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Funnybone Toys marches forward with two new games for 2015

Players build the board in Juxtabo.

Spectracube is six dice games in one.

Building on the success of its current line of games and interactive toys, Funnybone Toys is getting ready to introduce toy new games for 2015, Juxtabo and Spectracube. The new toys will start hitting stores in February following Toy Fair New York.

Both games are are intended for people as young as 6 and offer challenges for people much older. With Juxtabo, the board is actually made out of the puzzle pieces, two-sided discs with different colors on each side. "Juxtabo is for people who like chess, checkers and other games," Funnybone Toys founder Julien Sharp. "You get these pieces and build the board out of them."

Players must match the color and pattern presented on cards and the player who collects the most cards wins. As board grows it can resemble a mountain range or other 3D structures.

Spectracube has 30 dice-like cubes, half with primary colors, the other half with secondary colors. "There are six games in one," Sharp says. However, users, particularly children, are encouraged to use the cubes to create their own games with the cubes, she adds.

The company is building on its previous success. Its other games, Funnybones, Disruptus, Arrazzles and others have all won multiple awards. Most of the company's games are intended for a family audience, but not Disruptus. "That particular game is really for the corporate world," Sharp says. "The others are more for family fun, getting kids to think." She's spoken at numerous business conferences about using Disruptus in the corporate world.

The next step for Funnybone Toys is more submissions. "Our games consistently win," Sharp says. "I'll be submitting them to MENSA. We might have a nice chance there and with Dr. Toy."

Contact Confluence Denver Innovation & Jobs News Editor Chris Meehan with tips and leads for future stories at chris@confluence-denver.com.

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Chris is a Denver-based freelance writer, editor and communications specialist. He covers sustainability, social issues and other topics.
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