Saturday, December 9, 2017

Max Traxxx Tracer Racers

My kids and I have been having a lot of fun playing around with the Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Remote Control Infinity Loop from Skullduggery.  These 1/64 scale remote control toy cars whiz across a track that has been formulated so that they leave behind glowing tire marks while racing around.  And these race cars can really go fast with a top to-scale speed of 500 miles per hour!



Seeing these cars streak light across the track is sure to make you go wow!  The effect is created by a combination of a special plastic used in constructing the tracks and purple light rays emitted from each car's undercarriage producing a glow along the race course.  This looks impressive in the light  but racing in the dark is even more spectacular!



The toy set comes with two cars (red and blue colored) which are each directed by separate included remote controls so they can be raced independently against one another at the same time.  The RCs don't control the direction of the cars which follow the plastic sleeves that make up the track around the course, but rather allow you to determine their speed and whether you are going in forward or reverse.  If you go too fast you'll flip off the track but don't have enough momentum and you won't be able to make it through the loop. 

It takes a bit of practice to get a feel for the RC and controlling the cars around the track but once you get it down they are fairly easy to control and lots of fun!  My eight year olds became good Max Traxxx Tracer Racers drivers very quickly. This is a great toy for dads and moms to play along with their kids.  I was having as much fun as my kids were playing with the Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Remote Control Infinity Loop.  Be warned that competing against friends and family with these toy cars that literally look like they are burning up the track can become very addictive!  My family has spent hours racing against each other.



A nice aspect of this toy set is that the track doesn't require batteries or being plugged in to electricity.  You just snap it together and place the race cars upon it.  The two remote controls are each powered by 4 AA batteries (8 total needed and not included) plus you plug the cars into their designated RC to charge.  All in all this works out efficiently and so far despite all the use we've had with this toy set we're still on our first eight batteries.



Here are a few tips for enjoying your Max Traxxx Tracer Racers:

Make sure all the pieces are connected really tightly because gaps and loose ends will cause crashes as the cars are racing.  During the course of racing take occasional breaks to realign all the track pieces to make sure everything is smoothly connected as the cars flying around the track will cause mild separation amongst segments from time to time.  Taking a few seconds now and then to do this will avoid frustration of cars constantly crashing due to hitting bumps or grooves.

You can't go all out at the car's fastest speed across the whole track without crashing.  Adjusting speed to slow down at corners and speed up to get through the Infinity Loop is a must to avoid flipping your car off the track.  As your hand-eye coordination and feel for using  the remote control improves your overall speed for traversing the course will elevate.  Often times it is not who can do the most laps the fastest that wins a race but rather it is the car that avoids crashing that is the winner.  There is a lot of satisfaction achieved though when you master the RC so your can is zipping through the course repeatedly without crashing.

When recharging a car make sure the RC unit power switch is in the "charge" position rather than at the on or off spots and the toy vehicle is switched off.  When done charging make sure both the RC and car are turned off then turn them both on to sync them and you'll be ready to roll.  To conserve battery power both the RC and car will go into sleep mode if left on and not used for 30 minutes.  Just toggle their switches a few times to wake them up.



Pick yourself up a Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Remote Control Infinity Loop toy set and follow the tips above to have yourself as much fun as my family has had.  It is available on Amazon.com through the Skullduggery approved FBA (Fulfillment by Amazon) seller 4% Change for Children.  Every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday from now through Christmas, 4% Change for Children offers a $20 off coupon for the Max Traxxx Tracer Racers Infinity Loop set.  Plus 4% Change for Children each year donates 4% of its net profits from the previous year AND 4% of its employees' working hours to non-profit organizations that help children learn, grown and live better lives.

You can also learn more about Max Traxxx toys by visiting the Skullduggery website.  While there you can also purchase toys directly from the manufacturer.  In addition to remote control race cars, Skullduggery has a variety of other interesting products available including motorized 3D creature puzzles and replica dinosaur fossils.

Max Traxxx Racers Remote Control Infinity Loop earned A Geek Daddy nod of approval because it has amazing special effects and provides quality family time where parents and kids can enjoying playing with it together. Plus my family was able to easily put everything together then safely play with it hassle and problem free.  Finally, my kids love it and have been playing with it over and over again which has to be one of the most important things to look for in a toy.

GEAR CLUB UNLIMITED

If you are a car guy, or gal, and own a Nintendo Switch you are absolutely going to want to add GEAR CLUB UNLIMITED from Microïds to your video game collection.  This game lets you get behind the wheel of some of the best sports cars on the road today, like the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray, Lotus Exige S, and McLaren 570S, that many of us can only dream of driving in real life.  In Gear Club Unlimited you can take these cars for a realistic virtual spin!  Microïds has partnered with Eden Games, who have established an international reputation for their simulation racing games, to create on the Nintendo Switch what they promise is an authentic high performance car driving experience.



Gear Club Unlimited players will have the opportunity to test their racing skills on over 400 courses in 3 modes:

Derby Mode


Compete against seven cars on paved tracks to see who can be the first to reach the finish line.


Rally Mode


Drivers compete on off road tracks where handling dirt and being able to drift will be essential to winning a race.

Time Trial


Beat the clock and other racers to achieve the best time!

Customize and upgrade your cars within the game. Each championship won will unlock new vehicles, car upgrades, and races.  Compete against AI competitors or race versus friends taking advantage of the game's 4 play split-screen option.  Plus with the modularity of the Nintendo Switch you can play this game anytime, anywhere using either handheld mode or by docking your console and playing on a television.



I want to go out and get myself a Nintendo Switch now just to play this game since it is exclusive to that console.  Gear Club Unlimited is rated E for Everyone by the Entertainment Software Rating Board (ESRB).  It is available now at GameStop.  For more information, please visit:  www.gearclubunlimited.com/.


Friday, December 8, 2017

Star Wars Prize Pack Giveaway

My wife and I have both scheduled vacation days off work and are letting our kids take sick days from school on Friday, December 15th so we can all go to see Star Wars: The Last Jedi together the first morning it is in theaters.  Yes my family is made up of Star Wars fanatics!  To share my family's enthusiasm about The Last Jedi, A GEEK DADDY has partnered with The Hopping Bloggers to host a fantastic Star Wars giveaway worth over $300!  

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Twenty five gifts under $25 Dollars at GameStop

I popped into a GameStop the other day for the first time in awhile to pick up something and was amazed by all the interesting stuff they have in stock now that goes way beyond video games. GameStop still is a great spot for gamers to swing by for consoles, equipment and video games but these stores have also become a great place for purchasing cool pop culture and collectible merchandise as well including clothing, toys and more!  Still have holiday shopping to do?  GameStop is a one-stop-shop with a huge selection of awesome gifts under $25.

Whether you are looking for stocking stuffers, Secret Santa surprises, white elephant exchange items, or gifts for a geek or gamer in your life, GameStop is sure to have something that will be a perfect present for friends and family of any age.  Not only will you find presents that are sure to delight their recipients at GameStop but purchasing them there also won't break the bank with the store's affordable prices.  Check out 25 great gift ideas that each cost $25 or less at GameStop:
           
             1.    Pokémon Gallery Figures: Mew Psychic + Pikachu Thunderbolt
Sculpted and painted to showcase motion and power, Pokémon Gallery Figures capture Pokémon and their moves in amazing battle poses. Mew uses Psychic and the ever-powerful Pikachu battles using Thunderbolt! $16.99

2.     Fingerlings – Collect them all!
Fingerlings are interactive pets that love to hang onto your finger, blink their eyes, turn their heads, blow kisses, swing by their tails, and talk in monkey babble! They come in a variety of colors including white, black, pink, purple, blue and turquoise. Adopt them all and have even more fun monkeying around! $18.99

3.     Star Wars: The Black Series – Battlefront II Inferno Squadron Agent Figure (GameStop Exclusive)
Pretend to fend off the Rebellion with the Star Wars: The Black Series 6-inch Inferno Squadron Pilot figure from the all-new Star Wars: Battlefront II video game. A perfect gift for any Star Wars fan. $22.99

4.     Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 4-Pack
Each of these four adorable mini collectible Hatchimals come inside small, speckled eggs. Press on the egg to crack it and discover which CollEGGtible is inside—more than 70 to collect! You never know when you will find an ultra-rare and special edition Hatchimals! $9.99

5.     Pixel Pals
Light up your world with Pixel Pals; 8-bit figurine collectible pixel-art renditions of the most iconic characters in the history of gaming! $14.99

6.     Funko POP! Vinyl
Everyone’s favorite big-headed POP! Vinyl collectible figures come in an array of characters ranging from movies, TV series, superheroes, Disney and video game characters, plus more! $11.99

7.     Pokémon Trading Card Game: Burning Shadows Sleeved Booster Pack
Pokémon TCG: Sun & Moon- Burning Shadows expansion booster packs feature 12 new Pokémon-GX and 6 new full-art supporter cards featuring human characters. $3.99

8.     Star Wars BB-8 Waffle Maker
Make your kitchen explode with this awesome BB-8 Waffle Maker. Plug it in, warm it up, and pour the batter onto the non-stick cooking plates. In just minutes, you'll have delicious golden waffles with a printed BB-8 design to dig into. $18.97

9.     Stranger Things Action Figure, 3 Pack
Three-pack figurines from Netflix’s original series Stranger Things, feature some of your favorite characters: Will, Dustin, Demogorgon, Lucas, Mike, and Eleven – with her signature waffle, of course! $19.99

10.  Pokémon Pikachu Portable Charger
The Pikachu Portable Charger features one of your favorite electric-type Pokémon ready to Thunder Shock your phone back to life. It charges devices via USB port on Pikachu’s side and includes a handy bag strap, so you can power up on-the-go. $9.99

11.  Pokémon Trading Card Game: Mega Tyranitar-EX Premium Collection
Mega Tyranitar-EX brings all the power of a major force of destruction! With the Mega Tyranitar-EX Premium Collection, you get Mega Tyranitar-EX as a giant oversize card, plus a set of three amazing cards that work together: Tyranitar-EX, Mega Tyranitar-EX, and Tyranitar Spirit Link! $17.99

12.  Amiibo Figure Accessories
Get cool in-game extras with Amiibo figure accessories. Just tap an Amiibo accessory to the NFC Touchpoint on any compatible system or accessory to enjoy fun, in-game extra features. Works on compatible games on the Nintendo Switch system, New Nintendo 3DS system, New Nintendo 3DS XL, New Nintendo 2DS XL and Wii U consoles. $15.99

13.  Super Mario Odyssey Cappy Hat
Step up your Mario cosplay with this replica fitted Cappy Hat from Nintendo's Super Mario Odyssey. Just don't go throwing it on people, this isn't New Donk City! $24.99

14.  Call of Duty WWII Victory Olive Green T-Shirt
Take to the sky and fight for victory in new gear from Call of Duty WWII, such as this military green Wings for Victory T-shirt. $19.99

15.  Overwatch Hangers Blind Bag
Each Overwatch backpack hanger blind bag contains one Overwatch figure hanger with characters such as Ana, Mei, McCree and more. $6.99

16.  Nintendo Switch Joy-Con Wheel
Feel like you’re flying down the track in your favorite Nintendo Switch racing game with the Switch Joy-Con Wheel—a must-have Switch accessory. $14.99

17.  Tamagotchi
Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Tamagotchi with a smaller version of the original digital pet you love! Feed it, clean up after it and just take care of it! All six new styles can attach to your bag and go everywhere with you! $16.99

18.  Pokémon Eevee Evolutions Plush Clip
These Pokémon Eevee Evolution danglers are an adorable and fierce accessory for any Pokémon trainer. The danglers can be strapped to your mobile phone, keychain or backpack. Collect all nine Eevee’s! $8.99

19.  Nintendo Switch Super Mario Odyssey Game Traveler Deluxe Travel Case
Protect your Nintendo Switch with this Deluxe travel case, featuring a Super Mario Odyssey image. The case has a padded divider, zippered mesh pocket for Joy-Con straps and extra game cards. It also comes with two red transparent game cases and micro SD card cases. $19.99

20.  DC Justice League Hero Plushies
Fun-sized plushies featuring your favorite DC Justice League characters such as Cyborg, Aquaman, Flash, Batman and other heroes. Collect and display them all! $7.97

21.  Deadpool Reversible Unisex Crew Socks
Keep your feet toasty and ready to dance around the house with these Deadpool reversible crew socks. $14.99

22.  Minecraft Baby Wolf Plush
Take home a new best friend from the retro fantasy construction world of Minecraft. The soft Minecraft Baby Wolf stuffed plush is both fun to cuddle and play with. $12.99

23.  Hot Wheels Star Wars Darth Vader RC Car
The sleek black vehicle’s shape recalls the iconic helmet of Darth Vader. Glowing light sabers decorate each side, and as it rolls, it emits authentic Darth Vader sound effects for maximum intimidation. $3.97

24.  Super Mario Stress Ball
Need to relieve some stress? These Super Mario stress balls will do the trick. Choose from Boo, Shell, Question Block or Mushroom. $5.99

25.  Gift Cards for $25
And if you just can’t make up your mind, a $25 GameStop gift card is always a crowd-pleaser. Step back and allow that special someone to snag the GameStop gear they’ve had their eye on.

Need more gift ideas?  Head to GameStop.com



Thursday, December 7, 2017

ARMITRON WATCHES

Knowing I appreciate ARMITRON watches, the company sent me a couple of them they are highlighting as gift suggestions this holiday season.  It was Christmas come early for me while opening a gift bag they sent my way that included an athletic sports watch with duel analog / digital features and chronograph functions along with a sporty black stainless steel analog watch that looks impressive whether you are matching it with a suit or jeans and a sweater.  I've been a fan of Armitron watches for a long time because they are dependable, durable and stylish as well as affordable.

Busy guys can trust Armitron to reliably help them keep track of time with watches that also look sharp to people who notice them being worn on your wrist.  For those of us who can't afford spending thousands of dollars to buy a wrist watch because that money could be better used for other obligations, like a kid's braces or a family vacation, Armitron products tend to be under $100 and provide a tremendous bang for your buck based upon the quality these watches provide.  I wear Armitron watches all the time for both work and play!



I started off the holiday season wearing Armitron's duel analog / digital sports watch to the Detroit Thanksgiving Day parade.  Its black resin strap was really comfortable to wear on a cold day and the alarm on the watch came in handy to give me a reminder about when we had to get ready to leave so we wouldn't be late arriving at my parents house for Thanksgiving dinner.  Its chronograph with lap time will be useful when training at the high school track training for my next 5K fun run plus its countdown timer will be useful while coaching my kids' soccer teams so I know exactly how much time we have left throughout their games.

This watch shows the time with analog movement through hour, minute, and second sweep hands.  Its digital features in addition to an alarm, chronograph and timer also includes the date, time displayed in the 24 hour military format, and a backlight with 3 second delay.  It is water resistant to 330 feet which means you could feel comfortable keeping this watch on for a swim without ruining it.  At a suggested retail price of $55 this watch sure is a bargain.  I'll absolutely be getting a lot of use out of this Armitron watch myself!



I've been wearing my black stainless steel Armitron watch with my suits to work as well as when I needed to dress up for a holiday Christmas party.  Yet it also looks nice with a casual look as I have it on while typing this wearing khakis and a sweat shirt.  I really like the black and silver coloring of the watch along with its classic Roman numeral lettering on the dial.

Its stainless steel bracelet and casing makes for a sturdy watch yet it feels very lightweight on your wrist.  The watch has silver toned analog hour, minute and second sweep hands along with a panel that highlights the day of the week and date.  With a 165 feet water resistant rate it isn't as flexible for use around the water as the watch above but is still made well enough that you shouldn't worry about casually getting it wet.  At a suggested retail price of $95 this Armitron watch is dressy but not pretentious and a really great buy for the price.



There are more than 70 watches in each of Armitron's men's and women's collections to choose from. You can find Armitron watches at retailers across the United States or purchase them directly from the manufacturer at armitron.com.  Whether looking for a watch for yourself or as a gift for someone else, you can't go wrong with an Armitron.

FISHER SPACE PEN

Shopping around for gift ideas to get something for a dad in your life?  Turn to DadGifts.com to find a perfect present for your special guy.  They specialize in providing appealing gifts for men and have a vast array of unique items to choose from.  From first time dad baby survival packs to make your own BBQ sauce kits for the grandpa who loves to grill out you are sure to find something at DadGifts.com to an adult male no matter what stage of life he is in.

With astronomy and science fiction being two of my favorite topics, the "space pens" that they sell at DadGifts.com caught my attention while scrolling through the website.  They kindly sent me one to try out and yes it is really nice to write with but what really stands out is the thrill of knowing that I'm using a pen which astronauts take with them on space missions.  You have to admit that is really awesome!

Designed in the 1960s, after 18 months of rigorous testing by NASA the Fisher Space Pen was selected for use by the U.S. space program.  This remarkable pen is guaranteed to perform in temperatures from -30 to +250 F, underwater, and in zero gravity.  It can be written with at any angle, including upside down.  Plus its thixotropic ink in a hermetically sealed, pressurized reservoir allows a Fisher Space Pen to write three times longer than an ordinary ballpoint.



Made in the USA, each Fisher Space Pen is precision assembled, hand tested and has an unconditional lifetime guarantee.  Still used on manned space flights, Fisher Space Pens can be depended on in all sorts of conditions from the void of outer space to the most extreme environments here on Earth.  Of course from my experience they work really well just  using them around the office or house as well.

Made from brass and steel construction these space pens are some of the most durable and reliable writing utensils you can get your hands on.  There are four styles of the pen to choose from.  Find Fisher Space Pens along with other great gift ideas geared towards fathers at DadGifts.com

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Spider-Man Win The Suit

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) is teaming up with Toys for Tots to help in the effort to ensure every child is provided a nice gift for Christmas through the auction of an impressive piece of movie memorabilia.  A Spider-Man suit worn by Tom Holland while filming Spider-Man: Homecoming is being auctioned online by Screen Bid to benefit the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.

Bids can be placed at spiderman.screenbid.com through Monday, December 18, 2017 before 9 am EST.  Additionally, SPHE is donating DVDs of Spider-Man: Homecoming to be distributed to underprivileged children through Toys for Tots.

"Finding a present under the tree on Christmas morning is an experience every child deserves, " said retired Marine Colonel Ted Silvester, Vice President of the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation, as part of the auction's announcement.  "With this generous support, we will be able to fulfill the Christmas dreams of less fortunate children who otherwise might be forgotten."



For Spider-Man fans who don't have the deep pockets to bid in the Marine Toys for Tots auction, SPHE is also hosting a sweepstakes for a chance to win a second costume used in the movie. To enter the sweepstakes, fans can simply take a picture of themselves showing a photo of their purchase of the new Walmart-exclusive Spider-Man Limited Edition Gift Box or any Blu-ray™, DVD or Digital purchase of Spider-Man: Homecoming at retail. For official rules and more details on how to enter, visit www.spidermanhomecoming.com/winthesuit/.

A perfect gift for any superhero fan, the new Spider-Man: Homecoming Limited Edition Gift Box is available  exclusively at Walmart and comes loaded with an exclusive Funko Pop! “upside down” Vinyl bobble-head figure, only available through this limited retail offer. Also exclusive to this limited edition gift box is a Spider-Man Comic Covers Book called “Through the Years” featuring popular Spider-Man comic book cover art, as well as Spider-Man athletic socks, a collectible Spider-Man enamel pin, and the Spider-Man:Homecoming Blu-ray, DVD and digital combo pack.



Don't have the money to participate in the Spider-Man: Homecoming Win the Suit Auction, but still want to help out the Toys for Tots effort?  You can donate a toy at an  area toy drop locations, make a financial donation on the charity's website, host a Toys for Tots event at your home, office or other venue and collect toys for Toys for Tots, or volunteer at one of their distribution warehouses.  Click here to find a Toys for Tots connection near you.