Tired of re-purposing your He-Man figures for Assassin’s Creed action-figure play? Well stop right where you are and put that dude back in Castle Greyskull because McFarlane Toys and Ubisoft are bringing Assassin’s Creed action figures to you!
We have previously reviewed one of Hasbro’s Kre-O Transformer line here – the Kre-O Bumblebee set was both well-received by us and by one of our lucky readers who won an identical set from us. This time around, we are going to take a look at the Kre-O Destruction Site Devastator set. And yes: we will be giving away one of these sets as well!
I remember when I was a kid and got my first set of LEGO to play with. The large, rectangular green base was like a blank sheet of paper, ready to act as a conduit for my imagination. Whether I was building things from Star Wars, Superfriends, or Space 1999, I always had to start with the same set of blocks. Over the years, building sets have become increasingly specialized. Sometimes I wonder if this evolution is robbing kids today of their creativity, limiting the builder to a particular blueprint. Of course, the opposite can also be said – how often did we hurl curses skyward when our creations didn’t look quite like the object that we based them on?
At Fan Expo Canada 2012, MEGA Brands had a great booth filled with displays of some of their current lines of MEGA Bloks, namely sets for Halo and World of Warcraft. Sometimes, I wish I had a time machine; if I did, I would send some of these sets back to my younger self, because they are awesome.
It has been a very strange winter in Toronto. The temperature has not strayed too far down past the freezing point, and thus we have not really had a lot of snow. That being said, it has been pretty -and I use a technical term here- yucky; the ground has been fairly soggy and while it has not been too cold, the air has been cool enough to make one feel uncomfortable if they were to become damp. This past weekend was nice, though; which Allowed us to try an outdoor game that looks like it was based on something from Tron: RingStix.
As humanity marches on, our technology grows increasingly advanced. I know that from personal experience it is hard to keep kids away from shiny gadgets; especially the iPod. Each version of the iPod Touch has a better display than the last version, making it an attractive target for young kids – especially babies – given the brightness and clarity of the images on the screen. So what’s a techie parent to do? Fisher Price has come up with an answer in the form of the Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case.
This is another post for those of you that like to get your holiday shopping done early; or maybe you just like buying cool toys (we don’t judge*). In any case, this is a pretty neat set that I had a lot of fun putting together, taking apart, and putting together again!
I haven’t played with LEGO in a long time; not the LEGO that I grew up with, anyway. Recently, I have been using Duplo more than anything else, trying to teach my kiddo that it is okay to build things that aren’t shown on the box – not that there is anything wrong with sticking to the plan, of course. Modern building sets are much different than they used to be. On one hand, they have such highly specialized pieces**; going free-form is challenging in a good way – working around the super-specialized pieces can really help to stretch your noodle. On the other hand, there are a lot of tie-ins to movies and such with recognizable vehicles – it is just a different level of fun! Since the big dog’s patent ran out, other folks have moved in to fill in the gaps – and that’s where Hasbro’s Kre-O comes in.