CJ PRODUCTS CJ Products introduces Guy Diamond as a Pillow Pet and Dream Lite this fall. This Trolls-themed Pillow Pet features a luminescent poof of gray hair for hair play. The Dream Lite turns the folding plush into a night-light, illuminating star and stripe icons and alternating hues of amber, blue, and green lights. The Sweet Scented Popcorn Panda has a long-lasting scent patch that features popcorn shapes and emits a buttery scent. The same popcorn pattern is scattered on the panda’s belly. The Sweet Scented Candy Corn Cat features the smell of caramel candy corn in a foldable Pillow Pet. The plush has wide yellow eyes and a pumpkin pattern that make it perfect for a Halloween gift or décor.
THAMES & KOSMOS With Happy Atoms, from Thames & Kosmos, kids use a set of 52 atom models representing 16 different elements to assemble molecular models. The atoms stick together easily with magnets. Metal tips on the ends of rubbery arms, which represent free electrons, snap onto magnetic bonding sites on the atom spheres, which represent empty spots for electrons in the atom’s outermost electron shell. The included app (available for iOS devices) uses image recognition technology to identify the molecule when kids take a picture of the atom they built. It presents detailed information about 120 of the most important molecules, such as a molecule’s usage, properties, hazards, formula, and structure. The Geckobot is a wall-climbing robot with a motorized air suction system that enables it to walk vertically up and down smooth surfaces, such as glass, plastic, whiteboards, and glossy laminates. The battery-powered motor drives an innovative gear system that produces a rotating motion making the legs move back and forth and up and down, mimicking a real gecko—two of the feet are touching the wall while the other two feet are lifted off of the wall, in an alternating motion. When its tongue hits an object in front of it, the Geckobot walks back down the wall. When the model walks, its head and tail move from side to side. Kids can build six other models and conduct experiments with suction to learn about air pressure and mechanical physics. Smugglers is a game that challenges players to compete to be the most skillful smuggler. Players roll the die to determine which size hole in the fence they need to fit their contraband, which is made of polymer putty that players roll into balls with the contraband pieces hidden inside. The players then roll their balls down a track toward the fence. The player that succeeds guesses the contents of the balls that did not fit or were smaller. If he or she guess correctly, he or she gets to keep the contraband. With the Magic: Gold Edition collection of magic props, kids can easily learn, practice, and perform 150 magic tricks and illusions. Kids can magically guess birthdays, numbers, and colors; levitate themselves and objects; bend and restore metal; practice dozens of tricks with playing cards; make a thimble appear, disappear, jump around, and pass through objects; and more. The set includes a 96-page instruction manual and video tutorials for the tricks are available online. This kit is designed to supply one magician ages 8 and up. New to the Kids First line is Robot Engineer. Kids read the funny story of two inquisitive kids, Ty and Karlie, and build simple, non-motorized models of the robots they construct and fix during their adventure to an automated candy factory. Designed for kids ages 3 and up, large, colorful plastic building pieces make it easy for small hands to put the models together. From each segment of their silly adventure, kids learn something new about robots and machines. This 53-piece science kit with an illustrated storybook provides an engaging way to teach simple engineering concepts to preschool-aged kids. This kit helps develop fine motor, science and math, visual-spatial, reasoning, and concept development skills.
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Many of us are traveling to Denver for the American Specialty Toy Retailing Association’s (ASTRA’s) Marketplace & Academy trade show, and in...