BraveRats: A Small Game That Plays Very Big

BraveRats looks at a new card game from Blue Orange.

Toys Bulletin was pleased to discover a two-player game that can be played in just 5 minutes by kids as young as 8 years old. That game is “BraveRats,” a new release from Blue Orange that pits two clans of rats (Yargs and Applewoods) in head to head combat against each other, with the winner claiming control of the kingdom.

The game includes just 16 cards, two matching sets of 8 cards (one blue and one red) representing each of the two clans. The Yargs use the 8 blue cards and the Applewoods use the 8 red cards. The eight cards include a Musician, Princess, Spy, Assassin, Ambassador, Wizard, General and Prince. Each of the cards has a strength value from 0-7 with the Musician having the lowest value and the Prince having the highest. Each card also has a special power that is written along the bottom of the card.


Posted in Card Games

Flower Power: It’s a Doll from Madame Alexander

Flower Power has their say about an adorable 18″ doll.

Combine the retro 60s and an attractive blond doll and you have a winner. “Flower Power,” part of the Favorite Friends collection, is a very hip styled doll that would be considered very “cool” by any little girl. This 18″ beauty arrives in the attractive pink signature Madame Alexander box and you are immediately impressed with her sweet face and fashion perfect outfit. This articulated doll has a vinyl head, arms and legs featuring a soft fabric body which flexes especially well when striking a pose on your doll shelf. The firm vinyl breast plate allows the clothes to stay put, thus keeping a natural shape without wrinkling the outfit.


Posted in Doll

1000 and One Treasures: Collect the Jewels of the 40 Thieves

1000 and One Treasures reviews a game of discovery inside a mysterious cave from HABA USA.

Some of the best games we see come from HABA USA, especially those geared to younger children. “1000 and One Treasures” is no exception, as it features a fast playing time (15 minutes or so), short easy to understand rules, high quality game pieces and a simply nifty idea for a game. The setting is a cave filled with treasures, just ripe for the picking by Ali Baba and his friends. But, there is a bit of a problem because the Bandit Thief and the 40 thieves happen to be on their way back to the cave. They will not be happy finding anyone stealing their treasures.


Posted in Board Games

Warhammer 40,000 – The Adventure Continues

Warhammer 40,000 takes a closer look at the history and universe surrounding “Warhammer 40,000.”

Back in April of this year, we reviewed a fantastic game called “Warhammer 40,000″ on our website (see review). We continue to play the game today, and have even come up with some battle strategies of our own that we believe has raised our level of expertise considerably compared to just a few months back. Although playing the game has been particularly rewarding, our staff and readers wanted more. The question was how could we learn more about the world of “Warhammer 40,000?” Well, we decided that we needed to read and study the game in a bit more detail. As a result, we got our hands on several of the hardcover books sold by the creators, “Games Workshop Limited.”


Posted in Board Games, Books

Modular Toys: Grand Prix Mega Racetrack

Modular Toys looks at a new building set from Modular Toys.

Here is a great new construction toy that lets kids design and build their own racetracks and highway systems from the ground up. It is the 96 piece “Grand Prix Mega Racetrack,” from Modular Toys. The set allows the construction to be stacked vertically without limits, featuring bridges, ramps, and interchanges. There is even a unique snap together method of attaching the various pieces and an extractor tool included for easy disassembly.


Posted in Building

Baa-Baa Barn – Kids’ Toys Don’t Get Any Better

Baa Baa Barn reviews an impressive toy for toddlers from B.Toys.

“Baa-Baa Barn” distributed by B.Toys is one of those classic toys that is sure to last for many years filling your child with delight and fond memories. It is an interactive, musical and educational toy experience perfect for children and even some adults. B.Toys is a unique marvel that somehow provides sensory stimulation, fun and safety, yet always keeps environmental concerns in the forefront. For example, B.Toys provides totally recyclable packaging (including the ties used to protect the toys in transit) and soy-based inks are even used on their packaging. The toys are designed to be so sturdy that they are recycled the old-fashioned way – by being handed down from one child to another.


Posted in Baby and Toddler, Learning

Doll Accessories: From Adora

Purr-fectly posh looks at several Adora doll accessories made for little girls and collectors too.

Fresh out of the California Playroom, Adora’s accessories are going to delight anyone – especially someone who already owns an Adora doll. They are really full of ADORAbility! Adora Dolls are very special – each one handmade with a perfect blend of sweetness and love. Now they have accessories to complement the doll line – what little girl doesn’t want to accessorize? I will be reviewing two unique outfits, a pair of tennis shoes, and finally a table feeding seat designed to fit most 12″-20″ dolls.


Posted in Doll, Girls

Ding!: Stay In to Win

Ding reviews a fast moving card game from Wiggles3D.

“Ding!” is a trick-taking card game with a huge twist that will catch players by surprise. It is designed for 3-8 players ages 8 years old and up, and a typical game lasts around 30 minutes or so. The game contents include 63 playing cards, with 15 cards in each of 4 colored suits, blue, orange, yellow and green, plus 3 wild cards. Within each of those suits the cards are numbered from 2-12, plus a D, i, n and g card, each with a numbered value of 1. There are also 8 player pawns, 8 in/out tokens and a colorful circular game board measuring just under 10″ in diameter.


Posted in Card Games

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