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Cincinnati Game and Toy Industry Professionals 3rd Annual Holiday Gift guide features over 70 products from 40 companies and individuals in the Greater Cincinnati region doing good things in the toy ...

Cincinnati Game and Toy Industry Professionals 3rd Annual Holiday Gift guide features over 70 products from 40 companies and individuals in the Greater Cincinnati region doing good things in the toy and game industry. This year's guide features items for baby and toddler, boys toys, girls toys, educational products and toys and games for the entire family. The guide celebrates Cincinnati's ongoing legacy as a hotbed of toy and game innovation.

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  • 2013 Cincinnati Toymakers Holiday Gift Guide presented by Cincinnati Game & Toy Industry Professionals
  • Happy Holidays! This guide features thoughtful toys and games for all ages from Cincinnati’s toy geniuses! Many are brand new while others are familiar iconic classics! Be on the lookout for these SPECIAL ALERTS throughout the guide! Stocking stuffer alert Made in USA alert 70 New release alert Classic toy alert Green alert 40 This guide features over products from different companies and individuals working in the toy and game industry with a personal connection to the Cincinnati region – either they are from here, live/work here now, or 38 received their education here. of these products are brand new – never before featured. Over a dozen products are classics – recognizable, evergreen favorites that have been on the market for many years. Prices and products are subject to change without notice. No guarantees of product availability are made. Fair use reprinting/redistribution of this content is permitted with proper attribution: © Michelle Spelman 2013 All Rights Reserved All information is believed to be accurate at time of publishing. The spirit of this publication is to shine light on the creative genius in Cincinnati behind some of the toy industry’s best toys and games. Reasonable efforts have been made to ensure accurate and complete information, however, we realize that often a product is the result of collaborative efforts by multiple individuals and entities. If you believe an entry reflects inaccurate or incomplete information, please notify us and we will attempt to verify and make necessary corrections and attribution. If they cannot be readily verified, we must rely on the accuracy of our Members, who have supplied us with information. 2
  • From the founder… Holiday Greetings! Santa Claus may be headquartered at The North Pole, but he has satellite operations in Cincinnati, Ohio. In fact, we have clear evidence that he has been stationing some of his very best elves all around the Queen City for over 150 years! The Greater Cincinnati region’s toy and game industry heritage is delightfully surprising and impressive. Generations around the world enjoy cherished holiday memories of iconic toys and games with Cincinnati roots. From the very first electric toy train, to games and dolls, to the high-tech digital play of today and so much more…. toy and game innovation, invention, design and manufacturing is simply part of our Cincinnati DNA! This playful bloodline lives on now through hundreds of talented people connecting the dots between Cincinnati and beloved toys and games. Our Cincinnati Game & Toy Group is more than 300 members strong. Join us in honoring Cincinnati ‘s enduring role in American holiday toy traditions! Sincerely, Michelle Spelman, Founder 3
  • Table of Contents Then & Now Books Figures Technology Sports Unlock Learning Baby & Toddler Wheels Boys & Girls Games Cincinnati Independent Toy & Game Stores About Us Index 5 11 23 29 33 38 45 50 55 61 78 79 80 4
  • Invented 1971 by Merle Robbins in Reading Ohio Then & Now 5
  • Hasbro BABY ALIVE, MY BABY ALIVE DOLL Originally introduced by Kenner Toys Cincinnati Ohio, debuted 1973 Then Now Image courtesy of Strong National Museum of Play $29.99| Ages 3+ BUY NOW at ToysRus and Amazon 6
  • Little Tikes Cozy Coupe Designed by UC DAAP Alum, Jim Mariol for Little Tikes 1979 Then Image courtesy of HoboMama.com With over 10 million sold by 1990, it was the best-selling car in North America…outselling the Ford Taurus, the Toyota Camry and the Honda Accord! Now BUY NOW at Target ToysRUs and on Amazon 7 Image courtesy of HoboMama.com CC Image courtesy of KTVee on Flickr
  • Hasbro PLAYSKOOL PLAY FAVORITES SIT 'N SPIN Originally introduced by Kenner Toys debuted 1974 Then Your child will experience all the twirling fun you grew up loving with the Playskool Play Favorites Sit ‘N Spin, which allows round-and-round excitement — now with easier and smoother spinning! The awesome Sit ‘N Spin keeps your child active and encourages balance, coordination and gross motor skills while helping to develop cognitive learning and a better understanding of "cause and effect" by turning the wheel to spin. Now $24.99| Ages 18 mos – 5 years BUY NOW at ToysRus and Amazon 8
  • Spirograph deluxe set – reintroduced by Kahootz Toys Originally introduced to U.S. by Kenner Toys in 1967 Then Now Inspired by the design of the original 1965 Spirograph, this set will entertain the whole family for years to come. 45-piece deluxe set includes 19 wheels, 2 rings, 1 rack, spiro-putty, 3 pens, 14-page guide book, design paper and carry-along storage case Brought to you by Kahootz Toys, Ann Arbor, Michigan, where we use our skills and passions to bring great kids' products into the world Image via cc courtesy The Strong Museum $24.99| Ages 8 – 15 years BUY NOW at Learning Express Toys 9
  • HASBRO EASY BAKE ULTIMATE OVEN Originally introduced by Kenner Toys in 1963 Invented by Ronald Howes, who was born & raised in Over The Rhine Original Easy Bake Oven Then Image courtesy of Strong National Museum of Play $39.99| Ages 3+ Now Find it at Target ToysRUs and on Amazon 10
  • Books By Karen Ackerman, born in Cincinnati Ohio, graduate of Woodward High School 1989 Caldecott Medal Winner 11
  • Pop-Up Snowglobe Greetings by Up with Paper Up With Paper’s patented Pop-Up Snow Globe Greetings pop open into a unique paper and acetate globe, with a beautiful Christmas scene inside, and fold flat for mailing and storage. A fantastic Christmas greeting card AND decoration! No wonder this product won the Best New Product Award at the National Stationery Show! Product is designed and marketed by Up With Paper, headquartered in Mason, Ohio. Best known for its innovative, threedimensional greeting cards, Up with Paper has been "wowing" senders and recipients alike for more than 30 years with intricate designs, premium artwork, and unexpected pop-ups. The company’s greeting cards, available for all seasons and sending occasions, may be purchased in thousands of specialty retail outlets throughout the United States, Canada, and worldwide. $5.99-6.99 | Ages 6 and up Learn More: www.UpWithPaper.com BUY NOW in Cincinnati at M. Hopple & Co., all locations of The Fresh Market and Barnes & Noble Or ORDER ONLINE http://www.sadieshouse.com/pop_up_snow_globes.html 12
  • Snowflakes – a Pop-Up Book by Jennifer Preston Chushcoff, illustrated by Yevgeniya Yeretskaya Published by Jumping Jack Press - a division of Up with Paper Stunning! The intricate beauty of snowflakes is fully revealed in this amazing pop-up book. An enchanting explanation of the uniqueness of snowflakes supplemented by information about the real life Snowflake Man, Wilson A. Bentley, who was the first to photograph snowflakes, engages readers of all ages. Each of the seven spreads features fully illustrated pop-ups and delicate mixed media that are sure to surprise and delight. Jumping Jack Press – a division of Up With Paper, is headquartered in Mason, Ohio. Up With Paper produces innovative greeting cards, gift enclosures, imprintable stationery, and other three dimensional paper products that are collected by people all over the world. $24.99 | Ages 6 and up Learn More: www.UpWithPaper.com BUY NOW in Cincinnati at Joseph Beth Booksellers and Barnes & Noble Or ORDER ONLINE at Amazon.com 13
  • Women of Steel and Stone by Anna M. Lewis 22 Inspirational Architects, Engineers and Landscape Designers Reporting on a range of historical and contemporary female builders and designers, this educational book strives to inspire a new generation of girls in the disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math. With many of the profiles set against the backdrop of such landmark events as the women’s suffrage and civil rights movements and the Industrial Revolution, and with original interviews from a number of current architects and engineers, this book provides inspiration and advice directly to young women by highlighting positive examples of how a strong work ethic, perseverance, and creativity can overcome life’s obstacles. Each profile focuses on the strengths, passions, and interests each woman had growing up; where those traits took them; and what they achieved. $19.95 | Ages 12+ Anna M. Lewis is a Cincinnati native and award-winning toy inventor, author, and creativity advocate. She is also author of CITY DOODLES CHICAGO (Gibbs Smith 2013), and several children's magazines. BUY NOW in Cincinnati at Joseph Beth Booksellers or Barnes & Noble Or ORDER ONLINE at Amazon.com | Learn more at http://www.annamlewis.com/ 14
  • Santa from Cincinnati – Simon & Schuster by Judi Barrett – author of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Everything you ever wanted to know about Santa, as told to the author of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs by the big guy himself. So, not only does Santa have elves running satellite operations stationed in Cincinnati, but as it turns out... HE’S FROM HERE! Who knew?! Don't take our word for it though...here's a book to prove it. Bestselling New York author, Judi Barrett, shares the story of the early life of Santa Claus, who, as she tells it, was born and raised in Cincinnati! Compiled from his baby book, family photos, and report cards, Santa from Cincinnati provides a fullspectrum view of the boy who grew to be the man who grew to be Santa. $16.99 | Ages 4 - 9 BUY NOW at Blue Manatee Bookstore and DeCafe and Joseph Beth Booksellers 15
  • A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas – Orange Frazer Press by Nadine Huffman, illustrated by Marilyn Lebhar Nadine Huffman lives in Anderson Township with her husband of 30 years, Mark, their son Peter, and their rescued terrier, Sookie. Marilyn Lebhar also lives in Anderson with her husband of 34 years, Brett, and their son Matt. Their son David is married to Ali, which has brought a much-welcomed girl to the family! 100% of the book’s proceeds go to Tri-State non-profit child adoption organizations. A Cincinnati Night Before Christmas showcases Cincinnati’s unique holiday traditions and signature cuisines, with a winsome tale of child adoption, family, and memory-making. Inspired by a true story, little Matty and his grandparents await the Christmas Eve arrival of his adopted sister, Baby Annie. Trains, zoo animals, ballet, the Nativity Crib, and many iconic Cincinnati locations, captured in beautiful, traditional watercolor illustrations, form the backdrop for this heartwarming book. $19.99 | Ages 3 - 10 BUY NOW at Blue Manatee Bookstore and DeCafe and Joseph Beth Booksellers or Amazon 16
  • Light Bulb Baking – a History of the Easy Bake Oven by Todd Coopee The Easy Bake Oven was invented in Cincinnati by Ronald Howes for Kenner Toys. Howes was born in Over The Rhine and worked at Kenner for many years. He resided in Anderson Township until his passing in 2010 at the age of 83. This first definitive retrospective of the Easy-Bake® Oven celebrates its journey from children's toy to pop culture icon and inductee to The National Toy Hall of Fame. This book explores the innovation, history, economics, commerce, advertising, and marketing behind the toy’s 50-year history. Todd Coopee is a writer, award-winning business owner, toy historian, and popculture enthusiast. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario. BUY NOW at Barnes & Noble or Amazon Learn more at: http://lightbulbbaking.com/ $30.00 | Ages 8+ 17
  • Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling Game/Book Illustrated by Chris Reiff for Chronicle Books Chris Reiff is an illustrator, toy designer, and inventor with more than 17 years experience working on official Star Wars projects and with licenses from companies like Marvel & Disney. He lives in Norwood, Ohio with his dog named Dog and the full-size R2-D2 replica he built himself. This Star Wars game-in-a-book provides hours of fun. Opponents Velcro on the lightsabers included (one blue, one red); open the book to one of seven durable "game board" pages depicting classic Star Wars battles; stick their thumbs through the holes; and use the Force (of thumb and imagination) to wrestle to victory! $10.99 | Ages 6 and up See it NOW on Amazon BUY TODAY at Blue Manatee Books And Joseph Beth Booksellers 18
  • Star Wars: Death Star Owner’s Technical Manual and Millennium Falcon Owner’s Workshop Manual Illustrated by Chris Reiff for LucasBooks Publishing Fully authorized and approved by Lucasfilm, these Haynes Manuals trace the origins, model history and development from concept to top-secret project. Onboard systems and controls and operation are explained in detail, and are illustrated with an astonishing range of computer-generated artwork, floor plans, cutaways, and exploded diagrams, all newly created by artists Chris Reiff and Chris Trevas. Text is by their colleague, Ryder Windham, author of more than fifty Star Wars books. Chris Reiff is an illustrator, toy designer, and inventor with more than 17 years experience working on official Star Wars projects and with licenses from companies like Marvel & Disney. He lives in Norwood, Ohio with his dog named Dog and the full-size R2-D2 replica he built himself. $30.00 each See it NOW on Amazon See it NOW on Amazon BUY TODAY at Joseph Beth Booksellers 19
  • Star Wars – The Bounty Hunter Code: from the Files of Boba Fett by Daniel Wallace, Ryder Windham, Jason Fry Illustrated by Chris Reiff – for LucasBooks Publishing Chris Reiff is an illustrator, toy designer, and inventor with more than 17 years experience working on official Star Wars projects and with licenses from companies like Marvel & Disney. He lives in Norwood, Ohio with his dog named Dog and the full-size R2-D2 replica he built himself. From the creators of Book of Sith and The Jedi Path, in collaboration with Lucasfilm, The Bounty Hunter Code reveals the secrets of the hunt and offers insight into this demanding, dangerous, and misunderstood profession. The case includes: • The Bounty Hunter Code • The 48-page memoirs of Cradossk, former head of the Bounty Hunters Guild, with an inscription from the author to Boba Fett • A Kamino saberdart • Boba Fett’s captain's license • Boba Fett's arms permit • Slave I’s official operating license • An Imperial wanted poster for Han Solo • An inventory slip from the Rebel Alliance forces who discovered and seized Boba’s property $59.99 BUY NOW on Amazon 20
  • Mensch on a Bench plush character and story book by Monkeybar LLC The Mensch on a Bench is a 12'' plush doll and hardcover book steeped in Jewish traditions and tells the story of Hanukkah from the point of view of Moshe the Mensch (a good person). Moshe the Mensch was in the temple when Judah and the Maccabees won the war against the Greeks. There was only enough oil for one night, but who would watch over the Menorah while everyone was sleeping? Moshe the Mensch! Now you can get your own Mensch to watch over your family's Menorah and bring new traditions to your families Hanukkah celebration. The Hoffman Family created Mensch on a Bench as a Jewish adaptation of the popular Elf on a Shelf Christmas tradition for families looking to add some Funukkah to Hanukkah. $36.00 | All Ages Learn more and BUY NOW at www.themenschonabench.com 21
  • Everything Kids Learning Activities Book by Amanda Morin – published by Adams Media – F+W Media Cincinnati-based F+W Media is a community-focused, content creator and marketer of products and services for enthusiasts. Offering a diversified portfolio of books, ebooks, magazines, events, competitions, ecommerce, education, video, and more. Using the word "educational" can be the quickest way to lose a child's interest. But the games, projects, and experiments in The Everything Kids' Learning Activities Book are so much fun, your kids won't even know they're learning! Not only will your kids be entertained and have fun, they'll learn skills in the key areas of reading, writing, math, science, and social studies. With 145 indoor and outdoor activities including: • Comic strip sequencing • Round robin storytelling • Lollipop patterns • The 25-cent pyramid • Cookie fractions • Balloon terrarium Most activities use materials that are in your house! This easy-to-use guide is full of creative ideas and expert advice to help you be your kids' best learning partner. $12.99 | Ages 5-12 BUY NOW on Amazon 22
  • Image via flickr cc st3f4n Figures First STAR WARS Action Figures 1977 Produced by Kenner Toys 23
  • Legacy of Valor collectible action figures by Steve and Katey Wehmeyer Legacy of Valor helps to share the stories of countless Americans who have done their part to ensure our heritage of strength and freedom. Stories of heroism come from many walks of life. Some heroes have developed small ideas into creations that have changed our way of life, others fought without question to secure our freedom, still others have done their part to ensure that what we believe as a nation remains uncompromised. Legacy of Valor wants to keep these memories alive and pass them along to future generations with thought provoking historical facts and collectables that will inspire the valor in all of us. Rosie the Riveter Comes complete with coveralls, headscarf, saddle shoes, and welder’s gloves. This Tribute to Valor Eleanor’s Girl honors the unforgotten efforts of women who worked many long and difficult hours to supply our troops with the best possible ships, aircraft and weapons for a victorious journey home. $19.95 | Ages 6 and up Anderson residents, Steve and Katey Wehmeyer, have spent over 25 years working with leading companies like Hasbro Inc., Fisher Price Toys, MeadWestvaco and Rubbermaid. They have created custom product programs with dozens of entities within the Museum Store Association and the National Park Service. ORDER NOW and see the entire collection at Legacy of Valor Or BUY NOW on Amazon.com 24
  • Marvel Ultimate Spider Man action figures designed by Ron Boyle, RCB Design for Hasbro Ron Boyle is an accomplished designer specializing in 3D design for a wide range of toys and all kinds of other consumer products! Fluent in Unigraphics/NX, Ron can take a hand sketch and turn it in to a masterpiece. Power Webs Rocket Ramp Spider-Man Power Webs Catapult Smash Iron Spider-Man $9.99 | Ages 4+ Power Webs Crossbow Chaos Spider-Man BUY NOW at Toys R Us 25
  • Disney Princess Palace Pets Conceived of by Chris Connolly Former Hasbro/Kenner Cincinnati Toy Executive, Chris Connolly, conceived Disney Princess Palace Pets, a surprise breakout toy hit for 2013. Today, Chris is Senior Vice President - Princess and Fairies Licensing at Disney Consumer Products in Glendale, California. $5.99 | Ages 4+ Adorable 2.5 inch figures – each Disney Princess has her own pet! Brush their sparkly fur tails, “crown” them with their removable tiaras. These pets love to be pampered, cuddled and cared for. Disney Princess Palace Pets can't wait to experience magical new adventures with you. BUY NOW at Toys R Us, Walmart, Target, Amazon 26
  • WIBBLY WOO PLUSH TOYS by Abby Langdon, abbydid Abby Langdon is a born and bred Cincinnatian. In fact, she’s actually the third generation to own her Western Hills home. Her son's bedroom was her childhood bedroom, and her father's before her. Until recently, she operated out of her house, but has just opened Broadhope Art Collective, where her studio is now located and her products are sold. She is also teaching workshops to both kids and adults on how to make their own snuggly creatures! $25.00 The Wibbly Woo is a legendary creature located in the peat bogs of Northern England. Harmless, happy, helpful little scamps, they make excellent companions (especially at bedtime). Wibbly Woos have large, soft mouths perfect for safeguarding treasures. Ideal for keeping that newly-freed tooth secure until the Tooth Fairy arrives! Wibbly Woos are made of very soft fleece and have body measurements of 8.5"x 8.5". They are all designed and handmade by Abby. They come in an infinite number of designs and colors, are available for custom order, and each is one of a kind. Learn more about abbydid BUY NOW at Broadhope Art Collective (Cheviot),Fabricate (Northside), Etsy 27
  • Barbie Swim and Race Pups Playset by BangZoom Design for Mattel Bang Zoom Design Ltd. is a Cincinnati-based product invention company established in 1991. With an emphasis on children’s products, Bang Zoom Design Ltd. has licensed over 100 inventions, accounting for well over $1 Billion dollars in retail sales. Barbie's puppies really swim, and they love to see who is the fastest. Girls can wind up the puppies' ears and set them up on the slides where Barbie can start them off. Once they hit the water, the puppies are off. The pool should be filled to the first line to see them race down the channel. Girls denote the champion by rotating the flag to the winner's lane. Fill the pool to the second line and watch the puppies swim freely. $19.99 | Ages 3-8 BUY IT at Toys R Us and on Amazon 28
  • by Carlisle & Finch Co. St. Bernard, Oh Technology 1896 FIRST EVER Electric Toy Train Image courtesy of Carlisle & Finch
  • Choremonster Designed by Chris Bergman and Paul Armstrong ChoreMonster is a suite of web and mobile apps that help make chores fun for kids. Invented and headquartered in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati. Our building has a huge purple monster painted on the side of it on Central Pkwy. Make chores fun by engaging and rewarding your kids! With ChoreMonster, your kids will beg to do their chores! Kids get an app that’s designed for them, where they complete their chores and earn rewards like an hour of Xbox or a camping trip. Parents get a tool that takes the tension out of household chores. Get it NOW at Choremonster FREE | Ages 4-12 30
  • Anki Drive artificial intelligence (AI) racing game cars car bodies designed by Ron Boyle, RCB Design for Anki Ron Boyle is an accomplished designer specializing in 3D design for a wide range of toys and all kinds of other consumer products! Fluent in Unigraphics/NX, Ron can take a hand sketch and turn it in to a masterpiece. Anki DRIVE is a racing game that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) and robotics to take the best of video games and combine it with the best of physical games. It’s a video game in the real world. It’s real. It’s tangible. You hold the cars in your hand, and the track rolls out on your living room floor. You can play Anki DRIVE against your friends, or against an AI-enabled opponent. The more you race, the more points you earn, which you redeem to upgrade your cars’ weapons and capabilities. Anki DRIVE includes a physical track that rolls out to 3 ½’ x 8 ½’, and is intended for indoor use only. Anki DRIVE requires at least one compatible Apple iOS device: Anki DRIVE is best experienced on an iPhone. When playing on an iPad, use 2x mode to see the app in full screen. Anki DRIVE does not currently work with Android devices. The main game is called “Battle” but more games are coming. See the Apple App Store for more information. Starter Kit: $199.99 | Ages 10+ BUY NOW at the Apple Store or at Anki.com 31
  • Pillow Pets World – virtual universe Designed by Think University – ThinkU Pillow Pets World is a fun, exciting and educational virtual universe based on the globally popular Pillow Pets character line. Conceived by the creative minds at Think University, a Cincinnati-based development company, this ever expanding web based world is tightly integrated with an awesome line of travel trading cards creating an industry-unique mash up of physical product and virtual world. The entire Pillow Pets virtual universe is built and resides on ThinkU’s proprietary MadWorld HTML5 MMO game development system. This is a rapid development, rapid deployment platform that provides complete device compatibility, seamless upgrades and unlimited scalability. FREE | Ages 4-12 Play it NOW in beta at PillowPetsWorld 32
  • Sports 1875 Philip Goldsmith One of the earliest Baseball manufacturers 33 Image credit: Antique Athlete
  • Louisville Slugger Pitching Machines by GameMasterAthletic Founded in 1975, GameMaster, located in Erlanger, was one of the first licensees with CLC introducing a line of collegiate licensed inflatables. Expanding its’ licensed products, in 1999, GameMaster signed an agreement with Louisville Slugger to sell a line of baseball training items. The UPM 45 pitching machine, which is the official pitching machine for both Babe Ruth Baseball and PONY Baseball/Softball has become the number one selling pitching machine in the world. #1 Bestseller $219.99 | Ages 10+ Throws even harder pitches and higher fly balls $199.99 | Ages 10+ BUY NOW in Cincinnati at Dick’s Sporting Goods | Or ORDER ONLINE at Amazon.com and Walmart Learn more at GameMasterAthletic 34
  • Z-Tek Bow by Zing Toys Rick Ruskin is a 20+ year veteran of the toy industry, currently working as a marketing and product consultant. He lives and works in Cincinnati and is the acting VP of Marketing for Zing Toys. Get the next big thing in bow technology with the Z-Tek Bow. Sleek new design and shape. Shorter bungees for faster firing. Arrow clips right on the bow for quick reloads and a powerful presence. It’s an all new archery experience with the Z-Tek Bow! Hook in the Zartz™ Arrow or Zonic™ Whistling Arrow, position the shot, and watch it fly through the air for an incredible 125 feet! $24.99 | Ages 8+ BUY NOW in Cincinnati at Walmart, Target and Toys R Us Or ORDER ONLINE at Amazon.com Learn more at Zing Toys 35
  • WHAM-O FRISBEE® TOSS by David Hamann Design David Hamann of Cincinnati conceived the idea of a sport racquet for tossing and catching mini “frisbee” discs. Through his company, David Hamann Design, he developed the idea into a highly refined piece of sports equipment. (Don’t let the toy-like colors fool you.) Tom Scott of Cincinnati provided critical prototyping services through his world-class product development firm, ScottModels. Wham-O® manufactures and markets Frisbee® Toss under a licensing agreement with David Hamann Design. Frisbee® Toss is a new and unique toss-and-catch game from Wham-O®. It consists of two “rackets” and 3 mini Frisbee® discs. Each racket has a curved channel to spin the disc as you throw it, and a funnelshaped basket for catching it. It’s a game for all ages with skill levels ranging from casual tossing-andcatching to serious competition. $15.00 | Ages 7+ BUY NOW at Menards (Hamilton), Amazon and at David Hamann Design 36
  • Trampoline Basketball by Al and Stephanie Buchweitz, BoatFun Sports Enjoy even more FUN on your trampoline. Basketball Hoop Set including ball that attaches to vertical poles supporting the trampoline safety net that are 1.5”, 1.25” or 1”. $99.95 | All Ages BUY NOW at Pete DeLois’ Recreations Outlet (Milford) and at FunSportsBrands Or on Amazon 37
  • Invented by Californian, Bruce Sedley, zoo keys were used by zoos across the country from 1960’s onward. Unlock Learning Memory-maker for generations of Cincinnati children 38 © Image with permission by Robin Santino via flickr – All Rights Reserved
  • MyBackpackTags® by Confident Kids LLC mybackpacktags® is a fun and easy-to-use system that clearly communicates a child’s after-school plans. A reflective, color coded tag, clipped to a backpack, shows the child where to go! This product was created by Cincinnati mom, Camille Gartner, as a way to organize her children’s schedules,. She and her business partner, Kristi Vredeveld are mompreneurs on a mission to help schools and families improve communication, build confidence and reduce stress for students everywhere! $9.99 | Ages 3-12 Learn more and BUY NOW at MyBackpackTags.com 39
  • Dinosaur Nest Dig Kit by GeoCentral GeoCentral, headquartered in Mason, Ohio is a 30-year-old company specializing in educational and fun items. We have a solid reputation in the gift, toy and souvenir industry for our innovative designs, product quality and customer service. Our unique product line includes bulk rocks and minerals, science and dig kits, jewelry and other earth related products. These GeoCentral excavation kits include a nest, two dinosaur hatchlings, and one hatching dinosaur. They are available in Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Apatosaurus. Children will want to collect all three! $10.99| Ages 6+ BUY IT TODAY at The Booksellers on Fountain Square 40
  • Fluorescent Rock Kit by GeoCentral GeoCentral, headquartered in Mason, Ohio is a 30-year-old company specializing in educational and fun items. We have a solid reputation in the gift, toy and souvenir industry for our innovative designs, product quality and customer service. Our unique product line includes bulk rocks and minerals, science and dig kits, jewelry and other earth related products. This fun and educational rock science kit lets kids explore the magic of fluorescent, glowing rocks. The kit has 9 specimens in assorted colors that will peak their curiosity and make learning geology a fun and exciting adventure. Included in the kit is a UV pen and an instructional guide to help understand the science of fluorescent rocks. (Other rock science kits are also available.) $11.99 - $12.99 | Ages 8+ BUY IT TODAY at The Booksellers on Fountain Square 41
  • Gold Panning Kit by GeoCentral GeoCentral, headquartered in Mason, Ohio is a 30-year-old company specializing in educational and fun items. We have a solid reputation in the gift, toy and souvenir industry for our innovative designs, product quality and customer service. Our unique product line includes bulk rocks and minerals, science and dig kits, jewelry and other earth related products. This fun deluxe kit introduces children not only to the activity of panning for gold, but also to the history of the 1849 gold rush. Each kit contains a 7” miners pan, magnifier, pipet, tweezers storage flask, bag of pay dirt and an educational guide. $10.99 - $11.99 | Ages 8+ BUY IT TODAY at The Booksellers on Fountain Square 42
  • TOOBALINK CONSTRUCTION TOY by Metre Ideas & Design Cincinnati native, Brady Richards, is Operations Manager for Toobalink in Brooklyn, New York. Partnering with his friend, Toobalink designer, William Sakran, Richards is an alumnus of St. Xavier High School. He is also cofounder of Metro Metro Land, a company that provides creative events centered in New York City including board game olympics and scavenger hunts that promote city exploration, social interaction, and general good times. He is also the inventor of “Beer Buckles:” customizable belt buckles that double as a bottle opener! $34.99 | Ages 5+ Toobalink is the construction toy that works with everyday paper towel and toilet tissue tubes. Kids are encouraged to save and collect tubes to build bigger and better things, and parents love it because the extra building material is free. The Toobalink Starter Kit comes with everything you need to start building right away – including some new tubes! BUY NOW at www.toobalink.com 43
  • EXCLUSIVE UKULELE MUSICIAN MAKER ™ KIT by TRUE JOY ACOUSTICS - UKULELES Based in Cincinnati, True Joy Acoustics, LLC was founded by P&G retiree Greg Huntington. Its commercial retail aim is to equip serious beginners of ukulele with a fun, superb instrument plus essential gear to learn and love it for a lifetime. Our exclusive learning kits feature $195.00 - $229.00 | Ages 6+ FLEA ukuleles, Made in USA with superb quality, easy to learn, sized right for any player. Easy path to playing guitar, too. Featuring popular FLEA® models (Hibiscus Red, Lagoon Blue, Natural) that are sold as part of our learning kits or individually. True Joy Acoustics, LLC created and owns The Musician Maker™ Kit concept, exclusive denim print organizer cases, some instructional print materials, and focused selection of ukulele learning accessories in our kits. BUY NOW at Amazon or at True Joy Acoustics - Ukuleles 44
  • Toys to Delight Baby thru Preschool PLAY-DOH by Noah and Joseph McVicker Rainbow Crafts 2+ BILLION CANS SOLD SINCE 1956! 45 CC Image KTVee via Flickr
  • Blue Manatee Boxes – Baby Unplugged Book Series Designed and authored by Dr. John S. Hutton, MD Dr. John S. Hutton is a pediatrician at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital, author, and creator of the awardwinning blue manatee boxes gift program. He is also owner of blue manatee children’s bookstore and decafé in Oakley. Dr. John’s major clinical, research and advocacy interests are the effects of electronic media on young children, and reading and play as healthy alternatives. A box in tune with tots, featuring the awardwinning Baby Unplugged book series from pediatrician Dr. John Hutton and other "old school" favorites. Little readers and their grownups will be inspired to snuggle up, run and romp, create, get dirty, and more! Blue Manatee Boxes come in a variety of themes featuring books for a wide range of ages and can be customized to meet individual child interests. Ages 0+ 3 books: $30.00 6 books: $55.00 9 books: $80.00 BUY NOW at Blue Manatee 46
  • Let’s Potty – training board game by Aim High Games LLC Let’s Potty was created and designed by a brother and sister team who were born and raised in Cincinnati. Gina Blatt is a Mt. Lookout resident, who has changed her share of diapers. Daniel (Danny) Skurow is a University of Cincinnati, DAAP, graduate is currently a graphic designer in San Francisco, California. Growing up, Gina and Danny shared a love for board games and would often make up their own fun games. Their sense of humor and love of creating resulted in their Let’s Potty! Collaboration. Let's Potty is a fun, humorous and lighthearted way to begin the potty training conversation with your child. Regardless of the specific potty training method you use, Let's Potty is the perfect tool start the process. Designed to play with a parent, caregiver or older sibling, Let's Potty is a positive and encouraging introduction to the basic concepts of potty training and hygiene. Before you know it, your child will be asking to use the potty like a big kid. $19.99 | Ages 2+ | 2-4 players BUY NOW at Ted’s Toy Store in Madeira Or on Amazon Learn more: Let’s Potty! 47
  • Get Healthy Hands Musical Hand Wash Timers by Rick Ruskin Slam Dunk LLC SLAM dunk LLC is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. Its owner, Rick Ruskin was raised here, in addition to working at Kenner/Hasbro from 1995-2000. Introducing Get Healthy Hands Musical Hand Wash Timers The fun and easy way for parents to get their children to wash their hands for healthy hygiene. Characters, Lights and Music motivate kids to wash for 20 seconds. Easily fits onto ALL standard liquid soap dispensers. Consumers use their existing trusted soap brand – not an unknown brand. See 1-minute Youtube demo video of the Healthy Hands Musical Hand Wash Timer $3.99 | Ages 2+ BUY NOW online at Amazon, Comfort Market and at www.GetHealthyHands.com 48
  • SNACK NANNY® SPILL PROOF SNACK BOWL by David Hamann Design The Snack Nanny® product was designed and developed by David Hamann Design of Cincinnati. The Snack Nanny® name was also developed by David Haman Design. Snack Nanny® is manufactured and sold by Apex Product Development of Cincinnati. BPA FREE …the first snack bowl for kids with a $5.99 | Ages 1+ self-closing door. The Snack Nanny® allows kids to snack freely without overeating, keeps kids entertained and prevents them from creating a mess for mom and dad to clean up. It's easy to use, easy to clean and includes portion control features that only the Snack Nanny® offers. BUY NOW at Amazon and at www.SnackNanny.com 49
  • Ray Lohr for Marx Toys in Erie PA Wheels 1960’s: Big Wheel invented by Cincinnatian and Xavier University alum 50
  • Green Toys Tractor designed by Ron Boyle, RCB Design for Green Toys Ron Boyle is an accomplished designer specializing in 3D design for a wide range of toys and all kinds of other consumer products! Fluent in Unigraphics/NX, Ron can take a hand sketch and turn it in to a masterpiece. The Green Toys™ Tractor puts a whole new spin on farm-to-table. With chunky, go-anywhere tires and a detachable rear trailer, little farmers can harvest and haul the freshest organic produce their imaginations can grow. Super safe and versatile with no metal axles (no rust) or external coatings (no chipping or peeling), it's ready for any playtime payload, whether indoors or outside. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, this might just be the "greenest" tractor around - despite its vibrant orange hue. No BPA, phthalates, or PVC. $19.99 | Ages 1+ BUY NOW at Green Toys, and on Amazon 51
  • Green Toys Ferry Boat designed by Ron Boyle, RCB Design for Green Toys Ron Boyle is an accomplished designer specializing in 3D design for a wide range of toys and all kinds of other consumer products! Fluent in Unigraphics/NX, Ron can take a hand sketch and turn it in to a masterpiece. Set sail with the Green Toys™ Ferry Boat. This two-story vessel is ready to hit the open water with room for eco-friendly cargo galore, and even comes with two Green Toys™ Mini Fastbacks. Use the slide-out ramp to load up the spacious bottom level that accommodates up to four Green Toys™ Mini Vehicles or Fastbacks. The open top deck features two small benches on each side, as well as eleven windows looking down into the main level. Made in the USA from 100% recycled plastic milk jugs that save energy and reduce greenhouse gas $24.99 | Ages 1+ emissions, ideal for any body of water durable, buoyant, dishwasher safe. Hull BUY NOW at Green Toys, and on Amazon detaches for easy cleaning. No BPA, phthalates, PVC, or external coatings. 52
  • Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Power Webs Stunt Launch Spider Cycle designed by Ron Boyle, RCB Design Ron Boyle is an accomplished designer specializing in 3D design for a wide range of toys and all kinds of other consumer products! Fluent in Unigraphics/NX, Ron can take a hand sketch and turn it in to a masterpiece. Stunt Launch Spider Cycle does awesome stunts Spider-Man figure rides on the cycle Launch from the ramp with Power Webs Attach the Rocket Ring for cool stunt landings Missile launcher loads and fires with Power Webs BUY NOW at ToysRus, Walmart, Target and on Amazon $21.99 | Ages 4+ 53
  • ProWood Fingerboards by Jim Vickers Full line of custom fingerboards and accessories $10.95 and up Since 2008, Prowood has been the creator of high quality, hand crafted, custom fingerboards and accessories. Company founder, Jim Vickers, was born and raised in the Cincinnati area. Prowood Fingerboards are sold at www.ProwoodFingerboards.com Made in Palmyra, Indiana USA BUY NOW at Ollie’s Skate Park 8171 Dixie Hwy Florence KY Or online at http://prowoodfingerboards.com and at Amazon. 54
  • for what would, 60 years later be known as the “Yo-Yo!” CC Image courtesy of OhioHistoryCentral.org Girls and Boys 1866 FIRST U.S. PATENT
  • Disney’s Minnie Mouse Cheerleader by BangZoom Design for Fisher Price Bang Zoom Design Ltd. is a Cincinnati-based product invention company established in 1991. With an emphasis on children’s products, Bang Zoom Design Ltd. has licensed over 100 inventions, accounting for well over $1 Billion dollars in retail sales. Minnie loves to cheer Mickey on! Cheerin’ Minnie shows her support with a variety of cheers, phrases, and pompom routines. She even sings the hit song “Hey Mickey!” Kids will love to sing and cheer along as Minnie shows plenty of spirit for M-I-C-K-E-Y! Press the button on Minnie’s shoe for over 12 phrases and cheers. 3 pom-pom shaking positions. $44.99 | Ages 2+ BUY IT at Toys R Us and on Amazon 56
  • COLOR Splasherz Hair Salon by BangZoom Design for The Maya Group Bang Zoom Design Ltd. is a Cincinnati-based product invention company established in 1991. With an emphasis on children’s products, Bang Zoom Design Ltd. has licensed over 100 inventions, accounting for well over $1 Billion dollars in retail sales. The Color Splasherz Hair Salon is a styling, designing fantasy of color change. Colorize and design your hair accessories using just water! You can twist your hair extensions and change their color by dipping, stamping and spraying with water. You can also magically design and change the color of the hair clips and hair band gems. Want to change your style just dip and start again. It's magical and mess free. $24.99 | Ages 5-13 BUY IT at Toys R Us and on Amazon 57
  • Orbeez Luxury Spa by BangZoom Design for The Maya Group Bang Zoom Design Ltd. is a Cincinnati-based product invention company established in 1991. With an emphasis on children’s products, Bang Zoom Design Ltd. has licensed over 100 inventions, accounting for well over $1 Billion dollars in retail sales. Give your feet a treat with the soothing massage of the Orbeez Luxury Spa. Orbeez are soft and soothing, wet and wacky, bouncy and beautiful. With soothing vibrations, more foot space and ambient lighting, the Orbeez Luxury Spa takes relaxation to a whole new level of fun. The Luxury Spa features massaging vibration and bouncing Orbeez. With a built-in strainer heating your Orbeez is easy. $44.99 | Ages 5-13 BUY IT at Toys R Us and on Amazon 58
  • Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Mega Blaster Web Shooter designed by Ron Boyle, RCB Design for Hasbro Ron Boyle is an accomplished designer specializing in 3D design for a wide range of toys and all kinds of other consumer products! Fluent in Unigraphics/NX, Ron can take a hand sketch and turn it in to a masterpiece. Feel just like your favorite web-slinging hero! 2-in-1 blaster shoots "webs" or water 1 size fits most Comes with web fluid, refillable water cartridge and 1 Spider-Man glove $19.99 | Ages 5+ BUY NOW at ToysRus and Walmart 59
  • Monsters University – Scare Off Sully by BangZoom Design for Spin Master Bang Zoom Design Ltd. is a Cincinnati-based product invention company established in 1991. With an emphasis on children’s products, Bang Zoom Design Ltd. has licensed over 100 inventions, accounting for well over $1 Billion dollars in retail sales. This awesome talking Sulley has hands, eyebrows and a mouth that move and open to bring his 14 hilarious phrases to life. Just give him a squeeze and watch him go. Not only does Sulley talk, but he also tries to scare you in the lovable way that only Sulley can. But don't worry, you can scare Sulley right back and watch him fall back in fright. This interactive plush Sulley is the perfect addition to any Monsters University fan's collection. $49.99 | Ages 3-6 BUY IT at Target 60
  • Games Mattel Magic 8 Ball Invented by Albert Carter, introduced in 1950 by Alabe Products in Cincinnati The Magic 8 Ball has an answer for everything! Ask a question, shake the 8 Ball in your hands and peer into the portal. The 20-sided dice inside floats up into view with your answer. $9.99 | Ages 6+ | 1 or more players | Mattel Magic 8 Ball Invented by Albert Carter in Cincinnati introduced in 1950 by Alabe Products Image via flickr cc qnd2011 BUY NOW at ToysRUs and on Amazon 61
  • WordARound card game – ThinkFun Games designed by Jeezle Pete’s for ThinkFun Invented by local superstars, Joe and Dave Herbert of Jeezle Pete’s Race to Unravel the Word! Recommended by American Mensa, 2013. Major Fun Award - Puzzles - 2013. Who knew that positioning a word in one continuous ring would make it so tricky to read? The challenge in WordARound is to quickly figure out where the word starts and to readit aloud before you opponents. The game seems so simple, but you'll find yourself baffled as you race to spot and call out words! Features: 100 WordARound Cards with 300 Words. for $29.99 | Ages 10+ | 2 or more players | 20 minutes or less BUY IT NOW at Ted’s Toy Store in Madeira or on Amazon 62
  • Jukem Football card game designed by Jeff Spelman, Flying Pig Games LLC Jukem Football was created by Cincinnati native, Jeff Spelman, to connect with his son via their shared passion all while practicing math skills. Jukem Football is broadly appealing and approachable for novice and expert fans alike. Perfect for family game night, tailgates, birthday parties. It’s the perfect gift for all the football fans on your list! MADE IN USA. $12.99 | Ages 8+ 2 - 4 players | 20 minutes BUY NOW at Ted’s Toy Store (Madeira), Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Gift Shop (Clifton), Blue Marble Books (Ft Thos), at Amazon and online: http://www.jukemfootball.com 63
  • Themed Monopoly-style Games by Late for the Sky Productions Get YOUR Game On, Cincinnati! It's Your Roll! A board game about the GREAT city of Cincinnati! We chose some favorite landmarks and traditions, mixed in some chili cheese coneys, a few flying pigs, great traditions, riverboats, and some BIG FUN... and voilà (vwä lä)-behold…. IT’S CINCINNATI-OPOLY! $24.95 | Ages 8+ | 2 – 6 players Cincinnati’s Late for The Sky Productions has been making board games, since 1984. Find this and more licensed and themed editions in local retailers all over town, on Amazon and at: http://www.lateforthesky.com 64
  • Zombie-opoly by Late for the Sky Productions THIS GAME IS ROTTEN The living dead, the undead – whatever you call them they scare the pants off us! There’s just something unnerving about lumbering corpses that continue to attack after having limbs severed! And do they really want to eat our flesh and BRAINS! AAAaaarrrrrgggghhhh! Zombie-opoly allows players to buy favorite zombies and increase the rent by buying Boxes of Flesh and trading them in for a Screaming Human. It’s all fun and games until someone gets sent to BURIED and is under ground and clawing their way to the surface for three turns! Choose your token and shamble to RRrrrrrr! You may soon be re-animated…or you may just be blood spewed and bitten. Whatever happens, this is a game where the fun never dies! Traditional play or one-hour version $24.95 | Ages 8+ | 2 – 6 Undead Players Late for The Sky Productions has been making board games in Cincinnati since 1984. Find this and many more themed “Opoly” editions in local retailers all over town, on Amazon and at the company website: http://www.lateforthesky.com 65
  • Nickname Knowledge sports trivia game designed by BoogPagodie Games Nickname Knowledge was started by longtime high school football coach Jim Barre and his college roommate Ralph Herda. Jim is retired from coaching, and currently resides in Cincinnati, OH. The 54 cards in the deck will provide hours of entertainment. Whether at the bar, in the basement, or tailgating at the big game, Nickname Knowledge is fun for the casual fan, all the way up to the sports fanatic. Questions range from: "Name the 5 pro sports teams that have nicknames that begin with 'D'?" to "Name the 6 pro teams that have nicknames related to air and space?" $11.99 | 1 or more players | Ages 8+ Nickname Knowledge is a registered trademark of BoogPagodie Games. The team names used in this game are trademarks of the teams. Use of the team names in this game is necessary to identify the teams. This game is not sponsored or endorsed by the owners of any team trademark. BUY NOW online at NicknameKnowledge Or at Koch’s Sporting Goods 66
  • Baffle!™ board game by Flying Rabbit Enterprises Looking for a brain teaser that exercises logical reasoning and problem solving in a fun, challenging way? Then Baffle!’s the board game or CD-Rom for you. Put all 25 pieces on the board so only 1 piece of each shape and color appears in any row, column, or corner-to-corner diagonal. Sound easy? Try it! Baffle!’s exciting played solo, collaboratively, or competitively. It is also great for birthdays, family game nights, travelers, and classroom teachers. $29.99* | Ages 8+ | Solo or multiple players | 20 minutes *game also comes in a digital CD-ROM version for $19.99 Baffle!! was invented, designed, engineered by Diane Hill at Flying Rabbit Enterprises’ headquarters in Cincinnati. Game pieces are manufactured in Ft. Wayne, IN and the rest of the game in Battle Creek, MI. BUY IT HERE: Ted’s Toy Store in Madiera, Joseph Beth Booksellers Rookwood Shopping Center, The Contemporary Arts Center downtown Cincinnati, The Villager in Mariemont, Cincinnati Museum Center, and YottaQuest in Mt. Healthy OR ONLINE: http://bafflegame.com/ 67
  • The Trash Pack UFT by BangZoom Design for Moose Toys Bang Zoom Design Ltd. is a Cincinnati-based product invention company established in 1991. With an emphasis on children’s products, Bang Zoom Design Ltd. has licensed over 100 inventions, accounting for well over $1 Billion dollars in retail sales. The Trash Pack is a collectable pencil topper toy made from a soft material. Spin bins are a bin shaped container with a wind up lid, released when the button on the base is pressed. Spin bins can be played on their own, but are also part of a game where 2 or more characters can battle each other. $6.99 | Ages 5+ BUY IT at Toys R Us and on Amazon 68
  • Courtier board game, Alderac Entertainment Group designed by Philip duBarry Philip duBarry is an accomplished game designer in Cincinnati, Ohio. $34.99 | Ages 10+ | 2 - 4 players | 60 minutes In Courtier, 2–4 players compete for recognition in the royal court. Your mission is to act as an influence broker, manipulating the levers of power and granting favors to important supplicants. You accomplish this by influencing key people to act at your behest. Play influence cards to gain sway over a key courtier, or play power cards to manipulate the board in your favor. Control each of the courtiers listed on a given petition, and you earn victory points for completing that request. Bonus points can be earned from cards and abilities. The winner is the player with the highest score at the end of the game. BUY IT HERE: Yottaquest in Mt. Healthy, and online at Coolstuffinc.com Learn more at http://www.alderac.com/tempest/courtier/ 69
  • Canalis board game – Alderac Entertainment Group designed by Philip duBarry Philip duBarry is an accomplished game designer in Cincinnati, Ohio. In the wake of one of Tempests namesake storms, a new area near the city-state has opened up for development, and your faction looks to you to carve out your power in this new area. A game of building a new district in the City-State of Tempest, players in Canalis attempt to expand the city through strategic tile play, laying canals and new construction while fulfilling hidden goals for greater power and preventing their opponents from completing their goals by blocking their plans. 2-4 players and 45-60 minutes. $39.99 | Ages 12+ 2 - 4 players 45-60 minutes BUY IT HERE: Yottaquest in Mt. Healthy, and online at Coolstuffinc.com 70
  • Kingdom of Solomon, Minion Games designed by Philip duBarry Philip duBarry is an accomplished game designer in Cincinnati, Ohio. $49.99 | Ages 12+ | 2 - 4 players | 60 minutes Kingdom of Solomon is a worker-placement game with a few new twists and turns. Do you claim a resource space, an action space or throw in all your remaining pawns to grab a powerful Bonus Space? Will you spend your resources to extend Solomon's kingdom, take some points in the Market or add to the Temple? These and many other choices await you in this highly interactive game. BUY IT HERE: Yottaquest in Mt. Healthy, and online at Amazon.com Learn more at www.miniongames.com 71
  • Revolution board game, Steve Jackson Games designed by Philip duBarry Philip duBarry is an accomplished game designer in Cincinnati, Ohio. $39.99 | Ages 10+ | 3 - 4 players | 60 minutes Revolution! is a board game where players take advantage of the fluid political situation by secretly bidding for a number of characters, each yielding a combination of territory control, points (popular support) and more currency with which to bid next round. Players win by gaining the support of the people (the most points). Players can gain bonus points by controlling an area of the city at the end of the game. BUY IT HERE: Yottaquest in Mt. Healthy, and online at Amazon.com Learn more at www.sjgames.com/revolution 72
  • Scrumbrawl board game by Tim Bugher, VicTim Games ScrumBrawl is a board game where players control fantastic creatures vying for supremacy within the Arena, scoring goals with enchanted orbs and fighting other fantastic creatures to prevent them from scoring. The 100-card deck contains fifty creatures with different characteristics that determine how the creature interacts with the orbs (throw accuracy, catching ability, and throwing range), how fast a creature can move, and how effective it is in battle. Many creatures also have unique magic abilities that can be used to manipulate gameplay. $39.95 | Ages 13+* | 2 - 4 players | 30-60 mins *younger players can play with a little help! Tim Bugher, one of the founders of VicTim Games and co-designer of ScrumBrawl resides in the Cincinnati area with his wife Tammy and 2 boxers. Tim is also actively involved in CincyCon, Cincinnati’s own gaming convention that takes place each year in March. BUY NOW at East Side Games & Cards (Milford) Yottaquest (Mt Healthy), on Amazon and at http://www.scrumbrawl.com 73
  • Bidittle board game by Patricia Smaracko, Alantis Company Share your love of Bridge with others….designed with kids in mind! “I could teach my kids Bridge with this game.” --Mensa Mind Games® Competition 2011 $19.99 | 2 – 4 players | Ages 7+ | BIDittle is a bidding and trick-taking card / board game to help Bridge players teach family and friends the game of Bridge. The game simplifies the Bridge learning curve by breaking the process into three different levels of play. BUY NOW online at http://www.bidittle.com 74
  • JEWELIES GAME designed by Cindy Huxel, Long Play 360 LLC LongPlay 360, LLC is a woman owned business committed to creating toys, games and resources that assist in teaching K-12 core subjects. Our games are fun and children love to play them. We hope you will bring our products into your classroom and home. Jewelies Game is fun for the whole family! Using a collection of jewels, a 20 sided dice, Market Cards and individual score sheets, players collect, trade, negotiate and strategize while the market effects changing values of the jewels. Win by having the most valuable collection at the end of the game! It is easy to understand and engaging for players age 7+. $35.00 | Ages 7+ | 20 mins BUY NOW at www.longplay360.com 75
  • Bicycle Zombie! Playing Cards by US Playing Card Company The United States Playing Card Company, makers of Bicycle® Brand Playing Cards, has been located in Greater Cincinnati since being founded in 1867. In 2009,. USPC moved into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Erlanger, KY after being based in Norwood, OH since 1901. Don’t be caught off guard for the Zombie Apocalypse! $3.99 | All Ages The Bicycle® Brand Zombie Deck features a distinctive zombie design on the tuck and the card backs. The court cards have zombie art and all 52 cards have fun and helpful tips on how to survive a zombie attack. Bicycle's Zombie Deck features our classic "scare"cushion finish. Made in the USA at The United States Playing Card Company on quality stock with a premium BUY NOW at Walgreens stores finish. or online: http://www.shopbicyclecards.com/Bicycle-Zombie-Playing-Cards-P158C42.aspx 76
  • Bicycle Peacock Playing Cards by US Playing Card Company The United States Playing Card Company, makers of Bicycle® Brand Playing Cards, has been located in Greater Cincinnati since being founded in 1867. In 2009,. USPC moved into a new, state-of-the-art facility in Erlanger, KY after being based in Norwood, OH since 1901. $3.99 | All Ages The Peacock Deck is all about style and flair. Available in purple and green with a repeating pattern of peacock feathers, this deck makes a subtly stylish addition to your collection. The Peacock Deck features original artwork on the front and backs of the cards, including the Ace of Spades. These decks were printed in the USA at the United States Playing Card Company and printed on premium stock with a quality finish. BUY NOW at Walgreens stores or online: http://www.shopbicyclecards.com/Peacock-P209C42.aspx 77
  • MATTEL UNO CARD GAME Invented by Merle Robbins, Reading Ohio 1971 $4.99 | Ages 7+ The Original Uno Game. Be the first player or be on the first team to score 500 points in this classic family game! Play cards from your hand by matching color, number, or word with the top card of the discard pile. When you have one card left, yell UNO! Includes 108 cards and instructions. BUY NOW at ToysRUs and on Amazon 78
  • Cincinnati Toy Store Directory The Queen City is also chock full of specialty toy & game shops! Venture out of the Big Box and see the magical things that await you here: • • • • • • • • • • • • • • Arcadian Comics & Games (Newport) Blue Manatee Children’s Bookstore & deCafé (Oakley) Blue Marble Children’s Bookstore (Ft. Thomas, KY) Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center Gift Shop (Clifton) Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal (Downtown) Coolest Toys on Earth (Milford) Joseph Beth Kids Bookstore (Norwood/Hyde Park and Crestivew Hills) King Arthur’s Court Toys (Oakley) Learning Express Toys (Crestview Hills, KY) Queen City Comic & Card Co. (Pleasant Ridge) Recreations Outlet (Milford) Ted’s Toy Store (Madeira) Toko Kidz (Clifton) YottaQuest (Mt Healthy) 79
  • About Cincinnati Game and Toy Industry Professionals With over 300 members spanning the industry who work with global brands and local startups, this group connects people in the Greater Cincinnati area who work in the game and toy industry to share news, ideas and includes periodic meetups to build relationships and promote Cincinnati's long heritage as a game and toy innovation hotbed. Focus is limited to family-oriented and children's products. Founded in June 2010 by Michelle Spelman http://www.linkedin.com/in/michellespelman Cincinnati Game & Toy on Linkedin Find us on twitter! 80
  • Index Product # # Anki artificial intelligence racing game & app Everything Kids Learning 31 Activities Book - F+W Media 22 Orbeez Luxury Spa - Maya Group 58 Baby Alive doll - Hasbro 6 52 Pillow Pets Virtual World app 32 Baffle board game Barbie Swim and Race Pups Playset Baseball Pitching Machines GameMasterAthletic 67 Fingerboards - Prowood Fluorescent Rock Kit 28 Geocentral 54 Play Doh - Hasbro 45 41 Playing Cards - Peacock - Bicycle 77 Spirograph Star Wars - Haynes manuals Death Star & Millenium Falcon Star Wars - The Bounty Hunter Code book Star Wars - Thumb Wrestling book 34 Frisbee Toss - Wham-o 36 Playing Cards - Zombie - Bicycle 76 Toob-a-Link building toy 43 Bidittle - Bridge board game 74 Gold Panning Kit - Geocentral Jewelies Board Game 50 Longplay360 42 72 Tracter by Green Toys 51 75 Revolution board game - duBarry Rosie the Riveter historic action figure 24 Trampoline Basketball hoop 37 46 Jukem Football card game Kingdom of Solomon board 30 game - duBarry 63 Santa From Cincinnati 15 Trash Pack UFT 68 71 Scrumbrawl board game - Bugher 73 True Joy Acoustics Ukuleles 44 16 Let's Potty! Board game Light Bulb Baking book (History 64 of Easy Bake Oven) 47 Sit 'n Spin - Hasbro 8 Uno Card Game - Mattel 78 17 Snack Nanny snack dispenser 49 Uno Card Game - Mattel 5 57 Little Tikes Cozy Coupe 7 Snowflakes pop-up book 13 27 69 Magic 8 Ball - Mattel Mensch on a Bench book and 40 plush set Monsters University Scare Off 56 Sully My Backpack Tags - Confident 26 Kids Nickname Knowledge card 10 game 61 Snowglobe pop-up greeting card 12 21 Song and Dance Man book Spiderman Action Figures assorted Spiderman Mega Blaster Web Shooter Spiderman Power Webs Stunt Launch Power Cycle 11 Wibbly-Woo by abbydid Women of Steel and Stone book WordARound card game ThinkFun 65 59 Zombie-opoly board game Z-Tek Bow and arrow set - Zing Toys 53 Canalis board game 81 Big Wheel - Marx Toys Blue Manatee Boxes - Baby unplugged Choremonster app Cincinnati Night Before Christmas Cincinnati-opoly board game Color Splasherz Hair Salon Maya Group Courtier board game Dinosaur Nest Dig Kit Geocentral Disney Minnie Mouse Cheerleader Disney Princess Palace Pets Easy Bake Oven - Hasbro Ferry Boat by Green Toys 60 39 66 Product # 25 # 9 19 20 18 14 62 35 70