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Circuit Maze – Complete the Circuit to Win reviews another challenging game from ThinkFun.

Circuit Maze 1The folks at ThinkFun have done it again, following up their successful Laser Maze (see review from 27 August 2013), Laser Maze Jr. (see review from 22 May 2015) and Gravity Maze (see review from 10 October 2014) games with their latest maze game, “Circuit Maze.” This game is primarily intended as a one-player game, and is suggested for ages 8 years old and up.

With “Circuit Maze,” players must build a connecting path of circuits onto a 5 x 5 grid (7″ x 7″), and light up specified beacons to win. The game includes 16 circuit tokens, most with metal strips on them so that they can carry the electrical current. The circuit tokens each measure about 1¼” square and are approximately ¾” high. The tokens carry the current in straight lines, around corners, across pathways and even include switch and bridge options. There are 3 Beacon tokens included that light up to confirm that token placements are correct. Power is provided by a battery pack/token that uses 3 AAA batteries, which are not included.


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Reza Ninja – The Ultimate Laser Tag Experience

Reza NInja reviews the latest Laser Combat game from Gameware Pte. Ltd.

Here’s a great new toy we found that premiered at this year’s New York Toy Fair and it was among the more memorable of the thousands of items we saw – Reza Ninja. Reza Ninja is a line of ninja battling toys that uses their exclusive Reza Sword design to enable fierce ninja battles using laser tag to count the hits.

Besides the obvious awesomeness of combining two things all kids love, ninjas and laser tag, what really sets this apart is the functionality built into the Reza Sword. There’s a small button on the bottom of each one that allows the user to switch from sword to gun mode. Gun mode is ideal when your opponent is farther away and it works similar to other laser tag systems, point at the target and shoot. But sword mode is an all new experience that we’ve never seen done before. When your opponent is close you can swipe the sword up and down as you would a regular sword and acquire points.


Posted in Electronics, Outdoor, Sports

Ozobot Bit 2.0 – The Next Generation of Tiny Robots

Ozobot Bit 2.0 follows the progression of Ozobots.

Last Fall, Toys Bulletin reviewed the award winning Ozobot 1.0, a new type of robot (see our review from 21 November 2014). Now, Evollve Inc. has released version 2.0, and it includes a very exciting upgrade. First of all, “Ozobot Bit 2.0” does everything that the original Ozobot did, including the ability to follow a set of Ozocodes, which are color coded commands that control the Ozobot’s speed, direction, and all of its movements. The Ozocodes can easily be drawn using colored markers, or by using Ozocards that are already coded. There are also a pair of apps available that allow the Ozobot to perform moves right on your tablet. The Ozogroove app is especially entertaining, since the Ozobot can be programmed to make some serious dance moves.


Posted in Electronics, Learning

My Friend Teddy – Customize Your Own Cuddly Teddy Bear

My Friend Teddy looks at a new interactive Teddy Bear from Genesis Toys.

“My Friend Teddy” is a soft squeezable Teddy Bear that measures just under 12″ tall in a seated position. Our review Teddy featured tan fur, a blue short-sleeved shirt, brown eyes, brown nose and a cute tuft of golden hair atop his head. The most exciting thing about “My Friend Teddy” is that he can be customized to speak, tell stories, play games and memorize lots of facts input by its owner. Here’s how to set things up……


Posted in Baby and Toddler, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Learning

Ozobot: A Robotic Toy for All Ages

Ozobot 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.


Posted in Electronics, Learning Update – New Site and Content Migration

cropped-cropped-Toys1.gifThis site has been up and running for more than four years, and we have been asked by a few people why we have never updated the design. The short answer is that the site worked, and we’ve learned before that if something works online, don’t mess with it. But the time has finally come for a refresher, a new design and layout that provides a host of benefits for readers.

First of all this new site will load much faster. The previous site was code heavy and a bit of a patch work Frankenstein job that accumulated a lot of excess size over the years. This new site is optimized to run much faster.


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Card Games, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Girls, Information, Learning, Nostalgic, Novelty, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Uncategorized, Vehicles

Our List of The Best Zombie Products Available – Toys, Games, Books and a Few Surprises takes a look at some of the best Zombie products available. 

There is little doubt that one of the most popular media frenzies of the past several years revolves around a single word, that being Zombies. Quite frankly, they are everywhere. The public’s initial infatuation with Zombies may have begun with the release of the classic horror film, “Night of the Living Dead” in 1968. But more recently, the popular TV shows “The Walking Dead” and to a lesser degree, the Sundance Channel release of “The Returned” have continued to fuel the Zombie fires. Add to this the latest theatrical releases, including Brad Pitt’s “World War Z,” the Zombie comedy “Warm Bodies,” and even an animation hit, “ParaNormal,” and you have some idea what kids and even adults are putting on their Christmas lists in 2013. They want something related to Zombies. 

The staff at Toys Bulletin decided to put their heads together and create a list of some of the best and craziest Zombie items for 2013. We are not going to review these items, although we will admit to having purchased many of them as gifts for friends, family or ourselves. There are some creepy products out there, but we kept our list a bit more “family friendly.” Even so, many of our selections may not be appropriate for everyone. Consider the list a general guide to the world of Zombie merchandise. 

The format will be simple. We will provide a simple list (in no particular order), a brief description of each item, an approximate price, an age recommendation and, of course, a mandatory photo. All of the items can be found by performing a simple search on the Internet, and in many cases, is one of the best sources. You will laugh at some of the products, and be startled with others. In any case, have a good time. Here we go… 


Posted in Apps and Video Games, Baby and Toddler, Board Games, Building, Christmas, Doll, Electronics, Figures, Games, Information, Learning, Outdoor, Remote Control, Riding, Sports, Vehicles

Electronic Game Review: HolograFX – Magic and Holograms looks at a groundbreaking toy from Goliath Games.

710cUtxGZ7L_SL1147Goliath Games is known for creating some of the most unique toys and games in the industry.  So, Toys Bulletin was not surprised when we saw an impressive demonstration of “HolograFX” last winter at the New York Toy Fair.  However, the real fun begins now since “HolograFX” has been released just in time for Christmas.

“HolograFX” combines a magic kit, holographic effects, a smart phone and a bit of science fiction all into one package.  Kids ages 8 years old and up can actually project holograms through a clear reflection panel and perform stunts of magic to amaze their friends.  The game includes 20 different illusions, many of which require some minor assembly of plastic parts.


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