Travel Friends: International Play Dolls

Travel Friends looks at a new line of dolls from Madame Alexander.

Madame Alexander has created a collection of international “Travel Friends Play Dolls” intended for ages 3 years old and up. There are currently a total of nine dolls to choose from, each representing a different country and each measuring 7″ tall. The word for “hello” in that country’s native language is featured on the packaging and all of the dolls are dressed in clothing which highlight their country’s traditions. The countries represented by this collection include Ireland, China, Germany, India, France, Kenya, Mexico, Russia and Italy. We took a closer look at the dolls from India and Kenya.


Posted in Doll

Snapgammon: Herd those Cows onto the Train

Snapgammon reviews a clever variation on the game of Backgammon from Victory Point Games.

The Toys Bulletin staff has long considered Backgammon one of those games that has truly stood the test of time. And, it will likely continue to be one of our favorites for years to come. Recently and much to our delight, we read about a new game release entitled “Snapgammon,” and we immediately were a bit more than curious. After all, it featured a race with another cowboy trying to be the first to load all of their cows onto a waiting train.


Posted in Board Games

Sushi Go! – Game Card Drafting at its Best

Sushi Go! reviews a new Sushi themed card game from Gamewright.

We hope we got your attention by mentioning “card drafting” in the main title of this review. For those unfamiliar with the concept, “card drafting” simply means that players are allowed to choose certain cards during a game that meet their goals, while passing on other cards in which they have no interest. In “Sushi Go!,” players must accumulate points over three rounds of play based on careful card selection during the game. The game is recommended for ages 8 years old and up.


Posted in Card Games

Modarri: A New Type of Toy Car

Modarri gets its hands on an exciting new toy car entry created by Thoughtfull Toys Inc.

We actually got our first glimpse at the Modarri line of cars at the New York Toy Fair this past February, and we left nodding our heads with approval. But, we also were thinking that a product such as that would likely be difficult to get to market by Christmas 2014 and also be way too expensive for U.S. consumers. Well, we were happily wrong on both counts as the Modarri car is now here and guess what, the price is extremely affordable.


Posted in Building, Vehicles

Gravity Maze: Move a Marble and Hit the Target

Gravity Maze reviews a new single player game from ThinkFun Inc.

We did not think it was possible to create a game to rival “Laser Maze,” a ThinkFun release from 2013, that was chosen as one of Toys Bulletin’s “Best of 2013.” But somehow, ThinkFun has done it once again, with its newest game, “Gravity Maze.” Although it has some strong similarities to “Laser Maze,” it easily stands on its own as an exciting new challenge for ages 8 years old and up.


Posted in Games

Santa’s Bag: Be an Elf and Build Some Toys

Santa's Bag looks at a Christmas themed game from Griggling Games, Inc.

Everyone loves Christmas and it only seemed appropriate to review a new game entitled “Santa’s Bag” as the holiday shopping season approaches. The game is aimed at youngsters ages 7 years old and up, but there will be plenty of adults who will want to get in on the fun. “Santa’s Bag” is designed for 2-8 players and a typical game can generally be completed in less than 30 minutes. Each player takes on the role of a competing elf. Each elf builds various toys for as many children as possible.


Posted in Christmas, Games

Build-A-Ma-Jigs: Racetruck

B Toys Racetruck looks at a Building Set from B Toys.

Imaginations are off and running with the “Build-A-Ma-Jigs Racetruck” created by B Toys. Is it a dump truck, race car (flames are included), racetruck, or tow truck? The possibilities are limitless. If your child loves building, creating or racing, then this toy will surely please. There are 33 sturdy and colorful pieces to build with, and a completed Racetruck measures approximately 14″ long, 7½” wide and 7½” high.


Posted in Building, Learning, Vehicles

Primary Science Color Mixing Set: Explore the World of Color

primary color mixing set looks at a new science set from Learning Resources.

Ever wonder how you learned to mix colors?  It was probably done the hard way by trial and error. Well, the newest addition to Learning Resources’ Primary Science line, The Color Mixing Set, is sure to surprise both kids and adults with just how much fun mixing and learning about colors can be.

Once you open the box, you will find durable quality pieces perfect for little hands.  A total of 10 double-sided laminated experiment cards are included in the set which have easy to follow instructions featuring clever explanations of both primary and secondary colors. Each of the 9″ x 6½” inch cards (with extra large print) gives a quick visual of what “tools” are needed and provides several options for how to “experiment” with color. Each card even provides you with questions to ask your little one as you explore this world of color, and the lessons are short and so easy to follow. The set also includes a customizable kaleidoscope with color chips, a 6 piece translucent color wheel, 3 test tubes with lids, a dropper in a stand, a spinning top with interchangeable color mixing discs and one pair of kid-sized color mixing glasses (yes, the kind you put on your head) with 6 different lenses.


Posted in Learning

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