Game Night Ideas & New Toys for Tweens

Los Tweens was provided with Hasbro toys for review.  All opinions expressed are our own. 


As the saying goes, “What’s old is new again.”  And, that applies to games and toys as well.

When the box of Hasbro toys and games came, it was an instant flashback to my childhood.   I remember all of My Little Ponies, my brother’s Transformers, gathering around the table and playing Monopoly and being frustrated by Simon.

But perhaps the saying needs to be updated with, “What’s old is new again and has undergone a face lift.”  My Little Pony is now shaped like a doll.  Transformers are in building blocks and there’s a dinosaur.  Monoploy can be personalized.  Simon is no longer just large colored buttons.

While they may not be the traditional toys of my childhood, my kids enjoyed playing with them.  Here’s a break down of our their reviews and a video so you can see exactly what they have to say:

Hasbro My Monopoly (8+)

I am going to confess that Monopoly has been banned in my house for years.  My family is extremely competitive and games always ended with family members not speaking to each other for a few days.  It’s the same in all families…right?  When we received My Monopoly my tweens immediately wanted to play.  I was really worried to lift the 12 year ban.

But the other night, we went for it and the entire family teamed up for a game.  My Monopoly allows you to customize the game board and the pieces.  You can print photos yourself and adhere them to game pieces.

I am not sure if it was the fact that the tweens were playing or everyone was too tired to fight but the game wrapped up amicably.  And, I am happy to say that we might be playing Monopoly again.


Hasbro KREO Transformers Age of Extinction Grimlock Street Attack Set (5+)

The KREO Transformers Age of Extinction combines two of my seven year-old tween son’s favorite things: building and dinosaurs.  It’s no wonder the toy has now become his favorite.  The KREO Transformers Age of Extinction toy is easy to put together – he did it with minor help from his dad in less than an hour – and a lot of fun to play with.  He has a room full of building blocks, cars, dinosaurs and toys but I find him playing with the KREO Transformer toy over and over again.


Hasbro My Little Pony Equestria Girls (5+)

I wasn’t sure about this My Little Pony Equestria Girls toy.  It didn’t look like one of MY Little Ponies.  My eldest daughter had to point out to me that it wasn’t supposed to be a pony.  It’s a line of dolls.

After readjusting my thinking and seeing how much my youngest daughter loved it, I was able to come around to the My Little Pony Equestria Girls dolls.  The dolls are fun, colorful, bright and easy for a child to hold and play with.


Hasbro Simon Swipe (8+)

Oh, Simon!  I’ve never been good at Simon but my husband is a HUGE fan.  The new Simon Swipe challenges your memory in new ways.  Swipe the lights and follow the pattern through 16 challenging games.  Tweens can play by themselves or with a friend.  Becoming the new “Simon Swipe King” has taken over my house with everyone playing it to see how far they can get.


Did you have Simon, Monopoly, My Little Pony and Transformers when you were a kid?  Do your children play with these toys now?




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