STRANGER THINGS – A Throwback to the Best Movies of the ’80s!

Stranger Things - Netflix - RetrendersIf you haven’t seen this Netflix Series, you should!  Because I went into a sleepless night binge watching this!

Stranger Things takes place in the ’80s and with plenty of ’80s music.  It brought back so many memories of past films, this took me back to being a 5 year-old kid, because it had a little bit of The Goonies, a team of kids on bicycles. I also couldn’t help recognize the use of same dramatic theme track too.  Then there’s E.T., because of the weird girl; The Explorers, kids exploring; Stand By Me, the train track trail to find their friend; and it even had an X-Files Sci-Fi conspiracy twist that will lure you to want to watch the series until the end. Also, it’s worth mentioning, if you love Dungeons and Dragons, you’ll appreciate this series!

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Frankie’s Garage: “CAR Factory” at YomiuriLand Japan

gujjobalandIt’s time for fun rides at the YomiuriLand amusement park in Japan.  On March 2016, YomiuriLand opened a new attraction called Gujjoba aka Good Job Attractions, which is aimed at children about Japanese manufacturing pop culture.  It took about 7 years and $90 million USD involved to build the new attractions.  It features 4 factories:  Food Factory by Nissin Food Products, Stationary Factory by Kokuyo, Fashion Factory and for the car geeks – CAR Factory by Nissan.  Nissan Dashboard show takes us on a tour of the CAR Factory.

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Food: Cutie Eatable Food

bentomonsterscoverHow do you make lunch fun for kids of all ages?  Author, mom and founder of Bento Monsters – Li Ming Lee turns food into cute pop culture characters.  Check out her book Yummy Kawaii Bento: Preparing Adorable Meals for Adorable Kids.

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Teaching Young Architects with Arckit

arckitdesigncoverMore than just playing with LEGO bricks, Arckit winner of many toy and design awards in 2015, Arckit is about making kids learn design elements, modifying structures and free-form thinking to build amazing houses or buildings.

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“Storytime 2” Children’s Book Covers by Joey Spiotto

CBCover00If you’re a kid born in the Internet-Age, you probably download and read books on your tablet or Kindle, but if you’re old like me … you might remember these Little Golden Books for kids.  My cousins and me used to have many of these books that got us reading.  Artist Joey Spiotto took the Little Golden Book covers and replaced it with cute cartoon-style pop-culture characters.  How cool is that?

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Just for Kids: ABC Disgusting by Greg Pak

abcdisgustingbookcoverGreg Pak maybe known for his many comic book stories at Marvel and DC Comics over the years, but here’s one of his side projects, an alphabet book for kids.  This children’s book ABC Disgusting is about a younger brother trying to gross out her older sister with alphabet words.

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Drawings of Kids Playing “Star Wars”

childrenstarwars00Reliving your childhood playtime experiences is what artist Craig Davison has done.  This is his series of illustrations of kids playing Star Wars.  If you have the money to spend, you pick-up one of these limited art pieces by Craig.

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BAPE x Sesame Street 2015

bapesesamestreetcoverBAPE aka A Bathing Ape is hitting on all cylinders with their latest collab project – Sesame Street!  This is a fun and cute capsule collection for men, women and kids of all ages looking to rock this PBS educational program.

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Frankie’s Garage: PLAYMOBIL 3911 Porsche 911 Carrera S 2015

playmobilporscheI remember seeing my first PLAYMOBIL toys on the Toys’R’Us shelves as a kid and always been a big fan of these toys.  Now comes a more “real world” vehicle, the PLAYMOBIL 3911 Porshce 911 Carrera S 2015.

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Toy Fair 2015 Video Playlist

toyfair2015Toy Fair 2015 kicked-off this past weekend in NYC, so if you’re wanting to know what neat toys will be hitting retail this year, then check these videos out!  Sit back, relax and watch this Toy Fair 2015 Playlist:

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10244 LEGO Fairground Mixer

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At the recent Sydney Brick Show (April 24-27, 2014) in Australia, LEGO announced a new release the LEGO 10244 Fairground Mixer.  If you like county fairs and like to build LEGO cities, this is another wonderful LEGO addition.  The Fairground Mixer will cost around $150 bucks and look for a June 2014 release date.

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Super Mario Kart for Toddlers

mariokart 00Too bad this fresh looking designed Super Mario Kart vehicle by Creative Cedar Designs is only for little kids.  Drats, I would buy this myself!

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Five Knives with “The Future”

Five Knives - The FutureHere is the Five Knives music video – “The Future.”

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WAR-TOYS – Photographs of Toys in Warzones by Brian McCarty

war toys cover photoWhat started out as just a little Kickstarter project in 2011 by photographer Brian McCarty has turned into something special and through the years of working with kids in Israeli-Palestinian conflict a book with photographs and drawings from children in the conflict has been released – “War-Toys:  Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip.”

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Kano: Build your own DIY computer in 20 minutes

build a pcBuilding your own PC can be tough for non-geeks or non-technical people.  Well, now kids all of ages can build their own DIY computer in about 20 minutes and learn programing and coding in a fun and easy way with Kano.  The London agency MAP Project Office teamed up Kano founders Alex Klein and Yonatan Raz-Fridman to build these cheap computer kits.

 

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Funko’s Pop Vinyl: The Goonies

pop vinyl gooniesIf you remember growing up the 80’s, a certain Richard Donner film has a special place in every kid’s heart – The Goonies!   A group of nerdy kids on the hunt for long lost pirate treasures to save their neighborhood and I remember jamming to Cyndi Lauper’s “The Goonies ‘R’ Good Enough” whenever it was on the radio.  Now Funko’s popular Pop! Movie series features The Goonies.

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5-years of Drawing on Sandwich Bags

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For graphic designer David LaFerriere it just started out as fun with his kids and get his creative juices flowing for the day by drawing colorful artwork on his kid’s sandwich bags.  The power of a Sharpie marker!  I think Sharpie PR/marketing should do a commercial with this super dad.  Presently he has drawn over 1,100 sandwich bag artwork for his kids.

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Viral Video Friday: Sesame Street with Count Von Count

A great sing-a-long song for the whole family with Sesame Street’s Count Von Count.  Let’s count everybody!

i-Wood Laptop by Bea Seggering & Donkey Creative Lab

iwoodI told my son that he was getting a laptop for his birthday this year and he got pretty excited. Although, I can’t wait to see the look on his face when he opens up the box and sees this laptop inside. This i-Wood Laptop, designed by Bea Seggering & Donkey Creative Lab, should give him endless hours of fun and where the only limit is his imagination. Not exactly sure how he’s going to download his League of Legends onto this but the most important thing is that Daddy kept his promises. A word of warning, this is intended for kids who are at least 3 years old and, if he or she is older, make sure the kid has a good sense of humor. Also, never try this on your spouse, or else she won’t be your spouse for too long afterwards.

MSRP:  $61.00USD

For more details on this i-Wood Laptop, head over to:  Donkey Products – i-Wood Laptop.

Tattly.com – Temp Tattoos

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Getting a tattoo is a big commitment.  What if you’re not ready for this long-term commitment?  Just use Tattly.com – temporary designer tattoos.  Easy and fun and no stress involved.  Tattly.com has thousands of fun designs and sets to choose from.  And check out their blog for the latest and greatest:  Tattly Blog.

MSRP:  $5.00USD and up.

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Baby Martial Artists

Creative dad Patrick Boivin uses his kids in these cool movie parodies.  Here’s his latest starring his infant son in a Kill Bill/Bruce Lee-inspired fighting video:

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Kung-Fu Dodgeball

I need to try this move when I get on the dodgeball courts next time.

Fendi Classic Baguette Bag Tee & Pleated Zucca-Trim Skirt

Little girls love to play grown up – they want to wear lipstick and carry a purse like Mom. But since they really have nothing to carry inside that purse, why not give her just the look of a purse? This Fendi shirt has the print of a purse sewn into the shirt. Neiman Marcus currently has it on sale for $99. I do wish they would have made this shirt for my wife though. That way she can stop spending so much money on real purses.

Buy it @ Neiman Marcus – Fendi.

Dora The Explorer by College Humor

doracollegehumorThis Dora the Explorer parody stars Ariel Winter from ABC’s Modern Family.  Can this be made into a “real” movie?  Please.

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Flashback: The Muppet Show (1976-1980)

muppet showThe Muppet Show, produced by puppeteer Jim Henson, was a vaudeville-esque variety show that brought a host of lovable characters for child and adult, alike.

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