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  • Game Reviews

    New Board Games, Skill Builders,Puzzles, and Accessories


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    FEATURE PRODUCT:   The Greatest Dot to Dot Adventure - Book 1 - In this imaginitive new dot-to-dot puzzle book, you begin your adventure following a guide; an imaginative young boy searching for the missing pieces of a mysterious gift. Together, visitors will navigate challenging puzzles and unearth secret clues to discover new species of dots and spectacular views.

    Abstract Games
    Donkey...It's A Kick!

    Donkey is a fast paced, unpredictable card game that will have you saving for 4 of a kind one round, and building a barn out of your cards the next. Be the first player to master whatever crazy challenge comes your way, and quickly grab a Donkey Puck...but watch out for the Kicker!

    Animal Toys
    WonderElla

    "WonderElla™ is a wonder-filled memory game of Sets & Match with Math, Colors, and Animals. WonderElla comes in an adorable cotton bag containing 18 jumbo-sized, game pieces depicting Ella and nine of her animal friends. The WonderElla game pieces can be filled with surprise hidden treats for added fun and excitement!

    Board Games
    Po-Rum-Bo Card Matching Board Game

    Po-Rum-Bo is a combination of Poker & Rummy played on a Game Board. Using playing cards from all four playing card suits, players place them criss-cross, either “across” or “down” on a game board with bonus squares. You earn points with every play of the game based on the cards played, the hands created and the board bonus squares used.

    Perfect Stride

    Perfect Stride is an exciting horse-themed card game for 2 - 4 players ages 8 and up. Players are riders who partner up with a horse of their choosing for a high-speed race across the countryside over a hidden course of jumps. Riders collect ribbons with each successful jump as they race toward the finish line. The rider with the most ribbon points wins the game.

    LiEBRARY - The Game Where the First Line Speaks Volumes

    The object of the game is to convince other players that your first line is the correct one. Players earn points by either writing a first line good enough to fool others into voting for it or by guessing the correct first line after all the entries are read.

    Triviathon

    One of the most "unusual" products ever to be with inducted into The Toy Man® Product Guide is this crazy game called Triviathon. Nothing special in the title of this game but you had better be ready because this game is a guaranteed barrel of laughs...err no, I would rather say a truckload of laughs!

    Board Games - Adult Level
    Yamodo! Party Time

    Yamodo! (ya-mode-o) challenges you and your friends to draw and define a set of made-up Yamodo! words. Laughter is guaranteed as you find yourself trying to explain the unexplainable. Prepare for a hilarious good time, to have your imagination tested...

    Board Games - Ethical Values
    CampAntics

    he board game of summer camp adventures. Once around the board, is one very realistic day at summer camp. Players choose how long to play and can extend or shorten the game. Instructions for New Campers are in a real comic book format. Lots of Mischief, Activities, and Announcements keep all players interest and involved, even if it is not their turn.

    Board Games - Family
    Road Trip - A Timeless Family Game

    If you are going on long ride between any two places, Road Trip will make the experience pass by in to time. Even at home the game is a blast to play!

    Reverse Charades

    Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on a classic charades game where one person acts out words for the team to guess. With Reverse Charades, the entire team has 60 seconds to act out as many words as one person can guess. It

    Wits and Wagers - Family Edition

    Wits & Wagers Family is a family-friendly version of the popular Wits & Wagers game where you can win without knowing any trivia. Kid-friendly questions, easier rules, and no poker chips. Perfect game for all ages to play together! To play, every player writes down a guess to fun questions.

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game

    Elsa the cow loves to eat fresh grass. How much grass can you pull from under Elsa before she tips over? A curious game of skill and technique.

    Flip2BFit - Fitness In A Box

    Board Games - Intellectual Development
    Outside The Box

    outside the box gives every single player a chance to be a hero by helping his or her team win. There are no dice. Teams can only advance by getting the answers right.

    Board Games - Strategy
    Commander-In-Chief - The Board Game

    Commander-In-Chief is a fun fast playing abstract strategy war board game in which a player’s military vehicles work together to “capture” their opponent’s Commander while simultaneously defending their own. Commander-In-Chief is a 2 – 4 player combination of Chess & Checkers with an Air, Land & Sea military theme.

    Books - Word / Picture / Story
    Wizarday! When Our Stuff Went Away

    Wizarday is a lively educational story for children age eight and up. Wizarday is an hilarious tale filled with fun characters, silly names and games and charts. The story, with its engaging, free family of characters, provides a fun platform from which to teach children the importance and benefits of routine. It also helps them—and parents!—understand how such routine can evolve through playful two-way communication.

    Card Game
    Zombie Ninja Pirates

    Zombies are cool! Ninjas are cool! Pirates are cool! Mad Scientists are also cool! But the coolest thing is the Zombie Ninja Pirates, a card game where you get to play all four types while scoring points. To make it even better, you keep getting nifty objects in your chest that make you cooler and help you win.

    Card Games
    Befuzzled - A Fun Q Games Product

    Befuzzled makes the simple concept of taking the correct action based on a flipped card becomes surprisingly challenging. It is a high-energy yet not fast-paced game. Players stay on edge anticipating the flip of the next card as they try to be the first to act.

    Card Games - Educational
    Jukem Football Card Game

    Whether you are a football novice or hardcore fan, Jukem Football is the fun, competitive card game that puts you in the action! Jukem Football is the anytime, anywhere football card game. Play it at tailgates, parties, game nights and on the go!

    Card Games - Recreational Play
    Knock Down, Drag Out

    Knock Down, Drag Out lets you join the hectic melee of a Wild West bar fight. The rules are brutally simple and the action is fast-paced! Punch, kick, and club your opponents. Be the last patron standing to win!

    Card Games - Sports Related
    Third and Long

    Third and Long recreates the action of a pro football game. Two coaches take turns on offense and defense, calling plays and executing drives. Touchdowns, field goals, fumbles, interceptions, penalties, and big plays are all part of the exciting action.

    CD/DVD Games - Elementary
    Roman Town

    Experience the thrill of uncovering ancient objects. Exercise your problem solving and analytical thinking skills with fun puzzles and mini-games as you analyze valuable artifacts. Roman Town is the only game of its kind to the best of our knowledge that allows you to be an archaeologist, managing your team of diggers at a realistic excavation site.

    Computer Software - Educational
    ItzaBitza (for Mac)

    Draw a house and watch Sketchy shrink to fit in the door; draw flames and watch the rocket ship blast off; draw a triangle for the wheel of the farmer’s tractor just for a laugh. In the award winning game ItzaBitza™, drawings truly come to life.

    Educational Games - Board / Tabletop
    National Finger Football - Alabama

    We've all played the game before, the football is a folded sheet of paper in the shape of a triangle. The field is a tabletop and the goal is to score a touchdown by flicking the football across the table until part of it hangs over the edge. Zelosport has now taken this concept to a whole new level.

    Family Board & Table Top Games
    Tsuro - The Game of the Path

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path is a tile laying game where the tiles show paths and on your turn you must lay a tile next to your stone. If the path leads you into another person’s stone or off the board you lose. The last player on the board wins!

    BANANAGRAMS

    BANANAGRAMS® is a fast and fun anagram game that drives players bananas! Requiring no pencil, paper or board, Bananagrams comes in a small portable banana shaped pouch and is perfect fun for kids from 7 – 97 years-old, at home or on the go.

    Appletters

    Appletters® is a domino-like game for ages six and up where players connect letters in lieu of dots. The game comes in an apple-shaped cloth pouch containing 110 ivory-like tiles. In addition to the version for a younger audience, the game also includes instructions for more adult play - APPLE TURNOVER™ for an extra challenge and APPLESCORE™ for word lovers who like to have fun with palindromes and semi-palindromes.

    Games - Board / Tabletop
    Chess3 [ Chess Cubed ]

    Chess is already a game which has been a classic game for generations; a game which stimulates the mind and influences strategic developmental skills. Chess3 takes this game of strategy and focus, magically infuses fun into...

    Smash or Trash

    Smash or Trash is the game where players make up hysterical new lyrics to popular hit music! You can guarantee the dust will be shaken off some brain cells with this game! Smash or Trash is an excellent source for creating social interaction and...

    Comet® - Family and Bible Educational Board Games

    Comet, The Fast Path to Learning board games, are an engaging way to learn and spell and re-defines the definition of Play. Build vocabulary, aid reading comprehension and improve writing skills.

    Games - Card
    Triplica

    In Triplica, players compete by placing cards down to line up three of the shapes in a row to match their secret goal. The first player to score five goals wins the game. Triplica can also be played as a solitaire game where all 36 goals must be scored

    Games - Group Interactive
    Telegruv - The Dance Telephone Game

    Telegruv is a new party game that borrows the concept of the classic game Telephone, but instead of passing a phrase down a chain of people, competing teams try to pass along a series of dance moves from memory. The game provides nonstop laughter as the original dance moves degenerate with hilarious results!

    Games - Novelty
    Codigo Cube

    Codigo Cube is a socially interactive trivia game using your web-enabled camera phone, a free app, and our patent-pending QR Coded die! Codigo Cube is updated with new questions daily! When ever breaking news happens Codigo Cube gets updated.

    Games - Strategy
    Jishaku

    Jishaku™ is a patent-pending, portable strategy game like chess or checkers that can be played anywhere – the kitchen or the beach. But unlike chess, there is an element of surprise when the magnets jump out of position, without warning...

    New Inductees
    You've Been Sentenced Word Game

    The multi award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game uses pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places.  Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing the other players while also trying to score the most points per round.

    Puzzles / Brainteasers
    HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction

    HABA Puzzles for little hands. These sets of puzzles include 6 puzzles with 2, 3, and 4 pieces. Perfect for the beginning puzzler! Contains solid easy to place pieces with a wooden figure for creative play with the pieces!

    Strategy Games
    Diception

    Diception™, is a fast paced, fun for the whole family, board game that keeps you guessing who is telling the truth and who is really bluffing!

  • Toy Reviews

    New Toys & Specialty


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    FEATURE PRODUCT:   The Greatest Dot to Dot Adventure - Book 1 - In this imaginitive new dot-to-dot puzzle book, you begin your adventure following a guide; an imaginative young boy searching for the missing pieces of a mysterious gift. Together, visitors will navigate challenging puzzles and unearth secret clues to discover new species of dots and spectacular views.

    Abstract Games
    Donkey...It's A Kick!

    Donkey is a fast paced, unpredictable card game that will have you saving for 4 of a kind one round, and building a barn out of your cards the next. Be the first player to master whatever crazy challenge comes your way, and quickly grab a Donkey Puck...but watch out for the Kicker!

    Animal Toys
    WonderElla

    "WonderElla™ is a wonder-filled memory game of Sets & Match with Math, Colors, and Animals. WonderElla comes in an adorable cotton bag containing 18 jumbo-sized, game pieces depicting Ella and nine of her animal friends. The WonderElla game pieces can be filled with surprise hidden treats for added fun and excitement!

    Board Games
    Po-Rum-Bo Card Matching Board Game

    Po-Rum-Bo is a combination of Poker & Rummy played on a Game Board. Using playing cards from all four playing card suits, players place them criss-cross, either “across” or “down” on a game board with bonus squares. You earn points with every play of the game based on the cards played, the hands created and the board bonus squares used.

    Perfect Stride

    Perfect Stride is an exciting horse-themed card game for 2 - 4 players ages 8 and up. Players are riders who partner up with a horse of their choosing for a high-speed race across the countryside over a hidden course of jumps. Riders collect ribbons with each successful jump as they race toward the finish line. The rider with the most ribbon points wins the game.

    LiEBRARY - The Game Where the First Line Speaks Volumes

    The object of the game is to convince other players that your first line is the correct one. Players earn points by either writing a first line good enough to fool others into voting for it or by guessing the correct first line after all the entries are read.

    Triviathon

    One of the most "unusual" products ever to be with inducted into The Toy Man® Product Guide is this crazy game called Triviathon. Nothing special in the title of this game but you had better be ready because this game is a guaranteed barrel of laughs...err no, I would rather say a truckload of laughs!

    Board Games - Adult Level
    Yamodo! Party Time

    Yamodo! (ya-mode-o) challenges you and your friends to draw and define a set of made-up Yamodo! words. Laughter is guaranteed as you find yourself trying to explain the unexplainable. Prepare for a hilarious good time, to have your imagination tested...

    Board Games - Ethical Values
    CampAntics

    he board game of summer camp adventures. Once around the board, is one very realistic day at summer camp. Players choose how long to play and can extend or shorten the game. Instructions for New Campers are in a real comic book format. Lots of Mischief, Activities, and Announcements keep all players interest and involved, even if it is not their turn.

    Board Games - Family
    Road Trip - A Timeless Family Game

    If you are going on long ride between any two places, Road Trip will make the experience pass by in to time. Even at home the game is a blast to play!

    Reverse Charades

    Reverse Charades is a hilarious twist on a classic charades game where one person acts out words for the team to guess. With Reverse Charades, the entire team has 60 seconds to act out as many words as one person can guess. It

    Wits and Wagers - Family Edition

    Wits & Wagers Family is a family-friendly version of the popular Wits & Wagers game where you can win without knowing any trivia. Kid-friendly questions, easier rules, and no poker chips. Perfect game for all ages to play together! To play, every player writes down a guess to fun questions.

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game

    Elsa the cow loves to eat fresh grass. How much grass can you pull from under Elsa before she tips over? A curious game of skill and technique.

    Flip2BFit - Fitness In A Box

    Board Games - Intellectual Development
    Outside The Box

    outside the box gives every single player a chance to be a hero by helping his or her team win. There are no dice. Teams can only advance by getting the answers right.

    Board Games - Strategy
    Commander-In-Chief - The Board Game

    Commander-In-Chief is a fun fast playing abstract strategy war board game in which a player’s military vehicles work together to “capture” their opponent’s Commander while simultaneously defending their own. Commander-In-Chief is a 2 – 4 player combination of Chess & Checkers with an Air, Land & Sea military theme.

    Books - Word / Picture / Story
    Wizarday! When Our Stuff Went Away

    Wizarday is a lively educational story for children age eight and up. Wizarday is an hilarious tale filled with fun characters, silly names and games and charts. The story, with its engaging, free family of characters, provides a fun platform from which to teach children the importance and benefits of routine. It also helps them—and parents!—understand how such routine can evolve through playful two-way communication.

    Card Game
    Zombie Ninja Pirates

    Zombies are cool! Ninjas are cool! Pirates are cool! Mad Scientists are also cool! But the coolest thing is the Zombie Ninja Pirates, a card game where you get to play all four types while scoring points. To make it even better, you keep getting nifty objects in your chest that make you cooler and help you win.

    Card Games
    Befuzzled - A Fun Q Games Product

    Befuzzled makes the simple concept of taking the correct action based on a flipped card becomes surprisingly challenging. It is a high-energy yet not fast-paced game. Players stay on edge anticipating the flip of the next card as they try to be the first to act.

    Card Games - Educational
    Jukem Football Card Game

    Whether you are a football novice or hardcore fan, Jukem Football is the fun, competitive card game that puts you in the action! Jukem Football is the anytime, anywhere football card game. Play it at tailgates, parties, game nights and on the go!

    Card Games - Recreational Play
    Knock Down, Drag Out

    Knock Down, Drag Out lets you join the hectic melee of a Wild West bar fight. The rules are brutally simple and the action is fast-paced! Punch, kick, and club your opponents. Be the last patron standing to win!

    Card Games - Sports Related
    Third and Long

    Third and Long recreates the action of a pro football game. Two coaches take turns on offense and defense, calling plays and executing drives. Touchdowns, field goals, fumbles, interceptions, penalties, and big plays are all part of the exciting action.

    CD/DVD Games - Elementary
    Roman Town

    Experience the thrill of uncovering ancient objects. Exercise your problem solving and analytical thinking skills with fun puzzles and mini-games as you analyze valuable artifacts. Roman Town is the only game of its kind to the best of our knowledge that allows you to be an archaeologist, managing your team of diggers at a realistic excavation site.

    Computer Software - Educational
    ItzaBitza (for Mac)

    Draw a house and watch Sketchy shrink to fit in the door; draw flames and watch the rocket ship blast off; draw a triangle for the wheel of the farmer’s tractor just for a laugh. In the award winning game ItzaBitza™, drawings truly come to life.

    Educational Games - Board / Tabletop
    National Finger Football - Alabama

    We've all played the game before, the football is a folded sheet of paper in the shape of a triangle. The field is a tabletop and the goal is to score a touchdown by flicking the football across the table until part of it hangs over the edge. Zelosport has now taken this concept to a whole new level.

    Family Board & Table Top Games
    Tsuro - The Game of the Path

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path is a tile laying game where the tiles show paths and on your turn you must lay a tile next to your stone. If the path leads you into another person’s stone or off the board you lose. The last player on the board wins!

    BANANAGRAMS

    BANANAGRAMS® is a fast and fun anagram game that drives players bananas! Requiring no pencil, paper or board, Bananagrams comes in a small portable banana shaped pouch and is perfect fun for kids from 7 – 97 years-old, at home or on the go.

    Appletters

    Appletters® is a domino-like game for ages six and up where players connect letters in lieu of dots. The game comes in an apple-shaped cloth pouch containing 110 ivory-like tiles. In addition to the version for a younger audience, the game also includes instructions for more adult play - APPLE TURNOVER™ for an extra challenge and APPLESCORE™ for word lovers who like to have fun with palindromes and semi-palindromes.

    Games - Board / Tabletop
    Chess3 [ Chess Cubed ]

    Chess is already a game which has been a classic game for generations; a game which stimulates the mind and influences strategic developmental skills. Chess3 takes this game of strategy and focus, magically infuses fun into...

    Smash or Trash

    Smash or Trash is the game where players make up hysterical new lyrics to popular hit music! You can guarantee the dust will be shaken off some brain cells with this game! Smash or Trash is an excellent source for creating social interaction and...

    Comet® - Family and Bible Educational Board Games

    Comet, The Fast Path to Learning board games, are an engaging way to learn and spell and re-defines the definition of Play. Build vocabulary, aid reading comprehension and improve writing skills.

    Games - Card
    Triplica

    In Triplica, players compete by placing cards down to line up three of the shapes in a row to match their secret goal. The first player to score five goals wins the game. Triplica can also be played as a solitaire game where all 36 goals must be scored

    Games - Group Interactive
    Telegruv - The Dance Telephone Game

    Telegruv is a new party game that borrows the concept of the classic game Telephone, but instead of passing a phrase down a chain of people, competing teams try to pass along a series of dance moves from memory. The game provides nonstop laughter as the original dance moves degenerate with hilarious results!

    Games - Novelty
    Codigo Cube

    Codigo Cube is a socially interactive trivia game using your web-enabled camera phone, a free app, and our patent-pending QR Coded die! Codigo Cube is updated with new questions daily! When ever breaking news happens Codigo Cube gets updated.

    Games - Strategy
    Jishaku

    Jishaku™ is a patent-pending, portable strategy game like chess or checkers that can be played anywhere – the kitchen or the beach. But unlike chess, there is an element of surprise when the magnets jump out of position, without warning...

    New Inductees
    You've Been Sentenced Word Game

    The multi award-winning You’ve been Sentenced! word game uses pentagon-shaped cards with conjugations of funny words, famous names, and familiar places.  Each player uses his or her hand of 10 cards to build a grammatically correct sentence, racing the other players while also trying to score the most points per round.

    Puzzles / Brainteasers
    HABA Little Hand Puzzles - Animals, Farm, & Construction

    HABA Puzzles for little hands. These sets of puzzles include 6 puzzles with 2, 3, and 4 pieces. Perfect for the beginning puzzler! Contains solid easy to place pieces with a wooden figure for creative play with the pieces!

    Strategy Games
    Diception

    Diception™, is a fast paced, fun for the whole family, board game that keeps you guessing who is telling the truth and who is really bluffing!

  • Apparel Reviews

    New Apparel, Footwear, and Accessories


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    FEATURE PRODUCT:   The Greatest Dot to Dot Adventure - Book 1 - In this imaginitive new dot-to-dot puzzle book, you begin your adventure following a guide; an imaginative young boy searching for the missing pieces of a mysterious gift. Together, visitors will navigate challenging puzzles and unearth secret clues to discover new species of dots and spectacular views.

    Baby Accessories
    Wee-Drool Waterproof Reversible T-Bib

    Wee Drool T-bibs are stylish waterproof bibs designed to protect your little one's clothing from dribble, drool, spit up and spills in an ultra chic green way. Made from a blend of Bamboo Viscose and Organic Cotton, these T-bibs are the ultimate in softness, comfort, soak-proof protection and of course, style!

    Infant Accessories & Toys
    Snazzy Baby Knee Pads

    Snazzy Baby Knee Pads are made to the very highest safety standards. Having the comfort of knowing that the product is endorsed by medical professionals, parents can be confident of their child being safe in using the knee pads while crawling.

    Infant Travel Products & Accessories
    BambinOz PortaChair

    The BambinOz Porta Chair turns virtually any standard chair (and variations of same), into a temporary high chair restraint solution when needed most. Safe, simple, and convenient it is truly the perfect solution Mom's are looking for.

    Snazzy Baby - Mom's Deluxe 3 in 1 Plus Combo Carrier

    The Snazzy Baby - Mom's Deluxe 3 in 1 Plus Combo Carrier is a cool, lightweight, ergonomically designed hip carrier, equally suiting Moms and Dads and developed using Mom's Focus Groups in the USA and Australia. This is a lightweight, multipurpose carrier which gives a long term frame of use and dependability.

    Juvenile - Gifts / Novelty
    Shains Girly Theme Kit...Say It - Wear It - Mean It

    Shains are recycled accessories that encourage and empower people to make their own statements and change them whenever they want! Shains manufactures bracelets, necklaces, pet collars, hair bands, key chains, and much more...

    Sporting Goods - Activities, Equipment, Toys
    Swiggies

    Swiggies was invented as an alternative to fanny packs and having to carry water bottles while exercising. This new hands-free approach is simple and easy to use. You just fill them up with water and go!

  • Home Reviews

    New Home Furnishings and Accessories

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  • Infant & Juvenile Reviews

    New Infant & Juvenile


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    FEATURE PRODUCT:   The Greatest Dot to Dot Adventure - Book 1 - In this imaginitive new dot-to-dot puzzle book, you begin your adventure following a guide; an imaginative young boy searching for the missing pieces of a mysterious gift. Together, visitors will navigate challenging puzzles and unearth secret clues to discover new species of dots and spectacular views.

    3-Point Carving (Leaning) Bikes
    Trikke Carving Vehicles (Bikes)

    Sports and fitness are one of the strongest point of interest in US society today. Trikke Tech, Inc. has taken this fact into consideration and brought one of the most popular fitness solutions of the century into reality! Introducing the Tribred Carving / Electric Bikes.

    Activity Mats
    Lay-N-Go / Lay-n-Go LITE Activity Mats

    Lay-n-Go and Lay-n-Go LITE are award winning (patent pending) activity mats, cleanup, carryall and storage solution in one for families both at home and on-the-go! Small toy collections are easily spread out, contained, and cleaned up at home, while visiting friends, in restaurants, on airplanes, in cars, at Grandma’s house, or wherever life takes you.

    Arts & Crafts, Kits & Supplies
    TeeJuice - Fabric Markers

    TeeJuice Fabric Markers take felt tip markers to an entirely new level of functionality and value! They let your creative juices flow and...

    Baby / Nursing Bottles - Glass
    Coddlelife PP Bottle with Peristaltic Nipple

    The Coddlelife PP Bottle with a Peristalic Nipple is the ultimate glass baby bottle. It is composed of the same kind of glass used in laboratories due to its superior strength, durability and ability to resist thermal shock, making it extra safe for...

    Coddlelife Laboratory Grade Glass Bottle

    The Coddlelife Laboratory Grade Glass Bottle is the ultimate glass baby bottle. It is composed of the same kind of glass used in laboratories due to its superior strength, durability and ability to resist thermal shock, making it extra safe for...

    Baby Accessories
    Wee-Drool Waterproof Reversible T-Bib

    Wee Drool T-bibs are stylish waterproof bibs designed to protect your little one's clothing from dribble, drool, spit up and spills in an ultra chic green way. Made from a blend of Bamboo Viscose and Organic Cotton, these T-bibs are the ultimate in softness, comfort, soak-proof protection and of course, style!

    Baby Gear
    BabySmart Cooshee Hybak

    The award winning "strap-free" BabySmart Cooshee HyBak seat props-a-tot up and forward for focus and concentration! Kids think it's cool to sit on, which keeps them seated longer. With a contoured wide-angle base, skid-resistant circle-pods, side arms to prevent leaning over, leg-positioning for proper posture, and a snug higher-back design. Not only is Cooshee is the most supportive seat, it's the softest and cushiest Booster available.

    Bicycles, Tricycles & Accessories
    FirstBIKE Balance Training Bikes

    The FirstBIKE™ is the perfect training bike for developing your child. As an added plus, some models of the FirstBIKE™ Balance Training Bikes have the luxury of a precise rear drum brake that provides an added level of safety during use. This is essential for a child to learn better safe bike handling skills, and a greater comfort for parents.

    Kinderfeets Wooden Balance Bikes

    kinderfeets are a wooden balance bike for children ages 2 - 5. It has no pedals or training wheels. Children kick off the ground as if running, thus pushing themselves and the bike forward. The kinderfeets Wooden Balance Bike is perfect for learning balance, steering, coordination and independence.

    Creative Play Products
    Constructive Eating Garden Fairy Combo

    A child

    Developmental Play Equipment
    Oshi mat

    Oshi mat is an environment friendly, recyclable, easy to clean, non – toxic foam mat designed for infants. It is made 100% out of Thermal Plastic Elastomer (TPE); which means, it is 100% PVC and Latex free! Numerous reports have noted that PVC is hazardous to our health and our environment and Latex is –unfortunately- commonly associated with allergies.

    First Toddle®

    First Toddle., the 5-in-1 Infant/Toddler Play, Entertainment and Development System, initially emphasizes standing and walking skills. Then it can be easily reconfigured to provide a variety of fun and challenging play areas for children...

    Dolls - Posable
    Adora Toddler Time Dolls - The Cats Meow

    Adora Toddler Time Dolls can turn a frown upside down, build friendships, teach nurturing, bring comfort and turn a boring day into a day of play! That’s what makes Adora Dolls special…oh, and we can’t forget those adorable baby faces…squeezable, loveable, cuddly, cute…simply irresistible.

    Educational Products
    Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards

    Alphabotz Superphonic Decoder Cards are educational cards that help jump start beginning reading skills by helping early readers build lasting associations between sounds and the letters that represent them.

    Feeding & Nursing
    Bambinoz Instant Bottle Warmer Pack

    BambinOz’ award winning Instant Bottle Warmer Pack allows parents to warm up baby bottles anywhere, anytime without the use of batteries or electricity. Leveraging a technology which has been used widely in the sports medicine,camping and fishing industries, the pad provides a heat source that is completely safe and non-toxic and is reusable.

    Feeding Sets
    Constructive Eating - Set of Three Eating Utensils

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    ItzaBitza (for Mac)

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  • Evaluation Summary

       
    Induction Certificate Number:   74020110819‑516
    Induction Date:   August 19, 2011
     Product:   ItzaBitza (for Mac)
    MSRP:   $11.95 USD
    Company URL:  http://www.vpltd.com/
    Rating: 

    ItzaBitza (for Mac)

    by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Specialist
         
    Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  08/19/2011

    Draw a house and watch Sketchy shrink to fit in the door; draw flames and watch the rocket ship blast off; draw a triangle for the wheel of the farmer’s tractor just for a laugh. In the award winning game ItzaBitza™, drawings truly come to life.

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    Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight   Target Gender
    Computer Software - Educational 2011 Consumer/Education Female/Male




    Creative Agenda Creative funQuotient™ Narrative Progression Response Level Skill Improvement Overall Visual Appeal
    5 4.5 5 5 5 5

    Final product / service rating is averaged from the sum total of ALL applicable evaluation category scores. Only scores of "3" or higher are published.

    There are a total of 357 evaluation categories which are used in our evaluation process.
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    Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



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    About Our New Inductee

    Before you buy a product, it's generally common practice to be familiar with what it does, the branding, and other details. We feel that the same rule applies to our "New Inductees" we announce each week, so this section is titled "About Our New Inductee." The information in this section will provide you with a quick yet accurate glance of what the product or service is all about.

    Image of the Telegruv game box. It seems like every time we have a new inductee that exceeds everything else to date in WOWfactor!™, you can guarantee that another new inductee is going to make its mark as well soon after, perhaps even better. It seems like new inductees building a better mousetrap. Such is the case with ItzaBitza.

    ItzaBitza is a mouse driven Mac drawing/learning game for early readers, (ages 4+). Children's drawings are incorporated into the video game story line. Through real time participation, children are challenged with creative thinking, problem solving and reading comprehension.

    When it comes to creative fun, ItzaBitza for Mac has really made its mark!  ItzaBitza, (first introduced on the PC), incorporates exclusive image recognition technology 'Living Ink', to animate the images drawn by children. The program is designed to know when a child is drawing a house, so even if the house looks like a banana or a boat, it animates the drawing accordingly. Whether online or via CD, ItzaBitza provides one of the most outstanding fun skill development activities ever for kids.

    As it is plain to see, that is a lot of information to take in but to put it more simply, the game is fun, captivating, and provides an innovative new method of improving reading comprehension that is monumental. For a child playing ItzaBitza, it is an experience which is improving their reading comprehension and other cognitive skills. Another valuable perspective of ItzaBitza is how it serves as a virtual environment which encourages improvement of social interaction, creative thought processes, and a higher level of self-esteem.
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    While it's great for some people who just want a cursory glance at what a New Inductee is all about, there are many others who have a greater appetite for more information. This section is titled "Additional Details & Perspectives". and will provide you with additional details and perspectives associated with the product or service being featured here.

    In our group evaluation, just as with the Mac version of ItzaBitza, we had many perspectives of how each of us saw and interpreted ItzaBitza and the Play / Learning experience that is associated with it. Although the game is designed for a target age of 4+ and a primary focus of reading development skills, it in fact provides so much more. It would be impossible to encompass the entire lot in a single product evaluation summary.

    In the images below you can see a brief glimpse of what ItzaBitza is like. Each level has loads of tasks which a child can perform repeatedly to see more gold stars springing forth and watching their scores increase while learning simultaneously.

    A screen capture image from the ItzaBitza DVD where a child is creating their own page. A screen capture image from the ItzaBitza DVD where a child sees a query as to if they would like to draw a boot for the character. A screen capture image from the ItzaBitza DVD where a child sees a virtual piece of scratch paper to create an object such as a sun, moon, a boot, a fish, etc... A screen capture image from the ItzaBitza DVD

    As you can see from the images above, there is a wide variety of content used which is ideal for use with children of the target age group for which the product has been designed. ItzaBitza excels in the fact that with each task a child needs to perform, there is either a generous variety of hints, including highlighted words to draw a child's attention directly, an audible hint, or the scratch paper for drawing in which they are given an example to see before they begin their own first drawing.

    One Of The Most Impressive Features

    One of the most impressive features which brings ItzaBitza to life is how that with each drawing a child creates, ItzaBitza animates it in some manner to give it greater dimension and depth. For instance: A child draws a house. When they are completed and clicked on the green check mark to confirm it, suddenly the door to their house will open, the doorway, and windows both now show an actual interior with furniture and more! Best of all, the character in play can even enter the house to perform a specific task or action be it cooking, sleeping, or even throwing a party.

    I would say more than anything else, developmental skills in a player are exposed to an entirely new approach in learning never before imagined. This very well could be a stepping stone to a whole new world of education for toddlers, far more effective with a greater level of productive results.

    ItzaBitza
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    Independent Evaluator Reports

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    The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from the independent evaluator reports that have been paraphrased, posted verbatim, or a combination of both in order to encapsulate an accurate presentation of the primary details conveyed in each report. This approach provides a completely independent perspective in the evaluation each product.


    PRODUCT | ONLINE SERVICE
    itzaBita

    TARGET AGE GROUP:
    MEDIA PLATFORM:
    MEDIA CONTENT:

    4 Years +
    Mac OS
    Multimedia Educational DVD
    Overall Rating Average: 5 Star Rating Image





    This Week's Independent Evaluators

    Senior Video Game Engineer / Educational Media Analyst

    "ItzaBitza capitalizes upon the role of emotions in learning which is imperative for creating a hybrid cross-over of education and entertainment in video games. The creative agenda hosts a narrative which demonstrates recognition of the significance of experience, active thought processing, social interactions, and executive cognitive functioning in learning and entertainment combined."

    "With this game, an actively engaged child will be actualizing the use of self-questioning for comparative evaluation of action against content, combined with narrative stimulation. This emboldens a strengthening of their comprehension to clarify tasks, words, or phrases which they may not fully understand.”

    "The implementation of 'Living Ink' provides a learning method which once again encourages self-questioning for comparative evaluation. Using 'Living Ink,' kids draw things on the screen using a computer mouse. When they do, the drawings come alive through animation and are immediately incorporated into stories that the kids help to create.

    Professor of Psychology B.A., M.A., & Ph.D.
    Educational Theory Specialist

    "Progressive reading and vocabulary strategies are acquired from the multiple guides in each lesson which create a development of higher cognitive development. This approach enables the child to become less dependent on assistance. As the skill development improves, mastery of the more simple lessons enable the child to have a smoother transition into the more difficult levels of activities."

    "Reciprocal Teaching Method, (Brown and Palinscar) appears have a strong influence in the learning methodology of the game. Reciprocal teaching method is a classic method for teaching reading comprehension strategies. Children are first shown how to apply the strategies by their teacher who models the process. This method can also be used in application for vocabulary learning and effective comprehension."

    "In playing ItzaBitza, the player will have a word or phrase introduced to them through a variety of visual and audible sources in all phases of each activity they are engaged in. They also are introduced to tasks to perform which are first modeled by the application in an illustration. The players then practice application of use and duplication as they learn to practice attempting to clarify word meanings or confusing text, development of strategies of predicting what will happen next, and short term summarizing."


    * An exceptional point of interest is how the Mac OS provides an exceptional presentation of each of the activities with itzaBita. As part of my case studies with itzaBita, a comparison of skill development between children using the ItzaBitza product on a Mac OS system and a PC.  My study results indicate a a substantial difference in skill development results between the children using the Mac OS system and the PC system. Both groups were matched for age and personality profiles to establish an acceptable equilibrium in study.
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    * PLEASE NOTE: At the request of our independent evaluators their names are not disclosed to protect their personal and professional privacy. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and accurate product or service evaluation summary. All opinions and or statements from the independent evaluator(s) featured here do not represent the opinion of The Toy Man® Product Guide, any member, division of, or Epiphany Communications itself.



    Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

    Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is under evaluation. Based upon that fact we put a number of products we currently are slated to evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. The information to follow will explore the responses from the participants in our spontaneous hands-on consumer evaluation of the products available for their review.

    image of child with ItzaBitza Mac version DVD is front of her.
    This hands-on consumer evaluation was handled different than most.  Considering ItzaBitza being so unique from other products on the market, then the consumer evaluation had to be different as well. ItzaBitza grabbed the brass ring in this arena despite the different approach we used with both online and DVD evaluation approaches.

    Consumers call it the way it is, holding nothing back in opinion whether it be good or bad.  ItzaBitza made it through with consumers in all events without a single scratch in the slightest!

    For ItzaBitza we held our spontaneous consumer hands-on evaluations performed in two different cities/states in addition to both online and using the DVD, (NYC and Los Angeles, CA), along with multiple other products. Having several products available for consumer evaluation all at once provides a more well balanced and unbiased evaluation of the products.

    Just as with most DVD/Online products we provide for consumer evaluation, what made the evaluation of ItzaBitza more interesting for the evaluation participants in this case was the generously large screen the children had to watch what they were creating with each task in ItzaBitza. When their creations literally "...came to life" as they drew a door and windows on a house and saw the door open, they were in mystified.

    For every child their experience with ItzaBitza went even further as they were able to see the character and furniture inside the house they created. It in a sense created a 3D effect to the children and their level of excitement went off the scale. This encouraged the children to repeat the same tasks again and again just to relive the experience while learning and improving developmental skills.

    When all was said and done, all of the feedback forms were collected, the videotapes were all reviewed and the results compiled, ItzaBitza managed to be one of the most popular products in every one of consumer evaluation events we held in both states.  itzaBiza passed this segment of our evaluation with the greatest level of satisfaction in our results.
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    The rating of a product is useless if you do not fully understand and comprehend how the ratings is reached or what the value of the rating represents. This need for clarity encouraged us to have this section titled "A Sampling Of Our Evaluation Category Ratings." To assist you in gaining a greater understanding of the evaluation category ratings we use, a small sampling of the individual category titles & rating scores from the complete product review itself for this product or service are featured here.

    The categories which have been selected to be featured in this evaluation report summary for public view, specify some of the primary points of how and why each specific rating score was reached.

    The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

    CREATIVE AGENDA: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

    Creative agenda is a vital factor in the evaluation of a good quality game, especially so if it is an educational game. ItzaBitza pulled its weight without the slightest effort in this category. As expressed by one of the independent evaluators, "The creative agenda hosts a narrative which demonstrates recognition of the significance of experience, active thought processing, social interactions, and executive cognitive functioning in learning and entertainment combined."

    To understand the full value of the creative agenda, the following information is a brief definition of what the creative agenda is. The creative agenda of a player represents what the player hopes to achieve by way of exploration in their game experience; in this case being applicable to ItzaBitza.

    ItzaBitza has earned a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for CREATIVE AGENDA.

    funQuotient™: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4 gold  stars

    ItzaBitza posed a rather puzzling challenge to establish an accurate measure of the funQuotient™ with ItzaBitza. In reviewing all of our videotapes of ItzaBitza during all phases of its evaluation, it was established that there is a fine line between FunFactor™ and just excitement. Excitement is static and short term whereas funQuotient™ tends to be a prolonged response with a player.

    After a general discussion meeting with all evaluators and in-house staff it was determined that in combining all scores from every category from the evaluation, including the six which are featured here, the level of funQuotient™ with ItzaBitza was well above average, yet the primary response from all of the players on all of the videotapes was clearly a static response. When you combine learning in such an equal balance as ItzaBita has created, there is a lessening of the funQuotient™ by a fraction yet still retaining value and effectiveness well above average.

    In observation of all players, their focus was on creativity, strategy development, and their own narrative being developed. The funQuotient™ was still prevalent yet just not in full shining glory in active response. ItzaBitza came in just a 1/2 a point short of a perfect score with [4.5] Stars in this evaluation category for funQuotient™.

    NARRATIVE PROGRESSION: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

    Narrative progression is a different kind of creature. It is a vital part of the design structure of a game design which is even more critical with the new entertainment/education hybrid DVD's now beginning to evolve even further and break into the market like gangbusters in popularity.

    In the design of a game and the educational content in a game such as ItzaBitza, a smooth transition in the narrative or flow of the game must be maintained. This means taking on the challenge of maintaining the attention of the player while at the same time delivering educational content which a player will desire to come back for more.

    If all of that wasn't enough, a game designer has to have a smooth progression of difficulty levels with each activity, while encouraging the player to develop their own narration to develop and grow in their level of play and learning simultaneously. ItzaBitza has unquestionably pulled the stops out in that regard. ItzaBitza moves in smoothly with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for NARRATIVE PROGRESSION.

    RESPONSE LEVEL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

    In reviewing all segments of our evaluation process on videotapes, ItzaBitza truly caught THE wave when it comes to response level from the players. The game pulls a player in the age group for which it was designed, completely into the game play. The players do not see ItzaBitza as a game, they see it more as a refreshing challenge from which they benefit. It's irresistible to a child, they just keep on coming back for more.

    Part of the reason for this is that every time they play, they are modifying or even creating an entirely new narrative for their play, never having the same experience twice! With the Living Ink, a child will never draw the various object exactly the same way as previously. With this being the case, the animation created by ItzaBitza also changes and creates a whole new experience for a player to enjoy and gain even further cognitive and critical skill development.

    ItzaBitza rides the wave in with a perfect score of [5] Stars for RESPONSE LEVEL.


    SKILL IMPROVEMENT: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

    The level of skill improvement with a player with ItzaBitza is astounding. It is literally beyond measure. When you factor in all of the previous category information in addition to the entire balance of content from the other categories, (which are not featured for public view), it is so simple to see why the level of skill improvement for ItzaBitza is so strong. The game shines well beyond anything ever expected with so many factors which each play a vital part in a child's' skill development. ItzaBitza crashes the doors in this time with a powerful perfect score of "5" in SKILL DEVELOPMENT.


    OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL: Rating Level - [5] an image of 5 gold  stars

    The visual appeal for ItzaBitza was impressive enough to easily grab the brass ring. With this game and this category it is of primary importance to look upon it the way a child sees it. A child is engrossed in the play, and the visual appeal. A child's attention is making strong note of the animation.

    ItzaBitza did an outstanding job of providing overall visual appeal with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for VISUAL APPEAL.


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