China Toy Fair


Safari Ltd.’s Wild Safari Gyropsaurus Wins Prehistoric Times’ Dinosaur of the Year

dinosaurSafari Ltd. has received Prehistoric Times magazine‘s 2013 Dinosaur of the Year award for its Wild Safari Gyrposaurus. Prehistoric Times magazine caters to both retail stores and individual dinosaur enthusiasts. The magazine is celebrating its 20th year in distribution. The staff and the retailers that were canvassed gave strong support for the Gyrposaurus.

Safari Ltd.’s Wild Life dinosaur collection features high-quality figures with a great amount of detail and accuracy. The company is a third-generation, educational toy company whose mission is to teach children the importance of nature and its conservation through the joy of play.

VTech Expands Its Switch & Go Dinos Line

Jagger for blogVTech has added to its evolving line of Switch & Go Dinos. The new toys combine two of kids’ classic playthings—dinosaurs and vehicles—with a transformation feature and motion-activated lights and sounds.

The new Switch & Go Dinos are suitable for kids ages 3 to 8, and available at www.vtechkids.com, amazon.com, target.com, toysrus.com, and walmart.com. Meanwhile, parents can visit VTech’s Facebook page for a chance to win a Switch & Go Dino.

Some of the newer dinosaurs include:

Jagger the T-Rex: Transforms from a construction vehicle with movable crane to a Tyrannosaurus Rex in a few simple steps. Jagger features voice recognition technology, a crane mode with 360-degree, rotatable, extending crane; a voice-activated launcher-fired drill bit; animated dinosaur eyes; and more.

Blister the Velociraptor: Transforms from a helicopter to a Velociraptor. The helicopter mode has a button-controlled spinning propeller, bright LED searchlight, and a launcher-fired rescue claw. In dinosaur mode, Blister emits realistic dinosaur sounds and phrases.

SkySlicer the Allosaurus: Transforms from a jet plane into a Allosaurus. The jet plane mode lets kids choose their pilot on a 1.5-inch LCD screen, and also makes realistic jet plane sound effects. Meanwhile, the dinosaur mode includes animated eyes and realistic dinosaur sounds.

Creatures of Delight Fuse Fangs and Fun

There is a softer side to all kinds of fictitious creatures: from Yetis, aliens, and trolls, to dragons, human-devouring plants, and purple dinosaurs.

Tom Kopian, artist and creator behind Creatures of Delight, a line of specialty, handcrafted monster toys, works with a small team and his 11-year partner, Stewart Buffaloe, to make one-of-a-kind creatures using a variety of molds and his patented latex-fiber blend material.

Large Feed Me Creature

The creatures are a combination of creepy and cute and appeal to a broad demographic. Though the line is composed mostly of traditionally scary, fictional monsters, their vibrant color palettes and bright-white smiles make them appeal to girls as much as boys. “I think essentially the toys are gender neutral. They are rough and tough monsters, so it can be a boy thing, but girls like some of the cuter pieces like Snarl, Floyd, and the Grudges. It is not definitively a boy or girl thing,” Kopian explains. [Read more...]