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February 10th, LucasFilm and 20th Century Fox will be releasing the Star Wars: Episode 1 The Phantom Menance in 3D. Regardless of how you feel about JarJar Binks, or the Kid flying the starfighter, it should be a fun afternoon eating popcorn and ducking whenever a laser bolt comes your way. And if you’re wearing these cool, collectible 3D glasses AMC Theaters will be giving away, so much the better.
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We’re all friends here at this kindy
Although at times you wouldn’t think so
But a smile and a hug, or a gently I’m sorry
Makes you feel okay
Okay, okay, okay, okay
- We’re All Friends, Lyrics
Sounds like a great sentiment doesn’t it? But when you’re in a band that makes millions a year in merchandise, CD sales, and concert tickets, that sentiment amounts to more of a line item in a ledger than an actual concept. Even more so if you’re one of the Wiggles who’s been sent packing with his hat in hand.
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OK, we’ll probably not see these for quite some time, if ever, but a research firm dubiously referred to as the “Japan Institute of Technology,” has created a levitating technology toy racetrack that uses liquid nitrogen powered Hot Wheels style cars to float around a Wipeout style car race track. And if it doesn’t make you say I WANT ONE FOR CHRISTMAS, I don’t think anything will. Too bad it’s probably not real.
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I love it when kids conquer their fear by taking things into their own hands. This kid had a bad front tooth and needed to pull it. So he went for his NERF Big Bad Bow toy and did some pullin’!
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When I was a kid, one of my favorite toys was the Viewmaster … that personal, rotary 3D SlideShow which had an audience of one and would take you all over the world, or even out of this world is you were into NASA. But with the advent of digital technology, the Viewmaster has fallen on hard times. But that only means it’s gone “retro” and everyone knows that retro is hip! Image3D knows that and they’ve created a way to make custom 3D Viewmaster reels for cheap …
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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!
It always happen this time of year … the kids start to get excited about Christmas, but being kids, they start getting unruly. Sometimes you just have to give them that extra dose of incentive to stay nice and not naughty. Well, Santa has your back, parents, with a free custom made video greeting to your kids from the Ripe Jolly ole Elf himself.
Remember the old Magic 8 Ball? The one where you shook it around, asked a question and turned it over for a snarky answer? Always popular with parties and when you’re in junior high school. Well the 8 ball has gotten a makeover that makes it “geek chic” with the Magic Geek Ball …
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Not only is it a gift card, but it’s also a LEGO set. That’s right, the LEGO Target Holiday gift card is a LEGO set which builds a clever version of the Target dog Bullseye. But there are other choices as well …
Continue reading » LEGO Target gift card could be the coolest stocking stuffer of the year