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Scalextric ‘s new slot car sets are awesome

by James


I still have fond memories of playing with slot cars as a kid. My brother and I even bought a set for my dad for Christmas one year. They’re the passion of people slightly older than me. But after Hot Wheels came out with Sizzler’s, I dove into them and never looked back. I wish I still had my slot car set, but if I did, I’d probably toss it in the trash for the new sets coming out by Scalextric.

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Scalextric goes to a galaxy far, far away

by James


Remember last week when we were talking about slot car racing at hyper speed? Well, how about light speed to a galaxy far, far away? That’s what Scalextric is doing – announcing interesting new slot car racers based on Star Wars.

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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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Check out this amazing Optimus Prime toy!

by James


Here’s more evidence that Japan gets all the cool toy designs … Amazon Japan has a listing for a special edition Transformers: Dark of the Moon Blu-ray which includes an amazingly detailed and clear plastic Optimus Prime toy! Now, I gotta say I didn’t like TDTOM. In fact, I HATED IT until there was about a half hour left in the film. That’s when it actually got good as Michael Bay didn’t have to focus on his weak story telling skills anymore and got to focus on blowing crap up on film. Check it out up close …

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Blade mCP X helicopters RECALLED …

by James

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The Consumer Product Safety Commission has joined forces with Health Canada and issued a product recall on Blade mCP X helicopters and blades for potential laceration injury. Around 17,000 helicopters, made by Horizon Hobby, Inc, have been recalled due to the potential of the blades fragmenting and causing lacerations to bystanders upon impact.

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StarSpeeder Papercraft from Star Tours

by James

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If you’re planning on going to Disneyland or DisneyWorld this summer, you’re going to be in for a big surprise as STAR TOURS has gotten an upgrade. The new ride will have 51 different adventures to keep it fresh. But if you can’t make it, building this cool fleet of paperkraft StarSpeeders is the next best thing. The only thing missing is Captain Rex.

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Cars 2 Lego Set looks huge and cool

by James

Lego has come out with yet another mammoth set which is sure to be quite popular with kids. It’s the Cars 2: Big Bentley Bust Out (set 8639). Lightning McQueen is being held captive in Big Bentley Tower, and it’s up to Mater, secret agent Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell to rescue him.

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DC Comics: lower prices, art that pops

by James

Prices for monthly issues have dropped to under $3.00

Prices for monthly issues have dropped to under $3.00

The heroes of DC Comics all share a mission in 2011. Cheaper prices for comics. That’s right, the comic book issues that were once a quarter just a half century ago, will be dropping this year to $2.99.

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