The MagStix Sensory Magnetic Toys Building Set, from BizyBeez, is a 41-piece magnetic building set designed for kids ages 3 and up to build a variety of vehicles and structures. The set includes magnetized sticks, colorful metal balls, snap-on wheels, and a portable playboard kids can use as a building base. The jumbo size of the pieces makes them easy for kids to grip. When kids are done playing, they can store the MagStix in the included storage bag.
The Missouri, from COBI, is a 1:300-scale model of the USS Missouri, the last battleship ever built by the U.S. Kids can build the model, which measures 35.5 inches long, with more than 2,000 blocks. The set includes a black exposition stand featuring the ship’s name. Kids can also build a model of the Higgins Boat with the Landing Craft, Vehicle, Personal (LCVP) building set. This boat was used extensively during World War II, and COBI will release this model in connection with the 75th anniversary of D-Day. The model is 1:35 scale and features moving parts, such as two machine guns and a mechanism to lift and lower the front ramp. The Saturn V model replicates the multistage space rocket NASA used during the Apollo manned space flight. Released in connection with the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon, the model reproduces the shape and details of the rocket. COBI’s B-17 is the largest aircraft model the company has ever produced. Modeled after the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, the construction block model features moving parts, including wheels, wings, ailerons, and propellers. Kids can recreate the 1969 moon landing with the Apollo 11 construction block model. This commemorative model celebrates the 50th anniversary of man landing on the moon and includes two astronaut figures.
THE TOY BOOK | MAY/JUNE 2019 | toybook.com
University Games introduces Rubik’s Cage, a game in which two to four players take turns inserting colored cubes into the cage to try to build three in a row. Other players can twist or turn the cage to confound other players. This game is designed for kids ages 7 and up. University Games’ Megableu USA brand introduces Heist, a cooperative and interactive electronic game for up to four players. Players have five minutes to pull off a heist at one of five levels of difficulty. Each player’s character and cooperation is necessary to crack the safe without tripping the alarm. This game is made for kids ages 7 and up. The Briarpatch division of University Games also premieres its first game for kids as young as 2 years old. Based on the First 100 Words book series, the games use simple, collaborative play for babies to learn introductory vocabulary, colors, and concepts. The games include the First 100 Words Activity Game, Numbers Colors Shapes Bingo Game, and First 100 Animals Matching Game. For kids ages 3 and up, Briarpatch expands its preschool licenses with the The Very Hungry Caterpillar What Can You Do? Game (The World of Eric Carle) and Pete the Cat: The Wheels on the Bus Game Game.