WCL: Chicago Toy and Game Fair

WCL gets a preview of some of the latest and hot toys and games.

When: Saturday, November 19 & Sunday, November 20, 2011

Time: Saturday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Where: Navy Pier-Festival Hall B, 600 E. Grand Avenue, Chicago

Admission: Adults $10.00
Children $5.00 for ages 13 and younger
FREE Attendance for children three & under, military, scouts in uniform, teachers & librarians

For more information go to: www.Chitag.com

Products we talked about:


Perplexus from PlaSmart Inc. is a 3-dimensional maze game where players maneuver a small marble around challenging barriers inside a large-sized transparent sphere.

-Unlike traditional flat-surface mazes that are composed of one path, Perplexus challenges players like no maze has before with numerous paths to choose from and dozens of barriers to overcome offering hours of entertainment and fun.

-Players can race each other or the clock. Perplexus is a great tool for cognitive development, encouraging children to exercise their problem-solving, motor/dexterity skills, & improving their hand-eye coordination.

-The new Perplexus Epic takes 3D mazes to a whole new level with more than 125 barriers to conquer! Age: 8 - 108 -MSRP: $29.99


Perplexus Rookie is for those not wanting the Epic challenge-the Rookie offers 74 barriers, this bendy, trendy maze game offers players plenty of twists and turns for hours of entertainment and fun.

-Age: 4 - 104

-Suggested Retail Price: $19.99


Quelf is the adult party game that gives random a new name! -Use your creativity and imagination to answer crazy questions and perform ridiculous stunts.

-There's only one rule- obey the card!

-Age: 12+

-Suggested Retail Price: $24.99 www.spinmastergames.com


A garbage-themed range of toys for boys, The Trash Pack? is created by Moose Toys, the Australian toy company.


-Two special edition Trashies? come with The Trash Pack 12 Pack Collection, which helps build a trash collector's Trash Pack gang!

-Contains five small cans, one extra-large glowing can, and twelve characters including two glow-in-the-dark Trashies. A collector's guide & games booklet featuring games like 'Take Out the Trash' and 'Stack the Trash' are also included.

-Kids should be on the lookout for Limited Edition Trashies in this Pack - King Rat, Trash Cat and Soggy Tomato - which will only be released once!

-Ages: 5 years & up

-Suggested Retail Price: $9.99


-Containing one garbage truck vehicle, two exclusive Trashies? (Sludge Can and DeadTire) and two small cans, the Garbage Truck lets kids store, dump and display their Trashies. Kids can launch their Trashies at trashy targets from the Wheelie Bin, open the garbage doors to find storage space for up to 12 trash cans, or place their Trashies on display to show off their gang.

-Ages 5 years & up

-Suggested Retail Price: $19.99 www.trashpack.com/en-au


Visual dexterity game with a good balance of competition and challenge, Q-bitz Game - It's the ultimate triple play!

-Round one is all about speed, as players race to claim the Q-bitz card by being first to arrange their cubes in the identical pattern.

-Round two adds luck to the equation, as players must roll their cubes to match the pattern.

-Round three really tests brain power as players have to recreate the pattern from memory.

-2 to 4 players. Collect the most cards and win!

-The Q-bitz game includes 120 cards, 4 wooden trays, 4 sets of 16 cubes

-For family groups, school challenge; no reading skills required but a sharp eye is needed.

-Age: 8 to Adult

-Suggested Retail Price: $24.95 www.mindware.com


With ultimate trigger action and an easy-load chamber that holds tons of Vapor Gel Ammo, the Vapor Atlas 250 is the coolest new way to battle.

-The ready-to-go Vapor Gel Ammo loads in the chamber and fires with a fast-action spring trigger


-Pick a target - The Atlas 250 fires up to 60 feet.

-After hitting the target, the ammo evaporates! No mess, no fuss, just blast away - you never have to retrieve the single use Vapor Gel Ammo.

-Blasts 50 rounds with no reload

-250 pieces of ready-to-go Vapor Gel Ammo

-No assembly required

-Ages: 14 and up

-Suggested Retail Price $14.99