Battle Sheep: Control Those Pastures

Battle Sheep 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a new game release from Blue Orange Games.

As expected, Blue Orange has put together another high quality game experience, this time called “Battle Sheep.” With Blue Orange, it always starts with the packaging and game parts, which again exceeded our expectations. The game contents include 16 pasture boards used to assemble an ever changing game board and 64 sheep tokens, each made of high quality plastic and very sturdy too. All of the game pieces are ready for action, with no card board punch outs needed to begin play.

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Posted in Board Games

Ump-Rite: A Baseball Board Game from the Past

Ump-Rite 1ToysBulletin.com takes a nostalgic look back to 1975 and a most unique baseball game.

From time to time, we actually do come across a toy or game that we have not played with or even heard of. Recently, a friend of Toys Bulletin loaned us a game called “Ump-Rite,” produced by Financial Consultants Coronado. He simply said it was sold briefly in the mid 70s, and we might want to take a look at it. Because our readers continue to clamor for nostalgic reviews of older toys or games, we thought “Ump-Rite” might prove to be an interesting choice.

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Posted in Board Games, Nostalgic

Jumping Jack: Can you Catch the Rabbit?

Jumping Jack 1ToysBulletin.com looks at a new game from Goliath Games.

The Toys Bulletin staff always looks forward to the next game release from Goliath Games, and “Jumping Jack” was no exception. This time youngsters ages 4 years old and up are asked to carefully collect carrots in their baskets, but not to disturb the sleeping jack rabbit (Jack) who sits atop the bunny hill. The player who collects the most carrots may win the game, but if a player is quick enough to catch Jack when he jumps high in the air, he can steal a victory.

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Knockout: Boxing at its Best

Knockout 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a new boxing board game from Victory Point Games.

We always get excited when we get our hands on any new sports related board game, and those that deal with pugilism are among are favorites. As most board game players know, the first thing necessary before attempting to play a new game is to give a quick read of the rules. Well, after reading the rules for “Knockout,” we immediately knew that we had a winner, and we could not play soon enough. In fact, our first game was played between 1:30 am and 2:00 am on a Wednesday evening. I easily won over another sports fan on the Toys Bulletin staff, and we were hooked.

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Posted in Board Games

Choo Choo Loop: The Non-Stop Train

choo choo loop 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a great first train experience from Tomy.

We, at Toys Bulletin, love trains, so we were especially excited to see the “Choo Choo Loop.” It is not only a nice developmental toy for kids as young as 18 months old, but it is just plain fun. The “Choo Choo Loop” is extremely easy to set up as it includes just 6 sections of curved twistable track (each about 4¼” long), two bumpers, a tunnel and a train (3¾” long). The train does require 3 AAA batteries, which are not included.

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Posted in Baby and Toddler, Vehicles

Robot Face Race: Find the Matching Features

robot face race 1ToysBulletin.com reviews a game for pre-schoolers on up from Educational Insights.

“Robot Face Race” is a clever new game for 2-4 players that combines the excitement of robots with a color matching scheme that will be great fun for kids 4 years old and up.

robot face race 2The game contents includes 20 robot tokens (5 in each of 4 colors), a colorful game board measuring 16″ x 16″ filled with 120 different robot heads, a “robot randomizer” and a very simple set of rules. But wait, what is a “robot randomizer?” It is actually a clear plastic shaker that is used to determine the color combinations of the facial features of the robot to search for on the game board.  There are 5 small colored balls inside the shaker (purple, green, red, blue and yellow), and when the “robot randomizer” is shaken, four of the balls land in one of the four small slots, representing the nose color, mouth color, face color and eye color of the robot that everyone will be looking for during each game turn.

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Motorworks: Vehicles with Endless Possibilities

ToysBulletin.com looks at a line of customizable cars and trucks from The Manhattan Toy Company.

Motorworks 1“Motorworks” is a great new line of toy vehicles, each one featuring a real beech wood body, coupled with a plastic chassis, four rubber tires with rims, and some great trim packages. But, the great thing about “Motorworks,” is that the vehicles can easily be taken apart, and reassembled, even using interchangeable parts from other vehicles or available accessory packages. Honestly, there is an endless number of different vehicle combinations that can be created.

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Posted in Building, Vehicles

Watch Vegetables Grow: Root-Vue Farm

Root-Vue Farm 1ToysBulletin.com decided to do some planting courtesy of HSP Nature Toys.

It is always fun for us to try a long term educational project, because the entire Toys Bulletin staff really gets into it. This time, we got our hands on the “Root-Vue Farm” set, which allows young amateur gardeners to plant seeds, watch them grow and harvest the crops. The kit includes everything you need to get started–some grow mix, three seed packets (1 each of carrot, onion and radish), a lightweight but sturdy growing area complete with an acrylic viewing window, built in water basin, an 18″ self-watering wick, and an illustrated 16 page booklet with step- by-step instructions and loads of related information.

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Posted in Learning

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