Monday, November 28, 2016

Michigan Bloggers Holiday Paypal Cash Giveaway

Happy Holidays! I know everyone can use a little extra cash in their pocket to spend this time of year, so I've teamed up with some of my favorite fellow Michigan-based bloggers to give you the chance to win some PayPal Cash.  Complete the rafflecopter entries below by following each blogger on Twitter and one lucky person will receive $45 in PayPal Cash to help with holiday season expenses or whatever else you may want to spend it on. The giveaway ends on 12/4/2016 at 11:59 pm and is open to US residents, ages 18 and older with a valid Twitter Account.


Metro Detroit Mommy will be notifying the winner and awarding the prize.  Good luck everyone!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

CHiP the Robot Dog

 **A Geek Daddy received the featured product for free to review **
My daughter has been fascinated with the notion of getting a robot dog.  When she found out that I didn't have the technical prowess to actually build one she began searching store aisles during shopping trips hoping to buy one.  She was ecstatic when I actually found her one and brought it home.  We have a new addition to our family now -- CHiP, the robot dog, from WowWee.

My kids have had more fun playing with CHiP than with any other toy our family has had the chance to review for ageekdaddy.com this year.  They've been playing fetch with it, having CHiP chase them around the house with its leash mode, and even doing yoga with their new robot dog.  You have to check out the yoga poses it can do!  Because of all the enjoyment it has brought my own children, it is a toy I highly recommend you consider as a gift to put under a Christmas Tree for a child in your life this holiday season.



CHiP comes with a recharger bed, smart ball, and smart band.  Interacting with CHiP is what really gets children immersed into playing with it and there are lots of ways to direct the toy as it responds to controls from an app for mobile devices, voice instructions, touch, signals from the smart ball and commands from the smart band.  These interactions with CHiP provide hours and hours of fun.  Vocal commands will have CHiP complete some impressive dog tricks and robotic dance moves.  Advanced touch sensors allow CHiP to respond to being petted or having his nose nuzzled.  The more CHiP is played with the more the robot dog's behavior develops based upon engagement with its owner allowing the toy to develop unique personality traits. No two CHiP’s are ever completely alike based upon its cutting edge artificial intelligence.



Wearing the smart band on your wrist allows CHiP to recognize and follow you.  You can also use it to steer the robot dog around like a RC toy. Clicking a like button when CHiP performs in a manner that pleases allows the robot dog to be trained and helps shape its personality when it comes to interacting with you. The included smart ball combined with the robot dog’s infrared vision allows the toy to play fetch, soccer and other games with you.



The  smart charger that comes with him combined with the toy’s beaconsense capabilities allows CHiP to find this bed that has been placed by an electrical outlet on his own when he gets tired in order to get a recharge. Even a robot dog needs a nap sometime.  Wow this toy can recharge itself when its batteries run low ... very impressive! Plus there are no messes from fur or poop to clean up from this robot dog.



CHiP has high tech features that allow it to be smart and trainable but its AI also makes this robot dog affectionate and huggable.CHiP has quickly become one of my children's favorite toys.  Based upon the robot dog's top notch technological attributes, variety of interactive options that promote engaging in imaginative play, and the enjoyment its abilities and behaviors bring to kids, CHiP has earned A Geek Daddy nod of approval.




For more information about CHiP, please visit wowwee.com/CHiP

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Jason Bourne Movie Giveaway

I've been a big fan of the Bourne film series and was looking forward to seeing the newest installment of the franchise when it was playing in movie theaters over the summer.  Unfortunately, as every parent knows, sometimes not being able to get a babysitter and busy schedules prevent you from seeing every movie you want to go see in the theater.  I missed out on seeing JASON BOURNE last summer so I'm really looking forward to seeing the movie when it is available on Blu-ray starting December 6, 2016. 

To share my excitement about the video release of JASON BOURNE, A Geek Daddy has a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Movie Prize Pack to give away courtesy of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.  To be eligible for this giveaway you must follow @Geekdad248 on Twitter and retweet our original contest tweet embedded below before December 5, 2016 @ 11:59 pm EST.



It's been 10 years since Jason Bourne (Matt Damon) walked away from the agency that trained him to become a deadly weapon. Hoping to draw him out of the shadows, CIA director Robert Dewey assigns hacker and counterinsurgency expert Heather Lee to find him. Lee suspects that former operative Nicky Parsons is also looking for him. As she begins tracking the duo, Bourne finds himself back in action battling a sinister network that utilizes terror and technology to maintain unchecked power.



 JASON BOURNE is also available to watch now on Digital HD!  Download it or stream it from your favorite digital movie service.


A Geek Daddy has not been financially compensated for this endorsement or hosting the giveaway but was provided a copy of the same item that is being provided as a prize. The prize is provided by Universal Pictures Home Entertainment 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. Winner when notified by DM to their Twitter account has 48 hours to reply by providing a valid address for shipping purposes to accept the prize. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is responsible for delivery of the prize to A Geek Daddy's selected winner. 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. 

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Our Generation -- Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck

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

Spending more than $100 on a doll for a child can be out of reach for many family budgets.  Fortunately there is a great alternative to expensive brands in the Our Generation dolls available at TARGET for cost conscious consumers.  These 18" dolls cost between $20 and $35 each and come dressed in themed outfits aimed to delight the girls that play with them.  All of Our Generation's dolls, clothes, and accessories are made with safe, high-quality materials that are carefully-chosen by Battat, a family-run company that has been in business for over 100 years.  Our Generation dolls have been one of my daughter's favorite toys to play with for the last several years.

She's been struggling recently with some assignments at school and worked extra hard to do well on a reading and writing evaluation test.  When she exceeded our expectations on the test, I wanted to reward her for the diligence put into improving on those skills.  Knowing my daughter's an Our Generation fan, Battat generously sent A Geek Daddy some dolls and their brand new Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck to provide her with a super special surprise!

Supporting girls being empowered through education is a core value of Battat.  For every Our Generation doll, outfit, or accessory purchased, a portion of the sale is donated to WE Charity's (previously known as Free The Children) Power of a Girl Initiative.  Millions  of children (70% being girls) in third world countries cannot go to school often times because there isn't one available or family responsibilities prevent it.  This program builds schools and supports sustainable villages through healthcare, water programs, and alternate income projects for moms and dads that give children the opportunity to get the education they need.  Also demonstrating a sense of corporate responsibility and to set an example for our next generation, Battat has made all of its Our Generation product packaging from recycled materials, printed with environmentally friendly soy-based inks, and these packages are 100% recyclable themselves.


To say my daughter was thrilled to get a Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck would be an understatement.  This vehicle for these dolls is truly amazing!  It includes 128 pieces ranging from doughnuts and sundaes to the miniature dollar bills needed to pay for these treats.  Spoons, cups, bowls, even a napkin dispenser are included to spur on imaginative play.  To further encourage creativity, one side of the ice cream truck features a chalk board.  Kids can write up their own menus or decorate the side of the truck with the included colored chalk.

The inside of the truck definitely has plenty of shelf and counter space for preparing deserts.  Battat has provided a lot of attention to detail including a sink that has a turning faucet and handle, a deep fryer with basket, a cup dispenser, and fridge, freezer and cupboard doors that open and close.  Plus the glove compartment has a glove compartment that opens to stash all the miniature dollar bills that a successful ice cream truck will be raking in.  One side of the truck also flips down to create a nice counter area for children to pretend serving customers.


In addition to lots of wonderful accessories and a nice layout, the Our Generation Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck has some really great interactive features:



Turning the steering wheel left or right will activate turn signal lights. It also has working headlights and windshield wipers.  Plus press down on the brake pedal and brake lights at the rear of the vehicle will flash.  Of course you can't have an ice cream truck that doesn't play music to attract the neighborhood kids to flock to it.  Press the music button on the dash board to play 3 different songs.  The ice cream truck comes with 3 AA batteries to power these features which I really appreciated because it is always a drag to unbox a toy for a child then have to run to the store for batteries.  The toy comes in "sample" mode and to get all the features to work properly you need to flip a switch located on the bottom of the truck underneath the front license plate to put it into "play" mode.  For example the wind shield wipers won't work if you don't have that switch in the proper position but some of the other features work so that people can try them out at the store without wearing out the batteries too much in sample mode.


My daughter's ice cream truck actually had a Tex-Mex theme to it as she played with it alongside her  Our Generation Arizona doll.  Wearing a lace shirt and a denim blouse she completes her rodeo look with cowboy boots and a hat.  Our Generation really does a nice job in providing extraordinary detail when it comes to their dolls, clothing, accessories, vehicles, and playsets.   After finishing her shift on the Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck, Arizona rode off into the sunset on the Our Generation horse that Santa Claus left under the Christmas Tree last year.

For producing an excellent product at an affordable price for the average family that will provide girls in the age range of 4 to 10 years old with countless hours of enjoyment, Our Generation's dolls and Sweet Stop Ice Cream Truck have earned A Geek Daddy nod of approval.

For more information about Our Generation products, please visit ogdolls.com


Monday, November 21, 2016

SING - Real Talent from Real Life Contest - Enter Now!

Can you sing or dance? Here's your chance to shine and win a trip to California to participate in a "Next Rising Star" Digital Development Workshop at YouTube Space L.A. where you'll learn how to become a Top Content Creator on YouTube  Illumination Entertainment, Universal Pictures and YouTube have partnered to showcase REAL TALENT FROM REAL LIFE in support of the theatrical release of SING.

Watch this video featuring the new original song "FAITH" by Stevie Wonder featuring Ariana Grande from the upcoming movie SING.  Then create an original video showing yourself singing the song or dancing to it.



To enter, go to RealTalentFromRealLife.com and upload your video. Submissions must be received by November 30, 2016. Limit 1 submission per person / 1 prize per household.  Must be a US resident 13 years of age or older. Click HERE for a full listing of the official rules.



Hulu Gains Exclusive Streaming Rights For Cartoon Network's The Powerpuff Girls

Hulu has gained the exclusive streaming video on-demand rights to the entire franchise of Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls. In an extensive multi-year agreement, the online streaming service will add the entire The Powerpuff Girls catalog of content which includes the new Emmy Award-nominated series that debuted earlier this year as well as all of the classic episodes from earlier years. Chowder, another Cartoon Network original, will also be added to Hulu’s kids programming as part of this arrangement.

To kick off the deal, Hulu has now made a collection of The Powerpuff Girls specials and fan favorite episodes from the original series - just in time for the holiday season. The special package, titled Best Friends Forever, includes the The Powerpuff Girls 10th anniversary special, as well as a holiday special, and is available to stream within the Hulu Kids environment.  As one of Cartoon Network’s most enduring original series, the initial run of The Powerpuff Girls, created by Craig McCracken, premiered in 1998 and quickly became a global phenomenon. Since its premiere, the series earned two Emmy® Awards along with five nominations and countless animation honors throughout its 78 episodes.

The brand new series continues to inspire children all over the world to learn to code through special episodes and programs. The newly reimagined The Powerpuff Girls made its global return in April and successfully won the night in all key demos and had over 81 million worldwide fans, making it the largest international event in the history of the Cartoon Network. The series was renewed for a second season, with episodes from the first season scheduled to become available to stream on Hulu in 2017, and subsequent seasons launching on Hulu after they air on Cartoon Network.

The newly reimagined series The Powerpuff Girls is produced by Cartoon Network Studios, with Nick Jennings (Adventure Time, SpongeBob SquarePants) serving as executive producer and Bob Boyle (Wow! Wow! Wubbzy!) as co-executive producer. Cartoon Network’s The Powerpuff Girls franchise will join a full catalog of exclusive original programming from Cartoon Network that is now available to stream on Hulu through an existing output agreement with Turner Broadcasting. The extensive licensing deal made Hulu the streaming home to the largest selection Cartoon Network programming. Under the deal, Hulu acquired the exclusive streaming video on-demand rights to full prior seasons of Cartoon Network juggernauts Adventure Time, The Amazing World of Gumball, Regular Show and Steven Universe; as well classic animated titles. Hulu’s growing library of exclusive, top-rated kids programming includes one of the highest-rated kids television properties, CURIOUS GEORGE, as well as full libraries of Doc McStuffins, Gravity Falls and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.


A subscription to Hulu is $7.99 per month with limited commercials or commercial free for $11.99.  Hulu is doubling down on attracting parents by expanding its children's programming and creating a special Kids Portal for young audiences  The Kids Portal allows children's programming to be viewed commercial free even if a family is on the basic $7.99 per month plan.  The streaming service also has a Kids Lock feature which restricts viewing to only shows designated as children's programming which can be triggered through a TV, PC, or mobile devices.

For more information, please visit Hulu.com

A New Wave of Characters, Levels & Vehicles Expanding LEGO Dimensions Has Arrived

** A Geek Daddy received the featured products for free to review**
A new wave of expansion packs for Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment's popular LEGO Dimensions video game are now on store shelves.  Players can now expand their game playing experience by incorporating new characters and vehicles from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Sonic the Hedgehog, Gremlins, E.T. -- The Extra-Terrestrial and Adventure Time into their LEGO Dimensions adventures.

In addition to adding new characters, vehicles and locals to LEGO Dimensions, all the expansion packs in this latest wave feature Battle Arenas with competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. LEGO minifigures included in the expansion packs also come with special golden Toy Tags which unlock a free play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand, as well as a battle arena that can be reached through Vorton. Players can explore Adventure Worlds for Gremlins, and also play four exciting gameplay modes within the battle arenas, including Capture the Flag, Objective, Base Bash, and Tick, Tag, Boom!. Each arena comes with its own traps, defenses, and special powers that make every Battle Arena unique. Battles can be played competitively or cooperatively in multiple player configurations including 2 vs 2, 3 vs 1, and individually against the system AI to create fun for the whole family.


The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack provides a complete movie-based gameplay experience that is full of secrets and surprises. It includes six action-packed levels and new LEGO Gateway bricks to build atop the LEGO Toy Pad.  Players can build the Newt Scamander LEGO minifigure and help him find his escaped magical creatures in New York City using a variety of spells, including and The pack will also come with the Niffler, which can be rebuilt into the Sinister Scorpion and Vicious Vulture. The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Story Pack will be the exclusive LEGO construction toy offering this holiday for the exciting expansion of J.K. Rowling’s Wizarding World.



Fans of J.K. Rowling's wizarding world can also add the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Fun Pack with a Tina Goldstein LEGO minifigure to their LEGO Dimensions collection. She can cast to help solve puzzles and to keep her safe from enemies. Players in need of rescue can build the Swooping Evil which can be rebuilt into the Brutal Bloom and Crawling Creeper.


Additionally a Sonic the Hedgehog Level Pack is now available where players can join Sonic and his friends in an epic battle against Eggman and Chaos. Spin into action speeding through iconic locations including Green Hill, Emerald Coast, and Labyrinth to collect all the Chaos Emeralds. Players can have the Sonic the Hedgehog LEGO minifigure use his Acrobat ability to swing off poles and avoid the Badniks, then use his famous grind rails move to make a quick escape.  The pack also includes a 3-in-1 Sonic Speedster which can be rebuilt into Blue Typhoon and Motobug, and a 3-in-1 The Tornado which can be rebuilt into Crabmeat and Eggcatcher.



The Gremlins Team Pack includes popular rivals Gizmo and Stripe LEGO minifigures. Each will unlock the Adventure World, where players can explore the Cinema, Clamp Industries, the High School, and so much more. Gizmo’s Combat Roll and Dash Attack abilities can be used to get him out of sticky situations and Stripe uses his claws with his Vine Cut ability. Players can rebuild the 3-in-1 R.C. Racer vehicle into the Gadget-o-matic and Scarlet Scorpion and the 3-in-1 Flash ‘n’ Finish into a Rampage Record Player and Stripe's Throne.



Phone home with the E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial Fun Pack! It includes an E.T. LEGO minifigure with Illumination and Fix-It abilities, as well as special Stealth and Telekinesis skills to make his way around the LEGO multiverse.  Players can build E.T.’s iconic Phone Home device, then rebuild it into the Mobile Uplink and Super-Charged Satellite for additional in-game abilities. With the corresponding Adventure World, players can build new experiences at Elliot’s house and in the suburbs, throughout the park and the forest, on the BMX trail, and even in E.T.’s spaceship.



An additional Adventure Time Fun Pack is being added to LEGO Dimensions in this new wave of expansion packs as well featuring a Marceline the Vampire Queen LEGO minifigure. Players can activate her Sonar Smash and Bolt Deflector abilities using the Marceline Axe Guitar to solve puzzles and battle enemies. They can also build and use Marceline’s Lunatic Amp to make some noise, and then rebuild it into the Shadow Scorpion and Heavy Metal Monster for extra in-game powers. This fun pack is being released as a Toys R Us exclusive in North America.



These additions are the seventh wave of expansion pack to enhance the game play experience since the video game was introduced. LEGO Dimensions can be played on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, and the Wii U system.  For more information, please visit lego.com/en-us/dimensions