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May 2008 New Toys — Puzzles & Skill



Warzone: A Game of Dynamic Strategy by WARZONE ENTERTAINMENT
Warzone: A Game of Dynamic Strategy by WARZONE ENTERTAINMENT

The strategy game comes with a clipboard for a real battleship effect. It also comes with Bermuda triangles and atomic mine chain reactions. “Kids choose Warzone over other games because there is nothing else like Warzone available,” Warzone Entertainment Creator Scott Watkins told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 1, 2008. 5/30/2008 (Price: $60.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Pirates' Gold by CARSON-DELLOSA PUBLISHING
Pirates' Gold by CARSON-DELLOSA PUBLISHING

The game is designed to strengthen strategic thinking, basic counting, skip counting and addition skills. The first player to collect six gold cards wins the game. “Kids love pirates and puzzles,” Carson Dellosa Publishing Co. representative John Russell told TDmonthly. “Pirates’ Gold combines the fun of building a 3-dimensional puzzle that turns into an easy-to-play game board filled with swashbuckling pirates and a bounty of shiny gold.” Launch date: September 2008. 5/30/2008 (Price: $14.99)

Six by FOXMIND GAMES
Six by FOXMIND GAMES

Six is an elegant and subtle game of shape and strategy, where the goal is to be the first to form one of three winning shapes with one’s pieces. The game comes in a box cube and features high quality, red and black hexagonal wooden pieces. The game is great for travel. Launch date: June 2008.
Awards: Excellence Consumer Guide of Canada 5/30/2008 (Price: $24.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Math Dice by THINKFUN
Math Dice by THINKFUN

In this captivating 3-D game of mental math, players try to get closest to the target number by creating different equations using addition, subtraction, multiplication, division and even powers. Launch date: 2004.
— Terry Myers, owner of Kaleidoscope Toys in Round Rock, Texas, told TDmonthly in a Fall 2012 survey that Math Dice is one of their top-2 best selling educational products. 5/23/2008 (Price: $4.99) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Natural Stone Chess Sets by PEBBLEART INC.
Natural Stone Chess Sets by PEBBLEART INC.

The stone chess set features unique, solid manufacturing. Launch date: January 2008. 5/21/2008 (Price: $149.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Xactika by SET ENTERPRISES INC.
Xactika by SET ENTERPRISES INC.

The bidding game features four suits on each card, making skill the determining factor.  Xactika can be played with two to ten players. It is adaptable to any skill level, with three variations of play.  This item is a 2005 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award, 2002 Games 100 Award and 2002 Parent’s Choice Award winner. “Xactika is a truly unique card game with a deck that provides players with a new level of control,” Set Enterprises Vice President Bree Popp told TDmonthly. “No competitor’s version comes close.” Launch date: 2002. 5/21/2008 (Price: $12.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Quercetti Skyrail Suspension Rollercoaster with Elevator by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
Quercetti Skyrail Suspension Rollercoaster with Elevator by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC

The 200-piece marble run set features a vortex chamber, a large, double-entrance funnel, two exclusive spiral tracks, real marbles, extra long bridges for building larger structures and base pieces for sturdy construction. Launch date: February 2007.
— Jennifer Dees, assistant manager of Harbour Town Toys in Hilton Head, S.C., told TDmonthly that, "If it's in the window," they sell 4-6 units of this item each month. 5/19/2008 (Price: $49.99)

Quercetti Super Marble Run Vortis by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
Quercetti Super Marble Run Vortis by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC

The 224-piece marble run set includes two exclusive double entrance funnels, three exclusive spirals, real glass marbles, base pieces for sturdy construction, extra long bridges for building larger structures and more. Launch date: April 2003. 5/19/2008 (Price: $54.99)

Quercetti Georello 3D Gear Tech by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
Quercetti Georello 3D Gear Tech by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC

Kids can build exciting technological structures using the 270-piece gear set’s pillars, six-way axles, connectors, extenders, interlocking plates and meshing gears. The exclusive Universal Joints allow for greater freedom during construction. The set also includes a “chain” and “elastic belt” to transmit rotary motion to distant gears. Launch date: February 2004. 5/19/2008

Quercetti Tubation by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC
Quercetti Tubation by INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS LLC

The colorful toy comes with 40 pieces of tubular construction, each made of unbreakable ABS plastic. There are four different types of interlocking pieces that can be combined and recombined in a variety of ways. Launch date: July 2001. 5/19/2008 (Price: $19.99)

LaQ Free Style Pallet by LaQ USA, Inc.
LaQ Free Style Pallet by LaQ USA, Inc.

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. (Watch the LaQ Free Style Pallet Video Watch Video) 5/19/2008 (Price: $70.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

3D Tree Puzzle by CREATIVELY YOURS GIFT DESIGNS
3D Tree Puzzle by CREATIVELY YOURS GIFT DESIGNS

The wood puzzle is very environmentally friendly. It is constructed from two tree bases that fit into one interlocking base. Each piece of the puzzle must be assembled in order, helping children learn the order of the alphabet and numbers. “Children enjoy this puzzle because they feel twice as satisfied when completing the puzzle,” Tony Goonewardenn of Creatively Yours Gift Designs told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2008. 5/5/2008 (Price: $27.00)

USA Puzzle by PATCH PRODUCTS INC.
USA Puzzle by PATCH PRODUCTS INC.

The 60-piece puzzle teaches kids the locations of the 50 states and their capitals in a fun way. “Kids will love the USA Puzzle because they can see the states they have visited, or locate states where distant family and friends live,” Patch Products Inc. Public Relations Manager Barbara Uebelacker told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 2008. 5/5/2008 (Price: $3.99)

Puzzler's Box Of Frustration by COPERNICUS TOYS
Puzzler's Box Of Frustration by COPERNICUS TOYS

The box contains over half a dozen classic mind-benders, take-aparts and other conundrums to keep the puzzler bemused, busy and happy. “Variety, value, and fun packaging all make this a great product,” Peggy Tobias of Copernicus Toys told TDmonthly. Launch date: May 2008. 5/5/2008 (Price: $12.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Arc de Triomphe by PAPERLANDMARKS
Arc de Triomphe by PAPERLANDMARKS

This is a replica of the ceremonial arch standing at the top of the Champs Élysées, commemorate Napoleon's victories. The replica measures 6-1/2” x 3-1/2” x 6-1/2” when assembled. 5/5/2008 (Price: $20.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Villa Savoye by PAPERLANDMARKS
Villa Savoye by PAPERLANDMARKS

The Parisian family weekend house is a well-known architectural presentation of the international style. The model is made on a 1:200 scale and is available with either white or dark gray windows. The replica measures 8-1/2” x 7-12” x 4” when assembled. 5/5/2008 (Price: $20.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Ronchamp Chapel by PAPERLANDMARKS
Ronchamp Chapel by PAPERLANDMARKS

This is a replica of the Notre Dame du Haut, a chapel designed by world famous Swiss-born French architect Le Corbusier. The model is designed on a 1:175 scale and measures 10” x 8” x 5-1/2” when assembled. 5/5/2008 (Price: $20.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Bakugan 300 Piece Poster Puzzle by THE CANADIAN GROUP
Bakugan 300 Piece Poster Puzzle by THE CANADIAN GROUP

The 300-piece poster-size puzzle depicts images from the Bakugan anime series. “Bakugan Battle Brawlers is one of the hottest syndicated Anime series, popular with boys six and up,” Michael Albert of The Canadian Group told TDmonthly. Release date: May 2008. 5/5/2008 (Price: $9.99)

personalized puzzle by SNAPSHOT PUZZLES INC.
personalized puzzle by SNAPSHOT PUZZLES INC.

The 56-piece puzzle measures 11” x 14” when assembled. Made of thick, recycled cardboard, each piece is designed to last. “Kids will love it because it is made specifically for them, from their favorite photographs,” Snapshot Puzzles Inc. President Carl Schory told TDmonthly. 5/5/2008 (Price: $22.95) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

Livecube 2D Pentominoes Puzzle by LIVECUBE TBS INC.
Livecube 2D Pentominoes Puzzle by LIVECUBE TBS INC.

Players solve the 12-piece 3D puzzle in two-piece segments, and then join the six groups to complete the whole puzzle. “The way to play this puzzle is similar to Tengram, but it looks different,” Min Shih of LiveCube TBS Inc. told TDmonthly. “It is much easier to start but more difficult to finish.” Launch date: March 2008. 5/1/2008 (Price: $12.00)

Wood Puzzle Fire Engine by SCHYLLING
Wood Puzzle Fire Engine by SCHYLLING

The 12-piece wooden puzzle comes in a tray, with the pieces inlaid. When assembled, the puzzle depicts a fire engine. 4/28/2008 (Price: $5.99)

Wood Puzzle School Bus by SCHYLLING
Wood Puzzle School Bus by SCHYLLING

The 12-piece wooden puzzle depicts a school bus filled with students on their way to learn.  A puppy is chasing the bus and a family is waving. All pieces come inlaid in a tray. 4/28/2008 (Price: $5.99)

Wood Puzzle Cow by SCHYLLING
Wood Puzzle Cow by SCHYLLING

The 12-piece wooden puzzle depicts a black and white cow carrying a bucket. All pieces come inlaid in a tray. 4/28/2008 (Price: $5.99)

Wood Puzzle Train by SCHYLLING
Wood Puzzle Train by SCHYLLING

The 12-piece wooden puzzle comes in a tray, with the pieces inlaid. When assembled, the puzzle depicts a blue train with coming down the track. 4/28/2008 (Price: $5.99)

Pirate's Ship Magnetic Puzzle by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.
Pirate's Ship Magnetic Puzzle by HABA USA/HABERMAASS CORP.

The nine-piece puzzle features a durable magnetic board with a deep frame. The puzzle comes pre-assembled; when the pieces of the puzzle are removed, the treasures on the ship are revealed. “The quality and educational aspect of the playful drawings of the ‘outside’ and ‘inside’ of a ship can be taught,” Haba USA President Lea Culliton told TDmonthly. “The sturdy compressed boards will be sure to last when used and reused over and over again.” Launch date: February 2008. 4/28/2008 (Price: $12.00) [Add to my Inquiry Basket][?]

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