Check out our expanding strategy game section!

 

One of the fun things about running a toy store is that there is so much out there and there is always something new!  We've noticed over the last few years that there is a growing interest in strategy games geared to teens, young adults .... and older adults too...  So we have decided to seriously expand our strategy game section in our Dundas and St. Catharines stores.  We invite you to come take a look!


The most highly anticipated game this year appeals to two fan bases:  the fans of Star Trek and the fans of Catan:  yes, it's Star Trek Catan and we just got it in last week.  Hint:  use the coupon above when you come to buy your copy! Star Trek Catan dives into another dimension as players build, trade, and settle "where no one has gone before!" Take the challenge on the final frontier: build star bases and outposts to strongarm resources from bountiful planets. Take charge of your starship fleets and create supply routes, blazing the way deep into space. Keep a keen eye on your resources. Manage shortages by trading with Federation neighbours and opponents. Venturing too deeply into space, your adversaries can be pushed off route, so you can become the Federation's most cherished hero!

 

 

Here are some of the other games you will see on our shelves:  the Munchkin series dungeon adventure mega-hit card game, The Fluxx series (the original, Monty Python, Zombie, and Star) where the cards make the rules, and Lords of Waterdeep which some are calling the new Settlers of Catan. There is also Killer Bunnies, a nail-biting adventure where you might have to "hurt" some bunnies to come out with the winning carrot, as well as the tactical ship-to-ship combat game Star Wars X Wing game. Rounding out the list but definitely not ending it are the futuristic Android Netrunner and the visually stunning Forbidden Island, where players need to work together on a do-or-die mission to capture four sacred treasures.

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The LEGO Sydney Opera House Is Amazing!

Hold on to your (opera) seats! Architectural icon the Sydney Opera House, designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Danish architect Jorn Utzon, has been immortalized as the 12th project in LEGO's hit 'Architecture' series. Recreate the famous landmark using 260 bricks to build the sandstone-hued concourse and distinct sails. This is the perfect building kit for older kids looking for more of a challenge. Another star LEGO kit in stock right now is the Back to the Future Delorean Time Machine, available for a limited time only.

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And don't miss out on the limited edition Back to the Future Delorean Time Machine!

Hatley Raincoats, Umbrellas & Boots

Check out our Hatley raincoats!

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BRIO: An Old Train Pro

BRIO lives & breathes trains. This Swedish company was founded in 1884 (nope, that’s not a typo!) and has made wooden trains since 1958. You might think them old fuddy-duddys but they're pretty hip to today's market: this year they celebrate a whopping 130 years of toymaking. Their inspiration and outlook, presented in their anniversary video below, is inarguably super-fun!


Traintastic BRIO tracks, trains, sets, and accessories are available now & compatible with most all other wooden track.


 

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Brio & Melissa and Doug Train Collections

 We're excited to offer an expansive collection of both renowned Brio and Melissa and Doug train collections. Come in and browse our wide selection, play at the Brio train table, and enjoy our

Everdayday Discount of 5%-10%-15% when you spend $50-$100-$150 on either brand.

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We're Your Giant Plush Headquarters!

Kangaroos, elephants, bears, sharks, giraffes - you name it and we've likely got it in our collection of Melissa & Doug giant plush. The collection represents animals from all over the world - if you don't see the animal you're looking for, please ask and we'll do our best to track it down.

We also have a large selection of dog breeds, from small to large. Come check them out! Durable with wipe-clean fur and realistic markings and features, our oversized plush collection is a menagerie to be admired.

 

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1973 LEGO Letter to Parents!

Blast from the past: this is a letter that came with LEGO toys back in 1973. I think most of us would agree that this still applies today!

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LEGO Hacks

Here's a cool way to get control of all those cords with just a few minifigures and smaller LEGo pieces. Most device cords fit perfectly into minifigure hands. Go figure! All you need is some strong glue (like Gorilla Glue), and a few minifigures if you want it to be permanent. If not, you can skip the glue and snap the figures onto any flat LEGO piece. Then decide where you want your cord holder to go use some double-side tape to fit your base into place. And you're done!

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Evolution: The Dynamic Game of Survival

The landscape of games at Turtle Pond Toys has been a pretty exciting one and it’s definitely been getting some attention. Board games in general have been really dynamic with modern, and really appealing, premises. Evolution is one I picked up recently…looks fantastic! Evolution is in the Family Game Category and recommended for ages 8+.

The rules are rather simple but a surprising amount of variety is packed in. In a dynamic ecosystem where predators lurk and food is scarce, players will adapt their species. Traits like Horns and Hard Shells will protect your specific species from Carnivores while, for example, a Long Neck aids in getting to food other species can’t reach. The game happens through a series of drawing and playing cards.

Every game is different with more then 4000 different ways to evolve your species. Some will play to destroy other species while others will quietly mind their own business and aim for survival. The game supports both styles of play by offering a path to victory for each. The eco-system in which you are all adapting is determined by the styles of play in the game.

Play time is approximately 1 hour with a player base of 2-6 people and optimal with 4-5.

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Catan: Junior

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Catan: Junior is an "adventure for fledgling swashbucklers". Explore the Seas Catan: Junior presents a modified playing style of the classic Catan game giving younger players the opportunity to experience the world of Catan. Designed for players as young as 5, it's a perfect introduction to the Catan series of games for kids and families.


Catan: Junior takes place on a ring of islands where 2 to 4 players build hideouts, and the mysterious Spooky Island, where the Ghost Captain lives. Each island generates a specific resource: molasses, goats, wood, wood, or swords. Players can also acquire gold. Each player begins with two pirate hideouts, then builds ships in order to expand their network. The more hideouts you build, the more resources you can receive. You use your resources to build ships, hideouts or get help from Coco the Parrot. Just watch out for the dreaded Ghost Captain. Be the first player to control seven pirate hideouts and you win the game.

 

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