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2 in 1 – 3D Puzzle

ToysBulletin.com reviews a unique type of puzzle from PlaSmart Inc.

Plasmart digger 1Think of how much fun it would be to put together an old fashioned jigsaw puzzle and then see it come to life in a three dimensional form. Well, PlaSmart has created just such a puzzle for kids ages 4 years old and up. There are actually 3 different puzzles to choose from, a 71 piece airplane, a 65 piece fire truck or a 65 piece construction digger. The puzzles are called “2 in 1 –  3D Puzzles,” and they are a blast for sure.

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Hershey’s Mayhem – A Masterpieces® Puzzle

ToysBulletin.com assembles a new jigsaw puzzle from Masterpieces® Puzzle Company.

Hershey's Mayhem 1 The Toys Bulletin staff really enjoys putting together a jigsaw puzzle from time to time. In order to do it properly and get maximum feedback, we set aside a table and staff members work on the puzzle at their leisure over a week or two. Once it is assembled, we meet and talk about our experiences working on the puzzle.

In this case, we have to start by saying that the final product represented a full array of great chocolate candy treats, highlighted, of course, by the famous Hershey’s Bar. The display was colorful and the presentation was superb. “Hershey’s Mayhem” is a 1,000 piece puzzle, and the chipboard used for the pieces is made of recycled material. The completed puzzle measures 19.25″ x 26.75″ and rather than disassemble and put it back in the box once done, it is a perfect choice to frame and put on permanent display.

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KEVA Maker Bot Maze – Navigate the Obstacles

ToysBulletin.com reviews a inventive maze from MindWare.

KEVA Maker Bot Maze 1Before reviewing this product, we had to find out what “KEVA” was all about. It turns out that “KEVA” generally refers to something that has stability or permanence. From a toy standpoint, “KEVA” is usually associated with wooden planks that measure 4 ½”L x ¾” W and ¼” H. They are used to stack and build structures that are amazingly sturdy, and young kids find them simple to use.

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AnimaLogic – Move the Animals to Safety

ToysBulletin.com reviews a brainteaser from the Fat Brain Toy Co.

animalogic 2“AnimaLogic” is a clever and challenging game for youngsters ages 5 years old and up. The idea is simple, there are 16 animals (4 each of lions, hippos, giraffes and camels). Each animal in their respective group is also a different color, either yellow, blue, green or red. The animals are trying to cross a river and get to the other side, but they are required to move according to a strict set of rules, that being that they must cross the river one at a time, must travel right to left on their given path, cannot jump over another animal and most importantly each animal must either follow an animal of the same color or follow an animal of the same species.

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Silhouette – A Unique Shape to a Beautiful Puzzle

ToysBulletin.com 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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“Find It” – Fun for both Kids and Adults

ToysBulletin.com 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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Slida – A Challenging Puzzle

ToysBulletin.com reviews a innovative puzzle ball from Slida.

SLIDA 1“Slida,” designed in Australia, is a 7 piece interlocking puzzle. When put together, it is in the shape of a ball, approximately the size of a baseball. We play tested the “Slida Classic” which is the original puzzle created by inventor Gianni Lavermicocca, who is also the founder and CEO of the company.

Slida 2“Slida” offers a real surprise to those who think they can easily solve a 7 piece puzzle in just a few minutes. To start with, the assembly of the pieces must be done in a strict sequential order. In fact, several of the pieces may look right at first, but users will quickly determine that the pieces must actually be turned and connected in just the right way to make the all important perfect fit. We passed “Slida” around our office and although several of our staff members struggled to solve the puzzle, others were able to get it together in 30 minutes or so. All did agree that “Slida” was a new kind of challenge that they thoroughly enjoyed.

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Houdini – Try to Escape if You Can

ToysBulletin.com reviews a new type of puzzle from Thinkfun Inc.

Houdini 3“Houdini” is another one-player game of skill from Thinkfun. This time around a player is able to actually become Harry Houdini, or at least sort of. The game includes 40 different escape challenges, using a trap cage, 2 ropes, a lock, 2 rings and a “Houdini” flexible figure with body and legs. In addition, there is even a handy travel bag for Harry and all the accessories.

Houdini 2There are 10 beginner, 10 intermediate, 10 advanced and 10 expert challenges, but it is best to start with the beginner challenges, no matter how much you consider yourself a master of escape. After selecting a challenge, the instructions illustrate exactly how to set things up. For example, in beginner challenge #1, the “Houdini” figure is placed adjacent to the trap cage, a rope is looped between his legs, while its metal clasps are attached to brackets on the trap cage. Houdini’s hands and feet are always chained together to make things even more difficult. A player must somehow free Harry without undoing the clasps, and all of the solutions can be done without exercising any force whatsoever. To make it a bit easier, there is unlimited time to free Harry, and once you have escaped, all that is left is to listen for the applause.

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