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November 2008 New Toys — Board Games





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Age Range: 12 and up
Launch Date: August 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Educational



Consensus is not a trivia game or a strategy game. It is a game about opinions that allows its participants to express themselves as individuals or as part of a group. Ideal for parties or family settings, the game has a subtle, yet strong, educational component. Consensus consists of 300 Noun Cards, 100 Adjective Cards and 80 Voting cards. An average game lasts about 30 minutes. Although Consensus can be played with as few as three players, the greatest benefit can be derived when there are five or more players participating. The more players, the more opinions, and hence, the more debating and bonding that takes place. Launch date: August 2008.
— "This fun and fast-paced social game takes about a minute to learn and requires no prior knowledge of anything whatsoever," Marshall Chrein, CEO of Mindlogic, told TDmonthly. "It is a game where you can learn how your friends and family view all sorts of things."
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21499      (added 11/25/2008)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 7007
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games



In Ninja versus Ninja, players must lead a team of six Ninjas to victory by eliminating all of their opponents or by venturing into the rival dojo and returning safely. However, while Ninjas are rewarded for venturing further into the opponent’s dojo, they also run the risk of being eliminated themselves!  A Ninja Master and a Shadow Ninja assist players in tracking their progress. Ninja versus Ninja contains 14 Ninja figures, 2 Ninja Master Figures and 2 unique sword dice. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21393      (added 11/18/2008)
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Age Range: 10 and up
SKU or Item #: 1010
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games



Players have ten days to chart a course across Africa—touring by car, plane or foot. Using clever planning and a little luck, players attempt to be the first traveler to make connections for a complete ten day journey. Also available in Europe, Asia and USA editions. For two to four players. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21392      (added 11/18/2008)
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Age Range: 7 and up
SKU or Item #: 4949
Launch Date: January 2003
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
General Games
Card Games



Gold Digger sets two to five anxious prospectors on a quest to find their fortunes in gold. Picking the right mines will yield a conucopia of riches, but players must beware of fool's gold! This game has received the following awards: 2004 Traditional Games 100, 2004 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, and Canadian Toy Testing Council Three Star Award. Launch date: 2003.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21391      (added 11/18/2008)
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Age Range: 9 and up
SKU or Item #: 8888
Launch Date: January 2004
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Card Games
General Games
Board Games



In a flurry of no-holds-barred trading, only the crafiest players will survive in this stock-taking, deal-making game. The first player claiming majority control is the winner. "The players control the entire game," Leah Osterhaus, VP of marketing for Out of the Box Publishing, told TDmonthly. It has won the following awards: 2004 Games 100, 2004 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, 2004 Dr. Toy Best Vacation Children's Product, 2004 Parenting for High Potential Recommended, and 2004 Canadian Toy Testing Council Three Star Award. Launch date: 2004.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21390      (added 11/18/2008)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 11893
Launch Date: October 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Novelties
Gifts



In this exciting board game, players attempt to collect more cats than their fellow competitors as they make their way around the board. Players gain more cats by landing on spaces such as “Save a Cat Stuck in a Tree” and “Rescue Grumpy Old Cat From Pound.” But watch out for spaces that take cats from you, such as “Beware of Dog” and “Kitten Distracted by Bit of Fluff.” It includes a gameboard with spinner, four game pieces with plastic stands, 50 5/8" (1.6 cm) plastic cats and four Wildcat cards. Measurements of the illustrated, shrink-wrapped box are 8.5" x 9.5" x 1.75". Launch date: October 1, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21383      (added 11/18/2008)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 35100
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Toys
General Games
Board Games



Kids can track the ball, take aim, swing the weight, IMPACT and score. In this game of skill and eye-hand coordination, players may swing too soon or too late and miss. Timing a swing just right earns points, and the highest score wins. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21352      (added 11/13/2008)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 35300
Launch Date: January 2009
Gender: Girls
Category: General Toys
General Games
Board Games



Kids can make trick shots just like the pros, amazing and challenging their friends as well as themselves. The product is easy to assemble and comes with step-by-step instructions. Launch date: 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21351      (added 11/13/2008)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Launch Date: June 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Travel



This portable strategy game is similar to chess or checkers, but with a twist — the magnetic stones with unmarked north and south poles can jump out of their position at any point during the game, giving players a whole new element of challenge. "Jishaku" is the Japanese term for "magnet." The game received a 2008 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval, an iParenting Media Award, a Major Fun Award and a Mr. Dad Seal of Approval. Launch date: June 3, 2008.
— Tutoring Toy in Salt Lake City sells about 20 per month of this game, Buyer Casey Sartain told TDmonthly in fall 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21273      (added 11/11/2008)
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Age Range: 11 and up
Launch Date: December 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Educational
Board Games
Gifts



Comet® Bible Edition offers an exciting and fun way to learn spelling and amazing facts about characters, angels, events and scripture. This particular version features questions and multiple choice answers such as "Who announced the birth of Jesus to the shepherds?" and "The spirit of God is described as descending like this." DOVE sparrow eagle raven. Multiple choice answers and an element of risk ensure everyone has a chance to win. Comet® has received awards from The Toy Man Online and Creative Child Magazine. "Spelling is very important, and far too few games offer this concept. Critical skill development is crucial, important and necessary to develop good educational performance," Creator Sandy Evans of Active Minds Inc. told TDmonthly. Launch date: Fall 2008.
Awards: A TDmonthly Classics Award for being an all-time favorite toy.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21126      (added 10/29/2008)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 3149
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Board Games
Educational



Who will be first to get to Witch's Mountain? Two to four players take turns testing their memory and advancing toward the mountain. Kids roll the dice and find the cards that match what they rolled to win. Little Thunder Witch can be played in three variations. Game play is approximately 15 minutes. "The wooden game pieces are made in Germany using native reforested woods and nontoxic water based stains, not paint," Lisa Orman, president of KidStuff Public Relations, told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21097      (added 10/27/2008)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: October 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Collectibles
Gifts
Board Games



JENGA® DONKEY KONG™: Collector’s Edition gives fans the chance to spin, balance, and build their way to the top to save Pauline from DONKEY KONG. Donkey Kong Jenga is the first and only game that allows fans to experience Jenga’s “hold on to your seat” excitement with a classic Donkey Kong video game twist, which puts players to the task of saving Pauline from Donkey Kong using Mario playing pieces.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21078      (added 10/27/2008)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: P20074
Launch Date: February 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
General Games
General Toys



Grand Corral allows players to learn about the wonderful world of horses, while answering challenging and interesting multiple choice or true/false trivia questions. Each time a player correctly answers a question, he claims one of 25 horse play figures from the beautifully-illustrated corral, and proudly display it in his own paddock. A player must collect the most horses to win. Kids and adults will enjoy learning about the various horse breeds, where they live, how they develop, how they’re cared for and how they are ridden. "Grand Corral is one of the only board games in existence that focuses entirely on horse lovers," Nicole Tiedemann, PR account executive for International Playthings, Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: February 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21067      (added 10/27/2008)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Launch Date: July 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Educational
General Games



Players roll the dice and hit a single, double, triple or Home Run and win, just like real baseball. Each time the dice are rolled, the tokens will move according to the outcome of the total on the dice. Depending on the outcome, the tokens will make a move based on the commonly known rules of baseball. The object of the game is to score the highest number or runs possible to beat one or more competitors. It includes instructions, two dice, a baseball diamond, nine playing pieces per player, a scoreboard card, a statistical sheet per team, two dry-erase markers, an official Baseball's Board Game sticker and a Baseball's Board Game Cup. Players "will feel the passion of playing baseball in winter, summer and all the seasons," Aurelio Rodriguez, marketing director for Fun Games, told TDmonthly. Launch date: July 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21058      (added 10/27/2008)
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Age Range: 10 and up
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Casinos & Gaming
Novelties



Top Race promises hours of racecar thrills. Players send the racing cars down the track, ready for anything in their quest to get to the top of the podium, and use the advanced rules to thwart their opponents. They go on to win if they bet on the right drivers. The easy-to-learn game was created by German designer Wolfgang Kramer. Launch date: September 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21051      (added 10/27/2008)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 603
Launch Date: November 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Wooden Toys
Board Games
General Toys



Strategy skills get stepped up a notch when space runs out on the board. The game continues on top of the previously played pieces. Following specific layering laws, each player tries to cover up their opponent's pieces. In the end, the more exposed player comes out the winner. It's "a strategy game that's fun for the whole family," Jackie Aubut, director of sales for Family Games, Inc., told TDmonthly. Launch date: November 20, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21047      (added 10/27/2008)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: TTC2008
Launch Date: October 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Educational
Travel



This award-winning chess teaching tool is now in a zippered cloth bag and ready to take along at a moments notice. The board has been redesigned to hold the pieces not in play at either side. This game received a Dr. Toy Top 10 Games Award in 1997 and an EDUSOURCE Top 10 Games Award in 1999, and a National Parenting Publications Award (NAPPA) in 2003. Launch date: October 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21043      (added 10/27/2008)
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Age Range: 5 and up
SKU or Item #: 737102
Launch Date: January 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Travel
Gifts



In this classic strategy game, players hop around the pond with their frog friends. It allows children to explore the boggy pond with their colorful and funny frogs. Players move their game pieces across the pond to win the game. "Our clever twist with magnets makes this game great for small hands; the magnets stack up high and the winner can clearly be seen. The magnetic pieces also help to make this game great for travel," Jessica McCulligh, in marketing at Dowling Magnets, told TDmonthly. Launch date: 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 21042      (added 10/27/2008)
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Age Range: 7 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Board Games
Puzzles & Skill



The Kanoodle case holds two solitaire games that challenge the player to build colorful 2D puzzles and 3D pyramids. Once a child picks a design from the included puzzle book, he or she puts some of the pieces into place as shown, then fills the empty spots with the remaining pieces. Only one of hundreds of possible combinations actually completes the puzzle.
— Three of 68 specialty retailers named Kanoodle when asked about their top-selling toy or game in October 2008.
— Dean Smith, co-owner of JaZams in Pennington, N.J., told TDmonthly in October 2008 his store sells about 24 units of Kanoodle each month.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20962      (added 10/17/2008)
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Age Range: 7 and up
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Books
Action Figures
Board Games



Was King Arthur real? What were the coolest weapons that knights carried? How were castles built? And what was the best way to capture one? Kids will learn the answers to these questions along with countless other facts in this fascinating introduction to the world of medieval knights and castles. It includes 16 custom chess pieces, a 24-page fact-book and two games: Chess and Capture the Castle. Launch date: September 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20798      (added 9/29/2008)
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Age Range: 10 and up
Launch Date: October 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Action Figures
Collectibles



Monsterpocalypse is a fast-moving, action-packed strategy game played with high quality collectible miniatures portraying the most fearsome giant monsters ever imagined. Each battle takes place in a city, which opposing players construct by placing models of buildings on a city map. Players will then build their force from their respective collection of models. Each force will consist of a giant monster model, and several supporting units (tanks, flying vehicles or creatures — depending upon which of the themed factions you decide to play). Purchasing Booster Boxes will expand your collection, giving you more tactical options and abilities to better suit your strategy. Launch date: October 10, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20753      (added 9/25/2008)
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Age Range: 8 and up
SKU or Item #: 01612
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
General Games
Battery Operated



This world-class MONOPOLY game for two to six players take participants to global cities on six continents. Each player has a MONOPOLY credit card, plus a digital device that acts as a bank to track the balance. It requires two AA batteries (not included).
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20726      (added 9/24/2008)
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Age Range: 6 to 12
Launch Date: September 2008
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Board Games
Gifts



This action-packed, hidden-identity game is geared to please the younger crowd. Assuming the identity of one of six spies, each player uses the die and moves cards to move around the gameboard. If a player lands on the same colored space as his/her opponent, he/she may take a guess of the opponents identity. If the guess is correct, the opponent is out of the game. The winner is the last player remaining. The game "focuses on bluffing and guessing," Bill Stephenson, president of Spy Alley Partners, told TDmonthly. Launch date: September 1, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20577      (added 9/19/2008)
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Age Range: 8 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
General Games



Features hundreds of color photographs of art and artifacts found at the Smithsonian museums. Study the items on your assignment card, then guess which one doesn’t fit. Use the decoder/magnifier to see if you’re right as you try to be the first expert to reach finish. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20461      (added 9/11/2008)
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Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
General Games



Race to gather the food your panda needs. When you land on a bamboo space, activate the mother panda to come down the tree. She may help you win. Learn interesting panda facts as you play the game. For 2 to 4 players, ages 5 and up.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20460      (added 9/11/2008)
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