The Best of 2013 from Toys Bulletin lists its favorite toys and games of the year.

Each year this task gets much more difficult for our staff here at Toys Bulletin.  As has been the case in past years, we continue to see so many quality and exciting new products during the year that it is especially difficult to single out just a few standouts.  Plus, we also know that 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 2013” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2012 through October 2013.  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 2012.

And most importantly, we followed our mission statement of providing a list of the “Best Toys and Games You’ve Never Heard Of.”





1st and Goal – R&R Games
This was our choice as best sports board game of 2013. (see review on 11-8-12)








Bugs in the Kitchen – Ravensburger
Kids will have loads of fun trying to capture the HEXBUGS. (see review on 10-4-13)








Dino Construction Company – Educational Insights
You can’t go wrong when you combine Construction Equipment and Dinosaurs. (see review on 10-8-13)







Electronics-Learning Circuits – Thames & Kosmos
The best educational toy we saw this year. (see review on 3-29-13)







Forbidden Desert – Gamewright
This was a superb cooperative game. (see review on 8-13-13)








Ghooost! – Iello
This was a very addictive strategic and clever game. (see review on 8-2-13)








Gooey Louie – Goliath Games
This game simply creates loads of laughter. (see review on 6-14-13)









Gubs – Gamewright
The best card game we played in 2013. (see review on 5-3-13)




home stretch



Homestretch – R&R Games
This was a top notch exciting horse race game. (see review on 9-20-13)







I Say, Holmes – Victory Point Games

This mystery game was a surprising treat. (see review on 2-4-13)



laser maze




Laser Maze –Thinkfun
This was both a fun and challenging game of logic. (see review on 8-27-13)




mic o mic



Mic-O-Mic – International Playthings
This was the standout building toy of 2013. (see review on 9-3-13)








Moulin Rouge Doll – Madame Alexander
This was a truly finely detailed collectible doll. (see review on 9-13-13)





mystery rummy



Mystery Rummy (Case 1) – U.S. Games Systems, Inc.

The more we played, the more we loved this unique card game. (see review on 11-24-12)



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Pin-A-Four Seasons Doll – Adora Dolls
This was a beautifully crafted toddler doll with multiple outfits. (see review on 6-28-13)







Skylanders SWAP Force – Activision
We could not stop playing the third installment of this unique video game. (see review on 10-29-13)






Spartacus, A Game of Blood and Treachery – Gale Force Nine
This was an amazing action filled board game. (see review on 1-21-13)





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