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    Older toys seek new fans with makeovers
    By JOHN SEEWER, Associated Press Writer

    It seems an unlikely pair — the trendy SpongeBob SquarePants teaming up with the aging Etch A Sketch.
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    Other toy shelf staples also have gotten makeovers.

    Monopoly is out with a new version that replaces the Atlantic City Boardwalk with Times Square. And who can forget when Barbie ditched her longtime beau Ken just two years ago.

    Traditional toys have been losing ground to electronics in recent years — sales fell 4 percent to $21.3 billion last year, according to the market research firm NPD Group Inc. For the makers of classic toys, creating a new look is one way to compete against video games and the holiday season's "must have" toys.
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    There's a fine line, though, when it comes to updating a classic.
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    Giving a classic toy a new look without altering it too much is a smart move, said Jonathan Samet, publisher of The Toy Book, a trade publication.
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    Only a handful of classic toys have remained unchanged, Walsh said. Milton Bradley's battery-operated game Operation hasn't been altered much except for the removal of a cigarette from the surgeon's mouth on the box, he said.
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    Lol.

    We love traditional games. Clue is a fave, as is Scrabble. I never noticed the cigarette in the surgeon's mouth though!
     
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    The Risk board and game pieces continue to change in appearance, but the game has remained fundamentally unchanged since it started. However, to keep things interesting, Risk has had many 'spin-off' games with different maps and special rules. My favorite so far is Risk 2210, though I've never gotten ahold of Godstorm.
     
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    Risk is a fun game. I'm surprised I had any friends at all after going through our Risk phase. Throwing dice and screaming at my friends over broken alliances was all part of the fun, I guess.
     
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    Risk? :sleep:
    My all time favorite that you don't need to buy a manufactured game for is "Spoons".
    I also like the classics pictionary, scattergories, Yahtzee and mexican Train dominoes.
    A new one that I like is "Liar's Dice" that came out from PoTC2.
     
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    Risk is #1 in our house. Monopoly and Scrabble are used for diversity. UNO too is a staple.
     
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    Woohoo! Kathianne celebrates diversity. I always suspected it. ;) :halo: :beer: :teeth:
     
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    i love classic games, but i like Apples to Apples too. that game is fun and its newer.
     
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    Me too. It's a great game for a large, wise-cracking group, like when our extended family gets together.
     
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    I love board games. Fun stuff! :)
     
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    I agree with Avatar. I love the classic games but lately Apples to Apples has become a family favorite. If you've never heard of it or played the game you can get a feel for it at playyourredcard.com.

    We're also thinking about picking up Pictionary man next. A co-worker said it is alot of fun.

    Anyone tried that one yet?
     

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