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.”

Super Shredder Returns to TMNT!

 

At this years New York Comic Con fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were very excited to get a look at the return of Super Shredder. The character first appeared in the 90’s film Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2: Secret of the Ooze and was played by WWE legend Kevin Nash. The character is back and more menacing as ever as part of the Nickelodeon cartoon series as this season will add multiple threats to the series including Kavaxas who is a particularly scary new dragon/man voiced by Mark Hamill. I know my little guy was on the edge of his seat watching the NYCC clips and were both looking forward to what Season 5 has in store. You can check out the press release below as well as pics and clips from season 4 and 5.

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NEW YORK – Oct. 7, 2016 – Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles voice cast and the executive producer gave fans at New York Comic Con 2016 a special preview of the show’s remaining fourth season and sneak peek at season five during a panel today at Hammerstein Ballroom. Tons of Turtle fans turned out to see Andre Meadows (Black Nerd Comedy) moderate a panel featuring voice actors Rob Paulsen (Donatello), Greg Cipes (Michelangelo), Kevin Michael Richardson (Shredder), and Eric Bauza (Tiger Claw), along with executive producer Ciro Nieli and voice director Andrea Romano.

Nickelodeon’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles—Rise of the Super Shredder” panel featured a live table read, a sneak peek at upcoming episode “The Super Shredder,” and a preview of season five’s highly anticipated character, Kavaxas (voiced by Mark Hamill), a hotheaded dragon man with mystical powers who partners with some of the Turtles’ worst foes to bring chaos to New York City. 

Season four of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles continues Sunday, Nov. 6, at 11:00 a.m.(ET/PT) with “The Super Shredder.” During this episode, for the first time, the Turtles encounter something they cannot defeat – the Super Shredder. New episodes will continue every Sunday at 11:00 a.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.

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Hasbro Studios Releases My Little Pony: Legend of Everfree Soundtrack

As My daughter grows older everyday, I kind of miss having her explain the wonders of My Little Pony to me and while I’ve never considered my self a full blown Brony, I’ve always been fascinated by the amazing world that Hasbro has created with My Little Pony.

That being said the MLP world continues to grow and with a brand new adventure premiering on Netflix this Saturday October 1st Hasbro studios has released The soundtrack to the film. You can check out the full press release below, pick up the album now and check out the film this Saturday!

 

Hasbro Studios Releases My Little Pony: Legend of Everfree Soundtrack

 The Digital Album Includes Six Original Tracks Performed by the Cast of ‘My Little Pony: Equestria Girls’

 BURBANK, Calif. – September 16, 2016 – Hasbro Studios, the Los Angeles-based entertainment division of Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), today announced the digital release of the official My Little Pony: Legend of Everfree soundtrack. The album features six original songs from My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Legend of Everfree, Hasbro Studios fourth installment in the popular My Little Pony: Equestria Girls animated movie series which premieres October 1st on Netflix.

The Legend of Everfree soundtrack features new original music performed by the My Little Pony Equestria Girls cast and written and produced by Emmy Award nominated composer and songwriter Daniel Ingram.

“My Little Pony fans love the Equestria Girls series, and the original music from the movies is a huge part of the magic,” said Stephen Davis, Executive Vice President and Chief Content Officer of Hasbro Studios. “The songs Daniel Ingram has written for the cast of Legend of Everfree are better than ever and the performances are wonderful. The soundtrack is a fantastic way for fans to get into the Equestria Girls spirit ahead of the fourth movie’s premiere on Netflix in October.”

 The songs of My Little Pony: Legend of Everfree offer fans a sneak peek of the adventures in store for the “Mane 6” at Camp Everfree and include a mix of solo and group performances from Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy, Sunset Shimmer and Gloriosa Daisy.

Songs from the Legend of Everfree album include:

 

  • “Legend of Everfree” (Performed by: Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy & Sunset Shimmer)
  • “The Midnightin Me” (Performed by: Twilight Sparkle)
  • “Embrace the Magic” (Performed by: Sunset Shimmer)
  • “We Will Stand for Everfree” (Performed by: Gloriosa Daisy)
  • “Legend You Are Meant to Be” (Performed by: Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy & Sunset Shimmer)
  • “Hope Shines Eternal” (Performed by: Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Apple Jack, Pinkie Pie, Rarity, Fluttershy & Sunset Shimmer)

The My Little Pony: Equestria Girls – Legend of Everfree soundtrack is now available for purchase in English, Latin American Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, French, Italian, Polish, Castilian Spanish and German from all major digital service providers, including Apple Music/iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon. http://smarturl.it/MLPEGEverFree_iTunes

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.

Sweet Suite 2016

Summer in the NYC area is always an adventure and our friends over at The Toy Insider put on one of the most exciting events every year with Sweet Suite, which is part of Blogger Bash NYC. Sweet Suite is a night where toy companies and bloggers/press have fun and get to be big kids while checking out some of the coolest toys for the upcoming Holiday Season.

This year was no exception and was arguably the best yet as we jumped aboard the Majesty Yacht to take in all the sights and sounds of this years Sweet Suite event. There was so much great stuff to see and we will be breaking down some of our favorites in future posts but for now enjoy the pics from this years amazing event!!!

 

Best Of Toy Fair 2016

So last week I had the pleasure of attending Toy Fair 2016 in the heart of New York City and I got to see some of the most awesome new toys us Dads will be spending our money on in 2016. I know my kids were going crazy for some of the pictures and samples I brought home and I wanted to share with all of you some of my personal favorites from this years show.

FYI DC characters are killing it across all companies toys