January 2013 | Vol. XII - No. 1
LeapFrog Touch Magic Counting Train by LEAPFROG
Little touches. Big learning. All aboard for nonstop number fun and early vocabulary with farm friends. Touch numbers 1-20 to hear their names and count along. Fun games reinforce the learning. Sing along to fun songs and build your own version of "Old MacDonald" with 10 friendly farm characters. Explore 20 vocabulary words for food and animals and get practice associating a set of objects with a number. Parents can connect to the online LeapFrog Learning Path for customized learning insights and ideas to expand the learning. 11/29/2012 (MSRP: $21.99; Age: 2 to 4)
HedBanz Game by SPIN MASTER TOYS
Spice up family game night with the Hedbanz Board Game, a fun, fast-paced, and simple question game that everyone aged 6 and up can enjoy. In a group of two to six players, players draw an identity card for an animal, food, or common object but with one catch--everyone else will see the card, displayed by the headband on each player's forehead. The goal is for each player to deduce who or what they are by asking the other players questions before the clock runs out.
— As of 11/30/2012 this product had 4.5 out of 5 stars from 208 reviews on Amazon.com. 11/30/2012 (MSRP: $18.00; Age: 8 to 12)
LEGO Ninjago 9448 Samurai Mech by LEGO
Samurai X is on board the mighty Samurai Mech when she locates the Constrictai fang blade and closes in to claim it. Can scout Snike and warrior Bytar stop it with a catapult ambush? Or will the Samurai Mech's massive blade, shoulder cannon shooter and bladed grabbers overcome the Constrictai snakes? Includes 3 minifigures: Samurai X, Snike and Bytar, Samurai Mech, catapult, Constrictai fang blade with orange anti-venom capsule and weapon. 11/30/2012 (MSRP: $39.99; Age: 6 to 14)
Once Upon a Time Storytelling Card Game 3rd Edition by ATLAS GAMES
Once Upon a Time is the award-winning storytelling card game that encourages creativity and collaborative play. One player is the Storyteller, and begins telling a story using the fairytale elements on her Story cards, guiding the plot toward her Ending Card. The other players use their own cards to interrupt her and become the new Storyteller. The winner is the first player to use all her Story Cards and play her Ending Card. The object of the game, though, isn't just to win, but to have fun telling a story together. Launch date: October 2012. 11/30/2012 (MSRP: $24.95)
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