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Rogue One a Star Wars Story is the best stars wars movie yet!

Now if you loved Star Wars growing up this will be the film that you’ve waited for… if you are a purist and said 1,2,3 werent for me… then this is it… its right on tone with the original 4,5,6.  Without giving too many spoilers (I’ll try to keep this spoiler free).  This story is the backstory to how the Rebels come to be, how they come to learn about the death star, and get the plans to the death star.

Lucasfilm’s highly anticipated, first-ever standalone Star Wars adventure, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is now playing in theatres everywhere!

In a time of conflict, a group of unlikely heroes band together on a mission to steal the plans to the Death Star, the Empire’s ultimate weapon of destruction. This key event in the Star Wars timeline brings together ordinary people who choose to do extraordinary things, and in doing so, become part of something greater than themselves.

I loved this movie… I really think anyone can see it, you dont have to be a Star Wars fan to know really where this story starts (sure its great to have the backstory but really it does standalone).

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The force is strong in terms of the popcorn eating in my house #PopWars

PS_SW_ExtraChessyMy son loves cheese… my son loves popcorn… so if you put them together like Pop Secret did, then needless to say I never even got a crumb to eat.

Like anyone born in the 1980s we grew up loving star wars and of course what we loved when we were children, some how becomes what our children love.  Marc loves the concepts of star wars and so seeing one of his favorite characters on a bag of popcorn that happens to be his favorite flavor – like wow.

Marc had a friend over and their were playing with some star wars figures watching episodes of clone wars on netflix and were just munching away on their pop secret.  This was a great snack for my wife cause it took no time, simply pop open the bag and pour some out into little cups for the kids.  Harper my daughter who is a little popcorn monster got into the action as well.

Once the kids got a hold of the Pop Secret’s new bag that featured Chewie from the Star Wars saga they then noticed the fun trivia to test each others knowledge about star wars.

Since 1984, Pop Secret has been offering popcorn fans a quality product that makes watching movies at home just as fun as going to the theater!  Make sure you have some on-hand for impromptu movie nights at home, picnics in the park, beach trips or sports practice. The Pop Secret pre-popped popcorn line is launching this year with a few delicious flavors, White Cheddar, Salted, Homestyle, Kettle Corn and the new Extra Cheesy.

 

Disclosure: I have partnered with Life of Dad and Pop Secret and was compensated for my participation in this promotion.

The Force Will Be With You Everywhere With “Star Wars: The Digital Movie Collection”

As anticipation builds for the December release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the first new film in the Star Wars Saga in a decade, The Walt Disney Studios, Lucasfilm Ltd., and 20th Century Fox today announced the upcoming release of The Star Wars Digital Movie Collection. For the first time ever, all six epic films in the Saga, from The Phantom Menace to Return of the Jedi, will be available on Digital HD throughout the galaxy ­ or at least here on Earth ­ globally beginning Friday, April 10.

“Since the debut of the first film nearly 40 years ago, Star Wars has become a worldwide phenomenon with legions of fans from every generation,” said Alan Bergman, President, The Walt Disney Studios. It’s only fitting that audiences enjoy this legendary Saga and its many fascinating behind-the-scenes stories on a wide variety of platforms, and we’re very excited to finally bring all six films to Digital HD for the first time.

“We’re thrilled that fans will be able to enjoy the Star Wars Saga on their digital devices wherever they go,” commented Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. “These films broke new ground in technology, design, sound, and visual effects, and we’ve created some very special bonus material which delves into the Saga’s rich history, including new and never-before-released conversations between legendary Star Wars artists ­ the masters who helped
George bring his iconic universe to life.”

With Star Wars: Episodes I-VI available for purchase as a complete digital movie collection and individually, viewers will have the Rebel forces at their beck and call across their favorite devices anywhere ­ sunbathing at the beach, relaxing in their living room with friends, or waiting to board a flight to Endor (or elsewhere).

Enhancing the movie collection are a host of never-before-seen special features including Star Wars: Discoveries from Inside and insightful Conversations between key contributors from across this celebrated film franchise, plus a curated collection of classic Star Wars extras from each film. These are the droids you’re looking for.

LEGO Star Wars: Droid Tales – will be the force behind Disney XD

Astar-wars-universe-a-z-poster-legos its title suggests, Droid Tales is a re-telling of the Star Wars universe through the eyes of C-3P0 and R2-D2. Following their victory celebration in the Ewok village on Endor, seen at the close of Star Wars: Return of the Jedi, C-3PO and R2-D2 have gathered to regale Luke, Leia, Han, Chewbacca and the other Rebels with the tales of their adventures that led to the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. An accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga. The series offers all of the playful humor that viewers expect from LEGO Star Wars.

The animated content series consists of five 22-minute episodes that re-tell the Star Wars saga in chronological order from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace up through Star Wars: Return of the Jedi.

Holiday Kids Gift Guide 2014: Boys

The holiday season’s upon us, and with all the toys and games out there, it can certainly be tricky to sort through all the products and pick out a good present. Let us help you figure it all out– check out our top picks for boys’ gifts in 2014:

91BopNhrYDL._SL1500_Moustache Smash, $9.88

Spin Master Games’s Moustache Smash is the matching game that is speedy, silly-looking fun! Each player keeps a moustache held up to their face. As each card is turned over, watch for a card matching your ‘stache in either color or shape. See a match, then smash it fast! Be the first to smash the ‘stache card and your moustache’s suction cup will pick it up and you score a point. But don’t smash the wrong card, or you’ll pay a penalty and lose two of your cards into the pot. Collect the most moustache cards and you win!

 

Disney-Big-Hero-6-Deluxe--pTRU1-19357276dtBig Hero 6 Deluxe Flying Baymax, $29.99

Based on the beloved robot Baymax from Disney’s Big Hero 6, this massive figure is ready to fly into battle using all his great weapons and features to save the day, just like in the movie. Comes with accessory figure of boy genius Hiro, which unlocks additional special features when connected with Baymax. Boys will have tons of fun re-creating their favorite scenes from Big Hero 6 with this great toy!

 

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As anyone with boys in their life knows, superheroes are ALWAYS a big hit. With the Avengers Assemble Hulk Gamma Green Smash Fists, your child can become the Hulk like never before! The fists will fit over anyone’s hands, from kids to adults. They’re awesome fun for anyone who’s a fan of the Avengers, and especially anyone who’s ever wanted to wield the unlimited strength of the Incredible Hulk and adventure alongside the other Avengers as their most powerful member!

 

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Spy Gear Mission Alpha Kit, $72.99

Has your child ever wanted to be a spy? Help him start up a career in espionage with the Spy Gear Mission Alpha Kit! Featuring four high-tech pieces of Spy Gear, the Mission Alpha Kit covers all the fundamental needs of secret agents. Inside you’ll discover Field Agent Walkie Talkies, a Micro Agent Listener, a Micro Agent Motion Alarm and a multi-functional Field Agent Spy Watch. Each tool helps your child complete secret mission as he listens, watches, and communicates with superior stealth. Start your spy game right with the four-in-one Mission Alpha Kit!

 

71Z7ATk4CIL._SL1500_Zoomer Dino, $99.92

If you’re an avid reader of DaDaRocks, you’ve heard of Zoomer Dino before, and there’s no time like the present to grab one of these super cool remote-controlled dinos for your little boy! With real dinosaur movements, sounds, and dino-sense responsiveness, Boomer can detect when you’re interacting with him. And just like a real dinosaur, Boomer can get angry, spin around, chomp his massive reptile jaws, and roar! Boomer the Zoomer Dino is sure to be a hit this holiday season!

 

pTRU1-18227961dtTeenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Colossal 48 Inch Michelangelo Figure, $79.99

Fans of Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, this one’s for you! With nine points of articulation, your favorite ninjutsu-practicing, nunchuck-wielding turtle stands 48″ tall and is ready to foil the Foot Clan no matter what they have planned. He has storage space to hold all of your ninja secrets in a hidden compartment in his shell. With the giant-sized Michelangelo at your side, you can take down Shredder once and for all!

 

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Based on last summer’s Transformers: Age of Extinction, there’s never been a more powerful Transformers team-up than the Autobot leader Optimus Prime riding into battle on the back of the Dinobot leader Grimlock. With this Stomp and Chomp Grimlock figure, you can re-create that epic alliance. Place the included Optimus Prime figure on the dino’s back to activate sounds, light-up eyes, and pop-out weapons. The battle-activation feature works with other Age of Extinction figures as well, and Stomp and Chomp Grimlock recognizes whether the figure on its back is an Autobot or Decepticon character and will activate different lights, sounds, and weapons depending on which side you choose! Collect your favorite characters, choose your side, and join the battle against extinction.

 

71SxOT00EwL._SL1000_Lego Star Wars Milennium Falcon (7965), $149.99

Kids from ages 9 to 14 will be happy the old man got the tractor beam out of commission when they blast off with the Millennium Falcon LEGO Star Wars Set. Straight from the Death Star escape scene of Episode IV: A New Hope, kids can craft this replica of Han Solo’s iconic starship from more than 1,200 LEGO pieces for a detailed, articulating display. With twin flick missiles, rotating laser cannons, and detachable cockpit cover, this Millennium Falcon set’s got more than a few surprises left in it for you and your child to discover this holiday season!

 

91hSjmKQf7L._SL1500_Star Wars Command Sets, $4.99-$29.99

Kids can re-create their favorite battles from the Star Wars franchise (and create more of their own!) with the Star Wars Command sets by Hasbro! A great and affordable choice for this holiday season, Star Wars Command sets (which come in a variety of different sizes) help your son command the force like never before. They’re bound to fly off the shelves for the holidays– they’ve already made a splash in our house!

 

 

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Using safe, soft long range arrows that can soar 100 feet, Zing’s Air Z-Curve Bow is the ultimate foam arrow shooter for high tech archery! The Air Z-Curve Bow fires an array of different arrows, including the long range RedX foam tip arrow that will bounce back off of targets and walls, the Foamtek so’ foam suction cup tip arrow that will stick to almost anything, and the So’ek suction cup arrow (all included!) Set includes bow, two long range arrows, and a stick anywhere Zartz tip dart for accurate target practice, as well as a Zip Clip holder for arrows.

Star Wars Command gives kids the endless ability to imagine the battle #CommandTheForce

IMG_1391 (1)Calling all Jedi, Sith, and Clone Troopers! Oh so you’ve meet my son – who is a little Star Wars obi-wan as he’s got the bedding, the books (I really think his first alphabet book was made with Star Wars items), and he’s got plenty of toys. But these new toys really have allowed him to use his imagination and create large-scale epic battles of the Star Wars franchise in your own home.

Within moments of opening the packaging you could hear like pew-pew and rooooommmmm sounds coming from his mouth. He gets to create different match up, change the terrain from the soft dunes of navy sand (or as it is in reality his bed) and the fire ball pits of the living room (we have red spotted carpet).

Well, Star Wars fans old and young alike, this is your chance to recreate those classic moments (and even make some new ones of your own)– with the new “Star Wars Command” toys! This new line of toys enables you to “Command the Force” like never before!

The figures come in sets beginning at nine figures for $4.99, making it affordable for kids to command massive armies and create the ultimate epic Star Wars battles they’ve always dreamed of! But the sets of nine soldiers aren’t all– there are also generals, vehicles, and the awesome and iconic Millennium Falcon itself! Here’s what’s in store for the “Star Wars Command” series:

 

 

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(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $4.99/Now)
The battle is in kids’ hands with STAR WARS COMMAND! Each STAR WARS COMMAND Battle Pack features nine permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and one specially detailed General—for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! Each pack sold separately.

 

 

 

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(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $9.99/ Available: Now)
Each STAR WARS COMMAND Versus Pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus two vehicles on stands for kids to pit against their friends in epic battles! Each pack sold separately.

 

 

 

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(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $14.99/ Available: Now)
Kids can customize their attacks with STAR WARS COMMAND Invasion Packs. Each pack features ten permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures —eight soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus four vehicles on stands and two special Strikers that kids can rev up and launch into battle! Each pack sold separately.

 

 

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STAR WARS® COMMAND MILLENNIUM FALCON Set
(Ages: 4 & up/ Approximate retail price: $29.99/ Available: Now)
Now, kids can finally take command of the greatest battles in STAR WARS history! STAR WARS COMMAND lets kids pit huge armies of collectibly-sized figures and vehicles against each other to determine the fate of the galaxy! The STAR WARS COMMAND MILLENNIUM FALCON features one of the most iconic vehicles in the STAR WARS universe, plus two armies for everything kids need to stage an epic battle right out of the box! Kids can pull back the MILLENNIUM FALCON and see it race forward then blast into battle at hyper speed! Set also comes with 24 permanently posed and collectibly-sized figures which includes 22 soldiers and two specially detailed Generals—plus six vehicles on stands and two special Strikers that kids can rev up and launch into battle!

These affordable and fun figures combine classic army play with collectability, innovative features, and the iconic Star Wars characters and vehicles to provide endless hours of fun for the whole family! They’re sure to be big this holiday season and beyond!
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I was provided with the toys and compensated for this post but all thoughts are my own and really you cant fake having a kid having that much fun!

18 Netflix Titles to Kickstart Your Family Movie/TV Night! #StreamTeam

School is back in session, and with it comes the daily grind of homework, club and sports team meetings, and e like. Why not make some room in all of that to sit down as a family and watch some TV or a movie together? Whether it’s a weekly event or just once in a while, Netflix has you covered for family movie/tv night with tons of great titles to watch– check out our top recommendations below!

 

For younger kids:

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1. Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 Inventor Flint Lockwood battles mutant food beasts created by his notorious machine, including shrimpanzees, tacodiles and jellyfish sandwiches.
2. The Pirate Fairy In this spritely tale, Tinker Bell and her friends set out to find free-spirited fairy Zarina after she makes off with some precious Blue Pixie Dust.
3. Hoodwinked Investigators searching for a candy recipe thief uncover a tangled web of messy delights in this animated spoof of the Little Red Riding Hood story.
4. Angelina Ballerina Angelina Ballerina joins her friends for fun adventures in the palace, where they solve a mystery and put on a grand ballet for the king and queen.
5. Bob the Builder In this collection of tales, Bob and friends have to repair a barn right before a big storm hits, and Lofty the Crane is fitted with a strong magnet.
6. The Muppet Movie After deciding to pursue a career in acting, Kermit the Frog heads to Hollywood. Along the way, he meets Miss Piggy and the rest of the Muppets cast.

For older kids:

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1. Strange Hill High Three students investigate numerous unusual occurrences at Strange Hill High, an all-but-forgotten inner-city school with many secrets and mysteries.
2. The Avengers An all-star lineup of superheroes — including Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk and Captain America — team up to save the world from certain doom.
3. The Smurfs 2 Evil magician Gargamel continues his quest to tap the power of the Smurfs, creating a pair of his own “Smurf-alikes” called the Naughties.
4. Star Wars: The Clone Wars Follow the animated adventures of the Jedi knights, including Anakin Skywalker and his master, Obi-Wan Kenobi. Season 6 available only on Netflix.
5. Free Birds When two adversarial turkeys find a time machine, they take a wild trip to the past to try to take turkey off the traditional Thanksgiving menu.
6. Mako Mermaids: An H2O Adventure This “H2O” sequel follows Zac, a boy who accidentally turns into a merman and threatens the existence of three young mermaids who guard Mako Island.

For teens and up:

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1. Clueless Meddlesome Beverly Hills high school student Cher gets more than she bargained for when she gives a fashion-challenged student a makeover.
2. The Breakfast Club The athlete, the brain, the criminal, the princess and the basket case break through the social barriers of high school during Saturday detention.
3. Friday Night Lights Eric Taylor faces enormous pressure when he signs on as the new coach of a small-town Texas football team that’s poised to win the state championship.
4. The Vampire Diaries Trapped in adolescent bodies, feuding vampire brothers Stefan and Damon vie for the affection of captivating teenager Elena.
5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off Ferris convinces his entire school he’s at death’s door, then hits the streets of Chicago with his girlfriend and best friend for a day of fun.
6. 13 Going on 30 When a geeky teen’s birthday party goes awry and she makes a wish that she could be 30, she wakes up to discover she’s flash-forwarded 17 years.

Before you sit down to watch one of these titles – or your own family favorite – check out these tipsfrom Common Sense Media on how to make family movie or TV night a success.

Disney Holiday Product Preview

20140625_163732_resizedThere’s certainly something to be said for Christmas in July. After all, even though the chill of winter may be the furthest thing from our minds as we grill and watch the fireworks this weekend, the holiday season is only a few months away, and it’s never too early to get ready! That’s certainly the attitude Disney had toward things when they recently showcased their upcoming products for the 2014 holiday season. It’s set to be quite the exciting time this year for boys, girls, and even moms and dads, with toys, games, electronics and apparel based on some of Disney’s hottest properties.

For boys, superheroes are a perennial classic, and this year looks to be no different, with a big push toward the sure-blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy (due in theaters this August). The film’s minuscule hero Rocket Raccoon is getting a particular dose of star treatment, with action figures, plush, and more bearing the character’s image (and phrases voiced by none other than Bradley Cooper, who lends his acting charm to the character in the movie as well!) The Avengers are also a big focus this year, with a holiday children’s book featuring narration by Marvel legend Stan Lee, and of course the upcoming Disney Infinity 2.0Infinity 2.0, a follow-up to last year’s wildly successful Disney Infinity, will center around Marvel heroes like the Avengers, Spider-Man, and more, and is ready to hit shelves this September.

Girls this year will be more than ready to “Let it Go” with the stars of Disney’s Frozen, who will feature on a number of playsets, books, and costumes inspired by the instant classic. The film’s  booming fanbase has only continued to grow since the film’s debut last winter, and Frozen‘s spike in popularity has in turn led to the two princess leads, Anna and Elsa, (and their lovable snowman pal Olaf) appearing anywhere and everywhere you could imagine. Coming this winter, be sure to keep an eye out for new Animator’s Collection dolls of Anna and Elsa, an Olaf snow cone maker, and more!

Finally, for the teens and adults in your life, Disney’s got plenty to offer as well, with lines of headphones, speakers, collectible items, and apparel featuring such licenses as Marvel and Star Wars, and of course the classic Disney characters and princesses. Standouts include a partnership with Vans to produce Stormtrooper-based shoes, bags, and apparel, a partnership with Under Armour to create Marvel-themed cleats, workout shirts, and more, and (going back to Star Wars), headphones based around the Rebels and Empire, and a portable Death Star speaker.

We’ve certainly got a great holiday season ahead of us from Disney, and I don’t know about you, but I for one am glad that it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!