Friday, October 26, 2012

The Hobbit board game from Spin Master

The Hobbit board game from Pressman Toy

Experience the first part of the exciting journey to the Lonely Mountain and reclaim the stolen treasure from the dragon Smaug. This official game retells the first Hobbit film as 2 to 15 players take the roles of characters from the film, traversing Middle Earth locations to do battle, solve riddles and earn points along the way. This game will be HUGE. The film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey will be released in theatres by Warner Brothers beginning December 14, 2012. Interesting Note: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings games can be played independently or players can connect the game boards for the two games to create one giant middle earth game board!

For 2 to 15 players | Ages 8 and up.

Available for shipping November 15th. Limited availability until 2013. Advance orders being taken now on a first-come-first-served basis!

MSRP of $29.99 to $32.99 (approximately)*

*This is a mass market game and pricing may vary according to the marketing strategies of national Canadian retailers.

Lord of the Rings board game from Pressman Toy

Lord of the Rings board game from Pressman Toy
Experience the epic journey as you join the quest to save Middle-earth from the forces of evil. This action-packed game based on The Lord of the Rings Trilogy includes awe-inspiring images and characters taken directly from the three award-winning films. Interesting Note: The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings games can be played independently or players can connect the game boards for the two games to create one giant middle earth game board!

For 2 to 10 players | Ages 8 and up.
Available for shipping November 15th. Limited availability until 2013. Advance orders being taken now on a first-come-first-served basis!
MSRP of $29.99 to $32.99 (approximately)*

*This is a mass market game and pricing may vary according to the marketing strategies of national Canadian retailers.


Storage Wars from Spin Master

Storage Wars from Spin Master

Based on the popular television show by the same name, the Storage Wars board game is a pure auction game where players take the roles of characters from the show and bid on the contents of storage lockers in hopes of winning big.

2 to 6 players | Ages 8+
Retail Price: $22.99 to $26.99 (approximately)*
*This is a mass market game and pricing may vary according to the marketing strategies of national Canadian retailers.

Temple Run - Danger Chase board game from Spin Master


Temple Run - Danger Chase board game from Spin Master

Based of the popular Temple Run game app in a multi-player board game. Roll the dice and race against the clock to keep head of the Evil Demon Monkey!

2 to 4 players | Ages 8+
Retail Price: $24.99 to $34.99 (approximately)*
*This is a mass market game and pricing may vary according to the marketing strategies of national Canadian retailers.

Friday, September 28, 2012

Paul's Top Picks for the coming season


Dear Retailer:


As you can imagine, with over 2,000 SKU’s to choose from now at Outset Media, it has become increasingly difficult to put together a list of top-sellers. With so many variables to consider, like your store type, your local market conditions and your store demographic, our best sellers might not necessarily be your best sellers. Practically all of the products in our catalogue are there because they sell. (Yes, like every catalogue, there are a few “dogs” too.) The question is will they sell in your store? I am happy to go through the catalogue with you any time and/or put together a order recommendation for you but, for those that are curious, here are some of my early favorites so far this year:

1. Family Charades in-a-box Compendium (16,000 games and counting since the release in June of 2011.) This is truly a game for any social gathering and is completely adaptable to the age(s) and interests of the players who are participating from ages of 4 to 104. See page 3 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

2. Canadian Trivia: Family Edition – Most of our retailers know that this game is based on the original game that started Outset Media. We also had the Canadian Trivia 10th Anniversary Edition. This version, however, is my favourite. Here’s why: The 9+ age category is much better suited to a family game where young and old alike can learn more about Canada; The game board and the game play are much more fun; all of the components in the game were manufactured in North America; and the $29.99 suggested retail price point is a great value and makes a great family gift!

3. What? Girls Night Out Edition – This is a game to merchandise beside the party game, WHAT? and is specifically for stagette parties or any gathering of wild and crazy ladies. Definitely adult oriented content with an age rating of 18 plus. Having two games in this party game series will make quite a statement on the store shelf. See page 9 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder. A copy of ‘What? Girls Night Out Edition’ was in the 2012 64th Emmy Awards gift bag for nominees and media!

4. Silent but Deadly with merchandising display. Silent but Deadly plays like Crazy 8’s, except better. This is really a fun game to play…much more than just a game with a gimmicky name. Peggable but the merchandiser is so good that it should really be displayed that way. It has the potential to be one of those games that completely takes off with word of mouth among kids ages 8 to 11. Again, it’s the quality of the game play that makes the difference. See page 10 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder. (Ask for the .PDF attachment to be emailed to you if you are interested.)

5. Dung Deck with merchandising display. Dung Deck is a trumps game but it’s the funny trivia that sells this game. Peggable but the merchandiser is so good that it should really be displayed that way. You can have a display of 18 or a mixed display that includes 9 each of Silent but Deadly and Dung Deck. See page 10 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder. (Ask for the .PDF attachment to be emailed to you if you are interested.)

6. Blunders – This new game from Patch Products is for 2+ players, ages 5+. This is a game that makes it fun for kids to learn about manners and more fun for parents to teach them! Great value at $29.99 MSRP. See page C-22 in your Outset Media catalogue because you may want to bring in the other products in the series too.

7. Tobbles is a building toy from Fat Brain Toys for children ages 24+ months of age. I would add that it would probably top out at 36 months of age because it’s hard to imagine a 17 year old playing with this. (Okay, enough funny stuff from the rep.) This is a very well made stacking/building toy with excellent packaging for effective merchandising. MSRP of $29.99.

8. Don’t Rock the Boat – This new game from Patch Products is for 2-4 players ages 5+. Take turns placing the pirate penguins carefully on the decks and masts of the pirate ship without being the player to make it capsize! Besides being fun, the MSRP of $24.99 also makes this a great value!

9. Lenticular Puzzles – Big sellers! The magnetic 3-D puzzle pieces fit together on the lid of the puzzle tin that can be used as a pencil case as well! Each title ships in a displayer of 8 units. See page 22 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

10. Family Scavenger Hunt – This is a new game from Outset Media that is NOT in the catalogue. We were going to release it next year but we had it all ready to go sooner than expected so we thought, “why hold it back?” Great MSRP at $24.99. Play indoors and/or outdoors! (Ask for the .PDF attachment to be emailed to you if you are interested.)

11. New Opoly titles from Late for the Sky – Back by popular demand after a year out of print, Pond-Hockey-opoly 2nd Edition is back in time for the holidays. See page B-23 in your Outset Media 2012 Games, Puzzles & More catalogue in the big blue binder. Take note that two brand new titles JUST arrived and are NOT in your catalogue. Golf-opoly and Garfield-opoly are now available. By the way, I am also a fan of the new Forest-Animal-opoly game on page B-24. Let me know if you would like images emailed to you or check my blog and/or Facebook page.

12. Special Ordering Bonanza! – For those that don’t already know, there is quite a selection of Dog-Opoly titles for specific breeds on page B-25. I know that it’s hard to stock all of them but it really is worth your while to bring in a mix of them. They do sell at this time of year. Bring in a selection and I will be happy to email you that catalogue page upon request so that you can display it with the games. We could put a message on there with something like, “Special Order other titles just in time for Christmas! Ordering deadline: (blah, blah, blah.) Just tell me what you want.

13. Keva Series from Mindware
These highly finished wood plank construction and building toys were fantastic sellers last fall. I Highly recommend displaying them together on the shelf as a series! See pages A-8 and A-9 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

14. Q-Bitz –There are very few games that demo this fast or this well. Demo this game in your store and an independent retailer can expect to sell between 40 and 70 units over the holidays. See page A-3 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

15. Q-Ba-Maze 2.0 Big Box – The response to this toy/game since the CGTA Show in August has been very strong. Having a display model in the store is crucial in order to sell these in decent numbers. Think if it as an art piece/toy. It’s tons of fun for kids and way more fun for adults than it should be.

16. FOLD from Fat Brain Toys. I almost missed this one except that it really stood out at the CGTA Gift Show in the displayer and there are 10 extremely challenging puzzles enclosed in each package. At $14.99 suggested retail, they make a nice presentation and, speaking as a consumer, seemed like pretty good value. Ships 12 units to a case with a very attractive shelf displayer. I can see this product doing very well if it is given a reasonably good shelf location at eye level. See page A-31 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

17. Ivan’s Hinge from Fat Brain Toys. This is a puzzle/brain teaser that, like Fold, could do very well with an MSRP of $14.99. With 56 puzzle challenges to complete, this puzzle offers a lot of entertainment value! See page A-31 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

18. Miranda Wooden Games- Attractive packaging and high quality finished wood components and game boards make these games an ideal series for traditional game stores and gift shops. These two-player strategy games also make attractive display pieces on any desk or coffee table. At $34.99 MSRP, they make a nice gift. See pages A-32 and A-33 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

19. Volcano Island Countdown – This is a new game from Spin Master that has an Indiana Jones styled packaging. That’s a personal opinion, by the way, and should not be taken as an official description. The game play looks fun and it’s simple to explain. It’s a cooperative game where you and the other players all have to escape the island before the volcano explodes. $22.00 wholesale price with a special note that it will most likely be in the mass-market. Spin Master indicates that it will be TV advertised which is sort of a giveaway. That being said, look how the game LOGO took off late last season! Independent retailers were ordering this game like crazy in November, December and January. See page A-38 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

20. LOGO – See above. See page A-38 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

21. Artifact – This might be a game to use as a limited time offer and display a number of them. You may recall that they used to retail for $39.99 when they were first released. We are clearing them out to make room for the over 400 new SKUs that we have this year. $7.50 wholesale (clearance pricing.) You could offer them at $14.99, $19.99, $24.99, etc. See page B-38 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.

22. Word Thief!
This is a game with an MSRP of $34.99. The license on this expires in November so we are blowing these out at $3.00 each!!!! Retail these at $14.99, $19.99 or $24.99 to make exceptional margins! (This is NOT in your 2012 catalogue. Check your 2011 catalogue if you still have it or call me to have an image emailed to you.)

23. Spy Alley /Simply Suspects– Like Artifact, above, these games used to retail for $39.99 but we simply had to discontinue some good quality games in order to make room and keep our selection fresh. Get these games at a bargain for $5.00 each and retail them for $12.99 or $14.99 as value priced games or for $19.99 or $24.99 and make some excellent margins. See page A-39 in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder. Either way, you will want to put these in a high profile location to take full advantage.

24. Cobble Hill Puzzles – Cobble Hill Puzzles are now one of the leading puzzle brands in North America. Ask about the top-sellers (See Cobble Hill Puzzles 2012 catalogue in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.) The new Find the Difference Puzzles on pages 48 and 49 will be particularly strong this season in the children’s puzzle category. Ask about our Cobble Hill Puzzles merchandising displayer for the Christmas-themed puzzles!

25. White Mountain Puzzles - Ask about the top-sellers because there are some really good ones. White Mountain Puzzles have a very unique style that does not conflict with the Cobble Hill line. (See White Mountain Puzzles 2012 catalogue in the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.)

26. Mojo Animal Figurines - The animals are individually hand-painted and extremely durable. Made from Food Grade Non-Phthalate PVC, they are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Each animal has a colour coded UPC label which may look similar to those on other animal figurines. However, take special note of the very attractive margins in the Mojo line! There is also a limited number of fully lit merchandising floor displays for “early adopters” so don’t wait too long to order. To view the complete 2012 collection, be sure to have a look at catalogue section “D” in your Outset Media 2012 Games, Puzzles & More catalogue in the big blue binder, or call your Outset Media representative.

27. Royal and Langnickel – While this line does very well throughout the year, there is no question that the shorter, wetter and colder days have a lot to do with the sales surge we see during the Fall/Winter months. The selection of new paint-by-number, engraving art and sketching art titles this year is fantastic! If you are relatively new to this category, the beginner art kits also do extremely well during the Fall/Winter Season because they also make great gifts. The new small and large Clear Case Sets on pages 28 and 29 of the catalogue were a real hit at the CGTA and Alberta Gift Show due to their exceptional presentation. They have a nice hard shell plastic case for storage with the added advantage for the retailer and the artist of being able to see what is inside the case without actually opening it. Merchandised beside a selection of the new ‘Mini Tins’, which are also perfect stocking stuffers by the way, and you will have a very attractive and strong art section without a huge financial commitment. Royal and Langnickel strikes a perfect balance between quality and price. This is our third full year of distributing Royal & Langnickel and I have yet to hear of one complaint about the quality of this line or about one disappointed customer. (See the Royal and Langnickel 2012 catalogue in the very back of the Outset Media 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder.)

Hey! What about the other products in the catalogue?

Sometimes it’s easy to get caught up in the hoopla of all the new products and forget about some of the other good sellers. Don’t let this happen to you!  Have a look through the 2012 Outset Media Games, Puzzles and More catalogue in the big, blue binder and make sure you have all of the big sellers included in your Fall order! Remember, your past efforts to build up these products in your store are all for naught if you forget to add them back into this year’s product mix.

Some good examples of this are TWIG, the high quality, 72-piece, wooden building set. This type of quality building toy is always in demand at Christmas time. With this particular product, however, having an open set on display is imperative because, while the eco-friendly box serves its purpose, it is NOT an eye-catching box. Okay, it’s a boring box but the product is fantastic!

The game of ‘What?’ - With the addition of ‘What? Girls Night Out Edition’ the ‘What?’ brand has become even stronger. Word of mouth continues to drive the steadily growing market for this game and because it is still increasing in popularity, ‘What?’ makes my shortlist again this year for top game recommendations. Practically unbeatable as an office party game during the Holiday Season
‘What?’ is one of the funniest party games you will ever play.
Suggested retail: $29.99 (Deluxe version: $39.99)

Check out the video at http://outsetmedia.com/games/what/what . In fact, check out all of our game videos at OutsetMedia.com. These are great videos for your customers and for training your staff! Ask us how you can use all of our videos on your website! (A copy of ‘What? Girls Night Out Edition’ was in the 2012 64th Emmy Awards gift bag for nominees and media! ** )

Qwirkle - Distributed exclusively in Canada for Mindware™ by Outset Media Corp.
This game is still one of our best sellers! At the end of June, 2011, Qwirkle was awarded the Spiel des Jahres (Game of the Year) in Germany. The award was founded in 1978 with the stated purpose of rewarding excellence in board and card game design and promoting top-quality games in the German market. It is considered to be one of the world’s most prestigious game awards. The criteria on which a game is evaluated include game concept (originality, playability, game value); rule structure (composition, clearness, comprehensibility); layout (box, board, rules) and design (functionality, workmanship.)
Ages 6+
2 to 4 players
(English edition: MW-32016) (French edition: No. 62016)
Suggested Retail Price: $29.99

Sneaky Floor Puzzles – from Patch Products
I say it a lot, but these 46-piece, two-sided, floor puzzles sell like hotcakes…ALL…YEAR…ROUND. These high quality puzzles are bright and colourful and the pieces are thick and durable. The finished size for each puzzle is 2 x 3 feet. In addition to being fun for children as young as 3, the puzzles also have educational value. The letters of the alphabet and the numbers 0-9 are hidden in the scenery…pretty sneaky, huh? Choose from: Enchanted Kingdom, A Day on the Farm, Emergency!, Dinosaur Land and A Day At The Zoo. Other great floor puzzles from Patch include My First Floor Puzzle – Let’s Visit the Zoo and My First Floor Puzzle – Farming Fun. Also, choose from five titles in the 3D Sneaky Puzzles, including the new titles, SpongeBob and Dora the Explorer! See pages B-20 and B-21 in your Outset Media catalogue.

Again, don’t forget to check out our product videos at OutsetMedia.com. They can be used on your website or Facebook page and they are great for staff training! Call me if you would like to set up some time to go through the catalogue for more recommendations!


Thursday, September 13, 2012

Woolly Mammoth from Mojo



Woolly Mammoth from Mojo

The Woolly mammoth was the last of the extinct genus Mammuthus, proboscideans. They lived from the Pliocene epoch from around 5 million years ago, into the Holocene at about 4,500 years ago, and were members of the family Elephantidae, which contains, along with mammoths, the two genera of modern elephants and their ancestors.
Like their modern relatives, mammoths were quite large – between 9 ft and 10 ft high, and they had extremely long tusks — up to 5 m (16 ft) long.

Whether the general mammoth population died out for climatic reasons or due to overhunting by humans is controversial. Another theory suggests mammoths may have fallen victim to an infectious disease. A combination of climate change and hunting by humans may be a possible explanation for their extinction. Homo erectus (early man) is known to have consumed mammoth meat as early as 1.8 million years ago. A site in Ukraine suggests Neanderthals built dwellings using mammoth bones.
(Source: WIKIPEDIA)

Friday, August 10, 2012

Mojo Animal Figurines

Mojo

Mojo is a new line of high quality figurines featuring dinosaurs and animals from around the world. The animals arrived in Canada in good spirits and in fine health at our distribution centre in Brampton, Ontario back in June. Adoption demand has been high and when an order is received they are carefully packed and shipped out to our regional retail adoption centers across Canada while they await permanent placement in Canadian homes.

The animals are individually hand-painted and extremely durable. Made from Food Grade Non-Phthalate PVC, they are environmentally friendly and non-toxic. Each animal has a colour coded UPC label which may look similar to those on other animal figurines. However, take special note of the very attractive margins in the Mojo line! Another shipment of animals is expected to arrive during the week of August 13th to 17th. There is also a limited number of fully lit merchandising floor displays for “early adopters” so don’t wait too long to order. To view the complete 2012 collection, be sure to have a look at catalogue section “D” in your Outset Media 2012 Games, Puzzles & More catalogue in the big blue binder, or call your Outset Media representative.

Special Note: Beginning August 15th, each week a different animal will be featured on my Twitter and Facebook page. It’s educational and it’s fun! Use this information to help promote the animals in your store by following me on Twitter or Liking the feature on my Facebook page!

Follow me on:
Twitter at @phouse123
Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/paul.albhouse.9

Friday, August 3, 2012

Communications Update

The success of any distributor/retailer relationship requires much more than just great products. It requires a common goal, trust, great service, product knowledge, and a whole lot more. At the heart of all of this, however, is effective communication. At Outset Media, we are always looking for ways to improve the quality of our communications. And, while communications is a work in progress and constantly evolving, as your account representative, I have to say that I really like where we are right now as a company. Take a look.


Company Communications

Outset Media 2012 Games, Puzzles and More catalogue

You should have received this catalogue in the big, blue binder. There are over 400 new items to choose from this year! .PDF versions of the catalogue can be downloaded at http://www.outsetmedia.com/for-retailers/download-catalogs

2012 Fall Flyer Program

If you are a toy retailer, this is a pretty good way to go for inexpensive advertising. It’s free! All you have to do is agree to stock the products in the flyer. The flyer will be circulated to Canadian Living magazine home subscribers in the December edition. Deadline for sign-up is September 7th, 2012. Call me for an information package.


OutsetMedia.com

The Outset Media website has been completely renovated! Taking over two years in the design process, the goal was to make our website fun and informative without being a mass of confusing clutter…much easier said than done. While visiting, please try to complete the short survey for the “Retailer Login” page in the “For Retailers” section. This section is nearing completion and your feedback will help us determine what features retailers will find most useful.
Visit us at http://outsetmedia.com/

Also, be sure to visit these other websites from Outset Media:
Visit us at http://www.cobblehillpuzzles.com/
Visit us at http://www.professornoggin.com/
Visit us at http://www.thegameofwhat.com/


Coming Soon to OutsetMedia.com! – Product videos for EVERY Outset Media product!
These will be posted to our website by September 4th.


Facebook – Outset Media

http://www.facebook.com/OutsetMedia
This Facebook page includes retailer and consumer information about Outset Media brands. Retailer and consumer postings are encouraged and welcome.


Twitter – Outset Media

http://twitter.com/outsetmedia
This includes retailer and consumer information about Outset Media brands. Retailer and consumer postings are encouraged and welcome.


Account Representative Communications

Facebook – Paul Albhouse

This is completely new. As your account representative, this is where I post information that I think my retail accounts and their customers should know about. It includes information about Outset Media branded products in addition to products that we distribute in the Canadian market. Retailer and consumer postings are encouraged and welcome. It’s new, so I need friends like you to “Like” my Facebook page so I don’t get lonely.


Twitter - Paul Albhouse

Follow me on Twitter: @phouse123
https://twitter.com/phouse123
Twitter is also something new for me so please ignore the sad number of followers that I have so far. The idea is to get messages out to you quickly and, at the same time, keep it short and sweet. If you use Twitter, I also need followers like you so I don’t get lonely.

Paul’s Blog

This is where I post EVERYTHING! It is informative but lacks the social networking advantages of linking to you and your customers the way that I can with Facebook and Twitter. Retailer and consumer postings are encouraged and welcome.http://www.omgamesandpuzzles.blogspot.com/


So, there you have it. I know it is a lot of information to digest but if you invest a little time now to participate in the aforementioned media and follow along on a somewhat regular basis, you could potentially see some real dividends down the road. Remember, customers in your area may be participating right now - perhaps even some of your customers - and in today’s economy, any opportunity to reach out to them cannot be ignored.


Paul Albhouse
Canadian Account Representative
Outset Media Corp.


Monday, July 30, 2012

Getting ready for the Alberta Gift Show

ALBERTA Fall 2012 GIFT SHOW (Edmonton) – August 19th to August 22nd

BOOTH # 1461, Hall F, G, H, Northlands Agricom Building (now renamed as EDMONTON EXPO CENTRE), Northlands Park, Edmonton, Alberta.
For registration and more details visit

http://cgta.org/Giftshow/AB/Main.aspx?pid=General

Sunday, August 19th - 9am-6pm

Monday – August 20th - 9am-6pm
Tuesday – August 21st - 9am-6pm
Wednesday – August 22nd 9am-3pm

Getting ready for the CGTA Gift Show

CGTA Fall 2012 Gift Show (Toronto) – August 12th to 15th.

BOOTH # 5530, International Centre - Hall 5

For registration and more details visit http://www.cgta.org/Giftshow/TR/Home.aspx  

Sunday, August 12th - 9am-6pm
Monday – August 13th - 9am-7pm*
Tuesday August 14th - 9am-7pm*
Wednesday – August 15th - 9am-3pm
(Please note extended hours)

Let me know if you would like to book an appointment. (Appointments on opening day are not recommended because it's usually a free-for-all.)

Thursday, April 12, 2012

ETERNAS™ (New!)

ETERNAS™ is a fun new 3-dimensional strategy game of four in a row. The rules and concepts are simple enough to appeal to kids from 6 to 96 years of age. But, don't let the simplicity fool you. While ETERNAS is quick and easy to learn, there is a depth of strategy that will keep you thinking. ETERNAS is a four in a row style game in which the first player to place four bead of their colour in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally, wins the game. Conceived around the shape of the circle (the symbol for eternity) ETERNAS was designed for borderless play. The rules have been drafted so that there is always a winner, no ties, stalemates, or cat's games. Hand crafted from high quality hardwoods, ETERNAS is pretty enough to be left out on the coffee table or bookshelf to be played again and again.

Ages 6+ | 2 players
Suggested retail price: $34.99
Item code: MRD-5010

Friday, March 23, 2012

Metal Ladderball (New for Spring/Summer 2012)


Metal Ladderball the popular bola game built with tough metal construction that is built to last! You'll have hours of enjoyment playing this easy to learn family game. Designed for indoor and outdoor play, Metal Ladderball is ideal for tailgating, family reunions, parties, summer camps, camping or the beach. The safe, soft plastic bolas are official size and weight to play like real golf balls.

Product Detail:
• Safe indoors or out
• Convenient carrying and storage bag
• For ages 8 yrs. and up
• Adult assembly required.
• Includes:
2 Steel Goal Uprights
3 Red Bolas
3 Blue Bolas
1 Carry/Storage Bag
Instructions

• Suggested retail price: $79.99
• NOW IN STOCK!

Double Ladder Ball (New for Spring/Summer 2012



The Ladderball play pattern was originally played by cowboys using split-rail fences and cow-wrangling bolas. Since then, Maranda Enterprises has updated the game to bring you Creative Child Magazine’s 2010 Game of the Year. Constructed from high quality plastics, Double Ladderball is built ruggedly. The unique design increases stability while weighted base bars keep the game in place during play. With their patent pending design, these bolas are manufactured with a soft, but strong, material for safety. Each bola includes just the right amount of weight to allow them to play just like real golf balls. If you are looking for both performance and safety in your bolas, then these are the bolas you have been looking for. Double Ladderball include 2 ladders, 3 red bolas, 3 blue bolas, instructions and storage/carry bag. Great for tailgating, barbeques, family reunions, summer camps, camping, backyard fun or in your recreation room. You will have hours of fun with family and friends playing Ladderball.

Product Detail:
• Safe indoors or out

• Convenient carrying and storage bag
• Soft bolas for safe play
• For ages 4+
• Includes:
2 Goal Uprights
3 Red Bolas
3 Blue Bolas
1 Carry/Storage Bag
Instructions

• Suggested retail Price: $49.99
• NOW IN STOCK!





TicTac Toss


Forget about the pen and paper! Play the live version of Tic Tac Toe! Have you got the skill to land your toss on a square and block your opponent? Just when you think you have the winning strategy, your opponent's ball lands on a key square and the game takes a turn. TacTic Toss will challenge you in a whole new way to get three in a row! TacTic Toss is Safe and Portable. Velcro targets and balls mean safe game play. Adjustable straps allow you to hang TacTic Toss almost anywhere. Great for the office as well as the rec room. Fun for indoors and outdoors. Product Detail:
• ASTM and CPSIA tested and approved
• Measurements:
In package: 11.5” x 8.5” x 4”;
Inflated: 18” x 18” x 4”
• Includes:
1 Inflatable Inner Bladder
1 Nylon/Velcro cover
5 Red
5 Green Balls

• Suggested retail price: $24.99
• NOW IN STOCK!


ROLLORS - New for Spring/Summer 2012



Rollors from Maranda Enterprises combines the fun of horseshoes, bocce ball and bowling. Combining both skill and luck, players are always still "in the game". The large wooden pieces are durable, well made and feel great in your hands. This game has all of the elements to be an instant classic. You will spend hours having fun with family and friends playing Rollors. Great for barbeques, family reunions, graduations, vacations, out in the backyard or on the beach.


Product Detail:
• 2010 Dr. Toy Top 10 Active Games
• 2010 Creative Child Seal Of Excellence Award
• Convenient carrying and storage bag
• Large wooden pieces feel great in your hands
• For ages 4+
• Includes:
2 Goals
3 Red Disks
3 Blue Disks
1 Measurement Cord
1 Carry/Storage Bag
Instructions


• Suggested retail price: $39.99
• NOW IN STOCK!




Target Toss

Target Toss is “Darts made safe”. It has all the fun and challenge of darts with safety and flexibility that makes it great for all ages. Ideal for indoors or out, Target Toss can be played at the office, tailgating, camping, in the rec room and more! Inflatable inner bladder makes Target Toss safe and portable. Velcro targets and balls mean safe game play. Adjustable straps allow you to hang Target Toss almost anywhere.
Product Detail:
• ASTM and CPSIA tested and approved
• Measurements:
In package: 11.5” x 8.5” x 4”;
Inflated:24” x 24” x 5”
• Includes:
1 Inflatable Inner Bladder
1 Nylon/Velcro cover
3 Tennis Style Balls

• Suggested retail price: $24.99
• Coming April 15th (Order Now!)

Perfect Pitch Washers


You will spend hours having fun with family and friends playing Perfect Pitch Washers. Constructed from high quality, durable, polypropylene, Perfect Pitch Washers doesn't nick, chip or splinter like the wooden versions. This game is waterproof and weatherproof, so don't worry if you leave it out in the rain overnight. The versatile design also allows for them to be filled with sand or water for an alternative game play. The targets nest together for compact and convenient storage in the coordinating carry bag. Great for tailgating, barbeques, family reunions, graduations, vacations, out in the backyard or in your rec room.
Product Detail:
• Washers have a steel interior and heavy duty plastic exterior
• ASTM toy safety tested and approved
• Convenient carrying and storage bag
• soft bolas for safe play
• ASTM toy safety tested and approved
• Includes:
2 Targets
4 Blue washers
4 Red washers
1 Carry/Storage Bag
Instructions• Suggested retail price: $39.99
• Ages 4+
  • NOW IN STOCK!





Spring Ring

Spring Ring adds extra zing to indoor and outdoor fun. Use them to give some or your favorite old games an exciting new twist or come up with something completely new and different on your own. No rules required for this creative new toy. Constructed with a firm foam outer ring and a stretchy trampoline center fabric, the versatile Spring Rings can be used like a paddle or thrown like a Frisbee. They even float! Great for indoors (when used with the dry splash ball) or outdoors. Product Detail:
• 2010 Creative Child Magazine, Preferred Choice Award
• 2010 Dr. Toy Best Picks Award
• Two 16" Spring Rings
• Rubber ball for fun outdoor play
• Splash ball for indoor play or pool time fun
• ASTM & CPSIA Tested & Approved
• Ages 4+

• Includes:
2 Spring Rings
1 Rubber Ball
1 Splash Ball

• Suggested retail price: $34.99
• NOW IN STOCK!



Monday, March 19, 2012

Something Really Big is coming to Outset Media!



Outset Media is thrilled to announce that we will be distributing the Mojo Fun line of figurines in Canada. Based on the excitement generated from our display at the Alberta Gift Show, we think it's going to be REALLY BIG! These exceptional quality figurines are individually hand-painted and extremely durable. Made from Food Grade Non-Phthalate PVC, they are environmentally friendly, non-toxic and, in a pinch, apparently a delicious snack. Okay, so maybe it's a bit of a stretch to draw a link from food grade product to snack food but we really want to emphasize the high level of safety on this product line. Our first shipment is due to arrive during the first week of June. Be sure to see our 2012 catalogue in the big blue binder coming out in late April.

2012 Freight Policy and 2012 Catalogue Bulletin

There were some significant increases in shipping rates that took effect on January 1, 2012 and escalating fuel prices have only added to the misery. Over the past several years the increased diversity of the products we ship has made it increasingly difficult to adhere to percentage based shipping caps. When we just sold board games, estimating weights and dimensions for the purpose of establishing shipping costs was relatively easy. In 2012 and beyond, Outset Media will be shipping products with a huge range of weights and dimensions. With this in mind we were forced to review our national shipping policy for the first time in our company history. Rather than dropping our popular shipping cap policy immediately, we will continue this program in a revised format for the remainder of 2012. In 2013 we will convert to actual shipping charges on all orders. To help lessen the blow to Canadian retailers we have dropped our wholesale prices and/or absorbed increases wherever possible. Depending on how you order, your overall landed cost may actually go down.

As a reminder, the new 2012 catalogue will be mailing out towards the end of April. Until then, be sure to watch my blog at the link below for some of the latest updates.

Here is the shipping policy breakdown:
  • Orders of $100 - $499: Actual freight costs*
  • Orders of $500 - $999: Freight cost capped at 7% *
  • Orders over $1000: Freight cost capped at 5% *

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Stratego Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition

Distributed in Canada by Outset Media Corp in association with Spin Master Games.

For half a century, the red and blue armies of Stratego have battled in homes across America. The Deluxe 50th Anniversary Edition honors the heritage of Stratego with the original nostalgic theme, an elegant folio package and all the strategy and excitement that have made Stratego a family favorite since its American debut in 1961. Experience exclusive never-before-seen cannon game pieces that allow you to name and destroy your opponent's pieces. Enter the epic strategic battle with the 50th Anniversary edition of Stratego! I know that I am dating myself here but this was actually my favorite game when I was a young lad of eight years old - Okay, very funny. Yes, I can remember back that far.

Ages 8+ | 2 players

Item code: SP-91745
Case pack: 3
Suggested retail: $39.99
New!
Attention Retailers! Updated information available on this product. Call your Outset Media representative for details! These are a special limited edition product and are available while quantities last!


Thursday, March 1, 2012

Professor Noggin card game series video



Feel free to post this video on your website or Facebook page. Visit www.ProfessorNoggin.com for more information about this series.
         

Fun with Magnets™ (New from Patch Products)

Magnets have always intrigued people because of the invisible force field around them. Kids and adults wonder, “how do they work?” Well, with Fun with Magnets, you can learn about magnets, how they work, and how to make things with them. The kit is full of simple, yet eye-opening, experiments and magnetic fun! This is an upgraded version of the My First Magnet Kit that was discontinued. It is a package upgrade to make it look more today. The product code remains the same so there is no need to make changes in your POS systems. They are in stock now!

Ages 4+
MSRP: $19.99

Contents: Magnet Wand, Horseshoe Magnet, Bar Magnet, 2 Ring Magnets, 3 Magnetic Balls, Compass, 8 Nuts, 5 Washers, Wire, Metal Rod, 3 Crepe Rubber Shapes, 8 2-Sided Activity Cards

Blunders® Manner Mats™ (PAT21514)


Manner Mats are fun and educational tear-off placemats that teach kids table manners and social skills using entertaining games, puzzles and activities. Use them at home or take them along when dining out. Each pad includes 38 different mats!

Ages 6+
MSRP: $12.99
Contents:
1 Pad of 38 Tear-Off Sheets





Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Blunders Board Game from Patch Products

Kids don’t always remember the polite way to respond in situations. The Blunder family is no exception─they are known for their rude behavior. But Billy, Brenda, Bobby and Becky Blunder want to learn manners so they will be invited to the Mannerlys’ Annual Pool Party Extravaganza! Good manners will also help them make more friends, do better in school and develop self confidence. Follow them on their manners adventure, moving along the path, reading fun scenarios and answering important manner questions to be the first one invited to the pool party!

Learn About and Practice:
• Table Manners
• Host and Guest Skills
• Confident Introductions
• Respect and Kindness
• Telephone Manners
• School Etiquette
• Honesty and Responsibility

Contents:
300 Question Cards (3 Decks), 9 Table Setting Cards, 4 Pawns (Billy, Brenda, Bobby and Becky Blunder) and Stands, 2 Dice, Game Board, Blunders’ Story/Rules Booklet
For 2 to 4 players or teams
Ages 5 & Up MSRP: $29.99

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Canadian Trivia Family Edition (New from Outset Media!)



The past success of the Canadian Trivia series from Outset Media is well known. Now, we are pleased to introduce the Canadian Trivia Family Edition - A fun and informative way for families to test their knowledge of Canada. Family Edition cards have two sides - one with easier questions and the other with more difficult questions, allowing families of all ages to play together. We hope to have these in stock for you for delivery before Canada Day. Get your orders in now so that these can be shipped immediately upon arrival!

Ages 9+ | 2 to 8 players
MSRP: $39.99

Item code: 10015
Availability Date: June, 2012

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Travel Qwirkle (New from Mindware!) MW-52132



A Mini -Version of MindWare’s Best-Selling Game

Parents' Choice Gold Award
Mensa Select Award
Major Fun Award



Our tactile block game combines logic and strategy with easy-to-learn rules. Plan your moves to create columns and rows of matching colors and shapes; score big when you place a tile that works in multiple directions. It’s perfect for travel, with 3/4 –inch, solid wood tiles in a zippered pouch. 108 tiles. 2 to 4 players.

Recommended Ages: Ages 6 and up
Availability: On Backorder (expected delivery on 04/30/12)
MSRP: $19.99



(New Arrival) Extreme Dot to Dot: Around the World (MB-54004)



Created by MindWare! Exercise your left and right brain at the same time with these complex dot to dot puzzles. Intricate, challenging and wildly rewarding to finish, Extreme Dot to Dot: Animals puzzles range from 500 to over 1,400 dots. Some puzzles even cover a two-page spread! Counting, mapping and concentration are just a few of the educational benefits. 32 puzzles per book. Don't forget that Mindware Markers are the perfect retail add-on for Extreme Dot to Dot books!
Recommended Ages: Ages 8 and Up
MSRP: $12.99

Find Your Way Gnome (New from Mindware!) MW-54002


Mind-Bending Maze Puzzles Parents' Choice Silver Award Introducing another MindWare original where you use critical thinking to create pathways. The tricky part? No paths can intersect! Lab Mice is the cheese-chasing brainteaser where you connect the matching pairs of mice and cheese. Find Your Way Gnome helps colorful gnomes find their matching homes. Each set includes 50 double-sided wipe-off cards (100 puzzles rated easy, intermediate or hard), 2 dry erase markers, full-color instructions and a sturdy storage tin.Recommended Ages: Ages 8 and Up
1+ player

MSRP: $23.99




Monday, January 9, 2012

New 2012 Cobble Hill Puzzles

All of the new 2012 Cobble Hill Puzzle titles can be viewed in the sidebar to the right. These are the new titles only and most of the other titles in your current catalogue are still available. (Some of them are discontinued to make room for the new titles.) We are ahead of schedule this year so that retailers can get new titles on the shelves fast. The new titles will be ready for shipping by the end of this month!

Your current Outset Media Games & Puzzles catalogue in the big green binder remains in effect until May. The new catalogues will be mailing in the last 2 weeks of April.  

Friday, December 16, 2011

Decoupage Tote Kit (MW-52141) Coming in 2012!


The craft of d├ęcoupage is as easy as cutting and gluing, but the results look like fine design. Our all-inclusive kit includes perfectly coordinating, pre-cut paper circles ready to glue on the tote frame according to your unique style. Customize your bag further with photos of friends, family, pets and hobbies, and finish it off by inserting the fabric liner and adding your choice of ribbon. You’ll be proud to carry your beautiful bag everywhere you go! Includes a tote frame, fabric liner with handles, ribbon, planning mat, decorative paper circles, stencil tool, glue and brush.Recommended Ages: Ages 8 and Up
MSRP: $29.99

Scramblitz (MW-52140) Coming in 2012!


This game requires fast thinking and faster fingers. Each player starts with a mat and a set of 16 double-sided tiles. Your objective: be the first player to arrange your tiles to match the puzzle card. The challenge: which sides of your tiles should face up? It takes plenty of flipping, flopping and swapping to win the game. Includes 50 double-sided puzzle cards, 96 double-sided tiles, 6 mats and instructions.
Recommended Ages: Ages 8 and Up | 2 to 6 players
MSRP: $24.99

(New Arrival) Mine Shift (MW-52139)



Move the Mine Walls to Master the Maze
How can you forge ahead through the jeweled walls of the mine shaft? Shift them! Rotate a game tile a quarter turn to move the mine wall and allow your gemstone access. Or rotate tiles to prevent your opponent from moving. There are walls everywhere, but strategic miners can successfully make their way through to the other side. With 27 game board tiles, the set-ups are unlimited for a brand new game every time you play.
Recommended Ages: Ages 8 and Up | 2 players
MSRP: $24.99

(New Arrival) Blind Spell (MW-52130)


Spell by Touch
How well can you spell when you can’t see the letters? You’ll find out when you play Blind Spell. Distribute a handful of letters to the blindfold glasses–wearing player and announce the word to be spelled. The speller feels the letters and tries to arrange them in the right order before the ticking time runs out! Extra letters are added to the mix each turn for increased challenge. Includes opaque glasses, 42 letters, a dry erase board and marker and word lists.
Recommended Ages: Ages 7 and Up | 2 to 4 players
MSRP: $24.99

(New Arrival) Look Look (MW-52129) SOLD OUT AT CGTA 2012 GIFT SHOW


The Monstrously Speedy Seek and Spot Game
The response to this game at the 2012 CGTA Spring Gift Show was very strong. Retailers were impressed with the level of fun, educational value and the simplicity of the game play. The fact that it was so easy to demo made it a real hit with retailers who do in-store demos. I can easily see this game becoming another hit for Mindware and one of the standout games for 2012.

The potential for Crazy creatures abound in this fast-paced, mixed-up matching race! Draw a card to reveal the challenge. Will you need to find the identical creatures within two differently colored frames, or do quick math once you spot the numbers? Race against your opponents to spot it or solve it. The winner keeps the card. Be the first to collect enough cards to spell “Look Look,” and you take the game! Game board is comprised of eight interchangeable frames, making it a new game every time you play. Includes 68 challenge cards.Recommended Ages: Ages 6 and Up | 2 to 6 players
MSRP: $24.99