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Odyssey Expands Auto Moto Collection 


Remote-controlled technology is appreciated by toy fans of all ages. Odyssey’s Auto Moto Collection puts all the power in your hands. Let’s face it - a toy robot is very cool. But one that can transform into a sporty race car, a blazing fire engine, or a pair of battling robots at the simple push of a button is even cooler!

Nothing beats the amazing feeling of gripping a remote control and dictating the movements of a sturdy vehicle all over different types of terrain. Not only do you get to dictate every movement of these mean-looking cars and truck, you’ll also get to watch it transform into a commanding robot that walks and listens to your voice directions!  

For 2019, Odyssey is adding two impressive trucks to its series that will quickly become fan favorites to the Auto Moto Collection. First is the Diggin’ Moto, a powerful bulldozer truck. Watch this beastly vehicle prowl all over the ground and run over just about anything in its way. This truck is by far the biggest Moto yet! As with our entire Auto Moto series, there’s an added bonus – with one push of a button, that bulldozer truck transforms into a sleek robot!

Next up is the Dumpin’ Moto, an all-terrain garbage truck in a sturdy green and white plastic frame which reveals itself to be a towering robot at your command. Send the Dumpin’ Moto to do your bidding across the ground in all directions. With the addition of these two new trucks, the Auto Moto Collection is a great, powerful, and colorful toy series you don’t want to miss!

www.odysseytoys.com
305-933-4480
sales@odysseytoys.com

Get Creative and Express Yourself with Bobbi-Toads

What little girl doesn’t love to paint her nails? Now she can decorate her shoes to match! 

Bobbi-Toads Paintables are the first-ever sneakers that feature little “toes” embossed into the rubber cap, which can be painted with nail polish, over & over again (just like your real nails)! 
Bobbi-Toads Paintables work with any nail polish, but Bobbi-Polish is recommended because it’s non-toxic, eco-friendly, hypoallergenic, all-natural, and works on your real nails as well! 

Bobbi-Toads Light-Ups shoes feature 5 LEDs with either “toes” or side-panels that light up and can be decorated with nail stickers, encouraging people to get creative and express themselves! 
All of Bobbi-Toads’ shoes are made with vegan leather, and while the sturdy shoeboxes are encouraged for reuse, they are also 100% recyclable!

Bobbi-Toads was founded, quite-literally, from a dream. One Chicago man, Bob Stanley, had a dream in which he was told to invent these paintable sneakers for kids, what to call them, and to give back to a specific charity with the profits. Having been a printer his entire life, this dream was obscure to say the least. 

However, right after having the dream upon returning to work at the print shop, he saw they were working on a job for a new customer: the charity from in his dream, one that he’d never heard of before that. At that moment, it was clear he was to turn his dream into a reality.

www.bobbitoads.com

Meet The New Girls In Town!

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Meet Maru, the Latina girl. She’s more than just a pretty face with realistic facial features, she’s a doll that looks just like a girl! Maru is the main character in the Maru and Friends doll line, she is sold with her illustrated storybook that chronicles her real-life story with her new BFF from different cultures.

The Maru and Friends doll line includes, 20-inch all vinyl dolls, 13-inch Mini Pals, limited edition dolls and storybook collectibles. All Maru dolls are designed in America and sculpted by famed Dianna Effner.

Coming soon the animated adventures of Maru, stay tuned!

305-577-6878

www.maruandfriends.com

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GUND The Most Huggable For Over 120 Years

There's nothing like that special bond between a child and their first plush toys. For more than 120 years, GUND has been a premier plush company recognized for quality, on-trend, innovative products that appeal to the next generation of customers. Whether it’s a classic teddy bear, or a contemporary nursery trend, everyone is sure to fall in love with the GUND collection.


GUND is proud of its legacy of excellence and will continue to produce high-quality, unique products that evoke feelings of tenderness, warmth, and comfort that people love and cherish for a lifetime. Award-winning GUND, Baby GUND and license products – including Tillywig, TOBY Awards, TOTY nominations, and more – are loved by all ages, from infants enchanted by Flappy the Elephant to teen and adult fans of the adorable internet sensation, Pusheen, and are perfect for both play and collecting.


Come see the brand-new GUND showroom at AmericasMart Atlanta, now located on the 14th floor in suite #1433. Browse classic favorites and see what’s new for 2019! For more information, visit www.gundbusiness.com or call 800-448-4863.

VISIT #1433 AT THE ATLANTA GIFT SHOW

Supplying America Quality Products since 1883.

What we have learned about kids in our 135 year history.


Children learn by imitating their parents. So what better way to shape their life skills than to give them their own products that mimic your home and family products.

A favorite in many families, the BeachBaby® line features chairs and pop-up tents great for the beach, backyard, park and more. Pop-Up Shade Domes in various sizes add instant shade anywhere. Kids love taking their very own chair to the beach, camping, picnics and family outings. That is why our BeachBaby line includes a folding chair with an umbrella, a folding camp chair, and a lounger.  All in a variety of colors.

Fun & Fitness for Kids® equipment keeps children moving with healthy activity based recreation. Brightly-colored workout equipment inspire children to have an active lifestyle. Healthy lifestyle choices benefit children for a lifetime. Our toddler-sized equipment is "just their size", durable and safe.

Introducing the Pack and Stay colorful organizers excellent for kids’ rooms, closets, garages and play areas. Even when full and stacked the wide-mouth opening allows for easy access to contents for that quick clean-up. Slide-out buttons easily enable several organizers to be stacked on top of each other.

Redmon also offers a large variety of Pop-Up hampers from the Bongo Buddy Collection designed to fit any child's personality. From fun animals to a "Free Throw" hamper with a backdrop for slam dunking items from laundry to toys while practicing hoops. Bongo Bags are made of durable nylon that easily wipes clean with a damp cloth and fold flat for storage when not in use.

For 135 years the Redmon Company has been supplying American retailers with quality products for the home and family. "Our longevity, however, is no wonder because our business philosophy has been to strive always for magnanimity of purpose. We have refused to sacrifice principles of morality, honesty, ethics, and just plain manners because the bottom line then becomes nothing more than dross. To this end, we treat our employees, customers, suppliers and yes even our competitors alike." says Peter Redmon, CEO of W.C. Redmon Company. "We have a great staff of key people to serve you."

www.redmonusa.com
info@wcredmon.com
765-473-6683 

ASWEETS, Helping Kids Learn and Develop Through Creative Play.

Expand their Horizons through Play.

ASweets, we manufacture a wide selection of products for infants and kids worldwide. We believe that our product line provides babies and kids with the proper tools to engage in open-ended creativity. We have developed a series of products that can create a unique play space for children.

www.ASweets.com
asweetsamerica@zhaos.com
626.333.4222, 

Showroom 8400

A Game of the Future - Today!

NuBrix brings focus to build and connect in 3D

NuBrix is a 'high touch' technology offering organic intervention outside the digital space. Yeah! It's not electronic!

The 3D element of Nubrix energizes motor skills and creates a natural spatial orientation environment to develop and encourage eye to hand coordination.   

This brick connecting game engages the cognitive process with three basic concepts for the brain to identify - shapes, color, and numbers.

The basic concepts of play of connecting shapes, matching colors and simple math guides the brain into a mindful focus and allows the imagination to create and have fun. 

NuBrix Games helps with perfecting the three different types of attention for focus and concentration:

1. Selective Attention - focusing on one thing while disregarding others.

2. Sustained Attention - staying focused on something for a long time.   

3. Divided Attention - processing multiple sources of information at the same time.

 Explore www.nubrixgames.com and shop at our website. 

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Maple Landmark Woodcraft

For 39 years, Maple Landmark has been making toys, games, and gifts the right way. Using local talent, sustainable materials and efficient processes, the passionate crew of 45 employees works hard every day to manufacture and deliver safe products to happy consumers, young and old alike.


One day in the 1970s, Michael Rainville, 11 years old at the time, had finished his chores and homework so his mother, Pat, decided to keep him busy. Supplied with a coping saw and sand block, Rainville set about cutting wood pieces and experimenting with different techniques in his parents’ basement. The first products made, spools and bobbin holders among other items, were sold at local craft fairs. Rainville made his first wholesale sale in 1979.


The fledgling business grew in the ensuing three decades, becoming a robust wooden toy manufacturer, weathering economic storms, and expanding facilities several times. With a building addition completed in 2015, the current factory in Middlebury, VT totals 28,000 square feet. Over these years, Maple Landmark acquired several other woodworking businesses including Montgomery Schoolhouse of Montgomery, VT in 2001.


Maple Landmark boasts a variety of capabilities, from lasers, to computer-controlled routers, to full-color digital printers. Through optimization of modern manufacturing techniques, Rainville’s childhood hobby has grown to over 1000 unique products. These include the popular NameTrains Wooden Railway System and the Schoolhouse Naturals baby and toddler toy line. Each day is different at the shop, though, including custom products for other companies.
Despite this growth and modernization, Maple Landmark has stuck to its roots. Still at the helm, Rainville has employed five other family members including his mother (yes, the one who got him started in the 70s!), wife, Jill, sister, Barbara, and two sons, Adam & Andrew.

With an unwavering commitment to American manufacturing and a strong passion for sustainable wood products, the Rainvilles and Maple Landmark forge on into the next decade of craftsmanship.


www.maplelandmark.com
thefolks@maplelandmark.com
800-421-4223

Bring your imagination to life with the future of educational gaming

Teaching children about the natural world around them including sea life and extinct animals can be a little daunting. How cool would it be if their learning was experienced in the 3D realm? Imagine the added value of combining modern gaming technology and education. Gone are the days where kids simply read a book or color flat pages, arrived are the days where the pages come to life for today’s tech savvy youth.

Odyssey Toys presents ARIA’s Adventures, the new wave of children’s education and play. Utilizing augmented reality, ARIA’s Adventures offers several interactive and exciting options. Simply use your smart device or the included VR headset and allow Aria to take you on a virtual journey through the jungle. 

ARIA's Augmented Reality Flash Cards come in 4 categories: Sea Life, Animals, Extinct Animals, and The Birds. Each set has 24 cards which are also translated into English and Spanish. Players can simply flash the card behind your device's back camera and watch the selected animal come to life on their device! Learn valuable facts or listen to the animal’s roar, adding a stimulating educational element to the game. Don’t forget to take a selfie with your 3D pet!

ARIA’s 3D Coloring Books come in 3 categories: Animals, Seal Life, and Dinosaurs. 3D coloring is a mesmerizing experience- watch as wild animals fill in and transform from flat white drawings to exciting, colorfully interactive characters. Each book comes with 10 unique 3D coloring pages and 10 augmented reality learning activities which range from “matching” to “what comes next” to “complete the square” type activities played on your smart device in 3D! 

This interactive game takes advantage of modern technology, allowing children to learn in an innovative, fun, and engaging way. Aria's Adventures utilizes augmented reality (commonly known as AR to techies), the latest gaming phenomenon that causes physical objects in the real-world environment to appear augmented. ARIA’s Adventures is a single or multi-player interactive experience recommended for ages 4+.

www.odysseytoys.com
sales@odysseytoys.com
305-933-4480

Beautiful Dolls that Engage and Inspire

Meet Maru and Friends®, a beautiful doll collection, storybooks and accessories that are the creation of Maru, Maritza Gutierrez, the founder of this company. She too is an adult collector and wanted to create a beautiful doll that would look so real, that girls of all ages could associate with and be inspired.

The idea flourished and she developed Maru and Friends®, a doll line with storybooks that would chronicle the life of a young Hispanic girl that comes to America in search of a better life.

Maritza’s professional background is in marketing; she has managed her own advertising
and public relations agency for more than thirtyfive years. Her agency, Creative Ideas Advertising, Inc., is an award-winning firm, known for producing some of the most successful political and public service campaigns.

Maritza still finds time to give back to her community as a civic volunteer at MDX, the expressway authority in Miami-Dade County. She was the first woman to chair this organization.

About the Artist

The Maru and Friends® original five dolls, and now all new mini pals, were sculpted by the
award-winning, American artist, Dianna Effner. Dianna has been making collectible porcelain
dolls for more than 35 years. She is a master doll artist that has perfected her craft, capturing the tender features of a child’s face in her beautiful doll creations. Her unique style and perfection of lifelike fine collectible dolls are only available at Maru and Friends®.

Thanks to their loyal friends from around the world, expect a lot more special surprises from
Maru™! They put a lot of love and passion into making their beautiful doll collection and designer outfits and they thank you for loving them too.

maruandfriends.com

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