Toys, Games and Learning

Happy Salmon

The Happy Salmon game is all about “active play” and the neurobiology of touch and physical play.

And Happy Salmon, along with the whole Happy Planet Games line make these types of games, solely to raise the happiness level of those playing.

It’s not about winning or losing, but about having fun with friends and family. 

Happy Salmon is… 

  • an award winning family game. 
  • (Family game of the year. TOTY nominee. And many others!)
  • Quick and easy – only 30 seconds to learn.
  • Great for families. Great get-to-know you game.

Happy Salmon is a simple, fast-paced card game that gets everyone moving and laughing in under two minutes. Everyone simultaneously calls out the action shown on their top card – “High 5”, “Pound It”, “Switcheroo”, or “Happy Salmon”. When two players have a match, they celebrate by performing that action together. Then both players discard their top card and call out the action on their next card. The first player to discard all their cards wins!

Happy Salmon has won several Family Game of the Year awards. 

The game includes 72 cards, rules, and the Happy Salmon fish pouch.

And it’s NOT just for kids either! Adults love this game for parties and team building! Its also great for long road trips and travel! 

Check out the action here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRy9yGv7a_4&feature=youtu.be

And here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqVuk0zU9Qg&feature=youtu.be

Learn how to play here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7XXKe7G2C-w&feature=youtu.be

Happy Salmon is available at Target stores and Target.com this holiday season!


Blue Orange

Blue Orange released three new board games in Indianapolis during Gen Con 2018: Scarabya, Kingdomino Expansion Age of Giants, and Blue Lagoon.

Scarabya is a tile-laying puzzle game designed by Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc, that includes unique gameplay and intricate components. By positioning pentomino tiles on individual boards, players create excavation zones of 1 to 4 squares that contain scarabs. The scarabs are then worth the size of the zone they are in.

Age of Giants was an expected hit following the fame of Kingdomino, Spiels des Jahres winner in 2017. The expansion, to be played with Kingdomino or Queendomino, adds new challenges, brings a new level of player interaction, and includes a domino dispenser tower. It also allows for a fifth player to join.

Blue Lagoon, designed by Reiner Knizia, requires smart placement and anticipation to win. The area control and set collection game is won through the accumulation of points by collecting resources and settling on the islands.

 All 3 new releases are now available for purchase on Amazon and in independent retail stores.

Scarabya

Game designers: Bruno Cathala and Ludovic Maublanc

Suggested Age: 8 and up

MSRP: $29.99

        Blue Lagoon

       Game designer: Reiner Knizia

         Suggested Age: 8 and up

         MSRP: $29.99

      Kingdomino Expansion Age of Giants

    Game designer: Bruno Cathala

   Suggested Age: 8 and up

    MSRP: $19.99


Pressman’s Harry Potter Games 

With the holidays upon us and excitement for the Wizarding World at an all-time high, bring home the magic of the Wizarding World!

Pressman’s Harry Potter games were recently featured on BuzzFeed in 33 Of The Best Harry Potter Products You Can Get On Amazon. The Harry Potter Magical Beasts and Tri-Wizard Maze Tournament games are perfect for all “Potterheads” – old and young! 

Calling all Harry Potter fans! What better way to celebrate your fandom than with Pressman’s Harry Potter games? Embrace your inner Gryffindor with Harry Potter Magical Beasts and the Harry Potter Tri-Wizard Maze Tournament.

Magical beasts have broken loose at HOGWARTS! It’s up to your favorite wizards to capture them in the Harry Potter Magical Beasts Game. Play as Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Ron Weasley or Ginny Weasley as you collect clues and track down creatures. The dynamic swinging game board adds excitement as you travel in and out of HOGWARTS. The first player to collect a magical beast wins. For 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up.

Muggles and wizards alike will be enchanted by the Harry Potter Tri-Wizard Maze Tournament! It features fast-action Pop ‘n’ Race play as you race around the Tri-Wizard Maze competing to capture the Tri-Wizard Cup! Beware – there are traps along the way that may hurt or help your journey throughout the maze. For 2 to 4 players, ages 5 and up. 

Wizards and muggles both agree – these games are perfect for game night!


Kellytoy’s Squishmallows

Kellytoy’s best seller, the collectible Squishmallows plush toy line, is an award-winning, international phenomenon popping with personality. Over 10 million have sold in North America since fall 2017 launch. “The softest plush toy you’ve ever felt,” according to one mom blogger.

From domestic, sea and farm animals to fantasy creatures like unicorns, more than 50 styles of these cuddly characters are available this holiday season and make the perfect gifts and stocking stuffers for under $5, $10, $20 and $30 (depending on the size). 

From the 3.5-inch “clip-on” styles to the 16 and 20-inch sizes (that fans are using to replace pillows), kids, friends and loved ones will go absolutely wild over Squishmallows. Eight inch, 12-inch, Baby Squishmallows and square, “Stackable” styles are also available. Squishmallows are available for purchase online, and at national gift and retail chains.

Kellytoy receives letters every week about the medical benefits of Squishmallows, especially for people with anxiety and sensory issues or kids on the spectrum.

Visit the Squishmallows website for more information: www.squishmallows.com

Sampling of Squishmallows YouTube reviews:

“You Have to Feel These” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1ilNH7PKHxw

“Like a Pillow” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6t2PbEapsx4

“Some of the softest stuffed animals I’ve hugged.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=de8FugeFe5Q


Razor

People have known Razor for 18 years as the creator of the Best Scooter out there….and Razor has way more than just scooters…electric heel wheel skates, hoverboards, electric skateboards and so much more! 

And with the Holidays around the corner, why not give the gift of family time and a little (ok…a lot!) of outdoor fun! Razor has gifts for the whole family, from your toddler to mom and dad! 

Check out some of the great new electric scooters, skateboard and cool rides from Razor!

The NEW E PRIME, is our Lux electric scooter designed for older kids and adults for easy, short commutes, as well as some great outdoor fun with the family…because let’s face it…mom & dad want to have fun, too!

Designed to impress at school, the office or around the neighborhood, the Razor® E Prime™ combines sleek style with electric efficiency to bring a new level of sophistication to every ride.

Featuring a high-torque, electric hub motor, our patent-pending, anti-rattle, folding technology and taller, easy-adjust handlebars, the E Prime will have you cruising or commuting, where permitted, in style at speeds up to 15 mph!

E Prime Electric Razor Scooter

$379.99

Ages 14 and up

Specifications: 

  • Electronic brake, in addition to back wheel brake
  • Max rider weight 176 lbs (80 kg) for maximum performance
  • Speeds up to 15 MPH
  • Up to 40 minutes of continuous use
  • In-wheel motor
  • Compact, foldable
  • About 24-25 lbs
  • Larger wheels for smoother ride
  • Better scooter for older kid/adult and great for commuting

For more info, visit: https://www.razor.com/products/electric-scooters/eprime-electric-scooter/ 

Razor Power A2

$199.99

Ages 8 and up 

Packed with innovation from its lithium-ion battery and push-button throttle control to its kick-to-start in-hub electric motor, the Power A2 is ushering in a new age of performance in an ultra-modern, compact and easily foldable update of our classic A scooter. 

Past meets future with the light-weight and streamlined Power A2, packing an electrifying, lithium-ion powered punch with bold style and a quiet, rattle-free ride at speeds up to 10 mph!

Specifications: 

  • Power Core™ Technology 
  • Speed: Up to 10 mph (16 km/h)
  • Run Time: Up to 45 minutes of continuous use
  • Motor: Kick start, high-torque, hub motor 
  • Throttle: Push button
  • Brake: Integrated, rear fender
  • Battery: 22V lithium-ion pack, rechargeable (UL2271)
  • Foldable for easy transportation
  • Max Rider Weight: 143 lb (65 kg)

For more info, please visit: https://www.razor.com/products/electric-scooters/powera2-electric-scooter/ 

RazorX Cruiser Electric Skateboard

$179.99 

Ages 9 and up

The Razor X Cruiser is a skateboard with an electrifying kick, putting the control of a 125-watt, geared motor together with a lithium-ion battery to deliver electrifying skate action at speeds up to 10 mph.

Everyone needs a power-assist at times, but if you think an electric skateboard is for  – look what our pro-skateboarder engineers came up with.  With carve and turn action, The RazorX Cruiser is a high-performance, high-quality skateboard, powered by an electric rear-wheel motor and controlled by a hand-held remote.

With our soft-start kick activated technology, the motor ramps up slowly, reaching top speeds of 10mph, and slows to a stop with the pull of your thumb.  Even when you’ve run out of battery juice, this board shifts into manual and performs like a normal skateboard without interrupting your fun flow.

Hit your perfect cruising velocity with the variable-speed control on this versatile cruiser, then lean into the lithium-ion-powered, carve-and-turn skateboard action.  29.7” (754 mm) deck length and high-quality, 5-ply maple deck deliver a lightweight, responsive ride, perfect for cruising.

For videos and more info, visit: https://www.razor.com/products/ripstiks-skateboards/razorx-cruiser-electric-skateboard/ 

RazorX Longboard Electric Skateboard

$199.99 

Ages 9 and up 

You’ve had a serious love affair with the longboards for a long time.  We get it.  So this gripped and ready to rip version of the RazorX Cruiser is meant for riders of the laidback kind.  With the same hand-held, soft-start remote and rear-wheel motor, you’ve got control in your hand and power at your feet, when that urge to carve comes over you.  So easy-going or hard-charging – you’re in complete control of your roll.

The 37.5 (952.5 mm) long, 5-ply bamboo deck and custom, reverse kingpin trucks deliver a smooth, responsive ride, while perforated grip tape and ground-gripping urethane wheels keep you firmly in control of your board. Our new geared, rear-wheel-drive motor technology is virtually maintenance free, meaning it eliminates alignment issues, chain or belt.

The RazorX Longboard is electrifying the longboard scene, amping up the carve-and-cruise action with an innovative, 125-watt, geared, rear-wheel-drive motor made to go the distance. This complete longboard uses a lithium-ion battery to deliver extra zip for your longboarding fun.

For videos and more info, visit: https://www.razor.com/products/ripstiks-skateboards/razorx-longboard-electric-skateboard/

Razor Turbo JettsTM

$129.99

Ages 9 and up

Hit new heights of fun with the all-new Razor Turbo JettsTM electric motorized heel wheels! Simply start rolling and these electric-powered heel wheels amp up the action with an 80-watt, geared-drive motor to provide a one-of-a-kind boost to any pair of sneakers. Remoteless, the Turbo Jetts use an integrated, pressure-sensitive, power control system to help you ride comfortably at speeds up to 10mph for up to 30 minutes of continuous use. Simply step into the heavy-duty polymer “quick-click” frame and tighten the hook-and-loop strap for a secure fit for sneakers U.S. size youth 12 to adult 12 

Click here for a video teaser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2wfAsEr-04Q&feature=youtu.be 

Razor Lil’ E Electric Scooter

$69.99 

Ages 3 and up

ELECTRIC FUN FOR THE LITTLE ONES!

It’s a revolution in fun for the little ones– an electric scooter built specifically for youngsters still mastering their balance and coordination.

The Lil’ E provides the extra stability of three wheels and a simplified push-to-go, soft start throttle that keeps them in control as they explore the thrills of electric-powered fun.

Specifications: 

  • Speed up to 2 MPH
  • Max weight: 44 LBS
  • Battery Life: Up to 60 minute continuous use

Need a little non-electric, foot-powered options? We’ve got you covered!

KICK SCOOTERS: https://www.razor.com/products/kick-scooters/

RIPSTICKS: https://www.razor.com/products/ripstiks-skateboards/ 

RAZOR JR. https://www.razor.com/products/junior-rides/ 

For more info, please visit: https://www.razor.com/ 

STEAM and More!

With everything from cool new toys that stimulate imaginations to science kits and crafts that inspire STEAM education, we have all the hottest trends covered from some of the most innovative companies of today – Thames & Kosmos, Green Toys, Sensible Objects, Alex Brands, and more!

STEAM

Sky Track Play 44Pc Set

Manufacturer: MAGFORMERS

www.magformers.com

Enjoy racing adventures with the Magformers Sky Track 44-piece play set! Equipped with a sky shuttle and multiple track accessories, kids can create loops, ups and downs, twists and turns for endless flight fun. Watch as your shuttle does a 360 spin and climbs the lift elevator! When your track is completed, the Sky Shuttle will go off-road in its Sky car! MSRP $99.99; ages 3+ 


smART sketcher Projector

Manufacturer: FlyCatcher

smART sketcher allows children and adults to transform photos taken from their smart devices into a sketch. By using the free smART sketcher app, photos are filtered and transferred via Bluetooth to the projector. Instantly users will see their desired image projected onto paper. Users are able to draw anything the eye can see with just a touch of a button. The smART sketcher also comes with pre-loaded micro SD cards that are filled with a variety of activities including step-by-step drawings, learn-to-write letters and numbers, early spelling skills, and more. Additional SD cards can be purchased separately to keep the creative learning going. Ages 5+, MSRP $59.95


Ooze Labs Chemistry Station

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos

Grab your beakers and test tubes and step up to your special laboratory station for some exciting chemistry experiments! See how much fun chemistrycan be as you do slimy, fizzy, colorful, and bubbly experiments. This cool laboratory setup has lots of different vessels and pieces of lab equipment so kids can play the role of chemistwhile doing real, safe experiments. MSRP $39.95; ages 6+  


Juvenile Toys & Plush

Tide Pool Bath Set

Manufacturer: Green Toys

Bring the fun and learning of tide pool and water table play to the bathtub! The 7-piece Green To™ Tide Pool Bath Set includes a starfish, scallop, abalone, snail, squid, and jellyfish, as well as a seaweed-patterned storage bag. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs, each of the six shells and creatures in the set are specially designed to interact with and pour water in a different way. Scoop up water with the abalone and create a cascading waterfall with the holes along the edge, or fill the jellyfish and watch the water run down and out each of the legs. The palm-sized shells are the perfect size for scooping and pouring water to wash little ones in infant tubs, while the whole set is also great for the beach and backyard. When it’s time for cleanup, collect all the pieces in the storage bag (made from 100% recycled plastic bags!). The holes throughout the sides and bottom of the bag allow water to drain out and pieces to dry between uses. The whole set is also dishwasher safe and contains no BPA, phthalates, or PVC. Color combinations may vary. Packaged with recycled and recyclable materials printed with soy inks. For ages 6 months and up.  MSRP $19.99.

Dolce Afghan Hound
Manufacturer: MAGFORMERS
www.magformers.com/dolce.html

The new Dolce Afghan Hound, from MAGFORMERS LLC, is designed specifically with newborns and young children in mind to awaken auditory and tactile senses, and provide Baby with a new best friend! The soft plush dog is designed with beautiful multi-colored velour fabric, a bead rattle in its tummy and a squeaker in its nose. The crinkled feet and mirror in theAfghan Hound’s feet will help improve hand-eye coordination as well. Dolce stands for Develop, Observe, Learn, Create, Educate – and this plush collection will surely support child development in a fun and entertaining way. MSRP $29.99; all ages


Collectables

L’il Scents Mini Plush Clips
Manufacturer: Wild Republichttps://www.wildrepublic.com/en/Engage your senses with L’il Scents Mini Plush Clips. Your favorite smells collide with popular animal designs to create eight styles of 4” scented plush clips: fox strawberry, red panda cherry, seal grape triceratops blueberry, unicorn watermelon, panda peach, tiger tangerine, and sloth blue raspberry. Plastic clip easily attaches to backpacks, strollers, in cars or anywhere you choose! MSRP $5.99.

Cupcake Surprise™ Minis 

Manufacturer: Sunny Days Entertainment

http://www.cupcakesurprisetoys.com/

Now you can have adorable miniature, Cupcake Surprise dolls! Like the regular sized doll, the minis transform from cupcake to princess. They are also available in 12 different styles and 6 different delicious scents and come with their own hairbrush. The scents are strawberry, vanilla, grape, chocolate, lemon, and peanut butter. Collect them all! They are perfect companions to the regular sized Cupcake Surprise dolls. Suitable for ages 3 and up. MSRP $3.99. Currently available on Amazon.com and at major retailers including Walmart, Target, Meijers and K-Mart.


Games

Electric Football

Manufacturer: Tudor Games

www.tudorgames.com

Electric Football lets you call the plays to march your football action figures down the vibrating gridiron. Friends can face off in a game of patience and skill, requiring them to guide their teams to victory! The game inspires imaginative play and teaches kids important life skills such as perseverance and sportsmanship. Tudor Games packs all the thrills of football into a tabletop game you can play anywhere, allowing for hours of competitive and interactive play. Electric Football sets and accessories are sold in different sizes and price points at major retailers and online. Middle-size set is $59.95; ages 6+


Drop It

Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos

www.thamesandkosmos.com

This colorful, inventive family game is easy to learn but deceptively mind-boggling! One at a time, each player drops a shape into the vertical game board’s drop zone. Players earn points for the highest level that their shape reaches when it lands and extra points for touching bonus circles. But be careful: Don’t break a landing rule! The shape you dropped is not allowed to touch matching shapes or colors after it lands. If you break a landing rule, you will go away empty-handed. The winner is the player or team with the most points at the end. MSRP $29.95; ages 8+ 

Voice Originals: When in Rome

Manufacturer: Sensible Object

www.voiceoriginals.com

Voice Originals is the first family board game to connect to Alexa for a voice-enhanced gaming experience. To play, simply set up the board, fire up the associated Alexa Skill, and you’re ready to go! Alexa teaches you how to play, keeps score and immerses you in the world of the game. When in Rome, the first title in the Voice Originals series, is a travel trivia game like none other. Turn on the smart speaker, choose a home city and then travel the world on Alexa Air! As you and your friends & family visit new places, you’ll meet 20 real locals recorded from cities around the world who will ask questions about local customs, culture, street food and more. Getting the answers right and nabbing elusive souvenirs earns you Explorer Points along the way. Voice Originals was prototyped during the Alexa Accelerator, powered by Techstars. MSRP $29.99; ages 13+


Vertellis

This new game out on the market encourages meaningful conversation. Perfect for hostess gifts, family gathering, and strengthening relationships. The mission of Vertellis is to bring people together and encourage meaningful conversations. 

“We are connected to technology,” says co-founder Willem Jagtman. “But we are not connecting in meaningful ways to each other.”

There are currently two versions available. Vertellis Classic for friends and family and Vertellis Relationship Edition for couples.  Both retail under $20. The Classic edition can be played with 4 or more people ages 13 to adult. Coming soon is the Vertellis Family edition to play with younger children.

For more information visit https://www.vertellis.com/