Have you ever thought about the toys from your youth and wish you had them for your own kids? Well, your wish has come true! Hasbro's reinvented their best toys from 1915 to 1980. A visit to the Hasbro showroom during the 2010 Toy Show in NYC, was a huge flashback. I was so excited to seeTinkertoy(1915) and Rubix Cube(1980), a favorite past-time that I never seemed to solve.
Want to take a ride in the way back machine? Monopoly is celebrating its 75th year with a revolutionized version of the classic game. MONOPOLY: REVOLUTION Edition is made up of a modern, round game board and an electronic unit that keeps track of your location on the board and features exciting song clips and sound effects, including '??Celebration'? by Kool & The Gang and '??Drive My Car'? by The Beatles, throughout the game to mark your progress.
Another favorite was Alphie, originating in 1978. I remember the short, chubby robot being so cool just because it talked, but kids today are far beyond a simple toy that talks. Alphie is now more life-like than ever before. He has real facial expressions, depicted through an LCD screen, a child-like friendly voice and a playful personality. I am sure my son, 15 months, will delight in having Alphie help him learn the alphabet, rhyming, counting, colors, shapes, matching, animals, and instrument sounds and my 4 y.o. daughter will enjoy taking it away from him!
STAR WARS: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) fans, like my husband, and now my 4 year old daughter who thinks Princess Leia is by far the coolest princess, will be excited to add the The AT-AT (All Terrain Armored Transport) and the newly mastered Empire Strikes Back figures to their toy collection. I was amazed to see how authentic the figures looked. Bonus: the AT-AT can hold up to 20 figures--huge for us Manhattanites with limited space, but the LED lights and authentic movie sounds and phrases made me feel like I was in the movie fighting the battle.
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And finally, my favorite, the GAME OF LIFE. Now celebrating its golden anniversary, THE GAME OF LIFE continues to stand out as an American icon and is even part of the permanent collection of the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution. Who knew that? I remember spinning the colorful plastic wheel (golden in the 50th Anniversary edition) and wondering where it would stop...wondering if my next move would give me a clue to what my future had to hold? Now, the newly added "LIFE Coins" will encourage players to have real life discussions inspired by the decisions players must make to progress in the game, such as starting a family or embarking on a new career. No matter what the question or where I landed, I enjoyed driving my plastic car over the all-terrain board to get to my destination!
I have so many unforgettable memories playing these games with my friends and family as a child and I look forward to giving my own children the same memories. All of these new games and toys will be available in the Fall 2010, just in time for Christmas.--written by Sherri Schubert
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