Bluestreak Comes to ‘Angry Birds Transformers’ With Droids and Crafting

Today’s update for ‘Angry Birds Transformers’ not only adds Bluetreak and Prowl characters (played by The Blues), but also offers new helper droids that players can craft and call into special levels for added firepower: Continue reading

The Fans Have Spoken! All-Female ‘Transformers’ Team to Debut!

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‘USA Today’ has revealed the name and make-up of the Hasbro ‘Transformers’ fan-built combiner; plus news about new female characters coming to every aspect of the franchise. Continue reading

‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’ Lands at EMP

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The ‘Infinite Worlds of Science Fiction’ exhibit opened last weekend at the EMP Museum here in Seattle. I was lucky enough to attend the press preview, and it certainly does not disappoint. Continue reading

GeekDad Interviews Voice of Flint and Author of ‘Parenting for the Digital Age’ Bill Ratner

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I recently had the great fortune to meet Bill Ratner, the voice of Flint, before a screening of ‘Transformers: The Movie’ and ‘G.I. Joe: The Movie’ and sit down with him over a beer to discuss voice acting and his book, ‘Parenting for the Digital Age: The Truth Behind Media’s Effect on Children and What to Do About It.’ Continue reading

Kickstarter Alert: Play With This Too – Lost Protectors

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Staffed by a collection of former Mattel and Hasbro talent, Play With This Too has launched Lost Protectors on Kickstarter: finely-detailed action figures that come with robot companions that break down to become armor and weapons. Continue reading

Commuter Gamer: ‘Transformers: Battle Tactics’

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Like many geek dads, I find I have a pile of video games on my XBox and sitting in my Steam library that I never have time to actually sit down and play. What I do have plenty of time for is commuting to work (via public transportation, standing in line, waiting for and riding in elevators, etc. Commuter Gamer is a new series that focuses on mobile games that can easily be played in bite-sized chunks. Today’s game: ‘Transformers: Battle Tactics.’ Continue reading

Five Gift Ideas for the Geek Who Has Everything

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You are currently down to the proverbial wire. You’re in a gift-shopping crunch, and likely the folks remaining on your list aren’t still they’re because they’re your least favorite; they’re likely just difficult to shop for. With that in mind, here are a handful of helpful suggestions. Continue reading

Monsters, Robots and Masked Vigilantes: A Home Video Roundup

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As far as I’m concerned, the new fall season can’t get here fast enough. Every summer I manage to find a couple of series to get me through the doldrums, but I still tend to split most of my TV time between Netflix and Blu-ray/DVD releases of older fare. Continue reading

Editor’s Choice – Z’s Holiday Gift List

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Here are my ten quick picks for this year’s holiday season. Some I’ve mention before, but some are brand new. Some I’ve been enjoying months, while others I’ve just discovered. So take a look, and see what’s hot in the House of Z! Continue reading

Costume Hoodies: My Costuming Protip for Geek Parents

Wearing their costume hoodies Spiderman and Ironman team up to fight evil on a chilly fall afternoon. Photo by Ryan Carlson 2013

We recently discovered the existence of costume hoodies and they are a new family favorite. In addition to having an increase in fun super hero imaginary play, my kids haven’t fought me a single time these past few weeks about having to put on something weather appropriate for a chilly afternoon. Continue reading

Magic, Monsters and Predacons: A Halloween DVD Viewing Guide

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Like any good nerd, what is a single night of revelry for regular folks — Halloween — is a month-long event for me. In addition to a slow roll-out of decorations and the laborious task of cobbling together the perfect costumes for me and my brood, the seasonal merrymaking also includes weekly viewing of especially spooky programming. Of course, now that my kids are old enough to want to participate I’ve had to dial back the gore. Continue reading

Transformers, Connecting the Generations

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There are plenty of card and board games that have endured for generations — many of them that arguably didn’t deserve to. But, because of the evolution of the technology behind toys, relatively few classics have made it through the years to appeal to today’s kids as much as they did to their parents when they were kids — at least, not without fundamental changes to the way they work.

And then there are Transformers. Continue reading