By Drew Bennett

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

  • Eon's Elite Spyro

    The first two of the eight Eon’s Elite Skylanders figures have arrived at my house. I received two packages this week from Activision. One was full of Wave 2 figures and that was so awesome to receive. The second was of the two Eon’s Elite figures, Chop Chop and Spyro. This second box floored me because I was not intending to purchase these figures for myself. With so many figures that I have collected I couldn’t justify another repaint of the same figure that I already had several times over. The figures themselves are repaints of the series one figures. They are not remolded, they are repainted in a fancy metallic paint. The paint job on them is excellent. They have pretty incredible packaging, too. Each comes in a shiny holographic foil box and inside there is a display case with a 3D lenticular background. It is rumored that when you put them all together that the backgrounds form one complete scene of Skylands. The bottom of the display is in the color of the character’s element and on the packaging two more of Eon’s elite were shown: Trigger Happy and Whirlwind. read more!

  • Last year Eva and Andrew discovered the Curious George Halloween Special called Halloween Boo Fest. They watched it nearly every day and loved it. Well, it is returning again on October 27th and also October 31, 2014. It also happens to coincide with the launch of Season 9 of Curious George. Program information and episode descriptions below.

    CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest

    CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest is a one-hour PBS KIDS special that celebrates curiosity, friendship and trying new things, all while providing safe and family-friendly holiday entertainment.
    Credit: Courtesy of CG: ® & © 2013 Universal Studios and/or HMH. All Rights Reserved.

    CURIOUS GEORGE: A Halloween Boo Fest – Airs Monday, October 27 and Friday, October 31

    It’s George’s first Halloween in the country, and Bill tells him and Allie about the “Legend of No Noggin” – a spooky tale about a hat-kicking scarecrow who haunts the countryside on Halloween. But is the legend real? George and Allie are determined to find out by taking a picture of No Noggin in hat-kicking action. But first, George needs to figure out what he’s going to be for Halloween so he can win the costume contest at the town Boo Festival and give the prize to the Man with the Yellow Hat. Will George be able to put together the perfect costume and find out the truth about No Noggin? Only the curious will find out! read more!

  • Photo-A-Day #3484

    Today was a rainy one and so Andrew and I were inside. Luckily we had some crafts to help keep us busy. While I was at the Time to Play holiday showcase I stopped by the ALEX BRANDS® booth. They had a ton of great stuff and I noticed My Tape Town by ALEX TOYS and requested a copy to review. Opinions of this product are 100% my own. ALEX BRANDS is pretty extensive and includes many well known iconic names in the toy industry. We are familiar with many of them including Backyard Safari. The kids love that.

    As a family of brands, ALEX BRANDS® includes some of the most iconic names in the toy industry, including ALEX TOYS®, POOF®, SLINKY®, SCIENTIFIC EXPLORER®, IDEAL®, ZOOB® and BACKYARD SAFARI®, ZILLION® and CITIBLOCS®. From classic, timeless toys and games to open-ended activities that emphasize children’s developmental needs. ALEX BRANDS lends itself to a lifestyle of creative and active play.

    My Tape Town by ALEX TOYS is an interesting set. Inside there are punch out shapes for cars and buildings, trees and more. There are also stickers paper cups and six rolls of tape. Andrew has been more and more interested in using tape. He got into his sister’s tape a few weeks back and that was a disaster that made everyone upset. So, instead of poaching Eva’s tape for projects I figured I’d find one for Andrew alone. I found My Tape Town. read more!

  • I guess that Hydra couldn’t wait and let the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. have their little bump from the release of the Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” teaser trailer during next week’s episode. Teaser, this is a pretty decent trailer and enough for me for now. Although, I cannot wait for this movie to come to theaters. It looks incredible. See for yourself!

    More about Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron read more!

  • Photo-A-Day #3483

    Today, Andrew and I took a ride up to visit my sister Shelby and her kids. She just had a beautiful baby girl and I wanted to go up and see if I could help out and play with her son for a little while so she could take care of things. I know how tough it is to get things done while a little one is underfoot. Having two little ones who need your help constantly is really tough. So, We went up for the visit. Also, I couldn’t resist holding my new baby niece, she is so cute. read more!