If you’re in the market for the next big thing in games and toys that kids of all ages will love and the entire family will adore, you’re in luck! Toy trend expert Reyne Rice joined me once again, this time to chat about the top tech and non-tech games and toys for 2013!
Candace Rose: What are some of the hot new games for 2013?
Reyne Rice: “We have some tech toy and some non-tech toys, so we have something for everybody.
We’re going to start with Activision, they revealed their much anticipated new release Skylanders Swap Force. This game introduces a whole new way to play with dynamic swapability. Gamers can reconfigure 16 difference Swap Force characters into more than 250 unique combinations. By swapping the top and the bottom of the characters, they can actually play in different ways and connect them. Parents are really going to love that these new characters are also compatible with with the Spyro Adventures from last year and the New Giants, they’re all compatible with the same game.
Now another thing is LEGO celebrated one of their strongest launches ever with LEGO Friends last year. It’s now in its second year, and these building sets were designed specifically for girls and they really celebrate the personal interests and hobbies that girls have whether it’s dance, soccer, music, karate. And later this year the Heartlake High will available with over 80 pieces, and the girls get modular building instructions so they can decide to build a music studio or a science lab, the gym or the hangout area. And in the past year these new sets, listen to this, Candace, tripled the number of girls who play with LEGO blocks. Girls really love the diversity of the sets and that it really talks to them and gives them the ability to identify with the girls that are most like them.”
Candace Rose: My three year old cousin loves LEGO Friends. She’s obsessed with them. Every year we get her LEGO’s for her birthday and for Christmas. It’s the greatest thing to her.
Reyne Rice: “There are so many girls playing, and it doesn’t just teach about math when you’re putting it together but it teaches about language because you’re talking while you’re playing so the girls are role playing and they’re learning about language as well as building.”
Candace Rose: How can we get the family involved?
Reyne Rice: “Well, you know what’s interesting? We have a game and it’s called the Codigo Cube, and this is a new way for the whole family to play. These Codigo Cubes are actually hybrid games for your smartphone. It’s the world’s first tabletop smartphone trivia game. You roll the dice- you see there are different colors here and these are all QR codes on every side; you roll the die, you scan the QR code with your smartphone and you answer trivia questions. Everyone can play this, you get to choose your own categories and your own difficulty level, and the first person who answers one correct answer on each side wins the game. The questions are current and in real time. There’s over 20,000 questions available before year end. So by picking your categories you can also pick whether it’s easy, difficult or random. So for the younger children you can pick easier questions and then for the older people you can pick a more advanced question. Everyone can play.
Now the last item I want to tell you about is a classic play pattern. These are Pinypon, but what’s nice about these is they’re a colorful collection of interchangeable pint sized dolls. They’re developed by Famosa and with these dolls, girls can mix and match outfits, accessories, hairstyles, and even faces to create their own special friend. Now the more dolls they collect, the more characters girls can build. And starting at $2.99, Famosa really developed something that girls love for imaginative and engaging play. They can save up their own allowance money and you can teach them about finance that way too to buy their next doll.”