Wednesday, July 22, 2015

DreamWorks Animation HOME Movie Giveaway

 I am a member of the Fox Home Entertainment Insiders blogger program and receive complimentary products for reviews and giveaways.


Looking to have a fun family movie night at home?  A Geek Daddy can help with that! Courtesy of our friends at Fox Home Entertainment we have a Blu-ray/Digital Download combo pack of DreamWorks Animation's hit movie HOME to giveaway to one of our blog readers.  HOME is available for purchase via digital download now and will be released on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray, and DVD on July 28th but you have a chance to get it for FREE from A Geek Daddy blog.



In DreamWorks Animation's HOME, Oh, a loveable misfit from another planet meets a girl named Tip.  The two unlikely friends embark on a great journey...the journey HOME. Directed by Tim Johnson (Over The Hedge, Antz), HOME features the voice talents of Golden Globe® and Emmy® winner Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory, The Muppets), Grammy® winner Rihanna (Battleship), Oscar® and Emmy® winner Steve Martin (The Pink Panther, Father of the Bride) and Golden Globe® nominee Jennifer Lopez (American Idol, Maid In Manhattan).   The movie also features a soundtrack with musical performances by Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez.

For a chance to win a HOME movie prize pack,  must be a U.S. or Canadian resident over 18 years old and submit one or all of the following entry methods to earn up to 5 entries prior to 11:59 pm EST on Thursday July 30, 2015.  All valid entries will be assigned a number in the order they are received and one number will be  selected to determine the winner using random.org.  E-mails will only be used to contact the winner and deleted following the selection of a winner.

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As a Fox Home Entertainment Insider, A Geek Daddy Blog has also been provided with some fun kids activity sheets and bookmarks based upon the movie HOME to share with our readers. We hope you have some fun with these!
 


DISCLAIMER:  A Geek Daddy Blog will be responsible for selecting the winner of this contest, but Fox Home Entertainment is responsible for fulfillment and delivery of the prize.  By participating in this contest you waive any liability towards A Geek Daddy Blog or its publisher that may arise from your involvement with this promotion.  If you win this prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again.  Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Prize will be delivered by UPS or FedEx so no P.O. Boxes are allowed as mailing addresses. A Geek Daddy Blog did not receive any financial compensation but did receive a review DVD for the blog and the prize that is being awarded to one of our readers for this contest.  A Geek Daddy Blog is hosting this contest as a benefit to our readers. Any opinions in this post are my own.  #HomeInsider

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Shimmer and Shine Whirl onto Nickelodeon's TV Lineup

Nickelodeon

Thanks to our friends at Nickelodeon, my twins were two of the first kids to be able to watch a brand new animated TV show featuring the whimsical adventures of twin genies-in-training named Shimmer and Shine.  My son and daughter were amused by the first few episodes of Nickelodeon's Shimmer and Shine and found the show to be full of magic, music and misadventures.  Like many of Nickelodeon's shows aimed at young audiences, the show incorporates a social-emotional curriculum within its stories that highlights the importance of teamwork, resilience, and overcoming obstacles.  It is a cute show that is primarily aimed at preschoolers but probably would keep the attention and entertain children as old as Kindergarten or First Grade age as well. The show takes a lot of cues from Nickelodeon's Dora shows and movies which makes a lot of sense knowing that Shimmer and Shine's creator Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz has spent the last ten years working as a post-production supervisor for Dora the Explorer and Go Diego Go.

Nickelodeon

Shimmer and Shine premieres on Monday August 17, 2015 at 7:30 pm (ET/PT) across the United States on Nick and the Nick Jr. channel.  Following its U.S. launch, the series will debut on Nickelodeon's international channels beginning in the fall.  The first season of Shimmer and Shine will consist of 20 episodes featuring the twin genies making wishes for their friend Leah that lead to surprising mishaps but the trio is always able to figure out a way to make the mistakes turn out great.


In Shimmer and Shine, the twin sisters are Leah's secret genies.  Leah always has a dilemma that she needs her magical friends' assistance with, and the genies-in-training are happy to grant her a maximum of three wishes a day to help her out.  Sometimes they misinterpret what Leah wishes for and accidentally grant her wishes she didn't even mean to make.  Each wrong wish quickly compounds into a crazy adventure.  Ultimately through teamwork, the genies and Leah find a way to fix the problem and save the day!

Shimmer and Shine

Eleven year old Eva Bella is the voice of Shimmer.  She booked her first professional gig at 6 years old in a Disney Jr. commercial and shortly afterward landed a recurring role on NBC's Parenthood.  Since then, this charismatic young actress has appeared in a variety of regional and national television commercials.  Eva has also provided the voices in a number of prominent animated feature films including Frozen, Despicable Me 2 and Mr. Peabody & Sherman. Despite her focus on acting and performing, Eva has also kept her focus on school and is a straight A student, making her a remarkable role model for children showing you can reach for your dream while staying grounded in the ordinary routines of life.


Shine is voiced by 10 year old Isabella Crovetti-Cramp.  For a young age, she has an impressive list of TV show credits for her acting credentials having appeared on The Neighbors, Jessie, Happy Endings, In Plain Sight, Mike & Molly, It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and  CSI: Miami.  Isabella will also be appearing in Colony, a brand-new series on USA Network. She has twin brothers at hime who help inspire her for this role.  It looks like Isabella is a name to remember as she continues developing a career in the entertainment industry.


"The beautiful fantasy world of Shimmer and Shine offers endless possibilities for magical adventures," said Russel Hicks, Nickelodeon's President of Content Development and Production in a press release sent to A Geek Daddy.  "First-time creator Farnaz Esnaashari-Charmatz is a homegrown success story who started as an intern at Nick.  She epitomizes the diverse talent and empowering spirit that comes from Nickelodeon Animation Studio."

The new series will debut with "The Sweetest Thing" on August 17th.  In the episode, Leah wishes for the genies help in making cupcakes for her school bake sale.  Through silly misunderstandings, Leah, Shimmer, and Shine find themselves stuck with a giant birthday cake, some farm animals and no wishes left.  They must work together to fix their magical mistakes without drawing the attention of Leah's curious (and hungry) neighbor Zac.

CLICK HERE to watch a full episode of Shimmer and Shine for yourself before the series debuts on TV.  Enjoy the GENIE TREEHOUSE!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Ant Man Fun Facts & Kids Activity / Coloring Sheets


Ant Man may have been a founding member of the Avengers in the comic book world but in Marvel's cinematic movie universe this small character made his first appearance on the big screen with the recent theatrical release of his own feature film.  Armed with the astonishing ability to shrink in scale but increase in strength, master thief Scott Lang must embrace his inner hero and help his mentor, Dr. Hank Pym, protect the secret behind his spectacular Ant Man suit.  Against seemingly insurmountable obstacles, Pym and Lang must plan and pull off a heist that will save the world. This high stakes, tension filled adventure which stars Paul Rudd, Michael Douglas and Darren Cross began playing in theaters in the United States on Friday, August 17, 2015. The 117 minute long action/adventure movie directed by Peyton Reed is rated PG-13.

Courtesy of our friends at Marvel Studios, A Geek Daddy has some fun facts about the movie and children's activity/coloring sheets to share with our readers:
  • If you ever wondered how the Ant Man suit works, here's the answer. The suit encapsulates the Pym Particle technology that allows a person to shrink down to the size of an ant.  When the wearer wants to change size, he uses a button on the suit that regulates the Pym Particles, which run through the suit and helmet like an intricate system of veins.  The particles are volatile and change the distance between atoms, so the suit and helmet serve as protection for the wearer.   Although Ant Man does not technically have super powers, when he shrinks down in the suit, he actually exceeds the strength of a normal person because energy and mass compacted create a more powerful force.


  • The Ant Man helmet has 54 different pieces to it as well as 10 LED lights. Ant Man's suit contains over 159 LED lights, which are controlled remotely.  All the circuitry and batteries for the lights are in a very small backpack which allows the whole suit to light up, including the gloves and belt.
  • Marvel did a lot of research into ant behaviors and what the different species of ants could bring to the movie in terms of what filmmakers needed for the heist.  For instance, the Paraponera clavata or bullet ants have a very painful sting and resemble dinosaurs in the movie; the Solenopsis or fire ants are like architects as they can link together and form bridges and rafts to help Ant Man; and the male Camponotus carpenter ants can fly, providing Ant Man with a helpful mode of transportation.
  • Marvel's Ant Man is set in San Francisco, California and many exterior shots were done there, including shots of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Tenderloin District, and the exterior of a Victorian home used to portray Hank Pym's house.  Following filming in San Fransisco, production took place at Pinewood Studios' newly built facilities in Atlanta, Georgia which Ant Man was the first movie to be filmed at.
  • For the younger Hank Pym flashback scenes, Michael Douglas came up with a wig that he still had for a film he was going to do about President Reagan and it worked perfectly for Marvel's Ant Man.
  • When you watch Marvel's Ant Man look closely at some of the set dressing for Hank Pym's house.  You'll see a little chair or a tiny weapon or other miniature everyday items.  There are items placed all around the house that hint at the adventures Pym had when he was Ant Man and suggest the experiments that he made shrinking inorganic objects before he made the breakthrough to shrinking organic objects.
  • For the scaled down Ant Man sequences, the filmmakers used a combination of motion picture macro photography, still macro photography, motion capture with actors, motion capture with stunt people, and for every set they built a miniature version called a macro set.  Macro photography is extreme close up photography that produces photographs of small items larger than life-size.

  • In the spirit of shooting everything in miniature, the macro photography team built a mini clapperboard, the device filmmakers use to help synchronize picture and sound.  Originally made of wood and handwritten on with chalk, clapperboards now have digital features, but the one for the macro sets was of the old fashioned variety.
  • In the film, Scott Lang has a best friend Luis who owns an old brown van that has seen better days.  The van keeps changing its appearance through the course of the movie and the different versions were dubbed the Mark 1, the Mark 2, the Mark 3, in a tongue in cheek reference to the Iron Man suits.  The Mark 1 is the old brown van that Luis is really proud of but in reality is a "beater".  The Mark 2 is accessorized for a job by the thieves and boasts things like bigger mirrors so they can see who is coming and going and side boards for fast ins and outs.  The Mark 3 is geared up for the Pym Tech heist and is painted and accessorized to look like a Water & Power utility vehicle.
  • Growing up, director Peyton Reed was an ardent Marvel fan boy.  When he was in high school, Reed made a pencil drawing of the punk band he was in, in which he depicted the band as a recreation of "The Avengers #1" cover where each of the band members was a different Avenger.  Perhaps in a flash of precognition, Reed drew himself as Ant Man.
Download & print out these fun Ant Man kids activity sheets & coloring pages:



For more information, visit Marvel.com/antman

New Suicide Squad - Pure Insanity


Next year Warner Brothers is releasing the movie SUICIDE SQUAD which it hopes will play a big role in the studio creating a successful cinematic universe with multiple films tied together featuring a variety of DC Comics characters similar to what Disney has done with Marvel.  SUICIDE SQUAD is based on a comic book of the same name which has been an ongoing series with DC Comics since 1987.  The premise of the comic book and movie I guess could be summarized as the Dirty Dozen with super villains instead of military convicts.  Ever wonder what happens to the adversaries of Batman and Superman after the heroes have won the battle?  The U.S. government has created a secret program called Task Force X which takes incarcerated super villains and has them undertake high risk black ops missions in exchange for commuted prison sentences.  If anything goes wrong the U.S. government can deny any association with this team which has been given the nick name "Suicide Squad" and say these thugs were just acting out some criminal venture on their own.  So what keeps these bad guys from just escaping when they are out and about on missions?  Well each one has a bomb placed inside of them that can be detonated at anytime by their government handlers plus if someone tries to tamper or remove it will also go BOOM!

 

If you are interested in the upcoming movie and haven't read a SUICIDE SQUAD comic book before now may be a good time to jump in to check out the comic book series.  DC Comics has just released a compilation of the first eight issues of the New Suicide Squad titled New Suicide Squad Volume 1 - Pure Insanity.  You can pick up this graphic novel beginning July 21, 2015 at various local and online comic book retailers.


Here's the official synopsis for New Suicide Squad Volume 1 - Pure Insanity from DC Comics:
Setting the world’s most dangerous super-criminals against the most insidious threats to national security: that’s the idea behind the elite black-ops unit officially designated as Task Force X. It’s perfect…on paper.

But the real world rarely goes according to plan. Threats evolve. Teammates turn on each other. Blood and betrayals flow like rivers. And that’s why Task Force X is better known as the Suicide Squad.

Vic Sage aims to change the equation. Replacing Amanda Waller as the puppet-master of Suicide Squad’s motley crew, he’s introducing wild cards like Deathstroke and the Joker’s Daughter to whip the existing team-Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and Black Manta-into shape. But the world’s deadliest assassin and the Clown Princess of Crime have ideas of their own…and no explosive implants to keep them in line.

Can this new Suicide Squad survive-or will it implode before it even begins?

Find out in NEW SUICIDE SQUAD: PURE INSANITY, the first action-packed chapter of an all new Suicide Squad saga by writer Sean Ryan (BATMAN, SUICIDE SQUAD) and an elite squad of artists! Collects issues #1-8.
There have been various incarnations of the team throughout the years in the DC comic book title.  The characters in the upcoming movie which is arriving at theaters in the United States on August 5, 2016 resemble the cast from the "New 52" era of the comic book which ran from 2011- 2014 and featured the characters Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, El Diablo, Harley Quinn, and Killer Croc among others.  DC Comics rebooted the series though in September 2014 and renamed it "New Suicide Squad."  The premise is pretty much the same but the cast of characters has changed and these are the ones featured in the NEW SUICIDE SQUAD: PURE INSANITY comic book compilation.

Rick Flag who was a military special operations commando who led the Suicide Squad in the field on missions to keep the team on target with getting its missions accomplished has been replaced by a mercenary named Deathstroke.  Harley Quinn and Deadshot remain as established members of Task Force X and are joined by new additions Black Manta, Joker's Daughter, and Man-Bat.  Black Manta is one of my all time DC Comics villains so I was glad to see him added to the mix and the character really plays a big part in the new dynamic of the series.  Joker's Daughter is primarily meant to play off Harley Quinn to create some comedic situations and tension in story scripts based upon the two's Joker connection.  Joker's Daughter also ups the insanity level up another notch in the stories.  Man-Bat is like the red shirt uniformed guy or gal in Star Trek in that he's the minor character to kill off in the story.  In as much as Task Force X has released a fair share of minor villains back into society it has also killed off quite a few in the DC Comics continuity as well contributing to the name Suicide Squad.

In the first story arc of the New Suicide Squad stories that are featured in this graphic novel, the team is sent to steal the blue prints from Moscow of Russia's version of Iron Man ...


... and to do recon in China of that country's experiments to create Super Soldiers that would be a match for the Justice League or any other super hero in the world.


Rated T for audiences Teen and older, New Suicide Squad - Pure Insanity is 192 pages of violent mayhem. If you have ever wondered what the action would look like from the villain's perspective, here you go!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Scooby Doo and KISS sleuth a Rock & Roll Mystery


Scooby Dooby Doo does A Geek Daddy blog have a fun giveaway for you!  Courtesy of Warner Home Entertainment we have a blu-ray of the new animated movie Scooby Doo! and KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery to giveaway to a lucky reader.  Play around with the Scooby Doo and KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery Soundboard below and share your favorite classic Scooby Doo sound effect for a chance to win.


To win a Scooby Doo! and KISS: Rock & Roll Mystery Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD movie gift pack you must be a US or Canadian resident over 18 years old and submit one or more of the following entry methods to earn up to 10 entries prior to 11:59 pm EST on Friday July 24, 2015:

UPDATE (7/25/15): Congrats to Ann from Troy, Michigan on winning the Scooby Doo & KISS animated feature on blu-ray.

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Get ready to Rock! Scooby-Doo and the Mystery Inc. Gang team up with the one and only KISS in this all-new, out-of-this-world adventure! We join the Gang at Kiss World – the all-things-Kiss theme park, as they investigate a series of strange hauntings. With help from Kiss, they discover that the Crimson Witch has returned to summon The Destroyer from the alternate dimension of Kissteria! The evil duos ghastly plan, to destroy the earth! Can the Gang's cunning and Kiss's power of rock save the day?! Tune in to this Rock and Roll Mystery for some thunderous, heavy FUN!

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 A Geek Daddy Blog will select a random winner ( 1 winner will be selected from a random draw of all eligible entries - each submitted entry will be assigned a number and a random number will be drawn to select a winner based upon total entries ).  A Geek Daddy Blog will be responsible for selecting the winner of this contest, but Warner Home Entertainment is responsible for fulfillment and delivery of the prize. By participating in this contest you waive any liability towards A Geek Daddy Blog or its publisher that may arise from your involvement with this promotion. Submitting a photograph for this contest serves as consent for it being published and promoted by this blog's publisher and the contest sponsor. A Geek Daddy Blog hosted this contest and blog post based upon  Warner Home Entertainment providing the prize to the selected winner.  Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Prize will be delivered by UPS or FedEx so no P.O. Boxes are allowed as mailing addresses. A Geek Daddy Blog is hosting this giveaway as a benefit to our readers.  Information for this post was provided by Warner Home Entertainment.  A Geek Daddy Blog did not receive any financial compensation for publishing this post.

2015 Comic Con Roundup

What started out as a small comic book convention put together by three friends in 1970 over the years has evolved into a mega conference that gets international attention every year as the go to place to promote entertainment and lifestyle products geared towards people who enjoy the geeky side of life.  I've been wanting to go to Comic Con in San Diego for years but alas another year has gone by with it still remaining uncrossed off on my bucket list.  For those of you like me who wish they were there but couldn't make it out there this year, I've compiled a roundup of a few items that caught my attention that were announced or promoted at Comic Con International 2015.

COMIC BOOKS

While movie and television announcements and previews at Comic Con get a lot of attention the convention is still COMIC Con so we'll start off with a few of the comic book announcements that were made at this year's event.

Based upon the success they had last year, DC Comics will be celebrating Halloween throughout the month of October with special Monster themed variant covers for their comic book lineup. Here are a few examples of what to look out for later in 2015:

 Aquaman #45

Batman Beyond #5

Justice League of America #5

Dark Horse Comics has announced a new comic book series that will be a prequel to the story in the new Call of Duty: Black Ops III video game.  It will be scripted by Larry Hama who is known for his work with on G.I.JOE comic books for Marvel and IDW and illustrated by Marcelo Ferreira. This new series will follow an elite squadron of cybernetically-enhanced soldiers as they wag war in a battlefield rife with treachery and transformed by incredible technology.  The first issue of Call of Duty: Black Ops III will be released in November 2015.



Dark Horse also announced a brand new original series slated to come out in 2016 called Mystery Girl.  Written by Paul Tobin and illustrated by Alberto Albuquerque, Mystery Girl is the story of a woman who knows the answer to any question and puts that skill to use as a detective.  There is one mystery she can't solve though - her own past.


IDW Publishing had quite a few announcements this year for things in the work that range from Back to the Future to Street Fighter with a lot of appeal for sci-fi fans and people like me who grew up in the 1980s.


Coming soon will be a monthly serial based upon Back to the Future which will have its artwork and scripts supervised by the original movie's creator/screenwriter Bob Gale.  It will feature iconic characters and time periods from the films plus explore untold adventures as the characters in the comic books head Back to (and from) the Future.


October will mark the 50th edition of IDW's ongoing STAR TREK series and will introduce the classic "Mirror/Mirror" storyline to the new film-based comic universe in an over-sized issue.


There will also be a new STAR TREK miniseries coming out in December focusing on Starfleet Academy.   Star Trek: Starfleet Academy will follow Kirk, Spock, and Uhura during their time spent training at Starfleet prior to the events of the 2009 film and will also introduce stories featuring a new class of cadets in a timeline that is concurrent with where the ongoing Star Trek comic book series is presently at.


IDW will also be publishing a six issue miniseries sometime in 2016 that combines the popular video game franchise STREET FIGHTER with the classic action figure toys G.I. JOE.  Street Fighter X G.I. Joe will pit the heroes of these two franchises versus the combined threat of Cobra and Shadaloo. Capcom is releasing Streat Fighter 5 next year and it will be interesting to see if elements of the comic book are included in the game and vice versa.

Also relating to G.I. Joe there will be an 8-issue bi-monthly story arc beginning in October that is meant to be an epic event for the comic book series.  In COBRA WORLD ORDER, the evil forces of COBRA finally unleash their master plan.  After fighting COBRA for decades it is zero hour for G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero.



Following its recent partnership with DC Comics in bringing to life a Green Lantern/Star Trek cross-over, IDW announced the companies will be bringing together two more of their hot properties in November.  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Batman are going to be joining forces in a six issue miniseries. Oh robin is my son excited about this comic book combo flying onto store shelves!



Marvel made some news announcing two Star Wars comic book events.  First, there will be a special 6 issue Darth Vader themed story called Star Wars: Vader Down beginning with a special one shot issue coming out in November and crossing over to continue the story in the ongoing Star Wars and Darth Vader ongoing series.



A Princess Leia limited series has just wrapped up and a Lando one is just starting up so it appears these type of Star Wars short character focused stories will be an ongoing thing for Marvel.  Continuing with that trend Marvel announced a Chewbacca miniseries will be arriving in stores in October.


Two of Marvel's most smart-talking, wise-cracking characters will be teaming up for an upcoming monthly series.  Spider-Man/Deadpool #1 is set to premiere this fall.


If you never saw the packaging for Atari video game cartridges from the'70s & '80s you missed out.  There was some really great art created to help market those games! Too bad the graphics for the games weren't as impressive as the artwork on the boxes.  Dynamite has signed a licensing agreement with Atari to create a hardcover book detailing the artwork from the company's marketing history.  Dynamite also has retained the rights to create new original comic books and graphic novels based upon Atari's catalog of artwork and imagery.  Additionally, the publisher will bring back to print the comic book series ATARI FORCE that had a 20 issue run with DC Comics from 1984 through 1986.


James Bond's adventures will be returning to the pages of comic books in November when Dynamite begins publishing its new 007 series.  Dynamite has partnered with Ian Fleming Publications Ltd., the Fleming-family owned company that owns and administers the literary copyright of Ian Fleming's published works, including his fourteen James Bond books, to retain worldwide rights to publish comic books, digital comics, and graphic novels starring 007.  The new 007 comic book series will be scripted by highly regarded author Warren Ellis.


Dynamite will also be bringing back Betty Boop, the first female animated screen star, to comics after a hiatus of 20 years by publishing brand new comic books and graphic novels featuring the character. Could she be one of the new Bond girls for the upcoming 007 series?


Voltron is making a comeback in an all new six issue miniseries launching in September.  Voltron: From the Ashes will be set two hundred years after the events of Dynamite's previous Voltron Force comic book series concluded and will introduce a new team to pilot the five lions that form the Defender of the Universe.



Just in time for Halloween, Dynamite is launching the six issue miniseries Dean Koontz's Frankenstein: Storm Surge which is an original reworking of the classic Frankenstein story.


TV SHOWS

Plenty of trailers for upcoming TV shows are always shown at Comic Con but the two I really wanted to see were for the new prequel series Fear the Walking Dead and for the next season of The Walking Dead.  After seeing these two trailers I can't wait for the premiere of Fear The Walking Dead in August and the return of The Walking Dead in October.  Check them out!



Are you bummed like me that there won't be any new Game of Thrones episodes until next spring, watching the cast's panel presentation from Comic-Con might help out:



MOVIES

Warner Brothers gave us a sneak peek of footage from Batman vs Superman and it appears DC Comics may be a worthy adversary to Disney's Marvel superhero films at the box office after seeing this clip.



 Talking about Super Hero movies, who else is excited to see the new Fantastic Four movie in August?



Next year's Suicide Squad is getting a lot of buzz but from the trailer it looks like it could really be a bust.  I'm not that enthused after seeing the trailer though I do like the comic books.


Star Wars also held a great panel for its upcoming The Force Awakens movie that brought together Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, and Mark Hamill on the same stage and showed some behind the scenes photos from the making of the new film.  If you were like me and couldn't be there, courtesy of my friends at Disney here is the presentation in its entirety:



After the panel presentation, everyone in the room was invited to a special concert by the San Diego Symphony performing music from the Star Wars movie soundtracks.  Plus Verizon gave 100 lucky Comic Con attendees (+ a guest) who subscribe to their wireless service access to this surprise concert as a thank you for being their customer.  Verizon has partnered with Star Wars: The Force Awakens to provide content and exclusive offers to help fans gear up for the next installment in the Star Wars movie lineup and provided A Geek Daddy blog the pictures below to share with our readers.


So as usual a lot of exciting stuff went down at Comic Con ... maybe next year I'll be there! This is just a brief glimpse of what went down in San Diego so you know there was a lot going on. What is your favorite announcement or moment from this year's Comic Con? If we didn't mention it please share the details with the rest of us!

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Sonic Boom Tail's Plane

**Disclaimer** I was provided a complimentary Sonic Boom Tails' Plane toy set from TOMY to review.  A positive review was not mandated to receive the products. Opinions are my own.


My children are really into Sonic the Hedgehog.  They read the comic books, play the video games on our family's Xbox and iPads, and watch the animated TV series on Cartoon Network quite a bit.  They hadn't played with any Sonic the Hedgehog toys though, in fact I didn't realize anyone made any, until our friends at TOMY surprised us with a few to review.  To say my kids were thrilled would be an understatement.

TOMY provided us with a package of toys based upon the Cartoon Network television series Sonic Boom.  It included a toy plane with lots of great interactive features that is piloted by Sonic's sidekick Tails plus two nice 3" action figures from TOMY's Sonic Boom line of characters.   Tails the fox comes along with the toy plane and additional figures can be purchased separately as a single figure for $5.99 (MSRP) or in two packs for $9.99 (MSRP).  We also received a Sonic the Hedgehog 3" action figure from TOMY to join Tails in some high flying adventures.



The Sonic Boom Tails' Plane has some really fun features to spur on imaginative play.  The plane shoots out "energy beams" in the form of plastic projectiles.  Those were a "hit" until they mysteriously disappeared.  My wife's not confessing but I think she got tired of the kids shooting the missiles at her when they were racing around the house one afternoon with the plane.  To activate the projectile option you just needed to load in the plastic missile and press down on the engine features located on the top of each wing to shoot them out.



Another neat feature to the plane is an ejector seat.  Place one of the action figures in the back seat of the plane and if he needs to escape in a hurry it is really easy to bail.



To use the ejector sheet just press a button located on the side of the plane under the rear fins.



The best feature of the plane though is the propeller and front lights.  By pressing a trigger on the bottom of the plane, kids can activate some stunning bright blue lights on the front grill, rotate the blade of the propeller, and hear engine sound effects.  A nice touch is these sound effects change depending on the angle of the plane.  You'll hear different sound effects if the plane is level, going straight up or plunging down to the ground.  This trio of actions really is impressive when you witness the propeller spinning with those lights ablaze and the sound effects alternating as the plane is whisked around.



Probably what I appreciated the most though was that you didn't need to put it together and the Sonic Boom Tails' Plane came complete with its own batteries.  All I had to do was open the box, flip an on switch located at the bottom of the plane, and sit back watching my children enjoy themselves playing with it.  MSRP is $29.99 which isn't bad for a toy with cool features that also comes with an action figure and batteries.


Sonic Boom Tails' Plane gets A Geek Daddy nod of approval because it is a durable toy with nice features to help stimulate imaginative play that doesn't take any work for a parent to put together.  Most importantly though it kept my kids amused and provided them with hours of fun which is what good toys are supposed to do.

You can pick up the Sonic Boom Tails' Plane at Amazon.com and Toys R Us.