GoliathGoliath Games, whose headquarters is in the Netherlands, has made a “strategic investment” in Crown & Andrews, an Australian company. The latter, a manufacturer and distributor of toys, games, and puzzles, deals in both goods licensed from overseas sources and products of local origin.

Crown & Andrews’ CEO and Marketing Director will both remain on-board. However, the two companies are seeking a new general manager for the Australian market.

[via Toy World]

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Toy Fair 2014—Goliath Games

Toy-Fair-2014-logo-150wideVisiting Goliath Games I expected to see some goofy stuff—I mean, this is the company that sold 6 million games about a pooping dog—and I was not disappointed!

Dino Meal ($20) has players trying to steal eggs from the nest of a Tyrannosaurus Rex. They roll a die, reach under the leaf to grab an egg of the matching color, and hope that the T-rex doesn’t pounce. Batteries are not required but sound-effects will be added if you have them. Also, the box features a lenticular T-rex image.

Barbeque Party ($24), formerly an Asmodee game, is similar. Plastic food pieces are placed on a BBQ rack. Players then take turns removing food while trying not to trigger the rack springing in to the air.

In Jumping Jack ($25), players spin for the number of carrots to pull. One will trigger the bunny rabbit to jump, and when it does, the player who’s turn it is must try to catch it.

Googly Eyes ($24) is a Pictionary-like game. However, with this one comes a pair of glasses and a variety of vision-altering lenses. Spaces on the board indicate which set of lenses the person drawing the picture must wear.

Quiz A Majig ($20, available fall) is a trivia game built around a whacky-looking gizmo. Pull the lever and the gizmo spins two dials, pairing a category and first letter. The device also accepts marbles in a score-keeping function. When a player answers correctly, that player’s marble is directed to the visible score tube. The marble of a player that answers incorrectly is hidden.

Crazy Phrases ($20, available fall) is a party game in which players act, spell, draw, and describe idioms.

Catch It! ($24, available spring) is a straight-up action game—maybe more of a juggling toy. Battery-operated, the thing shoots foam balls in to the air for players to try to catch in it’s green funnel.

And finally, there is What the Cluck? ($20, available fall), THE most ridiculous, made-me-lough-out-loud game of Toy Fair! This game is charades with a rubber chicken. That’s right, Charades with a rubber chicken. In other words, players must find some way to incorporate the rubber chicken in to their acts. Now how can that not be funny?

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Toy Fair 2013—Goliath Games

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It seems that Goliath Games’ Doggie Doo was such a hit (6 million copies sold!) that the company was inspired to bring back another gross activity game from 15 years ago. Gooey Louie includes a large plastic head and players are supposed to stick their fingers up its nose to pull out a long green booger! One of these gooeys, though, is attached. Pulling on it triggers the scalp to open and brain to pop out!

Goliath’s other new game for 2013 is considerably less disgusting. Don’t Panic is a party trivia game where the goal is to name as many items as one can in a particular category before the timer runs out. The number of items named by the player—or team— is the number of space that the player moves forward on the board. The first to the end of the board wins.

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