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A Toys Bulletin Quick Look: Crazy Eyed Birds from Tolo examines another fine Tolo Toy distributed by Reeves International.

Tolo Crazy Bird 1We love all things “Tolo” and we could not stop smiling while play testing a pair of “Crazy Eyed Birds.” We looked at both a “Crazy Eyed Peacock” and a “Crazy Eyed Pelican.” Each stands approximately 5 inches tall and features the quality non-breakable plastic core that has become a “Tolo” trademark. The primary colors used on these birds are bright and shiny, leaving no doubt that babies and toddlers will automatically gravitate to these eye-catching little marvels.


Posted in Baby and Toddler

Number Ninjas! – Earn the Golden Dragon plays “Number Ninjas!” from The Haywire Group, Inc.

number ninjas 1Wow….combining Ninjas with mathematics…..what could be better? “Number Ninjas!” is a fun game that teaches and reinforces the basics of math, including addition, subtraction and multiplication all on a game board that features Ninja playing pieces, traps and loads of excitement.

“Number Ninjas!” is a game designed for 2-4 players ages 7 years old and up. The contents include a large 20″ x 20″ game board, Ninja pawns, 2 sets of dice (3 blue and 3 red), 16 quest tokens, 3 traps, 80 Ninja challenge cards (recruit & master questions on each) and the Golden Dragon. The object of the game is to be the first player to collect 4 different quest tokens, take them back to the center of the board and claim the Golden Dragon.


Posted in Board Games

Pentago – Sophisticated Game-Now for Multi-Players

ToysBulletin looks at a clever new version of the famous “Pentago” game from MindTwister USA.

pentago 3For those readers unfamiliar with “Pentago,” it is a fast moving strategy game originally designed for two-players. The basic game includes 4 game blocks containing 3 x 3 grids of circled slots, each of which can hold a small colored chip. Players alternate turns placing one chip at a time in any open position, trying to get 5 chips in a row before their opponent. The chips can be positioned vertically, horizontally, or diagonally and can cross game blocks. The trick to the game is that after a player’s turn he must also twist and turn one of the game blocks 90 degrees in any direction, which will cause a significant change in the look of the board and the positioning of the chips.


Posted in Games

Ocean Labyrinth – An Underwater Maze reviews a new entry to the Labyrinth series of games from Ravensburger.

Ocean Labyrinth 1For readers unfamiliar with “Labyrinth,” it is a board game where players are challenged by an ever changing maze of tiles. The object of the game is to find a way to move the tiles, clear a pathway and reach various objects (pictures) shown on the maze tiles.

In “Ocean Labyrinth,” there is an underwater theme with players searching for fish, diving gear and sunken treasures of all sorts. The game is suggested for 2-4 players ages 7 years old and up, and a typical game can be completed in around 30 minutes.


Posted in Board Games

The Velveteen Rabbit – Now a Game reviews a game from Winning Moves USA.

The Velveteen Rabbit 1“The Velveteen Rabbit” is a beautifully illustrated and colorful game made and marketed by Winning Moves USA. This newly released game is a fun filled family game, appropriate for all ages, but more geared for younger players. Inspired by Margery Williams in her 1922 classic children’s book, The Velveteen Rabbit, the journey begins in the nursery. The game, like the book, becomes a quest for the cherished stuffed rabbit, and along the way several magical and playful adventures are encountered. The game is suggested for 2-4 players and requires no reading skills, only a player’s imagination.


Posted in Board Games

Spookies & Rox – A Winning Pair from HABA reviews two games from HABA.


Spookies 1With Halloween just around the corner, “Spookies” may be a perfect game for family play this fall. There is no need to be afraid, but “Spookies” is a “surprisingly” fun dice game that will “dare” you to take some “scary” risks in order to win the game. The rules immediately do a nice job of putting a very creative spin on this easy to play dice game.

The game is suggested for 2-5 fearless players, ages 8 years old and up. The object of the game is to collect as many Spookies chips as you can. Each Spookies chip is worth anywhere from 1 and 5 points but point values are not revealed until the end of the game. Once the final Spookies chip has been claimed- the game is over- the players flip over their Spookies chips, add them up and the player with the highest total is declared the winner.


Posted in Card Games, Games

Kill Doctor Lucky – A Game of Murder reviews the 19.5th Anniversay Edition of a classic game from Cheapass Games.

KIll Doctor Lucky 1It is hard to believe that the first edition of “Kill Doctor Lucky” was released nearly 20 years ago. But now, Cheapass Games has a new version of the original game. They even made a few changes (better in our opinion) to the basic rules and Doctor Lucky also now has a cat named “Patience,” who can impact the game in a very unique way.

For those unfamiliar with “Kill Doctor Lucky,” it is a game intended for 3-8 players and is suggested for ages 12 years old and up. The object of the game is to be the player who kills Doctor Lucky, but he must be found alone and there are many rooms in the Lucky Mansion.


Posted in Board Games

Q-BA-MAZE 2.0 – Build and Enjoy reviews a great construction toy from MindWare.

Q-BA-MAZE 1The Toys Bulletin staff was truly captivated when they visited the MindWare booth at the New York Toy Fair, and first laid eyes on a “Q-BA-MAZE” demonstration. The toy name has a unique meaning, which we believe stands for “Cube Amaze.” Pronounce it quickly and you will get the idea. In any case, the “Q-BA-MAZE” is a very advanced type of marble run with several features we had not seen before.


Posted in Building, Learning

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