WASHINGTON (July 12, 2004)—National Geographic has again combined its scientific expertise, sense of adventure, and experiences of top explorers and researchers to develop a new line of educational toys in time for the holiday season.
The fall 2004 collection comprises 12 new games and toys, priced between $5 and $30, for young nature lovers, scientists and explorers ages 4-12. Available exclusively at Target stores nationwide and target.com, the line consists of three categories: Geography & Exploration, Space & Science and Animals & Nature.
Among the toys in the Geography & Exploration line is the X4 Metal Detector Rover™. This real metal-detecting vehicle allows children to explore for buried treasure and includes a built-in sound-and-light “treasure” alert. With the remote-controlled Underwater Explorer submarine, kids can discover the world underwater. The newly designed Rock Tumbler, with enhanced soundproofing, enables kids to make their own jewelry while discovering the world of rocks and minerals. In addition to bags of gemstone rocks, coarse-grinding powder and polishing powder, the kit includes earring wires, necklace chains, adjustable rings and key chains.
With toys in the Space & Science category, children become junior scientists in their own home. The Vectron Ultralite infrared, remote-controlled, wireless flying saucer spins, dives and weaves through the air, giving hours of enjoyment to its commander. Eating candy has never been more fun than with the Candy Volcano — kids create their own lava and watch it erupt into miniature, delicious lava candy, while also learning about the chemistry of flavors. The X6 Optic Morpher is an ideal way to introduce kids to the wonders of optics and optical tricks. Look through the viewing port and you can instantly turn friends, parents and pets into hilarious morphed objects — multiple lenses let you stretch, squeeze or bulge whatever you see. With the 100x – 1200x Die-Cast Microscope Set, kids can experience the world on a whole new level. The set includes a rotating lens with three magnifications, petri dish, scalpel, magnifier and instructional manual.
In the Animals & Nature category, 3D Animal Puzzles are fun and challenging. Crack open the ice cube, Earth or egg and build your own animal. With seven different animals representing three evolutionary periods, kids will want to collect them all. For budding paleontologists, R/C Dinosaurs bring the wonder of these ferocious creatures to life. Each authentic-looking dinosaur comes with an infrared remote control that controls the fierce roar, walking action and detail of each animal.
Many favorites from the last Target toy collection are also available, including the Binocular Camera, GeoBee Game and the Candy Chemistry Lab.
About National Geographic
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