Valley of the Dolls

Got a special girl at home? Maybe a niece or granddaughter you like to shower with gifts? So many girls love dolls (and so do some boys), but there’s a lot more to the genre than those cuddly baby dolls that close your eyes when you lay them down, and Barbie. Here are some of [...]

Boo! Happy Halloween

With Halloween right around the corner, do you have all your ducks (or pumpkins, as it were) in a row? No? Not to worry. Here are some Halloween goodies that can help you get your spooky on—in a kid-friendly way, of course. All of them are aimed at almost all ages, with appropriate adult supervision. Surface [...]

Beyond the Game of Kings

Chess has been around for hundreds of years, and it’s always been associated with intelligence, strategy, and memory. But over the past decade—partly due to the increase in video and smartphone games—the Game of Kings, has lost some of its allure and its audience. This week we take a look at two great chess-like games [...]

Family Video Games, Chapter 1

If you’re a gamer, you probably have a special place in your house where you can fire up your games and settle in—all alone. But why not share the fun with your kids? Here are some family friendly video games you and your kids can play together. Rayman Legends (Wii U, Playstation 3, Xbox 360, [...]

Now for Something Completely Different

It’s not easy being in the toy and game business. The pressure to continually come up with new ideas—and then transform them into unique, entertaining, fun products that people will actually want to play with—is huge. This week we had a chance to review a number of board games that were clever, innovative, and great [...]

More Movie Madness

A few weeks ago we reviewed a number of toys based on movie adaptations of comic books, including Iron Man, Superman, and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. This week we’re looking at more movie characters, but these are aimed at a younger crowd. Sulley Monster Mask (Spinmaster) This plush mask is cute, not frightening—just like [...]