GeekDad Andy Robertson brings us a little more news of from toy Fair 2014. This time it’s a little speculation about Skylanders 4, a brief description of the Mega Blocks leak, and his speculation on the new game. If Andy is right about the direction and timing of the new game it could be a great way to grow the franchise to keep up with the fans as they age. Continue reading
GeekDad and friend Andy Robertson was in New York this weekend for the Disney Toy Fair announcement. He captured the entire presentation, which gives us a great look into the next year of Disney films and toys. Continue reading
My collection of backpacks and messenger bags keeps growing. The latest addition is the slim fitting Booq Boa Squeeze. I’ve been using it much more than the Boa Courier because the Squeeze zips up tight, feels more secure, and is much more comfortable to wear when I need my hands free. Continue reading
Spru Kits are a new line of detailed action figure model kits by the original Japanese toy maker, Bandai. Fans of DC Comics, Halo, and TV Tokyo’s hit LBX will be able to assemble their own collectible action figures with the use of glue, paint, or scissors. Continue reading
The Skylanders franchise has just passed the $2 Billion mark: that’s double where they were a year ago. This year marks a lot of milestones for the game as they break into the top 20 video game franchises of all time. This month they passed the 175 million toy mark and there is no end in site. Continue reading
I’ve known Jason Hilbourne for many years, and have always been impressed with his simple yet functional designs. I’ve invested in most of his Kickstarter campaigns, and enjoying all of the products I’ve received. This new campaign, the Torso, is an updated version of the Twig.
A few different friends pointed me at this Dragon Innovate project last week and I had to check it out. Mooshimeter seems like a silly name, but the product behind it promises to change the way we diagnose electrical problems. Equipped with a dual channel circuit tester, Bluetooth, and your smart phone, you can use this meter to measure voltage and current up to 30 feet away. Continue reading
The Tabletop and Boardgame Learning Expo (T.A.B.L.E.), first pitched on Kickstarter last summer, is becoming a reality in just two and a half months. On March 29-30, 2014, the Westin hotel in Irving, Texas, will be overrun by geeks of many sorts, but mainly those of the board and tabletop variety. Continue reading
Tomorrow morning high school kids, teachers, and mentors all around the world will be glued to NASA TV for the FRC 2014 Kickoff. The FRC (FIRST Robotics Competiton) season starts at Kickoff and runs exactly 6 weeks. Teams will need to build their competition robot and seal it up for shipment to the regional events. Most of the teams will take all of that time, working late nights and long weekends to produce a competition worthy robot.
On Friday, January 3rd, about 60 middle and high school teams will come together at Sunset Station in San Antonio to test their mettle, and metal, in a day of robot competition. The event is hosted by the US Army in conjunction with a little larger event happening on Saturday in the Alamodome. We don’t expect to see near the 40,000 spectators that the All American Bowl will draw, but we will certainly be as energetic and cheer our favorite teams to victory. Continue reading
ArcAttack recently asked their fans for suggestions on new tunes to cover. There were quite a few suggestions on their Facebook page, but a few won out and they’re all epic. My favorite is Final Countdown, but they also posted video covers of Inspector Gadget, and the theme from Pacific Rim.
The FIRST Robotics Competition season starts this Saturday and the guys at VEX are kicking it off with a marathon build blitz. Paul Copioli and John V-Neun, president and vice president of VEX Robotics will go head to head with hand picked teams in an attempt to build the best competitive robot in just 72 hours. Continue reading
In my ever constant quest to find the perfect bag I’ve been testing out the Book Boa Courier. Like all Booq bags, the Boa sports a Terralinq serial number that, when registered, can help reunite you with your lost bag. The construction and quality of materials is in keeping with Booq’s standards and the styling is clean and simple. Continue reading
Small World 2 has been out since September for the iPad, but now expanding to the Steam and Android platforms. Continue reading
BandFuse: Rock Legends was released this week as yet another offering in the real-guitar music games. Bandfuse isn’t just a game. It offers a complete series of lessons starting with the basics and progressing through string bending and finger picking. Click through to see my first impressions and how this game stacks up against Rocksmith. Continue reading
The TED2014 Fellows have been announced. This year they chose 21 Fellows to join them in Vancouver, Canada for TED2014. These 21 very interesting people hail from all around the world and include a wide range of professions and passions. The group ranges from artist to engineer with plenty who classify as both. Continue reading