Monthly Archives: January 2011

Worth 1,000 Words


This basically wraps up around 2-3 separate posts that I’ve never gotten around to writing.  This picture captures some of Bugs latest obsessions and interests.

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Lets see what we have here in this one picture.  Wearing 2 separate boots/shoes (she had been stomping around in my flip flops about 5 minutes before I grabbed this picture.)  She’s wearing hair bands and my Power Balance band on her wrist.  Not sure what has gotten her started on this, but anything she can find to wear on her wrists, she puts it on.  Silly bandz, hair bands, rubber bands, my Power Balance bands; we even bought her some jelly bands hoping she’d stick to just them, but she has just incorporated them into her collection.  In no exaggeration, if we let her go wild, she could have 10-15 on each wrist.  She’s even starting putting them on her ankles too!

Finally we have her talking on the phone too.  Now admittedly I have fun with this one, if I catch her playing on the house phone or a cell phone, I’ll call it for her to answer and hear me on the other end.  If she brings me the phone, I’ll even act like I’m her stock broker or something, asking if she wants to buy or sell and relaying  her responses until she grabs the phone and starts yelling into it as if she’s bossing someone around.  I realize I won’t find it as funny if I get a bill and she’s called Australia or something and left he phone off the hook without me realizing it, but until then, I do have fun with it.

This is definitely one of those pictures to save and show her when she’s older, as it captures her at this age in a perfect way.  In a time where she wants to play with everything and her imagination is racing, I grabbed her doing 3 of her favorite things right now.  A perfect example of a picture worth a 1,000 words, and one I couldn’t save until the next Wordless Wednesday.

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Doctor Who, in Lego Form!!


Check this out, I’ve never gone as far as to buy something that hasn’t been released in the US up to this point, but this might get me to if they aren’t released in the US.  Especially now that I’m starting to get my kids interested in Doctor Who.

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From Doctor Who News:

BBC Worldwide has announced a major new deal with Character Options’ new Construction division which will see Doctor Who enter the construction toy market for the first time.

The Character Building range will include 3D micro-figures, brought to life with sculpted facial features whilst play sets will be uniquely tailored to Doctor Who. Fans will be able to build their own Doctor Who world with all their favourite characters including the Doctor and Amy Pond with their famous foes the Daleks, Cybermen and Weeping Angels.

Distinctive to the Character Building range will be the use of texture on some of the building blocks, whether it be the sleek and smooth edges of a spaceship, or the rough edges of a rock face. This will be pivotal in recreating each environment, providing a natural look, but still allowing easy construction play. The entire range will be displayed at the Character Options stand at the London Toy Fair with the first products set for release in Spring 2011.

Matt Smith commented on his new figure:

“It was very surreal and funny coming face to face with a miniature version of myself as the Doctor but I’m glad that the Doctor’s trusty Sonic Screwdriver is in his hand, ready to fend off attacks from monsters!”

With Karen Gillan adding:

“I absolutely love these miniature toys of The Doctor and Amy Pond despite the strange sensation of seeing myself immortalized in plastic and miniature and buildable…and dissectible. I’m loving Pond’s flaming ginger mane and it’s funny to think that The Doctor and Amy are small enough to travel around in someone’s pocket.”

Richard Hollis, who is Head of UK Licensing at BBC Worldwide said the reason the BBC has chosen to work with Character Options is because of the quality and imagination they put into their toys, with Jon Diver, Character Group’s Joint Managing Director, saying the new project

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Close-ups of the New Spider-man Costume


Including first good glance of the spider emblem on the back, and a closer  look at the boots.

Comingsoon.net has posted some close-up shots of the new Spider-man costume from the filming in LA from On Location News.  These new shots give us a clearer picture of the mask, the back of the costume and the boots.

After looking at these pictures, it appears that the webbing is somewhat raised or at least reflective from the shots, especially from the lighting on the mask.  We have our first real glace of the spider emblem on the back of his costume, or the lack there of, as it appears they’ve just duplicated the black spider emblem from the front rather then have the classic red emblem help break up the solid blue of the back. (Hate this change)  We also get more looks at the boots, and they continue to look like they are wrestling boots to me.

I’m still up in the air on this costume.  Some of the simple changes I was able to live with, like the red down the leg, but taking out the red spider emblem from the back?  That takes away one of the more iconic images of Spider-man.  When he’s swinging away from you, you see that big red spider on his back, and now with this new costume, you no longer have that.  Out of all the changes they’ve made, I think this is the biggest mistake thus far.  Check out a few pictures below, and check out Comingsoon’s coverage from the link above.

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Managing Children’s Screen time: There’s An App For That!


screen-time-app-for-dads.jpgIn an increasing digital age, our children are becoming digitally dependent.  Something that can easily slip our minds, but shouldn’t be ignored is the amount of time our children spend watching TV or playing computer games.  That’s where “Screen Time” comes in and saves the day!  More

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Zoo Train – Amazing App for Toddlers


zoo-train1.jpgThis is by far, my number one app for the first half of the year, and I don’t see it really getting dethroned anytime soon.  If you’re looking for an app to entertain your toddler or preschooler, this is the one to get!  Check out the full review below:

Apps For Kids: A Big ChooChoo For Zoo Train!

Just the name itself, “Zoo Train” tells you it’s going to be a hit with your kids.  What child doesn’t like animals and/or trains?  And, the art work, which is bright, sharp and colorful, is definitely an attention grabber.  It’s easily one of the more attractive apps I’ve seen in a long while.  More

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Spider-man Reboot, photo wrap up


Below is a collection of some of the photos that have popped up online this week from the Spider-man reboot currently filming in LA.  If nothing else, I have to say that the shots of Spidey swinging, really begins to sell me on at least the action sequences that this film will have.  Lets continue to hope for the best!  If anyone comes up with additional photos, feel free to post below, and we can week a running collection.

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Spoilers: Who is the NEW Venom?


In an interview that Newsarama posted today that they conducted with Rick Remender and Marvel senior editor Steve Wacker, its revealed that Venom’s new how will be (highlight) Flash Thompson!  Guess if its true and not a red herring, we’ll be seeing how it plays out soon enough!  My only hesitation is that in the one cover we’ve seen, the hidden person is standing, while most will know that Flash is currently a double amputee.  Guess its possible that with the symbiote he regains his legs in some fashion?

Check out the full article and interview at Newsarama plus some new interior pages here.

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Its Peekaboo Time Again with Peekaboo Forest



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Peekaboo Forest

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The fine folks at Night & Day Studios have released their third app in their Peekaboo line of apps for toddlers and preschoolers.  This time, their latest, Peekaboo Forest, features the stunning art of Charley Harper, which separates it from previous Peekaboo iterations, and sets it atop its own pedestal.  Peekaboo Forest doesn’t just take the same equation that equaled success for Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild, but they evolved it all around.

In the previous apps you had animals hiding behind barn doors or grass, making noise, then appearing once your child touched the screen.  Now you have teases like a leaf moving or a tail wagging, before the animal makes its appearance, the its name being announced, making this interactive app, much more like an actual game of peekaboo.  Not only that, but this version builds upon a foundation wrapped around the seasons, where after every 3-4 animals, you have a littler intermission with music and announcing the next season.  Not only is this a way of teaching the seasons, but it helps break up the repetitive pattern of getting animals appear.  Bug enjoys this part of the game, and dancing with the music just as much as she does seeing the animals, making this addition a great and welcomed one.

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However I do feel inclined to point out, the pace and feel of Peekaboo Forest is much more low key then with Peekaboo Barn and Peekaboo Wild.  If I was to suggest to a parent, especially one younger then Bug who is at 21 months, I would suggest starting off with Peekaboo Barn or Wild before moving on to Peekaboo Forest.  Bug loved is (as can be seen by the video below) but I can see where this one might not captivate younger kids like Peekaboo Barn did for her last year.


BOTTOM LINE

Peekaboo Forrest is a fun, education and interactive game that you’d expect from Night & Day Studios, and features the stunning vivid art of Charley Harper.  It is a unique take on the peekaboo app concept and is an universally entertaining app fr any preschooler.  If younger then around 2, I’d suggest Peekaboo Barn or Peekaboo Wild prior then trying out Peekaboo Forest, but don’t question the greatness that this app offers!

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The Rise of the Apes has Begun!!


His name is Ambam, he is an endangered Western lowland gorilla, and he walks upright.  Check the videos below of the upright simian, and check this link out for the article from CBS News.

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Vintage Batman MIMOBOT–Reviewed


Mimoco_blackBG_webIn today’s world of everything being electronic and digital, its common practice to assume everyone has a computer, or has access to a computer by a family member or the public library.  This assumption is no where more prevalent then in today’s school system and the homework the kids bring home.  It is not a stretch of the imagination to have homework brought home multiple times a month that require a computer to complete it; could be writing a paper, or using the internet for research.  Gone are the days of having floppy disks to keep all your school research and papers on to take with you, today, if you don’t have a thumb drive, you’re almost looked at like you have a disease, or you get a look of sympathy as if you’re out of touch.  (The look I enjoy giving)

Its no secret that the market is inundated with USB flash drives.  You can practically get one anywhere (short of the quarter machines in men’s bathrooms).  So, why do I have a review about a flash drive?  Well because in the scheme of things, especially with kids, the concern isn’t the transfer speeds or performance it offers (slightly slower then some, but still works great) or so much the capacity (that concern comes with their iPhones and iPods) but if it looks cool.  The neater looking, the more unique, the better, and the better chance they won’t misplace it or forget it, meaning all those hours of research and writing won’t have to all be redone the night before its due!

The people at Mimoco  have created not only unique and functional flash drives, but they’ve practically created a line of collectable figures, that can function as USB flash drives.  I mean these things even stand up on your desk!  Unless you actually know what it is, its hard to tell its even a flash drive of any kind.

Mimoco offers their own original designs, but also offer licensed products including DC Comics, Hello Kitty, Star Wars and Halo.  I myself have the pleasure of getting the Vintage Batman MIMOBOT.   The grey and black-clad Vintage Batman MIMOBOT is styled after the icon’s first ever appearance in Detective Comics #27 from May 1939!  I mean how cool is that?  I have a flash drive styled after Batman’s first appearance.  On top of this thing coming with such a cool and unique visual style, it also have a few small extras included and comes pre-loaded with exclusive Batman MIMOBOT wallpapers, screensavers, and avatars, as all the MIMOBOTs do.  The Batman MIMOBOT comes in flavors of 2GB, 4GB, 8GB, and 16GB.  ( I myself have the 2GB model)

Mimoco BatmanIn February Mimoco will be including Robin, Catwoman and The Joker to their Batman line. More MIMOBOT series based on additional DC Comics’ characters, including Green Lantern (want it), Superman and The Flash (WILL have it), will follow in the near future.

Mimoco might seem a little more expensive then generic flash drives, but you can’t argue with just how unique and cool they are.  I was originally writing this up as a parent, wanting to point out how such a unique flash drive could be useful, not only for your child to use, but to be responsible and to keep up with such a small item.  Like I said above, give them something they’ll really like to where they’ll make sure they keep track of it, and you won’t have to stay up with them and redo a month’s project in a single night.  Strangely enough though, the parent in me turn fan boy over the Vintage Batman I received, and that’s not even mentioning some of the other cool flash drives they have.  If you’re a parent, collector, or just a fan of one of their particular licensed lines, Mimoco’s Designer flash drives are just too good to pass up.

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