So, Monopoly Mzansi, South Africa’s very own Monopoly board game is now finally here!
Hasbro’s Monopoly, which has now celebrated its 81st brand birthday, has been enjoyed by over a billion people worldwide and now South Africans will have the opportunity to “own” their piece of this beautiful country.
Ever fancied purchasing Kruger Park or Kimberly’s Big Hole or daydreamed of building a hotel on Cape Town’s Boulders Beach? Monopoly Mzansi could make these dreams come true – just make sure you have enough Mzansi moolah in the bank, and a handy ‘get out of jail free card’ in your stash… especially for when you land on a friend’s property and the rent is due.
Over the past few years numerous regional country versions of Monopoly have been produced and to date the game is licensed in 103 countries, with Monopoly Mzansi being the latest addition.
The special localised Mzansi edition features 4 transport hubs and 22 landmarks.
Excitingly, the newest transport hub to make it on board is the Sandton Gautrain station. V&A Waterfront and Table Mountain scooped the most expensive spots followed by Boulders Beach, Chapman’s Peak Drive and Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden. Other locations highlight South Africa’s natural heritage with the Big Hole and Addo Elephant Park making it on board.
Additional beautiful nature landmarks highlighted on the Monopoly Mzansi board include The Cradle of Humankind and St. Francis Bay with Durban Beach front (The Golden Mile), Florida Road and uShaka Marine World also joining the in the fun.
Monopoly Mzansi, which will be available in all leading toy stores nationwide from 1 November, makes a perfect gift for the festive season and provides an opportunity for family and friends to come together and enjoy some quality time together in Mzansi style!
(Tip: For a full list of the locations, check out the Monopoly Mzansi Facebook page!)
The 16th of September’s World Play-Doh Day marked the 60th anniversary of Hasbro’s ever popular Play-Doh, the modeling clay (which the company prefers referring to as ‘compound’ for some or other reason) that most kids simply can’t get enough of.
Inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 1998, did you know that Play-Doh modeling compound started out as wallpaper cleaner?
Taken from the Toy Hall of Fame induction page: “Joe McVicker learned from a teacher that kids usually found modeling clay too hard to manipulate. Discovering that the squishy cleaning product he manufactured could substitute, McVicker shipped some to the school. After teachers and kids raved, he offered to supply the product to all Cincinnati schools. More rave reviews followed. McVicker showcased the modeling clay at a national education convention in 1955, and word spread to Macy’s and Marshall Field’s. By 1956, the wallpaper cleaner had become Play-Doh and a year later, the manufacturer offered a softer Play-Doh in primary colors.”
Of course, these four original colours eventually morphed into the 50 or so colours currently available, and this iconic children’s toy is estimated to have sold more than 3 billion cans of compound since 1956!
In 2006, to commemorate 50 years of Play-Doh fun, September the 16th was deemed National Play-Doh Day, and fast forward to 2015, the popularity of Play-Doh expanded this to World Play-Doh Day. (It’s sold in more than 80 countries around the world!)
Oh, and in 2011 it was added to TIME Magazine’s list of “All Time 100 Greatest Toys.”
So yes, there is a lot to be proud of if you are into these yellow tubs of squishy playfulness! #Playdoh60 #Worldplaydohday
Related Link: Play-Doh SA | Wikipedia
South Africa’s coolest obstacle course challenge is on. The Nerf Blaster Masters Bootcamp, taking place on the 24 & 25 September at Jozi X in Bryanston, Johannesburg, promises to be an epic experience for all Nerf fans.
For anyone not in the know, it’s Nerf of Nothin! With an impressive range of toy blasters, which fire soft foam darts, Nerf encourages active play providing a safe and fun, action-packed adventure both indoors and outdoors.
Nerf Blaster Masters is the ultimate test of your Nerf Blaster skills. Participants will be required to make their way around the course, overcoming challenges, testing their balance, aim and agility while nailing targets on the go with only their Nerf Blaster of choice to support them.
Spaces are limited but everyone who pre-registers on www.nerfblastermasters.co.za will be given the chance to conquer the obstacle course, which is designed to be completed by teams of three. The team with the fastest time will be crowned the Nerf Blaster Masters of the tournament on both Saturday and Sunday. Participants can enter as a team or as an individual but will then be placed in a team on the day.
Ensure you have prepped for this exciting Nerf adventure by following Nerf South Africa on Facebook or visiting www.nerfblastermasters.co.za. Watch pro skater Jean-marc Johannes and GoPro Ambassador Chris Rogers put their Nerf skills to the test. Pick up some Nerf tricks and tips and create your own Nerf Blaster Master trick shot video; upload your videos and you could be chosen as the Blaster Master of the week. Check out Nerf on YouTube for more great videos and details on the Nerf range to find a blaster that suits your style and personality.
The Nerf Blaster Masters Bootcamp is a free event however pre-registration via the website is essential to participate. The Blaster Masters Bootcamp is open to anyone aged 8 + (however parental consent is required to enter).
You can expect a weekend of fun for the whole family at the Nerf Blaster Masters Bootcamp. With food trucks, refreshments and grand stand seating for all spectators. There will also be activities to keep kids of all ages entertained and most importantly a Nerf pop up shop with the latest Nerf blasters and gear.
Nerf Blaster Master training tips:
Mastering the ‘art of Nerf’ isn’t going to happen overnight. It’s going to take some practice to become the next Nerf Blaster Master Champion:
- Train in your aim: Get to know your Nerf blaster. Understanding the direction it pulls to and whether it arches higher up or down will fine tune your aiming skills, enabling you to unleash a storm of darts at your target.
- Challenge yourself: It’s all about quick-draw fast firing! Time trials are a great way to determine how quickly you can load, fire and reload your Nerf blaster.
- Train: Create your own (non-human) targets and practice aiming and firing every day.
- Get moving: Practice your aim, stealth, sniping and shooting while running and try to hit the Nerf targets on the move. It’s all about speed, accuracy and power.
- Be fit: Start by eating a healthy diet with lots of vegetables and fruits to ensure you have strength and energy to take on the demands of Bootcamp. Sugar can make you crash and burn within 15 minutes and you’re likely to get a headache – best to avoid eating too much of them. During Blaster Masters Bootcamp, you need to be quick on your feet to outwit the competition so make time to exercise beforehand to get you fit and ready. Running, push-ups, sit-ups and jumping-jacks are ideal exercises to sharpen your senses and loosen up those muscles.
Get to know the key Nerf Blaster ranges:
The animated show tells the tale of the studious Twilight Sparkle, and her pet dragon Spike, that gets sent off to Ponyville to do some research. There she quickly becomes friends with the ponies Fluttershy, Applejack, Rarity, Pinkie Pie and Rainbow Dash, and together they embark on all manner of adventures, with quite often their friendship being the thing that pulls them through!
It’s colourful, the characters cute, the stories a pleasure for both young and old, and quite frankly, I found myself rather enjoying watching the series first time around with Jess. (Less so the 300th time she watched it!)
Anyway, the good news is that My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic is finally back on our screens, landing in August courtesy of Nicktoons, which can be found at channel 308 on DSTV.
Related Link: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
Oh. Hasbro has gone and expanded the Play-Doh universe by introducing Play-Doh Town, which I guess is aimed then at slightly older preschoolers. The concept is pretty cool – essentially you now have a host of townsfolk characters and locations to play with, which obviously is great because you now get to build stories in addition to just messing around with clay!
Thanks to a friendly blogger drop from Atmosphere, Jessica received the Pet Store play set to test out, which has a whole lot of moulds that allow you to press out animal shapes to fill the storefront up with. You can also create hairstyles and slippers for the pet store owner, as well as bunny ears for her companion rabbit.
It seems a pretty fun idea, especially if you have more of the sets in the Play-Doh Town series, and I can definitely see how this might make Play-Doh playtime a whole lot more fun!
A pretty cool blogger drop arrived at my door yesterday, an early Christmas present in the form of three awesome toys for the girls from Hasbro. My Little Pony, Play-Doh, and Nerf – and you already know just how much Jess loves her My Little Pony ponies…
With the upcoming holidays and the festive season around the corner, parents face the challenge of finding the ideal gift to keep kids entertained while still imparting some essential skills and values in a fun environment.
With a range of suitable solutions, Hasbro has you covered – come holiday time, your kids will be smiling from ear to ear!
Enter the magical world of My Little Pony, where a whole world of pony friends wait, ready for fun and adventures. Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Applejack, Fluttershy, Rarity and Pinkie Pie are all excited to discover the magic of friendship together. This festive season, the ponies continue to engage and inspire girls around the world. With entertainment, toys, publishing, digital gaming and lifestyle licensing to choose from; your little girl will have the chance to make these characters uniquely her own and create memorable experiences that will become a cherished part of her childhood. My Little Pony encourages girls to play together, teaching them important values based on sociability and sharing friendships. (My Little Pony on Facebook)
Being on holiday in summer means it’s time to head outdoors and get nerfed! Nerf works like a water blaster – but has the advantage that nothing gets soaked. The colourful toy blaster, which shoots soft foam darts, entices kids away from the TV or the PC and encourages them to play with each other by providing action-packed and safe fun, indoors and outdoors. An interactive Nerf experience promotes movement, healthy competition, skill and coordination in a social environment. (Nerf on Facebook)
Get creative with Play-Doh the perfect solution to keep kids occupied and better yet, they will learn something while playing. Engaging toddlers and young kids with sensory, open-ended activities, helps them prepare for the real world. These activities not only encourage development of basics such as fine motor skills, but can also provide ideal ways to practice and nurture critical thinking and problem solving, communication, collaboration, and creativity. Craft hundreds of different exciting creations with a range of fun Play-Doh playset tools and characters with activities that include colour-mixing, learning ABC’s, and bringing imagination to life.
This Festive season, Play-Doh launches their much anticipated playsets. Marvel Smashdown Hulk gives boys the opportunity to build enemies or shapes and then squish them with Hulk Smashdown before starting over. Girls on the other hand can look forward to going on a Frozen sled adventure with Disney Frozen’s Ana, changing her dress colours or creating a snowy sparkly Olaf with a special mould or making beautiful Play-Doh rainbow hair for Rainbow Dash with the My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Salon playset. (Play-Doh on Facebook)
For the board game lovers there are also a range of family fun options to consider.
Get ready for classic Monopoly play in a portable way with Monopoly Grab and Go. Monopoly Junior, the first Monopoly game for kids, where they earn money the fun way. Kids will learn how to pass Go, buy fun properties like an ice cream parlour, and collect rent while single banknotes keep the transactions fast and easy. Not forgetting the exciting new Monopoly Frozen edition as well as the Monopoly Here and Now World Edition that features Cape Town, the 80th anniversary edition and the soon to be launched Monopoly Cape Town edition (manufactured by Winning Moves under license from Hasbro). (Monopoly on Facebook)
Guess Who? Grab and Go challenges who is the champion guesser? Maybe it’s you in this portable version of the classic Guess Who? game! Every time you ask your opponent a yes or no question, the answer gets you closer to who’s on their Mystery Card. But you better watch out, because they’ll be asking you questions too.
Do you have what it takes to win The Game of Life game? You do it by choosing the life you want! Go to college, take the family path, have kids, or see what happens when unexpected twists change the game. Will you receive a fortune and lose it as quickly as you got it? Will you need a bank loan to pay a debt? Once everyone reaches the end of the game at retirement, everyone pays their debts and adds up their wealth. The player with the most money wins the game, so make sure it’s you!
There’s fun for all ages in the Family Edition of the popular TRIVIAL PURSUIT game! Roll the dice and rack your brain for the answers to questions in the category you land on. Match wits with your whole family with TRIVIAL PURSUIT Family Edition!
Reclusive millionaire Samuel Black’s been murdered in his mansion! With Clue Cluedo Classic Mystery Game (and the portable on the go version) it’s up to you to crack the case! Question everything to unravel the mystery. Who did it? Where? And with what weapon? Ransack the mansion for clues, ask cunning detective questions and leave no card unturned. Solve the murder first to win!
The fun block-stacking, stack-crashing game of JENGA questions how you will stack up against the law of gravity? Add a twist of fun into any party or family night with Twister, the game that ties you up in knots. Taboo is the game of unspeakable fun. Use creative, carefully-worded clues to get your team to guess words fast. But don’t mention unmentionables, or you’ll get the squeaker and lose the point.
Hasbro is committed to creating the world’s best play experiences by putting kids first in everything they do. From toys and games to television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. Making your holiday shopping a lot easier this year.
Related Link: Hasbro