($12.99) are set to hit store
shelves this fall.
Corgi turns 50 Corgi USA
, Fort Lee, N.J., celebrates its 50th
birthday in style with new lines, extensions and twists on old favorites.
Twisterz is a new line of vehicles with interchangeable parts for kids ages
37, powered by pulling them apart and twisting the front and backs
together. Twisterz Twist N Launch Transporter is also new.
Corgis Comic Favorites category includes the Batman Bronze Age
Collection Set: 1970s Batmobile and 1980s Batmobile with Batman and Robin metal
figures. Marvel characters are also available in detailed spin-cast figures,
including Spider-Man and The Thing.
In creating Babys First Wheels, Corgi has encapsulated vehicles
in clear balls, so kids of all ages can play safely with toy cars. Go Go
Rollers come in clear, three-ball tubes with a suggested price of $4.99;
designed for ages 6 months3 years.
Corgi Wheelz is an all-new line of multi-scaled vehicles and play sets
that feature an assortment of licensed, small-scale versions of vehicles kids
see in their own neighborhoods, including sedans, wagons, police cars,
emergency vehicles, SUVs and mini-vans. Also included are a Car Wash, Service
Station and a Police and Fire Station. Corgi Wheelz are for ages 3 and up.
Also available are Streakerz, die-cast vehicles that can perform stunts
and tricks like racing upside down.
Corgi is adding six tools to its Heroes Under Fire line of limited
edition collectibles; the WWII Collection features highly detailed dioramas,
and the Vintage Bus Lines assortments 2006 replicas are highlighted by
The Flexible Clipper Greyhound Bus LinesDestination Cleveland.
Corolle revisits classic Corolle
, Grantsville, Md., is introducing its classic
Bb Do doll in a whole new way. Retailing for $75, the
soft-bodied, 14-inch doll is dressed in white velour pajamas, and comes in a
rattan Moses basket complete with a pink-and-white, ruffled liner. Featuring a
sculpted face and eyes that open and close, the dollfor ages 3 and
upcomes with a bunny, baby bottle and a small picture book with ideas
to help care for the doll.
A crafty dab Clarence J. Venne
, Levittown, Pa., adds to its Crafty
Dab line of school and craft products with Crafty Dab Kids Paint, Crafty Dab
Kids Shimmer Paint, Crafty Dab Tub Art Paint, Crafty Dab PushUp Face Paint
Crayons and Crafty Dab Stackable Face Paint Crayons. The products are designed
for ages 3 and up, and retail from $1.99$14.
From puzzles to plushDanawares
, Montreal, will offer a Dora the Explorer
Exploration Kit, Kaleidoscope Family Guy Adult Puzzle and Kaleidoscope
Simpsons Adult Puzzle, Im Learning ABC with Max and Ruby,
Im Learning Numbers, and Counting with Max and Ruby, as well as
Learning Max and Ruby Opposites puzzle. Max Practice Makes Perfect plush and
Ruby Practice Makes Perfect plush dolls that teach dressing skills will also be
Dark Horse adds Snowtroopers Dark Horse
, Milwaukie, Ore., continues its import
program of Kotobukiya large vinyl Star Wars figures. Look for figures based on
The Empire Strikes Back
Snowtroopers. The 11-inch vinyl model kits are targeted for ages 8 and up, with
a retail price of $99.99. An 8-inch Conan The Avenger bust will be available in
a limited edition of only 2,500 hand-numbered pieces.
Travel-friendly gamesDaron Worldwide Trading
, Fairfield, N.J., introduces
Back Pack Gamesgames that are packaged in clear vinyl back packs, and
designed for kids to use while traveling. With six different games to choose
from, the Daron Mini Back Pack Games are targeted to kids 5 and up, at a price
of $2.99 each.
Comic heroesIn anticipation of the Superman Returns
Direct, New York, offers a number of Superman statues, ranging from
$50$225, for fans and collectors. In the Gallery line, look for the
Shazam! Deluxe Statue ($295), and The Return of Supergirl
and The New Frontier
action figures. The 13-inch Green
Lantern and Hal Jordan with light-up battery join Lex Luther and Two Face
figures in the collectors category. A new Whos Who Mystery Box
series, inspired by classic DC Comics characters, offers collectible
mini-scenes in a blind mystery box with snap-together scenes
and a piece of the Batmobile in each box. Looney Tunes Golden Collection offers
a classic character figure such as Bugs Bunny or Daffy Duck from memorable
episodes from the animated series.
Fun with furniture The Dora the Explorer Restickable Table and Chair from Delta
, New York, lets toddlers decorate the furniture with
three pages of punch-out decals that can be used over and over to tell
ever-changing stories. A hidden compartment in the tabletop lets children keep
Restickables and supplies handy.
Figure this Diamond Select Toys
, Timonium, Md., introduces the
Marvel Select: Days of Future Past Wolverine action figure. Diamond also adds
to its Star Trek
collection with The Next
season seven Riker and Worf Action Figures and
Star Trek: U.S.S. Enterprise-E
Also look for the Buffy The Vampire Slayer
and Dawn action figures, Street Fighter
Minimates Series 1
and Stargate SG-1
Series 1 action figures. All products
range from $8.99$35.
Hello dolly! The Dolly Adventures
, Remsenburg, N.Y., offers a
series of illustrated, hardcover books that promote interaction and teach life
lessons. New titles are Dolly Goes to the Beach
Dolly Goes on Vacation
, and each includes
themed clothing that fits most dolls.
Sassy sacks Douglas Company
, Keene, N.H., is extending its
Lil Nugget Sassy Saks line with six new products, including the
Lil Nugget Sea Shell Saks for ages 26, which retail for $10.
New to the Sassy Pet Saks line are the Monkey Sassy Pet Sak and Western Sassy
Pet Sak. Each holds its own plush pet and is targeted to children ages
39, retailing for $22. Also new are Adventure Saks for ages 26,
priced at $20, and themed knapsacks for ages 39 for $28.
DuneCraft gets back to nature DuneCraft, Chagrin Hills, Ohio, debuts its
Mini Windowsill Greenhouse line, which includes the Banana Farm, the Princess
Garden, Dragons Lair, Dinosaur Park, the Desert Hothouse and the
Tropical Palm Oasis. DuneCrafts second line is an array of Smart Tubes,
including products called GobbledyGoop, Jelly Stones, Solar Beads, Space Sand,
Super Snow, Vice Versa Balls and the Touch-N-Glow Ball. All products come with
educational information and project and experiment ideas for home or the
Dynatech in the candy aisle Taking a step into a new dimension, Dynatech Action
Toronto, has found a crossover toy for the candy aisle. Dynatechs new
Edibles are candy action figures with movable parts. Edibles have five
articulating joints that let kids pose their characters, and there are a number
of licensed characters to collect and eat. Staying in the candy aisle, Dynatech
is also introducing a licensed candy product called FizzHeads. These flavored
fizz tablets transform an ordinary glass of water into a soft drink.
Dynatech is also expanding its Atomic Blox line with its new Infinibuild
system which adds movement to the light-up blocks so kids can build working
Easytoys goes 3-D Easytoys
, Baldwin Park, Calif., is launching 3-D
Story Puzzle Painting Kits, 3-D Robot Puzzles, Cast It and Paint It Kits in
2006. The Story Puzzle Painting Kit includes puzzles, plaster figurines such as
, Little Mermaid
Three Little Pigs
more for kids to paint and play. The Robodog and other robot puzzles come with
plastic connectors to connect the puzzle pieces and enable the puzzle robot to
strike multiple poses.
Additionally, the company jumps on the Sudoku craze with an electronic
handheld game featuring one million number puzzles.
Clean clay for play PlayFoam sculpting material ($9.99) from Educational
, Columbia, Tenn., lets users make shapes and figures over
and over, as the material doesnt dry out, wont stick to skin or
surfaces and requires no cleanup. There are six colors available in the
PlayFoam Remoldable Sculpting Beads line, targeted to kids ages 5 and up. The
PlayFoam Super-Duper Fun Factory ($49.99) includes six re-sealable bags of
productsix pounds in allin six colors. Educational Insights is
targeting players ages 5 and up with a variety of games. New this year are
Tetra Trax ($24.99), a puzzle game; Panda-Go-Round ($19.99), a memory and
matching game; and Blokus Trigon ($29.99), a variation of the original Blokus.
Lets Pretend Grill 'n Go Camp Stove, for ages 3 and up,
lets kids pretend to cook on a red light.
Off to see the wizardThe Wizard of Oz
characters are recreated by
Effanbee Doll Company
, Hurley, N.Y., in a collection of
vinyl dolls with detailed costumes and hand-painted faces. Effanbees
Patsyette dolldressed as Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion or the
Scarecrowcomes with a display stand, and retails for approximately
Turn on the learningElenco
, Wheeling, Ill., now distributes the Tree of
Knowledge ($6$17.50) and Logiblocs ($5$20) product lines.
The Tree of Knowledge line includes science, electronic, robot kits and
more. Logiblocs is a system of switch-on electronic building blocks that plug
together to make things happen.
Elenco also introduces its RC Snap Rover to the Snap Circuit product
, Colorado Springs, Colo., is moving to outfit
Harry Potter-philes with a new line of ties and scarves featuring the colors
and logos of each of the Hogwarts houses ($19.99 each). Fans of the
newest professor at Hogwarts, Mad Eye Moody, will also have a chance to
don a replica of his swiveling eye patch.
Elope is expanding its headwear offerings with a new Ocean Creature line
designed to hook young marine lovers with designs based on a puffer fish,
starfish, crab, lobster and octopus, each with a secret pocket containing a
printed fortune ($19.99$24.99).
Elope also introduces the Rainbow Birthday Princess Cone ($8.99), a
special party hat in rainbow colors with a sheer veil and marabou lining along
the edge. Large letters spell out Birthday Princess on the
Updating TV classics Endless Games
, Jersey City, N.J., debuts new
DVD-centered games, including The Match Game
DVD Edition ($24.99) and the
board game ($19.99), based on Sony
Pictures 2006 animated feature of the same name.
Art of creation Creative Hands
gets busy in 2006, as the brand by
Fibre-Craft, Niles, Ill., offers six themed Wood Paints Kits, including kits
featuring Nickelodeons Dora the Explorer
, along with new Cool Foam Art
designs and Mini Nickelodeon kits. No glue is required with Cool Wax Art
twistable wax sticks that adorn the figures included in both 25- and 50-piece
sets. Reusable wax sticks come in both neon and primary colors, with eyes and
mouths for creating faces.
Makeover My Space Funky 4-Room Loft comes with a fold-and-go dollhouse,
posable foam doll and stickers to decorate the foam furniture. Retail price is
$14.99 for the dollhouse with accessory packs ranging from $6.99$7.99.
Scrapbook beginners can learn the basics with the Memory Keeper butterfly,
hearts and flowers kits. Everything needed to create a scrapbookglue
sticks, stickers and stampscome in the starter set.
Fibre-Craft celebrates the 30th anniversary of its Creativity for Kids
brand by introducing six new mini Creativity Kits ($5.99 each), including Race
Car Night Light, Wood Flower Hanger, Flip Flop Frame, Bitty Bobble Duo kit,
Petite Totes, Princess Crowns. The launch also includes Bobble Dinos
($14.99, ages 6 and up), with a large dinosaur and baby dinosaur in an egg to
decorate with markers and glitter, as well as 3-D diorama shapes;
Cooking Up Fun
($17.99, ages 5 and up), with a
chefs hat, apron, cookbook, menus and more; Monster Trucks
($24.99, ages 5 and up), offering an opportunity to
customize four monster trucks with stickers and paint; Ancient Egypt Discovery
Crafts ($17.99, ages 8 and up), which allows crafters to wrap a mummy, paint a
sarcophagus and construct a pyramid-shaped bank. Awesome
($14.99, ages 8 and up) lets users transform traditional
origami designs into works of art, and make designs following step-by-step
instructions; then add jewels, feathers, wiggly eyes and other fun
Jungle fun Going wild with animal print plush this year is Fiesta
, Vernon, Calif., with Jungle Fun Purse and Hats from
$7.99$9.99. Jungle Fun Purses come in four animal print styles that
coordinate with Fiestas Animal Trolley Backpacks. The backpack unsnaps
from its trolley frame, and straps pull out for different over-the-shoulder
The jungle theme continues with Bendimals posable collection of cats,
dogs, and jungle and farm animals in 10- and 15-inch sizes, retailing from
Ruxpin revival Hard to believe its been 20 years since that talking teddy,
Teddy Ruxpin and his pals took kids on various TV adventures. To celebrate the
animated TV series, The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
available in DVD format from First National Pictures
The series debuts with The Journey Begins: Volume 1
and The Journey Continues: Volume 2
, each featuring the
first 10 episodes of the program. The two-hour DVDs include exclusive Baby
Felix music videos, trailers and a cartoon for $14.98.
First National Pictures plans to release the entire The
Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin
series over the next several years.
Flick it fun A lunchroom game favorite, flick football, went to the next level a few
years back with FIKI Sports
leather triangle FIKI
Football. The Torrance, Calif.-based toy maker now offers FIKI Baseball, with
leather game ball and a replica outfield fence. Players slide the baseball
along a tabletop to get it to hang off the edge without falling off for a grand
slam. If the baseball goes off the table, the opponent tries to
flick the ball over the fence for a solo home run. FIKI Sports is working with
Major League Baseball to license the game. Plans also include the release of
FIKI Soccer this year.
Making magic A little light is all it takes to make some illusions with Glow in the
Dark Magic by First For Magic
, Grantsville, Md. Magicians
can perform any of 18 tricks from an instructional DVD, or 40 tricks outlined
in a booklet. The $19.95 set, for children ages 5 and up, includes a black
light and performance table.
Water illusions are made simple for young magicians with the Magic Water
Hat. Using the secret compartment and frog assistant, more than 100 tricks can
be performed. Retail price is $29.99.
Growing up with toysFisher-Price Inc.
, East Aurora, N.Y., teams up with
ESPN to offer outdoor sports equipment for preschoolers ages 2 and up. ESPN
Grow To Pro Basketball matures with the child, as its backboard adjusts from 3
to 6 feet. It comes with a child-sized basketball and return chute ($39.99).
ESPN Grow To Pro Baseball can be used three ways: Beginners can hit the ball
from the tee; pop-up pitch play has balls that automatically pop up from the
base; and the trainer mode auto-pitches three balls from up to 10 feet away.
Sets include battery-powered trainer, bat and three balls ($24.99).
ESPN Grow To Pro Soccer has two levels of play. At the beginner level,
sounds are triggered whenever the ball is kicked into the net, while
pros have to hit an adjustable target to hear score sounds and
the announcers shout Goal! The soccer set includes goal, net,
adjustable target, two-player scorekeeper and ball ($19.99). For ages 5 and up,
ESPN Grow To Pro Skates are inline skates with removable training wheels that
help kids learn to balance. The skates include rear brakes and adjust to fit
childs sizes 9 through 13, and adult size 1 ($19.99). ESPN Grow
to Pro Switchboard has nothing to do with phones. Instead, it switches from
scooter to skateboard ($19.99). To start the active lifestyle early, Baby
Gymtastics Play System includes Play Wall, Activity Tunnel, Ball Toss, and
Monkey Chase for kids from birth36 months.
The 3-in-1 Rockin Gym converts to a rocking ride-on and travel
toy ($44.99). For children 12 months and up, Peek-A-Blocks Bucket O
Builders includes a set of 15 Peek-A-Blocks builder blocks. Bumpy building
surfaces on tops and bottoms allow them to stick and stack
together ($19.99). The Peek-A-Blocks Stack & Smile Crocodile Play Center
plays music when blocks are stacked on its folded tail. Unfolded,
theres another stacking and storage surface where babies can
feed the blocks into his storage tummy ($14.99). Laugh &
Learn Learning Piggy Bank, for kids 6 months and older, teaches baby to drop
coins in the slot to hear musical rewards as the bank counts, or press the
nose for sounds and songs about counting, colors, and more
New to Fisher-Prices Little People line are several products,
led by the Little People Pirate Ship, for ages 25, which features a
talking parrot, sleeping and eating quarters, hammock,
shooting cannon, crows nest, and walking plank as well as a
captains chair, table and two pirate figures ($20.99). Little People
Lil Kingdom Palace includes a kitchen with removable table and chairs,
a bedroom and a stairway that leads to the second floor sitting
room with a drawbridge that lowers. Sets include King and Queen figures, horse,
table, two chairs, bed and two fence pieces ($20.99). Little People Lil
Movers School Bus and Airplane feature sounds, lights and music ($14.99).
Little People Dinosaurs includes a Brontosaurus, T-Rex and Triceratops, mommy,
baby dinosaur, egg with a hatching feature, figure, and play food ($9.99).
Star Station On-the-Go Player ($19.99) and Microphone ($14.99) lets kids
ages 3 and up take their Kidz Bop music with them. One ROM cartridge featuring
three songs is included. Music Library includes nine ROM packs.
GeoTrax All About Trains Motorized Starter Set with DVD includes 20
pieces for ages 2 and older ($24.99). For girls 2 and up, My First
Dollhouse ($32.99) contains five rooms, plus sound effects, figures, and
removable accessories. Snap N Style Dolls let preschoolers dress up
their dolls ($9.99). For boys ages 4 and older, Imaginext Dinosaurs add
Spinosaurus and the Mammoth ($14.99) to the collection. Fisher Price celebrates
10 years of Tickle Me Elmo with T.M.X. ($34.99), debuting in September
'06. Other Sesame Street launches include Sing 'n Giggle
Tool Bench ($49.99) with 40 sound effects and an assortment of play tools and
Birds the Word Elmo ($19.99) has the character singing, dancing and
telling bird jokes.
The Winnie the Pooh line welcomes Turbo Tail Tigger ($24.99), an
animated plush toy; infant toy Magic Rattle 'n Ride Pooh
($29.99); a 4-in-1 Friendship Flip Phone ($9.99) and the singing Friendship
Radio ($12.99). The I Can Play Piano ($79.99) system hooks up to a TV to teach
music skills; eight optional game cartridges ($14.99) are based on popular
The Nickelodeon line expands to include: Sing & Spin Pablo ($29.99);
Diegos Talking Animal Center ($39.99); the Bad Breath Blaster SpongeBob
($19.99); the radio-controlled RC Boating School ($34.99); Doras
Talking Cash Register ($39.99); Fairy Wishes Dora ($39.99); the multi-lingual
Sing Around the World Dora ($19.99); and Air Launch Aang with Appa ($29.99),
based on the show Avatar.
Wild about the puppets Sierra Club licensee Folkmanis
, Emeryville, Calif.,
adds elephant, swan and flamingo puppets to its wildlife collection, all with
pull-ring animators for little fingers. The pull-ring device allows children
ages 3 and up to maneuver the puppet with simple finger movements for a
realistic appearance. The Elephant moves his trunk up and down, and retails for
$44, while the 14-inch long plush Swan can flap its wings freely or be brought
together with mini magnets at the tips for $33. A 22-inch plush Flamingo has a
moveable neck and retails for $30.
Front Porch got gamesFront Porch Classics
, Seattle, unveils six new
games. Planned for release in 2006 are: Liars Dice, a game of bluffing and
chance said to have been created by the ancient Incas; Bookshelf Edition
Raceway 57, featuring all the elements of the original game; Surakarta,
an ancient game of strategy direct from the Indonesian archipelago; League of
Pirates, a fast-pace game of cut throat action from the world of Dread Pirate;
Bookshelf Edition WordSpot; and Boneyard Dominoes.
Of magic and monsters Las Vegas magician Mac King shares some industry secrets with Magic in a
Minute, a line of 11 magic tricks by Fundex Games
Indianapolis. Make a finger come to life with the Mummified Monkey Finger, or
get into the mind of Mac with Mental Floss.
Monsters Under My Bed makes gross things fun, as kids reach under the
bed in this 3-D action game where players match disgusting
objects to their game card.
Fundex celebrates the 25th anniversary of its Phase 10 card game with a
brushed-aluminum tin and specially designed cards. Also for 2006, the company
brings European card games, Halli Galli Kidz and 8 to the American
Non-stop bubble fun Imagine no end to the bubble making power kids can have with The One
and Only Gazillion Bubbles toys by Funrise Toys
The Gazillion Typhoon and The Gazillion X-Stream Linkz are two new
bubble-making machines available this spring. Colorful bubbles come from The
Gazillion Micro Linkz, while two rotating wands control The Gazillion Gazapper.
Fans of Fan Yang, the Guinness World Record holder for bubble making,
can now make their own worlds greatest bubbles with the
Gazillion Fan Yang Bubbles blowers and solution. Kids ages 3 and up can create
bubble magic with toys like the IncrediBubble Wand, Micro Bubble Blaster and
Unbubblelievable Bubble Maker. Fan Yang toys retail for
Gazillion brings the fun to bath time with the Nemo Bath Tubbler in its
Disney Bubble Blower collection, along with the Tigger Bubble Blower.
Funrise is also partnering with Schylling, Rowley, Mass.s, to
re-introduce the 90s collectible POG with a new twist. POG will be
available in foil packs, containing five POG discs, and a Slammer (a heavier
game piece, used to flip the POG). Funrise is also offering POGs in Baseball,
Hockey, Basketball, POG Football, Soccer, Casino Night, and Word Builder themes
Whos game? Something for everyonefrom the preschooler with Feed the Kitty,
a cat and mouse dice game, to Luck of the Drawis available from
, Watertown, Mass.
Card games for the elementary school-age demographic include a Deluxe
10th Anniversary Edition of Rat-a-Tat Cat for $11.99; UglyDoll Card Game with
OX and Wedgehead and the gang and Match of the Penguins, all for $9.99; and
Thing-a-ma-Bot, a fast-paced memory card game for $5.99. Kids can feel like
race car drivers playing Top Speed, a card game that has players racing through
high-scoring car lanes. Zeus on the Loose, for two to five players, uses math
and strategy to get the Greek god back to Mt. Olympus while encountering other
mythic giants retails for $9.99.
For the older crowd, Combo King is a challenging dice game based on 60
combinations. For two to four players, the family game is $14.99. Luck of the
Draw requires little skill but a lot of drawing, as players draw the same
subject and vote on the best depiction in a category. The $19.99 family party
game comes with subject and category cards, timer, paper and pencils, voting
wheel and colored chips.
Getting dicey Its all about the number eight when playing Ocho!, a dice
and card game by Gameware Publishers
, Lubbock, Texas.
Players ages 8 (naturally) and up alternate rolling dice and dealing cards to
get 88 game-winning points. Ocho! comes in two versionsCasino
and Partyeach with a deck of cards with three colored suits, three dice
and rules. Unsurprisingly, the suggested retail price is $8.
Brad Pitt and who? Knowing whos who in pop culture will put players in good stead
during Fame & Fortune by Games For All Reasons
Arlington, Mass. Players act out clues for their partners to guess a famous
Hollywood or elite couple, or musical duo from nearly 500 cards before time
runs out. Switch partners throughout the party game to even out the score.
Additional points can be made by correctly guessing highlighted celebrity
pairs. Fame & Fortune is available as an expansion set for $9.99 or as a
set with Paired Up party game for $24.95 at specialty retailers.
Puzzles with personalityGeomag
, Rancate, Switzerland, introduces Dekopanels
($25$249), transparent, personalizable panels that add either a
structural or aesthetic elementor bothto the companys
magnetic rod construction toy system. Kids insert a photo or drawing into the
differently shaped panels, and add them to a structure built of Geomag pieces
for a 3-D puzzle. Dekopanels come with a CD-ROM of DekoImage software, to open,
rotate, resize, and copy images of any kind into the shape of the chosen panel.
Never forget a face? 'Bouta Face, from Grape Games
, N.Y., is a new
double-sided, matching game for two to four players ages 8 to adult ($7.99).
Cards in the deck have no fronts, backs, numbers, or suitsjust 11
faces. Players win cards by matching a face showing in a special row of cards
in front of each opponent called the match row. The matcher can
use only the face-down images on cards in their own match row to make a
successful match with face up cards in an opponents match row.
GreenLight builds muscleGreenLight Collectibles
, Indianapolis, introduces
its Muscle Car Garage Series 1, which includes six 1:64 scale model classic
cars from the late '60s and early '70s. The collection includes a
1967 Pontiac GTO Convertible, 1968 Chevy Impala SS, 1969 Mustang Boss 302, 1969
Mustang Boss 429, 1970 Mustang Convertible and a 1971 Chevy Camaro Z28. Each
limited-edition carofficially licensed by General Motors or
Fordis available in two colors.
Magnetic attraction Magneatos is a jumbo magnetic construction toy from Guidecraft
, Englewood, N.J. Similar to sets made for older children, the
large pieces and bright colors of the magnetic balls and rods are designed for
younger builders ages 3 and up. Magneatos are available in 36-, 72-, and
144-piece sets and retail between $30 and $100.
Two by two Gund
, Edison, N.J., debuts Puppet Island finger
puppets. Some 12 different 5-inch puppets come in six boy-girl couples ($6 a
pair). These include turtles, piglets, lions, teddy bears, cows, and frogs.
Girl puppets have fluffy hula skirts with small, sparkly flowers attached to
the right sides and matching flowers on their heads. Boy puppets wear plaid
shirts with embroidered palm trees and coordinating Bermuda shorts.
A real action hero Moms get their own action figure in WorkingMom ($15) from
, Toronto. The latest in the line of 6-inch,
posable everyday superheroes joins characters GeekMan, BossMan,
BossWoman and MoneyMan. WorkingMom comes with 10 accessories, including happy
and frazzled mom heads, baby with changeable moods, purse, cell phone, to-do
list, groceries, work heels and casual shoes.
Hasbros latest mission For 2006, Pawtucket, R.I.-based Hasbro
Joe Sigma 6 line is all about the missions. This latest G.I. Joe product line
lets kids relive the action of 4Kids Entertainments
animated series with versions of
G.I. Joe Sigma 6 Ninja Showdown and G.I. Joe Sigma 6 Dragonhawk.
Hasbro highlights Star Wars in 2006 with a series of Star Wars-themed
Transformers, new Star Wars Basic Figures, Star Wars Unleashed Battle Packs and
Star Wars Electronic Lightsabers.
Speaking of Transformers, for 2006 Hasbro brings the property to the
forefront. The company plans to introduce Transformers Cybertron Primus and six
new figures from the Transformers Cybertron Deluxe Assortment: Cybertron
Defense, Hot Shot, Downshift, Excellion Override GTS, Skywarp and Cannonball.
Transformers Alternators will add Jeep Wrangler/Rollbar, Subaru Impreza and
Dodge Ram SRT-10/Optimus Prime.
The Attacktix Battle Figure line expands in 2006 with new figures based
on the Star Wars saga and the addition of the Transformers property in the
Hasbros Battle B-Daman is a marble-shooting toy that combines
the strategy of trading card games, the skill and competition of sports and the
play pattern of traditional action figures into one. The product line, launched
in 2005, expands in 2006 with new figures, marble shooters and games, including
the B-Daman Target Challenge.
Prompted by the original I-Dog Interactive Music Companion,
Hasbros Tiger Electronics division expands the product line with the
introduction of a new black I-Dog and fashionable I-Dog accessories, including
colorful clothing and stylish bags to take I-Dog on the go. As I-Dog hears
music, its face will light up or its ears and head will wiggle and sway in sync
with the tune; ages 8 and up; $29.99.
Dont miss Hasbros new Titanium Series collectible
die-cast 3-inch Star Wars
vehicles, each featuring
micro-detailing and action features, each with its own display stand. The first
of several waves of 3-inch vehicles released throughout 2006 will be available
in January. Included in Wave 1 are: Speeder Bike, Republic Attack Cruiser,
Clone Turbo Tank and Titanium Limited White TIE Fighter.
Theres nothing worse than running out of ammo in the middle of a
water fight. Now, with the introduction of the Super Soaker Max Infusion System
from Hasbro, youll still be drenching your opponents while
theyre stuck at the hose refilling their blasters. The new system adds
an interchangeable, on-the-go water capacity system for non-stop action. There
are five super blasters to choose from: Max Infusion Overload, Max Infusion
Flash Flood, Max Infusion Arctic Shock, Max Infusion Helix and Max Infusion
Defender. Super Soaker Mt. Tiki-Soki water volcano combines all the wild and
wet action of Super Soaker with the fun of a sprinkler. Super Soaker also
introduces the Oozinator blaster in spring 2006.
Hasbros Playskool brand introduces the following for 2006: Busy
Ball Popper, Weebles Goldilocks Adventure Cottage, Wheel Pals Triple
Track Tower, Mr. Potato Head Parts & Pieces Assortment, Cool Crew Charlie
Coal The Grill and Electronic Shoot 'N Score Basketball.
In 2006, the My Little Pony brand introduces the Crystal Princess theme,
with new ponies and pony playsets. The Twist & Style Petal Parlor playset
gives girls favorite ponies a beautiful, stylish
pony-do, and the Balloon Flying assortment takes My Little Pony
on a high-flying adventure.
Dog charm High IntenCity!
, Fair Lawn, N.J., introduces Charm It
Dog Tagz. The pendants ($7) feature colorful enamel, Swarovski crystal and
dimensional dog icons designed to appeal to tween girls with themes such as
friends, fashion, rainbows, dance, crowns, Hello Kitty
Disney and more. Charm It Dog Tagz are paired with silver or anodized pink,
purple and blue ball-chain necklaces ($2) for mixing and matching.
Attention: young musiciansHohner
, Glen Allen, Va., is offering several new toy
musical instruments for toddlers and preschoolers. For children 12 months and
up, the company offers the Toddler Music Band ($29.99), the Toddler
Glockenspiel ($19.99) and Musical Shapes ($3). Targeting children ages 3 and
up, Hohner also offers another Glockenspiel ($29.99), Hand Drum ($8.99) and
Bandy Bells ($3.99).
Healthy plush From Hosung NY
, Brooklyn, N.Y., comes the
Blowin Wishes Magic Lantern, a plush bear with a lantern that really
lights up and extinguishes ($14.99). Suitable for ages 3 and up, the lantern
activates with a magic wand, and flickers realistically while
the toy plays a lullaby.
Also for ages 3 and up, Hosung introduces Curious Puppy Lost ($19.99), a
plush dog that sits up and lies down, barks, whimpers, sniffs, and gives his
right paw when asked. The toy comes alive when given a pat on the head or
scratch under the chin.
Hosungs miYim organic toys are made and stuffed with certified
organic cotton, grown without pesticides or herbicides, and dyed with natural
plants and minerals to reduce toxicity and allergy levels. The bright-colored,
European-style collection includes Storybook, Puppet Theater, Sleepy Time and
Peaceful Dreams themes.
First steps online Imaginative Minds
, Toronto, is introducing four
software titles ($19.99 each) for use with the Comfy EasyPC, a computer
keyboard designed for toddlers and preschoolers, ages 35. In
, children surf through the Internet,
accompanied by their friends from Comfyland. Animal World
teaches about animals in earth, forest, water and snow environments through
stories, games, creative arts and musical activities.
I Live Here
explores Comfyland, a familiar
neighborhood environment with the main character Comfy and his friends.
Children will visit his home, neighbors, playground and park, and learn to
drive various vehicles. Time Travel
cultures of the past. Children learn about dinosaurs and prehistoric man, visit
Native Americans in their village and enjoy an aliens visit from space
with main character Comfy. World of Colors
children to name colors, compare objects, and match colors to specific objects,
while enhancing observations and visual perception skills through the quest for
Jumpys lost bone.
Back to the gardenInsect Lore
, Shafter, Calif., capitalizes on the hot
trend of youth gardening by rolling out The Backyard Bunch, Tools for Budding
Gardeners. The new line of tools ($4.99$7.99) and tool kits ($19.99)
includes five charactersManny the Mantis, Webster the Spider, Flutter
the Butterfly, Buzzby the Bee and Dot the Ladybugwith child-sized
gardening equipment for each. Aprons, hoes, hand shovels, gloves, kneeling pads
and watering cans are made of durable materials and come in green, yellow, dark
brown and red themes.
Choppers, hot rods race into play Radio-controlled, foam-body indoor helicopter BladeRunner II ($99.99) by
Interactive Toy Concepts
, Toronto, zooms into the
marketplace, followed by another sequel, Boydster II ($129.99), an R/C hot rod
designed by Discovery Channels American Hot Rod
show host Boyd Coddington.
Interactive also brings out the Super B-2 Spirit ($99.99), a foam-body
R/C plane with a 40-inch wingspan based on a design licensed from Northrop
Grumman Systems Corp. The catapult-launched Jack Knife Jets ($14.99) are
gliders that once airborne allow the pilot on the ground to remotely adjust
wing configurations to change flight patterns.
Dolls, dance and dinos In the Earlyears line of developmental infant toys, Parsippany,
N.J.-based International Playthings Inc.
, a subsidiary of
Grand Toys Intl. Inc., debuts the Baby Dino Rocker ($99.99) and Lacing Beads.
The rocker features a padded, plush dinosaur body with several textures to
explore and a bell in its tail. Anti-tip, hardwood construction comes complete
with safety handles and foot rests, for children 12 months and up. Lacing Beads
($19.99) develop motor skills and hand-eye coordination for children 18 months
Also, iPlay Outdoor sand and water table ($69.99) breaks down into small
stacking pieces for storage. It includes a snap-tight cover with recessed
roadway for vehicle play, and comes with 10 accessories, including scoop, rake,
shovel and spinning mills; for children 18 months and up. iPlay Games
introductions include Bob the Builder in an action game called Tumbling Bob
($19.99). The player that can get all her paint cans to the top without
knocking Bob over wins; for two to four players, ages 4 and up. In another new
game, Jewel of Truth ($24.99), the magical crystal points to a
players colored jewel. This player reveals a secret like or dislike,
while others guess what they will say. If the answers match, players earn
fortune cards. The first to collect five different cards wins; for two to four
players, ages 8 and up.
Calico Critters of Cloverleaf Corners introduces a Baby Play House
($59.99). The bedroom and kitchen come with more than 20 furniture pieces and
accessories. A hot air balloon goes up and down and a windmill rotates, turning
the ceiling mobile inside as well. Other rooms can be added, such as the Baby
Bathroom ($14.99); for ages 3 and up.
Star Party by Smoby lighted dance mat, Dancer Duo Lights ($54.99.),
separates into two parts so a friend can play along. With four built-in
melodies and 11 sounds, girls can either dance to a melody and add different
lights and sound effects, or play a follow the lights game. The mat can be
connected to a stereo or microphone for children 5 and up.
Finally, Gtz dolls is introducing a 13-inch, ethnic, soft-bodied
Muffin doll ($29.99), and a new outfit on the 18-inch Precious Day Girl
Elisabeth ($59.99). Both are machine washable, and for children 3 and up.
Classic cars updatedJada Toys
, City of Industry, Calif., offers the
D-Rod line of classic Ford cars, with custom interiors,
engines, flames and graphic paint jobs to contemporary taste. D-Rods include
31, 34, and 47 Fords in 1:24 scale ($11.99); and
31, 32, 34, 40, and 47 Fords, as well
as a 37 Ford Pickup in 1:64 scale ($2.99). Jada is also promoting its
new 1:18 scale 2006 Dodge Magnum die-cast and 1:6 scale RC, plus a new
character and vehicle line, Chub City.
Beyond the mat Jakks Pacific
, Malibu, Calif., offers a variety of
new TV Games for ages 5 and up ($19.99 each).
SpongeBob SquarePants 2: The Fry Cook
features nine games from Dessert Highboard diving to Grill Skating, a
beat-catching game. In Power Rangers
TV Games, five
episodic games are tied together by an original storyline in which the Power
Rangers must stop the Evil Ruler, General Grumm, and his Krybots. Each one
includes a fighting, driving, and side-scrolling giant robot battle.
TV Games offers new mystery games from driving
to side-scrolling platform challenges featuring Shaggy, Fred and Daphne.
In Disney 2 TV Games, Donald Duck, Goofy and Minnie Mouse are featured
in side-scrolling action, top down driving, puzzle-based games and more.
Jakks also introduces new WWE action figures ($9.99). Kids ages 8 and up
can play out finishing moves in Deluxe Aggression, and each comes with a
feature accessory item, such as a chair that shows a facial expression when
blasted over another figures head. The Classic
Superstars assortment shows famous wrestlers of the 70s, 80s,
and 90s as they looked in their heyday. Each Classic Superstar figure
will contain one WrestleMania ticket from the past 22 WrestleMania events. Once
fans collect all 22 tickets, they can turn them in for an exclusive Classic
Superstar action figure.
Jakks American Kennel Club pet line features plush, treats and
apparel for dogs. The Cat Fanciers Association pet line features toys,
collars, harnesses, leashes, beds, carriers, apparel, food and treats for cats.
Jakks Preschool Puppies focuses on puppys developmental needs.
The dog toy assortment includes Wobble Ball, Plush Newspaper, Rubber Hydrant,
Teether Pacifier, Plush Bone Rattle and Teething Ring. Deluxe assortment
includes Buck-wheat Soother, Toothbrush Shaped Chew Toy, Ticking Pillow,
Hide-A-Treat, and Chilly Bone. Preschool Puppies also features activity
blankets, apparel, critter plush, and beds. Finally, Hamster World introduces
licensed hamster living environments, including include Marvel and DC
Potty training fun Toilet Buddies
, from Jeckida, Staten Island, N.Y.,
are designed to help create an early awareness of the toilet bowl, reduce fear
and anxiety and make toilet training a fun and positive experience. Gatago
Giraffe, Poo P. Bunny, Puddles Puppy and Ca Ca Cow all easily adhere with
Velcro-style fasteners onto a standard toilet bowl and are safe, non-toxic and
simple to clean. Each characters friendly head is displayed on the
toilets tank, and when the toilet lid is lifted, the animals
face appears with its eyes closedfor privacy, of course. In addition,
the animals feet and other features adorn the rest of the toilet;
retail price, $19.99.
What a joy! U.K.-based Joy Toys
is joining forces with
American-based Top Shelf Holdings for a product re-launch under the brand name
Heritage Playsets. New products from the Yorkshire,
England-based company will include a deluxe castle with underground dungeon and
a wildlife park complete with realistic animals.
Elf help Kthe Kruse Puppen GmbH/Europlay Corp.
N.Y., offers several new friends for children.
Strawberry Elf wears a red felt top and cotton skirt in a strawberry
print. On her arm, she carries a magic strawberry. Her hair is made of natural
fur. Elf Boy is dressed in a green felt vest, green cotton shirt and trousers,
and a green striped cap with a wishing star. He also has white wings, and his
red hair is made of mohair. The elves 7-inch bodies are stuffed with
100 percent sheeps wool, and covered with cotton stockinet. Both are
for children 3 years and up and retail for $33.80.
Also from Kthe Kruse is a Beanbag Unicorn ($24.90) for children 3
years and up. A vinyl doll, Nicky ($98) is dressed in a romper suit with a bear
head print, a cap and a white shirt trimmed with pink-checkered fabric. With a
movable head and hand-painted face, Nicky stands 13-inches tall and is
Kids galaxy Morphibian Cobra ($25) rears its fang-bearing head from Kid
, Manchester, N.H. The radio-controlled, snake-themed vehicle
rolls in mud and sand and floats in water.
Also from Kid Galaxy, the Pixelator Strategy Game ($30) is a board game
that works via an electronic eye that responds to game cards, and lets children
ages 6 and up design strategies and defenses.
The radio-controlled DRV (Detachable Recreational Vehicle) Truck and
Snowmobile ($40) easily maneuver through the snowiest conditions.
, Palo Alto, Calif., adds six titles to
its Chicken Socks line for 4- to 6-year-olds. Clothespin
Cuties ($9.95), Crayon Rubbings ($9.95), Magic
Painting ($12.95), Penny Games ($19.95), Pop
Bead People ($12.95) and Super Scissors Book ($12.95)
continue the Klutz tradition of books that develop curiosity and creativity
among young readers. Klutz is also adding titles to its 100% Klutz Certified
line of books for ages 7 to 14: Its All About Me
($14.95), a collection of personality quizzes; Paper Fashions
($19.95), do-it-yourself stationery outfits; and Ribbon Purses
($14.95), which let girls 9 and up create tiny purses from ribbon and
Chop chop! Knex Industries
, Hatfield, Pa., teams up
with custom motorcycle maker Orange County Choppers of American Choppers
to offer a line of officially
licensed building sets for ages 8 and up. Paul Sr.s After-Burner Bike
represents classic design from the 1970s. The bright red set comes with stretch
handlebars, chrome accents, a personalized paint job and a working headlight.
Paulies All-Star Bike has a red, white and blue star motif and comes
with custom rims, tire fenders, tank and a working headlight ($19.99).
Knex also introduces smaller versions of OCCs choppers, this
time in the form of 1:10 scale collectible, custom, multi-color bikes. New
models include the blue Raptor Bike, the red T-Rex Bike, the green Serpent Bike
and the purple Dragon Bike ($9.99 each).
For those who prefer freewheeling fun, Knex also adds magnetic
pieces to their 14- and 20-inch model-building sets to help kids create a wide
variety of vehicles, including cars, airplanes with spinning propellers, and
cranes with magnetized pick-up action, or to make their own designs. Both come
with four magnets and three metal balls. The sets are for ages 6 to 12 and
retail for $12.99$19.99.
The power of knowledgeKidz Delight
, Westchester, Ill., introduces The
Learning Library ($129.99), an electronic encyclopedia for kids ages 5 to 10.
The Learning Library includes five CDs with hours of audio and 40 plastic cards
on topics including the human body, nature and animals, the modern world,
Earth, the universe and history. Children can test their knowledge with more
than 40 games.
Learn a languageLanguage Littles
, New York, previously launched a
series of cloth dolls introducing foreign language to kids ages 3 and up using
interactive voices. Now, Teach-A-Tot cloth dolls, a brand extension of Language
Littles, encourages kids to tie their shoes, comb their hair, blow their nose,
go potty, etc. Each doll speaks the phrase, I can do it myself,
to engage their owner to try it. The Teach-A-Tot brand is expanding into other
toys and games for toddlers, including a book, building blocks, a car and
Lauri builds up Lauri Toys
, Smethport, Pa., introduces the Tall
Stacker Peg Building Set for children ages 3 and up. The set retails for $39.95
and is designed to expand the learning experience obtained from its Tall
Stacker Pegs & Pegboard, and take it to the next level. The 3-D stacking
set teaches children to think ahead as they plan where they will set the Tall
Stacker Pegs to build the next platform, as well as teaching shapes, sizes and
Remember memoryLearning Resources
, Vernon Hills, Ill., features in
its Safari Smart line the Alphabet Fun Frog, Count-n-Stack Giraffe and Shape
Sorter Gator for ages 3 and up.
New to the companys Smart Splash line are Memory Match Clams,
Match & Hook Fish, and Letter Link Crabs for ages 2 and up.
Additions to Learning Resources Pretend & Play line include
Pretend & Play Office, Pretend & Play Snack Shop and Pretend & Play
Healthy Snacks Foods Set for ages 3 and up.
The ABC Chalk Talk Electronic Learning Chalkboard is an interactive mat
that features more than 30 touch sensors to teach the alphabet, phonics,
numbers, colors and more for ages 3 and up.
Finally, the Flower Foam Floor Puzzle, designed for ages 5 and up,
teaches kids the parts of a plant.
Building up preschoolLego
, Enfield, Conn., expands its Lego Quatro line
with My First Quatro Set and My First Quatro figure sets for 2006.
Specially designed for a preschoolers small hands are Duplo
Strata and Build Your Own Lego Duplo Zoo. Lego Duplo Legoville includes 13 new
entries. Lego Duplo wades deeper into licensed characters with two new Lego
Duplo Bob the Builder sets and two new Lego Duplo Thomas & Friends sets.
For older kids, Lego Creator Classics gets a new twist in 2006 with sets
designed to create cars, homes, buildings and more.
New storylines drive this years collection of constructible
action figures and environments in the Bionicle series.
Legos Batman products feature constructible playsets with a
strong vehicle focus, cool functionality, gadgets and a library of collectible
Levels of discoveryLevels of Discovery
, Deerfield, Ill., is introducing
five items in 2006. These introductions include: A Star Is Born vanity table
and chair set, A Star Is Born fainting couch/toy box, Artists Rocker,
Artists Easel and Walk a Buddies princess coach. Retail prices range
On track with Lionel At Toy Fair 2006, Lionel
, Chesterfield, Mich., will
unveil a collection of ready-to-run train sets designed for the mass market,
including the following highlights: Lionel Express G-Gauge Christmas Train, a
Polar Express Train Set, a Toy Lionel Express Run-In-Place Train Display and a
NASCAR Train Set, based on the racing league.
Theres a puppet in my book!Lisa LeLeu
, Doylestown, Pa., has a puppet-in-a-book
series designed to teach and inspire children to write, illustrate and act out
their own stories. New to the series are Diggity the Dog Gift Set and Percilla
the Gorilla Gift Set. Both sets include a puppet show book with a removable
hand puppet, a storybook and a story starter book. Both books are recommend for
ages 3 and up and retail for $16.99 each.
Bubbles and bubbles and Mouths will open wide when kids see bubbles streaming from the new
Bubble Blowin Beasts, kid-powered mechanical bubble toys that require
no batteries to make mouthfuls of bubbles. Simply squeeze the bottle of bubbles
to fill up the mouth of the dinosaur or gorilla, and flip open the
beasts mouth to send bubbles soaring.
Also new is the Super Scoop Bubble Wand which uses gravity to transport
bubble liquid to the bubble wand, so you can blow lots of bubbles without
re-dipping. The new U.F.O. Bubble Launcher features four wands that lift off to
send hundreds of bubbles into the atmosphere.
, Providence, R.I., also enters the
science toy category in 2006 with Big Bad Boomin Bugs Big Bad
Boomin Bugs Electronic Observation Station, which allows kids to watch
and listen to different sounds bugs make.
Classical music for baby Lovely Baby
, Bellmore, N.Y., brings the music of
Dutch composer Raimond Lap to the U.S. market with an original music series
suitable for prenatal infants as well as children up to 3 years old.
With the exception of Lovely Baby &
, this all-instrumental CD music collection contains only baby,
toy and nature sounds.
Titles in the series include Lovely Baby
, Lovely Baby Beethoven
Lovely Baby Bach
Slumber time Lucon Kids
, Brentwood, Calif., focuses on
todays on-the-go family with products that can go whenever and
wherever. New products for 2006 include: 42-inch Giant Turtle Beanbag Chair
($240) and 36-inch Giant Duck Beanbag Chair ($199). Both oversized characters
are made of plush and stuffed with a child-safe beanbag filling. Bags are
kid-sized and durable enough for sitting, lounging, playing or simply hugging.
Also new are two Jammy Pillows: 18-inch Turtle Pajama Pillow and 15-inch Duck
Pajama Pillow. Jammy Pillows ($24.95) have hidden zipper compartments for
packing pajamas, toothbrushes and other overnight essentials.
Follow in their footsteps From Lyons Tales
, Chicago, Flip n Flop
Adventures ($22.99) are wearable flip-flops with secret compartments that
include a storybook. Each book is printed on durable, water-resistant paper and
slides into a plastic sleeve slipped into the sole of one of the flip-flops.
Each tale reveals two characters or events, with two points of view; each
flip-flop represents one character. For ages 48, Flip n Flop
Adventures are available in three sizes: 9/10, 11/12 and 13/1.
Pop art Made By Hands
, Chicago, introduces five new art
activity kits, Pop-Outs, so kids can create easily and independently without an
adults help. The kits cardboard cases come complete with a
handle, making the kits portable for traveling or just moving from room to
room. New kits include Make-Your-Own Masterpieces, Make ItTrade It,
Sports Cards, Go Figure Crazzzzy Critters, Go Figure Silly Bodies and Go Figure
Way to Go.
Making music Two CD gift sets look to expose young listeners to a classic book and a
beloved poem, Mike Mulligan and His Steam
and Casey at the Bat
The Mike Mulligan
gift set by
Magic Maestro Music
, Washington, features a Stories in Music
CD with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the original Virginia Lee Burton
book. The Stories in Music version of Casey at the
includes a full-color poster. Both sets have a full-color
program book with information and activities.
Play on wordsMagnetic Poetry
, Minneapolis, introduces the Kids
Word Stamp Kit containing 85 magnetized rubber stamps with kid-friendly words
to make customized birthday invitations, thank-you cards, gift tags and other
stationery items. GO Games is designed to go where you go; magnetized game
pieces and game boards make sure all of the pieces stay put. Word Play Board
allows kids of all ages to create phrases, poetry and messages on a colorful
round metal play board and stand.
Pixie perfect Minneapolis-based Manhattan Toy
Trixieville line of posable fashion dolls. Zayla, Elonia and Avena are the best
of Pixie friends. These fantasy-based dolls give girls ages 6to 12 lots
of opportunities to discover spirited adventures in-person and online. The
dolls have brushable, rooted hair, removable magnetic wings, detailed clothes
and accessories, plus posable arms and legs. Each has her own personality,
interests and talents ($19.99). Coordinated outfits, accessories and
furnishings are also available.
Spell it out Trying to spell a word when you dont have the right letters can
be frustrating for a little tyke, but Chatterblocks
Landmark, Middlebury, Vt., makes sure that doesnt happen with multiples
of popular letters. The 16-piece antique-style pine block set has a distressed
white finish with letters printed in brown for a nostalgic look. Playroom cubes
are made of maple with a clear finish and letters printed in red, blue and
green. The large, vintage blocks retail for $64; smaller room decor blocks are
Creative kids can make a train, tugboat or truck with Made by Me kits.
The pine vehicles are 4 inches long, and can be decorated after the hammering
and gluing is complete. Made by Me kits also come as party packs for the
specialty toy market.
is a new family/party game from Santa
Monica, Calif.-based MarBan Industries. Two teams race to build a structure
with building blocks, but only their foremen get to see the
blueprint. Good verbal communication is the key to winning. Its
designed for ages 10 to adult ($29.95).
Also new for 2006, Sentence Says Dice Edition ($14.95) is designed for
play at home or on the road. Competitors take turns racing against a timer to
create a sentence from the letters shown on the dice.
Osmond family growsMarie Osmond Dolls
, Lake Forest, Calif., introduces
its new Katie Sue doll by designer Lisa Hatch. The 13-inch porcelain doll
retails for $149.95. Katie Sue is a hand-numbered, collectible doll, hallmarked
on the back of her neck with Maries signature.
Shower songs Sing in the soapsuds with the American Idol Shower Radio by
Mark Feldstein & Associates Inc.
, Maumee, Ohio. Pretend
youre the next sensation while singing along with the AM/FM,
water-resistant radio that has realistic microphone styling. The American Idol
Shower Radio is $9.95 and targeted to all wannabe singing stars ages 8 and
Edible entertainment If you thought marshmallows were just for hot cocoa, campfire roasting
and making smores, think again. The latest line of edible entertainment from
the Marshmallow Fun Company
, Tallahassee, Fla., includes the
Marshmallow Shooter, intended for children ages 8 and older. It is uniquely
engineered to propel 25 mini marshmallows or special soft-foam pellets more
than 30 feet. For added safety, the Marshmallow Shooter will not shoot hard
objects like sticks or rocks ($24.95).
In touch with baby Mary Meyer
, Townshend, Vt., presents licensed Taggies
rattles, teethers, wigglers, activity toys, soft toys, a wind-up musical toy,
sleepy fleeces and soft toys with blankets. Based on the idea that kids and
babies love to rub satin edges, clothing labels and tags, every looped ribbon
tag looks or feels different and is both tactile and visually stimulating.
There are 17 new Taggies toys presented by Mary Meyer Baby. Each piece in the
collection is infant safe and can be cleaned in the washing machine. The Soft
Lion and Soft Giraffe retail for $20.
, El Segundo, Calif., debuts toys, games and
electronics that tie in with movie premieres and highlight classic cartoon
characters and brands under its many banners.
Traditional games get a boost with the Kryptonite Crisis 3-D board
game, based on the upcoming Superman
. It depicts the films climatic scenes in the battle
against Lex Luther. The $19.99 game is available in May, joining Maters
Rollin Bowlin Game, Later Mater Game and Tractor Tipping board
games, based on the CARS
Disney/Pixar movie opening in June.
character cars, track sets and
playsets feature Mater the Tow Truck and pals Lightning McQueen, Sally and Doc
Hudson. A CARS Dirt Track Racing Track Set is modeled after a scene in the
movie. A flip of a switch is all thats needed to make the CARS Make Me
Laugh Mater large-scale plush toy chuckle ($24.99); Toss and Talk plush also
make a spring debut.
When Ice Age 2The Meltdown
hits theaters in March, Mattel will warm up plush and figure assortments for
preschoolers and The Meltdown Playset ($19.99) with spring-loaded, pull-back
motor and Ice Slider Vehicle. The Ice Age 2 Mammal Crossing board game will
also be available for $14.99.
Batman gets his due with a basic line of 35 figures, including Riddler,
Catwoman and Mr. Freeze, along with a host of Batman-inspired vehicles. New DC
Heroes figures feature Supergirl, The Flash and Wonder Woman. Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
monsters get their day in a Zip Attack assortment that moves them into battle.
Figures ($9.99) include E-Hero Wildman, Terror King Archfield and Swordman of
Princesses from classic Disney films will be offered as dolls adorned
with the glitter and pageantry of their cinematic counterparts, right down to
Mary Poppins white dress and Belles signature gown from
Beauty and the Beast
Disney Glitter Precious Princess dolls shimmer and shine in their
finery, and with the Disney Glitter Precious Princess Sparkle Bags, kids can be
Cinderella, Belle or Ariel, with outfits and accessories stored in a clear
plastic tote bag ($9.99). Mattel Entertainment brings a direct-to-video
animated movie, Barbie Fairytopia Mermaidia
to stores next month. The DVD and VHS versions are $19.99. Elina, Merfairies
and Seabutterfly dolls swim into retail as well.
Barbie & Me, a 15-inch soft Barbie, is easy for little fingers to
dress and accessorize ($19.99). A Barbie & Me Ballet Slipper Take-along Bag
is shaped like a ballet slipper with room to store clothes inside.
Barbies Fashion Fever is growing with numerous dolls and accessories,
including a room accents assortment.
This spring Barbie grows up and appears as a high school sophomore in
the Barbie Diaries
DVD ($19.99), a
CGI-animated movie that is the first Barbie Entertainment title to launch on
Universal Media Disc, compatible with Portable Sony PlayStation.
Mattel Brands has created the Furryville Town Collection for its posable
plush animals, with buildings like the Beauty Paw-Lour and Hoggin the Aisles
supermarket ($14.99). The stars of Cartoon Networks
Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi
animated series hit the
big time with Rock Out and Little Rockers dolls and cats, along with Tekirai
and Jang Keng mini plush for elementary school-age fans.
Techies have their day with Pixel Chix virtual homes that can be
connected for 3-D play. The more activity within the loft, cottage or mansion,
the wider the virtual world expands and, conversely, if a Pixel Chix is
neglected, her possessions diminish, cobwebs form and the 2-D
girl leaves the residence. A Pixel Chix mini car also debuts
this spring ($16.99).
Polly Pocket gets a spring pick-me-up with new dolls, playsets and
vehicles, along with the Stickin 2 Style Magnetic Polly for the wall
and the Polly Pocket Bubble-Tastic Lamp.
Put the pedal to the metal with Hot Wheels R/C sports cars and 6V trucks
for young racers. The Ford SVT Lightning, Chevy Colorado, Jeep Gladiator and
Chevy Avalanche require six AA batteries ($24.99), plus two more for the
transmitter. Hot Wheels R/C Dropstars are 1:16 scale models of their real-life
counterparts, including the Saleen S7 and Mercedes-Benz SLR, and feature
full-function driving, 6-volt power and light-up interiors and rim lights
($29.99). The Hot Wheels R/C Honda Mini Cycle and Monster Jam assortments will
round out the line.
Learning tools Memo-Lingo Activity Kits ($26.99) are games created by teacher Bob
McDuff. From McWiz
, Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, The Little
Apprentice teaches kids ages 3 to 7 to recognize animals and their young, food
and its origins, and opposites through memory and association games. The game
includes modeling dough and teaches basic vocabulary in English, French and
Spanish. The Early Scholar, for ages 4 to 8, helps kids learn the alphabet,
math, shapes and colors. This game includes a blackboard, chalk and an eraser.
Both games include activity book and audio CD.
Bloks keep building Montreal-based Mega Bloks
has a new lineup of
products for 2006 featuring low-tech building platforms for preschoolers and
epic fantasy worlds for children ages 5 and up. Theyll launch the
Magnetix Jr. brand for preschoolers and the licensed Caterpillar line for
creating life-like trucks. Rescue Tech offers a buildable action figure system,
with each assortment packaged with an animated disc in which Rescue Tech action
figures save lives and complete rescue missions.
The new Mega Bloks wood line combines the classic appeal of natural
wooden blocks with the proven versatility of a plastic block system.
Dragons, Mega Bloks largest theme brand, celebrates its 5th
anniversary with a new storyline, new play features such as Dragons DNA and a
new construction system, Modu-Lock.
Mega Bloks popular Pyrates line offers the Privateers versus the
Sea Marauders in an 18th century ocean adventure. Pirate fans also will be able
to play out scenes from the film Pirates of The
Caribbean: Dead Mans Chest
Mega Bloks also offers a Marvel line for all ages. New introductions
include the collectible Marvel Comic Book Play Sets that interconnect to
complete a comic book adventure.
Take flight FanTail Flyer 2-Channel Radio Control Airplane ($127),
, North Bergen, N.J., features a
27-inch wingspan and a folding propeller for extended flight duration.
Its tail rotor system ensures left and right turns and requires eight AA
batteries. The design is suitable for first-time flyers ages 10 to adult.
Also for ages 10 and up, Megatech adds the 15-inch Hopper-Fly Radio
Control Helicopter with lights ($127). The fully assembled indoor/outdoor
copter is ready to fly right out of the box and features a self-stabilizing,
weighted fly-bar and navigational lights and is available on two frequencies
for flying together. The copter requires eight C batteries and one 9V
For ages 8 and up, the 3-foot Radio Control Party Blimp ($150) carries a
personalized message in light and sound, with eight light and music
combinations. A transmitter with 300-foot range propels the triple-fan gondola
forward, backward, up, down, right, and left. Helium is required.
In your face tricks New 13- by 18-inch Halloween VividVision posters ($4.99) will debut
from Mello Smello
, Minneapolis. In the Ghost image, 3-D
lenticular technology makes candy appear to float in the air, and bats fly in
the background. In the Graveyard poster, headstones seem to have layers of
depth, and bats come flying toward viewers.
Old stories, new format My Turn Your Turn Storybooks ($3.99) offer a new format for pre-readers
ages 4 to 7 and parents to read together. Each spread contains a parent page
followed by a child page. Kids pages are designed to build basic
literary skills through memory, rhyme, and repetition. Parent pages contain the
bulk of the storyline, with longer, more challenging sentences. Titles include
Goldilocks and the Three Bears
The Three Little Pigs
The Little Red Hen
coming in fall from
, Des Moines, Iowa.
Bratz embrace the sporting lifeMGA Entertainment
, Van Nuys, Calif., will introduce
new choices in the game and doll category.
Big Fish Lil Fish is a fast-paced card game in which kids and
adults take turns using their big fish to eat little fish. The first person to
lose all their cards wins.
Insane Darts puts a new twist on the classic dart game by adding a
moving target board and interchangeable scorecards, giving more than 12 dart
games in one.
The Bratz dolls popular little sisters and brothers, the Bratz
Babyz, expand with three new dolls, now with real hair to
style. The Bratz themselves get sporty in '06 with the Bratz Play Sportz
Teamz, featuring two Bratz per package, each playing for a different team. Also
included is a sports-appropriate accessory, such as a net for the tennis
players and a hoop for the basketballerz.
Lets Pretend Pretendables, by M.O.G. Kids
, New York, is an
educational product that uses books, CD-ROMs, costumes and toys to introduce
children to a wide variety of jobs and careers in six diverse categories. In
2006, theyll add the Make Believe series to their line. Little girls
now have the chance to enjoy creative role-play with noble characters and get a
real feel for the royal lifestyle with the Pretendables book playset for Pattie
& Paula Princess. Available at boutiques nationwide, online and at national
book and toy retail stores, the Pretendables Princess playset retails for
Slap it down Morning Star Games
, Santa Monica, Calif., the creator
of Truth or Fib, aka Youre Pulling My Leg, introduces Slap Happy!
Slap Happy! is a fast-paced card game where players race to be the first
to complete colorful shapes. When players finish shapes with their cards, they
grab them off the table to win the points. You must be quick or another player
can stop you from completing a shape with a block card. The player who gets the
biggest score at the end of the game wins. Slap Happy!, for two to six players
ages 7adult, retails for $12.99 in a lunch box tin or $9.99 in a box.
, New York, teaches children basic learning
skills with its new, two-piece puzzles. Natures Alphabet, Counting
Nature, Animal Opposites and Color Kingdom introduce how two things go together
in a simple format.
For twice as much fun, there are also simple four-piece puzzles. Product
choices include Dinosaurs, Bugs, Construction and Zoo Babies.
The Fairy Tale Theatre has everything needed to put on a show: sets,
costumes, props and actors. Produce your own version of The Little Mermaid
and the Beast
, travel back in time to Ancient Egypt, wrangle a
dinosaur or travel the globe.
My Travel Journal is packed with colorful illustrations and dozens of
activities for kids to do before, during and after a trip.
Simply 'sensation-al Soothing sounds of nature take center stage with The Nature Sensations
line of infant toys by RC2 Corporation
, Stoughton, Mass. The
First Years brand introduces Nature Sensations Whirly Twirly Rattle, Stacking
Turtle Shell Surprise, Taggity Snail Rattle, Push Along Turtle, Bumble Bee
Wiggles and Baby Bumble Bee Musical Rattle. Nature Sensations toys retail from
Real softiesThe Very Hungry Caterpillar
storybook gets an interactive plush toy that features 10 secret toy food
objects for babies to find, from Neurosmith
, Long Beach,
Calif. Newborns can also check out the plush Side Twinkle Time Melody Play Mat
with removable plush figures that hang on an arch. The $75 mat has a number of
activities and flashing lights.
Preschoolers can buzz along with the Busy Bee Storyteller. It has three
hatscowboy, fireman and clownthat tell a different story in
character voice when the hat is placed on the storytelling bees head
($24.99). Together Tunes Sing-Along Book has padded pages with the following
favorites: Five Little Monkeys, The Wheels on the
Bus, Old MacDonald, The Eensy Weensy
Spider and The ABC Song.
Ryans Room Dollhouse gets a welcome addition, the Splashing Good
Time Spa, with realistic Jacuzzi interior look ($19.99).
Robots lead Erector back to market Radio-controlled vehicle manufacturer Nikko
Texas, will be distributing Erector in 2006. The new Interactive Robot from the
Erector Speedplay series is not only compatible with classic Erector, but also
is computer-interactive, with an electronic module and USB cable.
Nikko also adds an ATV to its Build and Play series, and bulks up its
core R/C lines with a new Kawasaki Motorcycle and a series of the latest muscle
cars with chrome backlit engines shining through clear, glass-like hoods.
Knit and sew NKOK
, City of Industry, Calif., introduces the Singer
Knitting Machine, the round knitting machine with hand crank and the Singer
Lockstitch Sewing Machine with Activity Set.
The Lockstitch Sewing Machine comes with pre-cut fabrics, storage case,
power adaptor and activity book.
In the remote control car division, introductions include the My First
Dodge Magnum RT, a 1:10-scale replica with cartooned styling and chrome spinner
wheels. The cars controller features sound effects, voice samples and
High Rollerz Rockin School Bus is also new. It is battery-operated and
14 inches long with cartooned styling and counter-spinning spinner wheels. Push
the icon function buttons on top for sound, music, voice, lights, forward and
Summertime fun Nomaco
, Zebulon, N.C., is known for its foam toys and
flotation foam for kids and adults. New for 2006, Nomacos Flip Flop
Float and Boodle Hammock add fun to pool activities.
Measuring 32 inches by 14 inches wide, the Flip Flop
Float is for children ages 511 and is available in three color
Nomacos Boodle Hammock offers a tote-able pool
hammock that needs no inflation. Held afloat by a comfortable foam head rest
and leg support, the durable mesh hammock rolls up for easy transport and
Bear in mind North American Bear
, Chicago, is introducing a number
of fashion-focused pieces this spring.
Look for plush tote bags and backpacks featuring butterflies, ladybugs
and frogs; $25 each. For tweens, the company offers cell phone bags ($7.50) and
coin purses ($6).
The company is offering a new line for Easter, including Little Spring
Thingsplush animals like chicks, ducks and bunnies that are available
in two sizes, ranging from $6$10. Also look for Hopwood Bunnies in
three sizes, ranging from $10$45; and Baby Bunny Cozies for $7
Targeting tiny dancers, the company introduces a ballerina doll ($25)
that comes complete with outfits to take her from practice in the studio
through to the big recital. Also added this year is the Fancy Prancy Dancer
Ballerina Backpack ($25) for girls age 3 and up to carry all their dance class
Its a horse race Northern Game Co.
, Alberta, Canada, introduces four
new games for 2006.
The Deluxe Wooden Horse Races lets you have a fun day at the track
without leaving home. It features a wooden game board and horses.
Moonshot Euchre is the ultimate version of the game of
Euchre, the company claims.
Raising Cattle is a family game that highlights the obstacles ranchers
and farm families deal with on a daily basis. Roll the dice and move your way
around the board, but be sure to watch out for cow pies.
Syncrohearts is an adult-audience game about love for just you and your
partner. Each time you play youll learn something new about each
Action! Curious George Omnicor Inc.
, Phoenix, Ariz., introduces three
Curious George activity books for preschoolers. The first features Curious
George at school; the second book takes him to the circus; and the third to a
party. Books are packaged with Wikki Stix, wax and yarn toys that stick to each
other and almost any smooth surface just by pressing with a finger.
Laptop learning Faster than a speeding bullet is the time it takes to open the Superman
Super Laptop by Oregon Scientific Youth
, Tualatin, Ore. The
motion-activated lid requires just a pass of the hand to open 60 math, memory,
logic and spelling activities in this bilingual electronic toy. Superman Super
Laptop is for ages 5 and up, and retails for $59.99. A more fashionable laptop
can be found with the Barbie B-Book, with the same program features as its
Superman counterpart, but more pizzazz thanks to a fabric exterior.
Sports enthusiasts can record their most amazing feats with the ATC 1000
and even edit out those less impressive moves or put multiple action segments
together. Home videos can be e-mailed as still shots or streamlined video
Web of intrigue Dont get caught in The Spiders Web, a board game by
, San Diego. A single player (the spider) works
to get other players (fireflies) back to the center of the boardthe
webas they try to land on twigs that serve as safe havens. It just
takes one firefly escapee to have them all win the game. But the spider has
some tricks up his web. The Spiders Web retails for $14.95.
Picture this Kids can now get in on the action by playing Squint Junior, based on
the adult-level game by Out of the Box
, Madison, Wis. By
using transparent cards with shapes imprinted, players 8 years and up can build
pictures and have other players guess what the picture is before time runs out.
Squint Junior is available at specialty toy and gift retailers for $16.99.
Game time A bounty of gems is at stake, and with just a smidgeon of the treasure
map at their fingertips, young marooned buccaneers must use strategy to play
Skullduggery: A Swashbuckling Pirate Adventure! by Outset
, Victoria, Canada.
More challenges abound with The All American Trivia Board Game with
2,000 questions in geography, history, arts and general knowledge. For teens
and older players, it retails for $29.99, as does a junior edition with more
than 1,000 questions. Three new versions of Professor Noggins card
games, History of the United States, Geography of the United States and
Explorers, provide factual information gleaned through short-answer, true/false
and multiple choice questions. Two levels of difficulty are available each game
Some crafty combos By putting together two favorite pastimesconstruction and
, Sun Valley, Calif., offers
ChalkTracker chalk and monster trucks for kids to draw on outside surfaces
while the truck follows the chalk line using optical sensors.
In another combo, Foamstruction kits have more than 500 reusable foam
pieces in flat sheets, as well as confetti and molded shapes that can be
moistened and stuck together to construct myriad craft toys. The 3-D Digi-Draw
uses a dimensional lite like its Digi-Draw counterpart to cast
shadows and surface details that kids can trace as three-dimensional objects.
The set comes with an adjustable platform and three colored pencils.
The HoverRocket contains two soft, 30-inch rockets and four colorful
targets with varying point values that can be launched indoors or outdoors. The
HoverMissile is also soft and flexible and can fly more than 50 feet. Two
missiles are included in each package.
Puzzling monkeys Monkey Magnet Puzzle Box ($10) from Pamela Drake
, Berkeley, Calif., includes up to 127 magnetic foam pieces,
templates, picture guides and a carrying case, so kids ages 4 and up can create
six puzzles depicting dinosaurs, vehicles, farm shapes, ocean friends, the
jungle and robots.
Caption crazyPatch Products
, Beloit, Wis., introduces
BubbleBrain, Its the Thought That Counts, which lets players add
original captions to their own pictures or the silly photos provided, and
opponents have to guess which player wrote which caption. For ages 10 and
In the verbal board game Blibber Blabber, players try to guess what
other players are saying as they recite cluesbut they must change the
first letter of each word. The tween-targeted DareDevil, the Devilishly Daring
Party Game, lets players retrieve game chips from a plush toy and perform the
stunts written on the chips.
Patch Products was also recently granted rights to produce The
You Might be a Redneck If Game for up to four players ages 16
Fun for a song New Chantilly Lane musical plush toys ($24.95) from PBC
, Oxnard, Calif., are offered in eight new designs.
Al Fredo and Auntie Pasta are Italian chefs that sing Dean Martins
Thats Amore, Chloe sings Bobby Vintons
Roses are Red, Bobbie performs Richard Marxs
Right Here Waiting, animated Olivia croons
Youre the One That I Want from the movie
, Pajama Party Bears sing Roy
Orbisons Sweet Dreams, Baby, and the Love Bug Bears
perform George Straits The Love Bug.
Products for posterity The population of Peaceable Kingdom
Calif., grows this year with new products in the gift line.
Lock & Key Diaries ($9.95) let young girls lock up their writings,
Photo Memory Books ($9.95) provide space for handwritten messages, and Gift
Bags ($3.95) combine gift cards with laminated gift bags. Sticker Birthday
Cards ($3.95) provide a dozen stickers and an envelope that the young recipient
can use to create different themed scenes. The line of Sock Monkey stationery
products based on the photographs of artist Dee Linder include cards
($2.25$2.50), gift enclosures (75), mini journals ($5.95),
journals ($7.95) and portfolio of notes ($7.95).
House for dolls Plan Creations Co. Ltd.
, Bangkok, Thailand,
introduces two dollhouses in the Chalet Dollhouse line that are designed to be
accessible from each side for children ages 3 and up; without furniture, $85;
with custom furniture, $110.
A wooden Bulldozer ($35) lets kids pretend to be a construction worker,
controlling the vehicle with handle controls that make the bulldozer maneuver,
haul, lift and pull.
Natural beauty Puzzle maker Planet Zoo
, Eugene, Ore., presents a
line of 15 designs featuring wildlife in natural habitats along with scenic
nature photography in 500- ($12.95) and 1,000-piece ($14.95) designs. All are
printed with soy-based ink on recycled paper stock; designed for ages 7 and up.
Playing alongPlay Along
, Deerfield Beach, Fla., brings a new look
and feel to the Care Bears line with Scented Floppy Care Bears ($19.99) in
vanilla, mango or strawberry. Each comes with a DVD featuring two episodes of
the 1980s cartoon. Also new in the Care Bears den is Care Bears Bilingual Amigo
Bear ($19.99), which teaches English or Spanish using an electronic telephone.
Hide 'N Seek Care Bear ($34.99) comes in two charactersSecret
Bear and Play-a-Lot Bearthat when hidden emit verbal clues so children
3 and up can find them.
Cabbage Patch Kids Newborns ($19.99) are the smallest dolls in the
history of the line; they come with accessories so children can feed and change
Also from Play Along: Sky Dancers Dream Dancers ($7.99), Dazzlin
Make-over Doodle Bear ($14.99), Fantasy 'N Fun Doodle Girls ($14.99),
Gross-Out Doodle Monster ($24.99), Dragon Flyz ($9.99-$17.99), Trolls
($1.99-$9.99) with Biker, Nurse and Golfer characters, plush Snugglers ($19.99)
and Speed Stacks StackPack ($39.99), which comes with 12 cups, mat, timer and
Scraps of fun Akron, Ohio-based Playhouse Publishing
its Picture Me Scrapbooking Collection.
The new kits include papers, stickers, lettering and cards. Album covers
can be personalized using alphabet stickers and a favorite photo. All items are
perforated and the post-bound album expands easily. In 2006, theyll
introduce four new kits: Picture Me Baby Costume Scrapbook Kit, Family Ties
Scrapbook Kit, My Travels Scrapbook Kit and School Days Scrapbook Kit.
Monsters, heroes and fairies Playmates Toys
, Costa Mesa, Calif., the master toy
licensee for Universal Pictures King
, offers action figures and accessories, role-play accessories
including electronic King Kong arms ($19.99), a figural battle game ($14.99),
an environmental playset of Skull Island ($29.99) and 8- and 11-inch plush
figures ($5.99$9.99). A basic assortment of 6-inch scale action figures
($9.99) features eight SKUs, and is packaged to recreate some of Kongs
battles from the film. A deluxe assortment of 11-inch scale figures with 14
points of articulation includes the Deluxe Roaring Kong with chest-pounding
feature and the Deluxe Bull T-Rex, which includes roaring sound effects
($17.99). A 14-inch scale figure with 22 points of articulation features sounds
of a roaring, stomping Kong. Pressing the try me feature on the
shelf activates shelf-pounding action in which Kong tries to bust out of the
window box. Once freed, Kong can walk on his front knuckles or shake his arms
when standing ($24.99).
Playmates will also introduce the Marvel Heros Battle Dice game,
featuring more than 65 heroes and villains such as Spider-Man, the X-Men,
Daredevil, the Fantastic Four and more. Pop dice open to reveal
action figures making up six different armies. Each figure has six attributes
including speed, strength, durability, intelligence, energy projection and
fighting skills, plus symbols and numbers signifying strength. Players battle
by loading their dice with action figures, then rolling simultaneously with
their opponents. The player with the lowest number selects the attribute to be
used. Defeat means surrendering your figure to the opponents army, and
the first player to collect all of the opponents figures wins. Starter
packs come with six dice and six action figures: Captain America, Spider-Man,
Doc Ock, Wolverine and two mystery figures, plus two arena cards to show where
to place the figures and dice during a battle, carrying case and instruction
booklet, plus a miniature comic book. Four series of booster packs will be
launched throughout the year. Dice Launchers in the form of 5-inch Hulk and The
Thing dioramas will be introduced in spring.
For girls, Playmates debuts a line of dolls, playsets and accessories
based on Disney Fairies. In September, Disney Publishing released the
illustrated childrens novel by Gail Carson Levine,
Fairy Dust and the Quest for the Egg
featuring Tinker Bell and introducing her fairy friends Prilla, Beck, Rani and
Vidia. An entire collection of chapter books from Disney Publishing Worldwide
will launch in 2007. The Disney Fairies brand will also offer a collection of
films and multiple product categories, similar to the Disney Princess line.
Playmates new product line includes in-pack DVDs and collectible story
cards for ages 69.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles take on New York City 100 years from
now in the new television series, Fast
, debuting this fall from 4Kids Entertainment. Playmates will
introduce a toy line featuring the heroes and foes of the propertys
characters. An online and on-air promotion beginning in the first quarter 2006
will culminate with the 100th episode of Teenage Mutant
in March. A TMNT movie is in the works for a 2007
Play getaways Dayton, N.J.- based Playmobil
Vacation theme features The Beach, Family Yacht, Family Camper, Paddle Boat and
The Beach includes realistic jet skis that float on water and move when
fitted with the Underwater Motor accessory, plus animal figurines from pelicans
to dolphins ($24.99).
The Family Yacht also floats on water and moves using the Underwater
Motor accessory. It comes with a removable sundeck and captains helm,
rubber dinghy, boombox, and movable anchor ($34.99).
The Family Camper includes a rooftop baggage compartment, awning, and
folding table ($34.99).
As for boats that work on the water, the Harbor theme features a Harbor
Crane ($44.99) and Cargo Ship ($59.99). The motorizable ship has a detachable
roof, storage compartment and secret hatch. Kid commodores can accessorize the
scene with Harbor Police, Dock Worker with Hand Cart, and Forklift.
For a more escapist vacation, the Magic Castle features pink towers,
gold balustrades, sweeping stairways and many rooms to decorate. The Magic
Castle comes with Princess Crown, Royal Kitchen, Royal Treasure Room, Royal
Children and Royal Carriageplus a secret hideaway in the roof
Also new from Playmobil, the Barbarians include the Barbarian Ruin,
Barbarian Assault Tower, Barbarian Attack Troop, Barbarian Knight and Barbarian
Catapult ($24.99 to $34.99).
The Garden Center is a variation of the classic shop
pretend game and includes the Garden Center, Green House, Plant Beds with Shed,
Flower Shop and Gardener with Hedge Trimmer ($34.99). And getting back to
nature, the Farm line features a farm, harvest tractor, cow pasture, rabbit
hutch and chicken coop, as well as a working pulley ($69.99).
The Soccer line appeals to both boys and girls with a Soccer Set, Soccer
Shooting, USA Team, Girls Team, and Goalkeeper ($39.99)just in time for
the 2006 World Cup soccer tournament.
Wind up and fly The Loop N Zoom Line ($6.999.99) from Play
, Woodinville, Wash., features a football, tennis ball or
rocket that has a wheel mechanism inside the body which connects to a
retractable cord. Kids press the button to extend the cord up to 24 inches,
then spin the item in a circle to gather momentum. When released toward the
recipient the cord will automatically retract, and the Loop N Zoom will
travel up to 240 feet.
Also new from Play Visions, the Sounds X-Treme line ($1.99-5.99)
produces warbling, haunting, and rhythmic noise, including horns, percussion,
and melody. Both are for ages 5 and up.
As Slinky as ever This year, the venerable Slinky, from Poof-Slinky
Plymouth, Mich., morphs into the Barking Slinky Dog ($9.99). The
battery-operated pooch comes with a dog house. Other Poof-Slinky offerings
include the Mini Micro Blaster 2 Pack ($3.99); the musical Jingle Jump Rope
($5.99); foam Spider Balls ($4.99) in standard and mini sizes; foam dart
launcher Scorpion Bow ($3.99); and turbo air-launched dart shooter, New
Light-Up Ram Rocket ($5.99).
Posable Evel Knievel returns with a 40-piece Dare Devil Stunt Set
($39.99) made from original Ideal molds, Mentor, Ohio. Also recast from Ideal
molds is Gaylord Pup ($24.99) with plastic food bowl, box of doggie treats and
a magnetic bone Gaylord can pick up.
In the construction line, the hardwood Heavy Hauler Dump Truck ($99.99)
includes working dump bed and swing gate. The Frontier Building Set ($14.99)
includes 75 wood pieces. The Amaze N Marbles set ($26.99) includes wood pieces
and marbles, and the Fabulous Fiddlestic ($27.99) has 144 rod-and-connector
Sticky situationPowerful Greetings
, Troy, Mich., offers a line of
self-adhesive, battery-operated gift tags ($3.49) in a number of designs
licensed from Disney, including Winnie the Pooh and Tigger, Cinderella and
Reading-palooza Publications International
, Chicago, is introducing a
variety of products inspired by its original Story Reader product.
This fall, the Story Reader Video Plus offers kids ages 38 all
the features of the original Story Reader content combined with new video
features. The product can narrate a story alone or add illustrations on a TV
screenit can even test a childs knowledge with educational
gaming activities. The unit is $34.99, and refill titles will be available for
In the first quarter, the company will also target kids ages 6 months to
3-years-old with its My First Story Reader. A narrator reads aloud as each page
is turned, while the unit adds sound effects and music. The base unit comes
packaged with three interchangeable Baby Einstein rhyming story and songbooks
The companys Look and Find brand goes electronic and bi-lingual
this fall with the new ActiveMinds Electronic Look and Find Books, featuring a
stylus-based format and English/Spanish options. Kids use the cordless stylus
to identify the targets, guided by sensory technology that gives players audio
feedback as they move about the scene to help users find more than 100 objects
in each book. A bi-lingual button teaches object recognition, language skills
and vocabulary in both English and Spanish. A variety of skill-building levels
are also provided to reinforce basics like counting, color recognition, the
alphabet and more. Each book will retail for $16.99.
New offerings from the ActiveMinds line include DVD books ($16.99) that
include licensed characters from Sesame Street, Disney, Dora the Explorer,
SpongeBob Squarepants, Scooby-Doo and Winnie the Pooh. The package includes an
18-page printed book, an interactive DVD and a 10-button, color-coded remote
control designed for children 18 months and up. ActiveMinds Interactive DVD
Books are designed for kids ages 38 and feature an 18-page printed book
with interactive DVD and remote control. Each of the spreads in the book
corresponds to the DVD and operates in five different modes: Q&A, a default
mode that reads the story aloud on screen, activity mode with questions related
to pictures in the book, a movie mode with clips relating to the subjects in
the book, and a karaoke-style music feature, with song lyrics and
The ActiveMinds Interactive DVD Books are available as of the first
quarter and will retail for $16.99.
A world above our own Koochaloos make their debut this year from Puddin
, Harrison, N.Y. The line of collectible miniatures
targeted to children ages 37 come with collector cards with character
information and that form a map of the Koochaloos tree-top village.
Each limited-edition set includes eight cards ($4.25).
Music unites World music label Putumayo
, New York, releases
One World, One Kid
, a collection of hosted by the
6-year-old who selected the tracks to comfort a sick friend. The disc is
released as a benefit CD ($5.98), with proceeds going to the Make-A-Wish
Foundation. The release is part of a four-CD series, another of which,
, debuted late last month.
More ways to play classic games RADGames
, Peterborough, N.H., introduces its
Super Add-Ons line, a series of extension pieces for use with
other manufacturers classic board games. The first product of the
series is an extra section of board game designed for use with the Monopoly
game from Hasbro. The product is designed to offer a whole new level of play,
featuring additional properties, utilities and action cards designed to modify
the original game. The product retails for $24.95.
Even makeovers are going digital Dallas-based Radica USA
s Girl Tech line
grows with the addition of the Digi Makeover ($59.99). The makeup case with
camera connects to the TV, so girls ages 8 and up can take their picture and
give themselves a digital makeover, with special effects to change hairstyles,
makeup, clothes and accessories, plus fashion games and a runway mode. The
B-Bop compact music player ($19.99) records up to 30 minutes of music from any
headphone jack. The unit can record from a CD player, computer or TV.
Jibbi TV ($29.99) uses voice recognition, so girls ages 6 and up can
interact with animated on-screen characters that can recognize more than 100
words, have conversations, dance, play dress-up and ask girls about their day.
Girls also take care of Jibbi, making sure she exercises, eats right and gets
sleep, so she doesnt get sick.
For ages 8 and up, 20Q ($19.99) now comes in sports enthusiast, music
lover, and movie-goer themes, featuring new questions and answers, a built-in
light, trans-reflective screen and emoticons. The Golden Tee Golf ($39.99)
arcade game now comes in a home version that plugs into a TV.
For other active indoor play options, Play TV Skateboarding ($39.99) has
kids do moves on a skateboard in Tag or Skate Race mode. Also from Play TV,
Play TV Basketball ($39.99) plugs into the TV to offer interactive one-on-one
street ball, including slow-motion slam dunking. Players can choose from
multiple characters or practice for the Slam Dunk Competition or play a round
Play TV Super Sonic Gold ($24.99) offers Sonic the Hedgehog, Sonic the
Hedgehog II, Sonic Spinball, and Dr. Robotniks Mean Bean Machine. The games
come with an authentic Sega Genesis controller.
Cube World ($29.99) interactive games have four stick people, each
living in their own square block. They can be connected to form block parties,
stacked or side-by-side. Once connected, the stick figures begin interacting
with each other.
Thumb Warriors ($14.99) features six warriors each in
armor. Kids lock them on and then try to knock away their opponents
armor to reveal his Button of Doom and pin it for three
The Sudoku handheld electronic version ($19.99) includes a choice of 6-
or 9-box playing boards. Thousands of puzzles come in three levels of
Guess and win From R&R Games
, Tampa, Fla., comes Sketchword
($19.95). Players ages 10 and older create a word using letters from their hand
and the game board, then sketch it. Two or more additional players can try to
guess the word before time runs out. Points are granted to the artist and the
correct guesser of the word. Shorter words earn fewer points. In You Must Be An
Idiot ($19.95), cards determine whether each of three to six players ages 12
and up is an idiot or not. The games
genius asks a trivia question of his choice from a card he
selected. All other players write down the answer. However, if you have the
idiot card, you must answer incorrectly. Once all the answers are revealed,
everyone votes on who is and isnt an idiot. Call somebody an idiot who
is not, and they steal your points. Idiots who do not get caught receive bonus
Picture perfect The Mandala Designer ($34.99) from Ravensburger-F.X. Schmid
, Newton, N.H., is a drawing machine that moves a stencil forwards
or backwards at the touch of a button, so kids ages 6 and older can create
designs without the paper slipping. The machine set also includes two stencils,
stamp holder, four stamps, ink pad, felt-tip pen, six colored pencils and 10
sheets of paper, all packed into a case for easy carrying.
From toddlers to twenties Oak Brook, Ill.-based RC2/Learning Curve
Lamaze infant development line launches Two Can Play products which help
parent/caregiver and interact with baby. New releases are also planned for the
Lamaze Play and Grow and Infant Development System lines.
In the Bob the Builder preschool product line, RC2 is introducing Take
Along Bob and Project Build It Click Brick vehicles and playsets, role play,
plush and ride-on vehicles.
In Thomas & Friends, introductions include new engines, rolling
stock, destinations and sets in both the Thomas Wooden Railway and Take Along
Thomas play systems.
From The First Years by Learning Curve, new products include a Take
& Toss Toddler Feeding System and Soothie Bottle and Pacifier System.
RC2 introduces Meteor the Monster Truck, designed for children ages
26. Kids will explore the missions and dreams of a group of young
trucks, including Meteor, Jose, Junkboy and Ponytail.
The John Deere preschool line debuts free-wheeling, die-cast
construction vehicles, electronic role-play and Push 'n Pop
items as well as a vehicle expansion for the John Deere Big Red Barn
For girls ages 49, RC2 plans a product line based on
, the animated Cartoon Network
series. Dolls of characters Alex, Clover, and Sam feature clothes and spy
Among RC2s core die-cast vehicle lines, the Johnny Lightning
collectible vehicle brand introduces new 1:18 scale Muscle Cars, plus new
licenses for the 1:64 Pop Culture line, new 1:24 scale Street Freaks vehicles,
and an all-new mix of 1:64 scale Street Freaks themes. The JL Full Throttle
brand is targeted to teens and young adults, producing custom looks from auto
designer and fabricator Chip Foose, including vehicles from the The Learning
Channel show Overhaulin
. Also new
are Johnny Lightning Split Second toy vehicles and playsets, for boys ages
59, and Monsters of Destruction monster trucks that compete in the
Monsters Destruction live events and Outdoor Channel TV show, including Big
Foot, Spider-Man, and The Amazing Hulk.
Ertl American Muscle debuts 1:12 scale vehicles, plus 1:18 scale Glory
Days hobby/specialty exclusive cars that bring die-cast and diorama together to
evoke Boomer nostalgia. Ertl also expands its sports die-cast offerings with
new casts ranging from 1:10 to 1:64 scales in National Football League, Major
League Baseball and National Hockey League lines.
JoyRide Studios will release Series 6, 7 and 8 of action figures from
the Halo 2
video game. JoyRide Entertainment
offers die-cast and plastic model kits and playsets based on the movie
The Fast and The Furious: Tokyo Drift
hits theaters summer 2006.
A sure bet Parlay ($14), Real Deal Games
, Lenoir City, Tenn., is
for two to six players ages 9 and older. Players make the best word and the
best poker hand they can from their cards then choose to stay and risk points
for a shot at bonuses or play it safe and fold for guaranteed points. Kids can
play Texas Hold em, Five Card Draw and more. The game contains 55
playing cards, six stay/fold chips, score pad and instructions.
Drift with the trends Drifting racing was born in Japan and is just becoming popular in the
, Northbrook, Ill., has teamed with drifting
pioneer RJ DeVera to create the Drift Masters line of die-cast models, R/C and
a slot car ($14.99$99.99). The Revel Drift Masters R/C and slot car
line features vehicle models where the rear tires lack traction, enabling the
drifting action. Additional features include smoking tires and
licenses. The die-cast line ($14.99) is designed by graffiti artist Swank One
and bears his signature on each box. All 1:24 scale die-cast models come with
The Lowrider Club line ($14.99) features 1:24 scale replicas of the
Lowrider vehicles built by Roberto Espinoza of the Imperials Car Club.
For tween girls ages 814, the Style Studio collection features
six style categories: Sugar & Spice, Glam & Glitz, Rock & Roll,
Sporty, Urban Chic, and Wild Side. Each features five fashion accessories:
StyleSashes, StyleCaps, StylePurses, StyleFlips and StyleGems
It takes one to TangoesRex Games
, San Francisco, premiers Tangoes Jr.
Tangoes is a modern version of the 4,000-year-old Chinese tangram
puzzle, the seven pieces of which form a large number of animals, human
figures, everyday objects and abstract designs.
The junior version is a tangram toy for preschoolers ages 4 and up, with
a playing case and large puzzle cards with tear-resistant, wipe-able coating,
plus thicker, larger magnetized pieces with an easy-grip lip. Double-sided
cards offer two levels of play.
Three additional puzzle card packs ($6.99) are scheduled to be sold
Rhythm is gonna get you Rhythm Band Instruments
, Fort Worth, Texas,
introduces the First Birthday Rhythm Set ($29.95), for children ages 1 year and
older. Made of impact-resistant plastic, this set includes Wave Drum, Rattle
Roller, Clip-Clap, Handy Bell, Baby Maraca and Animal Castanet, which comes in
a case for ease of storage. Also debuting is the Rio Rhythms Set ($29.95). Kids
ages 3 and up can play along with the included audio CD or create their own
Caribbean sounds with a Guiro, Samble Whistle, Cabasa, Jingle Bells and
Brand new classicBeethovens Wig Read Along
book/CD ($18.95) from Rounder Books
Cambridge, Mass., is based on the Beethovens Wig music CDs from Rounder
Records. Written by Richard Perlmutter, with full-color illustrations by Maria
Rosetti, the 32-page, 9- by 12-inch book features the lyrics from the song,
Beethovens Wig, plus a bonus audio CD with two new
songs. The song is set to the composers Fifth Symphony, while Minuet in
G becomes the Minuet for My Pet and Moonlight
Sonata becomes Beep Beep Beep.
Trade on Saizon Canadas Saizon
will unveil the new Kootikooti
Wrestling Stik collectibles game from Stikfas. Kootikooti is a strategic
interactive game played with 2.5-inch, flexible rubber game pieces. Using a
single finger to nudge or flip their Kootikooti, two or more players take
turns, using their skill and judgment to try and pin down their
opponents piece to win the round. Series 1 comprises 50 uniquely
designed, colorful game pieces for kids to collect and trade. With four series
planned each year, Kootikooti will offer collectors and players different
designs to collect and trade. Target ages are 6 and up. Individual game pieces
retail for $3.45.
Schleich smorgasbordSchleich North America
, Toronto, brings a potpourri
of animal figures, Indian and knight replicas and the good old Smurfs to retail
Among the 2006 offerings are Sioux Chief and Archer on Horse, Sioux
Medicine Man and Sioux Scout, along with tournament Knights and Queen and King
Animal lovers will enjoy the many shark, puppy, rabbit and pig
collectibles, while kids will love the little blue people, the Smurfs,
featuring Dracula, Ghost, Mummy, Werewolf and Frankenstein Smurfs. Retail
prices range from $1.99$13.50.
Digital science Digital Camera Lab is new from Hong Kong-based Science
. The educational science toy manufacturer introduces this
kid-friendly digital camera that does more than just photograph images. It is
also a periscope, underwater viewer and microscope. The Digital Camera Lab
comes with a USB port to transfer image files to a PC. It is packaged with a
tripod, telephoto lens, periscope, microscope, fun image lens
and a water proof camera case. It includes a USB cable and image software.
Designed for ages 6 and up, the Camera Lab retails for $39.99
Drawing from ScratchScratch-Art Co.
, Avon, Mass., is introducing four
Scratch Magic Draw & Learn activity kits: Safari Animals, Sea Life, Outer
Space and Dinosaurs. Each kit features four Scratch Magic drawing boards, two
Rainbow Black and two sparkling Scratch & Sparkle sheets, a stencil,
wood-drawing stylus and Fun Fact Guide for $4.99. A deluxe kit is $14.99.
Kids can create their own multicolored stained glass
window art with Scratch Magic Light Catcher Kits. Choose from four designs:
Butterfly, Hummingbird, Sail Boat and Flower, each for $2.99.
Senario and ScoozieScoozie
, by Senario, Chicago, is an interactive
plush animal that combines artificial intelligence, a full range of body motion
and the cuddle factor. Four styles of Scoozies will be launched
initially from a Web site, www.findscoozie.com, in May. The Scoozies will be
found at mass market and department stores nationwide beginning in June.
Recommended for ages are 4 and up, they retail for $34.99.
Dexterous gamesSelecta Spielzeug
, Edling, Germany, is introducing
several new toys and games this year. Agricolino is a model farm designed with
3-year-olds in mind. Play with them as a set, or thread them together.
Bellapista is a new ball track where two colorful discs roll zig-zag down the
track, moving everything in their path.
The 16-piece Combinello is a colorful new building block set.
Constructino is a new tool vehicle for little craftsmen.
Match picture to picture with Fantastico, a classic domino game. The
caterpillar Formina puzzle teaches children to recognize colors and shapes.
Giro Galoppo is a new horseracing card game with game board for the entire
Picco Popolino is an animal guessing game. One player describes or
imitates while the others guess. Piratissimo is a family game involving pirates
who roam the seven seas. The job of the players is to load the treasure on
board their ships and bring it safely to harbor.
Quite puzzling The Sudoku craze continues with a handheld device that offers thousands
of puzzles by Shenzhen
, Shanghai, China. The included Sudoku
puzzles are playable at three difficulty levels. The numbers appear on an LCD
display; batteries are required. Units are available in four colors.
How shocking! Theres big news for Shockini
figures this year with Toxic Crusader, Bucky OHare, AC Comics and Judge
Dredd just some of the new characters by Shocker Toys, Buffalo, N.Y.
With 1824 pop-and-lock plastic ball joints, these 3-inch action
figures and vehicles are interchangeable. A customized version comes with a
blank figure and five accessories, standing base and stickers to create a
Barbarian or Knight, among other characters. New building systems to create
bigger Shockini projects and interchangeable vehicle designs are also hitting
retail shelves this year.
Explosive fun Crafting is fun with Chicago-based Shure
Volcano miniature model with lava
($15) that can teach older children about the natural world while making their
own plaster version.
Shure also offers a wood-burning kit complete with stylus and everything
needed to make a hinged, wooden storage box, CD case or picture frame
Make a scarf with the Learn to Weave Book & Set that has a wood
weaving loom, 1,500 feet of yarn and a 34-page instruction book.
Shure helps mold budding artists with The Most Incredible Clay Sculpture
For little hands theres the Chunky World Alphabet Puzzle and
Daisy Girls dolls and magnetic wooden clothing.
All booked up Theres something for everyone with Silver Dolphin
, San Diego, starting with Explore It
, with 3-D pullouts and pop-ups and text geared toward
tweens ($14.95). The Secret World of
has four collectible Mermaid figurines accompanying the
40-page illustrated book.
Build-A-Bear Workshop moves into the home with a Lets Make
Jewelry Kit that has all the bear essentials to make colorful
jewelry and hair ornaments using basic sewing and beading skills learned with
the 32-page illustrated book ($14.95).
Pink power FunSlides Carpet Skates, from Simtec
, Irwin, Pa.,
add hot pink to their color palette. Just strap the skates on, and kids ages 6
and older can glide on home carpets. The skates retail for $19.99 a pair.
Party hardy Japanese anime and fairy fantasy are behind the Rock Hard and Scary
Fairies line for tween and teen girls. Costumes and accessories, along with
disposable party ware depict the Rock Hard Fairies and their nemeses, the Scary
Fairies by Smiffys
, New York. The fashion conscious
brand will include wigs, boots and wings in the costume line and noisemakers
and tiaras with party plates, cups and napkins in the party goods
Reel fun Casting for the big one has never been as easy as with the JetCast 3.0
fishing system by Spin Master
, Toronto. Kids will be hooked
with the simple pump-and-launch, hook-hiding bobber that can cast up to 30 feet
at the push of a button. The hook is concealed until the bobber hits the water,
making the cast safer for young children.
Also from Spin Master comes Sandsations dough, which has the feel of
sand but can be molded into umpteen creations, baked, and then crumbled to make
the next sculpture. Many colors are available, retailing from
Pawphans are orphan plush puppies available for adoption with a portion
of the proceeds supporting the Humane Society. Each Pawphan comes with a breed
profile and adoption certificate ($14.99).
Komikai is a series of micro-sized comic books. The Series 1 starter
pack comes with seven Komikai, four display cases and a magnifying glass
Girls will cheer for Bella Dancerella
a DVD/VHS release ($34.99) that teaches kids to
rah-rah with pom poms and baton. A Bella Dancerella cheerleading outfit is
Spin Master adds to its Aquadoodle line with Aquadoodle Sing N Doodle
($34.99). Preschoolers can sing along to Old MacDonald or some
silly songs while drawing on the mat with a water pen and stampers. When the
area dries, the color disappears so the doodling can begin again.
Its a splash Move over rubber ducky, here come Tile Tales bath books with stickers
that tell a story from The Straight Edge
, Brooklyn, N.Y.
The Itsy Bitsy Spider
has four puffy
waterproof stickers that adhere to a tub wall. When its time to wash
the spider out, kids can just splash a little bath water on the sticker to make
For budding baseball fans, Take Me Out to the
musical Rub A Dub bath book plays the song heard most
often during baseballs seventh inning stretch. The waterproof book has
colorful baseball illustrations.
Both of the books ($6.99) and their corresponding stickers float.
Pray and Play TadPals
, Glendale, Calif., offers Holy Folks,
16-inch plush character dolls inspired by scripture.
Four new designs for 2006 all come with magnetic hands to hold a
character-appropriate accessory. The lineup includes Jesus with
shepherds crook; Mary with baby Jesus; Moses with Ten Commandment
tablets; and Noah with a pair of elephants. TadPals donates a portion of
profits to various local and national charities annually. Each doll is for ages
3 and up.
Twist on the toss A new take on the classic infant ball, Toss the Taggie has loads of
color and textured tags for babies and toddlers to pull and rub.
, Spencer, Mass., Toss the Taggie
($19.99) is 8 inches in diameter and joins a full infant product line and two
soft-cover Scholastic books, My First Taggies Book:
and My First Taggies Book: I
Ant brigade The busy bee who serves as the national ant mascot for child abuse
prevention, Angie the Ant, stars in a childrens book,
Angie the Ant and The Bumblebee Tree
Team Angie Productions
, Charleston, S.C.
The first book in a planned series features Annie, an ant who is always
helping others on her quest to find Antamar, the land of freedom. She teams up
with Team Angie members, including Frankie the Blue Heron and Prince Bartlebee.
The Team Angie crew will be part of a toy, book and game merchandising program,
along with an interactive Web site and curriculum. Fifty percent of all profits
go to child abuse prevention programs.
Hand-held fun Two well-known namesSesame
and Sudokugo electronic with handheld games this fall
from Techno Source, N.Y.
The Sesame Street game stars Elmo, Big Bird, Ernie and Bert, Oscar,
Grover and the other famous faces from Sesame Workshops
childrens TV series.
A touch-screen version of the puzzle craze Sudoku has a training mode
and four levels of difficulty with more than 10,000 puzzles. The pocket-sized
game unit will be in the mass market in October.
Getting Tek Nek-al CoolP3 uses text-to-speech technology for playing and storing up to
eight hours of music and has the accessories neededUSB cable, CD for
installing PC software, ear bud, strapfor young kids to record and
carry around their tunes. Made by Tek Nek Toys
, Grapevine, Texas, the second generation CoolP3 is
compatible with the CoolP3 docking station and has a customized DJ
Learn, little one Babies get their brains and bodies moving with the help of
developmental toys from Thinkativity
, Englewood, N.J. To
stimulate all the senses, Thinkativitys new infant products are
highlighted by Paws Learning and Play Doghouse, Burtle the Singing
Turtle, ABC Fluffy Fish and Mookie the Storytelling Monkey. Sights, sounds,
music and language skills are enforced with the Little Composers First
Piano, Little Explorers First Globe and Dial H for Hippo Phone. The
Thinkativity infant line retails from $12.99 to $24.99.
Thinking fun ThinkFun
, Alexandria, Va., unspools Gordians
Knot ($9.99), The Worlds Most Difficult Take-Apart
Puzzle, as well as Flip-Side ($9.99), a single-player brain teaser, and
Spin-Out ($9.99), a new version of the best-selling game.
The companys Marvel Heroes line includes the sliding tiles game
Hero Slider ($4.99), the card-and-tiles matching game Zingo Hero ($16.99), the
Spider-Man themed Hero Tipping Tower and City Crossing ($16.99 each), Hulk
Hopper, which features the Incredible Hulk in a variation of peg
solitaire, and Rush to the Rescue ($16.99), featuring multiple Marvel
heroes and villains.
Tiny Love Symphony Light & Motion Mobile ($49.95) is one of several new
products coming to market from Tiny Love
, Garden Grove,
Calif. The colorful mobile induces calm and contentment while stimulating
babys development. The ActiviTot 360 Play-a-Round ($77.50) contains an
interactive environment for baby in a padded play mat.
DVD MagIQ ($49.95) encourages young viewers to respond to scenes on the
screenversions are also available for 312 months and 13
Tiny Love also debuts Gymini Duet ($65.95), a two-sided activity play
mat with pull toys, lights and music and Gymini Melody Maker ($49.95), a play
mat that includes, among other features, a baby-activated musical triangle play
Turbo-maxed Forget putting baseball cards in bicycle wheels to make flapping noise.
Turbospoke ($24.99) by Tomax Ltd.
, Waterford, Ireland,
delivers realistic, variable engine sounds in a unit that looks like a chrome
exhaust pipe for bicycles. Consumers can customize their bikes and Turbospokes
with a choiceAmerican Chopper Pack or Sports Packof
motocards and stickers.
Tonkin replicas A new Aviation Series model takes flight from Tonkin
, Seattle, with the new Boeing 747-400 Cargo Liner ($49.95),
a 1:200 scale model licensed from the Boeing Aircraft Co. Also new this year in
the 1:53rd scale line is the Remtec 57,000L Petroleum Tank Trailer ($49.95);
and in the 1:87 line is the new Ton (tone) Series of die-cast
metal and plastic tractor trailer models ($11.95), including the Freightliner
Columbia, Western Star 4900EX, Volvo VNL 780 and Volvo VT 880.
Hogwarts dolls up Hermione Granger at Hogwarts ($124.99) joins Tonner
s, Hurley, N.Y., licensed Harry Potter doll collection.
Harrys friend Ron Weasley will also join the line this year.
Tonners product catalog expands to include new arrival Tyler
Wentworth ($59.99), a 16-inch doll depicting New Yorks hottest
fashion designer and her kid sister Marley Wentworth ($39.99). Fashion
ensembles start at $29.99. The Chase Modeling Agency Collection dolls ($59.99)
include Sydney Chase and her multi-ethnic friends in fashion ensembles ($49.99)
and separates ($11.99).
UK interactive i-Palz ($39) from TopBox UK
, Cambridge, England, is
an animated eyeball with character that sits atop a computer monitor; its eyes
follow the cursor around the screen, and they blink with every mouse click.
Aimed at computer users ages 10 and up, i-Palz can wiggle their ears, drum
their fingers, stick out their tongues and belch or verbally react when email
arrives. The unit includes software CD.
Tornasis does battle The new collectible game Battle Shields, Champions of the Su Bat Shi
($24.99) from Tornasis Entertainment Inc.
, British Columbia,
Canada, has players scoring points for their ChampionsMercron of the
Humetaloidz and Surfer of Moltenby tossing hook-and-loop pieces called
Xtreme Metal Game Shields as they combat alien athletes. The folding board has
a display area for collectible shields ($5.99).
Toy Biz-ness The 2006 Universal Pictures theatrical release Curious George
and the upcoming PBS-TV animated
adventures based on the character has inspired a line of toys from Marvel Toys
and Toy Biz
, New York, including Tickle 'N Giggle
Curious George ($24.99), action figures and four adventure sets ($9.99),
motorized Bump N Go vehicles ($9.99), and two themed book and plush sets
Toy Biz Worldwide spins out an expanding Spider-Man & Friends Super
Heroes line, including the singing Itsy Bitsy Spider-Man ($24.99), oversized
action figures ($6.99), an Electronic Light 'N Sound Role Play set
($14.99), the Super Hero Motorized Train set ($24.99), the Motorized Light
'N Sound Bump N Go rescue vehicles ($9.99) and Motorized Tub Pals
The 2-D/3-D Cartoon Network show Code
will be supported by action figures ($7.99) and role-play sets
Total Non-Stop Action Wrestling is represented by action figures ($6.99)
and the TNA Championship Belt playset ($17.99).
The Marvel Legends family now includes new action figures ($7.99),
multi-figure starter sets ($14.99) and Battle Booster sets ($7.99). The Marvel
Mega Morphs ($14.99) transform into attack vehicles while the Spider-Man
Classic action figures line gets updated ($7.99). New vehicles include
Spider-Man Rip 'N Rev Racer ($19.99) and Cycles & Riders ($19.99).
Role- play sets include Mega Blast Web Shooter ($17.99), Spider-Man Web Shooter
Dress Up sets ($14.99) and Spider-Man Electronic Web Power Gloves and Mask set
The third X-Men feature, due in 2006, inspires action figures ($7.99),
the Wolverine Mutant Racer ($19.99) and Wolverine Role-Play Sets ($14.99). An
Apocalypse 6-inch figures offer a Build-a-figure bonus that
gives collectors a deluxe figure when they buy the entire assortment. Marvel
Legends action figures have more than 40 points of articulation and include a
full-page comic or poster book for $7.99.
Catalog of toys The Toy Collection Catalog
, Santa Barbara, Calif.,
introduces a service to customize catalogs for retailers that are not part of
the regular Toy Collection marketing and merchandising program. The firm offers
design and copywriting, preparation of files for reproduction and printing of
catalogs for individual retailers. Mailing list rental and mail-house services
are also available.
Playing with wood Toy Concepts/Kingsky Technology
, Freehold, N.J.,
features new introductions in wooden furniture, music, doll houses and stables,
plush, electronics and flocked animals. Licenses include Little Golden Books,
Twisted Whiskers and Coca-Cola.
Make your own funToy Play
, New York, introduces toys inspired by
Warner Bros. Animations television series Xiaolin Showdown
. The Xiaolin Showdown 5-inch
articulated action figure assortment Series 2 includes four heroes and one
villain, Chase Young ($6.99). Each figure comes with several Shen Gong Wu
accessories and is recommended for ages 4 and up. Xiaolin Showdown Monkey Staff
($14.99) is child-sized and features lights and soundsmonkey ears and
tail are included. The Xiaolin Showdown Deluxe Silver Manta Ray Vehicle seats
two action figures and features lights and sounds ($24.99). The PVC collectible
figures are 2 inches tall and stackable ($5.99). Flexible 20-inch Dojo the
Dragon can be ridden by various action figures ($9.99). The child-sized Sword
of the Storm plays sounds and lights ($14.99), as does the Golden Tiger Claw
Also from Toy Play are new additions to the Maya
playset line, Las Tres Amigas. The Winter Fun set shows
Maya, Chrissy and Maggie in winter outfits and accessories, including sled,
hats, scarves, mittens, candy canes, hot beverages, and snowman ($19.99).
Mayas Pet Shop plays animal sounds and includes a color-change sponge
brush, cash register and counter, grooming table, pet food, water dishes, dog
bones, carrots, brush and comb ($24.99).
For the adventurous crafter, the Dora the Explorer Made by Me Memory
Keeper is an 8-inch by 10-inch book ready for photos, stickers, and more and is
also available in a SpongeBob SquarePants version ($9.99). The SpongeBob
SquarePants Scrapbucket Kit includes a 4- by 6-inch mini scrapbook album with
ribbon closure, journal tags, printed photo corners, die-cut bamboo frames,
printed, colored paper, stickers, glue, pens, and is also available for Dora
the Explorer ($12.99). The SpongeBob Holiday Scrapbook Kit includes scrapbook,
printed pages, photo frames, colored pens, glue and more. Other themes include
All About Me and My Friends. All three themes also available for Dora the
The Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Make Your Own Dog Tags can be decorated with
decals, colorful gems or photos. The kit includes two dog tags, one necklace
bead chain, one key chain bead chain and decorative embellishments ($5.99). Hi
Hi Puffy AmiYumi Pop Up Velvet Art includes six markers and pops up to be 3-D
($ 7.99). Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi Rockin Art Desk comes in a guitar case
with adjustable strap. Accessories include stickers, record-shaped paper pad,
markers, glitter, glue, Ami and Yumi stampers and more ($12.99). So Girly!
Decorate Your Own Wristlet includes puffy paint, large jewels, small jewels,
three types of ribbon, sequin string and flower dangler. ($7.99). The So Girly!
Bead Jewelry set features a daisy shaped bead case with seven compartments
containing colored beads, stickers, rings, elastic string and more ($9.99). The
So Girly! decorative backpack is purple cotton and comes with fabric markers,
stencils, puffy paint, cut-out letters, gems and more ($9.99).
Sound and smarts Toy Quest
, Los Angeles, launches products from
personal robots to character flashlights.
I-Que ($99.99), for ages 6 and up, is an interactive robot that uses
text-to-speech technology to spell, pronounce and define any word in
Merriam-Websters English Dictionary. It recognizes its owners
voice, follows them around, and remembers their birthday and other personal
information as well as tells the date and time, makes jokes, plays trivia games
and offers new words to learn. He finds his docking station and recharges his
batteries when they begin to run low.
Tekno, the robotic dog ($59.99), returns in 2006 with more emotions,
touch, sight, and sound sensors, color choices, and accessories. A wireless
transmitter allows kids ages 5 and up to command him to do a variety of
Licensed flashlights ($14.99) are shaped like characters from
Nickelodeon, LucasFilm, and Warner Brothers properties, and sound like them
too, for ages 3 and up. Musical instruments licensed by Blue Man Group include
keyboard ($79.99), percussion tubes ($59.99), drum suit ($39.99) and air pole
Spin Sponges rotate and bear a Disney character design ($7.99). Rip
Roars youth electronics line provides free movies, music and phone
service. Video Free ($199.99), Phone Free ($99.99-$129.99) and MP3 Free
($99.99) are targeted to ages 8 and up. Ariel Reflections Musical Instruments
are ornamented with characters from The Little
. The line includes keyboard ($29.99), xylophone ($17.99),
conch shell flute ($9.99) and musical seashells ($7.99).
Bringing Cabbage Patch inside Toy Vault Inc.
, Corbin, Ky., adds new designs to its
Cabbage Patch Wooden Juvenile Furniture line. They include a decorated wooden
three-piece table and chair set, toy chest ($29.99) and book shelf, featuring
History is (re)writtenTriKing Games
, Alpharetta, Ga., offers the
Anachronism collectible card game. Launched in cooperation with the History
Channel, Anachronism cards feature champions, defenders, heroes, conquerors,
gladiators, and other warriors from history who battle each other (Starter
game, $12.99; individual Warrior Packs, $6.99.)
Dora explores format Ty Inc.
, Westmont, Ill., has teamed up with
Nickelodeon to add Dora the Explorer
characters to the Beanie Babies lineup at this years Toy Fair. The
plush toys will retail for $6 each.
50 Years of ants Uncle Milton
, Westlake Village, Calif., expands its
Ant Farm line with an all-new Collectors Edition Ant Farm in honor of
the toys 50th anniversary, with retro packaging resembling the original
and gold-plated Ant Farm, plus an Ant Farm Gel Colony habitatboth are
for ages 6 and up.
Moon in My Room attaches to any wall and lights up internally. Remote
control allows the user to display 12 different realistic moon phases. Also
included is a 15-minute CD Audio Tour for ages 6 and up.
Shark Reef lets kids watch their pet goldfish swim in shark-infested
waters above lost sunken treasure. The 3-D models include Great White,
Hammerhead, Tiger and Mako sharks.
The remote control Tarantula is furry and realistic.
Games for everyone From University Games
, San Francisco, Bugs! The Card
Game ($9.99) lets kids ages 4 and up pair up matching bugs. Each card features
hand-painted artwork by students from The San Francisco School as well as facts
about each bug. Now kids ages 6 and up can get in on the Sudoku craze with Do
You Sudoku? ($5.99). Players use deductive knowledge to place animals in every
square. No animal can appear twice in the same six-square box or in a line up,
down or across. Look for a variety of Lego products, resulting from a brand new
licensing deal. Chicks Battle the Dudes ($24.99) is for players ages 12 and
older. Women are asked questions that most men can answer, and the men are
asked questions that most women can answer. They pull the rope with each right
answer, and the first team to pull its opponents into the center of the board
wins the game.
Pessimism can be fun with Worst-Case Scenario: Game of Surviving Life
($29.99). Players ages 8 and up answer questions based on the Worst Case
Scenario books. Right answers move you forward and win you gold. Wrong answers
result in the loss of your game pieces body parts.
For grown-ups, the Grateful Dead Trivia Game ($29.99) poses trivia
questions about the band and the decades they span. Winners gain the coveted
all-access, VIP, backstage pass.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Game ($14.99), for ages 3 and up, centers
around Eric Carles illustrations. Children snack their way through the
day, practicing fine motor skills, counting, color and item recognition.
Another snack and learn combo, Munch Math, is for kids ages 7 and up. Players
solve math equations to fill up a food-shaped card that has nine numbers on the
front. Kids roll and then either add, subtract, multiply or divide the two
numbers on the dice.
And in the ultimate customization experience, Toy Creator Real Toy Maker
($12.99) helps kids 6 and up invent new toys or modify their existing ones,
using FlipFaze technology that allows materials to repeatedly change shape and
color using warm tap water.
New licensing deals for the Colorforms brand include properties like
, Go Diego Go!
, Lego, Dora the
, Blues Clues
and Strawberry Shortcake.
Trading up From Upper Deck Entertainment
, Carlsbad, Calif.,
comes the Spellcasters Judgment Structured Deck for the Yu-Gi-Oh!
Trading Card Game. For ages 8 and up, the competitive themed deck is the sixth
to be modeled after popular decks in Japan with 40 cards per deck. Set contains
hard-to-get cards that are standard in most tournament decks, plus six monsters
never released outside of Asia. Duelist packs Jaden Yuki and Chazz Princeton
add the signature moves of the Yu-Gi-Oh! GX
animated series characters and include 30 cards per Duelist. Shadow of Infinity
cards come nine per pack for 60 total, including 14 rare cards, seven super
rare, and four ultra rare cards.
Upper Deck also teams with Nickelodeon to release the new Avatar Trading
Card Game, based on the Avatar
centers on the adventures of Aang, a 12-year-old who must conquer the
Firebenders, evil magi who threaten the world. The regular set consists of 165
standard cards and 70 special insert cards. Chamber Card technology allows
players to decide when to slide open a card and reveal hidden moves.
The Pirates of the Caribbean Trading Card Game, for ages 10 and up,
follows the adventures of Captain Jack Sparrow, Will Turner, and Elizabeth
Swann, as Jack attempts to find a way out of his blood debt to Davey Jones,
Captain of the Flying Dutchman. Also aimed at kids 10 and older, the World of
Warcraft Trading Card Game is based on the multiplayer online game from
Blizzard Entertainment, Irvine, Calif.
The Marvel Trading Card Game, for kids 9 and up, adds an X-Men expansion
set with 165 cards, so players can create their ultimate superhero team from
the Marvel universe with characters such as Wolverine, Magneto, Rogue, Storm
and Professor X. Meanwhile, Superman Starter and Booster sets will join the DC
Trading Card Game, to coincide with the release of the new Superman movie.
For up to six girls ages 10 and older, Upper Deck offers the AstroStyle
board game, teaming up with AstroTwins Tali and Ophira Edut, who give
astrological advice in Teen People
, HelloKitty.com and the Oxygen
Upper Deck also offers collectible stickers and albums in Batman,
Yu-GI-Oh!, Superman Classic and Superman Movie variations, plus NBA-licensed
die-cast vehicles decorated with team logos and colors.
Rudolph and more USAopoly
, Carlsbad, Calif., brings to market the new
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Checkers & Tic Tac Toe Collector Game Set.
The set is packaged in a collectible tin with customized pieces, plus snow
globes for kinging, for ages 6 and up. Also new is the
Monopoly: Pirates of the Caribbean Collectors Edition ($35.95),
featuring locations such as Isla Cruces Beach, Port Royal Harbor and Tortuga
Docks. Pewter tokens and dice are also pirate-themed for ages 8 and up. NFL
Gridiron Trivia Challenge board game ($29.95) has 1,500 questions in five
categories of football trivia, for those ages 13 and up. Continuing the sports
theme, Red Sox Jenga Collectors Edition ($19.95) has custom Red Sox
baseball rules, for kids 6 and older.
Plug and playVtech Electronics
, Arlington Heights, Ill., debuts
the V.Smile Art Studio, for ages 5 to 7 ($29.99). It plugs into the V.Smile TV
Learning System to let kids create their own works of art on TV. The system
offers 12 activities including art lessons, creative play, practice time and
free draw, with step-by-step instructions on how to color, draw lines and
shapes, and mix colors. By using the drawing pad, stylus and Art Studio
Smartridge, kids can create their own drawings or animated slide shows directly
on the TV and save their work to show friends or parents later.
The V.Smile Jammin Gym Class ($29.99), for ages 4 to 7, plugs
into the V.Smile TV Learning System and comes with V.Smile Jammin Gym
Class Smartridge plus soft dance mat. It teaches about good food and junk food,
includes active play with dance music and exercise activities, and teaches
directions and spelling, numbers, letters, colors, and shapes.
Write & Learn Spellboard Advanced ($39.99), for ages 6 and up,
recognizes correctly spelled words. Equipped with six letter spaces for writing
and an LCD screen, the Spellboard introduces cursive writing in upper and lower
letter case and includes practice lessons for printing.
SmartVille playsets designed for toddlers use interactive technology
sensors to talk and teach. The expandable line contains two deluxe playsets and
four junior sets: Alphabet Train Station ($49.99); 1-2-3 Treehouse ($39.99),
Ice Cream Color Shop ($14.99); Safe and Sound Fire Station ($14.99), Musical
Band Stand ($14.99); and ABC Post Office ($14.99). Creativision TV, for kids
ages 3 to 9, includes the Creativision TV Learning Phone ($34.99) and
Creativision TV Learning Station ($59.99).
A round of art Esphera360 3-D Plastic Puzzles from Warren
, Lafayette, Ind., a division of Mega Bloks, adds new
9-inch diameter sphere puzzles for adults featuring Thomas Kinkade art, Anne
Geddes photography and a jewel-colored globe. Warren also partnered with artist
Josephine Wall to add Jo Wall Moon Glow, a 700-piece glow-in-the-dark puzzle
and Jo Wall Jewel Scapes, a 500-piece puzzle, to the line. Each puzzle includes
a display stand or can be hung using magnetic suspenders and hangers, sold
Sports balls in 3-inch diameter are for kids ages 12 and up. For younger
kids, ages 4 and up, Warren offers the Curious George A B See game. Players
turn over color and letter cards, then race to find an object that begins with
the letter and matches the color.
In black and white Wee Gallery
, St. Petersburg, Fla. debuts the What
Should We Call the Twins? board book, featuring new designs from company-owner
and artist Surya Sajnani and an introduction of color to their classic black
and white lines.
Wee Gallery Flash Cards, Wee Gallery Giraffe or Elephant Wall Graphics
and Wee Gallery Greeting Cards with envelopes also are being introduced.
Babys First Year Calendar and new wall stickers are expected to launch
Toys to keep and share Wibbles, clip-on, micro-sized plush animals aim to teach values,
kindness, and social interaction to tweens. From Wibbles
Sebastopol, Calif., the plush come packaged in identical pairsone to
keep and one to trade. Each box contains two identical Wibbles characters,
plastic collector cards and accessory clips. Twenty-four original Wibbles
characters, designed by former Hannah-Barbara cartoonist Al Tollefson, are
currently on the market.
Sporty 3-D Dont Quote Me teams with Sports
to debut a new sports trivia game from Wiggles
, Toronto. The game is filled with quotes and questions covering
more than 50 different sports topics complete with up-to-date stats and facts
from baseball, soccer, golf, auto racing, poker, sports movies and other
interests. Players re-live event highlights, tell tales of todays stars
and reminisce about yesterdays heroes as they race around an innovative
puzzle game board answering different question types in five categories: team,
individual, vintage, names and numbers and sidelines (SRP is $24.99).
Georges books That mischievous monkey, Curious George, stars in three preschool
activity books by Wikki Stix Co.
, Phoenix, Ark. Each book
has a theme: Curious George at school; Curious George at the circus and at a
Going wild When Over the Hedge
theatres this May, Wild Planet
, San Francisco, will offer
figures of the leading charactersR.J., Verne, Hammy and
Stellaand talking plush that repeats lines from the computer-animated
comedy. The Verminator Van comes with miniature figures with rev-and-release
rolling feature. The Over the Hedge
need tending to and have sounds and songs ($7.99-$12.99). A plush assortment
will also be out this spring ($4.99).
Dino-Mites, pocket-sized prehistoric creatures that live inside a 3-inch
aqua chamber atop a volcanic base, are new collectibles. The four species are
programmed to sing and dance and can express their moods through movement,
light and sound ($9.99-$14.99). Verticon is an aerial battle system with domes,
arenas and warrior packs for 3-D combat in a palm-sized battling sphere. Prices
range from $4.99 to $29.99 and will be in stores this fall.
Covert adventures go high-tech with Micro Ear Gear Kit for the Spy Gear
line. The hands-free investigation set for ages 6 and up has a Micro Ear Light
and Micro Agent Listener. A detachable microphone makes it easier for long
distance spying. The gadgets will be sold separately this spring for $5.99 to
$7.99; the kit will retail from $9.99 to $14.99. For top secret correspondence,
theres the Secret Agent Pen with invisible ink and blacklight LED
revealer and secret compartment ($5.99) and Spy Gear Walkie Talkies for remote
Wild Planet also introduces SugarSnapsdoll with snap-on clothes
and accessories. An intro pack features one doll, four outfits and a pet, and a
Fun Pack of one doll, 12 outfits and a pet.
Its your moveWinning Moves Games
, Danvers, Mass., gets technical
this year with Across Words electronic game ($29.95) that combines the elements
of Scrabble with crossword clues. A talking host moves the game along as
players figure out the clues before their opponents do. With only a minute to
spare, teams have to say five designated words playing 25 Words or Less:
People, Places and Things Edition. The timed, teen game retails for $19.95.
Also from Winning Moves, are mind challengers Rubiks Jr.,
Rubiks Sudoku, Rubiks World, Easy Money and Beat the Count. A
travel-size version of Stay Alive, the 1970s skill and action game where kids
try to keep four colored marbles in play ($13.95), is also available.
Combat for Wizards Axis & Allies Miniatures game from Wizards of the
s Avalon Hill brand, Renton, Wash., challenges players
to fast, head-to-head combat. This game is playable right out of the box. With
reproductions of real WWII combat vehicles and fighting units, you can recreate
historical battles from that conflict with authentic Sherman and Panzers tanks,
and infantry or create your own battles. New nations and troop types join the
battle in this new release. Each new booster pack contains nine randomized,
pre-painted, durable plastic miniatures, full-color game stat cards and a set
checklist. For ages 12 and up, the games SRP is $14.99.
Music to the ears Theres always music in the air when Woodstock
instruments are around and this year the Shokan,
N.Y.-based melody maker introduces 12 additions to the Woodstock Music
Collection. From a steel-stringed electric guitar and five-note xylophone to a
pan flute and jingle bells, the wood and plastic instruments are geared for
young musicians. Other music makers in the collection include a triangle,
harmonica and tom-tom drum with natural skin top and purple wooden mallets. The
Woodstock Music Collection ranges in price from $3.99 to $19.99.
X, Y, Z
Power of yo Novice yo-yo players can get the hang of it, literally, with the Power
Brain XP by Yomega Corp.
, Fall River, Mass., which allows
for manual and auto return. As skills are learned, the Smart Switch auto return
can be turned off to develop longer spin times and more challenging tricks
manually. Power Brain XP is designed for kids ages 8 through 15 and retails for
Bilingual baby Although German-made, Talking Chou Chou, from Zapf
, Orlando, Fla., speaks English and Spanish and is set for a
fall debut. The 19-inch doll ($34) speaks phrases in both languages with the
flip of a switch and interacts with her changing bag and carrying sling by
speaking special phrases. Talking Chou Chou requires batteries and is
recommended for girls 3 years and up.
Fizzle with Zizzle Zizzlingers transform into Disney and Marvel Heroes characters when
dropped into water and thats just the beginning for
, Bannockburn, Ill.
Asphalt Audio combines new and classic die-cast cars with the music of
their timespickup trucks cruise to country music while newer car models
play contemporary tunes. For more mental endeavors, Prove-It trivia game covers
sports, TV, movies, cars, cartoons and more with hundreds of questions that
test knowledge and speed.
Handheld gaming gets a boost with card games based on licensed
characters, along with the Z5 Game System and casino games that feature real
speech and sound effects.
Zizzle Arcade Pinball also focuses on licensed characters but emphasizes
a wood cabinet casing, licensed sound effects and all pinball features.
Finally, theres Super Cycling Sarah and Sam R/C toys with
forward, backward and stop capabilities and Rock 'n Strike Bowling with
light up Ten Pin Alley and music to rock to while racking up the strikes.
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