Douglas Company Adds Nine Animals to Plush Line

FarmThe Douglas Company has added nine true-to-life farm animal breeds to their line of plush. The new animals include Pauline the Large Spotted Pig (as well as a small version),Harriet the Cow, Little Bit the Lamb, Zeb the Mini Longhorn, Tex the Armadillo, Roma the Black Horse, MacClay the Clydesdale, and Canyon the Painted Pony.

The products are sold at specialty gift and toy stores in the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

Douglas Offers New Dogs, Farm Animals, and Other Plush This Year

Douglas Classics has introduced over 70 new classic breeds for their line of plush toys this year. The new toy range includes farm animals, dogs, ponies, and wildlife animals. Douglas will be introducing a kennel packed with new dogs such as Bob the Beagle and Tick Tock the Springer Spaniel, new farm animals including Little Bit the Lamb and Harriet the Dairy Cow, and new ponies such as Roma the Black Horse and MacClay the Clydesdale. There will also be new wildlife animals including Suzette the Fox.

The new items will hit the shelves in early March and will be available at specialty and toy stores in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Douglas Classic Animals come in sizes of 4.5 inches to 32 inches.

Douglas Adds New Puppies, Wildlife Animals

DouglasWildAnimalsDouglas Co., a New Hampshire-based plush toy maker, has added a new size of breed to its puppy kennels, as well as a variety of new animals to its wildlife line. Eight new pups will be joining the dogs line, and 18 new wildlife animals will join the entourage, in time for the 2014 American International Toy Fair.

Each of the new pups is created from soft, faux fur in the exact likeness of its true-to-life counterparts. Douglas’ new wildlife animals include a fox, wolf, moose, cow, white tail deer, raccoon, and pig. The company is also adding larger wildlife animals that range in size from 11 inches to 24 inches in length. Douglas’ Wildlife Animals have authentic-looking details and bring attention to both current and endangered species.

The new Douglas products are expected to appear on store shelves by early March.

COMMENTARY: It’s Alive! Cool Tech Brings Animal Toys to Life

Kids are always begging for pets, especially around the holidays. “Can I have a puppy?” “I want a pony!” I’m sure you’re hearing it all. But if you’re not ready to make that huge commitment to a pet and a messy house (and perhaps all of the dog-walking responsibilities), new technology that’s available is truly bringing animal toys to life.

Hexbug Nano V2 Black Hole

Hexbug Nano V2 Black Hole

The Hexbug line, from Innovation First, has used new tech to make robotic Hexbug critters that crawl on battery power. Two of the company’s newest lines expand upon this technology to make it even better. The Hexbug Nano V2 critters are gravity-defying bugs that can climb vertically through tubes. The Hexbug Nano V2 Black Hole play set, the Nano V2 bugs can climb vertically, horizontally, and around corners. Kids can unleash their creativity by customizing the design and layout of the three-story set. The play set also comes with special accessories including a spiral tube and a black funnel.

The Hexbugs Aquabot line features robotic fish that really swim in water. The micro-robotic creatures have Smart Fish technology that allows it to swim, dive, and change directions. You don’t have to worry about feeding it or cleaning its tank. Aqua bots are available in five translucent colors and designed for kids ages 3 and up. [Read more...]

Safari Ltd. Breaks into the Baby Market

Safari Ltd.18Safari Ltd., a family-owned manufacturer and worldwide distributor of museum-quality educational toys, has lowered the suggested age for more than 60 figures in its Incredible Creatures collection. Select figures previously suggested for ages 3 and older are now suitable for ages 18 months and up, including the bearded dragon, flying fish, panda baby, 2014 piglet, and more.

The new, lower age recommendation breaks Safari Ltd. into the baby market for the first time in the company’s history. Safari Ltd is a third-generation, educational toy company whose mission is to teach children the importance of nature and conservation through the joy of play.