post’s HOT TOP 5!

The “Hot Top 5” is a general list of what we here at Reliable-Vendor were impressed with, received positive reviews by vending experts, or offered something special to the vending industry. This is not to say any product is better or worse than the next, but merely a listing of whats “hot” today.

1 Space Lights
2 Terror Tattoos
3 NFL Figurines
4 Girls World Tattoos
5 Naughty Chicken

Before we really get started, I want to say a big thank you to all the suppliers who took the time to talk to me about their products and services. There was a lot of good stuff for August, but I had to whittle it down to a top 5, and here they are:

5 Naughty Chicken by Blue Bar Corporation

When this one was forwarded to me as a new product, I couldn’t believe it really. After corroborating that it was in fact “relatively new” I had to include it in this list. It’s a chicken that lays an egg, as a toy. There’s something simple and charming, and funny about it- something I guess I can’t quite put into words. The title, the display, it’s all so bizarre. It took some effort, but I found a vendor in La Crosse Wisconsin selling these, and they work exactly as shown. I don’t know what it is specifically that makes me like it- but I’m not alone. The machine I bought mine from was a 30” Northwestern, and it was very low, vending at 75 cents. As a hot product, I’d say these are worth a look, if nothing else for how strange they are.

4 Girls World Tattoos by the Flatline Corporation

Girls World is Flatline’s answer to popular mainstream girls tattoos. They’ve taken the classic hallmark of flat vending, and modernized it. Their art department has yet to disappoint their customers, and I have to say these are some fantastic looking tattoos. If you have a location where “girls” tattoos sell well, this set is a fantastic addition to your stops.

3 NFL Figurines by A&A Global Industries

It’s getting to be that time of year again- football season! With football rolling around again, A&A is cranking out new licensed merchandise for all the football fanatics out there. One line that’s really moving is the NFL Buildable figures line. These figures use the same popular take/build/play figure base found in both A&A’s Marvel and South Park license lines, and applies it to football players. These work in a two-fold fashion, as they are both great toys for kids, and also great collectibles for adults. The quality on these toys are wonderful, and they have some substance to them compared to other figurines. As football season heats up, so will these toys. Judging by the number of operators I’ve spoken with talking about NFL products, it’s probably best to order sooner than later before they get back-ordered.

2 Terror Tattoos by AllStar Vending Supply

AllStar is all about innovation- Terror Tattoos, now in their second iteration, are about as innovative as they come. Scary tattoos are nothing new, but AllStar has taken the next step, and made a licensed horror mix, using popular “terror” pop culture icons. Though it initially received mixed reviews, the response from customers has been pretty solid according to operator reviews. According to the operators I spoke with, the primary customers were pre-teen kids, mostly boys, who thought the stickers depicting characters from R-Rated films were “cool”. A product like this is unusual in the fact that there is very little middle ground- it is either a phenomenal seller, or a dud. However, with Halloween fast approaching, these tattoos are expected to sell very well to customers looking for something more “spooky”.

1 Space Lights by Top Notch Toys (TNT)

Top Notch Toys has a very successful flashlight line already, and they’ve built on that success with this new hot line of novelty flashlights. These toys are fun shapes, bright colors, and the light shone projects a “space” image. All in all, I can’t imagine a kid out there who wouldn’t want one of these. The theming is good, the value is solid, and the applications are endless. Also, considering TNT’s considerable pedigree in flashlights, I’d say this could be their best flashlight series yet.

The Hot Top 5 is compiled by Alex Macomber of Performa Vending with the assistance of and various suppliers. Products showcased are showcased are the opinions of Performa Vending, and may not represent the opinions of or it’s members.

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