Passing the Torch: Scale Model Building

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As far back as I can remember, I have enjoyed scale model building. Revell, Ertl, and Testors were even some of the first brand names I learned as a child. I recently decided to introduce my son to this geeky art form. Continue reading

The LEGO Ferrari F40 Is Here — Commence Drooling

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Available in August as part of the Creator line, the F40 was designed to celebrate Ferrari’s 40th anniversary and was the last car to be personally approved by Enzo Ferrari. It’s safe to say the LEGO version is both more affordable and easier to obtain. It might be smaller than the real thing, but it’s still beautiful. Continue reading

Octonauts at Ease! Captain Barnacles at the Seattle Aquarium

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My son is in love with undersea creatures so we maintain an annual pass at the Seattle Aquarium and go frequently. Recently, the Seattle Aquarium had a special event with an ‘Octonauts’ story time and a chance to meet Captain Barnacles. Since my son is also a huge ‘Octonauts’ fan, we made sure to take a special father-son trip to the aquarium for the event. Continue reading

The Benefits of the Pink Aisle

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The Pink Aisle: a trap for little girls? A series of brands corrupting their integrity to sell to girls? Brands changing their items to suit girls better? The answers to all of these questions are completely subjective to the observer. My stance, however, is that if you can get your daughter to expand her interests, the Pink Aisle is yours to define. Continue reading

My First Foamsmithing: Link’s Hylian Shield

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With a desire to also be awesome, I recently interviewed Bill Doran, one of the top foamsmiths around, and reviewed his book, ‘Foamsmith: How to Create Foam Armor Costumes.’ I then set off to make my first piece of armor–Link’s Hylian Shield of ‘Zelda’ fame. Continue reading

‘Inside Out’ Giveaway – Win a Prize-Pack of Toys That Are Sure to Bring Joy

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We’ve all heard the saying “don’t play with my emotions,” but with Disney/Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ set to hit theaters in a little over a week (June 19th), TOMY is releasing a new line of figures, plush toys and playsets created to do just that. In celebration of its release, we’re giving away two ‘Inside Out’ prize-packs, each featuring three plush characters and one Console! Continue reading

GeekDad Exclusive: Sneak Peek of Upcoming ‘Medieval LEGO’ Book

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No Starch Press, publishers of many great geek books, has a new book coming out that I am super excited about–‘Medieval LEGO’. GeekDad was lucky enough to have been given access to several exclusive spreads from the book. Continue reading

Sunday Evening With Captain Owen Episode 010: ‘Hobgoblin Farts’

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Double Digits! In this episode we start off playing with Owen’s latest toy–‘Tiggly Shapes.’ Then we read his favorite new book, ‘Monster ABC,’ by Kyle and Derek Sullivan, currently featured on Kickstarter. After I read it to Owen, he wanted to read it to me (with a little help). Finally, we sign off by singing happy birthday to Owen’s Oma Lennie. Continue reading