June will see the firm launch a new birth+ range, Squeak-a-Puppets. Available in seven designs – Duck, Elephant, Cow, Giraffe, Lion, Dog and Pink Cat – each includes colourful designs and embroidered eyes and faces, and complement Fiesta Crafts’ line of Squeakaboo soft animal rattles, which also squeak and rattle.
020 8804 0563 LE TOY VAN The firm is also working on gift
boxes for later in the year. Meanwhile, the Dr Baffler’s 24-piece jigsaw includes large chunky wooden pieces, which come on a wooden backing board with a recessed frame. There are four designs in the line – Princesses, Knights and Dragons, Farm and Wild Animals.
The Breakfast Tray is a new addition to the Honeybake range of culinary-based painted wooden toys. Finished in bright red and powder blue, it features a polka dot motif and retails at £25. The set includes a
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number of accessories such as a plate, croissant, mug, a cafetiere with plunger action and a bowl with grapefruit. The Breakfast Tray joins other new Honeybake sets for 2012, such as the Cookie, Toaster and Mixer sets.
IMC has a number of new Minnie Mouse items, including a cash register, shopping trolley and food assortment, as well as a complete kitchen with great play value. Also in the range is a vanity table with a collection of styling accessories and a new cake shop, which comes with more than 20 accessories. IMC also has a Minnie Scooter and Mickey’s Quad in its line-up – both
featuring articulated, removable figures. The firm is also keen to give a special mention to Storyteller Mickey, which sings and dances to eight different songs and explains eight different adventures. Finally, the Xylo Pluto and Xylo
Tigger are figures which each feature a built-in xylophone.
The Wheelybug ride-on offers unlimited multi-directional movement, according to Hippychick, meaning children can go round and round, as well as backwards, forwards and side-to-side.
There are six styles to choose from in
the range – Ladybird, Bee, Tiger, Mouse, Cow and Pig – which are all easy to wipe clean and are suitable for use on any flat surface.