The American Specialty Retailing Association (ASTRA) Marketplace & Academy returns to Pennsylvania for the second time in the past three years, only this time it’s the state’s western hub of Pittsburgh that plays host. Held June 10–12 in the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, the three-day event offers show goers opportunities to gain new insights and training about the toy industry, network, and explore the latest products. The following pages highlight just a sampling of the toymakers that will be on the show floor. COMPILED BY JENNIFER LYNCH
Across the Board
Across the Board offers horse-racing and sports games to classic strategy titles such as Solitaire and Farkle. Each wooden game board is crafted with attention to detail, featuring game pieces of maple, marbles, pegs, and a velvet-lined box. Games are handcrafted in a workshop in Crestwood, Missouri. In the Baseball Wooden Game, roll the dice and run the pegs around the bases to score a run. Across the Board can be found in the New Players Park booth.
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Bananagrams Duel is a head-to-head version of Bananagrams for on-the-go play. Two players face-off in a race to build their own word grid using letter cubes. It includes banana-shaped theme cards for an added challenge during every round of play. The 24 dice feature all 144 letters from the classic game crafted into a Bananagrams experience for two. This is for ages 7 and up. Cheeky Butts is a hot potato-style game of spot and match. Players race to pick up animal cards and place them in their matching landing trays before the randomized timer goes off. If they’re the one holding a card when the timer stops, they lose a token. When a player loses all three tokens, he’s out of the game. The last player with tokens wins. Cheeky Butts is for two to six players, ages 6 and up. Smart 10 is the portable quiz game in which every card has a question with 10 possible answers, so all players gets a chance to show off their smarts. Players take turns guessing answers and passing to the next player. Right answers gain a point, but players beware, incorrect answers lose everything earned that round. The ﬁrst player or team to reach points wins. Designed for two to eight players, ages 10 and up, it also includes a portable game container with scoring counters. The Furglars is a dice-rolling game that takes game night to a strange and mysterious place. Players take turns rolling an ever-changing quantity of dice hoping to capture Furgles, which are represented by the furry side of each die. Furgles are then traded in for Bullion Points. The dice also feature a lock icon which protects Furgles, and a hand icon that can be used to pick locks and steal urgles from other players. The ﬁrst player to collect 15 ullion oints wins the game. This is for two to six players, ages 7 and up.
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