Though it’s an unofficial iteration from Winning Solutions rather than a Hasbro product, Scrabble Typography Edition is still a pretty amazing idea for the board game. Boasting a six-panel solid walnut magnetised gameboard, solid birch cover and solid walnut storage case with drawer, what you’d really be buying it for are the walnut tiles.
I’ve never more wanted to be a three-year-old than now. Possibly the coolest coat a toddler could own, with a lion head hood, claw tipped sleeves and yarn tail and mane, it’s made of a golden yellow wool blend and fully lined for extra warmth. They can do custom size arms too. If you’re quick, you can grab one on Etsy here.
Making a mockery of the tiny pool table at your local pub, the Brunswick Gold Crown V pool table ($10,000) is one of the classiest ball players around. The fifth in the series, the retro styling features a rest, er, rest, with tighter pockets and longer rails to match pro-level regulations. Then pop a Table Tennis Conversion Top on it for just another $330, bring a own cooler and fix a big screen TV your the wall and you have the perfect playden.
Vinyl toys are great and all, but boy are they expensive. Often closed box meaning you’ll end up with 20 spares just to complete the collection, you need a new tact; DIY. “Powered by glue, fold and cut”, print off the Big Chief set, then assemble yourself. Perfect.
Best. Baseball game. Ever. The Ballpark Classics MLB Baseball Game is about the best sports board game you’ll ever see. Yes, that includes Subbuteo. With a wooden case and felt field, it doesn’t come cheap (get ready to lay down $250 to get your hands on one) but it’s be worth every cent, kids optional.
Don’t play baseball? You should. With a Sam Bat. They look pretty cool too.