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.

The Dad World Order Holiday Gift List: Day 3

NOTE: Apparently this didn’t post yesterday so it looks like today will be a double dose of toy goodness.

Every year or few years a toy comes out around the holidays that completely sneaks up on unsuspecting parents. There were Furby’s and Tickle Me Elmos to name a few and this year that “must have” toy is Hatchimals by Spin Master.

While those of us in the toy community have watched as Spin Master launched the Hatchimals in October to universal praise, most parents are probably just starting to “What is a Hatcnhimal?”

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Well basically a Hatchimal is an egg that after some care will hatch into a cute little stuffed creature which will grow and learn from being a newborn baby to a toddler to a kid over time. Its a pretty fun experience for a kid to help hatch and grow their own toy and it puts a really nice spin on the formula of raising/traing a pet (monster)

So the awesome part is that this is a really fun and great gift that any kid would love…..BUT unfortunately they are basically sold out everywhere by now. Retailing for $59.99 most are already reselling on Ebay for $150-$200, which really sucks for parents.

Spin Master who in my eyes have always been a really great company for working with parents and kids alike released the following to address the issue:

A Message From Hatchimals

The consumer response to Hatchimals has been extraordinary, exceeding all expectations. Some of our first shipments have already sold out. While additional product will hit retail shelves in November, we anticipate this inventory will also sell out quickly. We have increased production and a whole new batch of Hatchimals will be ready to hatch in early 2017. This is a special season and we don’t want anyone to be disappointed, nor do we support inflated prices from non-authorized resellers. We are working on creative solutions to help kids and their parents withstand the wait. In the interim, some retailers are developing pre-sale and/or rain-check programs for redemption in January. We will continue to update with program details as they become available.

So basically if you really want to get a Hatcnhimal for your kid or loved one you’re going to need to pay attention because my guess is many stores will be keeping their stock for Black Friday/Thanksgiving Weekend. This will probably be your last chance before Christmas unless you want to pay inflated prices from resellers so keep your eyes peeled for in stock notices. Good luck and Godspeed on your Hatcnhimal quest.

 

The Dad World Order Holiday Gift List: Day 1

I cant believe we are only a little over a week away from Thanksgiving 2016! Now I’ll admit I am one of those people that hates when others gloss over the awesomeness that is Thanksgiving to push us into the Christmas season but as a huge fan of Christmas and the overall holiday season in general, I cant pretend seeing all of the lights and festivities doesn’t get me excited!

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With that said I wanted to talk about gift giving. I know sometimes we can all get caught up with the materialism that often surrounds this season but I also love the joy it brings me when I find the perfect gift to give someone, especially when that someone is a kid. Seeing a little ones’ eyes light up is one of the best feelings in the world and I wanted to do my part as a nerd and parent of 17 years on what I think are some of the best gifts to give this Holiday season.

I thought about what format would be best to do this in and while doing one giant list is always fun I think It would be better to focus on one single item each and every day (I might even do several items a day). This way there can be daily suggestions as well as updated info on sales or products as we approach closer to Christmas. My plan right now is to post a new item daily from now until December 15th so you get 1 full month of what I think are the best gifts you can give.

Hopefully you will all enjoy this and it will help you if you’re looking for some great gifts to give this year and if you have any ideas or suggestions for things to include just let me know in the comments or on Twitter @DadWorldOrder

With that said lets get to it!

My first pick is a big one and something I may even be asking for this Christmas and it is the Sony Playstation VR. The PSVR is definitely an expensive pickup this holiday season at $399 and requires that you already own a PS4 system ($399) and a PS Camera ($59) but for gamers looking for a new experience I cant recommend the VR add on enough. Though virtual reality is still in its infancy for home use, it is still one of the most immersive and fun ways to play games I have ever experienced.

The headset allows gamers to “go inside” of the game and actually immerse themselves in new worlds. I had the experience to try out the PSVR and I have to say I’m very excited to see where the future of virtual reality gaming is headed.

The PSVR is definitely recommended for older gamers 12 and up so this might not be the best choice for your little ones but I guarantee it will be a hit with tweens and teens alike as well as adult gamers. The PSVR is currently available at most retailers and should be in stock throughout the holiday season.

 

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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.

Converse and Warner Bros. Launch Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 DC Comics Batman Collection

If you know me or follow me on social media you know two of my greatest loves are Batman and Sneakers……so to see that Converse has an all new Chuck Taylor line dedicated to the Dark Knight, I am excited to say the least. The new Chucks, which hit stores today October 1st, look awesome and run between $115 and $125. You can check out the pics and full press release below.

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To celebrate the iconic DC Comics character, Batman, CONVERSE and Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, are launching two new Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 DC Comics Batman Collection sneakers for Fall 2016 featuring artwork from the DC archives.

This year, DC Comics is celebrating the 30th anniversary of Frank Miller’s seminal comic series of “The Dark Knight Returns.” Converse has created a premium Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 collection that uses a variety of artwork from the Batman comic archives over the last 77 years. Key features of the sneaker include premium leather with emboss detail, satin lining and iconic archive comics printed on a premium canvas upper. Each style includes an embossed Batman logo on the tongue, a Chuck Taylor patch, a rubber glow-in-the-dark collectible hang tag and an ice outsole with an archive print story underneath, with archive artwork on the sock liner.

The Fall 2016 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 DC Comics Batman Collection will be available for purchase starting October 1, 2016 at specialty retailers, Converse stores and Converse.com. The footwear will retail for a suggested price of $115-125 USD.

6 New Lego Dimensions Expansion Packs Are Here!!

Earlier this summer I told you guys about how excited my kids and I are to check out the next chapter of LEGO DIMENSIONS which was coming in the form of all new expansion packs and the time has officially arrived!! Releasing today are 6 brand new expansions for the game which all work with your current LEGO DIMENSIONS game.

I had the chance to play the new expansions at this year’s Sweet Suite and I loved what I saw. You can check out all of the details below and grab one or all of the new expansions right now at your local retailer. We will hopefully have our first impressions up soon with pics and video as well!

LEGO Dimensions Gets Even Bigger with New Expansion Packs Based on Ghostbusters, Adventure Time, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter and The A-Team

All-New Battle Arenas and Story Pack Offer Gamers New Ways to Play

PS4TM Starter Packs Now Include Exclusive Supergirl LEGO Minifigure

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today the release of six new LEGO Dimensions expansion packs based on the blockbuster franchises: Ghostbusters, Adventure Time, Mission Impossible, Harry Potter and The A-Team. This newest wave of expansion packs introduces Battle Arenas, a first for LEGO videogames, and Story Packs which provide a complete movie-based gameplay experience with a fresh LEGO brick building experience.

The new Battle Arenas offer competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. LEGO minifigures included in expansion packs come with special, golden Toy Tags which unlock a Battle Arena within the free play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand.  Each Battle Arena has four exciting gameplay modes: Capture the Flag, Objective, Base Bash, and Tick, Tag, Boom!, and comes with its own traps, defenses, and special powers that make every Battle Arena unique. Battles can be played competitively or cooperatively in multiple player configurations including 2 vs 2, 3 vs 1, and individually against the system AI to create fun for the whole family.

For a limited time, LEGO Dimensions Starter Packs for Sony PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system will include an exclusive, bonus DC Comics Supergirl LEGO minifigure. The highly collectable Supergirl minifigure has many extraordinary in-game abilities to help solve puzzles and battle enemies and can also transform into Supergirl Girl Red Lantern with additional powers.

Ghostbusters fans who want to make their LEGO Dimensions experience spookier can add the Ghostbusters Story Pack. Players can relive the film and help Abby Yates and her team of Ghostbusters save the world from the mysterious and evil ghost, Rowen, across six action-packed levels of gameplay. They can equip Abby with her Proton Blaster to activate her Charge Transfer ability to move electricity between conduits, and use her Intelligence Access ability for puzzle-solving.  The Story Pack unlocks “Rip,” a new Toy Pad mode allowing players to tear open an alternate universe. In this mirror world, players have the ability to solve puzzles and affect objects and other items in the primary universe. The pack also includes a 3-in-1 buildable Ecto-1 which can be rebuilt into the Ectozer and The PerfEcto, plus the Zhu’s Chinese Restaurant gateway build to customize the LEGO Toy Pad.  Abby Yates provides access to a new Ghostbusters Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena.

In the Adventure Time Level Pack, based on Cartoon Network’s animated series, players can help Finn the Human on his mission to find the Enchidrion and prove to Princess Bubblegum that he’s a hero.  Players can use one of Finn’s many special swords to cut vines, grapple, and even deflect lasers as they battle foes and travel through the Forest of Mount Cragdor, the Dark Magician’s Brain World and more in this exclusive game level. The pack also comes with a 3-in-1 buildable Jakemobile which can be rebuilt into Snail Dude Jake and Hover Jake. The 3-in-1 buildable Ancient War Elephant can be rebuilt into the Cosmic Squid and Psychic Submarine to blast through enemies and tackle trickier puzzles. Players can unlock the Adventure Time Adventure World and challenge friends in the Pillow World Battle Arena.

Fans of “Land of Ooo” can also add the Adventure Time Team Pack with Lumpy Space Princess and Jake the Dog.  When players need to take off in a hurry, they can jump into Lumpy Car or have BMO give them a lift.  Lumpy Car can be rebuilt into Lumpy Truck and Lumpy Land Whale, and BMO can be rebuilt into DOGMO and SNAKEMO. The Adventure Time Battle Arena offers extra-awesome abilities like Slurp Access, Grapple Swing and Shape Shift.

In the Mission Impossible Level Pack, secret agent Ethan Hunt is being framed for the theft of highly classified materials from IMF and needs help to find the true villain.  Players must infiltrate their way through the American Embassy, CIA Headquarters and more in this thrilling game level. Players can use Ethan’s Camera Spectacles for the perfect disguise and wear the Magno Gloves to sneak up walls.  For a quick escape, players can hop onto the IMF Scrambler or IMF Sport Car, and then rebuild the 3-in-1 vehicles into the ShockCycle and IMF Covert Jet, and the IMF Tank and The IMF-Splorer to access a host of new super-spy abilities.  Ethan provides access to a Mission Impossible Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena.

Harry Potter fans can bring the wizarding world to life in LEGO Dimensions with the Harry Potter Team Pack featuring the iconic duo of Harry Potter and Lord Voldemort.  Players can use Harry to cast magical spells such as Wingardium Leviosa, Stupefy, and Expelliarmus to solve puzzles and fight off Death Eaters, or play as Lord Voldemort for access to Dark magic. When travelling across the Adventure World, players can jump onto the Hogwarts Express or Enchanted Car, and then rebuild the 3-in-1 vehicles into the Steam Warrior and Soaring Steam Plane, and the Shark Sub and Monstrous Mouth for special attacks and super weapons.  Players can unlock the Harry Potter Adventure World and bring the fight between good and evil into the Battle Arena.

With The A-Team Fun Pack, players can smash their way through the LEGO multiverse with the classic action hero, B.A. Baracus.  Players can add the mohawk-sporting mechanical genius to their mash-up adventure and use his Super Strength and Fix-It abilities, or activate his special A-Team Master Build and Laser Redirect skills for those harder-to-solve puzzles. B.A.’s Van can quickly get him where he’s needed most, then be rebuilt it into the Fool Smasher and, if B.A. can overcome his fear of flying, rebuilt again into The Pain Plane for upgraded powers in the game. B.A. provides access to The A-Team Adventure World with its own unique Battle Arena.

Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, LEGO DIMENSIONS is now available for PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U™ system.

The Case For Chuck E Cheese’s

As a dad of 4 (whose oldest is now 17) I’ve been through more than my fair share of Birthday parties and despite the hectic cleaning, organizing, decorating and overall party prep schedule that presents itself, theres nothing quite like watching your child have a great time celebrating their birthday. Over the years my family has often gone out of our way to have parties at home because it was “more intimate”. We love having tons of family and friends over and being able to welcome them into our home. My wife always felt having a typical “kids party” at standard birthday party places was just not worth it but as every day gets busier we finally started to realize sometimes it just pays to “leave it to the professionals”.

A few years ago we finally caved in and allowed my daughter to have her birthday party at Chuck E Cheese’s and realized how much simpler our life was because of it. In a span of 2-3 hours our party happened and was all cleaned up with very little effort on our part other than organizing it all. When all the dust was settled, we realized we spent less than we would have buying food and decorating our own home and that our daughter still had the best day celebrating with her friends.

As our boys were born (now 2&4) we went back to the traditional parties at home but this year something (our time and budget) told us for Little Larry’s 4th birthday we should just cave in and head back to chuck E cheeses. After some deliberation we decided to go for it and set everything up online and even got to choose a superhero theme for his party and have digital invites included instead of wasting time and money on paper ones.

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A few days removed from the big event and we couldn’t be happier to report that once again we were reminded just how convenient and fun “taking the party out of the house” can be and although we still love a good, old fashioned, house party with family and friends, our stress levels are in such a better place because of Chuck E Cheese.

That being said this isn’t an advertisement for Chuck E Cheese’s….we just happened to visit there more than any other places. Honestly, we have been to plenty of other fun party places as well (Bounce U, Jeepers, Movie Theaters, etc come to mind).

Most importantly I just wanted to share with other parents one way we’ve found to celebrate our kids’ birthdays while not breaking the bank. While prices can often seem a little high when initially reserving parties at places like these I’ve come to realize that for all it encompasses, you are usually spending the same or less than a party at home would be as well, so its nice to have the option there if you need it.

Does having a giant party or going out mean anything important? Absolutely not. As long as you are there for your child and love them then however you choose to celebrate that is just as important as how we choose to do ours. With that said I want to thank the staff at our local Chuck E Cheese in Jersey City NJ for the peace of mind and professionalism and know that you gave this dad and his wife a great time and stress relief so we could all enjoy celebrating our little guys big day.

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MARVEL INTRODUCES U.S.AVENGERS #1 STATE VARIANTS

Say what you will about different comic book variant covers, but I kind of love the idea of every state having their own Avenger! I just need to know who is NJ going to get?!!!! Im pulling for Ms.Marvel but I’m biased because she attends my daughters High School.

New York, NY—September 21, 2016 — The security of the Marvel Universe is fractured. The world’s first line of defense, S.H.I.E.L.D., can no longer be trusted. The United States no longer has a super-spy agency with its best interests at heart – until now. Prepare for the U.S.AVENGERS! 

They’re the team you can trust!

For the launch of this all-new series, U.S.AVENGERS #1 will feature over 50 unique variants assigning one Avengers to that state! Sam Wilson soars high over Maryland, Iron Man rockets across the Golden State of California, Black Widow defends the Constitution State of Connecticut, and Spectrum shines a light on evil in Louisiana. With more state variants to be revealed in the upcoming days, which Avenger will be protecting you?

“Marvel’s U.S.AVENGERS State Variants are a chance for our fans and retailers to show their home town patriotism paired with some of the biggest Avengers from the Marvel Universe,” says SVP Sales & Marketing for Marvel, David Gabriel. “We knew that a series with the name U.S.AVENGERS would evoke a sense of honor with all of our fans and we really wanted to go that extra step and offer a variant campaign that would allow our readers to show their hometown pride across this great nation – even our neighbors Canada and Puerto Rico! Expect their own variants as well.”

Action, adventure and intrigue draped in the red, white and blue! The U.S.AVENGERS are here and bringing along Avengers for every state.  And eagle-eye readers may notice that all 50 variants will connect to form Old Glory herself, the flag of the United States of America.

Show you pride by tracking down the variants that speak the most you. Which of Earth’s Mightiest Heroes do you want protecting your home state? #USAvengers

U.S.AVENGERS #1
Written by AL EWING
Art by PACO MEDINA
State Variant Cover Art by ROD REIS

For The Much Older Kids: FREAKISH on Hulu

While most of the things I do are geared toward my little guys I always find it fun when I can enjoy things with my older daughters (13&17) and Hulu’s new series FREAKISH looks like a perfect fix for the Halloween season. The trailer definitely had us jumping and I’m looking forward to the series debut on 10/10. you can check out the trailer and press info below.

Check out the new official teaser for upcoming Hulu Original FREAKISH. The teen, horror series premieres all episodes on Hulu on Monday, Oct. 10 and stars digital influencers Liza Koshy, Meghan Rienks, Hayes Grier and Melvin Gregg as well as traditional actors such as Leo Howard (“Kickin’ It”) and Aislinn Paul (“Heroes Reborn”).
Also, as part of a special launch week promotion called #FreakWeek, Tumblr will debut two new episodes of the Halloween event series from AwesomenessTV on a custom Freakish Tumblr page every day for a period of five days (October 10th – 14th). #FreakWeek is a first-of-its-kind event that will allow all fans and viewers to preview and discover Freakish for free on Tumblr (for a limited time), or stream the entire series on Hulu anytime.

BATMAN: The Telltale Series Is Here!

As a dad and lifelong gamer I share that passion with my kids and while Telltale games are usually a little too mature for the younger ones, their releases are fantastic pieces of art for older teens and adults who want to kick back and enjoy episodic versions of some of their favorite franchises (including Walking Dead and Game of Thrones). Yesterday though, they topped all of that with the release of BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm of Shadows.  I can not wait to play this game. It is BATMAN arguably my favorite superhero present in an awesome comic art style and served in tasty individual episodes that completely work with my hectic schedule. I will definitely be talking more about the game in the future as I get to play and you can check out all of the official details below from Telltale.
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San Rafael, Calif. & Burbank, Calif., August 2nd, 2016 — Leading and award-winning developer and publisher of digital entertainment Telltale Games, in partnership with Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, today released the season premiere episode of the highly anticipated BATMAN – The Telltale Series,now available for download.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm of Shadows makes its worldwide debut digitally today on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services; on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 4; and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox One®. The premiere episode will also be available later this week on Mac from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services; later this month on the PlayStation®Network for PlayStation 3, and on the Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360®; and the week of Sept. 13 for compatible iOS devices via the App Store, and for compatible Android-based devices via Google Play and the Amazon Appstore.
The series will also be available to purchase at retailers for a MSRP of $29.99 USD or equivalent starting Sept. 13 in North America as a special “Season Pass Disc,” which will include the first of five episodes in the season, and will grant access to the subsequent four episodes as they become available for download via online updates. The series will then be available to purchase at retailers across Europe beginning Sept. 16.
“Creating an entirely original story surrounding the man behind the mask and challenging players to take on the role of Bruce Wayne just as much as the mythic Batman has resulted in one of our most sophisticated Telltale series yet,” said Kevin Bruner, CEO, Co-Founder of Telltale Games. “Our game will explore all aspects of Bruce’s life, from his tense encounters in public with Gotham City’s most notorious criminals by day, to his thrilling chases across the rooftops at night, players will think twice about their choices and consequences in a city that’s always watching the actions of its most famous billionaire.”
“Telltale Games is renowned for its unique style of interactive storytelling, which is a great match for the incredibly iconic character of Batman,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “We are excited to further expand our partnership with Telltale to bring fans an entirely new way to experience the many layers of Bruce Wayne’s story.”
The series also marks the first ever unique, local multiplayer options for a Telltale game with the all-new Crowd Play feature. Revealed at the game’s sneak preview during San Diego Comic-Con, Crowd Play allows game owners to invite a group of players to vote on story decisions and give feedback from their mobile devices using any web browser connected online when following along with the lead player on a main screen. The feature is designed to allow 2-24 or more players to enjoy episodes together in their living rooms, and will also accommodate much larger crowds and audiences of over 1,000 at special upcoming live events in theaters organized by Telltale. Crowd Play will allow for a new and instantly accessible way for players to enjoy Telltale entertainment together as a group, creating an experience that continues to break new ground in the space between games and interactive cinematic storytelling. Visit telltale.com/crowdplay/support for more information on the feature.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series is an episodic game series licensed by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and based on DC’s iconic character. Rendered to look like a living, breathing comic book, Telltale’s vision of Batman features an award-winning cast of talent, including Troy Baker in the role of Bruce Wayne,Travis Willingham as Harvey Dent, Erin Yvette as Vicki Vale, Enn Reitel as Alfred Pennyworth, Murphy Guyer as Lieutenant James Gordon, Richard McGonagle as Carmine Falcone, and Laura Bailey as Selina Kyle. Additional cast and characters will be revealed as the season progresses.
BATMAN – The Telltale Series Episode One: Realm of Shadows is rated M (Mature) for Blood and Gore, Language, and Violence by the ESRB. Future content in the season is yet to be rated by the ESRB. The series is published by Telltale Games in partnership with Warner Bros.
For more information on Telltale Games, visit the official website, like Telltale Games and BATMAN – The Telltale Series on Facebook, and follow @TelltaleGames on Twitter.