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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 3 to 6
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: 1300
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Preschool
Educational



The fun of matching and the challenge of puzzles. There are puzzles and there are memory games...but only Puzzle Match™ combines these two timeless play patterns in one unique, patent-pending game designed for kids ages 3 to 6. Puzzle Match offers a unique challenge unlike any traditional memory game: Rather than searching for two identical images, kids have to find two halves of a whole image, such as the bottom and top of a seahorse. Once the interlocking pieces are found, they can be assembled into a giant, beautifully illustrated scene. Launch date: May 2012.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34134      (added 4/24/2012)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill
Board Games



The aim is to reach the other end first. The problem is that each opponent puts up fences to slow the other down. Not to worry, there's always a way out. But who will find the shortest route? Created by Gigamic; exclusively distributed through Back Alley Traders in the USA.
Awards: May 2012 TDmonthly Top Toy Award. Why it won: This beautifully designed wooden strategy game has won several prestigious awards already in the US and in Europe. It also has great user reviews on Amazon.com. TDmonthly staff who saw the game demoed at Toy Fest West 2012 were impressed. Other awards: 1997 Mensa Select Top 5 Best Games; Games Magazine Game of the Year 1997; Best Bet of the Toy Testing Council 1997; Prix d’Excellence des Consommateurs; Consumer’s Toy Award 1997 Quebec; Spelgut 1997; Grand Prix du Jouet 1997; Games Magazine “Games 100 Selection” 1998; Games Magazine “Best Games.”
— As of 4/10/2012 this product had 4.8 out of 5 stars from 25 reviews on Amazon.com.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34013      (added 3/26/2012)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill
Board Games



Each of the 16 pieces has 4 different attributes. The aim is to line up 4 pieces which share the same attribute. The problem is players can't choose which piece they're going to play - their opponent chooses for them.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34012      (added 3/26/2012)
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MSRP: $21.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Sporting Goods & Accessories
Action Games
Puzzles & Skill



Kendama is the ultimate form of the traditional ball and cup game. Originating in Japan, Kendama has captivated the world with its simple design and endless freestyle trick possibilities. With no moving parts, Kendama is deceptively simple at first glance. The simplicity makes it enjoyable for the beginner and also gives it its infinite playability.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34000      (added 3/26/2012)
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MSRP: $22.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Puzzles & Skill
Preschool



MightyMind develops creativity & helps children understand visual/spatial relationships. A great confidence builder in a fun, purposeful format. Children learn to solve puzzles entirely on their own. Starting with the simple concept of manipulating shapes, kids follow a logically programmed sequence of patterns, learning how to manipulate different geometric shapes to build pictures of increasing complexity. This set features a zoo theme and puzzles that include animal shapes.
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33997      (added 3/26/2012)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Made in: United States
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Puzzles & Skill
American-Made



The award winning combination of a game, a brainteaser and a puzzle all rolled into one. Based upon concepts of spatial recognition and visual discrimination, the Pajaggle Board Game challenge players to quickly put unique pieces where they belong. Simple, right? Think again! Pick up a board and give it a try.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval, 2011 Tillywig  "Best Family Fun"; 2011 Major Fun: Keeper Award (First puzzle game to ever receive such an award); 2012 Astra  Best Game of the Year; 2012 Creative Child Magazine: Game of Year Award

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33989      (added 3/26/2012)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 1 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Eco-Friendly
Preschool



Brand new in the Green Start series, made from 98% post consumer recycled materials and printed with eco friendly inks, this extension brings earth-friendly messages and all natural materials to the joy of creating beautiful floor puzzles. Packaged in a reusable totebox, each of these floor puzzles reveals a unique, endearing scene that kids will love to build. A bright and bold shape parade contains seven basic shape pieces with fun patterned designs. Pieces are self-correcting and can fit only into one spot. Names of shapes are printed under each piece. Launch date: April 2012.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33906      (added 3/14/2012)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 1 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Eco-Friendly
Preschool



Brand new Earth-friendly green start chunky wooden puzzles are made with wood from sustainable forests and packaged in a reusable carry-along storage case. Created with the help of child-development experts, these puzzles have chunky, raised pieces to support basic grasping skills, combined with slight gradations of cognitive challenge. A fun double-decker bus contains six square windows of the same size and shape that can fit into any of the spots but need to be rotated so the animals face right side up. Border of each piece matches color inside well. Launch date: April 2012.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
— In a February 2013 survey, two out of 11 retailers told TDmonthly that puzzles were their best selling wooden toy.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33905      (added 3/14/2012)
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MSRP: $44.95
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Outdoor Fun
Puzzles & Skill



Jumbo Bananagrams features 144 waterproof, three-inch square tiles packaged in a funky giant yellow banana-shaped tote bag. Requiring no pencil, paper or board, Jumbo Bananagrams is addictive fun and educational play for kids age five to 105. Players race against each other to build giant crossword grids and use all their letter tiles. Launch date: Summer 2012.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33832      (added 3/8/2012)
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MSRP: $24.00
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Games
Cars



Design lots of different road layout using the 20 chunky interchangeable puzzle pieces. Add to the fun with your favorite toy cars! 20 pieces. 38"x38" average size.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33719      (added 2/24/2012)
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MSRP: $11.95
Age Range: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Creative Activities
General Games



KooKoo Puzzles come in three different themes: Musical Animals, Flying, and Classic Fairytales. Each box comes with 5 different puzzles. Kids need a delicate hand and keen eye to place the puzzle cards together at the right angles to solve the puzzle and form a continuous image. The five sets of puzzle cards in each theme can be flipped over, and on the back there are different images to put together into one large 24-piece puzzle using all of the cards. Also available in a three-pack for $35.95.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32632      (added 8/3/2011)
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Specialty: Yes (as of 2011)
SKU or Item #: 4MNPBY
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



This Mini Eni in pastel colors can be manipulated to create interesting patterns. Or, place the numbers in the correct order to solve the puzzle. Launch date: February 2011.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32210      (added 4/29/2011)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill



Based on the classic “Find It” Game comes the latest entry into the world of VeggieTales: The new VeggieTales version of the Find It Game. Players join the VeggieTales characters on a hand-held scavenger hunt as they search for objects and characters straight from stories in the VeggieTales collection. The fun begins by finding popular icons like the Viking Helmet, rubber ducky, and slushy cup. Also look for authentic characters such as Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, Junior Asparagus, Philippe Green Pea and Madame Blueberry. These characters, and more, are hidden amongst a sea of colorful pellets. For 1+ player or teams.
Marc Holcomb, owner of Toys & Co. in Greensboro, N.C. told TDmonthly in late Spring 2011 that he sold 15 Find-It products a month.
— Want this? As of 05/06/2011, this product was available for purchase at Toys & Co.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31520      (added 1/19/2011)
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MSRP: $5.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Travel



The Greatest Newspaper Dot-to-Dot Puzzles volume 8 is a new 5.5" by 5.5" pocket-sized collection of weekly dot-to-dots that have been published in various USA and international newspapers. Includes difficult dot-to-dot puzzles with no clues as to the final form. The images slowly emerge as the puzzler connects the dots. In addition to traditional connect-the-dots, it includes unique innovations such as connecting odd/even numbers and multiple line variations. 40 pages long with 36 puzzles.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31483      (added 1/12/2011)
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Category: Puzzles & Skill



Playing the ENI Puzzle is very simple. Everyone who sees ENI for the first time can easily start playing without any instruction. The ENI PUZZLE is designed to enhance problem solving and dexterity. A workout for the mind while using hand and motor skills. The Eni Puzzle has 3 different sizes and 2 different color schemes. The larger size is equipt with braille. The medium size (called the "mini" is the hardest, ast it has the most pieces in each column. There is also a miniature keychain, dubbed the "keychain" , which dresses up iphones and other accessories.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 31057      (added 11/1/2010)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 7 and up
Target Age Range: 13 and up
Specialty: Yes (as of 2010)
Made in: China
SKU or Item #: IC2398
Launch Date: May 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Adult Games
General Games



Icosoku is a puzzle designed to make simple addition a challenge. Users explore every angle of this puzzle as they make all of the dots touching a yellow peg add up to that number. The puzzle can be solved regardless of how the yellow pegs are arranged, so there are thousands of games to play. It offers "the ability to play a new puzzle every time the number pegs are rearranged," Brandi Field, general manager of Recent Toys, told TDmonthly.
—  Two of 12 retailers named games from Recent Toys among their favorite products at ASTRA 2010, during a June 2010 TDmonthly survey.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 29423      (added 7/9/2010)
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MSRP: $5.00
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill



This construction skill game includes dozens of multicolored play pieces.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 29446      (added 7/9/2010)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



This 1,000-piece puzzle comes with 3D glasses and features art by puzzle artist Howard Robinson. It comes in an 8" x 8" x 3" box and measures 20" x 27" when completed.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28671      (added 5/27/2010)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 7 and up
Specialty: No
Launch Date: January 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Puzzles & Skill
Licensed Products



The Crayola Chalkboard Floor puzzle is a 2ft x 3ft puzzle that kids can draw on over and over again. Made up of 48 extra large, sturdy pieces, the unique chalkboard surface allows kids to draw on and erase the puzzle in a mess-free way. Crayola Sidewalk Chalk is included. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28407      (added 5/4/2010)
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MSRP: $38.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 50315
Launch Date: March 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Wooden Toys
Puzzles & Skill



These hardwood maple and cherry chess pieces are made in Vermont. The pieces are blocks with a traditional characters engraved on two sides. All the pieces are 1" wide and 1" deep, varying in height depending on the strength of the character. The pawn stands at 1.25" tall and the Queen is 2.25" tall. Each set comes with a cloth pouch for piece storage when not in use. Barbara Rainville, marketing manager for Maple Landmark Woodcraft, told TDmonthly, "Each piece has a diagram to show how that character moves engraved on the bottom — for new players or those just a bit rusty." Launch date: March 13, 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 28095      (added 4/16/2010)
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Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Stationery



Re-marks presents the classic tile matching game with stylish and playful images in puppy, kitty or travel editions. Includes 48 deluxe tiles to match in competition with other players or alone as a memory strengthening exercise. Launch date: 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27788      (added 3/30/2010)
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MSRP: $24.95
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Puzzles & Skill



Telepathy is a game that combines strategy, logic and deduction. The game board consists of 18 squares by 18 squares which total 324. There are nine different colors and nine different symbols. Each row and column contains two of each color and two of each symbol. There are 81 different colored symbols and 4 of each colored symbols on the board. In this puzzle solving challenge of deduction, logic and intuition, players go head to head to see who can be the first to guess their opponent's secret square. Every action turn brings you closer to finding the hidden, ancient symbol.
Awards: 2009 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval; 2009 Parents' Choice Recommended Award Winner
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27749      (added 3/26/2010)
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MSRP: $11.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Creative Activities
Arts & Crafts



Now aspiring artists can create their own puzzles. These blank puzzles are made with high-quality board and are sturdy enough for paints. There are 3 additional sizes of Create Your Own Puzzles as well as the option of pencil crayons. The kit comes with 2 puzzles and a set of crayons. Create Your Own Puzzle makes a great gift for any age. Launch date: 2010. From Cobble Hill.
— In a Summer 2012 survey, two out of 12 retailers told TDmonthly that Cobble Hill (dist. by Outset Media) was a best selling brand of puzzles.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27743      (added 3/25/2010)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 7 and up
Launch Date: June 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Interactive
Musical Toys
Puzzles & Skill



LOOPZ™ takes the timeless play pattern of memory games to a new level by adding light, music and motion. This interactive game is a test in rhythm and coordination consisting of four semi-circular rings with infrared sensors that light up to create challenging patterns players must follow. Seven different game modes allow players to play solo, head-to-head, host up to 4 players or even turn LOOPZ™ into a musical instrument.
—As of 1.07.2011 this product had 5 out of 5 stars on Walmart.com and was the #2 bestselling item in the Games & Puzzles category. Pros: Seven different games; single player and multi-player options. Cons: Some levels are not challenging enough for older children.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27620      (added 3/17/2010)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 7 to 12
SKU or Item #: 3841
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Puzzles & Skill



The mythical Minotaur protects a secret temple hidden deep inside a labyrinth and players must be the first to lead their three heroes to the temple, avoiding the Minotaur and cleverly placing walls to block their opponents. By changing the LEGO dice, players can jump hedges, and by re-building the maze, every game is a new adventure. For 2 to 4 players, the game includes 1 buildable LEGO® Dice, 12 LEGO microfigures, 1 building instruction booklet, and 1 rule booklet. Awards: Parent's Choice Award 2010
— As of 8.03.2010, this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 14 reviews on Amazon.com and was No. 19 in the top 100 best-selling toys and games. PROS: Children enjoy playing, and it holds their interest. CONS: Small parts can be a choking hazard, and are difficult to manipulate on the board.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27614      (added 3/17/2010)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Puzzles & Skill
Creative Activities



These are definitely not your father's dot-to-dots. With no clues given to the final image, numbers into the thousands, and amazing detailed pictures, The Greatest Dot-to-Dot Super Challenge provides a whole new level of challenge and intrigue. Author and artist David Kalvitis continues his Dot-to-Dot revolution by introducing a variety of brand new puzzle inventions such as "Arrows", "Compass" and "Alpha Dots" as well as double page spreads with over 1,400 dots.
— As of 05/13/2011 this product had 4.2 out of 5stars from 4 reviews on Amazon.com. Cons: One user said that it was too challenging.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27403      (added 3/1/2010)
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MSRP: $14.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Preschool



This giant floor puzzle is full of colorful, adorable dogs. Each puppy has style, attitude and class. The puzzle is 2" x 3" when completed.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27383      (added 2/26/2010)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 01
Launch Date: March 2110
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill
Wooden Toys



Blocks Rock is a fast-paced blocks game of recognition, action and excitement that can be played by two players or two teams. Launch date: March 2010.
— "Blocks Rock with cognitive reasoning and fine motor control.  What makes this game unique is that it was designed by kids for kids and all sales proceeds go back to their school. Kudos to those that inspired these children. Geared to children 6 years and older and played by two individuals or two teams, players race to build a pattern on a matching card. The game is made challenging by a clever a 3D element.  Add a timer for solo play and use multiple cards to increase the level of difficulty as proficiencies rise," Jennifer Shuman, of 1SmartNoodle, told TDmonthly at Toy Fair 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 27060      (added 2/11/2010)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 00400
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Travel
Eco-Friendly



Crazy Cheese is both a puzzle and a brain-teaser, all in the same slice of cheese. With two levels of difficulty, the Crazy Cheese puzzle is designed to provide hours of entertainment for the whole family. "Beware, as simple as it appears, completing this puzzle without the solution key is a phenomenal feat of perseverance and brain power!" Bert Devort, Sales Department, Blue Orange Games, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 14, 2010.
― Two of 40 retailers told TDmonthly in June 2010 that Crazy Cheese is one of their top-selling puzzles.
— Jeanette Lauture of Aunt Jean's Toys and Treats in Montclair, N.J. Sells about two to four Blue Orange games per month, she said in the fall of 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26955      (added 2/4/2010)
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MSRP: $30.00
Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: YB61BLU
Launch Date: February 2010
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Creative Activities
Gifts
Puzzles & Skill



Thirty magnetic double Y-pieces click together to form a fun soccer-ball shape, appealing to sports fan as well as creative individuals. The distinctively angled pieces can be put together to create inventive shapes, and the creativity guidebook offers ideas and inspiration for the imagination. "This creativity tool appeals to all ages and can be used at home, at work, and in school to spark the imagination," Lynn Araujo, Communications Director, Creative Whack Company, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 15, 2010.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26941      (added 2/4/2010)
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Category: Puzzles & Skill



The images might be contemporary, but the jigsaws are classic. High-quality puzzle pieces packaged in square boxes with shrink wrap.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26712      (added 1/21/2010)
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MSRP: $12.95
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



The Eni Puzzle is a unique puzzle that is simple to play and designed to enhance problem solving and dexterity in both young children and seniors. The Eni Puzzle is cylindrically shaped and divided by several ring shaped sections. Each ring section is composed of a multitude of colored tiles that rotate independently. The tiles can travel each ring by one empty space and then be rotated into different positions. The puzzle is solved by a combination of ring rotations and the movement of colored tiles between rings.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25936      (added 11/3/2009)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Puzzles & Skill
Construction



The Amazing Wave of Light Animatronic Dolphin is a work of art that combines lights, sound and movement. The visual experience is hypnotic, creating a relaxing tranquil environment for any room in your home or office. You can choose from three modes: 1) Watch it move in a well-lit room with the Sound & Movement Mode; 2) Bring it into the bedroom shut the light off and watch the Movement, Sound and Light Mode take over - completely relaxing you; 3) Simply use it in the Movement Only Mode (with no sound or light) and be mesmerized by the slow graceful movement of the Dolphin. The Amazing Wave of Light Animatronic™ Dolphin has a built-in Sleep Timer Mode; with the push of a button it can be set to turn off in a 30 minutes to one hour. Cons: One user reported that the dolphin's nose got stuck and wouldn't go back down.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25788      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $34.99
Age Range: All Ages
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Novelties
Construction
Puzzles & Skill



The Amazing Magnetic FridgiGears Deluxe Light Show Puzzle Gear Edition lets kids make creations light up & glow in the dark. Each gear is a puzzle that a child puts together to create a moving work of art. A rotating magnetic black light is included. The motorized picture frame gear powers all 20 gears with an easy "tap on/tap off" function. Included are over 103 black-light responsive magnetic fridgi puzzle pieces.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25786      (added 10/28/2009)
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MSRP: $7.99
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



First just turn the eight magnetic puzzle wheels left and right to mix up the picture. Then reverse the process until all images are complete. Too easy? Now separate the wheels, mix them up and try again.  Hidden magnets keep the wheels together while you try to solve the puzzle, making it ideal for travel.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25734      (added 10/26/2009)
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This 16-piece 3D puzzle comes with a travel tin for easy porting. Kids can remove all the magnetic pieces from the cover and then try to reassemble the entire puzzle from scratch. Or, they can keep out a single piece and place the other pieces on the board in any order, then slide them to and fro to solve the puzzle that way. Everyting fits inside the tin when they're ready to go. Other designs are available.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25681      (added 10/20/2009)
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Gifts



Scramble Squares® are nine-piece puzzles that feature original art and only one solution. They're great for everyone from age 4 to 104. Interesting fact: Modern football had its start in the mid 1800s, when Webb Ellis of England’s Rugby School scored a goal in a game of English soccer football by picking up the ball and running it over the goal line in a desperate attempt to win the game before the school’s five o’clock curfew bell. From that day forward, English football divided into two distinct games: the “handling game,” rugby, where the ball could be advanced by carrying it, and the “dribbling game,” soccer, where the ball must be advanced by kicking it.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25325      (added 9/10/2009)
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Gifts
American-Made



These nine-piece puzzles are easy to play, but hard to solve. They feature original artwork, plus educational facts on the back of the travel-size package. Interesting fact:  In 1964, the general manager of Pontiac, John DeLorean, created the first “muscle car” by approving the installation of 389 cubic inch, 6.3-liter engine in the Pontiac LeMans, adding the designation “GTO” that had been a name first used by Ferrari, Europe’s leading sports car company.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25324      (added 9/10/2009)
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Gifts



These little brain teaser puzzles are easy to play, but hard to solve. Each puzzle has nine 4"x 4" pieces with excellent artwork that will keep everyone in the family entertained. Scramble Square puzzles are easy to carry, beautifully produced and perfect for using at home or taking along on travel. Each of the 91 different puzzle packages includes a panel of fascinating facts, trivia questions and hidden answers.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25294      (added 9/8/2009)
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Gifts



Scramble Squares puzzles look easy, but are difficult to solve. Players of all ages can play together or alone, challenging their brains to find the single pattern that will solve the puzzle. Interesting fact:
The spicy heat of chili peppers is measured in Scoville Units, an index developed by Wilbur Scoville in 1912. Scoville Units measure chili pepper heat in multiples of 100, with bell peppers at 0 and the habanero at over 300,000 Scoville Units.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25291      (added 9/8/2009)
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Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Educational



These bilingual puzzles teach children words in both English and Spanish. Varieties include "ABCs," "Addition and Subtraction" and "My Body." Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25245      (added 8/31/2009)
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MSRP: $14.95
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill
General Toys



Inspired by the legendary genius Da Vinci, the product is a Code Machine that stretches players' imaginative and logical mind. It is a beautiful fusion of a Word game and a Logic game. Its interactive game-play makes it a great piece for friends and family pastimes. The difficulty levels are controlled by players so it is also a nice adult-child educational toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24711      (added 7/21/2009)
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MSRP: $17.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



The row of pencils represented on the photo that emerges when this 1,000-piece puzzle is fully assembled were taken from architect Frank Lloyd Wright's desk after his death in 1959. The image is an homage to Wright's renowned talent for drawing, as well as an intricate picture for puzzling.  Completed, the puzzle measures 20” x 29”. 
― “Presently, our best-selling puzzle is a Frank Lloyd Wright piece titled ‘Pencils.’ It also happens to be from one of our best-selling puzzle manufacturers, Pomegranate, which is dominating our puzzle sales this year,” Kevin Pohle, owner of The Wizard's Chest in Denver, Colo., told TDmonthly in June 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24708      (added 7/21/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



Individuals can build a smooth, solid, 6”-diameter sphere out of 240 curved pieces. The ball stays together with no glue required, displaying a detailed and colorful image of fire-breathing dragons all over its surface. The puzzle comes with a display base to impress friends and family by showing off the completed ball. 
― “Puzzle Balls from Ravensburger ... are really popular right now,” said Emily Bieritz, manager of My Favorite Toy Store in Downers Grove, Ill., in June 2009.
― Three of 47 retailers told TDmonthly in early summer 2009 that Puzzle Balls from Ravensburger are top sellers in their stores.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24705      (added 7/21/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



Completing to the intriguing image of a mid-1600s map of the world, this 3,000-piece puzzle measures 32” by 48”. Ravensburger puzzles are made out of fully interlocking pieces of durable board cut with precision tools.
― “We get lots of compliments from customers for their quality and prices,” Mary Horne, owner of J. Christopher in Jonesboro, Ark., told TDmonthly about what makes Ravensburger her main puzzle brand.
― “I've always been happy with the quality of the products and the diversity of the line,” said Janet Gregory, owner of Over the Rainbow Toy Store in Anchorage, Alaska. Gregory was among 24 of 47 retailers who said in June 2009 that Ravensburger is their best-selling puzzle brand.
― “They're great puzzles. We do a lot of them,” said Cathy Albro, owner of Creative Learning Toys in Grand Rapids, Mich., of Ravensburger in early summer 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24701      (added 7/21/2009)
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MSRP: $16.95
Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: 155
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Gifts
Licensed Products



From the company's New Yorker collection comes this 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle of the December 8, 2008, cover of The New Yorker magazine. Finding the humor in politics, this puzzle features art by Barry Blitt, with a drawing of President Barack Obama interviewing dogs to find his new pet. It is made in the USA from post-consumer recycled materials. "We make puzzles you'll want to frame and hang as art," Adam Silver, co-president of New York Puzzle Company, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24667      (added 7/19/2009)
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Made up of nine wooden cubes with red patterning, this "anti-puzzle" has no right answer or winning move. It encourages exploration through assembling the blocks in various ways — and the patterns are a match at all times, no matter how the cubes are placed. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24550      (added 7/15/2009)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 7 and up
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill
Sporting Goods & Accessories



The goal of this patent-pending, fast-paced game is for players to swing their ring onto their hook. One to four competitors frantically try to out-duel one another while tuning out the screams to focus on the perfect release. "Hookum is the first collapsible, multi-player Bimini Ring game," Joe Parrish, chief creative officer of 5mississippi, told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 2009. Watch Hookum: Top-5 Video, Toy Fair 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24234      (added 6/29/2009)
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MSRP: $12.95
Age Range: 3 to 5
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Puzzles & Skill
Preschool



Featuring the main character from the Caillou television series, this board book showcases the ABC Train, which has removable puzzle pieces designed to help kids learn the letters of the alphabet. The pieces can be connected outside of the book to create a lengthy train puzzle.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24039      (added 6/9/2009)
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This colorful stack and play puzzle combines together to form Noah's Ark. The Ark breaks up into 13 layers, 12 of the layers acting as different levels of storage for the different plastic animal figures residing within them. Each layer of the ark have special spaces to hold each individual animal figure in place. 21 pairs of animals as well as two human figurines are included. Animals include giraffes, pigs, birds, horses, rhinos, and dogs. This product received a 2009 Tillywig Brain Child Award and Sterling Fun Award, as well as a 2009 Seal of Approval from The National Parenting Center.

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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23980      (added 6/2/2009)
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MSRP: $24.99
Launch Date: June 2009
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Educational
Preschool



P’kolino’s Puzzle Stacker increases the play value of the classic stacker by adding the benefits of puzzles. This 6 ring stacking toy helps develop a baby’s hand-eye coordination and recognition of sizes and colors. The puzzle fine-tunes motor skills and teaches spatial logic through joining the interconnecting pieces, resulting in doubling its developmental value within a single toy. Also available in a 10 ring version. Launch date: June 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23593      (added 5/7/2009)
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Category: Puzzles & Skill



In this example from a line of patent-protected puzzles, the small heart must be removed from the large heart to solve the puzzle.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23262      (added 4/14/2009)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: ROLLE1
Launch Date: May 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Science & Nature
Puzzles & Skill
Novelties



The base of the Rolling Earth Puzzle Bank is a savings bank with a screw-on cover. The Earth Globe is a puzzle. Place the globe on the base and nothing happens; however, place the magnetic jet airliner on the equator and the globe begins to turn as the jet circumnavigates the Globe. It runs on 4 AA batteries and comes assorted with light blue and dark blue globes. "People will be amazed by the simplistic magnetic science that makes the Earth turn. The motion is mesmerizing as the plane moves around the globe," Richard B. Freeman, VP of domestic sales for Fascinations Toys & Gifts, told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23101      (added 3/31/2009)
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MSRP: $9.99
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Novelties
Gifts



Brightec’s PlayGlo Pets Collection puzzles feature three 11” x 15”, 100 piece puzzles. These glow-in-the-dark puzzles feature photo-quality images and can be charged with a few minutes of exposure to light to allow for hours of glow. The puzzle pieces stay together after completion so that the completed puzzle can be hung directly on a wall to provide instant room décor by day and night.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22492      (added 2/16/2009)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: November 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill



Game play starts by removing the towers from the base. The goal is to place the towers following two simple rules: there must be only one of each colored tower in every row and column, and the towers must fit into the base to form a perfect cube, with all the towers being the same height. Launch date: November 19, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 22445      (added 2/10/2009)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



Take the four Ts out of the large frame and try to fit them into the smaller frame on the opposite side. Hard (Level 3)
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21851      (added 12/17/2008)
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MSRP: $20.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Launch Date: June 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



S’MATCH is a classic memory game with a twist. Players are challenged to make matches according to specific attributes such as color, number or category. However, it's the S’Match Spinner that decides which way to match – and every player gets a spin. Pictures and words allow pre-readers and early readers to play together and enjoy hours of memory-building fun.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21845      (added 12/17/2008)
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MSRP: $10.99
Age Range: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Board Games
Puzzles & Skill



The Kanoodle case holds two solitaire games that challenge the player to build colorful 2D puzzles and 3D pyramids. Once a child picks a design from the included puzzle book, he or she puts some of the pieces into place as shown, then fills the empty spots with the remaining pieces. Only one of hundreds of possible combinations actually completes the puzzle.
— Three of 68 specialty retailers named Kanoodle when asked about their top-selling toy or game in October 2008.
— Dean Smith, co-owner of JaZams in Pennington, N.J., told TDmonthly in October 2008 his store sells about 24 units of Kanoodle each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20962      (added 10/17/2008)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 5 to 7
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



Young kids can now enjoy their own version of the popular Hoppers® game from ThinkFun® as they help Red Frog Freddie win the leaping contest by being the last one in the pond.  Players choose a challenge and place the frogs on the playing board to match the picture shown.  To win, players hop all of their frogs around the pond until only the red frog remains.  The 40 challenges, ranging from Easy to Super Hard, keep kids’ minds busy as they will need to use smart moves to beat all of the green frogs to win the title King of the Lilies!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 19685      (added 7/2/2008)
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MSRP: $70.00
Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: May 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Creative Activities
Puzzles & Skill



The kit allows anyone to create a variety of spheres. The unique shape and clever angles of the block pieces opens an infinite possibility for hours of creative fun for children and adults. Children will love the fun snapping noise when piecing the parts together. Various LaQ kits with moving parts are also available. Launch date: May 1, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18852      (added 5/19/2008)
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Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 613
Launch Date: March 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill
Board Games



Players attempt to memorize the pattern on the board before the board is spun around and another patterned plug is added into play. Get three in a row of the same color or shape and score a point. The game comes with a vertical board, a base, a pivot piece, a scoring block device, a score peg, 30 orange game pieces and instructions. Launch date: March 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18544      (added 4/24/2008)
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Launch Date: March 2008
Gender: Girls
Category: Play Sets
Puzzles & Skill
General Toys



The playset resembles the hollowed trunk of a tree and features three spacious levels, a spiral staircase, doors that open and decorative windows. The set’s green “lawn” base is actually a six-piece puzzle. The lodge measures approximately 18” x 24”. Launch date: March 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18541      (added 4/24/2008)
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Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Wooden Toys
Creative Activities



The 3D wooden toy features standard woodcraft construction with an added color laminate. Over 21 styles are available, including a giraffe and a dragon. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18501      (added 4/18/2008)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 00291
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill



In this challenging game, players roll two dice, add the dots and find the best combination of numbers to shut two rows of nine tiles. Players cannot touch tiles in the second row unless the tile in front of it has already been shut. The goal of the game is to shut all the tiles and close the super box. Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy 2009. Launch date: February 2008.

Where to Buy: Poopsie's; Aunt Jean's Toys

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18256      (added 4/4/2008)
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Part of a line of ScienceWiz Thinking Games, this puzzle game created by Harry L. Nelson and Hiroshi Yamamoto provides 40 challenges at different skill levels. Players put a puzzle card down and solve the puzzle by making sure all the pieces are looped together, at which time the board will light up with the solution.



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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18203      (added 3/31/2008)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 4005556113231
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Educational
Gifts



The kid-friendly, 3D-puzzle globe is composed of curved pieces that fit together perfectly to form a solid, smooth ball without any need for glue. The 96-piece puzzle measures 5” in diameter when assembled.
— Ravensburger's puzzle balls are selling well for David Hesel, owner of The Toy Shop in Concord., Mass. "We just got a 5' one, which we just put into our window," he said in March 2008, adding that the store has sold 100 puzzle balls since January.
— Nancy Bloomberg, owner of La Toys Etcetera in Cedarhurst, N.Y., was impressed with Ravensburger puzzles at Toy Fair 2008 and recently bought “individual pieces in a new buying program,” she told TDmonthly. “Our area is heavily populated with orthodox Jews so it's important to have non-electronic toys; a focus on games, building and puzzles is generally very strong.”
— Three of 32 retailers said in October 2008 they anticipate the Puzzleball to be one of the best-selling toys for the holidays. “Puzzles are a great niche for us,” said Michele and Ken Gietz of Where’d You Get That!? in Williamstown, Mass., when discussing their best sellers in fall 2008. Ravensburger is among the various brands of puzzles their store stocks for both children and adults.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18171      (added 3/27/2008)
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MSRP: $11.99
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 413
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Educational
General Games



The 48-jumbo-piece puzzle depicts the planets and the moon in the solar system. The puzzle is educational and also teaches kids matching and motor skills. Each puzzle piece is made of extra-thick cardboard for extra durability. The puzzle measures 24” x 36” when assembled.
— “Melissa & Doug’s solar system puzzle – we sell at least one a day,” Steve Ricks, owner of My Story House Toys in Roswell, Ga., told TDmonthly.
— “Floor puzzles by Melissa & Doug – [we sell] at least one a day,” Bob Colbert, owner of The Toy Box in Searcy, Ark., told TDmonthly.
— Over 11 percent of retailers who spoke with TDmonthly in early 2008 shared that large floor puzzles by Melissa & Doug are their stores’ best-sellers when it comes to puzzles.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18089      (added 3/24/2008)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 2 and up
SKU or Item #: 0002
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Wooden Toys
General Games



When assembling the puzzle, players pick a piece and attempt to have the last letter of the animal become the first letter in the next word. The puzzle features a thick wooden base, high quality construction and colorful silk-screened images.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18000      (added 3/17/2008)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 7852
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill



Pohaku is a set of games and puzzles with only one rule. Different variations of each game can be played, making the game challenging for players of all ages and skill levels. The set includes a 40 page color rulebook, stones, a sliding puzzle tray and scorecards.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17999      (added 3/17/2008)
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MSRP: $15.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 617
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill



Players attempt to fit 16 of the 17 CD pentamino pieces inside the box. Remove a different piece each game for an entirely new challenge. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17968      (added 3/17/2008)
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MSRP: $12.50
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 611
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Construction
Puzzles & Skill



Players attempt to position all five of their playing pieces on the playing field, while blocking their opponents’ attempts to do the same. No same colored pieces may touch or stand on the same side or edge; at the same time, no two pieces of the same height can be positioned next to each other. The game is available in four languages. Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy 2008. Launch date: 2008.

Where to Buy: 1 Smart Noodle

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17965      (added 3/17/2008)
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Category: Puzzles & Skill



New in 2008 is Puzzler's decor line, consisting of six different styles to choose. This beautiful four-in-one craft project is perfect for home, office or simply as a gift. First, create the upper 500 piece puzzle which is 12" x 18". Second, create the lower 500 piece puzzle also 12 X 18. Third, create the outer mat 200-piece puzzle size 24" x 36". Fourth glue all three puzzles. Frame all three puzzles to create one frameable picture.
— Fran Annya, co-owner of Golden Aspen Toys in Flagstaff, Ariz., said that “Serendipity puzzles are nice.”
— Four of 45 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly in early 2008 named puzzles geared toward the adult demographic as their best-selling puzzles.
— The 1,200-piece puzzle comes in six different varieties.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17790      (added 2/28/2008)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Games



The 20-ball 3D puzzle set is great for golf fans of all ages. The object of the game is to build a pyramid without letting any of the multi-colored balls — which are connected in pair — to ever sit next to a ball of the same color.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17678      (added 2/25/2008)
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Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 121550
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Creative Activities



The 150 flexible, interlocking pieces included in this set can be used to create three 3D designs — a turtle, a seahorse and an octopus.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 17317      (added 1/30/2008)
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MSRP: $35.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 861000000045
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Creative Activities
General Toys



The new Ball of Whacks features six brilliantly contrasting colors, creating 30 magnetic pyramids that can be arranged into a multitude of shapes and mosaics. Additionally, the pieces can be configured according to the included color-design challenges for even more brain-teasing fun. Launch date: February 2008.
— “Unlike most brain-teasers or puzzles, there are no wrong ways to play with the Ball of Whacks,” Creative Whack Company Communications Director Lynn Araujo told TDmonthly. “Every time you pick it up, you'll be inspired to find new ways to play with it.”
— The Ball of Whacks is a best seller at Kazoodles in Vancouver, Wash., Co-owner Mary Sisson told TDmonthly in early 2008.

Past Videos:
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ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16814      (added 12/28/2007)
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MSRP: $16.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



This game of deductive reasoning involves life-like candy play pieces. Players examine all the clues on the cards before making a move. Once they discover where to put a chocolate piece, they combine this knowledge with the clues to learn more information. Some clues give exact or possible locations, while others just give you the token color or shape. Narrow down all of the possibilities to fill each candy assortment. Challenges range from beginner to expert. Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy 2008.

Where to Buy: Rocking Horse Toy Store; Berkira

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16461      (added 12/5/2007)
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MSRP: $17.99
Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: 4032-1
Launch Date: October 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Licensed Products



This two-sized puzzle is soft, durable and all in one piece, making it ideal for travel. A twist on the classic jigsaw puzzle, it features flexible branches that exist all on one strand. Completed size is 17.5” x 14”. Launch date: October 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16056      (added 11/9/2007)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 53020
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Educational
General Games



For one or more players, the Word Cube offers six different games: Crosswords, Challenge, Anagrams, Scramble, Word Master and Color Cube. Comes with a timer and a 80 page booklet. Launch date: 9/22/2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 16000      (added 11/5/2007)
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MSRP: $35.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: January 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Toys
Creative Activities



A marvel of engineering, the Ball of Whacks is made up of 30 magnetic, rhombic pyramids that can be taken apart and rearranged in endless creative ways. More versatile than a puzzle and lots more fun than a brainteaser, there’s no right or wrong way to use it. Just pick it up and play with it! Designed to be a creativity workshop in a box, Ball of Whacks comes with a 96-page illustrated guidebook providing exercises for creative brainstorming, strategies for problem solving, insights into the creative process, and challenges to construct shapes and mosaics and invent new ones. The game is also a good stress reliever for active individuals working under pressure, the manufacturer informed TDmonthly. "This item is immediately engaging and challenging for all ages up to adult, with endless ways to play," said Creative Whack Company Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Operations Kathryn Cooperman. This product received a Spring 2007 Parents' Choice Recommended Award. Launch date: 2006.
— Although this ball comes with an illustrated guidebook, it virtually has no limitations for imaginative combinations. It’s largely the open-ended appeal, in fact, that earned this product a TDmonthly Top Toy 2007 award. Fascinating for kids and adults, the magnetic structure takes on various forms with creativity, forming aesthetically pleasing configurations that lend themselves to further exploration.

Where to Buy: Escapade Direct

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15866      (added 10/23/2007)
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MSRP: $8.95
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



"Playing with dolls" takes on a whole new meaning and challenge with this pretty, but tough, Dolls Scramble Squares® puzzle. At under $10.00 retail, Scramble Squares® puzzles make inexpensive, but highly entertaining and valued gifts for anyone, ages 4 to 104, for Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, Easter, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, birthdays, get well, graduation and travel.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 14000      (added 7/9/2007)
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MSRP: $7.95
Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 855314011408
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



This system allows users to create four different pictures with the same six pieces by sliding the pieces into, over and under each other in different ways. This MOZANIAC set forms “Madame Matisse” by Henri Matisse, “Woman in a Large Hat” by Amadeo Modigliani, “Portrait of Dora Maar” by Pablo Picasso and “Self-Portrait With Monkey” by Frida Kahlo.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13904      (added 7/5/2007)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 20050
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



This wooden workshop consists of eight bewitching brainteasers and an everlasting magical maze. Wooden blocks, balls, ropes, cords, metal rings and a screwdriver are tucked inside the faux leather assembly book. The challenge of the game lies not only in putting together the eight wooden puzzles, but also in solving them once the puzzles are assembled. Creativity and constructiveness are essential to this game.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12665      (added 5/4/2007)
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MSRP: $29.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 612
Launch Date: June 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill



Together, two players build one pyramid using 13 of their cubes and five of their opponent’s cubes. Strategic positioning is crucial because when the pyramid is completed, each of its three faces comprises 15 squares. The player with the most pieces on at least two faces wins the game. “There is a combined effort between both players to build one 3-D pyramid. … How they choose to position their opponents’ pieces can be very interesting,” Susan Hebblethwaite of Family Games told TDmonthly. Launch date: June 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12381      (added 4/18/2007)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: January 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



This Glow in the Dark 3-D puzzle kit is fun and easy to assemble. 3-D puzzles are great for both children and adults, providing a fun, educational activity for the entire family. Once assembled, this model provides hours of play and is an excellent collection starter. Building a kit is a fun activity that also improves hand-eye coordination, provides practice in visualization and planning, and encourages creativity. Launch date: January 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12233      (added 4/6/2007)
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MSRP: $34.95
Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: 0001
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Puzzles & Skill



This easy-to-play, interactive game gives two to four players or teams the ability to solve even the most difficult crossword puzzle. Players start with a blank puzzle and amass clues each turn, based on the draw of a card and roll of a die. They may answer a clue for points or receive a “Sneak a Peek” letter. Correct answers are entered on the board, with points awarded or deducted. The player notes clues (and Sneak a Peek letter) on their “cheat sheet” and play continues. Upon puzzle completion, the person with the most points is the winner. “The rules and play format self-handicap game play, providing a fun and fair challenge for players of any skill level,” Inventor Richard Jensen told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 12104      (added 3/27/2007)
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MSRP: $19.95
Age Range: 3 and up
SKU or Item #: 407
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Sets
Puzzles & Skill



This unique playset includes seven moving pieces buried in two layers. Kids lift the first layer of dinosaur puzzle pieces to reveal a second layer of fossil pieces. The two layers connect magnetically, the animals can move the magnetic backdrop, and animal names are printed on each piece. The backdrop can be used on either side, for the land of dinosaurs or the fossil dig site. The product is handcrafted in wood, except for the included poseable plastic figure, which has gripping hands, a detailed sculpted face and soft, sewn clothing. "We added value to the set by adding the figure," explained Jessica Klein, vice president of sales for Odyssey Toys. "We wanted moving pieces, because kids love that, and magnetic features so they could play in the car." Launch date: April 20, 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11982      (added 3/19/2007)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: April 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



Made of 3- to 5-mm durable high-quality wooden board, this vintage car is easy to build or color as a three-dimensional decoration. It appeals to just about any age, from 6 to 60. Cost and service set China Towins apart in the marketplace, according to U.S. Marketing Director Jim Vuong. “We will stock in the United States and sell [at the] China factory price, about 70 percent lower than the current wholesale price, and can accept small-quantity orders.” Launch date: April 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11860      (added 3/7/2007)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Launch Date: July 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Electronics
General Toys



The Rubik's® Cube is an icon recognized around the world, selling over 350 million units. Now there's an all new spin on the world's #1 Cube—the Rubik's Revolution™. Packed with speed games and brainteasers everyone can play, the award-winning Rubik's Revolution is an all new spin on the world's #1 Cube. Six addictive, fast paced electronic games are easy to learn, but will push your skills to the limit with multiple challenging levels to unlock. Fun for ages 5 or 105, play by yourself or compete against your friends in both single and multiplayer games to become master of the Cube. “Rubik’s Revolution was designed as the electronic sequel to one of the best-selling toys in history ... It provides a whole new take on cubing. It is about speed. It is about smarts,” said Eric Levin, executive vice president of Techno Source. “Techno Source is also offering a Professor Rubik’s Signature Edition for the specialty market.” Winner of 10 Awards including the TIA 2008 T.O.T.Y. Game of the Year, Rubik's Revolution won a 2008 iParenting Media Award, a 2007 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval Award, a Dr. Toy Summer 2007 Best Products Award and a 2007 NAPPA Gold Award. Launch date: Summer 2007.
― “I think it will do very well,” Debbie Wurzburger, owner of Toy Chest in Pikesville, Md., told TDmonthly.
— Four out of 58 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly cited Rubik’s Revolution as their most popular “big-kid” item.
— When asked what he would most recommend for older kids and adults, Bill DeFusco, owner of Toyz Toy Store in Chesire, Conn., told TDmonthly, “The first one that comes to my mind [is] Rubik’s Revolution.”
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11558      (added 2/21/2007)
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MSRP: $5.00
Age Range: 4 to 11
Launch Date: September 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
Arts & Crafts



Scribble Puzzles feature 24 big, chunky pieces that kids can put together easily and color with wax-based crayons. The wipe-off surface allows children to decorate again and again. Finished puzzle size is 12-1/2" X 15". Six varieties are available. This product is a 2007 Dr. Toy Best Product Award winner. Launch date: Fall 2007.
— “There doesn't seem to be anything like this on the market. … They are big, chunky pieces that the kids can put together easily, and they can color them. We create products that kids can use over and over again,” Owner Andi Thea of Scribble Mats told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11493      (added 2/19/2007)
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MSRP: $17.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 019275 03200 5
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill



In this high-stakes spatial-development game, kids must cover their tracks on a journey through mud, sand, snow and cement. First, kids select one of 20 challenge cards. Then they must place all four pieces on the game tray to cover their tracks. As this single-player game gets more challenging, players will put their spatial-development skills to the test on this journey across different terrains. Launch date: February 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10710      (added 12/14/2006)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 7 15234 51000 2
Launch Date: February 2007
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Puzzles & Skill



In the middle of a jungle lake, a priceless Idol sits atop an ancient tower. Can your Explorer build a 3D path across the lake, seize the Idol and escape to a waiting boat before another player beats him to it, or “buries” the Explorer under stone blocks? “Idol Quest: the Strategy Game of Capture and Escape” incorporates visual perception, problem solving and creative thinking skills. Two to four players take turns drawing cards and strategically placing blocks around the board. Action Cards can quickly change the dynamics of the game. Launch date: February 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10190      (added 11/20/2006)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 5050
Launch Date: July 2006
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Games



A winner of 20 awards, Rush Hour continues to be one of ThinkFun’s most popular and renowned mind-challenging games. In honor of Rush Hour’s 10 years of success, ThinkFun is celebrating with a Deluxe Edition that is guaranteed to delight seasoned Rush Hour fans and newcomers alike. Just like the traditional game, the object is to put problem-solving skills in gear to help the red car escape the traffic jam. But Rush Hour Deluxe Edition has been revved-up for maximum performance, featuring 60 of ThinkFun’s best challenges and an exciting new level of play. It comes complete with a modern design, 15 bright metallic cars and a collector’s gift box for easy travel. Launch date: Summer 2006.
— When surveyed about his best-selling puzzles in a Summer 2011 survey, Joe Berardoni, owner of Pun's Toys in Bryn Mawr, Pa., said he sells between 5 and 7 Rush Hours puzzles each month.
— As of 7/12/2011 this product had 4.3 out of 5 stars from 19 reviews on Amazon.com. Pros: Helps build problem solving skills; great for travel or quiet time. Cons: Two reviewers said that the Deluxe Edition was disappointing, as it actually has less features than the original game.
— Kids caught in traffic love to pull out this game and find their way out of the crunch. Rush Hour makes a great travel toy, specialty retailers have told TDmonthly, and it's been a top seller in their stores for more than 10 years. For these reasons, we gave it our TDmonthly Classic Toy 2007 award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10158      (added 11/20/2006)
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MSRP: $29.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Puzzles & Skill
Wooden Toys



ColorKu is a high-quality wooden board game based on the popular Sudoku puzzles. It uses 81 wooden marbles in nine distinctive colors placed on a 9" x 9" wooden grid to solve puzzles. The board is solid wood and 13½" x 13½". The game comes with 104 puzzle cards, but it can be used to solve any Sudoku puzzle.
— “We had people ask for a new colorized Sudoku called ColorKu,” Mike Castor, owner of Pentwater Toy Box in Pentwater, Mich., reported to TDmonthly. “We were able to find the manufacturer in the next county, got a hold of him in Grand Rapids and got a shipment in 48 hours. We sold a bunch.”
—  “We believe ColorKu is the best Sudoku product on the market. Players can solve puzzles individually or in groups, and it can be made competitive by setting up the same game on two or more boards,” said Mark Asperheim, president of Mad Cave Bird Games. “It’s also a beautiful piece that looks great on a coffee table!”
— Three of 63 retailers who spoke with TDmonthly named ColorKu as one of their top selling games.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7323      (added 3/27/2006)
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MSRP: $4.00
Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: PM33
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



Players remove the brass-colored ring from this metal “E” to achieve a sense of satisfaction and superiority … or else they don’t, and hope to try again. This metal puzzle is rated “8” on a scale of 1 to 10 for difficulty. Small and compact, it can easily be stowed in a pocket, and then whipped out to test the mental and spatial acuity of random passersby. This toy was launched in March 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7251      (added 3/20/2006)
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MSRP: $9.95
Age Range: 2 to 5
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



The latest in the Caterpillar series, this book contains big puzzle pieces in the pages that pop out to assemble into a picture of a big dump truck. Kids can flip the pieces over to assemble a play mat that's perfect for children to use with their own toy trucks and machines. It's two puzzles in one for twice the fun.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 6212      (added 12/29/2005)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 4 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill



Tangoes Jr. makes the tangram puzzle concept appealing and accessible to preschoolers with developing fine motor and spatial skills. The new game features a unique "playing case" and large, double-sided puzzle cards that offer two levels of play and enable children to solve each puzzle directly on the card. The puzzle pieces are thicker and larger than the original game's and each piece has an easy-grip lip, making it simple for kids age four and up to move pieces around. Tangoes Jr. puzzle cards feature recognizable images in three categories: animals, people and objects, for plenty of variety and widespread appeal. Guaranteeing years of fun and fresh challenges, each double-sided card incorporates two levels of play. On one side, individual geometric shapes are clearly pictured. The player is challenged to match the shapes to create the tangram image shown. On the other, more advanced side, the same image appears, but only in silhouette, offering a greater challenge for more advanced players and adding a memory game element.
— “Tangoes Jr. is the first toy to make the ancient tangram puzzle accessible to preschoolers. (It) builds fine motor skills, visual discrimination, cognitive abilities and pre-math and artistic skills,” president Ellen Roth of Rex Games told TDmonthly.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5963      (added 12/14/2005)
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MSRP: $10.00
Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Puzzles & Skill
General Games



The object of this brainteaser challenge is to turn the seven disks sideways in order to remove the puzzle slide from its case. There´s only one place for the disks to turn. Kids will need a clever strategy to unlock the secret code.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 5454      (added 11/10/2005)
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MSRP: $8.95
Category: Puzzles & Skill



A surprise best seller, the Symphony Scramble Squares® has hit a responsive chord as a gift for children learning to play musical instruments and music lovers and concert goers of all ages.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3031      (added 2/27/2005)
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MSRP: $8.95
Category: Puzzles & Skill



The adorable cocker spaniel, dalmation, german shepherd, and shar-pei puppies illustrated on the Puppies Scrambles Squares puzzle, make this puzzle among the most popular styles among children, as well as with adults!
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3023      (added 2/27/2005)
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MSRP: $8.95
Category: Puzzles & Skill



Butterflies are beautiful and fascinating creatures, and the Butterflies Scramble Squares® puzzle is always among the most popular of the Scramble Squares® styles, enjoyed by men, women, children, adults and senior citizens.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3019      (added 2/27/2005)
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