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REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Marvel Super Hero Mashers

Feb 27, 14 REVIEW AND GIVEAWAY: Marvel Super Hero Mashers

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When I told my kids that Hasbro was sending me a free action figure to review, with our favorite Marvel characters like Spider-Man, The Hulk, Captain America, etc… they were super excited to get their hands on them. So when my MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS arrived in the mail, they immediately ripped open the package and got to MASHING! Kids always like making new creations. My kids in particular love playing Minecraft, playing with building blocks, and they loved the last toy Hasbro sent us, Transformers Construct-Bots. I knew they would really like pulling apart the arms, legs, heads and weapons and putting them back together to make their own customer heroes. How awesome is The Hulk? He’s big, green, super strong and nearly bullet-proof. Now, imagine if he had a giant canon and could shoot webs like Spider-Man?  HE WOULD BE NEARLY IMPOSSIBLE TO STOP! So, of course me son created that figure!   Marvel Super Hero Mashers from Hasbro When I asked my son what he liked about the Marvel Super Hero Mashers, he said he liked pulling the arms and legs off of the characters to make new super heroes. He was disappointed, however, that the upper arms do not come off of the torso of the character they belong to, so they are not completely interchangeable (So, the Hulk will always have giant green shoulders). That being said, both my kids enjoyed building and having super hero fights for hours after we got them and I even caught my son bringing them to bed with him at night (I assume for super hero protection!)   MASH! MASH! MASH!  If you or your children love Marvel super heroes, here’s your chance to win your own MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS playset.  Enter the contest below and, if you win, you will be mailed a MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS Battle Upgrade Action Figure Assortment of your very own!     a Rafflecopter giveaway     MARVEL SUPER HERO MASHERS Action Figures Assortment (Ages: 4...

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REVIEW: Flipeez – Keeping Kids Heads Fun, Fashionable and Warm

Dec 23, 13 REVIEW: Flipeez – Keeping Kids Heads Fun, Fashionable and Warm

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A few weeks ago I was provided one Flipeez hat and asked to offer my honest opinion on it. Flipeez are knit winter hats for kids that come in a bunch of cute, colorful, eye-catching designs (Monster, Kitty, Monkey and Puppy). The one I received was “Monster”.  The gimmick with these hats, and why they are called “Flipeez”, is because they all have some sort of movable piece on top of the hat that the wearer can control by squeezing an air bladder in one of the tassels. Here’s the deal: there’s only so much you can say about hats. Are they comfortable? Are they stylish? Do they keep your head warm? I’ve been trying for a while to write this post and come up with a clever way to describe this hat and I’ve been drawing a blank. The few things I can say for sure: 1. My daughter LOVES this hat! She wears her Flipeez hat every day; sometimes just sitting around the house. It totally fits her personality because the hat is kinda goofy and my daughter is kinda goofy (in a good way, of course!) 2. The hat is super cute Ugh, I hate saying “super” in front of “cute” but it is the only way for me to describe this hat.  The design and colors used on the Flipeez hats are very cute and eye catching, even for an old, cantankerous jerk like me.  It melts my heart when I see my daughter wearing this hat and enjoying it so much. 3. People notice it and ask where she got it! My daughter has been wearing this hat for over a month now and we’ve had no less than four perfect strangers ask us where she got it, what it’s called, etc… We even know a next door neighbor who went online and found that Flipeez hats are sold at our local Walgreens. Now my daughter and our neighbor have the same hat at the bus stop every morning....

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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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Dadstractions Toy Review: Hasbro’s Magic Jinn

Sep 30, 13 Dadstractions Toy Review: Hasbro’s Magic Jinn

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We received Magic Jinn free from BzzAgent for review. All opinions are my own (or those of my children). Magic Jinn is a cute take on the classic game of “20 Questions” except instead of being “animal, mineral or vegetable” Magic Jinn can only guess “animals”. He is interactive, voice activated (after you turn him on) and eye-catching and cute. My kids enjoyed trying to stump the mischievous little Jinn who tries to guess which animal you are thinking about.  We only opened it about 24 hours ago and they have been back a half dozen times each to try to stump him (unsuccessfully!). The kids and I made a review video for the Dadstractions YouTube channel. If you watch the video, you can hear some of the snarky comebacks the Jinn makes when he successfully guesses the animal his opponent was thinking of. “I’m smarter than you” is something you hear a lot for Magic Jinn. Some reviewers on Amazon have complained that the comments are “unsportsmanlike” or “belittling” but I felt they were appropriate for the character/personality of the toy. (He’s a Jinn! He’s supposed to be mischievous! He’s trying to goad the player into trying to stump him again.) I actually felt that his personality was enjoyable and funny. He even makes funny guesses from time-to-time to lighten things up and keep it fun. The other thing you will hear in the video is that Chris compares Magic Jinn to “Q20”. “20Q” is another “20 Questions” game we have. It is a pocket-sized digital device that tries to guess if you are thinking of the standard “animal, mineral or vegetable.” It’s ultra portable so it’s great for long car trips or just waiting in line and killing time. (Granted, I bought this at a time before smartphones so I’m sure there are some apps out there that play 20 Questions almost as well). “20Q” is not, however, voice activated. The questions appear on a small screen which you must read and then...

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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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