Although the pair is saving its real showstopper – a rumored new tech device that will integrate with Disney’s online worlds – for a proper Toy Fair unveiling, Disney Radio (US$14.99) by Techno Source and DCP offers bang for very few bucks. The collection of portable digital FM radios with two-way tuning showcase Disney characters and features parental controls to lock in kid-friendly stations and limit volume on three sizes of earbuds designed for smaller ears.
To support the launch of Lucasfilm’s CGI series The Clone Wars, Lego’s epic Republic Gunship (US$119.99) clocks in at more than 1,000 pieces, and is sure to bring The Force all over again for Star Wars fans in August. The troop transporter comes with a speeder bike and mini-figures, including Clone Troopers, Obi-Wan and a Sith Lord, outfitted with a double lightsaber that can be split in two.
Who doesn’t like shiny things? Rolling out in June, Color Me Gemz (US$7.99) from Fisher-Price lets younger girls customize their jewelry using custom markers. Specially designed facets on the pieces turn into realistic-looking precious stones with the touch of the pen.
Toycos going green was a big trend at Fall Toy Preview held in Dallas last October that no doubt will continue. ToyQuest is readying its Planetcare line for launch this fall featuring a complete line of biodegradable preschool toys made from 100%-recycled materials (including wood, plastic and paper) and organic dyes and cotton. The packaging also uses 100% recycled paper. On the other side of the terrestrial coin, Planet Earth’s master licensee Planet Toys is showing its line of eco-friendly products, led by a collection of plush with stuffing made from recycled bottles.