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.

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.

New LEGO Dimensions Expansions Release Today!!

Now let me preface my post by saying in the past My kids and I have very graciously been sent some LEGO Dimensions products from WB Games and have posted some sponsored content but we did so while being incredibly thankful because we honestly LOVE everything about the game.

With that said we are extremely excited that today, November 18th, is finally the day when the newest wave of LEGO Dimension Expansion packs are releasing. There is nothing My boys and I have more fun playing with than LEGOs and LEGO Dimensions has been the absolute best way possible for me to introduce them to the world of video games. The game has allowed them to begin to understand the control schemes of modern gaming while still letting them use their creativity to build and play with LEGOs as well.

As a dad I have a blast building the characters, vehicles and sets as well as exploring the digital world with them and it has been so much fun watching them come to know so many different franchises because of it. The game literally packs in most of my childhood nostalgia with everything from Batman, Back to the future and ghostbusters and is adding even more with this current Wave of expansions.

Today’s big release includes:

  • A Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack
  • A new Adventure Time Fun Pack (TRU Timed Exclusive)
  • A Gremlins Team Pack
  • An E.T. Fun Pack
  • A Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them Story Pack
  • and an additional Fantastic Beasts Fun Pack

I can not wait to try out these new packs with my little guys and definitely stay with us as we will have unboxing and reviews coming along as well!

You can check out the full press release and Sonic the Hedgehog level trailer below!

 

LEGO® Dimensions™ Adds New Expansion Packs Based on

Sonic The Hedgehog, Gremlins,

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Adventure Time and the highly anticipated new film,

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack Provides

a Complete Movie-Based Gameplay Experience

with Six Action-Packed Levels and an Original LEGO Gateway Build

Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment announced today the release of six highly anticipated expansion packs for LEGO Dimensions, the LEGO toy and videogame hybrid, led by the Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack and the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack, just in time for the November 18 release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ all-new adventure in J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

All expansion packs in this latest wave feature Battle Arenas with competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. LEGO minifigures included in the expansion packs come with special golden Toy Tags which unlock a free play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand, as well as a battle arena that can be reached through Vorton. Players can explore Adventure Worlds for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Sonic The Hedgehog, Gremlins, E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, and Adventure Time, and also play four exciting gameplay modes within the battle arenas, including Capture the Flag, Objective, Base Bash, and Tick, Tag, Boom!. Each arena 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.

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack provides a complete movie-based gameplay experience that is full of secrets and surprises. It includes six action-packed levels and new LEGO Gateway bricks to build the Magical Congress of the United States of America (MACUSA) atop the LEGO Toy Pad.  Players can build the Newt Scamander LEGO minifigure and help him find his escaped magical creatures in New York City using a variety of spells, including Diffindo, Reparo and Lumos.  The pack will also come with the Niffler, which can be rebuilt into the Sinister Scorpion and Vicious Vulture. The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack will be the exclusive LEGO construction toy offering this holiday for the exciting expansion of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.

Fans can also add the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Fun Pack with a Tina Goldstein LEGO minifigure. She can cast Aguamenti to help solve puzzles and Protego to keep her safe from enemies. Players in need of rescue can build the Swooping Evil which can be rebuilt into the Brutal Bloom and Crawling Creeper.

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them digital in-game content will be available on November 18 at 11 am EST in the US and Canada, at 10 am PST in Mexico and in other international territories at midnight (local time).

With the Sonic The Hedgehog Level Pack, players can join Sonic and his friends in an epic battle against Eggman and Chaos and spin into action as they speed through iconic locations including Green Hill, Emerald Coast, Labyrinth and many more to collect all the Chaos Emeralds. Players can build the Sonic the Hedgehog LEGO minifigure and use his Acrobat ability to swing off poles and avoid the Badniks, then use his famous grind rails move to make a quick escape.  The pack also includes a 3-in-1 Sonic Speedster which can be rebuilt into Blue Typhoon and Motobug, and a 3-in-1 The Tornado which can be rebuilt into Crabmeat and Eggcatcher.

Players wanting to bring Gremlins to life in LEGO Dimensions can add the Gremlins Team Pack which includes popular rivals Gizmo and Stripe LEGO minifigures. Each will unlock the Gremlins Adventure World, where players can explore the Cinema, Clamp Industries, the High School, and so much more. Gizmo’s Combat Roll and Dash Attack abilities can be used to get him out of sticky situations and Stripe uses his claws with his Vine Cut ability. Players can rebuild the 3-in-1 R.C. Racer vehicle into the Gadget-o-matic and Scarlet Scorpion and the 3-in-1 Flash ‘n’ Finish into a Rampage Record Player and Stripe’s Throne.

The E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Fun Pack includes an E.T. LEGO minifigure with Illumination and Fix-It abilities, as well as special Stealth and Telekinesis skills to make his way around the LEGO multiverse.  With the corresponding Adventure World, players can build new experiences at Elliot’s house and in the suburbs, throughout the park and the forest, on the BMX trail, and even in E.T.’s spaceship. Players can build E.T.’s iconic Phone Home device, then rebuild it into the Mobile Uplink and Super-Charged Satellite for additional in-game abilities.

Fans of “Land of Ooo” can add a Fun Pack based on Cartoon Network’s Adventure Time with a Marceline the Vampire Queen LEGO minifigure. Players can activate her Sonar Smash and Bolt Deflector abilities using the Marceline Axe Guitar to solve puzzles and battle enemies. They can also build and use Marceline’s Lunatic Amp to make some noise, and then rebuild it into the Shadow Scorpion and Heavy Metal Monster for extra in-game powers. The pack will release in North America first at Toys “R” Us.

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 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 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.