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GameStop has a great contest for you … with an amazing prize

by James


Anyone who has ever played Mario Kart has longed to have a real kart racer of their own. And no, we’re not talking some radio controlled toy that dies after 15 minutes, we’re talking about a full sized Mario Kart racer that rolls, baby! And that’s what GameStop is giving away in this really cool contest …

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Hasbro getting greener by pledging the elimination of PVC from packaging

by James


Hasbro announced this week that they will be committing to eliminate polyvinyl chloride (PVC) from all new core toy and game packaging beginning in 2013. The move is the next step of a new initiative that seeks to improve their presence in the Areas of Product Safety, Manufacturing Ethics, and Environmental Sustainability.

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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!

New site offers rental toys for cash strapped families this Christmas

by James


Anyone who watch movies knows about Netflix, the video rental service which mails movie fans DVDs to them to watch from a que of preselected titles. Gamers have a similar service with GameFly. And now, this holiday season, a website has surfaced which allows for parents to rent toys for their kids to play with. Is it common sense or an easy way out of playing Santa Claus?

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The 2011 Toy Hall of Fame inductees are …

by James


What do the Hot Wheel, the Doll House, and the Blanket have in common? They are the official 2011 inductees into the National Toy Hall of Fame. Following such notable toys as the Big Wheel, the Ball, and GI Joe, these three are being chosen to reflect both popular culture and the love of kids to play with them. But how did a toy car, a miniature structure, and a piece of cloth reach such iconic status?

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Speaking of the XBox 720 …

by James


Yesterday, as we were celebrating the 10th anniversary of the XBox, we speculated that an upgraded console from Microsoft was right around the corner. Well, who knew we could hit so close to the mark?

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LEGO Design by Me to close in January

by James

What I really like about LEGO Design byME is that it enables me to create a digital model of a LEGO set I would like to see and then LEGO will send me all the bricks I need to build it. It worked in theory, but sadly it doesn’t seem that enough people have utilized the service to make it profitable. To that end, LEGO has announced that the service will close in January.

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LEGO Universe to close it doors in January

by James


Citing an inability to reach profitability with it’s revenue model, LEGO has announced it will be closing down LEGO Universe in January.

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November 12 is National Neighboorhood Toy Store Day

by James


Remember Mr. Magoriam’s Wonder Emporium? That neighborhood toy store run by the man who lived forever? Great flick. But it also underscored the charm and importance of the local toy store as a place kids can go to let their imagination take flight. And on November 12, it can be again … That’s right, there’s a day to celebrate the mom and pop toy store.

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Star Wars Insider magazine and Hasbro to offer vote on next action figure

by James

Who will you choose?


Are you a Mara Jade/expanded universe fan? Do you get a guilty pleasure of watching a sniveling Nute Gunray getting cut down by Anakin … er … Young Darth Vader at the end of Revenge of the Sith? Or maybe you think Emperor Palpatine has the gravitas to warrant one more action figure? Well Hasbro has an opportunity for you!

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