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A whole new dimension

This is one holiday item that’s getting a lot of attention this year. We just got our shipment of Zocker’s 3D Pool Table, and although I haven’t personally had a chance to play just yet, it looks great. It’s basically a billiards game, but in three dimensions instead of… well, one. Players begin on the top level and compete to ... Read More »

Flipping for Flip Faze

This past year at Toy Fair, University Games had a special appearance by record-breaking Jeopardy champ Ken Jennings. You could wait on line to go head-to-head with Ken on a single question, and if you emerged victorious, you earned a button proclaiming your intellectual superiority. We lost, but I can’t remember what the question was (something about baseball, maybe). We ... Read More »

Goobi Goobi Goo

OK, yes. Magnetic construction toys are everywhere. There are so many different brands, each with its own unique angle that it’s gotten to be a hard category to shop. When I first saw the Goobi line, I was really skeptical. I dismissed it as another “me too” product. But the smart saleswoman had brought samples and after a half hour ... Read More »

Marble Madness

Marbles have been around for a long time. Stone marbles dating back 5000 years were uncovered in the ancient tomb of an Egyptian child, while archeological evidence supports the popularity of marbles in both ancient Rome and in Mexico. It’s safe to say that marbles are one of the oldest playthings in the world, and they continue to engage and ... Read More »

A new way to play with food

Considering a toy kitchen for your preschooler this holiday? Here’s an interesting alternative. The Push Cart Mini Mart from Alex is a really neat (albeit large) make-believe prop that is sure to inspire hours of creative play. Modeled after classic marketplace pushcarts, this kid-scale version has plenty of shelving to merchandise all sorts of wares, as well as chalkboard surfaces, ... Read More »

Kickin’ it up a notch

As if remote control cars weren’t fun enough, Kid Galaxy has really upped the ante with their new soccer game, Kick It. Two soccer cleats are controlled by separate remote controls, and the object is to kick the ball into your opponent’s goal, marked by the nifty little orange cones. You don’t need me to tell you why this is ... Read More »

Just add light

The first time we went to Toy Fair, in February of 2004, we were pretty new to the industry. The ink had barely dried on our lease, and our store wasn’t slated to open for another 4 months. We were walking around the Javitz center in a daze, completely overwhelmed by all the sights and sounds. So many toys, so ... Read More »

Teepee Couture

These playful, gorgeous play tents are one of my favorite recommendations for this year’s holiday season. OK, yes. I know, not everyone can afford to spend upwards of $300 on a child’s gift, but if you can, this is what you should buy. Here’s why: 1. Play value. The possibilities are practically unlimited, and we guarantee it will keep kids ... Read More »

Raising a Ruckus

We see a lot of card games in our line of work. There are classics, like Go Fish, Old Maid and Uno. Intellectual favorites, like Set. Blockbuster (relative) newcomers, like Apples to Apples, and undiscovered gems, like Perpetual Commotion. The common key to success among all these titles is simplicity. Great card games are created around an idea that is ... Read More »

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