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.

 

Newest Nintendo Direct Gives Us Lots to See and More Mario Odyssey!

Nintendo always gives fun updates with their Nintendo Direct video feeds where they debut new info and products and their newest was no different. Lots to see here and most important to us was a launch date for the new Zelda amiibo and a better look at Super Mario Odyssey. You can check out the video below and all the important moments are listed with their time from the video for your convenience!

0:16 – Yoshiaki Koizumi introduces Nintendo Direct 0:40 – Pokémon Ultra Sun & Pokémon Ultra Moon 3:42 – Poké Ball Edition New Nintendo 2DS XL 3:58 – Mario & Luigi Superstar Saga + Bowser’s Minions 4:52 – Kirby: Battle Royale 5:37 – Kirby 25th Anniversary Copy Ability Poll (Visit: https://goo.gl/k72RFm ) 5:52 – Yo-Kai Watch 2: Psychic Specters and Oni Evolution 6:37 – Layton’s Mystery Journey 7:11 – Minecraft for Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems 7:49 – Mario Party: The Top 100 8:35 – Metroid: Samus Returns 9:12 – ATLUS RPGs Journey to the West 10:02 – Apollo Justice: Ace Attorney 10:09 – Fire Emblem Warriors for Nintendo 3DS Family of Systems 10:19 – New Nintendo 2DS XL Orange & White Edition 10:46 – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 18:48 – Xenoblade Chronicles 2 Special Edition Version & Pro Controller 19:12 – Splatoon 2 Updates 20:10 – Fire Emblem Warriors 21:08 – Snipperclips Plus: Cut it Out, Together! 22:04 – Morphies Law 23:01 – Rocket League 23:49 – Arena of Valor – Nintendo Switch MOBA 24:39 – The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim 25:46 – DOOM & Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus 26:22 – Flip Wars 27:08 – Arcade Archives Mario Bros. 27:59 – The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Champions amiibo 28:24 – NBA 2K18 | WWE 2K18 | FIFA 18 | Pokkén Tournament DX 29:28 – Project Octopath Traveler (Working Title) 34:11 – ARMS Ver. 3 Update 34:56 – Dragon Quest Builders 35:49 – Kirby Star Allies 36:44 – Downloadable Fun in Nintendo eShop 37:29 – Lost Sphere | Sonic Forces | Resident Evil | LA Noire 38:29 – Super Mario Odyssey 45:18 – Super Mario Odyssey Edition Nintendo Switch, Joy-Con, and Carrying Case

Imaginext’s NYCC Exclusive Collectors’ Limited-Edition DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme Looks Incredible!!

With NYCC fast approaching we are always on the lookout for awesome exclusives and this year Imaginext may have already won the prize for best in show with their Limited-Edition DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme!

Check this bad boy out!!!!

Heres the info straight from Imaginext on how you can score one.

The Imaginext® DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme is a direct nod to 2015’s “Superheavy” Batman story arc in Batman #40 to Batman #46, during which Commissioner Gordon steps into the role of Batman using a special mechanical bat-suit after Bruce Wayne is presumed dead and can’t perform Batman’s duties. Batbot Xtreme truly takes the Batman robo-suit from the series and gives it a larger than life twist in the Imaginext style.

Coinciding with the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the Imaginext and DC Super Friends partnership, this limited edition Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme is painted in premium metallic for a more authentic and deluxe version of the ultimate Batman toy. Exclusive New York Comic Con packaging features lights and sounds built into a fully immersive Batcave experience, offering the perfect backdrop for your entire Batman collection. Just like the original version, the NYCC exclusive stands over 2-feet tall and features everything a child – or fanboy – could want, including huge bat wings (WHOOSH!) and controllable punching fists (POW!), projectile launchers (BAM!), a Batman voice changer, a multi-level playset, and of course a Batman figure and vehicle.

Fans looking to snag a NYCC exclusive Imaginext DC Super Friends™ Batbot Xtreme will have to act fast! Retailing for $250, Imaginext has only produced 300 copies of the collectors’ edition. Here’s how you can get one:

  • NYCC Exclusive Lottery – Launching on September 14, 225 limited edition Batbots will be up for grabs through the official NYCC lottery. Registering for the lottery will guarantee that you are able to purchase a Batbot during the show. Lottery purchased Batbots will be shipped to you, courtesy of Imaginext.

http://www.newyorkcomiccon.com/Content/Pre-Show-Lotteries/

  • In-booth sales – Each day during NYCC, 10 additional Batbots will be sold on a first come, first serve basis that you can walk away with that day.
  • In-booth raffle – Each day, 1 limited edition Batbot will be raffled off to attendees who share a social post from the Imaginext booth. Visit booth #326 on the show floor for more details.

 

New York Comic Con will take place at the Javits Center in NYC on October 5-8, 2017. Don’t worry; if you are unable to get your hands on the NYCC exclusive, you can still find the original Batbot Xtreme now at Toys R Us, Target, and Amazon.com for $109.99.

 

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!

John Cena Make A Wish Figure Available For Preorder

In an absolutely awesome way to support a great cause; Make-a-Wish, the WWE and Toys R Us are joining forces to create a limited edition John Cena figure. The special edition figure was designed by a young man named Alex who used his Make a Wish to request this to happen.

If you’re not a fan of the WWE you may not be aware of their involvement with Make-a-Wish over the years but it is huge to say the least and John Cena is by far their biggest supporter. This is the first time they have made a special figure like this and every figure sold will directly provide $1 to the Make-a-Wish organization.

I couldn’t love this story and way to support a charity more and have already preordered two of the figures from the TRU website. You can do the same here for $12.99 each and the figures will ship/release on 8/16.

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.

3 Month Hiatus Over

Hey there. You’re still here…Thats awesome!

Sorry for going MIA the past 3 months but after trying our best to maintain the site going through the holidays things just honestly got overwhelming and we needed some time to just focus on family and the DadLife as a whole. So many things passed, Christmas, Movies, Toys fun, kids growing, colds, flus, infections……more infections. This winter has seriously taken a toll on all in my home but were happy to say with spring on the horizon we think were back in the spring of things.

With that said lets get back to posting about the better things in life. Mainly being a dad and playing with our kids. Thanks for taking the ride with us.

As a bonus…enjoy the above picture of my youngest and his attempt to eat a (non toxic…Thankfully) paint set.