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CELEBRIDUCKS

 

CelebriDucks is the original creator of the first ever celebrity rubber ducks of the greatest icons of film, music, athletics, and history. They have produced CelebriDucks for the NBA, Major League Baseball, the NHL, NASCAR, NCAA collegiate mascots and also famous people such as Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, The Wizard of Oz, Alice in Wonderland, James Dean, KISS, Barack Obama, James Brown, The Blues Brothers, Mr. T, Shakespeare, etc.. To date they have created over 200 different CelebriDucks and have pioneered a whole new collectible.

The company has received a tremendous amount of publicity having been on NBC, Fox, CBS Evening Magazine (three times), CNN, ABC, Showtime, ESPN, VH1, TNT, A&E, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tony Danza Show, The Jimmy Kimmel Live show, and most other television networks, plus written up in Sports Illustrated, U.S. News and World Report, ESPN The Magazine, Maxim, The N.Y. Times, USA Today, LA Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Toronto Sun, Playboy, The Chicago Sun Times, Fortune Small Business, etc.. CelebriDucks have been on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show twice and were featured in the Entertainment Weekly Holiday Gift Guide of the top 100 Gifts of 2001. The press only continues to build with more and more stories coming out about the company both nationally and internationally.

The company created a Tropical Parrot, complete with Hawaiian shirt and shades for The Jimmy Buffet Margaritaville Cafes and successful sell their Blues Brothers ducks at all House of Blues venues nationwide. They also recently broke new ground by creating the world’s first ever floating Pink Flamingo which debuted at The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas.

ESPN ran a poll on their website for the fan’s favorite stadium give-a-way and CelebriDucks beat out Beanie Babies, Bobbleheads, Pez Dispensers, Lunch Boxes, and Match Box cars. Their ducks have been used by numerous teams in the NBA, NHL, and Major League Baseball such as The Yankees, The Philadelphia 76ers, The Houston Rockets, The Chicago Cubs, and many many others which can be seen in the custom duck section on their website. Their promotional sporting events have been sponsored by companies such as Reebok, Dr. Pepper, Gatorade, AOL/TimeWarner, Southwest Airlines, Arby’s, Adidas, Mountain Dew, Chevrolet, Sprite, Dodge, Clarinex, Suburu, Pepsi, Office Depot, Sierra Mist, and many others.

Proctor & Gamble, the largest packaged good manufacturer in the world had CelebriDucks create 200,000 Will Ferrell wash poufs for an Old Spice promotion to tie in with Will Ferrell’s new movie, Semi-Pro.

Gorton Seafood, one of the largest frozen fish companies in the US did a four month national promotion which was tremendously successful with the creation of a CelebriDuck of the Gorton Fisherman. Not only did it sell out, but it was the most successful promotion in their history. This was followed up with another promotion with our duck on over one million packages.

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Why is it the second that Halloween ends we’re suddenly all on a crash course to the holidays? You’re likely thinking about holiday gifts, mile long wish-lists, the stress of shopping, how to make a BIG party on a small budget, and all the other fun stuff that comes along with this festive time… So, as you strategically plan for how to make those around you holiday happy, the folks at Chicco want to give a little something > to give you or your readers at least one less toy to fight for on the toy store shelves…Billy Fun Wheels.
 

Billy FunWheels · Children drive this fun, bright colored truck with a motion-sensitive remote control. Exciting acceleration and warning sounds for the reverse mode accompany steering· Ages 2 years +; $34.99· Retailers: ToysRUs.com, EToys.com, Rightstart.com

 

 

 

 

Generation T

 

The latest trend in being green is to recycle what you already have and turn it into something hip and new. Generation T: Beyond Fashion, by bestselling author Megan Nicolay, is packed with 120 projects that show you how to turn the humble yet ever-malleable t-shirt in dozens of new directions—from baby gifts to pet accessories, stuff for the home, the car, the road, and of course, you!

Do you, when you see something on a store rack that you absolutely love, run your hands over the item, admire the craftsmanship, and imagine the outfit it will complete? Then do you, upon seeing the price tag, promptly drop the garment from your fingers with a sneer, “Forty dollars?! I could so make that.” If you find yourself more often than not in situations like these—grumbling about high-priced clothes as you browse the racks—you are not alone.
Generation-T.com is a forum in which to learn about and educate other like-minded individuals (and T-shirt lovers!) in Zen and the Art of T-shirt Slashing—of making something old into something new (and getting a little aggression out, besides). All of the projects are designed and created by Megan or by readers and other rogue fashionistas like you. Altogether now: “I could so make that.”

Many of Megan’s projects require only scissors and safety pins, and all of them are simple and fun to make. Projects range from the simplest no-sew to intermediate, and all have easy-to-follow illustrated directions.

** To see an Associate Press video of Megan transforming a t-shirt into a knotted pillow please click here **

Christmas Lullabies

 

“Christmas Lullabies” by Minnesota-based The O’Neill Brothers features a clever blend of Christmas songs and classic nursery > rhymes for a fresh, new mix of original lullabies designed to help little ones drift off to dreamland (and give parents more time for all that card writing, gift wrapping, decorating, baking, etc.!). The CD features 16 unique holiday-nursery rhyme mash-ups including Hickory Dickory Old St. Nickory, Hush Little Drummer Boy, Are You Sleeping Away in a Manger?, Hark the Herald Angels Sing Around the Rosy, The Bear Went Over the (Go Tell It on the) Mountain, We Wish You a Merry Muffin Man and more. The “Christmas Lullabies” CD is $13.98; individual song downloads are $.99 each and available at http://pianobrothers.com/music/holidaylullabies

Zobmondo!! Entertainment

 

Zobmondo!! Entertainment, makers of the “Would You
Rather…?” line of board games, has introduced a new game for the inherently verbal party crowd called “Life’s a Pitch: The Wild Game of Defending the Ridiculous.”
“Americans have become passionate about our games because they get people talking, laughing, and interacting…and they’re cool,” says creator Randy Horn. “What if every part of our lives came down to an “elevator pitch?” I thought this idea would make a great board game!”
“Life’s a Pitch” requires each player to convince the group why a random object is the best solution or answer to a particular scenario. The person who invents the most creative, amusing or persuasive “pitch” will win the game. A sample scenario: “A president was impeached because this item was found in his nightstand…” The player must choose one item from six object cards in his or her hand to feature during a “pitch” – such as: magnifying glass, cactus, marshmallow, blender, toupee or invisibility cream. Players are asked to put their imagination to work and weave the most convincing story. One example: “the President was told repeatedly that the CIA’s invisibility cream was not for personal use!”
The more outlandish the explanation the better. Charades… costumes… props…anything goes. But hurry, you can’t take forever, just like in the real world.
“Life’s a Pitch: the Wild Game of Defending the Ridiculous” is designed for 3 or more players,
ages 12+. The game is available at Barnes & Noble, Calendar Club, Amazon.com, Target.com and Zobmondo.com. Retail price is $24.95.

 

With the gift-giving season upon us, Madison Square Garden Entertainment presents a colorful, breathtaking pop-up book, featuring six iconic scenes from the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the world-famous Radio City Rockettes, plus a 32-page hard cover story book. In the Radio City Christmas Spectacular pop-up book (Madison Square Garden Entertainment; 2009; $35.00; Hardcover), readers are encased in a spectacular 3-D “showground” as the greatest New York holiday celebration comes to life in 3-D with awe-inspiring Rockette performances, dazzling Rockette costumes, and breathtaking special effects transformed from on-stage to every page. From the grand stage of Radio City Music Hall, striking photography works together with exquisite paper engineering to produce six breathtaking spreads; from the iconic Rockettes high-kicking in “Let Christmas Shine” and touring Manhattan in “New York at Christmas,” to the traditional fan-favorites like the majestic “Living Nativity” and the beloved “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers,” this book inspires children of every age to fill their heart with Christmas joy and experience something ‘spectacular.’ This first-ever pop-up book is a perfect holiday gift, as it allows the reader to experience the show all over again if they have seen it before, or become familiar with this awe-inspiring production if they have not yet seen it. This book truly brings the Radio City Christmas Spectacular to life on every page with vibrant, stimulating pop-up illustrations everyone will love. Additionally, this book comes with a 32-page hard cover storybook of the show – a magnificent holiday gift that, in essence, is two books in one! Designed and engineered by world renowned paper engineers – Brushfire, LTD, this book is an ideal gift for children, adults, pop- up book collectors, and anyone looking for a special heart-warming holiday gift this season. For more than three-quarters of a century, the Radio City Rockettes have entertained millions of families with their eye-high kicks and unparalleled precision dance. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular creates wonderful memories for more than two million patrons each year and has been enjoyed by more than 65 million people in cities since its inception in 1933. And now, the heart-warming holiday spirit the Rockettes evoke is here in Radio City’s first- ever pop-up book. The Radio City Christmas Spectacular pop-up book is sold everywhere that sells books, including Barnes & Noble, Borders, Amazon, as well as at the Radio City Music Hall store, for $35.00.
 

 

 

Laurie Mallet founded Ozone Design in 2000. She strongly believed that socks were one of the only items untouched by fashion. “Ozone Design is devoted entirely to putting fashion and fun into socks and tights. Amazingly, they were still looked upon as undergarments.” Laurie’s goal was to bring spirit and passion to one of the most intimate and neglected parts of our wardrobe. “For too long the sock has been ignored by the world of fashion and we’re going to change that.”
During the past nine years Ozone has set the benchmarks for what’s cool and hip in footwear. “There have been more innovative and new design concepts that have come out of Ozone than any other sock company in history.” The list is impressive: shoe socks, safe sox, hemp socks, radionic socks, tattoo socks, motorcycle socks, the replacement sock, etc.
Laurie still has her heart embedded in the art world. Ozone makes socks for many of the world’s famous museums. Laurie worked closely with Christo and Jean Claude during the Gates project and developed the highly successful “Gates sock” sold during the event. Ozone socks are sold
around the world and through a network of two thousand stores in America.
A recent Vogue article sums it up: “When Mallet talks about her dreams for socks, people
often ask her what all the fuss is about. Most of the time no one can see your socks anyway. ‘Fashion is something you do for yourself,’ says Mallet. ‘Of course, when other people
get a glimpse, that is exciting. But I prefer the idea that socks are your secret weapon.’
Ozone Design, we are determined to experiment with new techniques and patterns in order to push sock design to it’s limits. We also get some of our best ideas from our own necessities. Many times when we at Ozone would pair our socks with boots and tights or leggings, we would scrunch them down in order to create more texture and interest.
We worked with our mills to see what was technically possible in order to achieve such a look quickly and easily. When we discovered that our mills were able to create this textured ruffle, we decided to make the sock that we could wear which was already scrunched down.
We chose to keep the color palette fairly neutral to allow the texture of the ruffles to really shine, and because of the high cotton content this sock is very soft and comfortable. Overall, it has proved wildly successful, and is one of our new favorites!

 

 

 

 

Every day, 17,000 children sustain injuries that could have been prevented; and preventable childhood injury is the leading cause of death and disability for kids ages 1 to 14. The main focus of the game is to provide awareness and insight into those key areas where injury and deaths can be prevented.
Play It Safe is a fun and challenging board game for the whole family that tests your knowledge on everything safety. The game uses intriguing questions designed to educate on a full range of safety issues, and will make your entire family a little smarter and safer. This new board game is sure to be a hit with every family!
Play It Safe includes over 600 question cards divided into children and adults; covering first aid, natural disasters, Internet, strangers, transportation, survival, wild animals, fire, water, and more! The kids will love the colorful and active game board where they’ll discover many hidden dangers; and the questions on animals and survival are guaranteed to keep their interest! Parents will be challenged with the beneficial questions focused on real life safety issues, and will learn how their children think in difficult situations.

 

Play It Safe comes with many value-added and unique extras to make the experience more exciting and interactive. Each question/answer is integrated with the Internet where fun, entertaining videos and more detailed information can be found. You’ll also receive free Fingerprint and DNA ID kits, a Home Fire Escape Plan to develop with your family, and an AMA First Aid Guide. You can even create your own personal ID cards online; print them and make permanent with the provided laminated sleeves! Kids will love the Winner Wheel, a clever extra that gives the winning child (we assume the adults won’t win!) a special prize such as their favorite meal, movie, or an extra hour of fun time on a weekend night.

Bonus Items!
(4) Home identification cards
(4) Fingerprint Strips (easy-clean and non-toxic)
(4) DNA Kits
(1) Home Fire Escape plan template
(4) Laminated sleeves for creating personal ID cards
(1) AMA First Aide Guide
Internet integration for question/answer supporting information
Internet fillable forms for creating personal ID cards
Standard Items: Game board, adult & child questions, game pieces, die, Safety Bucks, & Winner Wheel.

 

A storage solution that helps parents eliminate game gear clutter and restore order to family living spaces. Kids love their Wii and Xbox games, but all that fun adds up to unsightly clutter. These new game storage towers and ottomans keep game gear neatly tucked in one place or hidden away for easy access. No muss. No fuss. No arguments. Exclusively licensed for the category’s top selling brands, these storage units are also available in universal models that accommodate any gear.
Based in Redmond, Washington, Slam Brands, Inc. is a pioneer of leading-edge entertainment and gaming furniture that offers tasteful, stylish, and sleek all-in-one solutions for gaming gear and home entertainment equipment. With employees and offices in the U.S. and Southern China, Slam Brands distributes and sells its products through major retailers such as Costco Wholesale, JCPenney, Toys “R” Us, Bed, Bath & Beyond, BJ’s, and Wal*Mart. Get additional information at Slam Brands – About Us.
Level Up® is Slam Brands’ ground-breaking line of gaming furniture. With the many gaming consoles and accessories that are available in the market, there is a need for a furniture solution to help organize and store gaming accessories in a pleasing and useful form factor. Slam Brands has been the market leader in developing solutions for the avid and casual gamer alike. Slam Brands is proud to introduce its new, patent pending line of gaming towers and gaming ottomans, available through major retail outlets starting in August 2009.

 

Before Rebecca Frezza began rocking the younger set, she was a dancer working toward her dream of performing on Broadway. From her roots in musical theatre and her work as a music educator, she has developed into an award-winning singer/songwriter of music for children. As a young person Rebecca was always performing – dancing and singing her way into every stage production she could find – with never a doubt in her mind that the stage was where she wanted to be. After studies at the Boston Conservatory and the Alvin Ailey American Dance Center, Rebecca became immersed in a professional career whose impressive credits included performing in the worldwide touring companies of ‘EVITA’ and ‘A Chorus Line.’ While taking a break from life as a showbiz gypsy to get married and start a family, she began teaching for Music Together, a nationwide parent/child music program. It was there that Rebecca began writing music. Her first three songs, published by Music Together, were soon being sung by families all over the country. “I realized at that point that I was on to something,” says Frezza. Rebecca, determined to create a body of original music for children who had outgrown toddler tunes but were not yet ready for mainstream adult “pop” music, was able to tap into a burst of creative energy that is still going strong. Thirteen of her original compositions were released on Rebecca’s first CD, ‘Music in My Heart.’ Critics raved, and Rebecca’s debut album received awards from Parents Guide to Children’s Media, Dr. Toy, and Children’s Music Web. In response to the demand for live performances, Rebecca Frezza soon found herself fronting an eight-piece band she calls Big Truck. With Rebecca “behind the wheel,” Big Truck offers a variety of sound colors, two back-up singers, flute, harmonica, electric and acoustic guitars, bass, drum set, and more. Rebecca’s dance and theatrical background are in evidence with a visually engaging presentation of synchronized dance movement, which audience members – young and old – often find themselves part of! A second award winning CD, ‘Road Trip,’ went a long way toward propelling Rebecca Frezza and Big Truck onto the national scene. They performed a live concert for broadcast on XM Satellite Radio, and Rebecca’s songs are now played regularly on XM Kids. (One song, “I Know I’m Gonna Drive A Car,” was on the XM Kids “13 under 13” countdown for over three months.) Four of Rebecca’s songs were made into music videos (featuring Rebecca) on Banyan Entertainment’s children’s travel DVD ‘Are We There Yet?’ The good news about Rebecca Frezza has continued to spread nationwide through her music videos, airing regularly on NOGGIN’S ‘Jack’s Big Music Show’ and ‘Move To the Music.’ Rebecca Frezza’s third CD ‘Tall And Small,’ was released in July 2006. Like the others, it received numerous awards including the prestigious NAPPA Gold Award and was featured on both XM and Sirius Satellite Radio where Rebecca remained in the top ten kid’s artists for months. During the same summer, Rebecca was hired to write eight songs for PBS Kids which she produced with her long time production partner Chris Putnam. The songs were used in music videos, starring Rebecca and some of the members of the band, which aired in the mornings during the programming block which featured, among other shows, Curious George and Clifford the Big Red Dog. As recognition grew, so did the opportunities to perform. Rebecca and the band have been touring all over the country. In addition to their shows in the NY tri-State area, recent stops have included Dallas, Orlando, West Palm Beach, Chicago and Minneapolis. Now, with the release of the new album, Special Kind of Day, Rebecca and the band look forward to spreading their music even farther. “It’s been a wild ride so far. I can’t wait to see where it takes us next!!”

 

The HEXBUG Nano is a tiny, collectible, micro robotic creature that uses the physics of vibration to propel forward and explore its environment. Powered by a tiny motor, and 12 fixed, angular legs, the industrious critter traverses the ground beneath it and quickly navigates through the most complex mazes. Possessing an uncanny sense of balance, it can even flip to its feet and zoom forward when turned on its back! When coming into contact with an object in its path, the energetic insect will switch directions and scurry away on a new path due to its persistent random behavior.

The HEXBUG Nano family is diverse and includes several unique “collections”, named after the world’s most accomplished scientists. The Newton Collection, available in October, includes five distinct “series” of HEXBUG Nanos, with each series representing a key scientific discovery. Continuing to pay homage to its scientific heritage, each HEXBUG Nano is packaged within a sleek test tube casing that fits into a pocket for easy transport. Additional collections will be unveiled in 2010.

Each HEXBUG Nano is assigned a unique serial number and point value system that owners can use to register their Nano collection online, hunt for rare creatures with the highest point values, play games, earn points, and learn about real scientists and their discoveries. One small step for robots, one giant leap for HEXBUG!

Silver Dolphin

 

Silver Dolphin is an imprint of the Baker & Taylor Publishing Group, whose parent company, Baker & Taylor, is the world’s largest distributor of physical and digital content and value- added services. San Diego-California based Silver Dolphin Books publishes novelty and educational nonfiction books featuring bold, colorful, and striking titles that appeal to children and parents alike. With how-to and activity books for preschoolers through children 12 years of age, Silver Dolphin books engage, enlighten, and entertain. Silver Dolphin books are a favorite among children, parents and teachers, and have won several awards.

 

 
Incredible Animals Did you know that a lion’s roar can be heard up to five miles away? Or that a full-grown male gorilla eats about 50 pounds of food a day? (That’s a lot of trips to the grocery store!) In the air, on the land and in the sea, the world is full of amazing animals. Now kids can have a wild time getting to know some of the coolest creatures on the planet in Incredible Animals. Bursting with fascinating facts and hundreds of exciting photos, this spiral-bound book makes a great animal reference for kids. A roaring good read!
 

 

Incredible Machines gives kids an amazing behind-the-scenes look at more than 300 of the world¹s most marvelous machines, including insanely fast drag racers, super liners like the QE2, the International Space Station, cool mountain bikes and gigantic diggers. Inside, engaging text, awesome graphics and hundreds of dynamic photographs illustrate how these machines work and what jobs they do. Plus, large, foldout diagrams give kids a real sense of the technology behind the action. Filled with adrenaline, young readers need never be bored again!

 

 

 

World of Inventors: Leonardo da Vinci“The great bird will take its first flight . . . filling the universe with wonders.” – Leonardo da VinciAlthough Leonardo da Vinci lived five centuries ago, his revolutionary ideas and inventions continue to influence life in the 21st century. Discover what inspired Leonardo–and learn how to think like him–in the captivating activity book. This exciting 40-page book brings da Vinci’s world to life with stories, illustrations, diagrams, and sketches by Leonardo himself. Promising young inventors will also learn about the scientific method, where to find inspiration, and how to learn from their mistakes–concepts which will be put to the test when they build the featured model of da Vinci’s ornithopter. Pure genius!

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