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August 2009 Notable Toys — Family Games





Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: January 2001
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
General Games



Ticket to Ride - USA 1910 is a card expansion for the original Ticket to Ride board game. It consists of 181 new large-format cards that include 35 new Destination Tickets, a new GlobeTrotter bonus card for completing the most tickets, and a complete replacement deck of all the cards from the original game. Also included is a new rulebook that gives Ticket to Ride players three new ways to play: games using only the new Destination Tickets; the Mega Game, featuring all the tickets; and Big Cities, which uses only tickets to certain large cities. Launch date: 2001.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25233      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
General Games



The Ticket to Ride Europa 1912 expansion for the Ticket to Ride series includes 101 Destination Tickets — the 46 original tickets, plus 55 new ones that enable three new variants to the Ticket to Ride Europe map. This expansion also introduces Warehouses & Depots — new game rules and pieces that create an additional strategic layer and can be played with any of the Ticket to Ride maps. "Wooden Train Depots are placed on cities selected by each player. Throughout the game, each player's Warehouse will accumulate Train cards and those who have the foresight, clever timing, or just plain good fortune to build a route to a Depot can make off with a fistful of Train cards. Depot placement and skillful Warehouse tactics become a key part of a winning Ticket to Ride strategy!" Elizabeth Case, marketing assistant for Days of Wonder, told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 6, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25232      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
General Games



In Small World, players vie for conquest and control of a world that is simply too small to accommodate them all. Picking the right combination from the 14 different fantasy races and 20 unique special powers, players rush to expand their empires — often at the expense of weaker neighbors. Yet they must also know when to push their own over-extended civilization into decline and ride a new one to victory. "Designer Philip Keyaerts has expertly interwoven the fantasy worlds with competitive game play to create a game that appeals to casual players of all ages and experience while simultaneously maintaining a complexity that draws in the more serious crowd," Elizabeth Case, marketing assistant for Days of Wonder, told TDmonthly. The game has received the following awards: 2009 Bruno Faidutti's Game of the Year; 2009 Finalist for the International Gamer's Award; and 2009 Spiele Hit (Vienna Game Academy). Launch date: January 26, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25231      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: GYP
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Educational
Family Games



In this game, players are Gypsies trying to earn as much gold as they can and bring it to the Big Gypsy Gathering. They need to finance the various festivities of weddings, baptisms, meetings, feasts and entertainment before border checkpoints are closed, preventing them from traveling and earning a living. Players have only two rounds of events to accomplish their goal of raising money for the Gathering. The game includes a 17" x 22" board, four movers and matching caravan cards, 26 colored wagons, 24 trades, 24 gold payments for trades, 56 events, and rules for regular and advanced games. In this cooperative game, individuals play together, not against one another. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25224      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 8 to 14
SKU or Item #: BF130
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Girls
Category: Card Games
Gifts
Family Games



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With 52 questions, this game is designed to let players know how well they you know their BFF, and how well their best friend knows them. Launch date: September 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25211      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 9 and up
SKU or Item #: PIP 60003
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
General Games



Players take on the role of lively goblin bodgers as they race around grabbing the parts they need to finish their outrageous contraptions. Getting that perfect part isn’t easy, though, as the conveyor belt is constantly moving valuable parts out of reach. And if that’s not enough to keep the goblins on their toes, they also have to deal with rivals scheming and tussling for parts. Players may be the first bodger to complete their contraption — or fuel the frenzy trying. This family board game is for two to four players. "Scrappers uniquely appeals to any specialty market customer with characters and themes that they recognize and love, while offering game play [that] can be brought home and played with anyone who loves to have a good time," Brent Waldher, licensing and contract manager for Privateer Press, told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 14, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25210      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 3 to 12
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Award Winners
Family Games
Outdoor Fun



Coursing Around's first edition offers 15 activity courses using sidewalk chalk. Designed to motivate kids to get off the couch and be active outside, it also offers an educational dynamic by helping kids learn their shapes, colors, numbers, and lefts and rights. Coursing Around received a 2009 iParenting Media Award in the Outstanding Product Toys and Games Category. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25202      (added 8/28/2009)
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Age Range: 4 and up
SKU or Item #: 0416-06
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
Developmental Toys



This Rummikub set for preschoolers is designed with shapes that help children self-correct their moves. The game helps children develop number and color recognition skills, teaches players how to build sets of consecutive numbers, and fosters logical reasoning as they learn the basics of Rummikub. It features three levels of game play. Launch date: August 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25057      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: MFG3308
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
General Games



Pack & Stack is designed to be a fast and funny, wild and crazy game about moving stuff on all sorts of odd trucks. Every interactive turn is a new adventure, where all the players discover new loads, grab new trucks, and then gamble on their planning and packing skills. Launch date: June 4, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25054      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 7 to 12
SKU or Item #: BJPGAM
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Creative Activities
Family Games



The Black Heritage Gamebook is an educational gamebook with games that span subjects across curriculum — math, reading, history, writing and more. These games can be played for speed or at a child’s individual pace. Launch date: January 3, 2003.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25051      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 7 to 12
SKU or Item #: DKCANI
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Educational
Family Games



Each of these question-and-answer games includes 60 question-and-answer cards. As each correct answer is given, players perform a fun task, such as giving the closest person a high-five or hitting an imaginary baseball and shouting, "Home Run!" There are 10 different games: America, American Revolution, Animals, Black History, Conservation, Solar System, U.S. Civil War, U.S. Constitution, U.S. Presidents and Weather. Launch date: January 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25048      (added 8/19/2009)
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Age Range: 7 to 12
SKU or Item #: CAGFAB
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Educational
Family Games



Kids can learn state facts fast in this card game that's available for 11 states: California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Louisiana, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Six fun ways to play include matching, trivia, and rummy-style games. The card facts and graphics include more than 40 state facts including state map, symbols, trivia, spelling and true-or-false. Launch date: January 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25049      (added 8/19/2009)
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George tands 13" from nose to wall. Adjustable antler span is 16". Girth is 21". Ready to hang; choose big-game shoulder mount or solid pine plaque mount. Plaque size: 9"x12" His name was chosen in honor of two famous Mainers: President George H.W. Bush and Senator George Mitchell. He is one of the most popular moose every year, loved by Democrats and Republicans alike. NEW and improved George has Deep (fuzzy) nostrils and a lower jaw with teeth and tongue.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24952      (added 8/18/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
Category: Family Games
Board Games



n the heat of the night, standing between the stars, the dream of all astronauts shine: the Moon . Stop dreaming, get in the action! Run around the spacecraft work-site and build the most amazing and colorful rocket . Be the first to make it take off! History will remember only one name. .. Is it yours?
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24717      (added 7/21/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
Category: Board Games
Family Games



Deep inside the Arctic Circle, brave sledders compete in a dangerous race to test their skill and endurance. But this snowy paradise conceals icy traps, and not all the teams will reach the finish line. The huskies must run quickly and their masters must display finesse and cool-headedness if they are to avoid the numerous pitfalls around the track. To help them on their way, the players have cards with different values that will make their dogs run at a more or less high speed. They have to manage their hand well in order to slide, increase speed, or slow down at just the right time. Only a keen tactical awareness will enable them to avoid the trees blocking the way or prevent them from skidding right off the track.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24716      (added 7/21/2009)
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Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: 2494
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronic Games
Educational
Family Games



Players will need to know more than their ABCs to play Electronic A to Z Jr. In fact, they'll need to be pretty quick with the entire alphabet, including those pesky XYZs. Players have 30 seconds to list as many different answers for a specific category as possible. Each answer must begin with a different letter of the alphabet. Players turn off letters on the electronic board for each correct answer. The first one to turn off all the letters on their board wins. It includes an electronic game board, A to Z Jr. category cards, and instructions. Launch date: June 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24653      (added 7/17/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games



The mail must go through!

The whole family will have fun trying to overcome the hurdles of your local letter carrier! Enjoy this hilarious race full of suspense, unexpected twists and turns, and be the first to deliver all your mail to the neighbourhood.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24529      (added 7/10/2009)
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Age Range: 5 to 13
Launch Date: June 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Kits
Family Games



This kit is designed to help parents teach kids about money — specifically saving, spending and sharing. It comes with a lesson plan, a book about how people approach money differently, a game to encourage money talk, and a Moonjar Moneybox to promote goal setting and budgeting. "This kit is designed to break open the money conversation at home and to help parents find staightforward, fun and meaningful ways to help the children sustain smart saving, spending and sharing for a lifetime," Mary Ryan Karges, vice president of Moonjar LLC, told TDmonthly. This product has received the following awards: 2009 Creative Child Seal of Excellence, Oppenheim Best Toy, Teachers Choice Award, IP award, and Global Learning Initiative award. Launch date: June 12, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24449      (added 7/7/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 022
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Educational
Family Games



In this techno trading game, players try to diversify their hands with the best inventions from each invention family by 'doing deals' (trades) with other players. Deal Maker cards give an added zing to play. There's an inventor’s die and an inventions pocket guide. It "puts the future in childrens’ hands like no other game before it!" Geoffrey Moran, President, Evolving Toys, told TDmonthly. This product was a Museum Store Association Buyer’s Choice Award Finalist 2009. Launch date: August 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24327      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 021
Launch Date: August 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Educational
Family Games



Each players pits his dinosaur against an opponent’s in this deck-dueling challenge, while watching out for Dino Danger. Players can learn about dinosaurs and their world in this prehistoric card game featuring action elements and a dino die to change up game play. It also comes with a dinosaur pocket guide. "Children will learn dinosaur taxonomy and time periods long before they even realize they’ve been learning!" Geoffrey Moran, president of Evolving Toys, told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24326      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 020
Launch Date: August 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Educational
Family Games



Did you know the constellations are grouped by astronomers into families – like the Hercules, Heavenly Waters and Ursa Major families – whose members are in the same region of the night sky? After playing this game a few times, individuals may be connecting constellations all over the sky. It includes action cards and a galactic die to change the game play up in lots of spacey ways. An awesome constellation pocket guide is included. "Constellation Connect! is an attractively packaged game with a lively blend of fun and educational attributes, making it suitable for home, vacation or classroom use. It introduces the deep beauty of the starry skies to children in a friendly, fun and non-overwhelming way," Geoffrey Moran, president of Evolving Toys, told TDmonthly. This game received a 2009 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children’s Product award. Launch date: August 15, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24325      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 12 and up
SKU or Item #: WBG001
Launch Date: January 2005
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
General Games



Players pick one of eight quirky characters and make their way around the board answering "Scatterbrainz" categories and "Quizzle" trivia, or acting out "Stuntz" and "Showbiz" cards, all while following the "Roolz." "Quelf provides cross-generational appeal that is active, wholesome and hilarious fun that the whole family can enjoy together. It is the most random and silly game on the market and will provide players with a memorable night!" Jill Schneiderman, in marketing for Imagination International, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2005. This game has received the following awards: 2007 Creative Child Seal of Excellence, 2007 iParenting Media Award, 2006 Major Fun Award, 2006 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and 2005 Upbeat Magazine Board Game of the Year.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23918      (added 5/28/2009)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: 7422
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
Gifts



Know It or Blow It tests teams’ knowledge of general information and fun facts, such as the three singing chipmunks, the five Great Lakes and Santa’s eight reindeer. For each round, a team captain picks the order in which teammates will respond. If a player knows an answer, great. However, if they're not absolutely, positively sure, they can stop rather than risk their team’s points. "The best part about Patch Products new party game, Know It or Blow It, is that one person doesn’t have to know everything. Instead, teammates work together to know it all," Jessica Wineke, PR coordinator for Patch Products, told TDmonthly. Launch date: January 7, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23909      (added 5/28/2009)
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