SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS HALLOWEEN STOP-MOTION ANIMATION SPECIAL LOOKS AWESOME!

We’re suckers for halloween specials and stop motion animation and this new SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS Halloween Special looks like exactly what we love. Premiering October 13th, THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS HALLOWEEN STOP-MOTION ANIMATION SPECIAL: THE LEGEND OF BOO-KINI BOTTOM looks like a new classic for kids of all ages. You can check out the official press release and trailer below!

BURBANK, Calif.—Sept. 25, 2017—Nickelodeon treats viewers to a spooky stop-motion special with the premiere of SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom, on Friday, Oct. 13, at 7p.m. (ET/PT). The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom tells the story of the Flying Dutchman (Brian Doyle-Murray) coming to Bikini Bottom to make sure everyone in town is scared–especially SpongeBob, who seems to be unflappable in his belief that spooky things are actually funny.

Inspired by the visual style of classic stop-motion animation TV specials, Bikini Bottom is decked out for Halloween and features Sandy’s treedome as a mad scientist’s lab, including a giant remotely operated Acorn Monster; Mr. Krabs’ restaurant as “The Horrors of the Chum Bucket,” displaying scenes of Plankton torturing food; and Plankton’s restaurant as “The Horrors of the Krusty Krab,” telling the story of Mr. Krabs turning customers into Krabby Patties and more.

The characters wear Halloween costumes, with SpongeBob as a flower, Patrick as a knight, Sandy as a mad scientist, Mr. Krabs as a dollar bill, Plankton as a devil, Squidward as himself, and Karen as a cat.SpongeBob SquarePants: The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom features an original song, “The Scare Song,” written by Mr. Lawrence, music by Eban Schletter and performed by the Flying Dutchman’s crew of pirate ghosts.

The Legend of Boo-Kini Bottom was produced at Screen Novelties, a Los Angeles-based stop-motion animation production company, where miniature puppets and sets brought Bikini Bottom to life in three dimensions. The production featured 27 unique sets, across five stages, where 15 boxes of breakfast cereal were used to create texture on Bikini Bottom’s coral reefs; eight pounds of glitter were used to decorate SpongeBob’s Halloween pineapple house; hundreds of popsicle sticks created the planks of the rollercoaster track that Patrick and SpongeBob ride; and “black lights” were used to create a fluorescent glow across the puppets and sets.

The special features various production techniques including: stop-motion puppet animation, marionette puppeteering, hand puppets and 2D hand-drawn animation designed by Sally Cruikshank.

Marc Ceccarelli and Vincent Waller are co-executive producers on SpongeBob SquarePants. The special was written by Mr. Lawrence, with Brian Morante serving as the storyboard director and Jennie Monica as producer. The special is being directed by Mark Caballero and Seamus Walsh, and produced by Chris Finnegan of Screen Novelties.

This is the second time Nickelodeon has partnered with Screen Novelties on a SpongeBob SquarePants stop-motion episode. SpongeBob SquarePants: It’s a SpongeBob Christmas! debuted December 2012 and featured Plankton turning everybody in Bikini Bottom from nice to naughty.

Viewers can visit the SpongeBob SquarePants page on Nick.com, the Nick App and the Facebookpage, along with the SpongeBob Facebook page and SpongeBob Instagram, to get an exclusive look at the series. Episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants are currently available on the Nick App andNick.com, for download on iOS, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Android, and Android TV and Nick On Demand. Episodes are available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Vudu, Xbox, and PlayStation.

 

LEGO Worlds Has Taken Over Ours

At this year’s Sweet Suite event we saw tons of cool toys and games that we have already raved about but one particular section that caught our eye was the WB Games/LEGO video game booth that had both LEGO Worlds and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2 on display.

While we CAN NOT WAIT to try out the new Marvel game, LEGO Worlds had slipped under our radar a little. We were aware and excited for it when it was first releasing back in March but with the end of the school year and a million other things going on, we simply never had a chance to try out the game. Thankfully the awesome team over at WB games sent us a copy to try on the PS4 and wow are we so glad they did!

As I’ve mentioned in the past here and on Social Media plenty, my 4 (soon to be 5) year old son LOVES all things LEGO. There are a few games he really grasps how to play and the LEGO games are some of his favorites. The simple gameplay mixed with fun storylines can keep him busy for hours but I was a little concerned that LEGO Worlds might be a bit too over his head as there is not just linear gameplay but actual world building going on.

I have to say I could not be happier that I was wrong as he has joyfully embraced the game and is fascinated building things all over the LEGO Worlds’ landscape. Moments before writing this I watched him building his own versions of bridges in the sky so he could avoid a volcano and he could not have been prouder with his accomplishment. Much like LEGOs themselves, the amount of imagination he was able to use and explore in this is exactly what I want to see in a game as a parent.

We still have a long way to go in LEGO Worlds but I just wanted to let you all know how perfect of a game it has been for us. with expansions on the way (well talk about that in the next post) I can definitely see LEGO Worlds being a staple in our home for a long time.

The game is currently on sale for $29.99 at most retailers and is available for PS4, XBOX One and PC so there is no better time to pick up a copy!

TMNT x Ghostbusters Figures Out of SDCC

SDCC 2017 is upon us and while I am completely overwhelmed with all of the info coming out of the annual convention, one particular thing has completely wowed me  more than the rest and that is a TMNT x Ghostbusters mashup line of figures.

There have always been wacky TMNT figures that gave them different jobs and even ones that kind of looked like Ghostbusters a few years back but this official collaboration is absolutely amazing to a fan of both franchises like myself.

Living vicariously through my kids is one of my favorite parts of being a dad and when last year gave us the TMNT x WWE collaboration figures I didn’t think they could be topped but wow was I wrong! These new figures look great and find the turtles taking on the monikers of our favorite original ghostbuster team.

We have as follows:

Raphael as Winston Zeddemore

Leonardo as Ray Stantz

Michelangelo as Peter Venkman

Donatello as Egon Spengler.

the figures will retail for $20 each and look to be a Target exclusive so keep your eyes posted for these figures when they release this fall!

Sweet Suite 2017 Swag Unboxing

As we mentioned in our last post, Sweet Suite 2017 was so much fun and one of the best parts of all is that after the fun of the night ends, you receive this MASSIVE box of goodies sent to your home with samples from many of the companies that were on display. As you can imagine our two youngest went absolutely bonkers for everything inside and have picked out a handful of toys they want to “share” (or fight over) with each other while we will be sharing the rest by doing some fun giveaways and sharing with kids in need this holiday season.

You can check out our unboxing video below an let us know what you think the coolest thing we got in the box was!!

Sweet Suite 2017 Was Awesome!!!

Every year for the past several years we have had the privilege of covering the annual Blogger Bash NYC Sweet Suite event. It is an absolutely amazing night put on by the fantastic team over at The Toy Insider and it is the place to be to hear all about the newest toys kids will be going crazy for this holiday season.

My lovely wife @BlogSenorita and I spent the evening at Pier Sixty in NYC checking out all of the goodies and have so much to show you all. While we had a fantastic time as always we did especially love what Jakks Pacific is doing with their Nintendo products (Splatoon Ink shooters are sooooo fun) and how much fun Sonic Mania from Sega and Lego Marvel Heroes 2 from WB games looks.

You can check out all of our pics below and stay tuned for our Sweet Suite Swag Unboxing and reviews!

LEGO Worlds Has Arrived!!

If you’ve followed our page before, you know how absolutely crazy about LEGO my family and I are. We have the sets, we play the games, we watch the movies….If its LEGO we love it!

That being said, we are extremely excited seeing that WB Interactive and TT Games have officially released LEGO Worlds! You can check out the release trailer, photos and press release below. For $29.99 this is a no brainer for our LEGO loving clan.

Let us know if you’re playing the game and what you think so far in the comments!

WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP LAUNCH LEGO® WORLDS  For PlayStation®4, Xbox One and STEAM

Players Can Create Anything Imaginable and Define Their Own Adventures

In Customizable Open Worlds Made Entirely of LEGO Bricks

Burbank, Calif. – March 7, 2017 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO® Group today announced that LEGO® Worlds, a galaxy of imaginative worlds made of digital LEGO bricks where players can explore, discover and create together, is now available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, and STEAM. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO Worlds will be available for Nintendo Switch™ later this year.

In LEGO Worlds, players embark on a creative adventure to become a Master Builder and uncover hidden treasures in environments that range from fun to the fantastical, where worlds come to life with a dizzying variety of vehicles and creatures – from gingerbread men riding elephants to cavewomen scaring polar bears, to swamp police helicopters, hot air balloons and arctic snow scooters. Gamers can embark on a quest to become a Master Builder by helping other LEGO characters along the way – find a sword for an Egyptian Queen, protect a fisherman from a giant troll invasion, or build a home for a cyclops. Environments and creations are brought to life in any way fans can imagine, either by building brick by brick, placing down enormous prebuilt LEGO structures, or by using wondrous tools that let them paint and shape the landscape. LEGO Worlds’ online multiplayer functionality allows players to explore each other’s worlds together and engage in cooperative and competitive play experiences that players can build themselves.

A LEGO Agents pack, featuring new characters, vehicles, weapons and more from the Agents range of play materials, will be available exclusively on PlayStation 4 for a limited time.

LEGO Dimensions Wants Us To Meet The Gremlins

As I’ve mentioned in past posts, my home is a big fan of the LEGO Dimensions video game. It combines my little ones (and my own)  love of LEGO building with all of the franchises we know and love. We’ve been having fun with the game and different add on packs since we first started playing in 2015 and are still going strong with the new additions this year including the Ghostbusters 2016 pack and A Team pack that we received (graciously from LEGO) recently.

One of the new additions we are incredibly excited for is the upcoming release of characters from the original Gremlins film which will add Gizmo and Stripe to the game. As I’ve introduced my 4yr old to the Gremlins films recently he is beyond excited to be able to play with these characters in his favorite video game.

Knowing many of us are excited for this addition, LEGO has released a third episode in their “Meet That Hero” series which features some of the Gremlins gameplay being introduced to us by Marceline the Vampire Queen from Adventure Time. You can check out the video below as well as the first two entries in the series & you can pick up the LEGO Dimensions Gremlins Team Pack when it hits stores this November!

LEGO’s Beautiful Tribute To Motorsport

As the final three grand prix of the season are set to close out the Forumla 1 World Championship and the World Rally Championships are in the final races of 2016, the always awesome people over at LEGO have created an original video honoring the world of motorsport.

The short video features the LEGO Technic Getaway Racer having dreams of grandeur as it races around its home garage and is reminiscent of some of the touching commercials you see around Super Bowl time that you would not normally expect. Definitely a fantastic reminder of the wonder that is LEGO.

You have got to check this one out.

Little Larry Unboxing LEGO Dimensions and More

Recently we were talking with the awesome people over at WBGames and let them know how much Little Larry enjoyed playing LEGO Dimensions and they graciously sent over some brand new sets for us to check out.

If you have never played LEGO Dimensions before, it is a “Toys to life” style game where LEGO figures from tons of different universes come together in an amazing video game adventure. There is literally something for everyone in these games with sets that include Batman, The Simpsons, The Wizard of Oz, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, Doctor Who and so on. There are honestly too many different cool franchises to list.

The most fun aspect for us as a family is that we get to build the LEGO characters and sets together as were playing the video game so it combine classic lego brick building with all of the technology of today’s video games. I cant recommend picking up the game and packs enough and despite having received these new sets from WBGames we have been buying LEGO Dimensions on our own since they first release and absolutely love everything about it. You can check out Larry unboxing the new sets below (as well as some cool Hexbug and Funko products) and well be updating soon with some video of Gameplay etc.

 

WWE x TMNT This November!!!!

I have to say in all my years of covering toys and wrestling I have never been so giddy to see a product mashup like this.

Coming this November as a Walmart exclusive, WWE and TMNT are joining together to bring us Ninja Superstars, a line of the 4 turtles in  costume as some of pro wrestlings most legendary stars. Playmates and Nickelodeon unveiled the toys during this years New York Comic Con by having pro wrestling Legend Sting appear live as well as exploring the show floor asking fans about their knowledge of all things WWE/TMNT.

The toys will give us :

Leonardo as WWE Superstar John Cena

Raphael as WWE Hall of Famer Sting

Donatello as WWE Superstar Undertaker

Michelangelo as WWE Hall of Famer “Macho Man” Randy Savage

These figures look better than anyone could have imagined and if the response from fans and my little guys are an indicator these are going to be a huge hit this holiday season.

you can check out the full press release below:

TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES AND WWE TEAM UP FOR THE ULTIMATE SEWER SLAM

Nickelodeon, WWE and Playmates Toys Unveil Ninja Superstars at New York Comic Con

El Segundo, CA (October 7, 2016) – Two of the most powerful brands in the action figure business, Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and WWE, have joined forces for a one-of-a-kind collaboration, Ninja Superstars.  The co-branded action figures featuring the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles suited up as iconic WWE Superstars were revealed during New York Comic Con today.

Playmates Toys, the longtime master toy licensee for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, developed the Ninja Superstars action figures to give fans the opportunity to take the Turtles from the sewer to the ring and determine who will be crowned the next champion of the sewers. The Turtle figures are highly detailed to capture the signature look of each WWE Superstar. Each figure stands 6” tall, is fully articulated and comes with full ring gear and all the sewer slam accessories needed to perform knockout ninja moves to take down any opponent.

Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Rise of the Super Shredder” panel, which took place earlier today at the Hammerstein Ballroom during New York Comic Con, featured a special appearance by WWE Hall of Famer Sting who unveiled the new figures.  Following the panel, the figures will be on display for fans at Nickelodeon’s booth (Crystal Palace lobby) in Jacob K. Javits Convention Center through the end of New York Comic Con on October 9, 2016.

“We are thrilled to have had the opportunity to create action figures that bring two adored brands together in a unique way,” said Karl Aaronian, Senior Vice President of Marketing, Playmates Toys. “Both Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and WWE fans will love the introduction of their favorite WWE Superstars reimagined as the Turtles as they create the ultimate sewer match.”

The Ninja Superstars assortment from Playmates Toys, which will be available exclusively at Walmart in early November, includes the following:

Leonardo as WWE Superstar John Cena

Raphael as WWE Hall of Famer Sting

Donatello as WWE Superstar Undertaker

Michelangelo as WWE Hall of Famer “Macho Man” Randy Savage

 

“The Ninja Superstar action figures are the ultimate mash-up of the iconic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and four legendary WWE Superstars,” said Jon Roman, Senior Vice President, Toys, Nickelodeon. “Passionate fans of TMNT and WWE will love this exciting collaboration from Playmates Toys that is imaginative, innovative and totally unexpected.”

“We are excited to partner with Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to create one-of-a-kind Ninja Superstar action figures,” said Casey Collins, WWE Executive Vice President, Consumer Products. “This new partnership brings together two of the most successful brands in entertainment by combining our larger than life WWE Superstars with the iconic Turtles.”