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Marissa DiBartolo

Marissa DiBartolo is the editor-in-chief of Adventure Publishing Group. She manages all digital and social media content for the Toy Insider and the Pop Insider, and she contributes feature articles to leading trade magazine The Toy Book. A board game fanatic and professional toy reviewer, Marissa has been featured on the TODAY Show, the Steve Harvey Show, ABC World News Now, Fox and Friends, and more! She spends most of her free time shopping for superhero T-shirts, crushing at Mario Kart, and anxiously awaiting her Hogwarts acceptance letter. You can follow her on Twitter @thattoygirl.

Shredz Make Snow Play Fun for All Kinds of Kids

Heavy snowfalls typically mean a headache for many adults—but for kids, the snow provides a perfect opportunity for play. Now, not all kids are daredevils waiting to grab their sled and make their way down… read more

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Rockin’ Dice Rocks the House on Game Night

Rockin’ Dice, from University Games, brings color, counting, and fun to game night. Designed for two to four players ages 8 and up, the game helps kids with counting skills and quick thinking. Each player… read more

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Trucky 3 Provides Truckloads of Fun

Trucky 3, from Smart Toys and Games, is a single-player IQ-building game that will provide kids ages 3 and up with an overload of fun. The game includes three different colored trucks that need to… read more

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Shoulder Buddies Share Their Smarts

Not every toy needs to cost parents and arm and a leg—and sometimes, kids’ favorites will be the toys that were quickly grabbed and thrown on top of a present. A great example of a… read more

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What’s Black, White, and REALLY Hard to Master? Penguins on Ice!

Santa and his elves get all of the attention this time of year, but what about those cute little black-and-white flightless birds that bring so much adorableness into Christmas? That’s right, penguins! These Christmas cuties… read more

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Be Super, Be Creative, Be Digital

  Captain America has his shield, Tony Stark has his suit, Thor has his hammer, the Hulk has his…uh… temper, and now, your little creative superhero has his (oh her!) smart stylus. The Marvel Creativity… read more

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Nightmare Before Christmas Board Games Will Delight Fans This Season

  While my folks are tuning into the Hallmark channel for the sappy Christmas movies that make them cry year after year, and my niece and nephew obsess over Buddy from Elf, I’m still stuck… read more

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Ionix Shapeshifts the Construction Category

Construction toys are on the rise lately, with companies cranking out the same classic plastic brick in new sets for both boys and girls.  The standard rectangular, plastic, snap-together bricks have been around for years,… read more

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Growin’ Up ’90s: Christmas 1996

1996. It was the year of the New York Yankees, the Chicago Bulls, the Dallas Cowboys. It was the year of Jerry Maguire and the Macarena. It was the year of Bill Clinton’s reelection. But… read more

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Tek Recon Takes Blasters to the Next Level

With the Tek Recon Havok, from Teck 4 Kids, kids and teens will feel like they are right in the middle of one of their favorite video games. This new tech-enhanced blaster features a working… read more

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