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Transformers BotShots – another Hasbro round across LEGO’s bow

by James


When Hasbro came out with Kre-o, we thought, OK, they’re going after the LEGO crowd with a very popular line of toys (Transformers) by making their own bricks and minfigs (called Kre-ons). But now they’re going at it with Transformers BotShots, which takes on “Bakugan,” as well.

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Toys for Tots needs your help …

by James

The Marines have been collecting Toys for Tots since 1947. Semper Fi!


Just a reminder that the US Marine Corps Reserve is in full swing with their annual Toys for Tots drive. Created in 1947 by Marine Corps Major Bill Hendricks and a cadre of reservists in Los Angeles, Toys for Toys collected and distributed 5,000 toys for needy kids. Since then, the United States Marines across the nation and around the world have been collecting unwrapped toys worth at least $10 to distribute to needy kids at Christmas time. In the beginning, he Marines collected both new and used toys, but beginning with the Christmas in 1980, they have only collected new, unwrapped toys for distribution. And with time, the Marines courted famous names to further their cause, even Walt Disney has the honor of being the designer of the Toys for Tots train logo. But also big names like John Wayne, Doris Day, Tim Allen, and even former First Lady Nancy Reagan have devoted considerable time and clout to helping the Marines accomplish their mission of giving every needy child a toy for Christmas.

And it’s grown far beyond and extra curricular activity for off duty Marines. In 1995, the Secretary of Defense approved making the annual Toys for Tots drive an official mission of the Marine Corps Reserve. Over the last 62 years, the US Marine Corps Reserve have distributed over 400 million toys to more than 188 million needy children and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation has added to the toy collections by purchasing nearly a half billion dollars in toys to insure that no child gets left behind at Christmas.

And this year, as with any year, the campaign needs your help. You know the mission – pick up an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl and look for one of those dashing jarheads sitting next to a collection box near the entrance to the store. Or, you can Swing by http://www.toysfortots.org/ to make a cash donation to the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Foundation. While at the site, you can find more information on a toy collecting center in your area.

Semper Fi and Merry Christmas!

Star Trek joins the HeroClix universe

by James

Games … the final frontier. Star Trek is out to capture the world of gaming once again as WizKids/NECA announced a new Star Trek HeroClix line which will work perfectly with HeroClix rules, but exist outside a standalone game.
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SuperHeat card game challenges kids to shred for cred

by James

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Collectible card games are huge right now in the toy world. From Pokemon to YuGiOh! to Magic. Every Saturday when I take Cody to the comic book store, it’s packed with kids throwing down and dueling. Frankly, I’d rather he be outside playing games with his friends, or skateboarding for exercise. If there was only a way to combine both of the things he loves … now there is! It’s called SuperHeat, and it’s a skateboard themed collectible card game that challenges kids to shred for cred. (man, that just sounds dorky!)

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Spotting a counterfeit YuGiOh card

by James

When it comes to spotting a counterfeit YuGiOh card, the devil is in the details.

When it comes to spotting a counterfeit YuGiOh card, the devil is in the details.

This last weekend, Cody was excited that he got a huge box of YuGiOh cards from a neighborhood garage sale for a song. He said he couldn’t believe his luck that he found such great cards for so little money. His luck ran out when he took the cards to a local game shop and discovered they were faked. Counterfeited. Bogus. He was crushed. But it was an education for him that all is not what it seems and if the deal sounds too good to be true, chances are, it is. So I thought it’d be a great idea to write about how kids can tell the real McCoy from a phoney.

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Find out the value of your cards with TCG Player

by James

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If you’re a strategy gaming card fan, then you need to bookmark TCGPlayer.com. This is a great hub from learning not only inside tips and tricks for playing various games, but also what your cards are worth – and some are worth quite a bit. Cody, for instance, discovered that some of his rare YuGiOh cards are worth up to $20 a piece. For a piece of wax covered cardboard! Wow. I’m in the wrong business.

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New Feature: What Cody Wants …

by James

Beginning today, we’re going to start a new feature called “What Cody wants …”. This is because my son Cody is constantly telling me what he wants toy wise when we’re at Walmart stocking up on supplies. So, rather than get annoyed with him for his youthful exuberance for the subject of how dad makes a living, I thought I’d use it as a great way to get story ideas.

So without further adieu, I give you what Cody wants today ….

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Collectibles Concern acquires WizKids Games

by James

Is hope on the horizon for WizKids?

Is hope on the horizon for WizKids?

WizKids Games, the fun gaming concern which has made cool games like HeroClix and Star Wars and Pirate Pocket Models, has been acquired by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association (NECA).

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Transformer Crossovers get Marvel-ous

by James

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Hasbro knows a good think when it sees it. The Star Wars/Transformers crossover toys, where characters from the iconic sci-fi saga can also transform into their equally iconic space ships, have been hugely popular (and hugely profitable). So, why not spin off another film franchise or two? Enter Marvel.

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