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Jump Into a New Dimension

The pack is BACK, the original MadPax. We rock what is new and now for kids of all ages. Request a fly by and see what is on board for the Pack to School season.
 MadPax has the packfolio; the perfect case for definitive documents or laptop as well as the small pint, a picture perfect pack for those ages 1 to 3 and running free!

http://madpax.com/

sales@madpax.com

An All American company on a mission!

And that mission is:

To produce a unique and amazing product that will delight, inspire and entertain children; bring peace, quiet and joy to parents and grandparents; and stimulate the creative soul of everyone whose hands are touched by Wikkies.

Long regarded as the best travel toy out there, Wikki Stix are currently offered on five airlines as part of the kids’ meal program. Two new items in the Wikki Stix line address this fact:  The Traveler,  for kids 6 and up, and the Lil’ Traveler for the 3-5 year old crowd. 

Each offers plenty of Wikki Stix plus activities and materials to stave off boredom on planes, in the backseat, and at Grandma’s when the adults are all busy talking !  And each is in a cute red carry case.

Capitalizing on the fun and playful aspect of Wikki Stix, the company has a number of promotions centering on the Wikki Stix Fun Truck, a 1934 Ford Pickup.  “What better way to symbolize our all- American pride than with another all American classic," commented  Kem Clark, President of the Wikki Stix Co.

One major concept built around the truck is a program promoting stores who carry Wikki Stix, featuring the truck making a Wikki Stix delivery to that store.  Photos of the store and truck are posted on all social media sites, letting customers know where Wikki Stix are available.

On the more serious side, Wikki Stix are also widely used as a teaching tool and educational toy, offering fine motor skill applications, mistake-proof learning and tactile interaction for children with special needs. 

In business for 27 years, the Wikki Stix Co. is now seeing second-generation Wikki kids.... children of young parents who enjoyed Wikki Stix when they were kids.

Dress up your imagination!

Imagine by Rubie’s is a toy division of Rubie’s Costume Company, offering a full line of dress-up apparel and accessories for children in blister sets, boxed sets and separates. Achieving substantial growth over the past 3 years, Imagine continues to provide innovative designs by introducing new products such as light up muscle chest shirts for Spider-Man, Captain America and Iron Man, as well as an entire line of Wonder Woman light up accessories which include a light up belt, light up tiara, light up necklace and light up gauntlets. Each and every new eye-catching design can be enjoyed by kids 365 days a year!

Available in the toy aisle of most major retailers (Target, Walmart, Toys R Us) as well as online, Imagine by Rubie’s offers today’s younger generation the hottest licenses including Star Wars Rogue One, Batman, Superman, Spiderman, Captain America, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the ever-popular DC Super Hero Girls: Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Supergirl, Harley Quinn, Poison Ivy, Bumble Bee and Katana. Embracing “girl power” these new dress-up styles are specially designed to help build character and confidence by empowering girls to discover their true potential. Other popular “girl power” characters include Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Black Widow from Marvels: The Avengers.

In addition to the various licensed properties, Imagine by Rubie’s also offers a variety of non-licensed characters including: Pirates, Ninjas, Fire Fighters, Police Officers, Chefs, Military Men, Fairies and Princesses. Each of these everyday heroes encourages the importance of dress-up and role play by stimulating one's imagination.

With new styles and new characters, every child can be whoever they want to be with Imagine by Rubie’s!

www.imaginebyrubies.com

Second Generation Wikki Kids

As young parents buy a toy they remember from childhood.
“I played with these all the time when I was a kid”, is what we hear constantly now….. after twenty-six years in business.  So as these young parents are now buying Wikki
Stix for their children… we have second-generation Wikki Kids enjoying our product !

And still among our best sellers is the Wikki Stix Activity Set, offering 84 Wikki Stix, a lightweight durable playboard, zip-lock carry bag and a fun booklet of ideas and illustrations featuring two Wikkiland characters, Gizzywik and The Morgandoot. This product is the winner of the Parents’ Choice Classic Toy Award, and clearly has stood the test of time.

Another evergreen is the Wikki Stix Rainbow Pak…which also sports a fun new look with….imagine this!... a rainbow on the front.  This is a low price point, entry level product offering 24 eight-inch Wikki Stix in the colors of the rainbow, and a fun idea sheet of illustrations and activities.

On the other end of the spectrum is the brand new Wikkidoodle Fun…our answer to the adult coloring craze.  36 Wikki Stix and a doodle pad with 24 pages of “getting started” doodle ideas, and 8 totally blank pages, to let your inner Picasso run free !

New too, for kids from 3 to 103, are Team Colors !  Every school has school colors… grade schools, high schools, universities… and then, of course, all the professional teams.  So kids from elementary level to dad the devoted NFL fan, can all make fun designs on the fridge or decorate a sports bottle… with easy-to-use Wikki Stix.
All teams are available.

As the evergreens continue to grow and flourish, we are having a ball adding fun new items to the line from Wikkiland !  Stay tuned !
www.wikkistix.com

FOLKMANIS CELEBRATES FORTY YEARS OF FUN!

Folkmanis® Puppets is having a wildly successful 40th anniversary year! Since 1976, the family-owned company, based in Emeryville California, has produced the best-selling plush puppets available in the specialty toys market. The line has evolved from an original handful of designs to now over 200 styles including finger puppets, stage puppets, little puppets, character puppets and full body, hand puppets.

Twice a year, Folkmanis introduces new puppet designs to its expansive menagerie that currently boasts numerous award-winning styles. Four new introductions have already garnered industry accolades. The magical, three-stage, transforming Monarch Life Cycle puppet merited the 2016 NAPPA Award and the 2016 PAL Award! Additionally, the delightfully animated Yellow Beaked Crow, the mysterious Slow Loris and the legendary Black Dragon won kudos and 2016 PAL Awards.

Naturally, the company has outdone itself once again with a summer collection of new puppets from every category for your creative play and enjoyment. Wildlife selections include the whimsical Brown Cow, mischievous Crafty Fox, cuddly Baby Koala, huggable Classic Monkey, friendly Corgi, and colorful Green Macaw. Birders find delight in a graceful Great Blue Heron and magnificent American Kestrel while divers amuse over the extraordinary Nautilus.

Popping up for fun is the happy Rat in Tin Can and check out the low-tech enhancements that animate the legs of the Jumping Frog and voice sound from the Moo Cow Stage Puppet! Smaller hands will hoot over the Little Owl, Little Fox, and Little Giraffe as well as the portable Mini Sea Otter finger puppet. Lastly, elevate your fantasy play with the spectacular Red Dragon and the wickedly brilliant Jabberwock!

Folkmanis believes imagination is the key to a healthy childhood, encouraging play and discovery to develop the skills necessary in life.  Innovating specialty puppets for nearly 40 years, Folkmanis® Puppets are clearly the best loved, low-tech, classic toys in the global marketplace.   Lauded by industry experts as well as child development and kid-approved toy tests, the company consistently earns high marks for superior play value and design excellence. Find Folkmanis® Puppets online at www.folkmanis.com.

Folkmanis® Puppets: An essential ingredient to every toy box, every childhood, every generation.

www.folkmanis.com
info@folkmanis.com
800-654-8922

Introducing a Distinctive Brand of Craft Experiences for Aspirational Tweens and Teens -Craftivity™

Smart, High-quality Crafts-
Teenage girls don’t outgrow their creativity, they just outgrow kid’s crafts. They want quality, they want durability and they want style. Craftivity delivers all of these things, while allowing girls to expand their artistic abilities through crafting.

From macramé to decoupage, ombre dying to jewelry making and more, growing girls will learn new techniques while creating crafts that they actually want to wear or add to their bedroom décor. Growing up should never mean outgrowing your favorite hobbies! So let them showcase their individuality by allowing to create on-trend fashions and home accents.

You Got This!
Craftivity craft kits inspire and empower girls who want to learn new skills while creating beautifully finished projects.  Once complete, their finished product will be one they will treasure or makes a great personal gift.  

8 products available to ship in May 2016!

www.craftivity.com
www.fabercastell.com 

Show off your emotion with a TWONSTER.  Twonsters are plush with personality.

Twonsters are plush characters in the shape of friendly monsters that share different emotions. Each character is equipped with two individual emotions 

for children to express as they switch between the interchangeable faces that are sewed onto the Twonster. Each Twonster is made from soft, pillowlike 

material that makes them ideal for cuddling. There are 9 different Twonsters in two different sizes for kids and caregivers to choose from, each with its 

own colorful appearance and personality.  Show your parents and friends what kind of mood you are in!

ChiTag Toy & Game Fair

Every November, ChiTag consists of four days packed with events that celebrate play, and the entrepreneurs who make toys and games! The only organization to bring together the public with play innovators and the media, ChiTag is in it’s 12th year. 

Register for one or more events to reach media, consumers and trade just before the holidays – when you want the most coverage, connections and engagement.

ChiTAG brings together consumers, families, inventors, manufacturers, retailers, educators, hobbyists, and the media, at the start of the holiday season, to play, celebrate, discover, support, and promote the creation of toys and games.

STATS:

  • Over 300,000,000 media impressions in 2014 and will be over 600,000,000 in 2015 – regional, national and international. 
  • Over 2,500 bloggers via email, over 400 at Fair, over 300 up-close and personal at a special Fair Opening Event. 
  • Over 30,000 influential consumers, 33% under 4 feet tall.

If people are taking the time and money to attend an event showcasing the hottest toys and games for the holidays, you know they will be telling their friends and family about them! 

With over 2,000 trade attendees looking for new products, ChiTag is bound to be a great event!

Visit them at http://www.chitag.com/us/about/ to learn more and to register!

Get Social and Follow ChiTag here:

Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoToyAndGameFair
Twitter -https://twitter.com/chicagotoyngame
Pinterest - https://www.pinterest.com/marycouzin/

Contact Information:
email: info@chitag.com
phone: (847) 677-8277

Kidz Gear Knows Headphones

Kidz Gear knows headphones!  Better yet, Kidz Gear knows kids!  Kidz Gear was started in 2001 by founder and mother Laurie Peterson after she went looking for headphones for her own young son.  She was looking for headphones that were made to comfortably fit younger children, looked cool, sounded awesome and were safe to use.  Sadly, she found nothing.  It was then that she decided it was time for a new kind of children’s headphone. She wanted one with high-quality construction, ergonomically designed, value priced and most importantly safe.  Thus, Kidz Gear the Grown-Up Performance, Built for Kids brand of KidzControl™ Volume Limit Headphones were born. 

Thanks to moms and kids everywhereKidz Gear has become the leader in safe, comfortable and stylish headphones for children. Over the years they have added new colors such as Pink, Green, Purple and Blue and new technologies like an omni-directional Boom Microphone for foreign language and audio/verbal test taking as well as interactive game play and online video creation.  They even introduced new accessories like Carry Bags and Stereo Headphone Splitter Cables to allow you and your buddy to listen together.  However, with the ever increasing adoption of iPhones, iPads, Kindles, Nooks, Androids, Chromebooks, Tablets, Smartphones & MP3 Players, Kidz Gear knew they had to continue to look for what was coming next beyond the wired headphones of yesterday and today.  Well the search is finally over.  Kidz Gear is proud to announce the Award-winning Wireless Bluetooth™ Stereo Headphones for Kids!  Finally, Freedom from Wires! 

The new headphones deliver super comfortable, high-quality wireless Bluetooth audio making them the essential audio gear for mobile active children everywhere.  Capable of being quickly charged with a provided USB cable, the headphones deliver up to 10hrs of true freedom from cumbersome wires that kids can easily get tangled.  Think of it, what could be better for children who want to do gaming, dance, listen to music, and follow exercise apps that require movement than a pair of Kidz Gear Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones!  But wait, that’s not all.  What about the Boom Microphone for language learning, video creation, and talking on the phone to friends?  Well Kidz Gear took care of that as well with the additional support of a uniquely designed detachable Boom Mic – just like the one from the wired headphones!  They even come in cool colors like blue and pink! 

So if you are a retailer with an eye for the future of children’s audio, be sure to check out the Kidz Gear Wireless Bluetooth Stereo Headphones for Kids! 

Visit www.GearForKidz.com, email: greatproducts@gearforkidz.com or give us a call: (877) Kidz-Gear. 

Toymarketing International Inc.

Celebrating 30 years of the Rody Horse!

We have been in business since 1984, and we work with Ledraplastic spa, Italy (Gymnic Line), importing and distributing its superior line of Rody Horses, Hop Balls, Fitness, Therapy and Wellness products for balance and coordination development for children and adults. Their products are made of heavy duty, latex-free, and phthalate free vinyl.

The Gymnic Line’s Rody Horse, Racin’ Rody Horse, Gyffy the Giraffe and Raffy the Rabbit are a favorite with children to learn balancing and coordination while hopping on them. Used for therapy with special needs children due to its softness and ride-on qualities. Base is available for transforming to a Rocking Rody.

The Gymnic Line’s Rody Jr. is a favorite with children for imaginative and creative play, and is also a good friend for your 18” doll. Rody Jr. is available in 3 colors (Light Yellow, Light Pink and Light Blue)! For ages 3 years and up, with adult supervision.

The Gymnic Line’s Rody Max is the same as the popular Rody Horse and it is for children 6 years and up with adult supervision. Available in 3 colors.

The Gymnic Line’s Hop Balls are the very best quality in hopping balls! Made of super strong, yet soft latex-free vinyl, for long lasting use and durability. Great exercise product for indoors and smooth safe outdoor surfaces. Promotes children’s body coordination, balance, lymph circulation and provides a fun workout while hopping on the ball.

We also carry top quality wooden sports products by Lucio Londero, Italy.

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