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Mega Puzzles is building on the 3D Breakthrough Puzzles range in 2012. For level one – kids aged six plus can bring to life SpongeBob Skate, Hello Kitty and a Planets design. Amazing Spider- man, Hello Kitty, Sun & Moon themes will also be available for children aged eight and over in the level two range. While level three will include Marvel Avengers, Three Wolfs design and a Lion design. 3D Breakthrough combines a

traditional 2D background with a unique 3D format including specially- designed clips to construct the 3D components.

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Puzzles will create its own category with new 3D Breakthrough Wall Puzzles. The sets contain two to three separate 3D builds, including clips and wall mounting adhesive. New Breakthrough 3D XL Puzzles are also a first for the puzzle category. The puzzles stand at almost 19-inches tall and come in designs including panda, lion and elephant. Mega Puzzles is also

launching 3D Breakthrough Wall Décor so kids can hang finished puzzles on the wall. Finally, 3D Breakthrough Puzzle Dioramas now mean puzzles can be built and displayed on any horizontal surface.


The Deadly 60 board game had a strong launch for spring/summer. The game allows kids to go on the hunt for some of the deadliest creatures in the world. The game is for ages eight and over. Ruckus is a card game where each

round takes up to four minutes to play. The frantic game from the US is simple and engaging and a licensed range will extend into card games with collectables for autumn/winter. Trivia Box is a new take on Trivia Games.


Paul Lamond started the year on a high when it launched Subbuteo at Toy Fair with ex-England and Liverpool star, John Barnes. Improvements to the classic version include a luxury playing pitch, more detailed and flexible players, newly shaped bases and an extended range of generic colour strips, along with a strong range of fully licensed Premiership teams. The England, Ireland and Scottish national teams are also available.


Using new technology with interlocking puzzle pieces, puzzlers can now build famous landmarks with Ravensburger’s new 3D puzzle range. The 216 uniquely curved, hinged and flat plastic pieces mean no glue is required.

The initial launch collection has four designs including Big Ben, the Eiffel Tower, the Empire State Building and a red and white Lighthouse. Later in the year, it will expand to include larger monuments like Tower Bridge.


Attracting attention at the recent toy shows was the continued expansion of Green Board Games’ multi-award winning BrainBox range. Generic BrainBoxes based on fables – BrainBox Once upon a Time – and BrainBox Senior Moments for the over 55 age group have been introduced. Green Board Games’ partnership with Scholastic has seen the introduction of BrainBox Vile Villains. The partnership also sees the launch of the first BrainBox in conjunction with Horrible Science – BrainBox Blood & Guts. The third

APRIL 2012 Whether already keen puzzlers, or

receiving their first jigsaw, children can enjoy Ravensburger’s versatile range of puzzles from as early as three years old. Younger children love characters, which is where Ravensburger’s licensed collections fit the bill. New for later this year are; Mike the Knight, Jake and the Neverland Pirates, Club Penguin, Victorious, Moshi Monsters, The Amazing Spider-man, The Hobbit and Disney’s Brave.

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strand of the BrainBox offering is the introduction of Travel BrainBoxes retailing at £8 and covering individual counties/cities. Devon and Cornwall are the first two counties to be covered. Green Board Games has also grown its book offering. Extreme Dot to Dots with 1,400 dots retails at £4. The firm’s partnership with Dr. Maths – the Guinness World Record holder for teaching maths outside the classroom – has produced the

Logical Learning range of books covering code breaking, magic numbers and times tables.

Children will learn about the effects of ice caps melting while playing the Penguin Rescuer Game. The game features penguins living in their natural habitat, with players having to rescue them from their melting surroundings. Eco Town is from Wonderworld. Small wooden models are included so children can build a mini eco town, with bicycles, trees, a rainwater tank and recycle bin. The game helps educate on the importance of recycling. Village 3D Domino allows kids to create a fantasy village using the wooden pieces provided. It can


To celebrate the 15th anniversary of Wasgij, Jumbo is introducing a limited edition two x 1,000-piece puzzle. Celebrating the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the puzzle concept will be available in a special limited edition collector’s tin from May. Wasgij challenges puzzlers to use their imagination to complete an image that is different to that shown on the box. During its 15 years, Wasgij has introduced over 50 different illustrations across its Original, Mystery, Destiny, Christmas and licensed ranges – all developed from the brand’s original concept. The limited edition (Destiny concept) Diamond Jubilee-themed

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The box contains over 400 questions with each one relating to some of the UK’s biggest licences. Knock out gameplay brings a twist to the games. The line launched with over ten licences including The Simpsons and Top Gear, with more for 2012 and beyond. Range and game extensions are due in 2013. Imagination Games is also distributing Educa Borras puzzles and games. So far the firm says sales have been very strong, with a great deal of interest for autumn/winter.

0207 254 0100 The firm is also introducing a new pre-

school range of Dr Seuss products including a classic matching game, a Cat in the Hat card game, a 24-piece floor puzzle and a 4 in 1 puzzle. Meanwhile, It’s a Chicken is a drawing game for kids. Each word card contains three options, one with a picture to copy to help younger children play. The ‘chicken’ timer ‘clucks’ to let the drawer know they are running out of time and if the word is guessed within the time limit, it announces the number of points won.

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also be used as a jigsaw puzzle. Transport 3D Domino is an additional game involving cars being paired together on a road map board. Finally, the Safari Puzzle is made of chunky wood with an animal face (18- months plus).

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anniversary puzzle also features a competition and Jumbo is giving away over £45,000 worth of diamonds through its in-pack and online promotion to six puzzlers. The activity will take place from May and the winners will be announced in February 2013.

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