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Nov/Dec
2002

GIFTS & ACCESSORIES

Pop-Culture Bobbleheads
The manufacturer and licensee of the ubiquitous Bobblehead " specialty figurines with spring-supported heads that bob and sway " has introduced dozens of new, highly-recognizable personalities in the figurine line that appeal to diverse market demographics. Like many other mass-culture fantasy crazes, Bobbleheads are beginning to command higher and higher prices, especially now that they are being produced in limited-edition releases, which Arango Cigar Co. is now offering. The distributor's most recognizable Bobbleheads include Betty Boop, a pipe-smoking Popeye, Uncle Sam, Smokey the Bear, Pez Pirate, and Dancing Bears (a side act to the music group Grateful Dead), and Chicago Bear football star Brian Urlacher. The base-mounted colored plastic figures stand about 6" tall, with a suggested retail of $13 at keystone; $19 for the Urlacher NFL/Chicago Bears figure.

Arango Cigar Company, Northbrook, Ill., Tel: (800) 222-4427, Fax: (847) 480-1221.


Xi-MTX Cigar Scissors from Xikar
Xikar, known for its high design standards in combining unique and functional design, ergonomics, and style in its smoking accessories, has introduced the Xi-MTX " short for Multi-Tasking Tool. Offering a fresh, new patent-pending design from Italy, this tool offers two major advantages over existing cigar scissors: portability and expanded utility. Like seamstresses' folding scissors, the Xi-MTX is compact, measuring only 2" long x 1" wide and 1/4" thick. When opened, it will cut a cigar up to 54 ring gauge. Moreover, the two handles are stuffed with useful tools: a cigar pick, screwdriver, and mini-screwdriver swivel out of one handle; the other holds a knife blade and bottle opener. At $39 suggested retail, the Xi-MTX is an ideal impulse or gift item.

Xikar, Inc., Kansas City, Mo. Tel: (816) 474-7555, Fax: (917) 464-6398, www.xikar.com.


Craftsman's Bench Humidors Expand
In an industry where accessory sales are on the decline, sales of Craftsman's Bench humidors have exploded, with over 25,000 units shipped last year. Now, J.C. Newman Cigar Company has introduced eight new Craftsman's Bench humidors, ranging in capacity from 25 to 60 cigars. Several new models are made with fine leather, including contrasting stitching and handsome two-tone designs. Four of the new models have been beautifully crafted to include a fine inlaid wood veneer and a multi-layered high gloss finish. A handsome, compact 12-cigar travel humidor has also been included for the first time, made of fine leather. Craftsman's Bench has also unveiled a handsome humidor gift set for the holiday season, which includes a humidification system, analog hygrometer, a two-finger black leather cigar case, and a cutter. The set is arranged inside a dark walnut humidor with blond birdseye maple veneer.

Craftsman's Bench International, a Division of J.C. Newman Cigar Co., Tampa, Fla., Tel: (813) 247-2135, Fax: (813) 247-2135, Web: www.cigarfamily.com.


Winky Populuxe Cigarette Case
Accoutrements, a Seattle-based "outfitter of popular culture," offers the playful new Winky Populuxe cigarette case, made from flexible vinyl material that generates a "mesmerizing 3D motion effect" when tilted, thanks to the unique depth and movement of the company's "winky technology." The case measures 2 1/2 x 4 x 1 1/2 inches, ships in bulk, and is UPC coded. Suggested retail, $5.

Accoutrements, Seattle, Wa., Tel: (425) 349-3838, Fax: (425) 349-5188, E-mail: info@accoutrements.com, Web: www.accoutrements.com.




SMOKESHOP - Oct/Nov 2002