July 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 7
Timeline: Inventions by ASMODEE EDITIONS
To begin, one card is randomly drawn from those not given to players. This is placed in the middle of the table, date-side up and is the starting point of a chronological line which will slowly be built by players. The first player then chooses one of their cards. If the player thinks that the invention on their card came before that of the initial card, the player places their card to the left of the initial card. The player's card is then turned date-side up. If the player was right, it remains on the table. Otherwise, the card is discarded and a new one must be drawn to replace it. Play proceeds clockwise. The more cards which are correctly played, the harder it is to correctly place new ones.
— In a February 2014 survey, Julie Steinbach, owner of Rainbow Toys in Falmouth, Maine, told TDmonthly that Timeline from Asmodee was a best-selling game at their store.
— David Stelzer, owner of Shananigans in Baltimore, Md., told TDmonthly in an October 2014 survey that Timeline was his store's best-selling tween item.
— In a February 2015 survey, two out of 11 retailers told TDmonthly that Timeline was their best-selling game. ( Watch Video) 6/21/2012 (MSRP: $14.99; Age: 8 and Up)
ArtiSands Geometric Mini Kit by ARTISANDS
ArtiSands Mini Geometric kit includes nine (9) shaker tubes of sand in vivid colors and eight (8) geometric pre-cut Sandesigns (circles, squares, stars, and composites). Features non-toxic colored sand, 5x5 vinyl pre-cut Sandesigns, sturdy carrying box, and easy to handle shaker tubes.
Watch Video from Pomona 2009 ( Watch Video) 3/4/2009 (MSRP: $15.95; Age: 5 and Up)
Wild Guess Chase by ALL THE KING'S GAMES
Who will be the player/team to win the most cards by guessing other players' words correctly the fastest, and with the fewest letters possible? Players take turns making a word from the lettered cards in their hand, but they don’t show their word to any of the other players. Instead, they place each lettered card of their word face down on the table. Then... the first letter of the word is revealed (and the timer is started) as the other players begin to shout out possible words for what the hidden word could be. A player must guess the word before the timer runs out... so if at any time two or more players agree to see another letter, another card is turned over and players continue to try and guess the word. The player who first guesses the hidden word correctly wins the number of cards that are still left face down... or ALL of the cards if the word is discovered with only one letter revealed. Launch date: June 2012. ( Watch Video) 6/27/2011 (MSRP: $12.99; Age: 8 and Up)
The Un-block by AHA! CONCEPTS
The Un-block is a system of interlocking blocks and connectors that stimulates both the left and the right sides of the brain simultaneously, improves gross motor skills, and challenges the pathways through which the mind relays information. Made of Ash Wood, kids can build anything they can imagine. "The Un-Block has a system of interlocking blocks and connectors that resist falling apart even when your masterpiece is knocked over, unlike ordinary building blocks that will fall apart if moved the wrong way," Joe Azmani, CEO/President of Aha! Concepts LLC told TDmonthly. Launch number: 2011.
Awards: Creative Child Magazine Top Toy of the Year 2012 ( Watch Video) 6/21/2012 (MSRP: $38.80; Age: 7 and Up)
Astronaut Space Pack by AEROMAX INC.
What a blast kids will have when they can shoot aliens (or next-door buddies) with a 30-foot blast of water? This space pack holds a liter of water and can shoot water in two directions at once, or choose the more traditional single straight-on stream. Strap on the space pack – on top of other space gear or while still wearing pajamas -- and have a blast indoors or out. Like all Aeromax products, attention to detail is paramount with pretend pressure and instrument panels along with adjustable black straps. The modestly priced shooter can be played with or without water for priceless galactic role-playing. Watch more videos: Toy Fair 2012. ( Watch Video) 1/12/2012 (MSRP: $15.95; Age: 5 and Up)