A Toy That Will Haunt My Dreams

I recently visited a local auction house and came across this very odd toy. It was listed as “Circa 1950’s Alvin & The Chipmunks Wind-up Toy with Harmonica”. I had trouble believing this was an actual production toy, but I indeed found it online and on eBay. Although some look a bit better made than this which leads me to believe that someone replaced the covering on this toy. I regret not bidding on him. Oh well.

CloudPets Toys Expose 2 Million Kids Messages Due To Unsecured Server, Hackers Held Data For Ransom : TECH : Tech Times

Hackers successfully accessed and deleted CloudPets user information before asking for ransom to restore the files. The data was reportedly stored in an unsecure server, exposing millions of children’s messages.

Source: CloudPets Toys Expose 2 Million Kids Messages Due To Unsecured Server, Hackers Held Data For Ransom : TECH : Tech Times

Big Bang Theory Lego!

Check out this awesome new set on its way from Lego!

Yes, it’s the Big Bang Theory. It includes the entire gang in Sheldon and Leonard’s apartment. There are many great accessories including chinese food, the Green Lantern lantern, a whiteboard, and other great things. On the wall they’ve even included something it took me some research to identify as a large fuse holder. The set will come out in August, 2015 and sell for about $60.00

Via Gizmodo

What is the most expensive toy on Amazon?

I was looking for new toys on Amazon today and I thought I’d check and see what the most expensive toy listed was. Aside from some collectible items and some items (like coins) that aren’t toys, the most expensive item that came up seemed really odd. I thought it must be a typo, and, in fact, there were some other items listed that shouldn’t cost quite that much.

The most expensive one was this adorable flower selling for $46,341.90 (with free shipping). Click the image to see the actual listing.

There was no description and I’m not really sure what it does. It looks like a windup toy. It is worth $46,000? Probably not.

Actually, I lied. The most expensive toy item was, in fact, this playset.

It sells for $48,895.00 plus $4,600 shipping. This is probably the first item on the list that can be categorized as an actual toy and seems like the price is accurate.

Followed by the next two items:

Selling for $41,207.76.

For $37,986.74

I continued looking through my search and there were many outdoor items and such that were quite expensive and many items that were WAY overpriced like the ones above.

Kevin Stanton, Imortalized as a Bouncy House Victim

 

I came across this funny image today. I believe it is related to the story I posted some time ago about a bouncy house incident.

Via Tosh.0

Full-Scale Lego X-Wing Fighter Visits Manhattan

This is an awesome world record! Lego has built a full-size Lego X-Wing Starfighter.

It’s made of 5.3 million legos. And it’s a model of a lego model. Got that?

Weighing 46,000 pounds, it took 32 people over 17,000 hours to build and it’s on display for the next few days in Times Square. After that it will be moving to California.

How big is it? It’s 11 feet high, 43 feet long, and has a wingspan of 44 feet.

It was built to promote the miniseries The Yoda Chronicles on The Cartoon Network, premiering May 29.

Via Gizmodo

 

Skylanders Swap Force Booth at Toy Fair

This was a huge, awesome display!

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2 story Power Ranger at Toy Fair

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Some toy booths are empty at toy fair

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Fun at toy fair

A slightly creepy animated guy at you fair.

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The New Monopoly Token is…. A Cat!

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The new token

As I posted earlier, Hasboro has been allowing the world to vote on what Monopoly token will be retired and which new one will take it’s place. I voted to retire the iron and replace it with the robot.

Well, the internet world has spoken, and the iron will, indeed, be retired. And it will be replaced by a cat. Which is, I guess, fair since there’s been a dog for many years.

This is your last chance to buy the iconic board game with the original set of tokens. So if you can’t stand change, buy the classic version before it’s too late.

And if you’d like to see the official results in a cute animation, check out their Facebook page.

Two Guys Made a Live-Action Remake of Toy Story

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Jonason and Jesse at Pixar

This is awesome! Jonason Pauley (21) and Jesse Perrotta (19) have remade the entire Pixar movie Toy Story with live actors and real toys. Wow.

They used toys they found at Goodwill for their cast members. Some are not quite accurate. But they also created some toys from scratch which they couldn’t find (probably because they don’t exist). They have transformed two rooms in one of their homes into sets of Andy’s and Sid’s rooms (they must have amazing parents). It utilizes the original audio from the movie including the voices of Tom Hanks as Woody and Tim Allen as Buzz.

They even managed to get permission from Pixar to go ahead and post their video. One more reason why Pixar is awesome.

Check out the video below and when you’re done check out the outtakes.

 

Via Gizmodo

 

 

There’s a new Monopoly token in town. Who will be replaced?

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You may be playing Monopoly with this guy very soon.

I often play Monopoly on my iPhone. I’m not sure why…I’m convinced it cheats. But when I play I’m always the little dog, in spite of the tinkling noise he makes when he runs around the board.

When I found out that Hasbro is going to retire one of their iconic game tokens I was worried that it might be the end of the little dog.

But Hasbro has done something quite cool. They are letting the public not only vote on which game token is retired, but also on what will replace it.

Your choices for a replacement token are a bit limited. You can choose a robot (my choice), a cat (makes sense since there is a dog), a helicopter, a diamond ring, and a guitar.

I like the robot, but I hope they get rid of his mustache if he is chosen.

So if you feel strongly about what game pieces are kept and which ones replace the unfortunate one retiree, head over to their Facebook page and place your votes.

Voting runs until February 5, 2013 and the new token will be revealed on February 6.

The last time I checked, my little Scottie dog was in the lead to be kept with 31% of the votes. The wheelbarrow was doing poorly with only 4% of the votes.

If you can’t bear to see any of the iconic pieces gone, you might want to buy the classic board game
before the pieces are changed. Of course that might be exactly what Hasbro had in mind with this clever marketing all along.

 

 

Keep out!

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There have been many nights when I had to walk into my kids room and I’d swear this is what their floor was like as I stepped on sharp Lego corners.

I once read an article with "tips" on how to train to be a parent. One tip was to spread tacks on the floor and walk on them to prepare you for walking on Lego. Good tip.

Via nerdapproved.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: HUGE Gummy Python

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The whopping Gummy Python

This gummy snake is huge! Weighing in at just under 27 pounds it would be quite an undertaking to eat. He’s almost 8 foot long, packs 36,720 calories, and serves 306.

He’s really quite realistic for a gummy with spots, ridged coils, fully molded scales, and detailed eyes.

And he’s hand made in the US!

The gummy python is available in Blue Raspberry/Green Apple and Red Cherry/Blue Raspberry and costs a fairly steep $149.99 and is available at VAT19.

Imagine how awesome this guy would be at a kids party. He’d steal the show and they’d be talking about it for quite a while.

Via Gizmodo

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