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August 2009 Notable Toys — Card Games





Age Range: 6 and up
SKU or Item #: FGN132
Launch Date: September 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Card Games
Creative Activities



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This box features 52 classic, interactive games that don't require dice, boards or equipment. Launch date: September 15, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 25214      (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: 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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CrossCribb® is the award winning, exciting strategy game that takes the traditional favorite, cribbage, and multiplies the fun times five. CrossCribb uses conventional cribbage scoring rules as you try to build five high scoring cribbage hands while simultaneously sabotaging your opponents' hands. It's easy to learn, but difficult to master.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24947      (added 8/18/2009)
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Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games



Intended to bridge the gap between entry level and advanced game play in the extensive Magic the Gathering trading card game system, the Classic two-player game is comprised of 350 cards from a wide variety of the line’s various expansions. 
— Two of 49 retailers surveyed in July 2009 told TDmonthly Magic the Gathering is their top-selling collectible toy line.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24942      (added 8/18/2009)
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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: 3 to 7
SKU or Item #: BP08312
Launch Date: March 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Licensed Products
Travel



No reading is required for this fast-paced, card-swapping game for the young Thomas fans. The Stanley Comes Aboard deck can also be used to play Snap and Memory games. It is made in the USA of recycled materials. Launch date: March 31, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24319      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 7 to 12
SKU or Item #: 10443
Launch Date: July 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Educational
General Games



Kids can learn to appreciate the highest achievements of civilization in painting, sculpture and architecture. This product is designed to cover the world of art across time and culture, introducing children to basic terminology and famous artists. The Professor Noggin series has won more than 12 awards. Launch date: July 30, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24257      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 06
Launch Date: June 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Electronic Games
Board Games



This addictive puzzle is currently available on all major mobile phone cariers in the USA and on Iphone Worldwide. It is also available daily in the USA TODAY newspaper in a daily puzzle. Txtpert the card game works exactly the same way as all the other brands. Launch date: June 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24246      (added 6/29/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
Board Games
General Games



2-Player Perpetual Commotion is the original Perpetual Commotion specially designed for two-player speed and excitement. Play as many cards as you can into a center Arena to earn points. Gain extra points by being the first to empty your Feeders pile—but watch out! A single roll of the eight-sided die can change your score.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24146      (added 6/17/2009)
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One of two Perpetual Commotion Expansion Packs, this set allows players of Perptetual Commotion to make room for four more players. If players thought Perpetual Commotion was total chaos with six players, they'll need to brace themselves to now be able to include up to 10. Not for use with 2-Player Perpetual Commotion.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 24119      (added 6/12/2009)
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Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: PD1
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Educational
Card Games



In this fast-paced word game for two to five players, players trade two-sided letter cards between elegant wood racks, to create words, or steal them from each other. It may be used for family game nights as well as in educational settings. Game play takes 30 to 45 minutes. "PatchWord employs a unique game mechanic using cards with different letters on the inside vs. the outside, which trains logic, memory and sequencing skills, as well as spelling and vocabulary skills," Daniel Weaver, founder of Knightweaver Games, told TDmonthly. This product has won the following awards: 2009 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Products; and 2009 Game of the Year for Educational Word Game from Creative Child Magazine. Launch date: January 29, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23760      (added 5/19/2009)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: PK1
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Board Games
Card Games



Patchwork is a fast-paced logic game for two to five players designed to build logic, memory and patterning skills in a fun setting. Players trade colorful, two-sided cards between elegant wood racks to create sets, or steal them from each other. Game play takes 20 to 30 minutes. "The game employs a totally unique game mechanic that is easy to learn, fun to play and teach[es] logic, memory and sequencing skills," Daniel Weaver, founder of Knightweaver Games, told TDmonthly. This product has received the following awards: 2009 Oppenheim Gold Seal; 2009 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Products; 2009 Seal of Excellence for Kid's Strategy Game from Creative Child Magazine; and 2009 Outstanding Products iParenting Media Award. Launch date: January 29, 2009.
— "It is an engaging game that encourages player to think logically while trading card with other players.  You have to use logic, memory and create pattern sets to win the game," said Angel Stahl of Angel's Toy Barn in Greensburg, Pa., who especially liked this game at the 2009 ASTRA Marketplace.
Editor's Note: Gamewright
announced May 25, 2010, that it signed an agreement for the worldwide publishing rights to Patchwork. Play will remain the same; however, Gamewright will re-launch the game as FlipOut in late 2010 or early 2011.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23759      (added 5/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: TNT78
Launch Date: December 2008
Gender: Girls
Category: Card Games
Tween
Adult Games



With delightful illustrations, Tell-Me Tarot is a charming deck designed for beginners, teens and tweens. The meanings are written right on the cards, so there's nothing to memorize. Kids can just ask a question, choose a card, and receive an answer. "This deck is simple to use and easy to understand so it's perfect for young people interested in tarot," Lynn Araujo, communications director for U.S. Games Systems, told TDmonthly. Launch date: December 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23708      (added 5/19/2009)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Category: Card Games
General Games
Educational



We developed this game at the urging of teachers who, while praising the content of our popular TerraCarta USA playing cards, wanted a product more suitable for classroom use. The result is the States of the Union game. The maps are much larger so that kids and grandparents will have an easier time reading place names. The playing card pips have been removed, and we have added rules for two fun, fast-paced quiz games.

Learn the States! Playing the States of the Union game can foster a new curiosity about our country among children of all ages. Great for Travel! Contents include cards of all fifty states plus the District of Columbia in superb detail – state flags, mountains, rivers, national parks, historic sites and a fold-out map of the United States. The full deck also makes a fascinating set of flash cards. Can you name the “Grand Canyon State”?

As with all of our products, we have followed the successful model of dynamic packaging design, educational value, and a commitment to the concept of helping kids develop a good mental map of the world through game play.

ToyDirectory Product ID#: 23596      (added 5/8/2009)
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