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April 2005 | Vol. IV - No. 4




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TDmonthly’s Top 10 Most Wanted Licensed Games


2004 was a banner year for child-driven movies and television shows. Characters from these stories have been ubiquitous, as their creators tackle every marketing corner available. Games provide a logical tie-in, resulting in a plethora of “must-have” licensed games for little ones.



MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Category: Card Games



This Yu-Gi-Oh! structure deck is straightforward enough for beginners yet includes enough challenging aspects to hold the attention of experts as well.
— It was a top seller on Amazon.com in March 2005, where it received high ratings from adults and kids alike.
— It is a good deck with powerful cards that is popular amongst players and collectors, according to reviews on Amazon.com.
— In 2004 the Yu-Gi-Oh! collectible trading card game was listed as one of the most highly sought-after toys in Business Week, The Wall Street Journal and USA Today, according to Upper Deck.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3271      (added 3/21/2005)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Category: General Games



Board game and DVD come together in this version of Trivial Pursuit. As players answer questions, the trivia comes to life on users’ television screens.
— Hasbro listed the Lord of the Rings Trivial Pursuit DVD as one of their hot items for March 2005.
— All three Lord of the Rings films are listed among the top-20 box office hits of all time in the United States, according to the IMDb.
— “The TRIVIAL PURSUIT game is one of the best-selling adult games in history, with more than 70 million units sold worldwide since its introduction in 1982,” according to the Trivial Pursuit Web site.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3275      (added 3/21/2005)
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MSRP: $39.95
Age Range: 5 and up
Category: General Games



Collect pieces of luggage from the Whomping Willow without getting Whomped! Timed play keeps players racing to snag the most pieces and beat their opponents.
-- It was given an Oppenheim Toy Award for early and late school years.
-- This game is a Hot Seller on Toys and Joys in March 2005.
-- The third installment of the Harry Potter series grossed $249 million in 2004, making it the fifth biggest box office smash of the year and a continued favorite among children.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3276      (added 3/21/2005)
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MSRP: $14.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Category: General Games



There is a fiesta at Abuela’s (Grandmother’s) house, and Dora and the gang must wind their way there collecting supplies and avoiding Swiper as they go.
-- This game stays true to Dora’s bilingual theme and includes both languages on the playing cards, encouraging the development of language skills in youngsters.
-- “Dora the Explorer Big Easy Board Game is one of our best selling games,” says Moss Kardener, vice president of brand development and innovation for University Games.
-- This game is played on a large mat with oversized characters, making it ideal for little hands and roomy enough for multiple players.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3279      (added 3/21/2005)
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MSRP: $12.99
Age Range: 5 to 8
Category: Board Games



Classic Monopoly Junior joins Disney’s eight favorite princesses for a round of fun as they circle the board looking for their homes.
—The eight most popular princesses are included: Ariel, Cinderella, Pocahontas, Jasmine, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, Belle and Mulan
—Monopoly is so popular it is licensed in more than 45 countries and translated into 26 languages.
— Monopoly Junior Disney Princess Edition was a top selling Disney item on AreYouGame.com.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 3281      (added 3/21/2005)
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