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Kids will place center pieces into frames — such as a bird inside a nest frame — to make matches of things seen in everyday neighborhoods. The game will help children enhance their concentration, memory, image association, spatial thinking, fine motor and patience skills. The game comes with 24 colorful, interlocking pieces.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18026 (added 3/18/2008)
The game includes a spinning cylindrical playing board, which puts a twist on the classic four-in-a-row game. The game also comes with a spinning game tower and 42 tokens. All game pieces store easily inside the tower for quick and easy transport.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 18025 (added 3/18/2008)
Constructed of urban vinyl, Cranium WOW is the first-ever designer board game. It features all new cards and 15 activities that will allow players to unleash their inner artist, actor, data head or wordsmith. Each game comes with four of twelve vinyl movers whose hats, hairdos and more can be exchanged to fit each player’s mood or personality. Launch date: September 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 15211 (added 9/18/2007)
Kids can supercharge their imagination with Cranium's Super Fort building system. Hundreds of structures can be built with the Super Fort, including submarines, fantasy castles and more. The fort can be built safely and easily using quick-snap magnetic connectors and foam tubes, and it comes with floor and fabric panels, clips and large and small storage bags.
— "Probably the best [play house] we've got going now is the Super Fort from Cranium," said Dan Willis, owner of Communique Toys in Seattle. "We probably sell a couple a month.”
— Two of 62 retailers TDmonthly spoke with in spring 2007 specifically cited Cranium forts when asked about customer favorites in play houses and furniture.
— “As opposed to fantasy-based play delivered by traditional small-scale construction toys, Super Fort delivers a stronger role-play experience where kids can actually climb into the ‘rocket’ they just built, for example,” said Cranium Head of the Hive Heather Snavely.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 13512 (added 6/15/2007)
With Super Fort Carnival Clubhouse, kids can try their hand at Super Roll, Moon Toss, Dunk the Splat, Prize Booth and more. In this life-sized construction-meets-games activity toy, kids create and play 15 classic carnival games — or use the building pieces to create a funhouse fort like no other. Compatible with all Super Fort sets, the quick-snap Magnaball™ magnetic connectors and flexible foam tubes get kids building and rebuilding. Launch date: Fall 2007.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 11785 (added 3/6/2007)
With this game, children can combine silly sketches with creative captions, fashion wacky masterpieces, and showcase creations with a fun magnet. The whole family will be laughing as players swap partial drawings and judge artwork with corresponding captions. Doodle Tales includes 60 photo cards, five secret story keepers, six pencils, a spinner, a score pad, a timer, and a magnet. It received the 2007 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award. Launch date: Fall 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10078 (added 11/14/2006)
This DVD version of Hullabaloo features 20 game rounds filled with surprises and allows children to learn about animals from all over the world. Kids can bounce, twist, and dance on the 16 colorful play pads, and watch stunning National Geographic animal footage. This product received the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award for 2007. Launch date: January 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 10077 (added 11/14/2006)
Cranium Wonder Works Talking Picture Book gets kids creating and telling their own stories. Inspired by 60 different story-starter ideas on the Activity Spinner, kids combine their own drawings with reusable stickers to illustrate their tale. Then, with the push of a button, they can record words and sounds for each page to listen to on their own or share with mom and dad. The book includes four reusable pages, four pens and 50 reusable stickers. Launch date: Fall 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9975 (added 11/9/2006)
Four or more players can compete for points in this outrageously fun party game where it’s not what you know, but how you show it. From Madonna and mullets to moonwalk and Monday Night Football, Pop 5 is a hilarious celebration in which players choose the activity — humming or sculpting, perhaps — for each clue. Launch date: August 2006.
— "We’ve brought in some new games by Cranium. The Cranium line sells well across the board," observed Nancy Streeter, owner of Eureka in Newburyport, Mass.
— "We have a lot of great games that people come in to buy. Cranium is a very popular one. We sell a lot," said Kara Fihtner, manager at Out of the Blue in Albuquerque, N.M.
— Nine of 51 retailers TDmonthly spoke with identified Cranium as a best-selling line with customers in their stores.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9774 (added 10/25/2006)
This game is well suited for the young and growing mind. Kids don’t have to know how to read to start playing. They learn as they go along. Advanced cards are provided as players become older. It comes with a game board, two sets of playing cards (beginner and advanced), six colorful treasure balls, key and the treasure chest. It’s designed for two to four players.
— “The Cranium games are very popular because they’re educational as well as a lot of fun. I think a lot of teachers use them. You can start as young as age 3, and play all the way up to the teens,” summed up Lee Ann Stern, general manager of The Village Toy Shop in Canton, Mass.
— “Lately, it’s been Cariboo by Cranium,” was what Daniel Janoska, of Talbot’s Toyland in San Mateo, Calif., said when asked about the best-selling game in his store.
— Cranium “Head of the Hive” Heather Snavely was excited to talk about this popular game. She told TDmonthly, “Cranium Cariboo is a shining star in its category because it engages preschoolers in the thrill and excitement of a treasure hunt, while reinforcing letter, number, shape and color recognition. ... Cariboo also fosters parent-child interaction, as it’s designed in a format that’s fun for adults to play along.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9736 (added 10/23/2006)
Cranium’s Giggle Gear Mega Mask combines activity with fantasy by transforming their voice and face with colorful, outrageously fun ears, lips, eyes and more! Kids snap bug eyes, butterfly ears or pink pixie-like lips onto the mask and perform fun activities from the Activity Guide — like inventing super powers for their creation or shaking up supper by wearing their mask … and acting normal! Each Mega Mask includes more than 15 parts, a voice changer with three voice pieces and an Activity Guide. “Mega Mask also the ideal combination of traditional play and electronics, making it a “win-win” for consumers who are searching for toys that will have the right balance of fascinating features, but still encourage their child’s creative thinking and imagination,” said Heather Snavely, Cranium Head of the Hive. Launch date: Fall 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8004 (added 5/25/2006)
Craniumb Zooreka is a new board game that has players dodging danger and encountering outrageous events in a race to build their ultimate zoo! Food, animals and shelter are the currency in this animal kingdom as would-be zookeepers try to collect and trade them for one-of-a-kind animal habitats. Every turn keeps all the players thinking and planning their way to ribbon cutting. First to complete a zoo celebrates Opening Day. “Zooreka provides the perfect opportunity for young and old alike to bond and spend endless hours laughing and enjoying time together,” Heather Snavely, Cranium Head of the Hive told TDmonthly. “The combined elements of chance and strategy allow players from grandparent to grandchild to engage in game play on an even playing field that leads to laugh-out-loud fun and brings excitement and shining moments to any holiday gathering.” Launch date: Fall 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 8003 (added 5/25/2006)
This game gets players guessing — and celebrating — each other’s favorite things. Players must choose between very different experiences and items while other players must guess their selection. It recently won an Oppenheim Toy Award.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 7237 (added 3/17/2006)
Balloon Lagoon brings home all the fun of a day at the carnival, with colorful illustrations and festive games in an immersive 3-D environment. More fun than a ride on the Tilt-A-Whirl, Balloon Lagoon allows children to show off their talents as they compete in four activities while the merry-go-round music plays. This fantastically fun game gets kids thinking, matching, flipping and fishing as they collect balloons to win.
— “I have this set up in my shop,” explained Vincent Spiropoulos, owner of Spiro-Gyro Toys in Walla Walla, Wash., “and kids can’t stop playing with it, so parents have to buy it. Sneaky, but it works.”
— “One of my top sellers,” said Denise Kahn, co-owner of Toy Town in Athens, Ga.
— Alisa Feinstein of Cranium Games told TDmonthly that "the game's exciting sights and sounds make spelling, matching, and counting fun …so kids learn as they play."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 6151 (added 12/22/2005)
This game involves eight bouncing balls that players move according to the kinds of cards they draw. The point of the game is to send balls into other players’ goals. The first player or team to score six balls wins. It was launched in fall 2005.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3231 (added 3/16/2005)
To play, one person becomes the Whoozit and deals four cards, each with different action words, events and objects. The other members have to guess which of the concepts the Whoozit likes best. The player who’s the best at guessing the likes and dislikes of the other players wins.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3230 (added 3/16/2005)
This new game from Cranium is perfect for the entire family. It features a compelling mix of 16 activities that involves all family members in this funfest. Family members team up to construct, draw, guess, and of course engage, in congratulatory celebration. Nothing?s better than a night with the family, so don?t miss out.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3080 (added 3/1/2005)
The game is intended to entice both teens and adults.
— Cranium at one time ranked No. 3 on the Pazsaz Entertainment Network´s Top 10 selling board games in North America.
— On Amazon.com it used to be the No. 3 most popular board game.
— Joyce Matthews, owner of Just 4 Fun in St. Simon’s Island, Ga., told TDmonthly that Cranium by Cranium Inc. is the absolute best-selling game in her store.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2156 (added 1/3/2005)
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