The Dad World Order Holiday Gift List: Day 2

Day 2 of our Holiday list is here! Today’s item is something that I wish existed when my daughters (now 13 & 17) were younger girls as I was always looking for cool female superhero toys I could buy them to play with. Thankfully DC Comics and Mattel heard my cries and earlier this year introduced The DC Superhero Girls line which gave us awesome animated style/kid friendly versions of numerous member of the DCU. Everyone from Wonder Woman to Harley Quinn are included and the brand has become beloved by fans and young girls everywhere who enjoy the figures, comics and animated movies.

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Even now, we are about to see a new line of LEGOs based on the characters release right in time for the holidays so if you have a young fan of the DC Superhero Girls it is a perfect time to add this to their Christmas gifts. The line is relatively inexpensive as well with most things costing under $20 and even some retailer exclusives like Target’s 6pack of dolls for only $49.99.

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The DC Superhero Girls toys and accessories are an absolute must for this years Christmas list and I highly recommend them to all parents looking to give something really fun and positive to their daughters this year.

 

Acquiring the NES Classic Edition

I’m glad my son is still 4 years  old so I don’t have to be afraid of him seeing this post.

I know so many of you have either gone out of your way or are still trying to get your hands on the NES Classic Edition and I just wanted to share my experience. As someone who has been buying video game systems since I was old enough to have a job and was given the original NES as a Christmas present when I was 7, I have to say I was extremely excited to hear Nintendo would be releasing the NES Classic Edition, packaged with 30 games for the very fair price of $60 (basically $2 a game).

What I was not expecting and wasn’t happy to hear was how difficult Nintendo would be making the system to get. There were no preorders (virtually unheard of in today’s world) and the system would apparently be very short stocked. Now Im not going to knock Nintendo because Ive almost always had wonderful interactions with them but it does seem odd that they would have underestimated the appeal of such a nostalgic product that makes a perfect Christmas present for both adults looking to relive their childhood and kids who need to be introduced to the classics their parents grew up on.

Those facts aside Nintendo clearly has the hot item of Christmas 2016 on its hands and hopefully they will be able to get more of them produced for fans who are looking to have one under the tree this year.

Personally, I was away on an overnight trip to Kalahari Waterpark Resort (A really fun family getaway) the day the system released and although that could have spelled disaster for my chances…..thanks to my days sleeping outside of stores for new sneaker and video game releases I was ready for the task.

I woke up at 5am in the pitch black hotel room and snuck out the door as my wife and kids slept peacefully. I then ventured in the cold November air to a local Walmart which my GPS guided me to in the Poconos and to my relief there were only 4 people on line. I hopped on line and had a nice chat with some other fans (all parents waiting to bring home this piece of their childhood to their kids) as we waited for the store to open.

Thankfully everyone involved was cool and the store handled the line well informing us that there were only 12 NES Classic systems available and it would be one per person. I grabbed my system and as the sun rose I drove back to the hotel with my prize in hand very happy that I could give my little guy what has clearly become the “must have” gift of 2016.

I have to say I’ve found it fascinating to see this $60 piece of nostalgia, which is basically just an official emulator, sell for over $500 on Ebay. Even the $10 extra controller (Which should have been included) and $10 extension cord (Shouldn’t be needed. The controller should be longer) are selling for extremely high prices. All I’ll say is if you have the system, don’t be jerk about it and be thankful you got your hands on it ….and if you don’t have it yet, don’t go crazy, there will be more available soon and these are all games that have been around for over 30 years so just breathe and if you really want it Im sure it will be yours soon enough.15042048_10157715414785582_4447189213294839539_o

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.

FANTASTIC BEASTS™: CASES FROM THE WIZARDING WORLD Hits Mobile This November

As Mobile gaming is clearly the preferred choice in handheld gaming for most kids (and adults) these days, we always try to keep our eyes peeled for cool new entries and I’m so excited to see WB Interactive announce we will we getting a brand new mobile game for the film Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.

As I’m sure you know Fantastic Beasts is a film that takes place within JK Rowling’s Wizarding World  (years before Harry Potter’s birth) hitting theaters this November 18th. The coinciding game Fantastic Beasts: Cases From The Wizarding World hits one day early on 11/17 and I for one cant wait to check it out.

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You can check out the full press release below:

ANNOUNCES FANTASTIC BEASTS™: CASES FROM THE WIZARDING WORLD FOR MOBILE DEVICES

 Inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, the New Hidden Objects Mobile Game Will Release Worldwide in November 2016

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Burbank, Calif. – October 17, 2016  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment today announced Fantastic Beasts: Cases From The Wizarding World, a new hidden objects mobile game inspired by the Harry Potterand Fantastic Beasts films.  Launching on November 17, 2016 a day before the theatrical release of Warner Bros. Pictures’ highly anticipated new film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the game will be available for download on the App Store for iPhone and iPad and Google Play for Android devices.

Developed by Mediatonic, in partnership with WB Games San Francisco, Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World enables players to delve into the wizarding world as new recruits for the Ministry of Magic, visiting familiar locations like the Leaky Cauldron, Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade while exploring all-new magical mysteries. By discovering hidden objects, analyzing evidence, casting spells and brewing potions, players investigate unexplained happenings to uncover and protect the magical creatures at the center of every mysterious case.

“We are delighted to bring fans a new mobile game inspired by J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World, which invites players to discover their own fantastic beasts,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Fantastic Beasts: Cases from the Wizarding World offers a fun, magical mobile experience to all players.”

Players are able to share their wizarding world experience with friends and fellow recruits by logging into Facebook to see each other’s progress and lend a helping hand. Fantastic Beasts: Cases From The Wizarding World is free-to-play on the App Store and Google Play.

WWE BootyOs Cereal Unboxing

As a dad who has loved pro wrestling since he has been a small child, I’ve passed some of that love onto my kids and my 13yr old daughter is a huge fan of the WWE’s current tag team champions The New Day.

If you’re a fan of the show you know team has their own breakfast cereal which can only be purchased at FYE stores and is usually sold out but we were lucky enough to find that at New York Comic Con this year FYE had a booth and was selling the cereal so she finally got to try her BootyOs!!

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.”

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.