The Playdate

First aired on December 21, 2012

This show features The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Games

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  1. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey The Goblin King Battle
    •  9+

    Kids can help save the company of dwarves with The Goblin King Battle building set based on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters December 14, 2012. In this set, the goblins have captured and imprisoned the dwarves. Gandalf the Grey must sneak past the Goblin King to set the dwarves free. Using the 841 pieces in this set, kids build the cave complete with a firing catapult, collapsing rope bridge, working bucket crane, tipping ladder, and hidden treasure. But beware of the Goblin King's trapping function. The set comes with a Gandalf the Grey minifigure and seven exclusive minfigures: Dori the Dwarf, Nori the Dwarf, Ori the Dwarf, a Goblin Scribe, two Goblin Soldiers, and a two-inch Goblin King figure. Each of the minifigures, with the exception of the Goblin King, has two faces. Kids just turn a figure's head to change the figure's facial expression. Accessories include a map, skulls, bone elements, torches with flame elements, golden crystals, and the Goblin King's crown and bone scepter. Weapons include four swords, two axes, a staff, a ball and chain, a club, a mace, and more.

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  2. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Attack of the Wargs
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    Kids can play out scenes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters December 14, 2012, with the Attack of the Wargs building set. The company of dwarves has just escaped the goblins of The Misty Mountains, but they're under attack again by Yazneg and two orcs riding Wargs. With the 400 pieces in this set, kids can catapult the dwarves into the leafy branches of the buildable, rotating tree. When the orcs try to burn down the tree, use the tree's magic flame shooter function to fight back. The set includes five minifigures (Thorin Oakenshield, Bifur the Dwarf, Yazneg, and two Hunter Orcs) with assorted weapons. The dwarf minifigures have two faces, so kids can turn their heads around to reveal either an everyday face or a battle face. Accessories include four large flame elements, two campfires, two rock ledges, and two Wargs. The mouths of the Wargs open and close, and their heads can be moved up and down.

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  3. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Escape from Mirkwood Spiders
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    Kids can follow Fili the Dwarf and Kili the Dwarf deep into the dark and scary Mirkwood Forest with the Escape from Mirkwood Spiders building set, based on the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters December 14, 2012. With this 298-piece set, kids can attack the heroes with three small spiders and two giant spiders with glow-in-the-dark eyes and moving legs, then trap Kili and Fili inside cocoon elements high up in the buildable tree. Use Legolas Greenleaf and Tauriel to save the day by battling the spiders and freeing the dwarves with the tipping function. There is also a spider attack function and glow-in-the-dark mushrooms and small spider. The set includes four minifigures (Fili, Kili, Legolas, and Tauriel) with assorted weapons. Each minifigure has two faces, so kids can turn their heads to show either an everyday face or a battle face. And because dwarves are smaller than elves, the dwarf minifigures are smaller than Legolas and Tauriel.

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  4. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey An Unexpected Gathering
    •  9+

    Kids can play out scenes from The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters December 14, 2012, with the An Unexpected Gathering building set. This 652-piece, double-sided set brings to life the scene when Gandalf the Grey invites the dwarves to Bag End and the hobbit home of Bilbo Baggins. On one side of the set is the outside of Bilbo's home. But open the door and turn the set around to reveal the interior of the hobbit hole, complete with a table full of food and drink. Six minifigures are included with this set: Gandalf the Grey, Bilbo Baggins in his shire outfit, Balin the dwarf, Dwalin the dwarf, Bombur the dwarf, and Bofur the dwarf. Some of the minifigures have two faces, so kids can turn a figure's head and change its facial expression. The set comes with seven weapons and assorted accessories.

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  5. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Riddles for the Ring
    •  8+

    Based on the new movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters December 14, 2012, the Riddles for the Ring building set lets fans help Bilbo Baggins trick Gollum and escape with the ring. With the pieces in this 105-piece set, kids build Gollum's rock lair beneath the Misty Mountains and a boat for Gollum. The boat has skeleton pieces on it, and there is even a fish for Gollum to catch. The set features a rock with opening front section and secret compartment for the ring. Riddles for the Ring comes with two minifigures: Gollum and Bilbo Baggins in his journey outfit with Sting. Bilbo also has two faces, so kids can turn the figure's head to put on either Bilbo's battle face or his scared face.

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  6. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Dwarven Battle Axe
    •  4+

    With the Dwarven Battle Axe, kids can join the company of dwarves in battle just like in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters December 14, 2012. The six-inch Dwarven Battle Axe replicates in authentic detail the battle axe carried by Gloin the Dwarf. It has a plastic handle and a soft foam blade.

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  7. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3.75-inch Action Figures
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    On December 14, 2012, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters. This is the first of three films adapting the popular book The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. The Bridge Direct is producing a collection of highly detailed 3.75-inch action figures based on the movie. Each 3.75-inch Action Figure features authentic detail from key characters as seen in the movie. Each figure has up to 12 moving parts with replicated facial features, clothing, weapons, and accessories.

    The figures are available in single-packs and two-packs. Singe-pack characters include Thorin Oakenshield, Bilbo Baggins, Legolas Greenleaf, Grinnah the Goblin, and Gandalf the Grey. Each is sold separately and retails for $9.99.

    Two-packs include Kili the Dwarf and Fili the Dwarf, Dwalin the Dwarf and Balin the Dwarf, Bilbo Baggins and Gollum, and Legolas Greenleaf and Tauriel. Each is sold separately and retails for $14.99.

    There is also a 3.75-inch Action Figure Box Set, featuring Bilbo Baggins, Thorin Oakenshield, Kili the Dwarf, Fili the Dwarf, and Dwalin the Dwarf. It retails for $29.99.

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  8. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D Puzzle
    •  26.99
    •  10+

    Inspired by the upcoming movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, which hits theaters December 14, the 270-piece The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey 3D Puzzle features curved, precision-cut plastic pieces that puzzlers can build using the exterior image, the numbers located on the inside of each piece, or both. No glue is required to attach the puzzle pieces and build this spherical puzzle. The image on the puzzle is of Bilbo Baggins, Gandalf, and the company of dwarves. A display stand is included.

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  9. The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Adventure Board Game
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    The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey hits theaters on December 14, 2012. For fans who can't wait until then, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey Adventure Board Game lets fans play out the action from the movie. This official game retells the movie's story as two to 15 players take on roles of characters from the film.

    The object is to get the entire company of dwarves to the Eagle Eyrie space. If any of the company perish before reaching that space, the game is over and the evil forces have won. If the adventure is completed successfully, the winner is the player who has scored the most Good Points.

    Each player chooses a character and receives a character card with information on that character's life, strength, magic, and wisdom points. All 15 character pieces begin on the Hobbiton space, even if you have fewer than 15 players. Players take turns rolling the two white dice to determine how many spaces they can move around the board. They can choose one number to move their own character and use the other number to move a free character, or a character that is not assigned to any player.

    If you land on an event card space, take an event card that matches the color of the space. You might earn extra wisdom points, move extra spaces around the board, or have to answer a riddle.

    If you land on a space that touches an enemy token space, you'll need to turn over the token, find the enemy card that matches the number on the token, and battle the enemy. You battle by rolling the dice and adding the numbers to your character's strength or magic points and the enemy's strength or magic points. Whoever has the highest number wins the battle. You can also choose to run from battle by rolling the white dice to see how many spaces you can run away from the enemy.

    The game comes with 11 hexagonal playing board pieces, 15 character pawns, 15 plastic bases, 49 evil forces tokens, two white dice, two black dice, 100 cards, a score pad, and rules.

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  10. The Lord of the Rings The Complete Trilogy Adventure Board Game
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    The Lord of the Rings The Complete Trilogy Adventure Board Game lets fans play out the action from all three movies. The object of the game is to destroy the One Ring by getting Frodo, Gollum, and the One Ring token onto the Mount Doom space together. If Frodo or Gollum perish before the ring is destroyed or if Sauron captures the ring, the game is over and Sauron wins. If the ring is destroyed successfully, the winner is the player with the most Good Points.

    Each player chooses a character and receives a character card with information on that character's life, strength, magic, and wisdom points. Frodo, Sam, Merry, Pippin, and Gandalf the Grey begin on the Hobbiton space. Gimli, Boromir, Aragorn, and Legolas begin on the Rivendell space. All 10 characters must be in play even if you have fewer than 10 players. Players take turns rolling the two white dice to determine how many spaces they can move around the board. They can choose one number to move their own character and use the other number to move a free character, or a character that is not assigned to any player.

    If you land on an event card space, take an event card that matches the color of the space. You might earn extra Good Points, collect helpful weapons, or move directly to another area on the board. You might also get to collect the One Ring.

    If you land on a space that touches a Forces of Sauron token, you'll need to turn over the token, find the enemy card that matches the number on the token, and battle the enemy. You battle by rolling the dice and adding the numbers to your character's strength or magic points and the enemy's strength or magic points. Whoever has the highest number wins the battle. You can also choose to run from battle by rolling the white dice to see how many spaces you can run away from the enemy.

    The game includes 12 hexagonal playing board pieces, 11 character pawns, 10 plastic bases, 49 Forces of Sauron tokens, one One Ring token, one Path Blocked token, two white dice, two black dice, 100 cards, a scorepad, and rules. The game is for two to 10 players.

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  11. Mark My Words

    Mark My Words

    from Family Games America

    •  8+

    Forming words by adding letter tiles to the game board is the goal of Mark My Words. To begin, the letter tiles are turned letter-side down and shuffled. The number of players determines how many tiles each player takes. Once all players have their tiles, they turn them face up in front of them.

    Players pick one of their letter tiles and place it anywhere on the board. On subsequent turns, a player may place one of their letter tiles on the board only if a new word is created. A point is given for each new word. For example, if player one places an O on the board, and player two places an N, "NO" and "ON" gain the second player two points. If player one then adds a T, to make "TO", "NOT", and "TON", he gets three points.

    The letters that create the word must be touching on some part of the neighboring side, which is not always easy because the tiles are cut in various shapes and sizes. Corner-to-corner connections are not allowed. Words may be read from top to bottom, right to left, and zigzag, as long as they are touching in sequence.

    When no player is able to form or discover a new word, it is time to tally the points. The player with the highest number of points wins the game.

    Mark My Words comes with 75 letter tiles, six blank tiles, a foldable board, and instructions. The game is for two to six players.

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  12. Draw Something

    Draw Something

    from Hasbro

    •  8+

    Millions of mobile gamers around the world have shared digital sketches through Zynga's Draw Something game, and now artists of every level can show off their creativity face-to-face with Hasbro's Draw Something board game. Players will find out if their digital drawing skills hold up on paper as they take turns creating drawings for fellow players to guess. Players are not allowed to write or say any word clues as they draw.

    Players take turns choosing a card. Each card has three items on it, ranging in difficulty from easy to hard, and players must choose to draw one of those items. Then the other players must guess what is being drawn. On the back of each card are scrambled letters. The other players are allowed to see the back of the card because the letters that spell the answer are in there somewhere. The more difficult the item you've chosen to draw, the more coins received if another player guesses correctly. The first player to collect 15 coins wins.

    Draw Something includes four draw stations, 180 cards, four crayons (red, blue, green, and purple), four pads of paper, four coin tracker clips, and a game guide. The game is for three to four players.

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  13. Pub Trivia

    Pub Trivia

    from University Games

    •  12+

    Pub Trivia is based on trivia game nights that take place in pubs and bars across the nation. At these weekly events, teams compete against one another by answering trivia questions. Trivia night fans can host their own trivia night at home with Pub Trivia. The object of this party game is to be the team with the highest score at the end of five quiz question rounds.

    One player is the host and reads all the questions out loud, collects and marks team answer sheets, and tallies the scores. (This player can be the host for the entire game or players can take turns as host.) The host also chooses the order that the five question categories (Anything Goes, Science/Nature/Tech, History/Geography, Sport/Recreation, and Entertainment) will be asked. The host picks a quiz card and reads the questions one by one to the whole group, allowing sufficient time between each question for teams to write their answers.

    There are a variety of questions. The first five are short answers, which means players write five short answers to receive anywhere from one to four points per question. The sixth question is In Fours, which means there are four answers to the question and teams score one point for each correct answer they write down. For the Who Said? question, players must write a name associated with a famous quote for a maximum of three points. Which Decade? is a two-part question. You can score two points for getting the correct decade and three points for guessing the exact year. The answer to question nine will always be a number, and teams can earn up to three points. And the last question asks teams to draw something for a maximum of five points.

    Pub Trivia comes with 100 quiz cards, 200 team answer sheets, 10 score sheets, a quiz card sleeve, and four pencils. The game is for four or more players.

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