ToysBulletin.com reviews a new type of fun and educational robot designed by Evollve in California.
Ozobot is a small robot (1″L x 1″W x 1″H) but it packs an amazing amount of power and versatility into its tiny frame. We actually got our hands on the “Ozobot dual pack,” which contained two Ozobots, one colored Crystal White and the other Titanium Black. They arrived in a smart looking hard plastic clear container, which featured a pair of black and white skins, which fit nicely atop any of the Ozobots. The set also included two carrying pods and two bonus skins, one blue and one yellow. Additionally, there were two USB micro plugs for charging the Ozobots, and some Ozocards, which provided a sample track for the Ozobots to follow.
ToysBulletin.com reviews a well conceived card game from Webcracker Inc.
Here is a new card game that bills itself as the “World’s Healthiest Game,” and after playing a few times, they may just be right. “Qetchup” includes 53 high quality cards, including 8 veggie cards, 8 fruit cards, 8 protein cards, 8 carbs cards, 8 juice cards, 5 junk food cards, 7 “Q” cards (wild cards) and 1 restart card. There is also one additional two-sided card in the box that nicely summarizes the rules. The object of the game is to be the first player to build a balanced meal of 5 cards (veggie, fruit, protein, carbs and juice) plus get rid of all other cards in their hand.
ToysBulletin.com looks at the Side Winder Water Blaster from “Basic Concepts” and “Reeves International.”
We know that it is a bit late to be reviewing water toys in the middle of November, but from time to time we run across an item that is so appealing, it must be discussed no matter what the date. The “Hydro Force” water blaster is just such a product as it features the “first quickloading pre-pressurized water system.” The model we got our hands on was called the “Side Winder,” and it measured approximately 11″ long and 7½” high, colored white and neon green with black and blue accents.
ToysBulletin.com reviews a high quality construction set from “Build & Imagine LLC.”
In the world of building toys, most of the construction sets are marketed toward boys. Now there is a series of building sets that are clearly pointed at little females ages 4-8 years old, although the boys may want to give these neat sets a try as well. “Build & Imagine LLC” has just released its first group of such sets, which include “Malia’s Beach House,” a “Marine Rescue Center,” and a “Day at the Beach” surf shop with cafe. Each of the sets includes magnetic illustrated panels that allow children to create a story while they are building. Dolls are also included with the materials to create even more fun.
ToysBulletin.com looks at a space exploration game from Griggling Games, Inc.
When we first heard the title for a game called “Destination Neptune,” we were expecting a science fiction battle with aliens, monsters and horrific weapons all taking place on a distant planet. Well, this game is not any of those things. Instead, it delivers a no nonsense look at a world not too many years from now, where the planets are ripe for development and colonization. As stated in the introductory notes to the game, cargo was actually first sent to the International Space Station in 2012, so it is not really that much of a stretch to see that process expand and grow over the next century.
ToysBulletin.com reviews two unique items from Patch Products.
First up we are going to look at a great party game for ages 6 years old and up called “Stinky Pig.” With a name like that, it sure sparked our interest, and we were not disappointed. “Stinky Pig” is actually a squeezable pink pig that stands just over 4 inches in height. When you press on his belly, he hums a version of “pop goes the weasel” which ends with a short but very identifiable toot. The toot, of course, is intended to sound very much like the audible discharge of intestinal gas. We all know the sound.
ToysBulletin.com lists its favorite toys and games of the year.
As has been the case in past years, we continue to see so many quality and exciting new products during the year that it is especially difficult to single out just a few standouts. Plus, we also know that we cannot possibly test and review every toy and game released by every manufacturer in the past 12 months, so there is no doubt that we may have missed some good ones.
Here are the guidelines we follow in making our selections. “The Best of 2014” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2013 through October 2014. We have purposely excluded some older items, which may have been reviewed during that period, because that toy or game has been around for a number of years. However, in some circumstances, we have also included an item that was new to us at Toys Bulletin, even though it may have been available for purchase prior to November 2013.
ToysBulletin.com reviews a new game from Ravensburger.
“Linko!” is the US version of the German game called “Abluxxen.” It is a card game that includes 104 numbered cards (8 each of the numbers 1-13) plus 5 joker cards and 1 Linko card used to keep track of player turns. The object of the game is to lay down more cards than any of the other players, while trying to avoid having those same cards be suddenly snatched up by one of your opponents.
“Linko!” can be played by 2-5 players (ages 10 years old and up), and we played multiple games with 3, 4 and 5 players. To begin play, all cards are shuffled with 13 cards being dealt to each player. 6 cards are then turned face up to form a row in the center of the table and the remaining cards form a draw pile. Discards which take place during the game are placed next to the draw pile. On every turn, a player can lay down either a single card from their hand, or multiple cards as long as the number matches on each of the cards (i.e. three cards each with the number 8).