Monday, July 24, 2017

WALMART SUMMER DEAL ON MASH 'EMS + FASH 'EMS

** A Geek Daddy received a complimentary sample of the featured products **
Collectable mini-figures that come in mystery packs are all the rage with kids right now.  My daughter had some fun opening up a selection of Tech 4 Kids' Mash 'Ems and Fash 'Ems that we got from Wal-mart.  Tech 4 Kids has licensed a variety of brands ranging from Batman to My Little Pony and created super squishy figurines that range in difficulty of finding from common to ultra rare to obtain.  They come enclosed in hard plastic boxes so kids can't cheat and feel through the packaging to guess what may be inside.  That adds to the excitement of opening them though as children really are blind about what they are going to get out of a pack beyond knowing what the theme of the toy will be such as Cars or Monster High.


Mash 'Ems are the brands that Tech 4 Kids has licensed that tend to be more action oriented such as Batman, Cars and Super Pups while Fash 'Ems are more fashion orientated with brands like Littlest Pet Shop, Monster High and My Little Pony.  While both lines contain figures that will interest boys and girls, essentially the Mash 'Ems are more geared at a male audience and the Fash 'Ems are targeted to the ladies.  That being said, the favorite figure my daughter pulled from her mystery packs was Cat Woman from the Mash 'Ems Batman collection.


Mash 'Ems and Fash 'Ems can be squished like a stress ball, stretched to contort the figure's appearance and twisted into a variety of shapes.  Pull, tug and bend them all about and these figures will retake their original shape and size after they've been wrestled with. Some really humorous results can occur that will really delight children as they try to create the goofiest looks they can. 


Whether you are looking for something to entertain your kids during a long road trip car ride or to keep them occupied while taking them along doing family errands, Mash 'Ems and Fash 'Ems are the perfect size to be carried around on the go.  They also make nice playthings to enjoy outside or to be played with on a rainy day inside.  Kids can have a lot of summer fun with Tech 4 Kids' Mash 'Ems and Fash 'Ems!  

So you won't want to miss out on a special deal from Wal-Mart!  From now through the end of August, select single figure Mash 'Ems and Fash 'Ems mystery packs at Wal-Mart locations across the country will be discounted to $2.88 each which is a great price for them.  What Mash 'Ems / Fash 'Ems adventures will your family be having this summer?


GROUPON CAN HELP WITH YOUR HOME IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS

** this post is sponsored by Groupon and U.S. Family Guide **

It always fixing or improving on something around the house and a trip to The Home Depot seems to be part of my weekly routine.  I just found out about a great way to save money when shopping at The Home Depot that I wanted to share.  Have you heard of Groupon? 

I knew Groupon offered discounts for restaurants but just discovered they have special offers for retail locations too.  Groupon.com actually has more than 70,000 deals for over 9,000 retailers ... including The Home Depot!  If you head over to Groupon.com right now you can also take advantage of an additional 25% off deals you can purchase through Groupon by using the code WELCOME at check out.  Now that is a good offer to take advantage of!

Often times offers are a discounted deal you purchase up front through Groupon. The Groupon site though also provides coupons that allow you to save without making a purchase through them.  The Home Depot offers a lot of coupons on Groupon.com.  One of my favorite is $5 off a $50 purchase.  That can really come in handy!

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So what are you waiting for?! Head over to Groupon.com and see how you can save yourself some money!  While you are there check out the deals and coupons from a few of my other favorite retailers that have joined Home Depot on Groupon.com including Bass Pro Shops, Barnes & Noble, Jos A Bank, and Omaha Steaks.  Groupon really can help you with a bulk of your shopping needs!

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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Colonel Sanders Free Comic Book Saga Continues

DC Entertainment is continuing its Kentucky Fried Chicken promotional partnership with the release of a third installment in the Colonel Sanders comic book saga at this year's San Diego Comic-Con International.  KFC first partnered with DC in 2015 with KFC #1 THE COLONEL OF TWO WORLDS and followed that up with KFC #2 COLONEL CORP in 2016.  From July 19 - 23, 2017, attendees at Comic-Con can pick up a FREE 20 page print edition of KFC #3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE at DC's exhibition booth (#1915).  Can't make it to San Diego?  The comic book is also available for FREE on DC Entertainment's online comic book store powered by Comixology.  In fact while you can also download digital editions of the first and second issues of Colonel Sanders' comic book adventures for FREE as well with a Comixology account.


In KFC #3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE the Colonel goes cosmic in a star-spanning quest to bring crunchy, spicy satisfaction to a hungry universe, only to face a “thieving varmint” who steals his space-bound Zinger chicken sandwiches. Who else but DC’s Green Lantern can help the Colonel scan the universe to catch the thief?! Of course the Colonel won't sit back and let someone else come to the rescue and joins the Green Lantern Corps himself!


These comic books are great because they aren't taken more seriously than the promotional pieces they are meant to be and KFC doesn't hold back on spoofing itself. Filled with goofy scenarios, tongue-in-cheek one liners and humorous imagery, these comic books are finger licking good fun to read.  The partnership with the DC Entertainment's creative team provides the polish needed though to make the comic book an enjoyable gimmick rather than en eye rolling bad KFC ad. KFC #3 ACROSS THE UNIVERSE was written by Tony Bedard with the assistance of penciler Tom Derenick, inkers Trevor Scott and Sean Parsons, and cover art contributed by Tom Grummett and Trevor Scott.  I really liked the big battle scene where the Colonel goes KFC on the bad guy!


Super Girl races Jessie Quick for title of World's Fastest Woman

Following up on the success of their Colonel Sanders comic books, DC Entertainment has also created a series of free comic books tied to a promotional partnership with Snickers.  In conjunction with the annual Comic Con International event in San Diego this weekend, Snickers Comic #2: The Fastest Woman Alive is now available as a digital download for a limited time on DC Entertainment's online comic book store powered by Comixology as well as at comixology.com.

It’s the race of the millennium: Supergirl, the Woman of Steel versus Jesse Quick, super-speedster of the Justice League! But a monstrous figure plans to attack the stadium during the event—and it’ll take both Supergirl and Jesse, plus Superman, the Flash and an army of Snickers-powered spectators, to bring him down!


Snickers Comic #2: The Fastest Woman Alive follows up on a free issue provided at last year's Comic Con in San Diego that pitted Super Man versus the Flash in a similar story.  Unlike the past KFC Colonel Sanders comics that can still be read online, Snickers Comic #1 is no longer available.  So if you are interested in reading this new Snickers comic download it while you can! 

Marvel Comics and Comixology Team Up to Debut Immortal Iron Fists

Marvel is partnering with comiXology, Amazon’s comic shopping & reading service, for a line of exclusive digital comics. These will be available for free to comiXology Unlimited subscribers and only available to purchase for non-subscribers through comiXology and Kindle. New users to comiXology’s popular subscription service can also access Immortal Iron Fists for free as part of their 30-day free trial. The comics will be part of the comiXology Originals line of exclusive digital content.

Marvel and comiXology’s team up kicks off with Immortal Iron Fists, a 6-issue bi-weekly series written by Kaare Andrews with art by Afu Chan.  A unique entry-point that’s perfect for new fans and longtime readers alike, Immortal Iron Fists tells the tale of Pei, a young female monk from K'un-Lun and the youngest person to ever bear the mark of the Iron Fist. While Pei tackles the trials of high school, Danny Rand, the Immortal Iron Fist, faces his greatest challenge yet: training the inexperienced Pei. All the while, a growing threat appears that will take more than one pair of Iron Fists to defeat!


Immortal Iron Fists is $2.99 per issue for non-comiXology Unlimited subscribers on comiXology and Kindle.  Additional exclusive series will be announced soon. The exclusive series will be new content in addition to the over 10,000 previously published Marvel Comics titles that comiXology Unlimited subscribers also currently have access to.

Friday, July 21, 2017

THE WIZARD OF LIES

HBO Films' The Wizard of Lies is now available to view by digital download and will be out on Blu-ray and DVD on October 3, 2017.  Starring two time Oscar winner Robert De Niro and three time Oscar nominee Michelle Pfeiffer, this drama dissects the events that led to the Wall Street financier Bernie Maddof's stunning downfall in December 2008 for defrauding investors of over $65 billion in the most infamous Ponzi scheme in U.S. history.  The film has received great reviews from critics and has garnered four 2017 Emmy nominations --> Outstanding Casting for a Limited Series, Movie or Special; Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie (Pfeiffer); Outstanding Lead Actor in Limited Series or Movie (De Niro); and Outstanding Television Movie.

In celebration of its Emmy nominations, HBO Films has provided A Geek Daddy with a digital download code for The Wizard of Lies to giveaway.  Just follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet the message below by 11:59 pm EST on Thursday July 27, 2017 for a chance to win it.  One lucky entrant will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  Must be a U.S. resident over 18 years old to participate. The selected winner must respond to their winner notification within 48 hours or a new person will be selected to receive the prize.



Directed by Oscar winner Barry Levinson, The Wizard of Lies vividly recounts Madoff's audacious deceptions that culminate in his vilification while catapulting his wife and two sons into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight with tragic consequences.  In addition to De Niro and Pfeiffer the cast includes Hank Azaria, Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly and Lily Rabe.  For more information about the film, please visit  hbo.com/movies/the-wizard-of-lies

Win a TOTALLY OSOME! album of music for kids

Danny Weinkauf, the Grammy winning bassist for one of my favorite alternative rock bands They Might Be Giants, is releasing Totally Osome!, his third solo album featuring music for kids, in August.  It will contain 16 original songs that span various styles and genres which will inspire kids, along with moms and dads, to get up and move to their catchy beats and melodies.  Starting with the first track, "Sunshine, Sunny Sun Sunshine Day," the album maintains a high energy groovy dance vibe throughout it.  While the album's songs are definitely entertaining, they also get kids learning by touching on topics such as geology, the letter "O", girl power, and how to sing the alphabet backwards. Weinkauf even challenges kids to "put down that smartphone and start a band" in one of the songs; a message that I'm sure many parents can appreciate.

A Geek Daddy has a chance to chat with Weinkauf about Totally Osome!, being a member of They Might Be Giants, and his musical preferences:

Q:  One of my family's favorite tunes to play in the car during a road trip is ISTANBUL.  My kids love jamming to that song! Do your children have a favorite They Might Be Giants song?

A:  Haha, I'd like to think it's I Am a Paleontologist which is a song that I wrote and sing; but I think my son Kai would say "Birdhouse in your Soul."  He's writing songs of his own these days and that one is really like a master class in what a song can be.

Q:  In your solo children's albums you've played a variety of instruments, which one gives you the hardest time playing?

A:  Out of necessity recording music for TV and commercials I’ve become accustom to playing all the instruments on a track. Lots of musicians do the same these days. I guess stand-up bass may be one of the trickier instruments for me to play since there’s no frets to keep you in tune and I only picked one up a few years ago. I only really play it when recording so I’m a bit of a novice.

Q: What tips can you share for children just getting started in selecting and learning to play instruments?

A:  If you are a child who enjoys music then I’d say don’t give up if your first instrument doesn’t work out great. Sometimes it’s just not your thing. A friend of mine started on cello and was hating it then switched to piano and became an amazing professional pianist.

Q:  What are your thoughts on kids, and dads too, learning to play instruments like guitar through Youtube videos?

 A:   I wish Youtube videos were around when I was first learning to play. There’s nothing better than having someone in the room to teach you but if that’s not available Youtube is mighty convenient.

Q:  Do you have any gear or tech in your home studio that you'd recommend the amateur play-at-home dad pick up to enhance their musical performances for family and friends?

A:   If you’re just playing at home I guess the most important piece of gear is the actual instrument you’re playing. A nice quality instrument will sound better and also make you want to play it more because it’s more satisfying than a poorly made one. And nicer for your family and friends to hear so a win - win!

Q:  What is your favorite way to listen to music today? CD, digital download, streaming services, radio or vinyl?

A:  Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes. I listen to music different ways in different locations. CDs in the car, streaming at home, radio in car, vinyl in my basement.

Q:  Are there any streaming services or radio networks playing your children's songs?

A: Yes, I’ve been very fortunate when it comes to radio play. SiriusXM Kids Place Live has been very supportive and put many tunes in regular rotation. Also terrestrial stations from Bill Childs in Austin TX, to Sagan in NC, Kathy O in Phili at XPN, and even in places like Australia, and the Netherlands stations have played our tunes. Our tunes are also all available on Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon.

Q:  Do you have a favorite song in your new album?  Why does that one stand out?

A:  The classic response to that question is that songs are like your kids, you love ‘em all. That said, there’s a song that I wrote in a hotel room while on tour in Australia with TMBG called “Your Love” that is basically me telling my kids and wife that I miss them and value their love. It stands out to me because it makes me think of my family and Tina Kenny Jones (who sings and plays bass in our band) sings it beautifully, so she helps me express those feelings in a way that I never could on my own.

In addition to spending some time talking with us, Danny also provided A GEEK DADDY with a digital download code for his Totally Osome! album to giveaway.  Who wants it?!  Just follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet the message below by 11:59 pm EST on Sunday July 30, 2017 for a chance to win it.  One lucky entrant will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  Must be a U.S. resident over 18 years old to participate.

The selected winner must respond to their winner notification within 48 hours or a new person will be selected to receive the prize. Sugar Mountain PR will be responsible for delivery of the album to the winner. Good luck!

Totally Osome! is available to digitally download at bandcamp.com and will be released on all other music retailers August 11, 2017.


You can also find Danny Weinkauf's previous two children's music albums, NO SCHOOL TODAY and RED PANTS BAND, at Amazon.com: