July 2011 | Vol. X - No. 7
Pawparazzi Pet - Ditto by NOODLE HEAD INC.
Ditto is a soccer star. He comes in a window box that transforms into a play set for him and his Pet friends. Launch date: Summer 2011. ( Watch Video) 4/29/2011
Chess: Once A Pawn A Time by SCIENCE WIZ / NORMAN & GLOBUS INC.
Using the two captivating books included in CHESS: Once A Pawn A Time, this kit is designed to help children enjoy learning and playing chess. The endearing chess characters and story-book style are created to engage them in the game. "This imaginative approach to teaching chess was developed by author Patzi Stewart over her 20 years as a chess teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area. The box opens so that customers can examine the books and understand the uniqueness of this chess product prior to purchase," Rachael Norman, Sales, Norman & Globus, Inc., told TDmonthly. Awards: 2010 Dr. Toy Best Toys Award. Launch date: February 15, 2010. ( Watch Video) 2/11/2010 (MSRP: $19.98; Age: 5 to 12)
Truth Be Told by BUFFALO GAMES INC.
In this game for three to eight players, each round, the rotating Host reads his true answer to the given question card, along with everyone else's bluff answers, and players try to guess the correct answer to score points. An example of a question card is, "Truth Be Told, my favorite snack is _________." Bluff answers can also score points in this party game designed for fun and laughter. It includes 564 Truth Be Told questions on 141 cards, eight markers, eight fill-in-the-blank cards, eight paddles, a scoreboard and instructions. Launch date: Fall 2009 in select markets; 2010 nationwide.
Awards: 2010 Tillywig Laugh Out Loud ( Watch Video) 9/11/2009 (MSRP: $27.99; Age: 14 and Up)
Sandtastik Rappit Plaster Molding Cloth (4” x 15' Roll) by SANDTASTIK PRODUCTS, INC.
Sandtastik Rappit Plaster Molding Cloth is made from safe and non-toxic materials. Ideal for making volcanoes, masks, body castings, sculptures, jewelry, dioramas and more. Simply cut, dip in water, squeeze out excess, and begin to model. From set up to finished craft in minutes. Available in rolls of 4”x15’, 8”x15’, 4”x135’, and 4”x270’. ( Watch Video) 10/14/2010 (MSRP: $6.49; Age: 8 and Up)
Anomia by ANOMIA PRESS
Anomia is a game where common knowledge becomes uncommonly fun. Anomia plays off the fact that our minds are positively brimming with all sorts of random information: things to eat, pop songs, websites, etc... Sure, under normal circumstances, it's easy enough to give an example of a frozen food, or a dog breed; but you will find that your brain works a little differently under pressure. Easy to learn, fun to play over and over again, Anomia will have any group of friends, family, even perfect strangers, shouting and laughing out loud as they try to beat each other to the punch. It can be your turn at any time and anyone can be your opponent. For 3 to 6 players. One round lasts about 30 minutes. Launch date: Fall 2009.
— They sell "15 to 20" Anomia games per month at Magic Box in New Orleans, said manager James Dello Stritto in early 2011.
— Four of 12 retailers who attended ASTRA 2010 named Anomia as one of their favorite products at the show.
— “Anomia is really great; I’ve been told for the last year to get it,” said Kristen Pollard, owner of Mudpuddle Toys in Marblehead, Mass., in summer 2010.
— In an August 2010 survey, nine percent of 43 retailers said Anomia is a card game best seller. Barbara Fineblum, owner of Barston’s Child’s Play in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly the same month that her store sold 89 Anomia games in one month. ( Watch Video) 1/14/2010 (MSRP: $16.00; Age: 10 and Up)