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Hasbro Angry Birds Star Wars Fun – May the Fourth Be With You!

Just in time for the weekend I received a great package from Hasbro for review. It contained an Angry Birds Star Wars Millennium Falcon Bounce game, as well as an Angry Birds Star Wars Foam Flyer (Luke Skywalker in our case). Considering the popularity of both properties in this house of boys, you can perhaps imagine how stoked Little Boo was! Remember we reviewed the AT-AT Attack Battle Game before Christmas? He’s even happier with this game.

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The Millennium Falcon game comes with “some assembly required.” There are a series of stickers for the ship itself, which Little Boo used the illustrations in the instruction sheet to place. Then there are a bunch of extra stickers you can use to decorate the inside of the box. The instructions recommend using the box as a back-drop for the game. It does catch most of the stray balls before they get too far.

LB was actually pretty excited just to have a Millennium Falcon toy of his own, even without the rest of the game play. See his proud smile after putting it together?

The instructions were basically easily to follow (this isn’t a complicated process). But it wasn’t clear to me which way the cardboard bottom of the Falcon was supposed to face, as each side was illustrated differently. After a little hmming and hawing we went with the more involved illustration facing up, as you can see it from the top of the ship. Here’s our finished product, set up and ready to go:

The concept is quite simple, though there’s definitely a challenge to the game. The cardboard pigs sit on and around the ship, and the players bounce the Angry Birds Star Wars balls at them to attempt to knock them over. Each knock-down scores 1000 points. You can score 3000 for landing your ball in the centre hole, and 5000 for getting into the cockpit. Total excitement if you get the cockpit while taking out a pig or two! The first player to 30,000 points wins.

We decided to play on the floor, to avoid too much aggravation with chasing stray balls. The balls are a hard plastic, so they have an interesting bounce. I have to say it took some practice to start hitting any of our targets! But, when it works??

Awesome!

(For the record, that was a 1000 point score – 6000 was his running count.)

 

Little Boo added a component to the game. He decided that after our 10th turns, if we got no points on a turn we would be allowed to bring in the “Mighty Luke Skywalker,” i.e., the Foam Flyer we also received. I thought that was a pretty clever copy of the “Mighty Eagle” that can come to your rescue in the mobile Angry Birds game. For the record? He may be bigger, and does cause more destruction if he hits, but he’s no easier to aim.

 

We had a blast playing this together and testing out different angles and speeds for bouncing the balls. I also like that this is a game he can play either on his own, or with any number of friends taking turns.

Here are the official descriptions of the two toys we received:

ANGRY BIRDSTM STAR WARS® MILLENNIUM FALCONTM BOUNCE GAME

(Approximate retail price: $19.99; Ages: 8 & up; Players: 1-2)

Bounce into action with the new ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS MILLENNIUM FALCON BOUNCE GAME. Bounce three balls at the MILLENNIUM FALCON to knock down as many enemy pigs as possible, and land in the cockpit to score big! Players can also unlock ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS in-app content with a special code in each pack.





ANGRY BIRDSTM STAR WARS® FOAM FLYERS

(Approximate retail price: $9.99; Ages: 5 & up)

Toss around these 3.5-inch soft foam, iconic characters for a new way to play ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS! Available in LUKE SKYWALKER, CHEWBACCA, DARTH VADER and STORMTROOPER. Each sold separately.

A Giveaway

In celebration of the annual Star Wars Day coming up this Saturday, May the 4th (be with you …), Hasbro in the US is offering a Millennium Falcon Bounce game to one lucky Raising My Boys reader. Entries are via the Rafflecopter widget below and will be accepted until 12:00 midnight EDT, May 8. Please note that this giveaway is open to US Residents only. Best of luck!!

 

Disclosure: I received complimentary products to facilitate my review. No other compensation was offered or received. All opinions on the blog, as always, remain my own (or those of my family).

Cars 3 Now Available on BluRay {review & giveaway}

Disney/Pixar’s “Cars 3” was a big hit in theatres earlier this year, and it’s now available for your home viewing pleasure on BluRay/DVD and digital download. The action takes place an undisclosed number of years after the original movie and finds Lightning McQueen competing against a new generation of amazingly fast and flashy racers. This new generation is high tech and engineered for maximum speed, leaving McQueen struggling to keep up. Following a devastating crash, he gets a new, young trainer, Cruz Ramirez whose goal it is to teach this old dog some new tricks.

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As should be expected, “Cars 3” brings amazing, realistic animation, courtesy of the talent at Pixar. It also comes with a solid story line and excellent character development, reminiscent of the first Cars movie. There are even a good few flashbacks to Doc Hudson, providing inspiration to Lightning as he faces his new challenges. This is a story of generations, and change, and of accepting new roles. It’s also a story of believing in yourself and the power of confidence.

 

In many ways, Cruz Ramirez is the quiet star of this movie. She presents a complicated character with a solid back story, and her development over the course of the film is a key plot point. As we watch her confidence grow, we are given a wonderful, strong female character in what has primarily been a franchise primarily appealing to boys.

 

“Cars 3” tells a great story, and tells it well. There are lots of laughs, and lots of emotions. Definitely recommend.

 

This BluRay Combo pack includes both a BluRay and a DVD disc, as well as a third disc with bonus features. There are deleted scenes as well as behind the scenes looks at how characters where imagined and developed and how real-world racing influenced the film makers. The package also includes the Pixar short, “Lou,” a sweet little story about a school bully and how he turns around.

Get Yours

“Cars 3” is available wherever you usually purchase your movies. If you wish to order online, here is my affiliate link for Amazon.

 

 

A Giveaway

Or you could win one! One lucky RMB reader will receive their own copy of “Cars 3” on Disney BluRay + DVD + Digital combo disc. Entries are via the widget below and will be accepted until 11:59pm ET, December 10. Giveaway is open to Canadian residents only. Best of luck!

Come Get Creative at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire Sept. 21-22 #MMFTO

Are you looking for something a little different to enjoy with the kids this coming weekend? Well, there’s a really neat event happening in Toronto, at Wychwood Barns (St. Clair and Bathurst – easily accessible by TTC!) The Toronto Mini Maker Faire takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 21-22, and will bring together innovators, artists and hackers from all over the GTA to participate in Toronto’s greatest show and tell!

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This interactive event will introduce GTA families to dozens of “makers,” ready to show off their projects and involve you in a variety of activities and workshops. There’ll be robots, 3D printing (even with chocolate!), upcycled creations, scupltures, laser tag, and more. You can see the line-up of participating makers here.

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Do you have a creative kid on your hands? Or maybe you’re a back-yard inventor yourself? This event is for you!
Ticket Information
Ticket prices are currently discounted by 50%, just for a limited time!
Head over today to purchase through Eventbrite!
Adult per day: $12.50 (regular $25)
Student/Senior/Unwaged per day: $7.50 (regular $15)
Child (6-12 years) per day: $4 (regular $8)
Sunday Family Pass (2 adults, up to four children): $30
Children 5 and under are free.

Follow the Faire on Twitter at @MakerFaire_TO #MMFTO, or join them on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/MakerFaireToronto to keep up to date on all the happenings!

Disclosure: I received complimentary event tickets to thank me for helping to promote the Faire. All opinions on this blog, as always, remain my own.

Portion-Controlled Treats from Allans Candy

Sometimes you just need a little something sweet for a pick-me-up. Nothing big, just enough to satisfy a sweet craving. Allan Candy, a Canadian company, has just come out with a sweet treat that will do the trick!

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Allan’s Dessert Bites are soft, chewy candies, wrapped in a creamy or chocolate coating. The flavours are based on four popular desserts – Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Apple Pie, Key Lime Pie, and Strawberry Shortcake. The bite-sized candies really do deliver on these flavours, staying pretty true to the real things.

 

The Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake is my favourite, probably because I love chocolate. I prefer this coating to the yogourty coating on the other flavours, but all taste good.

 

The serving size listed in the nutritional information is 14 pieces, but I found maybe half of that was enough to satisfy my sweet craving. 8 pieces would come in about 100 calories. This is a nice option for a portion-controlled sweet indulgence. These are gluten free as well, and more flavours may be in the works!

 

Key Lime Pie, Strawberry Shortcake, Apple Pie, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake

Allan’s Dessert Bites are available in 200g resealable packages (perfect for your desk drawer). Right now they are offering a printable $2 off coupon on their Facebook page. So head over, print out your coupon, and introduce yourself to a little sweet Canadian treat.