Bratz, Barbie, Crazy Frog, Are Toy Stocks Running Low This Christmas?

For one night each year all across the world children wait in anticipation for that one special moment – the arrival of Santa Claus. For weeks even months in some cases parents here the constant ‘I want this’ ‘I want that’ of their children requesting their favourite toy for this coming Christmas.

For most parents however the problem lies in availability of cash funds. Most wait until the last few weeks before Christmas until they can afford to start purchasing toys for their child. The problem that then occurs is the low stocks of all the popular toys in the shops and on the internet.

For instance the top ten most popular toys list was published by the Toy Retailer Association last month. Amongst the list were toys such as Crazy Frog the Annoying Thing, Barbie Magic of Pegasus Princess Annika, Monopoly Here and Now board game and Bratz Rock Angelz.

Upon trying to locate Crazy Frog the Annoying Thing on Saturday 19th November amongst toy retailers I was unsuccessful due to the item being out of stock. One month before Christmas day and stocks are already running low. In fact toys that were not even in the top ten list such as Sylvanian Families Willow Hall are also out of stock in the shops.

Why is this? A similar problem also occurred last year with the Barbie Princess and the Pauper range. Barbie Princess and the Pauper Erika could not be found anywhere for the month running up to Christmas. Is it just a matter of manufacturers not making enough of these toys or the shops fault for not buying enough toy stock?

It could be possible that demand for particular toys such as Crazy Frog the Annoying Thing, Bratz Rock Angelz and Barbie the Magic of Pegasus is not calculated as highly as what it actually is. This is certainly the case with the Sylvanian Family range this Christmas, which did not even make the top twelve wanted toy list.

How is it then possible to know what is going to be popular each year? The answer must be based on previous years top toys and factors that all of these toys have in common.

For this year the ‘Toy Retailer Association’ estimated that B Daman Tournament Set would be the most popular toy.
According to the Toy Retailer Association “Toy sales for boys aged five and over amounted to £626m in the last 12 months to June 2005 or 30% of the total toy business. The most popular category is Action Figures with the likes of Power Rangers or Star Wars taking the lion’s shares”.
They also stated that “The end of the year is expected to reveal a new strong playground craze in the shape of B-Daman (Hasbro) which will compete with other hot licenses such as Simpsons, Batman and vehicles brands, all with strong innovation”.

This certainly does seem to be the case. Star Wars will certainly be difficult to beat but when a toy is advertised a great deal (such as Bratz with Bratz Rock Angelz, Bratz Babyz and Bratz Step Out) all children want it and when one child wants it every other child wants the same toy.

The battle between Bratz and Barbie as been an interesting one. The amount of advertising for both Bratz ranges and Barbie ranges as been incredible. All of this advertising is of course aimed at children. Both dolls have their main ranges out for Christmas – Bratz with Bratz Rock Angelz, and Barbie with Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus.

Which will girls choose for Christmas this year? Bratz dolls are very meticulously designed and ranges such as Bratz Ooh La La and Bratz Step Out are aimed at certain audiences and certain ages. The Bratz dolls have been created with the modern ‘girl’ in mind. Lil Bratz has even been created for younger girls.
Bratz are funky, dressed in cool fashions and the Bratz accessories are out of this world. There is also a doll for every one of all ethnic backgrounds.

Barbie on the other hands is an old time favourite amongst girls. The Barbie doll as been around for decades and knocking Barbie off her number one spot will be a difficult task for Bratz. The Barbie Princess and the Pauper range were fantastic last year and proved very popular. However it was common knowledge that Bratz took quite a chunk of the Barbie market last Christmas.

Will it be the same this year? Barbie has a fantastic range out for Christmas this year – Barbie and the Magic of Pegasus with lines such as Barbie Magic of Pegasus Princess Annika, Cloud Queen Rayla, Prince Aidan and Flying Horse Brietta. Will this top last years Barbie range and beat Bratz Rock Angelz with all their fabulous Bratz Rock Angelz accessories?

Only time will tell. It is interesting however to see that the battle between these two notorious dolls is heating up and the good thing about it, is that the more it heats up the better the ranges will become so our children will benefit.

It is quite clear to see that there are low stocks of toys each year and each year it seems that the shops are running out earlier and earlier. Something does need to be done and one can only assume that the problem lies in the hands of the manufacturers.

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Start A Toy Business For The Weekend Woodworker

Because of the almost daily recall of many cheap plastic foreign-made toys due to lead paint and other hazardous materials, parents are looking for suitable substitutes. Why not use your skills as a woodworker to make safe and superior alternatives? There are many parents who are desperately looking for exactly the type of toys you, the weekend woodworker, can provide. First we will look at some of the toys you can make and then offer some suggestions on how to market and sell them.

What type of toys should you make? To help answer this, you might start by considering your likely customers. What do they want and what do they need? Many parents try to select toys that are not only fun but educational as well. There are many types of toys you can make that fit both of these criteria. You will also want to take into consideration the fact you need to be able to make these quickly and easily if you want to make a profit.

Some toys you might decide to make could include letters and numbers. These never go out of style and it is often difficult to find safe, well made examples. You could offer them as a set of numbers 1 through 10, or the 26 letters of the alphabet. You might decide to make a bucket of letters and numbers together or a bucket of letters with enough duplicates of certain letters to spell common words like mom, dad, baby, etc.

You might also consider making puzzle type toys where uniquely shaped pieces fit into matching openings cut into a wooden board. You could paint these with stencils and non-toxic paint or just leave them plain. You are only limited by your imagination. All of the toys mentioned so far can be made with a band saw, various sanders and hand tools. You will want to experiment with different woods to find what you like best, and do not forget you will need to sand every piece smooth since tender little hands will use them.

One of the secrets to successfully marketing your toys will be how you intend to package them. The easiest way will probably be to prepare a small 8 ½” by 5 ½” card on your printer that you can insert in your shrink-wrapped package. You will want to include on the card the fact the item is made in the U.S. from quality, safe, non-toxic materials.

Instead of focusing on the features, all marketing should show the buyer what benefits they will enjoy from owning your product. List all the benefits you can think of and rate them from most important to least. Take the most important and use these to plan your sales pitch. Some places you should try to sell your products are toy stores, bookstores, department stores, gift shops, local specialty stores, and even online at E-Bay or your own website. You should also include a card your buyers can return to receive word of other products you offer or will offer in the future.

Making and selling wooden toys can be an enjoyable way to exercise your woodworking skills and make some money at the same time. With so many toys being recalled because of safety and toxicity concerns, this could be the perfect way to live your dream of earning money from your favorite hobby.

How Wonderful Toys Attract Your Children A Great Deal

Toys are a great source of inspiration for your children; they keep your children busy and you can perform your household jobs very easily. Since the past time, toys have been used as a major source of attraction for the children. You may check out the tracks of history from where you will get to know that the toys are always considered as a great source of inspiration for the children. In the past people used to have woodenly made toys, you may see different patterns of bicycles, carriages, airplanes, helicopters, rockets, jets and different other toys of variety of patterns. Also, there were toys which were made up of mud; those toys have their own significance and beauty.

With the revolution in the industrial era now, you can have toys manufactured from plastic, metal, melamine, plaster of Paris, cloth and different sorts of other natural and chemical substances. These toys are made up of different colors; normally, children are attracted towards the shocking colors. The toys are also available in lighter and dull colors as well. As being observed children are attracted towards the brighter colors, you always need to have toys which are most suitable for your child.

With further development in technology, machines are inserted into these toys. Now you have a helicopter toy which can fly in the air as well, you can run it with the help of battery and remote control. You can have toys of jets; these jets are very popular amongst children; they can be run on manual machinery, or they can be run on electronic machinery. You can have toys in which your children can sit; you can have manual or automatic cars. Once your child runs it over, it will be very helpful in his/her growth. You can provide a great growth and development opportunities to your child with the help of these toys.

The manufactures are manufacturing these over in keeping in view the growing mental and body requirements of your children. A lot of researchers and social scientists are involved in their manufacturing process. It has always been kept in mind that these toys provide a great inspiration to your child. They are manufactured for the purpose that a special attraction could be given to your children through which they could know about the things. Mainly your children need busy schedules to keep them busy otherwise they tease you up a great deal, once you use these toys your children will be very cherished from them, and now you can take time out to do your household or personal jobs.

The reseller stores are a great source through which you can get these toys. You can get free delivery to your site, and that is a main advantage of it. You can purchase these toys with the help of credit card. You can watch out the entire list of toys and may choose the best one which is most suitable for your child.