Tuesday, March 29, 2011

If it’s Tuesday it must be toys and tours

"Brown Teddy Bear" by Lydia Jacobs
Welcome to “If it’s Tuesday it must be toys and tours.” Like our sister columns, Wednesday’s “Book Report,,”Thursday’s “Musical Notes” and Friday’s “Popcorn Report,” which respectively features information on books,  music and movies, this weekly post highlights the best in product offerings in the world of toys, games, puzzles, crafts, sporting goods and vacation specials for children and teens, as well as industry news and up-to-date product recalls from United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC). Be sure to check back each Tuesday.

Last week we focused on a variety of unique puzzles for children and teens, which were introduced to the public at Toy Fair 2011 from Ravensburger, a quality-driven toy, game and craft manufacturer/distributor that has been serving the children’s market for the last 125 years.

The Ravensburger product line is extensive, and today we will be covering one of their signature products, Labyrinth, which is now available in a special edition, along with various line extensions of this incredibly popular board game.

We’ll also take a look at current product recalls from the last seven days that you may have missed.


Labyrinth Anniversary Edition

It’s not often that a toy or game remains popular for a quarter of a century, but this year marks the silver anniversary of Labyrinth the shifting maze board game, perfect for ages seven and up.

Labyrinth is geared for two to four players and is very easy to learn. It’s an engrossing game that is ever changing during the course of play, and children benefit by learning to strategically think their advance moves in order to obtain their “treasures.”

This 25th Anniversary Edition of Labyrinth is a limited run that is packaged in a special collector’s tin, and comes with an added twist – 12 maze cards with encrypted messages on the back.

Labyritnth 25th Anniversary Edition carries an SRP of $29.99. Best available pricing is from online retailer, Fun and Games, where it is selling for $23.99.

There are several other versions of Labyrinth, each slightly different, and each carrying different pricing. The Duel, based on the original game is available through Amazon.com for $15.99 and where you will be able to view a video of the game in action.

There also is the Labyrinth Card Game for $9.40 through Amazon.com, and Labyrinth Jr., a version that is perfect for children under the age of seven.
This Jr. version is available through Amazon Marketplace for $9.89.


The following is a compilation of notices from the United States Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC).

Below you will find the most recent recalls and product news updates from the CPSC for the last 7 days.

In case you happened to have missed any of the announcements, just click on the following links for complete information on each of the items and breaking news.

No new toy product recalls in the last seven days.


March 23, 2011 - Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Combo Axe Due to Laceration Hazard


March 23, 2011- CPSC Warns: As Button Battery Use Increases, So Do Battery-Related Injuries and Deaths Toddlers and Seniors Most Often Injured in Battery-Swallowing Incidents

If you are searching for other consumer product items such as household, outdoor products, utensils, furniture and clothing that may relate to all family members, please review additional listings at the CPSC’s search page.

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