January 2012 | Vol. XI - No. 1
PIPEROID - Lift & Pinch by MAGNOTE
Piperoid is a paper craft robot designed and produced in Japan. The robot is made out of just paper pipes with pre-drilled holes and marks to cut, fold, and connect the pipes without the need of glue or tape. All kids need is a pair of scissors, and with minimal assembly they can bring their own Piperoid to life. Launch date: April 2009. 12/12/2011 (MSRP: $15.95; Age: 10 and Up)
Write Me a Story - Fairytale Mix-ups by eeBoo corp.
The 12” x 10” book features a cloth spine, 50 perforated pages and 96 stickers. Kids can place stickers in empty squares, creating their own distinctive stories. Launch date: August 2008. 5/22/2008 (MSRP: $8.00; Age: 3 and Up)
Ghost Blitz by LION RAMPANT IMPORTS
A lightning fast shape and color recognition game for kids, families and gamers alike. In Ghost Blitz, five wooden items sit on the table waiting to be caught: a white ghost, a green bottle, a cute grey mouse, a blue book, and a comfortable red chair. Each card in the deck shows pictures of two objects, with one or both objects colored the wrong way. With all players playing at the same time, someone reveals a card, then players grab for the "right" object - but which object is right? The first player to grab the correct object keeps the card, then reveals the next card from the deck. If a player grabs the wrong object, she must discard one card previously collected. Once the card deck runs out, the game ends and whoever has collected the most cards wins. Launch date: 2011.
Awards: 2011 Deutscher Lernspielpreis "6 years and up" Nominee; 2011 Golden Geek Best Children's Board Game Nominee; 2011 Spiel des Jahres Recommended. 12/12/2011 (MSRP: $17.99; Age: 8 and Up)
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