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New Light and Dark Elements Coming to Skyland!


    My son is unber excited about this- i know where his Christmas money is going!

      "New Light and Dark Element Trap Master Skylanders to be Included in Special

                         Elemental Quest Packs This Holiday Season


         Never-Before-Seen Elemental Zones and Villains Now can be Accessed and Captured in

Skylanders Trap Team



      SANTA MONICA, Calif. – Dec. 17, 2014 – For the first time since the launch of theSkylanders® franchise, two entirely new elements – Light and Dark – will be unleashed in the world of Skylands, announced Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (NASDAQ: ATVI). Two new Trap Masters, Knight Mare and Knight Light, will hit store shelves nationwide this holiday season via special Light and Dark Elemental Quest Packs, ushering in new adventures in the lore of Skylanders® Trap Team. Each Elemental Quest Pack contains a Trap Master, a special Trap capable of capturing either Light or Dark villains, as well as a location piece that unlocks a special level in the game. The Light and Dark Elemental Quest Packs will be available at all major retailers nationwide for a suggested retail price of $29.99. Lucky Skylanders fans will be able to get their hands on copies of the Light Elemental Quest Packs, which will be available first at Toys”R”Us® stores nationwide starting Sunday, December 21.

      Portal Masters will have the opportunity to explore new levels within the Skylanders Trap Team universe, where they will find never-before-seen villains to capture and environments to explore. Amongst these villains are Luminous and Nightshade, who belong to the Doom Raiders - the elite members of Kaos’ army of Skylands’ most notorious bad guys.

“It’s amazing to see how deeply engrossed and fascinated our fans have been with the lore of the Skylanders franchise,” said John Coyne, vice president of Consumer Marketing at Activision Publishing, Inc. “By unveiling new Light and Dark elements and heroes to theSkylanders universe, our fans around the world will have new ways of exploring all the magic, excitement and fun of Skylands.”

The introduction of Light and Dark elements reveals additional backstory of the Skylandersuniverse for fans to explore.  Long ago, Knight Light and Knight Mare were both protectors of Skylands until being sealed off in other realms. Now that they have joined the Trap Masters, Knight Light wields his TraptaniumTM Blade and Knight Mare unleashes her deadly Traptanium Lance to bring down evil everywhere!

      Skylanders Trap Team is playable with more than 175 unique toys from all previous games – Skylanders® SWAP Force, Skylanders® Giants and Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure. Every character is able to defeat and trap villains using Traptanium Traps, providing fans more ways to enjoy their collections. The game is available on the following platforms: Nintendo's Wii™ system and Nintendo's Wii U™ system; Xbox One and Xbox 360 games and entertainment systems from Microsoft; and PlayStation® 3 and PlayStation® 4 computer entertainment systems from Sony. A different adventure is also available on the Nintendo 3DS hand-held system. Additionally, the complete Skylanders Trap Team experience is available on Kindle Fire and Android tablets, as well as a variety of iPads®, including iPad® (3rd  Generation), iPad® (4th Generation), iPad Air™, iPad Air™ 2, iPad mini™,  iPad mini™ 2 and iPad mini™ 3.

About the Skylanders® Franchise

The award-winning, $2 billion Skylanders videogame franchise featuring the Toys-to-Life interactive figures, portal and accessories that seamlessly bridge the physical and virtual worlds across multiple platforms, debuted in 2011 with Skylanders® Spyro’s Adventure. In October 2012, Skylanders® Giants expanded interactivity with its mega-sized Giant Skylanders collectible figures and LightCore® characters. Skylanders® SWAP Force launched in October 2013 and introduced an all-new play pattern - swapability. Skylanders was the top selling kids' videogame franchise of 20131  worldwide, and is one of the top 20 videogame franchises of all time2Skylanders® Trap Team further enhances the capabilities of the Toys-to-Life figures, Traps, and an advanced Traptanium Portal allowing kids to reverse the magic by pulling characters out of the digital world into the physical world. For more information, please visit:www.skylanders.com and Activision.com/presscenter.


About Activision Publishing

Headquartered in Santa Monica, California, Activision Publishing, Inc. is a leading global producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Activision maintains operations throughout the world. More information about Activision and its products can be found on the company's website, www.activision.com."

Assassins Creed Phantom Blade Replica

 Straight from the Assassins Creed Game and commissioned through the eyes of the Master Todd McFarlene is a cos-players dream-

The Phantom Blade.

   The life-sized Phantom Blade replica looks as if it just popped right out of the Ubisoft hit game serious and onto your arm.  This simulated leather gauntlet fits securely onto your forearm with a sturdy Velcro strap and buckle.  The Cross bow has retractable arms, as well as a dagger that fits right in and shoots with a press of a button.  The functional hidden blade is intricately sculpted, and pops out with another press of a button as wellThis makes it not only a display piece, but a great accessory for any Cosplayers looking to go as Arno for any con or to just sit at home- whatever floats your boat.
  As always McFarlene's commitment to detail has not left us wanting.  From the feel of the foe leather to the detailed engravings on the bow, and daggers, this looks as menacing and beautiful in its 3D version as it does on your screen!

Weekly Events and Happenings December 15-21 2014

Monday December 15th

Bill of Rights Day 
National Lemon Cupcake Day

Baby and Me Yoga
When: 11:30-12:30
Where: Yoga Long Beach, 54 West Park Avenue, Long Beach NY 11561
Info: Please call for cost (516)889-0808

Explorer Family Backpacks:  Get a backpack and discover the beauty of all the different world cultures through art in the gallery! Then your child will create one of their own to bring home!
When:10:00am - 5:00pm
Where: Hofstra University, Hempstead Turnpike , Hempstead NY 11549
Cost: Free

Mega Bloks Holiday Must Haves!

   Mega Bloks is becoming one of the leaders in building sets for children of all ages.  With sets that fill every age group and both genders, there are an endless array of products for you to choose from this holiday season!
    First up, and by far my favorite, the Barbie World of kits.  We tried out the Build 'N Play Fab Mansion, and it was awesome.  Build the house and all the accessories, and then arrange them to perfection with ease!  Then play with your creation with the mini-figures that come along with the set!  What is even better is your house doesn't stop here!  You can buy more room and kits and keep on adding to your little one's hearts desire!

ASPCA Humane Holiday Meal Education

     "With the holiday season quickly approaching, the ASPCA is hoping to educate families on how to have a more humane and healthy holiday meal. As you may already know, the holidays are the number one time of year for meat consumption, but the majority of these animals have been raised on factory farms in cruel and unsafe conditions which also raise serious food safety concerns. That’s why we’re asking folks to use the 5 tips below on how to have a more humane and healthy holiday."

GREAT New Nick Jr. App For Free!


      New Preschool App Follows Net’s Successful Launches of Top-Ranking, Curriculum-Driven Titles including PAW Patrol Rescue Run and Wallykazam! Letter and Word Magic

NEW YORK – Dec. 11, 2014 – Following the tremendous success of the Emmy Award-winning Nick App, which launched in 2013 and has already had 11 million downloads globally, Nickelodeon today announced the launch of the Nick Jr. App, a new branded platform that allows kids to interact with and learn from their favorite Nickelodeon preschool characters anytime and anywhere.  The app is initially available for iPad.

Wonder Forge Star Wars Face Off Dice Game

                                   Star Wars Face Off Dice Game From Wonder Forge!

  This simple Dice game is fun for the whole family.  It comes in a "Good vs. Evil"  dice cup with Darth Vadar face sculpted on one side and Luke Skywalker on the other giving you a preview of the good vs evil game play.  Five custom dice are included and each die has four heroes and 2 villans on it.  The goal of the game is to gain 250 pts before your opponets do.  You can do this by either going hero or going villain  and that can change turn for turn.  The Characters on the dice lead to different point variations, so if you are going hero, you can re roll up to three times until you get the combination of hero's that you are satisfied with.  Now, with this comes a serious draw back- during one of your rolls if you roll all villians, you lose that turn and gain no points.

        Going villian offers similar gameplay, however you only get to reroll once and you keep the outcome to yourself, you tell your fellow players what combo you got and now you wait to see if anyone is going to call you out on it or not.  If they do call you out and you are telling the truth (like when Darth told Luke he WAS his father- sorry for the spoiler alert) you get double the points, if you lie and get caught then the player who confronted you gets the points.  If no one calls you out then you get the points you claimed.  Its a slippery slode of deception. All I know is that is I play with my friends, one in particular (JUSTIN) I will always call out- that guy is a cheater.

    I love dice games, especially one that is themed with a franchise that I love. Wonder Forge is great at creating franchise based games with unique and fun game play. This is available at Target and will be a great gift for kids and adults a like this holiday season!

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