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New Toy Tuesday: Amazing Potential Lego Sets!

OH MY GOODNESS, GUYS. GUESS WHAT. I JUST FOUND OUT THE COOLEST NEWS EVER. But first, we need to talk about where Lego babies come from…

 

Lego Ideas is this great website that allows fans to submit their proposals for new sets. Projects that receive 10,000 “supporters” (votes) are reviewed by the Lego Review Board. Submissions that win the approval of the Board are then designed, manufactured, and available for purchase! That’s awesome, right? Well that’s not all!

They just announced the first review finalists for 2014. And the lucky sets are (drumroll please) …..

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Big Bang Theory! Everything about this set is perfect! I can’t think of one reason not to buy it. All of my hopes and dreams have been made into Lego form… I hope the members of the Review Board are fans because I NEED THIS. I NEED THIS NOW. It’s so detailed and beautiful. If it’s wrong to love a potential Lego set, then I don’t want to be right.

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Not one but TWO Dr. Who sets have qualified for review! (And all the Whovians said “AMEN!”) Each set obviously comes with the Tardis, some Daleks, and a Doctor, but the biggest question is WHICH one? That’s the magic of Lego Ideas! Your votes decide which Doctor minifigure comes with the set (assuming that one of the sets will be chosen, as it most undoubtedly will be…). The coolness never ends!

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Say hello to the Modular Apple Store! Because everything should be made into a Lego set. Duh. It even comes with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak minifigures, which is hilarious! I would love to see more “real life” sets like this one. Maaaybe, Lego Walmart? It would only have about 100,000,000 pieces!

 

So go check out these (and other incredible sets) on https://ideas.lego.com/ NOW.

New Toy Tuesday: The MARVELous Mr. Potato Head

Mr. Potato Head is my favorite vegetable (excluding the ever-lovable Veggie Tales characters). He’s resilient and timeless and ridiculous… he’s even MARRIED. He is truly a spud of many talents.

At this point you might be saying, “Hold up, now Brianna. This is NEW Toy Tuesday. Wasn’t Mr. Potato Head first manufactured and distributed in 1952?”

Yes, you’re right! But since I’m so psyched for the upcoming release of X-Men: Days of Future Past, I want to take this blogging opportunity to appreciate the new Marvel superhero Mr. Potato Heads… because superheroes and toys are never a bad combination.

Spiderman. Wolverine. Iron Man. Thor. Captain America. The Incredible Hulk.

It’s stuff like this that makes me want to spend the rest of my life in the pursuit of collecting toys and living in my parent’s basement. And not even because I think they’ll be worth all that much in the future. Just because they’re cool! It’s such a brilliant idea, too. After all, coming out with a new line of superhero action figures is just white noise these days, Yes, people will still buy them, and YES they are still expected when a new superhero movie is released, but why not partner with the world’s most popular potato and unleash a line of Super Spuds?!

Which brings me to another point.

Have you ever looked through all the different kinds of Mr. Potato Heads there are?? In addition to Marvel heroes, they come in a variety of Star Wars, Dr. Who, Wizard of Oz, DC, Star Trek, Three Stooges, KISS, MPHWizardof OzTransformers and Major League Baseball characters! And for all of The Simpsons fans afoot, there’s a special addition Homer Mr. Potato Head to celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary.

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Those are just the novelty ones. Mr. Potato Head is also available in a number of generic versions, from animals to firefighters! There’s also a bride and groom Mr. and Mrs. set, and if I ever get hitched, I want a pair because that’s just awesome.

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I’ve only mentioned a fraction of the Mr. Potato Heads available today, and just imagine the future possibilities!

Personally, I’m hoping for a line of Harry Potter spuds, but we’ll see…

New Toy Tuesday: Poo Dough…. Poop You Can Play With!

No matter how old I get I will always find humor in the word “poop.”Anyone who denies the hilarity behind this word is lying. So it comes to no surprise that this prank toy caught my eye in the Walmart toy section.

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Poo Dough, as you can see, is packaged similarly to Play-Doh. Each pack comes with two shades of brown and a small container of yellow.

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So yeah, basically it’s just brown Play-Doh. That would be dumb if not for this cute little mold!20140408_154531

 

 

 

 

The rest is pretty self explanatory. You get some dough, load up the mold… Let the plastic do its thing…
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AAAAAAAAAAAAND………

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Realistic, I know! Now, you may be thinking (among other things) “Is there a point to this?” And my answer is: No. Absolutely not. But that’s what makes it so lovely. I can only imagine what I would have done if I had had this as a kid… it’s probably good for my mother’s sake that I didn’t….

Poo Dough is part of the Prank Star line of prank toys put out by Skyrocket Toys last Fall. This is obviously the best in the series though. I mean, come on, it looks JUST like poop. True, this toy might not be super educational , but it is fun. (Did I mention it bares a strong resemblance to POOP?)

Now you might be thinking, “Brianna is there a point to this blog?” And again my answer is: No. Absolutely not.

I just felt the need to share my poop discovery with the internet and silence anyone who claims I am an adult. Over and out!

 

New Toy Tuesday: Kryptonite Play-Doh, Superman’s Worst Playtime Nightmare

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

April Fools. Kryptonite is highly radioactive and not suitable for children.

 

New Toy Tuesday: WikiBear, the World’s Smartest Stuffed Animal

Ever get the feeling that toys are secretly alive? Something about the “look” in their eyes hints at a greater intelligence, colorful personality, and the thought totally creeps you out. Right?

Meet WikiBear, the stuffed animal that can talk. Literally. It talks. The bear uses Bluetooth to connect to a smart device (that has the super special WikiBear app installed) and uses a built-in microphone and whole bunch of other fabulous technology that might actually be witchcraft. Anyway, you talk to this little guy, and he responds to you. He’s similar to Siri, searching the web for information at your request. But that’s not all! WikiBear tells jokes and stories too!

Some people are saying that this could be the next Teddy Ruxpin (the revolutionary story-telling bear of the 80s). Now, call me a conservative technophobe, but I wouldn’t want any child of mine to have one… It doesn’t seem to be 100% safe. What if a curious little Billy asked WikiBear where babies come from? Teddy Ruxpin wouldn’t have explained the process, now would he?

The concept itself is cool, there’s no doubt about that. It’s a great source of knowledge for anyone who wants to learn. But a line has to be drawn somewhere. This toy is LITERALLY the internet in physical, huggable form. It really gives me the hebegebees.

Like really, how is this encouraging anything positive?

DAD: “Oh here you go, Billy. This is WikiBear. He’ll talk to you so I don’t have to.”

BILLY: “Wow! Thanks, Dad! I’m going up to my room to play! Be back when I’m 30 and have no real social skills because my only friend is a stuffed robot bear with creepy eyes.”

This little fella goes right up there with Big Hugs Elmo. It’s sickening. Is the toy industry TRYING to ruin children? Why do toys have to control playtime? A kid’s entire life is controlled for Pete’s sake! Let them have some freedom to use their brains and create the fun. And here’s a crazy idea, kids could even play with OTHER kids, or even PARENTS. Crazy, I know, but it just might work.

Luckily, there’s still time before WikiBear hits the shelves in September so perhaps the company (Commonwealth Toys) will install some kind of safe search filter and get as many bugs out as possible. Either way, parental supervision is needed just to be safe. For now, I’m very skeptical. Playtime doesn’t need to be high tech to be FUN.