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New toys from Toysmith

Karen Sain, creative manager from Toysmith, just showed off some cool new stuff that you will see at a store soon.

First up is the new smaller Beamo soft flying hoop. We also saw the Telefork which allows you to extend your fork a few feet to steal your friend’s food. And then there’s the jungle wrap bracelets, and the Squiggle, a perfect challenging game for young minds on the go.

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makedo – What can you make?

makedo is a system of handy, simple plastic clips using everyday items from around the house to create almost anything you want. Here’s a new robot kit they announced at Toy Fair.

Posted in Information is reporting live from Toy Fair 2012

Toys Bulletin is on the ground in NYC at the 2012 Toy Fair looking for the latest and greatest toys and games. Stay tuned for updates from the show this whole week.

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It is a difficult task to compile a list of the year's best toys and games, since it is absolutely impossible to have played with every toy and game released in 2011. So, we have prepared our "Best of the Year" list based on toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2010 through October 2011.

We have excluded some older items which we reviewed this year, because the toy or game had been around for years, but at the same time we have included some toys and games that were new to us here at Toys Bulletin, but may have been available prior to 2011. And most importantly, we kept with our mission statement of providing a list of the "Best Toys and Games You've Never Heard Of."

Here we go........

TOP TOYS AND GAMES OF 2011 (in Alphabetical Order)

Automoblox- from Automoblox Company, LLC

The best wood building toy we have ever seen (see review on 11-19-10)

Flip Six Card Game- from US Games Systems, Inc.

Easy to play card game, and so addictive (see review on 6-18-11)
Jukem- from Flying Pig Games

A simple, fun and fast football card game (see review on 3-14-11)
Khet 2.0- from Innovention Toys

A chess type game with laser beams, and simply amazing to play (see review on 3-25-11)
Kid's Safety Trampoline- from One Step Ahead

Sturdy, high quality and a focus group favorite (see review on 7-30-11)
Main Event Boxing- from Downey Games

An amazing Boxing simulation that can be played in just 5 minutes (see review on 10-1-11)
Puzzle Pyramid- from Ravensburger

An astonishing 3D jigsaw puzzle (see review on 7-26-11)
Redakai- from Spin Master Ltd

The new standard in trading card games (see review on 7-9-11)
Revomaze- from Ashton Pitt Ltd

The most fascinating, yet difficult, puzzle ever created (see review on 9-24-11)

Sword and Shield Set- from Rubbabu

Soft, flexible and unbreakable, young boys loved it (see review on 5-25-11)

The Wacky Whiddles- from Wacky Whiddles and More LLC

A truly fun word game, that is witty and clever (see review on 4-30-11)
Word on the Street- from Out of the Box Publishing, Inc.

So simple and easy to play, yet so rewarding (see review on 9-17-11)

-- List by Toys Bulletin Staff

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Amazon Frustration Free Packaging – Open Toys in a Fraction of the Time

In November 2008, Amazon took a bold step toward ending the difficulty in opening hard plastic cases, which surround most of today's toys and other merchandise. Something had to be done, and Amazon took that first step. They introduced "Amazon Frustration-Free Packing" (FFP).

The idea was to make opening a product much easier, by shipping the items in recyclable cardboard boxes. You open the box, and your product is there ready to use. In addition, the manufacturer could cut costs by using much less packing material on their shipments to Amazon customers, and say good-bye to those pesky twist ties and plastic fasteners too. Also, Amazon does not charge additional fees for such a service.
I believe every reader has experienced the frustration of opening one of those plastic containers.  In fact, I recently watched a video showing a customer try to open one of these indestructible plastic cases with a can opener and then switching to a butcher knife.  It not only was time consuming, but dangerous.  Reports of bloody fingers and hands are not uncommon.

To be honest, in the first two years of this program, manufacturers have been slow to warm up to the idea of FFP.  At last check, only about 600 items, including non-toys, were being sold using Amazon FFP.  But, both Mattel and Fisher-Price have supported the effort.  The first toy to see the change was the Fisher-Price "Imaginext Adventures Pirate Ship."  It is featured in the video below.

Here is a link to the official announcement letter from Amazon back in the fall of 2008.
This is a link to the "Great Unwrap Race."  This truly gives you a look at how opening toys for your children can be made easier.

I highly recommend looking for and buying toys using Amazon FFP.  It is no longer necessary for your child to wait 30 minutes for you to unpackage their toy, instead, you can be playing with it in a fraction of that time. 
-- RJ Cullen
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