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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
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  • Evaluation Summary

       
    Induction Certificate Number:   74020091026‑370
    Induction Date:   October 26, 2009
    Certificate License Status:   Active
     Product:   Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game
    MSRP:   $24.00
    Company URL:  http://www.habausa.com
    Rating: 

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game

    by:  Rev. James G.W. Fisher | The Toy Man® - Product Evaluation Specialist
         
    Evaluation Report Summary (ERS) Date:  10/26/2009

    Elsa the wiggling cow loves to eat fresh grass. In this game the question which comes into play is how much grass can you pull from under Elsa before she tips over? It looks a lot easier than you might think. It is definitely a curious game of skill and technique.




    Product Type Release Year Primary Usage Target Age / Max. Weight   Target Gender
    Board Games - Family 2009 Consumer/Education 4 to 99 years Female/Male


    Creative Agenda FunFactor™ Game Structure Marketability Narrative Progression Response Level
    5 4 4 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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    Introducing Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game

    HABA has always been known for the very best in quality in the products they produce and the Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game holds true to that same quality. This game is such a perfect example of how simplicity can be so deceptive as you will soon see.

    Here you have a wiggling cow who goes by the name of Elsa. The game board has an image which is a simulation of a field or farm yard upon which you place the firm square shaped tiles which represent grass. Elsa is then placed on top of these grass tiles, (easier said than done.) You have to remember that Elsa is a "wiggling" cow. She must be carefully placed on the tiles or else her legs will wiggle and down she goes!

    What comes next is each player has to take the wooden fork which comes with the game and try to see how much grass they can remove from beneath Elsa without her beginning to wiggle and topple over. The concept of this task is such a creative masterpiece of deception, creating an illusion of a simple task to perform which soon afterward evolves into a quite stimulating challenge which will keep a child thoroughly engaged.




    "A Masterful Creation of Stimulating Play"

    One of the independent evaluators who took part in the evaluation of this game defined it so perfectly in just a few simple words. In her evaluation report she referred to the Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game as "A masterful creation of stimulating Play". There is no question as to the validity of her statement.

    Fine motor skills, visual perception, coordination development, sensory stimulation. these are but a mere fraction of the many factors in a child's development which are stimulated for further growth and development from but a few moments of Play with this game.

    Critical skill development is a primary focus in our product evaluation; establishing what level of contribution that a product will provide in the development of these skills as well as many others. To get the very best out of a child's active Play with a product, it is important for it to have a strong stimulation on multiple levels for essential developmental skills.

    With the Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game, it hosts a design which is simple and unique. It delivers the right combination of essential features needed to capture a child's attention, encourage a longer period of active Play, and ensure a strong influence on skill development. To put complete the package, the game guarantees the strongest level of FunFactor™ in the game play. After all, a product can have all of the greatest features available yet without a generous level of FunFactor™, there is no hook to grasp a child's attention to make use of it.



    Independent Evaluator Reports

    Obtaining An Independent Perspective...

    In this section we will cover "Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game" from the perspectives of qualified individuals in the specific field associated with the product being evaluated. To accomplish that task we have called upon the assistance of two top level industry professionals who know their stuff and have the credentials to prove it.

    Our professional and independent evaluators have formed their own opinions from extensive analysis and produced detailed, in-depth product evaluation reports connected with their study and evaluation of Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game. The information to follow is comprised of excerpts from those same reports which have been paraphrased in order to encapsulate the primary points of Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game.

    PLEASE NOTE: The names of our independent evaluators are not disclosed to protect the privacy of these individuals upon their request. Their labors are provided at no charge to assist us in providing a well-balanced and qualified product evaluation summary. Their title is provided to clarify for our readers the specific type of specialist from which the information provided has been included in each product evaluation summary.




    PRODUCT: Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game

    MEDIA PLATFORM: Board Game

    MEDIA CONTENT: Skill Development / Recreational Strategy


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

    "Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game is an interesting games, best suited for the pre-primary-primary level age group, yet still appealing to adults. The creative agenda is strong and influences the players to develop a narrative which influences the players to participate in repetitive play. Unlike most other gams, development of strategies for prediction of what other players will do next is not a part of the narrative. The idea of the cow and using a wooden fork to remove the tiles without the cow toppling over maintains a stable narrative which is instrumental in stimulation of active thought processing during game play."

    "In the use of this game, an actively engaged player will be forced to adopt the use of comparative evaluation of game experience for a constant evolution of narrative development. This is established in the use of the wooden fork and tiles which are needed to be removed from beneath the cow without introducing the elements to cause the cow to topple. This creates a cascade effect which results in repetitive play and active engagement in strategic thought development. For a young child, this serves as an excellent stimulus for progressive skill development. For adults, there is an awakening of functional skills which in the past may have become more dormant from inactivity.”

    "The creative agenda for a player with this game is not so a clear cut as other games in reference to exploration of strategy development to win the game. The player's main enjoyment comes from the quality of the narrative produced as a result of the character, variety of task options, independent choice selection, and completions of tasks.
    "

    "With Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game, use of the 'look back strategy' with all players is diminished significantly. With this game the dominant factor needed to achieve the goal of winning the game is more on impulse response and strategy.

    "Due to the structure of the game, logical progression for prediction of an opponent's strategic play is not applicable. The probability of the same game play being repeated anytime within a person's possession of the game is improbable if not impossible. This adds great value to the game due to the fact of the game encouraging repetitive Play."



    Curriculum Content Specialist / Board Game Evaluator

    "In the evaluation of a board game, I have a specific outline of elemental components which comprise the basic structure of a well designed board game. The outline I am speaking of is shown below.
    • An appealing title
    • A good description of what the game is about, short yet informative on the game box
    • A clear description of whether or not if the game is designed for cooperative play
    • A clear definition of the player's role and options of play
    • A well defined content scenario/instructions
    • A well balanced price point vs game elements ratio
    • A well structured & visibly appealing game board
    The elemental components you see in the bullet list above, are but a brief portion of the entire list of what I look for to accurately determine where a game stands in my evaluation. With Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game, the title of the game is a bit weak yet for many buyers, the unusual name may be the key element needed to capture a buyer's attention over another competing product. The packaging was suitable yet generalized. The balance of the considerations in my evaluation were acceptable with the exception of one. The game board was nothing to shout about yet considering the primary age group it is designed for, it still passes all the same.

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game was most interesting and passed my evaluation. My approval of this game is well earned. The cooperative play was strong even though this is more of an interest for children's games, and the instructions and players role were clear and simple.
    "

    " The game board was subtle in its color scheme and layout. Combined with the other game play pieces, it encouraged the children in our clinical evaluation segment to play repeatedly. The learning curve was short and simple to grasp which makes the game more enjoyable due to no extended period of learning to play."




    Consumer Hands-On Evaluation


    Nothing is more powerful than hands-on experience by a consumer with a product when it is being evaluated. Based upon that fact we put every single product we evaluate at the mercy of consumers in a hands-on evaluation where anything goes. Shall we see how "Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game" was seen with consumers?

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game was part of a consumer hands-on evaluation performed in a busy public area in Las Vegas/Summerland, NV area, along with generous number of other products. Having several products available for consumer evaluation all at once provides a more well balanced and unbiased evaluation of the products. Many of them had two or three copies available to provide a larger base of opportunity for consumer evaluation yet Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game managed to pull plenty its share of the attention and fun.

    It was rather interesting to see how what appeared at first glance to be a simple game with nothing eye-catching to myself, would soon turn out to be one of the popular games which the consumers were drawn to look at. It appears that one of the most redeeming qualities of the game was how it serves as a catalyst to create parent/child interaction in a child's Play. All it took was just one instance of a child asking their parent or guardian for help to get the cow to stand on all fours without falling over, then from that moment on they worked together to play the game.

    A most unique feature of the experience in this event was how more often than not, the children would gain an edge at getting Elsa the cow to stand on all fours over the parents or guardians. Once they saw how the adult would approach working with the challenge, the child would take what they learned from the adult and build on that experience to learn how to master the task.

    In reviewing the feedback forms which the participants filled out, we had such great enjoyment reading the variety of comments from each of the hands-on evaluation participants who played Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game. There was more than sufficient evidence of positive response on the feedback forms to demonstrate Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game proving itself worth our time to bring it to this hands-on evaluation event, it passed this segment of evaluation quite well.


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    CREATIVE AGENDA: Rating Level - [5]

    * Creative Agenda - The Creative Agenda of a player represents what the player hopes to achieve by way of exploration in their game experience.

    Creative agenda is a vital factor in the evaluation of a good quality game, whether it is a board or video game. This is especially so if it is an educational game. The creative agenda produced by the Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game is unique from most others. It proves how the illusion of simplicity with the game is far from the real facts. Elsa, the cow character alone is a challenge in herself, which works as an intense stimulation to cause a player to develop a very strong creative agenda.

    Elsa is enough of a stimulating challenge just to keep her legs from wiggling and then you have the challenge of removing the grass tiles with nothing more than a wooden fork! Truly stimulating and encourages formularized thinking. The potential number of creative methods which can be developed to win the game are literally limitless.

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game encourages a historical memory function in a player, which demonstrates recognition of the significance of experience, strategic planning and development, active thought processing, interactive social development, and executive cognitive functioning in learning, application of the newly acquired knowledge, and entertainment combined.

    As we went over the notes, reports, and videotapes, the players were having a generous level of enjoyment from the game, yet at the same time were quite strong in making active use of memory recall, strategy development, and development of their own personal narrative for the game play method. In the category of Creative Agenda, Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game finished in this category with a score of [5] stars.


    FUNFACTOR™: Rating Level - [4]

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game proved to be a real challenge to establish an accurate measure of the FunFactor™ associated with active game play. The game is so unique in its method of Play that the FunFactor™ is not a primary component. The game requires focus and concentration which still keeps the FunFactor™ level prevalent yet subdued to a minimal degree.

    In reviewing all of our videotapes of Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game during all phases of its evaluation, it was established that the level of FunFactor™ was eclipsed by the need for focus and concentration that the FunFactor™ was diminished enough to lose a point in this category. In observation of all of the kids playing Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game, their focus was on creativity, strategy development, and their own narrative being developed. Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game comes in with a score of "4" stars in this category.


    GAME STRUCTURE: Rating Level - [4]

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game has such a simple game structure with a learning curve that is smaller in measure than the size of a tick on an elephant's backside. The narrative progression of Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game is such that a player is driven to continue, to compete, and have fun doing it. The structure of the game maintains the attention of the player quite well while at the same time stimulating the player's desire to come back for more whether they win or lose the game.

    Although the factors referenced above are well above average in the game structure of Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game, the design isn't strong enough to take it to the very best in this category. Granted it is well above average which is a respectable accomplishment, yet the factors needed to bring in a perfect score in any category are just not there. Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game is well above average in the category for Game Structure yet falls short of a perfect score by a single digit. Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game moves in smoothly with a score of [4] Stars in this evaluation category.


    MARKETABILITY: Rating Level - [5 / 4] /

    The category of Marketability was a perplexing category to determine an accurate score for Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game. The end result was a split score. The reason for this is that the board game has so many attributes which draw the needed attention in one specific market while in another market with a broader range of products to be compared against, the end result changes.

    The unique style and structure of the game as well as the name of the manufacturer take Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game to the top of its game with specialty stores, while at the same time, when on the shelves of a larger store with a much wider variety of products to choose from Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game is not as noticeable.

    Taking all of the evaluation factors and results into consideration, Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game is on top of its game in one perspective and well above average in this category from another. In the category of of Marketability, Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game pulls a split score of [5 /4] Stars.


    NARRATIVE PROGRESSION: Rating Level - [5]

    Narrative progression is a different kind of creature to take into consideration when evaluating a game. It is a vital part of the design structure of a game design. In the design of a board game such as Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game, 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 content which will inspire a player's desire to come back for more.

    Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game has to have a smooth progression of challenge in strategic development, while encouraging the player to develop their own narration to develop and grow in their level of play and learning simultaneously. Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game may appear simple yet is quite strategic in the Play design and moves in with a perfect score of [5] Stars in the Narrative Progression category.


    RESPONSE LEVEL: Rating Level - [5]

    BAM!!! In regard to response level, Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game was hitting hard with its stimulation to encouraging a strong response level not only form the game Play but also fro, the overall stimulation of critical skills. In reviewing all segments of our evaluation process on videotapes, Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game was undoubtedly like a limousine when it comes to response level from all of the players. The players are enlivened to keep playing again and again, determined to better their prior achievements. Wackelkuh - Wiggling Cow Board Game comes in with a perfect score of [5] Stars in this category for response level.

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