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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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  • Evaluation Summary

       
    Induction Certificate Number:   74020120106‑547
    Induction Date:   January 06, 2012
    Certificate License Status:   Active
     Product:   Tsuro - The Game of the Path
    MSRP:   $29.99
    Company URL:  http://www.calliopegames.com
    Rating: 

    Tsuro - The Game of the Path

    by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher - Editor / Product Evaluation Expert
         
    Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  01/06/2012

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path is a tile laying game we found to be quite easy to learn. The gamePlay™ is simple. The tiles show paths and on your turn you must lay a tile next to your pawn. If the path leads you into another person’s pawn or off the board you lose. The last player on the board wins! It can't be much more simple than that.

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    Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight   Target Gender
    Family Board & Table Top Games 2011 Consumer/Education 8 years + Female/Male




    Creative Agenda Ease of Use funQuotient™ Marketability Skill Development Overall Visual Appeal
    5 5 5 5 4.5 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.
    (NOTE: Not all categories are applicable to any one product or online service.)

    Only 6 of the evaluation category rating scores for this New Inductee's evaluation are featured for public view.



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    845866000203 CLP020Labeled/Appropriate



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    ChinaWARNING: CHOKING HAZARD--Small parts Not for children under 3 yrs.

     

    About Our New Inductee

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    One of the more "unique" products ever to be with inducted into The Toy Man® Product Guide is a fascinating new tile based board game called Tsuro - The Game Of The Path. Nothing special in the title of this game but the game itself both in visual appeal and gamePlay™ create a new experience altogether.

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path is a fast paced game where no one is ever bored stiff, waiting for the next game to play again. The game is a perfect example of simplicity combined with visual appeal like no other game we have seen to date.

    How To Play

    To begin each game, each of the players is dealt three unique tiles. These tiles are placed on the game board to create the path that their pawn will follow. The gamePlay™ proceeds with each of the players first placing their stone any of the start marks, in the outer perimeter of the game board grid. 

    The first player begins by selecting one of the tiles in their hand and placing it on the open square next to their stone.  The player then moves his/her stone to one of the open ends on the tile they have placed. The remaining players do likewise in succession. As the game progresses, each active player will draw one card from the stack of path tiles to replace the tile he/she has placed on the game board.

    One of the biggest challenges of the game comes from avoiding the creation of a path that inevitably leads your stone into another player's stone or off the game board and out of the game. Sound's too easy? Don't pass judgement too quickly here. Many who played Tsuro - Game Of The Path found the game to provide far more challenge and excitement than they had expected.

    How To Win

    Of course every player's objective is to win the game and doing so is so simple.  Just have your stone be the last one on the board and you win...if you can.

    NOTE: This is merely a sketchy outline of how to play the game. There are more important details that are contained in the rules/instructions sheet.
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    Image of one of the pages from The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge Book 5 From the very start of the game, Tsuro triggers instinctual motivation to succeed. What creates the greatest challenge is the balance of a fast-paced game combined with the need to observe the other players gamePlay™ simultaneously.

    Each turn for a player may be but a few few seconds of activity, yet those few seconds can determine whether you will block an opponent's potential gainful advances, make a strategic advance, or end up out of the game.

    Taking a different approach in presentation of a product is seldom done in our evaluation report summaries yet Tsuro - The Game Of The Path itself is a different approach in its own right which has instilled the desire to follow suit in the semblance created here.

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path is a game that literally screams V-I-S-U-A-L  A-P-P-E-A-L !!  From the very first glance at the box, one's visual senses are literally wowed and dazzled. Best of all, that's nothing in comparison to the contents with the box itself!

    What you have here is a literal work of art merging Japanese cultural art with creative and simple gamePlay™. From the game box to every component within it, precise detail and creative design is apparent just as is seen within Japanese art itself. The two are symbiotic in the marketability of this game.

    The Game Board

    The Tsuro - The Game Of The Path game board itself is a masterpiece that for many of our players proved to be a distraction that cost them a game. The game board has a thin line 6 x 6 equal sized grid which encompasses the entire game board with the masterfully created image of a Phoenix beneath it. Each of the tiles are placed within this grid resulting in the creation of the path for each of the players to move each of their stones along their progressively developing paths.

    The deciding element of chance in the game comes from how the path of each player can interconnect. This can easily create the path to win or result in your stone's path going off the game board! The many elements of Tsuro - The Game Of The Path from the instructions, (online and the ornate tri-fold sheet within the game box), the highly detailed stones, and highly detailed art design of the game board have been so strategically woven together to create a seemingly simple game that in actuality wows the senses and encourages repetitive gamePlay™.

    An Undeniable Fact

    One fact that is undeniable is that Tsuro - The Game Of The Path will help each player create their own path to a greater level of cognitive development, fine tuning of social interaction skills, and time of just plain FUN recreational activity with a productive end.
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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.

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    Initial Report Outline
    PRODUCT : The Tsuro - The Game of the Path

    PLATFORM:
    Table Top Tile Board Game
    CONTRIBUTION: Active Thought Processing
    TARGET AGE: 8 years+





    This Week's Independent Evaluators

    Professor of Organization and Strategy, Ph.D.
    Director Pre-emptive Solution Development Studies

    "Tsuro - The Game of the Path is a tile-based tabletop game which pushes the players into developing greater creative strategies to improve and have a hopeful desire to win with each game. The creative agenda of Tsuro - The Game of the Path demonstrates recognition of the significance of experience, active thought processing, and executive cognitive functioning in learning and reflective reasoning.

    "The probability of the same sequence of game play re-occurring promptly is almost non-existent. This precludes any deficiency of one process of cognitive function triggering a domino effect for further same processes with each tile which is laid on the board."


    "With each game played, exploration pattern of each and every facet of the game board grid and peripheral details was common. The game proved to be not only entertaining, but was found to influence development of desire for the challenge.  The game presents a recurrent and constantly evolving activity that assures competitive strategy skill development."


    Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Ph. D., E. D.
    Director of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics Studies

    * SUMMARY CODES:   SN - Special NeedsAS- Asberger Syndrome

    "Whether the player is child or adult, Tsuro - The Game of the Path helps to encourage problem solving and many other developmental skills through abstract symbolic and spatial reasoning, matching and sorting. The game demonstrates its greatest value in how it contributes to an individual's basic mental abilities used to think, study, and learn with each tile piece placed and the results from that action."


    "Tsuro - The Game of the Path exercises the task to recall information from memory, make associations between different tiles, and maintain concentration on specific tasks to complete the game whether winner or not. In our working with our SN children, we found this to be especially true."

    "The game was contributory to sensory skill and self-play development with all of our SN children, with more evident response and results with our two AS children. The diversity of combinations in which the tiles could be laid provided a stimulation of challenge which encourages a greater level of progression in our work with many of our SN children participating in this program."

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    Consumer Hands-On Evaluation

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    When it comes to game at our spontaneous consumer hands-on evaluation, Tsuro - The Game Of The Path "...was the bomb!" as one of the teenagers shared in his feedback form.

    Every participant that played Tsuro - The Game Of The Path walked away talking about the incredible art designs and how they'd "...not seen a fast play game be so much fun before." 

    Just as a limited few others we discover every so often, Tsuro - The Game Of The Path provides such a pleasure seeing it so set apart from the rest in our spontaneous hands-on evaluation products by way of its own unique traits. Visual appeal was but one of many features of the game that generated a serious amount of excitement for the players.

    It seemed as though literally every participant in our evaluation of products were overwhelmed with such excitement when talking about Tsuro - The Game Of The Path with others.  Many participants were so lost for words in their effort to describe the game that they became exasperated. They eventually gave up trying to describe the game, pulling the person they were talking to over to the game table to see it!

    In our going over all of the video tapes, feedback forms, and other content, Tsuro - The Game Of The Path really pulled a lion's share of attention at this event. It was clearly a winner in this segment of our evaluation not just with our staff but the consumers as well.
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    The Featured Category Ratings Sampling For This Evaluation Summary Are Listed Below:

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

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path was pulling strong when it comes to CREATIVE AGENDA. The creative agenda of the game delivers a guarantee of a strong narrative progression and prompt response level with its progressive learning structure. Tsuro - The Game Of The Path undoubtedly delivers a strong narrative development progression which leads to the development of creative strategy. The game moves fast and encourages a prompt response with every action.

    The CREATIVE AGENDA of Tsuro - The Game Of The Path provides the challenge needed that influences the probability of recurrent game play. In every evaluation, the game was played in sets with a minimum of 4 recurrences of Play.  Tsuro - The Game Of The Path pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for CREATIVE AGENDA.

    Ease Of Use: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

    Ease of Use was a common characteristic of Tsuro - The Game Of The Path. The ease of use and minimal learning curve made it easily adaptable to both home and educational facility use. The game proved to even be applicable for use with SN children. It is a perfect fit for both home and educational use.

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path clearly proved it met the criteria to pass this evaluation category with the greatest of ease. The literally endless number of narratives which could be developed within each game, serve as a catalyst to create plenty of recurrent competitive challenge. Tsuro - The Game Of The Path pulled a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for Ease of Use.

    funQUOTIENT™: Rating Level - [5] an image of 4 gold  stars

    funQuotient™ is an evaluation category where Tsuro - The Game Of The Path wasn't lacking. It is a perfect fit for both home and educational use in creating plenty of funQuotient™ in the experience.

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path has all of the right elements to create the strongest level of funQuotient™. The fast paced structure of the game incites plenty of excitement combined with loads of positive energy that results in nothing but a fun game experience. Tsuro - The Game Of The Path managed to grab the brass ring with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this evaluation category for funQuotient™.

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

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path proved to be of no challenge in our evaluation of its rating in regard to MARKETABILITY. There were many variable attributes to be considered in the evaluation yet each one proved to do nothing but enhance and support everything else established prior.

    We easily established that Tsuro - The Game Of The Path appeals to a vast range of age groups. To add even greater value to it, the game is a true hybrid product. We were quickly able to streamline this portion of our evaluation and establish a well founded determination in the final evaluation rating.

    It was clearly established in our evaluation that once a consumer gets their first experience with Tsuro - The Game Of The Path , they most likely will not only play the game again but will share the delight of their experience with others again and again. This contributes substantially in a positive favor in the marketability rating.

    The end result is that Tsuro - The Game Of The Path came through in this evaluation category with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for MARKETABILITY.

    SKILL DEVELOPMENT: Rating Level - [4.5] an image of 4.5 gold  stars

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path possesses all of the right elements to create a progressive rate of skill development and improvement for players of all ages 8 years of age and up. One of our independent evaluators expressed it so well in his own words quoted below.

    "With each game played, exploration of each and every facet of the game board grid and peripheral details was common. The game proved to be not only entertaining, but was found to influence development of desire for the challenge.  The game presents a recurrent and constantly evolving activity that assures competitive strategy skill development."

    It is more than obvious to see that Tsuro - The Game Of The Path makes a substantial contribution to skill development in this evaluation category. Tsuro - The Game Of The Path races to the finish line with a final almost perfect score of [4.5] Stars in this category for SKILL DEVELOPMENT.

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

    OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL posed a very strong challenge for us in our evaluation. It was just too easy to determine! With Tsuro - The Game Of The Path, the developers raised the bar and practically set a new standard in board game design from the visual perspective. Every element of the game proved to be stimulating to the eyes engaging your full attention.

    From the Japanese inspired style of artwork to the incredible mixture in the color scheme, Tsuro - The Game Of The Path maintained the highest quality.

    Tsuro - The Game Of The Path is a masterpiece of conceptual design in a board game. Tsuro - The Game Of The Path came in with a perfect score rating of [5] Stars in this category for OVERALL VISUAL APPEAL.


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