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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Transformers Construct-Bots

Dec 03, 13 REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Transformers Construct-Bots

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Ever since my kids found out about Transformers Construct-Bots, they have been begging me to get some. Luckily, Hasbro sent us some Transformers Contruct-Bots to review. I’ve been a huge fan of Transformers ever since they hit the scene back in 1984. That Christmas, I hoped and wished that Santa would leave me some Transformers under my tree. Lo and behold, when I woke up on Christmas morning, I was welcomed to the smiling faces of Optimus Prime, Starscream and Megatron (yes, in my memory they were all smiling at me!). Throughout the years, I collected more Transformers and they were pretty much my prized possessions. I played with them longer after the point that I should have been playing with doll (um… I mean ACTION FIGURES!!!) Naturally, when my children were born and grew old enough to appreciate them, I wanted to introduce them to Transformers. Once they had a chance to play with a few, they were hooked. They’ve seen the full original 1984 series, the original 1986 movie, some various other shows here and there, and the full Transformers Prime run. They are always playing with them and hungry to add more figures to their cadre of Transformers. So, when they saw Construct-Bots on the Transformers section of the Hasbro site, they had to have them! Each Transformers Construct-Bot comes with a robot frame, armor, a weapon and accessories parts so you can construct and customize your favorite Transformers characters. I knew these would be right up my kids’ alley as they love Transformers and they love to play with modular toys like Legos, KRE-O, K’NEX and Erector sets. We received both Soundwave and Ironhide for review but I’m going to focus mostly on Ironhide as Soundwave had an unfortunate mishap (that I will go into later). The first thing I noticed about Transformers Construct-Bots was the packaging. Some of the Bots come with a resealable case, perfect for when you have broken down all of your bots and need to...

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REVIEW: Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods

Nov 25, 13 REVIEW: Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods

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Just in time for the holidays, Hasbro released Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods toys, and I was given a free sample to review. Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods are actually two toys in one. At first glance, the toys are just toys. Angry Birds figures (made up to look like they are from the Star Wars universe) that come in playsets (or some sold separately as just figures) that can be set up and played with just like everyone’s favorite Angry Birds game. There is a Star Destroyer set, a Death Star Trench Run set, a Endor Forest Chase set, and many others. You build the set and then use the provided slingshot (or vehicle!) to hurtle your Angry Birds toward the structures in order to destroy them. Honestly, this is enough fun in itself – but there’s more! On each Angry Bird and Bad Piggy there is a QR code. With the help of a hand-dandy magnifying glass (included in each Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods package) you can scan or “drop” your Angry Bird or Bad Piggy into the game! This allows you to switch out the bird or piggy you are using for one that might be better suited for what you need to do.  (Plus, it really plays up the Skylander/Disney Infinity gimmick really well!) I sat down with my son and daughter and let them have a go at Angry Birds Start Wars II Telepods.  My son was all about it – he enjoyed building the playset and knocking it down with the Angry Birds. And, while he enjoyed playing with the physical playset, he was definitely more interested in playing the Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods app on our Google Nexus 10.  Both my kids LOVE the Skylanders series so it was no surprise to me that they both wanted to scan the QR codes on the birds to bring them into the game. Once the Angry Birds (or Bad Piggies) are scanned into...

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Star Trek and Kre-O: A match made in Sto-Vo-Kor

May 30, 13 Star Trek and Kre-O: A match made in Sto-Vo-Kor

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I’m a pretty big Star Trek fan. I’ve seen all the shows, I’ve seen all the movies. Over the last six months, I tried to get my kids interested in Star Trek by watching Star Trek: Voyager from beginning to end on Netflix. They both enjoyed Voyager very much so I pressed my luck and tried Star Trek: The Original Series.  Let’s just say it wasn’t as popular with the kids as Voyager was. None the less, when Hasbro came to me and asked if I would like a few of their new kits from their Kre-O Star Trek series, I was as excited as a Tribble in a grain storage compartment! And, of course, once I told the Chris we were getting some Kre-Os to test out, he was pretty excited, too! We were sent three of Kre-O’s new Star Trek sets: Spock’s Volcano Mission Klingon Bird of Prey U.S.S Enterprise When the box arrived, it was all I could do to prevent Chris from ripping all the boxes open and attempting to build all of them without me (he knew the sets were Star Trek related but didn’t know which sets we received). Spock’s Volcano Mission This set is a shuttle craft, a small volcano, and two Kreons. I sat back and let Chris try to build it himself. He was perfectly fine putting it together except for one piece. There is a tiny string that needs to be tied to two tiny pieces on both ends. I’m surprised this piece wasn’t already tied together as I think it would be hard for younger children to tie. The rest of the set was a breeze and it looks pretty cool. It even has a little light that turns on when the bottom hatch opens! Klingon Bird of Prey This set is a Klingon Bird of Prey and comes with 4 Kreons. Chris was able to put this one together without any help from me. He has many other sets from Kre-O (including multiple...

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Celebrate Star Wars Day This May 4th

This weekend is jam-packed with goodness for us nerds. Not only is Iron Man 3 coming out this weekend; not only is Free Comic Book Day this weekend; this Saturday, May 4th, is Star Wars Day! (“May the Fourth Be With You!”) There are any number of way you can celebrate Star Wars Day this year: You can watch the entire Star Wars saga from beginning to end! (which, any nerd worth their Imperial Credits knows goes in order of IV, V, VI, I, II, III). You can pick up and play any number of Lego Star Wars Games (man I love those). You can combine Free Comic Book Day and Star Wars Day and go pick up the free Star Wars comic (make sure buy something while you’re there and support your local comic book shop!). And, when you’re done celebrating Star Wars Day, you can go to HasbroToyShop.com and buy some awesome Star Wars swag.  Might I suggest Slave 1? The fine folks at Hasbro have provided me with a 20% off coupon code to share with you so you can save a little cash while you celebrate. Use the Promo Code SWFANDAY for 20% off any Star Wars toy on HasbroToyShop.com, only on May 4th!* Have a great weekend.  Go see Iron Man 3 (let me know what you think), go check out HasbroToyShop.com and save 20% on Star Wars products, and use the money you save and go check out Free Comic Book Day (and buy an issue or two to support the shop!). I will definitely be taking my kids to pick up some free comics, and maybe even watch The Empire Strikes Back with them for the first time.   *20% Off STAR WARS Fan Day, One Day Only-May 4th 20% off offer may only be redeemed through the HasbroToyShop.com website toward the purchase of STAR WARS products currently available on the site. Discount applies to pre-tax and pre-shipping amount. This offer cannot be combined with any other coupon or offer. Offer cannot be redeemed for cash....

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