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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

A short history of Lego

As Lego celbrates their 80th anniversary, they have produced a short animated film about the how the company began and their history. Check it out.




Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: Big Head Squirrel Feeder

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Big Head Squirrel Feeder.

One word. Awesome.

I love squirrels. They are amazing animals. I love watching them in the yard, defying gravity in the trees, and just being awesome.

What could make watching them even better? The Big Head Squirrel Feeder.

Hang this feeder in front of a window or somewhere you can watch, fill it with things squirrels like to eat, and sit back and watch. Squirrels stick their head up into the feeder to eat and it looks like they have a giant cartoon head. Genius.

Be sure to keep a camera nearby. You’ll want to get pictures of your little squirrel buddies with their big head to post on Facebook.

The vinyl Big Head Squirrel Feeder is 5.5" x 8", has holes in the ears for hanging, and is available at Archie McPhee


Via BoingBoing


Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: Alien Chest Burster Plush

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An Alien to Call Your Own

This awesome plush alien is officially licensed from 20th Century Fox and is an exact scale replica of the original baby xenomorph from Alien, which burst from Kane’s chest.

He’s 48 inches long, made of smooth velour and matches the color of the film alien. But best of all, a wire runs from the head to the tail, allowing you to pose your little alien any way you want.

This Alien Chest-burster Plush
is just what you need to cuddle with you on a cold night.

Via Nerd Approved



The Cool Talking Comic Book Cover

Check out this clever talking comic book cover for X-O Manowar.

They way it works is you use your smartphone to scan the QR Code, then place your phone on the dotted line and an animation begins that causes the illusion of the character speaking. Very clever and possibly one of the best uses I’ve seen for QR Codes.



Via BoingBoing

Caine’s Arcade

Check out this great video about an awesome 9-year-old named Caine.

Caine built an arcade out of cardboard and the filmmaker stumbled upon it and made this film. In the process, he made a few posts that went viral and Caine ended up with a flashmob at his arcade.

After watching the video, check out the Caine’s Arcade website where you can donate to Caine’s scholarship fund.

Via BoingBoing

Dave’s Cool Toy of the Day: Han Solo in Carbonite Crayons

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Han Solo Crayons

Etsy seller "extramoneyformommy" is selling these awesome Han Solo encased in carbonite crayons.

There was a set of 8 selling for only $4.00, but by the time I checked them out they were sold today. Hopefully there she will make more and they will be available again soon.

Currently she has 5 sets of 8 available for only $20.00. This is an amazing deal for a birthday party favor.

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R2 Crayons

One set consists of 8 crayons in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple, brown, and black. They are 1 3/4 inches tall and 3/4 inch wide and are made from 100% re-melted crayola crayons.

Get them quick before George Lucas or Crayola shuts her down!

She has other crayons available such as R2D2, Darth Vadar Heads (sorry, technically they are "Lord Black Helmet" crayons), and Yoda. In addition to crayons she makes sidewalk chalk and bath fizzies.

Via Gizmodo



Alex with Ollie

Alex posing at Toy Fair with Ollie.

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