Saturday, January 21, 2017

COMET Space Man Landing Pack Giveaway



Who else has been watching WEST WORLD on HBO?!  Did you know the television show is based upon a 1973 movie of the same name written and directed by Michael Crichton, the author of numerous novels that have been adapted into movies including The Andromeda Strain, Congo, Jurassic Park, The Great Train Robbery, and Rising Sun?  There is also a sequel to that movie set two years after the tragedy portrayed in the original WEST WORLD movie.  In FUTURE WORLD, the Delos Corporation has reopened a variety of their robotic simulation theme parks, but all is not what it seems!  FUTURE WORLD is currently airing on COMET TV.  Check out one of the movies that influenced the creation of HBO's newest hit show.  COMET TV is broadcasting FUTURE WORLD:

Sunday, January 22 at 2am/1C
Wednesday, January 25 at 6/5C
Saturday, January 28 at Noon/11C
Monday, January 30 at 6/5C

COMET TV is a great source to watch sci-fi and horror movies for FREE without a paid subscription. Its content is available to view as an over-air broadcast Digital HD channel in select markets plus streamed online at CometTV.com so you can still watch its programming if not available locally.  In addition to movies, you can view classic television shows from the 1960's like JOHNNY SOKKO AND HIS FLYING ROBOT and more recent hits like STARGATE ATLANTIS only available on COMET TV.  To find out if this television channel is being broadcast over the air near you, visit their website and utilize the ZIP Code Locator feature.

I've really enjoyed being able to watch movies like FLASH GORDON and FUTURE WORLD as well as television shows like JOHNNY SOKKO and STARGATE ATLANTIS on COMET TV.  To share A Geek Daddy's enthusiasm for the television network we're hosting another COMET TV swag pack giveaway.  For a chance at winning the Space Man Landing Pack prize which includes a light up usb astronaut and some sweet treats (sorry the lap top is not included) you must follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet our original contest tweet embedded below before January 31, 2017 @ 11:59 pm EST.  Must be a US resident over 18 years old to participate.



While you are waiting to find out if you've won the COMET TV prize pack, you may also want to tune in to see a few of these movies airing on their sci-fi / horror channel:

Mad Max:  In a not-too-distant dystopian future, Max (Mel Gibson), an officer with the Main Force Patrol, launches a personal vendetta against the gang when his wife (Joanne Samuel) and son are hunted down and murdered.

Flash Gordon:  Flash… Ahhhh… King of the impossible! Ming Merciless has set his sights on destroying earth, and only one man can stand in his way.

Final Encounter:  Young soldiers (Dean Cain, Justin Whalin) become involved in a war that has lasted more than a century.

 A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by COMET TV and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  One entry per person and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries.  If you have already won this prize through another blog participating in this promotion, your entry will be disqualified.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. No P.O. Boxes allowed for delivery of the prize. COMET TV will be responsible for shipping the prize to the selected winner. 

Ann Arbor Balloon Artist Makes Appearance on Harry Connick Jr.’s New Daytime Talk Show

I've always been impressed by artists, clowns and magicians who have the ability to transform balloons into amazing creations.  My kids have obviously inherited my affection for them as well since the twins really love it when someone makes them a special balloon animal. Of all the fun things we did on a recent trip to Orlando, Florida they told me when we got home that one of the best highlights of our visit was when a waiter made them some really impressive looking ones when we were out to dinner one night.  The Magic Kingdom, Sea World and Hogwarts couldn't compare to a really good balloon animal! So when I heard about a local woman from the Metro Detroit area being promoted on a nationally broadcast television show for her skills in twisting and bending balloons into wondrous things, I had to learn more!

Carolynn Hayman has taken her passion for creating unique works of art out of balloons and turned it into a successful business in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Hayman's POP! Designs and Creations builds balloon sculptures, both big and small, for events and special occasions.  Now this Michigan-based business is going to be receiving some nice national exposure as Hayman will be a featured guest on Harry Connick Jr.'s new daytime talk show.

POP! Designs & Creations -- All Rights Reserved
POP! Designs & Creations -- All Rights Reserved

The award winning balloon artist will be appearing on the Monday, January 23, 2017 episode of HARRY in a special segment focusing on unusual jobs.  Hayman will share with Connick the wonderful world of balloon culture by presenting each member of the show's band with balloon sculptures of all their instruments, including a life-size grand piano.  She also provides Connick with a brief "Flower Twisting" tutorial that humorously gets out of hand very quickly.  The segment concludes with one of Hayman's most popular creations, a nine-foot tall balloon costume known as Conrad the Unicorn, making an appearance on the set bringing along with him a specially crafted "Craw Daddy" balloon costume specially made for the show's charismatic host.


Tune in on January 23rd to check out what promises to be a great segment.  Visit harrytv.com to find out the time and network where Carolynn Hayman's appearance on HARRY will be broadcast in your area.


Friday, January 20, 2017

VOLTRON Legendary Defender Toys

Season 2 of DreamWorks VOLTRON Legendary Defender animated television series arrived on Netflix today and Playmates Toys sent us some of the show's themed toys for free to make the debut extra special!  VOLTRON follows the adventures of five young heroes who pilot mechanical lions against the evil Galra empire which is attempting to enslave the population of the whole galaxy.  When their foes present more of a challenge than the five lions can handle individually they can merge together to create a giant super robot with incredible powers called Voltron.  Can this team of heroes restore peace and security to the galaxy against some very formidable foes?  You'll have to either tune into Netflix to watch this animated series from DreamWorks Animation Studio or pick up some VOLTRON toys from Playmates Toys for your kids to engage in their own imaginative play adventures to find out!

My kids had a lot of fun playing around with the Playmates Toys we received while we watched the new episodes of VOLTRON Legendary Defender together as a family.  They pretended to act out the scenes with these toys as we watched the action unfold on the TV screen.  Playmates Toys VOLTRON Legendary Defender six inch basic action figure collection is durably constructed as my kids tossed and threw them about our house and dropped the toys a few times too but they've yet to break.  Available in the assortment are the Blue, Red, Black, Green and Yellow lions featured in the Netflix show, each sold individually, plus a monster they face off against called Myzax.  These lions do not combine though to create a Voltron toy though.  The toy line also includes two 6" variations of the Voltron robot as individual action figures.  One wields a sword and shield while the other has a shooting lion fist action feature to it.

We received a Green Lion -- Guardian of the Forest mech that my son has been playing with quite a bit since we he got his hands on it.  The Green Lion's legs have basic articulation so kids can position them in a variety of poses to pretend leaping or striking its paws at an opponent.  The mouth also opens and closes plus there is a "vine beam" that shoots a plastic bolt to imitate one of the lion's special powers from the television show.  There isn't much force from the item flying out to present a danger but it still will hurdle a few feet so I wouldn't advise looking straight into the mouth with either of your eyes. To activate the missile launching feature just pull back on the shield emblem on the lion's back causing the vine beam to fire so kids can imagine wrapping up an evil adversary.

 
Playmates Toys also sent a Basic Voltron Lion Attack action figure our way.  My daughter has really been playing with this toy a lot.  It is a 6" action figure that is the same size as the basic collection lion toys that in the show streamed on Netflix merge to create it. While it is obviously not to scale, it still portrays the five lions merged together as the robotic warrior Voltron.  A child can imagine the adventures of the giant robot while playing with this toy in the palm of his or her hand. This hand held sized version of Voltron provides plenty of imaginative play punch for kids to have countless hours of fun with it.  It is a great size for storing around the house or taking along with your child while the family is on the go without having to worry about putting away or packing up some giant toy.


This toy has a head and waist that swivels plus it has joints in the knees and elbows so kids can position the arms and legs so that Voltron is in action poses.  The action figure also has a shooting fist feature.  Kids can squeeze the toy's legs to launch a representation of the Green Lion's head which makes up Voltron's left arm.  As with the individual Green Lion toy that is available from Playmates, there isn't a lot of power behind the projectile but it still flies far enough you don't want to aim it straight at anyone's eyes within a few feet of the toy.  Also you absolutely don't want to lose the plastic Green Lion Missile because than Voltron is missing its left hand and the representation of one of the five lions that merge together to create the robot warrior.

 
 Playmates Toys VOLTRON Legendary Defender basic action figure collection is screen accurate to the television show characters, durably constructed, conveniently sized for playing with and priced affordably to collect.  As I've mentioned my kids have really enjoyed playing with these toys that are recommended for children 4 years old and up.  For more information about Playmates Toys VOLTRON Legendary Defender basic action figure collection, please CLICK HERE.


Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Moto Racer 4

** A Geek Daddy received the featured product for free to review **

Moto Racer the popular motorcycle racing video game franchise from the late '90s is making a comeback with an updated version for a new generation of players on Sony Playstation and Microsoft XBOX home entertainment consoles.  MOTO RACER 4 is being released for the XBOX ONE and PLAYSTATION 4 video game consoles on January 24, 2017 but the video game's publisher MICROIDS provided it to my kids in advance to try out and they've really been enjoying themselves playing it.  Spectacular graphics make viewing the race courses within this video game just as much fun as the aspect of striving to have the fastest time steering your virtual motorcycle through challenges as you compete in the game.   These great visual elements combined with advanced computer processing that allows players to experience a 60 images per second frame rate enhance the simulated feeling of riding a motorcycle in this arcade style game.



While MOTO RACER 4 provides a great virtual motorcycle racing experience it isn't a complex, in-depth simulation full of difficult control features to learn and master making it a great video game that a family can play together.  A control knob steers your bike left and right, a button controls the gas, another the brake and another jumps and tricks....simple as that!  Within 5 minutes my 8 year old twins were racing each other like two kids who had already earned their drivers licenses.  Soon my wife and I joined in and everyone was having fun seeing who would win the bragging rights for being the best racer in the family playing the video game.  MOTO RACER 4 has a split screen feature that lets you race head to head against someone in the same room or an online feature where 2 - 10 players can join in to race against one another at the same time.  Players can also participate in solo matches where they are pitted again AI (artificial intelligence) opponents.

My kids really like that there are a variety of colorful characters to choose playing as in the game with each one having unique outfits and traits.  One character may be better at handling the bike making it easier to steer while racing but may be slower than the opponents on the track putting you at a disadvantage.  On the other hand, another character might be able to go really really fast but isn't as adept at handling corners on the track. and may be more likely to crash letting a slower racer pass you by.  Picking a character that best fits your own game playing style adds a bit of strategy to your races.  A nice touch is there are plenty of female characters available to select from so this isn't a completely guy focused game which my daughter really appreciated.




Another nice feature our family really enjoyed is the ability to either race on asphalt on a motorcycle or go off road to race dirt bikes.  With the dirt bikes there are lots of jumps and stunts you can do while with the motorcycles you'll be challenged weaving through cars and trucks as there can be traffic on the road.  Whether racing on asphalt or dirt there are several competition modes to choose from:

KING OF THE HILL -- each rider starts with the same time on the clock.  As time runs down for the leader the other racers get extra turbo speed.  The player in the lead when the clock reaches zero wins the race.

LAST MAN STANDING -- the last player to pass each checkpoint on the race course is eliminated.

SURVIVAL -- the race starts with a minimal amount of time on the clock.  Each time a player passes a checkpoint time is added to the clock.  In single player mode the goal is to survive for a specific length of time.  In multi-player mode it is to be the last racer with time left on his or her clock.

CATCH UP -- Your opponents start the race with a head start and you must finish the race in first place.

WOLF PACK -- You start the race with a head start and must maintain it without being passed by an opponent.

GOLDEN HELMET --   Competitors must earn the one golden helmet up for grabs during the race.  To do this, they must be first to go past the initial checkpoint.  Once a player is wearing the golden helmet if another player knocks against them while racing that opponent gets the helmet.  If a player wearing the helmet crashes or falls off their bike the golden helmet is transported to the next checkpoint where the first player to reach the spot gets it.  The player wearing the golden helmet crossing the finish line wins the race.

Of course in addition to these special modes, players can also just compete in a normal race where the fastest person to complete their laps and cross the finish line first wins.

MOTO RACER 4's non-violent game play and simple controls make it a great game for children and parents to play together.  The game's multitude of vibrant courses that are as fun to explore as to race through, its numerous competition modes that provide a variety of challenges to players, and the ability for each competitor to have its own unique sense of style and racing skills combine to provide  a family with hours of entertainment having fun together playing this video game. MOTO RACER 4 definitely gets  A Geek Daddy nod of approval for being a great kid-friendly video game to play!

Moto Racer 4 Video Game Giveaway

My kids have been having a blast playing the new MOTO RACER 4 video game for XBOX ONE and PLAYSTATION 4.  Video game publisher, Microids provided us with this arcade style motorcycle racing game to play and our whole family has really gotten into the competition of playing it for the bragging rights of being the MOTO RACER 4 champion!  The video game allows players to choose to ride either dirt bikes or motorcycles in races through a variety of spectacular looking courses that also provide a variety of exciting competition modes to choose from.  It really is a fun game to play!  Plus very family-friendly as its controls are very simple and easy for children to use and the game doesn't contain any violence or mature content that parents would want to steer kids away from. It does contain features though that let you do some pretty cool jumps and tricks!

To share A Geek Daddy's enjoyment of MOTO RACER 4, I also have a couple of codes to giveaway to download the PS4 version of the game from the Playstation online store. For a chance at winning this video game we're doing two separate giveaways -- one on Twitter and one on Instagram.

Twitter Giveaway
You must follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter  and retweet our original contest tweet embedded below before  January 24, 2017 @ 11:59 pm ET to be eligible to win. Must be a US resident over 18 years old to participate.


Instagram Giveaway
You must follow @Geekdad248 on Instagram and LIKE our original contest tweet embedded below before  January 24, 2017 @ 11:59 pm ET to be eligible to win. Must be a US resident over 18 years old to participate.


CONTEST RULES & DISCLAIMER

A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided the same items being provided as a prize for personal use. The prize is provided by Microids and A Geek Daddy is hosting the promotion as a benefit to our readers. Must be a US resident over the age of 18 to participate.  Must RT the original contest tweet embedded in this post by January 24, 2017 at 11:59 pm ET.  One entry per person and winner will be randomly selected from all eligible entries. The selected winner must reply back with a valid email address to accept the prize within 48 hours of being notified of winning.  A Geek Daddy will email the digital download code to the winner upon receiving an email address.  Email addresses will only be used for providing the prize.  By participating in this promotion you waive any liability of any kind against the publisher of this blog. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Watch new animated movie "Bunyan & Babe" for FREE on Google Play until February 16

School was called off for the day because of icy roads and my kids were going stir crazy being cooped up inside as sleet poured down on the house.  Keeping them amused, I let the twins hang out in my son's bedroom taking advantage of an opportunity to watch a newly released animated movie Bunyan & Babe for FREE on Google Play.  I hadn't realized that my kids weren't familiar with the legend of Paul Bunyan and his giant blue ox, Babe, and when I told them a bit about these characters they were excited to watch this tale involving this gigantic duo.

Featuring the voice talents of some well known names including Mark Hamill, John Goodman, Kelsey Grammer, and Jeff Foxworthy, plus YouTube personality Johnny Orlando, Bunyan & Babe is  available to view for free withing the United States & Canada on Google Play from January 12 through February 16, 2017 courtesy of Cinedigm. Bunyan & Babe, is a modern take on the American folk story of the legendary lumberjack and his special pet. The Dove Foundation which is known for being a dependable source for family-friendly movie reviews rated the film as "Family-Approved for all ages" and described Bunyan & Babe as “entertaining and fun for the entire family."

Based upon the Dove Foundation review and actually watching the film with my kids, I can vouch there is nothing that a parent should worry about when it comes to allowing a child watch this film.  My son says Bunyan & Babe is "GREAT because the giant lumberjack and big blue bull are really cool!"  "Babe's the best!" my daughter added. "He's cute and adorable despite being so BIG!"

In Bunyan & Babe, a boy named Travis (Johnny Orlando) and his sister Whitney visit their grandparents for the summer and stumble upon the evil plan of a greedy real estate developer (Kelsey Grammer, “Cheers,” “Frasier”) to steal the land of the town's longtime residents.  While running from one of the developer's goons, Travis falls through a magical portal which transports him to the world of American hero, Paul Bunyan (John Goodman, The Big Lebowski, “Roseanne”) & his pet ox, Babe (Jeff Foxworthy, “The Jeff Foxworthy Show”).  Bunyan and Babe get wrapped up in a brand new adventure, and with the help of their new friends Travis and Whitney, they save the town.  Together they learn firsthand that you don't have to be big to do big things.

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Batmobile in the Spotlight at Detroit Auto Show

Startled Detroiters were abuzz as the night sky over the city glowed with an iconic symbol.  Emblazoned against the top of the city's towering Renaissance Center landmark was the Bat Signal.  Was the Joker on the prowl and would the Caped Crusader be on his way to save the day?!  Actually the signal displayed against the backdrop of GM's corporate headquarters was to alert us all that the batmobile was on its way ... to the Detroit Auto Show the next day.



Holy Plastic Bricks Batman there's a life-size LEGO Batmobile at the Chevy exhibit! Yes its true! Chevrolet unveiled a life-size LEGO® Batmobile to correspond with the first day the 2017 North American International Auto Show being held at COBO Center in Detroit, Michigan was open to the public and will be on display until the conclusion of the event on January 22.

Measuring 17-feet long and featuring exclusive stud shooters, the LEGO Batmobile from Chevrolet was designed to strike fear in the heart of any villain. The vehicle was inspired by Batman’s Speedwagon featured in “The LEGO® Batman Movie,” which hits U.S. theaters on February 10, 2017.  In this exciting new animated LEGO® adventure, Batman, DC’s iconic Super Hero who famously prefers to work alone, must learn to cooperate and connect with others to save Gotham City from the villainous Joker.


Designed and assembled by a team of LEGO Master Builders at the LEGO Model Shop in Enfield, Connecticut this real-life plastic brick Batmobile took 222 hours to design and 1,833 hours to build.  This life-size model weights 1,695 pounds with each of its tires weighing just over 100 pounds.  While Chevrolet humorously promotes the vehicle as being available in 12 different shades of black to appeal to aspiring Dark Knights, the model actually consists of 17 different colors of LEGO plastic bricks. In total 344,187 LEGO bricks were used to construct Batman's Speedwagon.

Chevrolet has created a funny mock up of a vehicle schematics page promoting the "All-New LEGO Batmobile from Chevy" that promotes it to potential buyers as "perfect for a night out saving the town."  Filled with information about towing capacity, horsepower, and wi-fi connectivity, this website even compares the Batmobile's features to The Joker's Notorious Lowrider and The Riddler Racer.  You really need to check this out! If you aren't scared off by a $48,000,000 price tag please CLICK HERE to find out more info about LEGO Batmobile from Chevrolet.



In addition to being displayed at the Detroit Auto Show and shown on the big screen in "The LEGO Batman Movie," this Batmobile will also appearing in Chevrolet’s “Real People, Not Actors” campaign. In the new spot, real LEGO® Minifigure figurines discuss what kind of person would drive the all-new LEGO® Batmobile from Chevrolet.



The LEGO Batmobile from Chevrolet is a partnership between General Motors, LEGO, and Warner Brothers to celebrate the upcoming release of "The Batman LEGO Movie."  For more information about the movie, please visit legobatman.com