Silhouette – A Unique Shape to a Beautiful Puzzle looks at a new type of jigsaw puzzle from Ravensburger.

Silhouette 1Jigsaw puzzles have certainly evolved over the years. It used to be that there were 500 and 1,000 piece puzzles, rectangular in shape and usually featuring an outdoor landscape, or maybe a castle. Then we saw an increase in the variety and types of photos used, along with significant changes in the quality and number of pieces. Next, we saw three dimensional puzzles, which are still very popular today.

With that being said, we were especially excited to get a hold of a premium “Silhouette” puzzle from Ravensburger, since it is so unlike a regular jigsaw puzzle. Although several different “Silhouette” puzzles are available, our review puzzle featured the skyline of New York City, complete with close ups of a NYC taxi cab and the Statue of Liberty in the foreground. But what makes the puzzle so different is its shape. The entire puzzle actually forms a outline around New York, so that the peaks of the skyscrapers and the burning torch of the Statue of Liberty appear almost real when the final pieces are put into place. The edge pieces of the puzzle are designed to take on the shape of those famous landmarks, and it is a masterpiece when completed.


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Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo – A Wi-Fi Two-Wheeled Jumping Camera Drone

Parrot Mini Drone Jumping Sumo in White (Also available in Black and Khaki) looks another type of drone from Parrot.

Having just concluded Drone Week here at Toys Bulletin, we decided to keep the fun rolling with another new and imaginative robotic toy in the same realm.  Parrot is a major player in the drone space, and we set out to test their Jumping Sumo mini drone.

The Jumping Sumo first hit our radar in this spectacular video from YouTube star Devin Supertramp. Even though the Jumping Sumo is technically called a “Drone” this one doesn’t fly through the air. Instead it’s the one seen in the video jumping off tables and chasing the star of the video through the house on the floor via two wheels while keeping an eye on all the action with its Wi-Fi connected camera eye.


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Linkee – Very Clever Indeed! reviews a great new party game from Bananagrams.

Linkee 1“LINKEE” arrives with around 350 game cards, each with four easy to answer questions and one final clue. The object of the game is to link each of the answers together, thus revealing the “LINKEE” or final solution. The final clue gives a very helpful hint to the solution, just in case things do not quite click after the first four questions. We have included an example of a game card with this review. As you can see, each of the questions reveals the following four answers…Giraffe, Cheetah, Leopard and Dalmation, with the final clue being “X marks the ____.” The “LINKEE” or solution is “Animals with Spots.”


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“Find It” – Fun for both Kids and Adults reviews a pair of new “Find It” releases from Identity Games USA.

Find It 1“Find It” games are clever self-contained games that come in clear plastic cylindrical containers measuring 11″ long with a diameter of 4″. All of the fun rests inside the container, which is filled with thousands of tiny colored pellets hiding small items. Each of the “Find It” games has a specific theme and the hidden items relate to that theme. To view the items, the container must be twisted, turned or shaken, which allows the items to be spotted and identified. The container cannot be opened in any way.


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Crash Test Lab – Can “Impact Jack” Survive a Crash? reviews an interesting new toy from SmartLab Toys.

Crash Test Lab 1A Crash Test Dummy now comes to life right in your own home, with the release of “Crash Test Lab” from SmartLab Toys. This 23 piece set was designed for ages 8 years old and up, and allows kids to actually build a crash cart, position a dummy called “Impact Jack” right in the drivers seat and then test their creation to see if Jack is properly protected from harm.

The “Crash Test Lab” includes a chassis with 4 rubber tires, various rails, posts and bumpers, along with a seat, head restraint and even seat belts. And let’s not forget the most important component, “Impact Jack,” who measures 9 inches in height and, of course, sports his own protective helmet. To get things started, the crash cart must first be assembled and there are several options as to which accessories to include. For example, there is an optional roll cage that can be added to safeguard Jack even more.


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Escape the Room – Can You Find Your Way Out? takes an adventure with a new type of game from Thinkfun.

Escape the Room 1Escape rooms have created a world wide phenomena over the past few years. In fact, there are said to be over 3,000 Escape Room venues in existence throughout the world today. Just to make sure all of our readers understand this concept, there are thousands of people that are paying admission to be locked in a room with friends or even strangers, then having to decipher clues left in the room, which will lead the group to a key that will allow them to unlock the door and “Escape the Room.” This is totally a cooperative effort, and all of this must be accomplished within a prearranged time limit, or the group fails, and they go home as losers. Obviously, the participants must be keen observers and possess superior critical thinking skills to come out as winners.


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North American Bear Co. – So Many Choices takes a look at a variety of products from the North American Bear Co.

North American Bear co. 1Created by award winning Todd Parr, the North American Bear Co. offers a velour “Tan & White 10″ Dog” that looks both mischievous and fun at the same time. This lovable puppy will immediately speak to your heart and to children of all ages. The little guy is full of whimsical fantasy as he can quickly assume the identity of either a prince or a flying hero, as he sports both a crown and a lush red cape. This quality crafted puppy arrives with embroidered facial features, featuring eyes that express nothing but adventure, perhaps gazing off to snatch a cookie from the counter. The brown soft velour spots on body and head highlight a most attractive dog indeed. His red cape is also embroidered with a royal blue heart with his name, “Woof,” inside the heart in black bold letters. “Woof” retails for $20.00 and can be purchased directly from the North American Bear Co. website. North American Bear co. 2An added accessory for “Woof” is an incredible matching board book, entitled “Doggy Kisses 123,” also created and illustrated by Todd Parr. This is a funny, very colorful and cleverly illustrated board book (with padded cover) introducing basic number concepts, starring “Woof,” of course. Counting becomes a simple delight with large numbers and an illustration representing the number – so simple and easy for toddlers to follow. Each page offers an interactive, colorful, and lovable way to begin counting with your little one, as Mr. Parr cleverly places the number of colorful hearts representing a number of doggy kisses in each illustration. The happy colors are bold and bright, perfect for little ones, and to top it off, these laminated pages can easily be wiped clean. The book and matching puppy would certainly catch the attention of children from birth to age 4. “Doggy Kisses 123” retails for $8.00 and can also be purchased from the North American Bear Co. website. North American Bear co. 3The North American Bear Co. also has a line of quality soft dolls, called “Dolly Pockets.” We are going to review “Dolly Pockets™ Cinderella Blue,”


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Evolution – Can Your Species Survive? reviews a new type of game from North Star Games.

evolution 1The Toys Bulletin staff has never played a game anything like “Evolution.” As far as we know, its basic concept and format is unlike any other game around. “Evolution” explores the world of animal species, having players develop their own species, nurture and protect them. The object of the game is for each player to earn points based on the number of surviving species and their corresponding traits, the population of the species and the amount of food consumed by the species. “Evolution” is suggested for 2-6 players ages 12 years old and up.


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