Giveaway- LEGO DUPLO World – Toy Sets and App Codes

To celebrate the launch of LEGO DUPLO World, out now on mobile, LEGO is giving away DUPLO brick sets and promotional codes!

LEGO DUPLO World is a Kids at Play Interactive Award-winning children’s mobile game designed for young, developing minds. From playing with penguins to exploring the African savannah, DUPLO World will take kids around the globe all while helping them hone fine motor skills, increase vocabulary and experience fun surprises.

The game’s designs are based on the highly-regarded Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework, which is grounded in what young children ages 2-5 years old should be able to do to succeed in school. Moms  will appreciate the app’s ability to blend learning and fun for their toddlers.

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LEGO® DUPLO® WORLD is packed with open-ended play experiences featuring animals, buildings, exciting vehicles and trains to inspire your child’s imagination and creativity through learning.

Your child can explore each scene to find out what’s in it, discover how everything works and—of course—play with it! Children also get to build structures using 3D bricks, stimulating their creativity.

LEGO DUPLO WORLD is carefully aligned with the highly-regarded Headstart Early Learning Outcomes Framework to ensure it’s age-appropriate and meets the developmental needs of 2-5-year-olds. Each activity targets key learning goals for toddlers and preschool kids. In the Parent Center, you can read about the learning benefits of each activity.

Be your child’s partner in play and get them ready for kindergarten! LEGO DUPLO WORLD supports Multi-Touch, so your family can play together and on the go for shared games, learning and adventures.

Introduce your toddler to a world of animals and environments with the LEGO® DUPLO® 10907 World Animals playset! Take a safari across the African savannah and pretend to photograph lions and giraffes, spot cute woodland creatures as you canoe along a woodland river, build a sandcastle on a tropical beach, go whale watching at the south pole… With a captivating range of toy animals, buildings, vehicles, characters and accessories, this globe-spanning educational toy for toddlers contains endless opportunities to engage and inspire any preschooler.
Play out real-life scenarios in LEGO® DUPLO® Town: a recognizable world with modern DUPLO figures. Visit the easy-to-build 10903 Fire Station and enjoy pretend play, helping the firefighters as they practice putting out the campfire and climbing the ladder to rescue the station dog in the tower. When the call comes in, help your toddler jump the firefighters into the fire truck, turn on the flashing light and siren, and head off on another daring rescue! Includes 2 DUPLO figures plus a dog figure.
Play out real-life scenarios in LEGO® DUPLO® Town: a recognizable world with modern DUPLO figures. Preschoolers will love creating stories through pretend play at the easy-to-build 10902 Police Station. Help the police officers whizz out in the police car with flashing lights and siren sound to catch the crook on the run with the police officer’s doughnuts! Then take him back to the toy police station and lock him safely in the jail cell. Includes 3 DUPLO figures.
Introduce STEM toys early with the LEGO® DUPLO® Number Train. It’s a colorful introduction to numbers and counting. Your toddler will love to build and rebuild this developmental toy, learning early number recognition as they go! This set is the perfect educational gift for little ones and a great introduction to the LEGO STEM sets. With two child DUPLO® figures and a cat figure, the set provides endless storytelling and creativity for little minds. If you’re looking for a learning toy or STEM gift, the Number Train is your best bet, and DUPLO® bricks are designed to be safe and suitable for little hands.

One of you can win a set as well as a code. Please feel free to enter to win using the RC code below. Good luck ends 3/31/2020.

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Gifts For the Gamer in Your Life #GiftGuide

If you have a gamer on your holiday shopping list this year, there are some fantastic games that have recently come out that we think they will really like.

LEGO fan? Who isn’t? No matter what age, in this house, everyone likes LEGO. Combine it with video games, then mix in the DC Universe, and you have the recipe for a win right there.

“LEGO DC Super-Villains” has just been released, and let’s gamers play as villains for the first time ever. In collaboration with DC Comics and joined up with DC Super-Villains including The Joker, Harley Quinn, Lex Luthor, Deathstroke, Killer Frost, Sinestro, and more from the Legion of Doom, players set out to create chaos and strike out against good.

Following the trio of “LEGO Batman” , it is a similar style action-adventure game featuring a features a two-player cooperative multiplayer mode. It is available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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For another LEGO game, check out “LEGO The Incredibles”.  Coming out in time to join the new Incredibles movie, this fun-filled game features all your favorite characters getting themselves into and out of trouble. Take control of your favorite Incredible and act out sections from the movie, recreate favorite scenes and home and family life. Make sure you battle and defeat all the bad guys and team up with other members of the family while you save the world, LEGO style.  Available for the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

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Can’t get enough LEGO?  We were really looking forward to the “LEGO Harry Potter: Collection” game, and cannot get enough of it. The LEGO Harry Potter games were the first ones that created a huge hub to interact between missions or chapters. There are many secrets to discover in Hogwarts and it’s grounds. You can play as many different characters once you unlock them, and you will need to do so in order to progress to different areas. This compilation brings LEGO Harry Potter: Years 1-4 and LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7 to the Nintendo Switch and Xbox One with both top-selling videogames remastered into one.  This game will cast it’s spell on everyone, young and young at heart alike.  Available now Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

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“Scribblenauts Mega Pack” is a  new two-game collection which features entire versions of both “Scribblenauts Unlimited” and “Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure”. You also get special bonus content for both games. “Scribblenauts Unlimited” follows the storyline of trying to save your sister, who is trapped. You have to solve puzzles to save her. Each gamer can create and summon anything they can imagine, from characters like Mario to a puppy to a rainbow to whatever else. Your creations then run about in your world. You can share creations with other players, as well, by putting them in a “hub” or shop. This is a 1 player game.

Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure lets your imagination run wild(er) by combining the Scribblenauts world with thousands of DC characters and objects. Available now on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Xbox One.

yo kai video game

My child is obsessed with Yo-Kai, and I’m guessing he’s not alone. The latest Yo-Kai games, “YOKAI WATCH BLASTERS: Red Cat Corps” and “YOKAI WATCH BLASTERS: White Dog Squad, let players team up with up to three other friends either at home or online (parents, be on your toes as to whom your child “friends” online) to fight the “Big Bosses”. Develop and use skills and special “Soultimate Moves” and befriend more then 400 Yo-Kai on your journey. These games are different from previous Yo-Kai games in that instead of playing turn-based battles, the “Yo-Kai Watch Blasters” games have gamers play in fast paced, real time battles and missions with action-RPG throughout. During these battles, you directly control your Yokai as you strategize with different skills and equipment to defeat bosses.

YOKAI WATCH BLASTERS: Red Cat Corps and YOKAI WATCH BLASTERS: White Dog Squad are available for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems for $39.99 each.

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New Lego Dimension Sets – Perfect For Easter Baskets

Disclosure- I received the below in order to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own and honest. For more, see “I Disclose”.

LEGO Dimensions brings the whole family together to build and play through memorable entertainment franchises, including popular characters and iconic locations from The LEGO Batman Movie, Sonic the Hedgehog, Gremlins, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, Adventure Time and many, many more. On May 9, players will also be able to pick up new expansion packs featuring Sloth from The Goonies, Hermione from Harry Potter and Chase McCain from LEGO CITY Undercover.

The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack is available now for $89.99 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Wii U and $79.99 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Select retailers may discount the packs lower as Easter approaches.

Lego Dimensions is the cool new way to bring your Lego’s to life using a portal and special Lego sets, where each level lets you play with any characters you own.  The newest Story Pack is Lego Batman the movie.  This set includes Bat Girl and Robin as well as the Bat Wing.  This story pack lets you play through the entire Lego Batman movie storyline. You can also play with/ use any characters from Lego Dimensions, like Gandoff from Lord of the Rings or Mr T from The A Team.

 

In addition to the new story pack, there are also two new Fun Packs.  One is Knight Rider and includes Kitt and Michael Knight.  This set unlocks the Knight Rider Adventure World as well as Battle Arena.  This set is great for nostalgia lovers or lovers of Lego Dimensions.  My 9 year old had no idea what Knight Rider was (I know, horrors) but was interested once he saw the set.  Dad is thoroughly excited to share some nostalgia with him.

The next fun pack is also from Lego Batman the movie, it is Excalibur Batman.  This set includes an armor clad Batman who is taller then the regular Batman- which was very important to my son for some super odd reason.  It also comes with his trusty bionic stallion.  This set is great fun when used with the Lego Batman Story pack.  The bionic horse being a house favorite “vehicle” as of now.

Lego Dimension packs are available everywhere toys are sold both online and at brick and mortar stores.

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Skylanders Imaginators – The Newest #Skylanders Video Game

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Skylanders are back with Skylanders Imaginators, and this time they need some of your imagination to save the day.  Kaos is once again causing problems in the Skyland, and Eon needs you to defeat him and the Magic Mind he used to create new Doomlanders.  This Skylanders differs from previous iterations in the series in a pretty cool way- you can now create your own Skylanders. Nothing but your creativity will hold you back with your new Skylander creations. With the help of Senseis in game which specializes in one of ten different techniques, you can also train your Skylander to defeat Kaos and his minions.  As with other games in the series, all previous Skylanders can be used with the Imaginators game including Super Charger vehicles and traps (both of which are functional in race mode).

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In total there are 31 new senseis to collect, as well as Creation Crystals which save the Skylanders you create. This allows you to call upon their help whenever needed.  In addition to new Skylanders, there are also a few surprises. You can now use Kaos in game, and purchase his collectable toy as well.  In addition to Kaos, Crash Bandicoot is making his first Skylanders appearance with his own unique fighting abilities including his whirlwind spin, TNT crates, and yo-yo Sky-Chi attack.

The main concept behind Imaginators is the ability to build your own Skylander Imaginator.  This Imaginator can be customized in appearance, ability, sounds, and even appendages.  Each edit is done on the fly in game through a series of easy to navigate menus.  Scattered throughout each level in the game itself are items which can be used to build and rebuild your character as you please.  Use an air horn for an ear, a snake for an arm, even a chain for a tail and s’mores for a staff. Choose to have color coordinate everything to fit together nicely, or simply mix it up to make your Imaginator your own.  The gameplay is easy to pick up and play, hack and slash gaming where exploration is encouraged and villains are colorful and different.  Each level has a theme, and each level has an end boss who must be defeated to progress.

The starter set includes a portal, the game itself and a minimum of 2 senseis and an Imaginator crystal to make your own Skylander.  The start set retails for $74.99 and is available nationwide now.

New Video Games for the Whole Family

Looking for some new video games to play with the family as the weather cools down? Maybe something portable for upcoming holiday travel would be useful.  Here are some of our current favorites.

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Tthe newest entry in the beloved Paper Mario series, Paper Mario Color Splash, takes Mario to the formerly colorful Prism Island where someone is draining the land of all its paint and color.  As the hero we all know and love, Paper Mario comes along to save the day with his paint hammer. When used, the hammer splashes color on formerly uncolored portions of land, flowers, characters, houses, and even water.  This game plays like other Paper Mario games in the series, where combat is turn based, but also includes cards which describe what moves can be used next.

This game is a blast to play for RPG fans or Mario fans in general and should not be missed.  It is a perfect jump on point for the Paper Mario series, giving players an interactive role playing experience which will keep you wanting more and itching to paint smash some dull areas of your own life.

Paper Mario Color Splash is available for the Wii U on October 7th for $59.99 only on the Nintendo Wii U.

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Metroid has long been a favorite among Nintendo fans.  Amid quite a bit of controversy when first announced, Federation Force is an interesting spin on a familiar game setting and characters.  The controversy surrounded Nintendo’s decision to work on a release of this game instead of continuing the Samus saga in the Metroid Prime universe. This title is a spin off of the federation force, which picks up after the events in Metroid Prime 3 Corruption.  This game follows the federation force in their pursuit to clean up the galaxy by battling Metroids and Space Pirates as well as various other alien creatures, causing problems across 3 familiar planets.

This game also differs from other Metroid Prime installments in its emphasis on team work and group based shooting instead of exploration, as well as the removal of the touch screen based elements of Metroid Prim Hunters, and the scanning ability of Metroid Prime.  Players can be a few different specialties based on the choosing of their weapon load out before each mission, including a healer weapon and heavy fire missiles. Federation Force also includes and arena style combat soccer mode called Blast Ball.

Both game modes are available now with the purchase of Metroid Prime Federation Force which is available now in both retail stores and the eShop for 39.99.

Yo Kai watch video games

Yo-Kai watch is the newest phenomena to hit our shores from Japan.  The newest games in the series are Yo-Kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls and Bony Spirits.  The main story follows around our protagonist Nate as he solves mysteries involving the spirit world through the usage of his Yo Kai watch.  These newest games dig deeper into the origins of the Yo Kai watch, and brings players into the watch’s humble beginnings.

The story in Yo Kai Watch 2 is interesting and fun- it  ultimately brings to head a war between Yo-Kai of historic proportions while also helping out various townspeople with mini quests along the way. It also includes bug catching.  If you are looking for a fun, easy to pick up and play RPG with monster collecting,  Yo-Kai Watch 2 is perfect. If you are a fan of RPG’s in general and are looking for something with an odd flavor, this works as well.  Of course, any fan of the TV show will enjoy the game- Yo-Kai Watch 2 is not to be missed by fans of the series, my son  is having a blast trying to catch as many Yo-Kai as possible (and telling me all about the little creatures the entire time).

Yo Kai Watch 2 Fleshy Souls  and Bony Spirits is available now for the Nintendo 3DS and retails for $39.99 each.

 

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And to play some of these fun games ON, don’t forget the hardware.  There are a wide variety of consoles and gaming devices available; one of the newest (and in my opinion, a very pretty option) is the New Nintendo 3DS XL system: New Galaxy Blue. Nintendo has recently released this new 3DS XL in honor of the new planet scientists discovered.  Lovers of science, astronomy, or really just cool artwork will love this design. This new space-themed, shimmery unit is a limited addition, and is only available for the next couple of weeks.  The Nintendo 3DS family is the best-selling video game system in the United States, offering tons of family friendly games in it’s line up. There are games everyone will enjoy. If you don’t have one yet, you might want to consider this one while it’s still out.  The suggested retail price is $199.99- grab it at http://www.nintendo.com/ or in a store near you.

LEGO® AMERICANA ROADSHOW: BUILDING ACROSS AMERICA

LARGE SCALE LEGO® MODELS AND FREE BUILDING ACTIVITIES WILL DELIGHT ATTENDEES OF ALL AGES

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Bridgewater Commons will host THE LEGO® Americana Roadshow, a highly visual, educational and free traveling installation of larger than life LEGO® replicas of some of our nation’s most beloved landmarks.

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My son and I had a great time searching for all of the landmarks in LEGO form, and figuring out what we have seen and what we have yet to. He also loved the extra fun activities, like building his own monument to take home, building race cars to play with on the LEGO tracks at the mall, and even entering into the competition- he built a LEGO creation, and left it there to be displayed.

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Ten one-of-a-kind, large scale models of American Landmarks made completely out of LEGO® bricks by LEGO® Master Builders – including the U.S. Capitol Building, White House, Supreme Court, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and Old North Church – take over Bridgewater Commons and entertain customers with stunning visuals and fun facts.

WHERE:                Bridgewater Commons, 400 Commons Way, Bridgewater, NJ 08807

WHEN:                  Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, April 17

Exhibition Hours: Monday-Saturday 10:00am-9:00pm

Sunday 11:00am-6:00pm

ADDITIONAL ON-SITE VISUALS AND ACTIVITIES:

  • LEGO Brick Play Area: Children of all ages can build whatever their imaginations dream up
  • LEGO Building Activity: Attendees can build their LEGO® Americana Roadshow inspired models and take it home with them
  • LEGO Scavenger Hunt: Attendees can collect a special LEGO® prize after completing the LEGO® Americana Roadshow scavenger hunt.

Stop by when you can- the mall also has a LEGO store, it’s a fun afternoon trip.  My son had a great time.

New Disney XD Droid Tales

If you have a little fan of Star Wars, they will want to know about the new Droid Tales TV show.  They can watch it now, and get them all geared up for the new Star Wars movie that is coming soon.  Not only is the TV show adorable, but there is a line of toys to go with it.  It being LEGO and all, I’m guessing you aren’t shocked, but the toys and the show are fun, and my son really enjoyed both.

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Airing on Disney XD, Droid Tales gives your family (and your reader’s families) the chance to start catching up on the entire Star Wars saga before the new film hits the big screen in December with bite-sized, hilarious episodes.

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The series retells the stories of the Star Wars universe in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace™ up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi™, through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2. Rooted in the humor and excitement that can only be conveyed through the LEGO brick, the five-part, 22 min episode series is a great resource for families as they gear up for the next movie!

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You can pick up toys and sets of LEGO anywhere toys are sold.  There are a bunch to choose from, so choose wisely.  May the force be with you.

Lego® Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles

Check out these fun clips from Lego® Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – it’s available now for purchase!  My son loves it.  Unleash the lighter side of the Force with this action packed release that comes with four complete episodes, plus a bonus alternate ending.

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My son popped this into the DVD player the second it arrived, and he loved it.  Star Wars PLUS LEGO?  What kid can resist?  There is a clip below- your child (and likely your husband) will enjoy watching it- and then drag you out to the store to grab a copy.  Take a look, it’s cute.