post’s HOT TOP 5! – April

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. 1. Top Shot (Cardinal)
  2. 2. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stickers (Flatline)
  3. 3. Adventure Time Slap Bracelets (A&A)
  4. 4. Extreme String (Brand)
  5. 5. Spy Kid Mustaches (TNT)

5. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stickers by Flatline

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle StickersThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are back, and Flatline’s sticker department are all over this craze in the making! Flatline’s stickers never disappoint for quality, and thanks to a terrific launch, it looks like the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are here to stay. Not a bad time to mix up your flat product locations with something new and very kid friendly.



4. Spy Kid Mustaches by Top Notch Toys (TNT)

Spy Kids MustacheOnce again, TNT is taking a classic and putting a twist on it with a new mustache mix. With the success of their last mustache-focused venture, they’ve given their old mustache mix a makeover with new items, and a decent new display. The mustache craze is still going strong, and it seems to only be getting stronger as time goes on. This is a surefire seller, and TNT’s quality will not disappoint anyone.


3. Extreme String by Brand Imports

Extreme-StringLately, Brands’ new products seem to be focusing on toys based in the realm of science- from their “Grobubbles” miniature garden products to “Fish Eggs”, a fun twist on growing toys, Brand has been on a roll. They’ve really outdone themselves with Extreme String. Packed into a 2” capsule is a small length of colorful “string” that stretches 5 feet. Don’t ask me how it works, I don’t know- and Brand’s representatives won’t say either. However, as toys go, I’ve yet to see something so, for lack of a better word, strange enter the market. It has a lot of potential- what kid doesn’t want to play tug-of-war with a chunk of expandable, colorful rope? It’s certainly different, and sometimes something different is exactly what a location needs to shine.

2. Adventure Time Slap Bracelets by A&A Global Industries

Adventure Time Slap BraceletsCartoon Network’s hit show “Adventure Time” is already being heralded as a cult classic of sorts- appealing to both adults and kids with its’ bizarre blend of humor and unorthodox storytelling. The franchise has already boomed in a retail setting, and A&A has moved to capitalize on this with a new favorite- Slap Bracelets. This is doubtlessly an attempt to repeat the resounding success of the Looney Tunes Slap Bracelets from last year, and it appears they’ve found the perfect franchise to accomplish this. Since their debut, sales have been hot, and repeat orders are frequent. It’s a safe bet that these will do well in just about any 2” location.

1. Top Shot by Cardinal Distributing

Top ShotIn today’s heated political climate, gun mixes are becoming less and less appealing for most “normal” locations, and with so many good alternatives, regular mixes are becoming harder and harder to recommend. However, Cardinal has cooked up a great twist on this near-taboo product with “Top Shot”. Instead of tiny “models” of guns, they include laser pointers, and rubber band shooters styled to look like guns- retaining the gun appeal, but changing the implications to a degree. Further, they mixed in a variety of “targets”- plastic stand-ups of various figures including thieves, vampires, a bearded prospector-looking guy, what I think is a superhero, and inexplicably a pop star. This mix is really unique in that it’s not only a toy, but a “game” or sorts as well, which really softens the “gun” thematics these mixes usually rely on, replacing it with more “fun” thematics usually reserved for products like flashlight mixes and yo-yos. If a regular gun mix ever comes into question at a location, this is a good alternative without sacrificing sales, and these days we can use all the flexibility we can get.

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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