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This task has not gotten any easier since we published our “Best of 2011” 12 months ago.  We see so many quality and exciting new products during the year, making it especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, as mentioned last year, 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 2012” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2011 through October 2012.  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 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.”

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Toys Bulletin – Game updates

We wanted to let our readers know about several expansion sets and game updates now available for products that we have previously reviewed.

KaiJudo – New Card Releases


New trading cards for “KaiJudo” are now available from “Wizards of the Coast.”  They have released “The First Edition Dojo Edition” booster packs as well as the ready to play “Bull Rush” and “Sonic Blast” 40 card competitive decks.   These decks include one bonus booster pack of 9 cards, and special rare foil cards as well.  These are great additions to the “KaiJudo” line of cards, as players can now customize their playing decks for more competitive battles...

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Call For Entries: Paradise Galleries is Looking for the Most Beautiful Baby

We thought this was a fun contest for parents of young ones. Is your baby ridiculouly cute? Would you like to see future doll designs based on their beautiful appearance (that we all know of course came from you)?  Well, here's your chance.

Paradise Galleries is an award wining designer of some of the most popular dolls in the industry and today they announced  a beautiful baby contest starting February 24, 2012. Anyone may enter their beautiful baby photo between 3 months and 18 months on 
Paradise Galleries blog along with 250 words or less saying what makes them the most beautiful no later than March 16, 2012. Entry links may also be found on Paradise Galleries Facebook page or, by following Paradise Galleries on Twitter.

The Company staff will select the top 10 semi-finalists then post the photos and stories in the "2012 Beautiful Baby Contest" Facebook Photo Album on March 19, 2012.

The semi-finalists will invite their friends and family to LIKE their photo and story. The entry with the most votes by March 25, 2012 @ 11:59pm PST will WIN a baby doll created in their baby's likeness and will be named Beautiful Baby "First Name".

"We do not think a baby doll contest like this has ever been done before, we like to be first. A master sculptor will recreate the baby's likeness in clay, and then molds will be made for reproduction. No detail will be overlooked down to the skin tone, hair and eye color. We plan to document the process and share on Facebook," said Peggy Vicioso, VP Marketing & Product Development for Charisma Brands, the parent company of Paradise Galleries.

There you go.  Good luck.
And don't miss our write up on Charisma's Adora doll line from Toy Fair 2012.
Here are a couple dolls from the Charisma line.

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Tudor Games updates their electronic games in 2012

Tudor Games has purchased Miggle Toys to expand their lineup. These are the same vibration driven games played by youngsters in the 50s and 60s. Now, new updated versions are available for a new generation of game enthusiasts.

Baseball Classics’ Wild Pitch Baseball will continue to be one of the most realistic games in the new Tudor Game lineup. Pitches can be thrown at varying speeds, even including a curve ball. The wooden bat swings at the special stainless steel ball, and hits and runs are recorded just as in real life.

The updated Tudor Football Game now features higher quality play and speed control, along with an instructional DVD.


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Mayfair Games has a full slate of new games being released in 2012

Mayfair will also be releasing several themed games for 2012, one of which is “Rocket Jockey.” Set 150 years into the future, players will show their skill at delivering cargo to awaiting planets.

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Mayfair introduces Catan Junior

Mayfair is reintroducing a version of their flagship game “Settlers of Catan” for a younger market. It is titled “Catan Junior,” and is intended for ages 6-12. The components and gameplay make this look like a winner for 2012.

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Identity Games unveils groundbreaking game board for iPad

This is a new product we really looked forward to playing.

Identity Games has released a product called Game Changer, which is an app based accessory that connects to your iPad and features interactive animation and sound. By placing the iPad in the provided cradle and downloading the related app you can unlock a host of fun and innovative games that use the iPad for all of the gameplay.

It includes 6 games now at launch and will be adding two more by April. The games include The Magic School Bus and Animal Mania. We had fun testing it out during our quick demo on the show floor and look forward to writing a more in depth review in the future.


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Stax Baseball Stars – a new crazy baseball card collectible

We checked out a new baseball card line from Stax Baseball Stars, and it is not at all what you think it might be. These cards are a humorous re-imagination of baseball trading cards with an interesting cast of characters and creative images to go along with them. There are 80 cards in all with even some special hard to find foil and autographed cards.

We think these cards will be a real hit with youngsters around the country. The cards are just starting to ship now.

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