MAGFORMERS Magformers partnered with Nickelodeon for its first licensed sets based on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles HalfShell Heroes. The sets encourage preschoolers to build with Magformers squares and triangles to create Turtle towers by matching the characters to their colors and/ or interchanging them to tell their own story. Once the structure is built, the Neodymium Rare-Earth magnets will stick together, forming 3-D structures from a 2-D design for play featuring Leonardo, Raphael, Donatello, and Michelangelo. The product line will feature three sets at varying price points: 18-piece with eight Turtle cards; and 60-piece with 12 Turtle cards.
SNAPTOYS Snaptoys introduces Lil’ Butters, a line of quirky, fun, and sassy collectible butterfly figures for kids of all ages. Each Lil’ Butters design is inspired by the personalities that kids possess, including boldness, love, joy, strength, and more. Lil’ Butters are friends that will help kids discover who they are, how they define themselves, and where their wings can take them. Made for kids ages 7 and up, the first series consists of six figures: Mellow Bliss, Lovey Dovey, Sweet Beats, Superhero, Love Stinks, and Whatever. The second series will come out in the summer, with additional series planned. Thunder Stompers Stomp-a-saurs are plush dinosaurs that feature stomping sounds. Made for kids ages 2 and up, the 12-inch plush have oversized feet and vibrant personalities. The plush make roaring, growling, and stomping sounds when kids stomp their feet. Characters available include Mash, Slash, Crash, and Flash. Furbelles are little fur balls with personality and charm. These fluffy accessories can hang from bags, backpacks, and more.
UNIVERSITY GAMES University Games introduces Indoor Cornhole, new to the company’s Front Porch Classics line. For players ages 6 and up, this popular bag-tossing game can now be played inside any house or apartment for indoor tailgate parties. For preschoolers, Briarpatch introduces the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Welcome to Main Street Game, in which kids help each other to complete their goals as they visit familiar places in town. The game is the second in a series based on the PBS TV series and is part of Briarpatch’s Play ‘n Learn program. Orange Toss is a quick-thinking adult party game, in which players race against the clock to answer open-ended questions and pass the orange timer before it runs out. University Games reintroduces Doodletop with a fresh look and new activities. The Doodletop Design Kit combines the classic toy with multiple colors of ink, design paper, and new ideas for spinning art in creative ways. The BePuzzled brand expands its Disney offerings with new titles in 3D Crystal Puzzles, Hanayama Cast Puzzles, and GearShift. The brain teaser game GearShift requires logic and patience. Four individual gears shift together or independently, based on the placement of the cogs. Mickey Mouse, Disney Frozen, and Zootopia images are in the licensed versions, and a version featuring the Ouroboros, the serpent that eats its own tail, is also available.
52 THE TOY BOOK | MAY/JUNE 2016 | TOYBOOK.COM
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