Friday, December 19, 2014

Fire Escape Free File #TMNT #TMNTHoliday

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given an item to review. Any and all opinions are my own.

There's a fire escape on my night stand!

Sometimes you meet a toy that needs no introduction. Meet the TMNT Fire Escape Free Fall. It's a Zip Line Playtex for your TMNT Action Figures. Do I need to say more for you to start picturing your favorite Heroes on a Half Shell plunging to the rescue? I thought not. So let's get straight to the review.

Really Cool Things!
  1. I wish that I had this when I was a kid. This is one of those times where I really am jealous of the newer generation.
  2. They're very fun to play with. I'm a tinkerer and lover of little devices like this so I think finding the best angles for the Turtles to slide down and how to rig it up very intriguing.
  3. It's based off the TV show. The fire escape and the Gargoyle launcher are styled with cool graphic to make it seem like they were ripped right from the cartoon. That's epic!
  4. The launch system is cool! I love being able to pull the rip cord on the launcher and send a Turtle flying. That's just cool!
Pull the Cord and Let Her Rip!
Some Not So Cool Things!
  1. It doesn't work "exactly" like you think! Technically you're supposed to be able to get your turtle to hit a target and drop the fires escape holding Shredder to the floor. I got it to work once and that's it. I was never able to reset it properly.
  2. It's a unitasker. After your child has played with it once or twice they're going to want to know what they can do next. This Playtex really doesn't inspire creativity or any good playmaking scenarios. They're going to want to create more things you can do with it. Which leads me to...
  3. If you give a child 20 bucks and take him to a hardware store he could design a better rig. The green string that you're zip lining from is about the same stuff masonry twin is made out of. If you had an old enough kid who knew how to work eye bolts and do some rudimentary rigging all you would need is the one zip line pulley to make a better zip line rig than what they give you.
  4. You need a lot of room. The good news is that if you have a lot of  3M strips you can take it and move it anywhere. The problem is that while it's up its a serious trip hazard.

Go to the Wood! #IntotheWoods

Disclaimer/Disclosure: we were invited to an early screening of Into the Woods. Any and all opinions are our own. We will try to keep this as spoiler free as possible but one man's common knowledge is another man's spoiler, "Into the Woods is based on a stage show?!"

Hello guys and dolls! I want to start this review by saying I just saw the stage musical (operetta) a few weeks before seeing this movie. Dr. Fronkensteen has seen it a few times and told me I had to see the stage version first. I only slightly agree... By seeing the stage version first I was able to see how they changed things or left things to make the best movie possible. I was also able to appreciate the story telling I was watching on screen. However I won't tell you that you need to see the stage version. Into the Woods the movie stands up very well on it's own two feet. Now after my long intro let's go into "he said, she said" and we can both tell you what we think.

He said: They made exactly the same changes I would have made to make the story cohesive for the movie.

She said: The elements of Into the Woods that were once characters talking to the audience were changed into interesting flashback or integrated moments. It made the story more visually appealing for a movie.

He said: They cut out 2 of my favorite songs and because I love the stage version I missed them.

She said: I didn't remember the songs were there...

He said: They played up the comedy to make it more family friendly when the stage version (and Sondheim) is very dark.

She said: The "second act" of the Into the Woods is missing a few tonal moments that were in the play. It changes it from adult humor to family fun times. In other words take the kids.

He said: I think Johnny Depp was great as the Wolf but wasted on a part that is really only a cameo. I wish he could have been in more. Other than that I was ready to hate Meryl Streep as the Witch but ended up liking it. The rest of the principal cast was spectacular as well.

She said: Jack and Little Red being actual kids was a bit awkward for those of us who know the stage show. Johnny Depp was amazing! Meryl Streep took my favorite character from the stage show and did her justice!

Those are our thoughts. Are you going to see it? If you have seen it what do you think?

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Catch some Star Wars Yo Yo Mania #StarWars #Giveaway

Disclaimer/Disclosure: I was given an item to review. Any and all opinions are my own.

So there are a few days where I start to feel that word I never thought I'd be... old. I start looking at some of the toys that "kids these days" are playing with and start to long for the days of simple toys. Something like playing with a stick out back, playing with action figures. You think that since most kids know how to work an iPad these days there's no call for the toys of your youth like a ball, a baseball bat, toy sword, yo yo...

I yo yo is strong with this one!
Oh wait!

Yep that's a Yo-yo from Yomega. Just like you remembered it. And not only that but it's a cool one with the Star Wars logo on the front and Darth Vader's face on the reverse. And something that the kids today have that I wish that we could have had is a cool Darth Vader stand to keep it on. Now that's cool! Now it's been a little while since I've done this and I wasn't an expert back then but when I tried this little dandy out I found it's a lot like riding a bike (or using a yo yo apparently). And I was actually able to get the yo yo to do a stall and walk the dog, something I was never able to do when I was a kid.

Now that's cool!
I think if you put this guy into the hands of a kid with any kind of talent and free time he could be doing better tricks than me over a weekend. I love it because it's so easy to use and so cool. I'm not a fan of just anything the Star Wars logo on it and this is super cool! Perfect for any kid or geeky guy like me that wants to get a childhood toy back. Just don't be surprised if you find out you have a yo yo wizard on your hands.

And now you can enter to win one of your very own. Rules are in the rafflecopter.

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