By Drew Bennett

Husband, Dad, Blogger, Photographer, Transformers Fan and Wired Kayaker

  • droid inventor kit built

    On October 9 – 11 I attended a Disney Press Event for THOR: RAGNAROK. My hotel and airfare and meals were taken care of while I was in L.A. Opinions and observations as well as recaps and such are all my own. This post will also contain some affiliate links to Amazon.com.

    One of the things that we did during this trip was a luncheon with littleBits. While at this lunch we were able to try out the Droid Inventor Kit. While I played with it as R2-D2 I then decided that I wanted to see what else I could create using the littleBits that were available to me.

    I made my own Droid with littleBits

    With the kit you can create R2-D2 and make him do a whole bunch of things. You can drive him, make him color using a marker, use the force to move him and even use R2-D2 as a proximity sensor. Your creativity does not have to stop at simply using the kit. You can design your own droid using other materials like a milk carton. I had a bunch of fun ideas on how to make our own droids. That is a good idea because there is a major contest happening which I will tell you about later in the post.

    littleBits Droid Inventor Kit bits

    After having spent some time with the littleBits Droid Inventor Kit I can say that it is a great toy for the holidays. This is a toy that kids will be able to experiment with and use their imaginations to create fun Droids. This is a great STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) Toy. The bits are so easy to snap together because they connect with magnets and only connect in specific ways that work. This cuts down on frustration with the kids. Kids can learn and explore with the kit and the app. They will have hours of fun learning and exploring. read more!

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    From visionary director Ava DuVernay comes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” an epic adventure based on Madeleine L’Engle’s timeless classic which takes audiences across dimensions of time and space, examining the nature of darkness versus light and, ultimately, the triumph of love. Through one girl’s transformative journey led by three celestial guides, we discover that strength comes from embracing one’s individuality and that the best way to triumph over fear is to travel by one’s own light.

    Meg Murry is a typical middle school student struggling with issues of self-worth who just wants to fit in. The daughter of two world-renowned physicists, she is intelligent and uniquely gifted, as is Meg’s younger brother, Charles Wallace, but she has yet to realize it for herself. Complicating matters is the mysterious disappearance of Mr. Murry, which has left Meg devastated and her mother broken-hearted. Charles Wallace introduces Meg and her fellow classmate Calvin to three celestial beings (Mrs. Which, Mrs. Whatsit and Mrs. Who) who have journeyed to Earth to help search for their father, and together they
    embark on their formidable quest. Travelling via a wrinkling of time and space known as tessering, they are transported to worlds beyond their imagination where they must confront a powerful evil force. To make it back home to Earth, Meg must face the darkness within herself in order to harness the strength necessary to defeat the darkness rapidly enveloping the Universe.

    Directed by Oscar® nominee Ava DuVernay from a screenplay by Oscar winner Jennifer Lee based upon the beloved novel by Madeleine L’Engle, “A Wrinkle in Time” stars: two-time Academy Award® nominee Oprah Winfrey as Mrs. Which, Oscar winner Reese Witherspoon as Mrs. Whatsit, Emmy® nominee Mindy Kaling as Mrs. Who, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Mrs. Murry, Michael Peňa as Red and introducing Storm Reid as Meg Murry, with two-time Emmy winner Zach Galifianakis as The Happy Medium and Emmy nominee Chris Pine as Mr. Murry.

    Produced by Jim Whitaker and Catherine Hand with Doug Merrifield serving as executive producer, the film also boasts an impressive creative team featuring some of the most talented and skilled craft persons working today, including: Tobias Schliessler, ASC as director of photography, Naomi Shohan as production designer, Oscar®-nominee Spencer Averick as film editor and two-time Academy Award®-nominee Paco Delgado as costume designer.

    Like A WRINKLE IN TIME on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WrinkleInTimeMovie/

    Follow A WRINKLE IN TIME on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WrinkleinTime

    Follow A WRINKLE IN TIME on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wrinkleintime/

    Visit the official A WRINKLE IN TIME website here: http://movies.disney.com/a-wrinkle-in-time

    A WRINKLE IN TIME opens in theatres everywhere on March 19, 2018!

  • Incredibles 2 Poster

    The other day the world got the first glimpse of The Incredibles 2. This is the follow up to the 2004 Pixar movie. Fourteen years later and we catch up with Incredible family. The movie is a direct follow up in that it takes place almost immediately after the events of the first movie.

    Incredibles 2 - Mister Incredible and Baby

    ABOUT THE MOVIE
    Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.

    Like INCREDIBLES 2 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarTheIncredibles/

    Follow Disney/Pixar on Twitter: https://twitter.com/disneypixar

    Follow Disney/Pixar on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pixar/

    Visit the official INCREDIBLES 2 website here: http://disney.com/incredibles2

    INCREDIBLES 2 opens in theatres everywhere on June 15, 2018!

  • Crash Bandicoot Socks
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    Activision PR sent me socks for Crash Bandicoot and is providing me with the prize for this giveaway. Opinions are my own. Amazon.com links are my affiliate links.

    This has been the year of Crash Bandicoot’s revival. Crash appeared as a guest character in Skylanders Imaginators along with Doctor Neo Cortex. Then Crash also appeared in the Skylanders show on Netflix. And now Crash is back where he belongs on the Playstation 4 in the Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy game. This Black Friday there are some good retail deals for the Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy game. There are two special bundles, one from GameStop and the other from Walmart.

    Crash Bandicoot Walmart Walmart Black Friday Exclusive

    Snag this Walmart-exclusive Black Friday Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy. You get all three Crash™ games that started it all AND the Stormy Ascent bonus level – an unbelievable offering!

    Crash Bandicoot Socks GameStop Black Friday Sock Bundle

    Looking for the perfect gift AND stocking stuffer for your favorite person? The GameStop Black Friday Bundle is all you need to bring joy this holiday season, featuring the Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy game and a never-before-released pair of collector’s edition Crash Bandicoot™ socks.

    In addition to the games there are other accessories out there that are for Crash Bandicoot. Toys and apparel and more. There are some great toys and statues that are coming.

    crash statue First Four Figures: Crash Collectible Figure

    Celebrate everyone’s favorite bandicoot and the coming together of three fun game iterations with this Crash Bandicoot™ N. Sane Trilogy figure. Standing with his arms raised in victory, this figurine is an ideal collectible for fans of the beloved series. A built-in base on this Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy figure makes it easy to place on your bookshelf.
    MSRP: $69.99
    Age Range: Ages 6 & up
    Retailer where available: Best Buy, GameStop, Amazon

    crash bandicoot funko Funko Crash Bandicoot

    Crash Bandicoot™ is getting the Pop! Vinyl treatment in December! Crash™ fans can choose from a variety of Crash Bandicoot variants, as well as Neo Cortex. The stylized collectible stands 3 ¾ inches tall, perfect for any Crash Bandicoot fan.
    MSRP: $10.99
    Age Range: Ages 12 & Up
    Retailer where available: Walmart, GameStop, Target, Amazon.com, Toys R Us, Best Buy and Hot Topic.

    There are various other items for Crash Bandicoot coming and you can learn more about them in the press release below the contest entry widget.

    More about the great Crash Bandicoot items coming out this Black Friday. read more!

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  • Andrews Karate Birthday
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    Andrew’s 6th birthday party was today. We went back to America’s Best Defense again because we had so much fun last year. Sensei and his team do an amazing job with the kids. There were about 20 kids at the party and they had a good time. There were two of the kids who didn’t want to do much participation but they ended up participating at the end of the party. They even broke boards. Board breaking was a big hit with all the kids. It always is. Eva even broke two boards at the same time. She did an excellent job of it, too. I love watching her participate in karate. Each time she does she shows such grace and confidence.

    Andrew had a great time at the party. He was running all over the place with a huge smile on his face. When his friends began arriving he was very welcoming to everyone. They were excited to see him, too. The program that they run at the karate studio is excellent. They go over the many tenets of Karate with the kids and even get them learning how to do blocks and kicks and more. Each exercise was more to talk to the kids about respect and the kids responded to it very well.

    The kids had pizza and then back to the floor to have more fun. When it was time to cut the cake the lights went out and the candles were lit. When the lights came back up sensei had the sword that they use to cut the cake. Andrew opted for the slow and dramatic cut again and it delighted all the kids. It was a nice party and many of the kids’ parents looked into taking advantage of classes for their kids.

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