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 2014” is based solely on the toys and games that we have reviewed on our website from November 2013 through October 2014. 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 2013.
The list is provided in alphabetical order:
Adora Friends — Adora Dolls
A collection of 18″ dolls. (see review on 31 January 2014)
Baa-Baa-Barn — B Toys
A quality classic kids’ toy. (see review on 4 August 2014)
Castle Panic — Fireside Games
A fantastic cooperative game experience. (see review on 25 July 2014)
Flower Power — Madame Alexander Dolls
An adorable and smartly dressed doll. (see review on 18 August 2014)
Gravity Maze — Think Fun
An addictive single player challenge. (see review on 10 October 2014)
Hide-Seek Safari — R&R Games
Such fun finding the hidden tiger. (see review on 29 November 2013)
i-Mat — Creative Baby Inc.
An interactive experience like no other. (see review on 16 May 2014)
Knockout — Victory Point Games
A boxing game that we could not stop playing. (see review on 14 July 2014)
Krosmaster Arena — Japanime Games
A beautifully executed battle game. (see review on 9 May 2014)
Modarri — Thoughtfull Toys Inc.
A creative put-together toy car line. (see review on 10 October 2014)
myPhone — Mirari and Patch Products
A very realistic toy cell phone. (see review on 16 June 2014)
Pathfinder-Adventure Card Game — Paizo Publishing
Slay the villain in an astounding cooperative game. ( see review on 12 November 2013)
Two well crafted strategic games. (see review on 24 March 2014)
Robot Turtles — Think Fun
Teaches programming to kids in a game setting. (see review on 30 April 2014)
Warhammer 40,000-Dark Vengeance — Games Workshop
A thrilling total game package. (see review on 11 April 2014)