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Get Your Family Game On with Hasbro

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As my regular readers and friends know, in
our house, board games and games in general are always fun and special shared time.

So many memories of family time involve board games (Monopoly, Life, and Clue to name a few) and now with my husband and our friends we’ve built upon that with Taboo, Funny or Die and the classic and oh-so-fun Twister!

Going out is indeed great fun with friends, but staying in and playing some classic (and trying some new) board games is always a fun time.

How do the best games nights go? Well, as much as hubby and I enjoy actually playing against each other, having friends over definitely adds to the fun.

Our ingredients for a Great Games Night:
Invite some great friends (or of course, have the family over)
Plan some yummy snacks (see the book in the picture for tips)
Pick some great games
Let the fun begin!

Games where teams form are always fun, but so are board games, it all depends on the group at the time. A few favourite board games of ours are Clue, Minion Operation and of course Monopoly. And a new couple favourites for even more fun are Funny or Die and Taboo. Hubby and I admit, Taboo when we tried it out was immediately acquired.

The last long-weekend of the summer is upon us, and what better time to have your own games night than this.

Which games will you choose? What’s your favourite party snack? I’m thinking outdoor Twister followed by some Funny or Die and Taboo with ‘Itty Bitty BLT’s’ :).

Like, comment and share and you may just win a fantastic ‘Get Your Game On’ prize pack ;). ***Canada Only

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The great Christmas shop has begun!

I freely admit it. I am beyond behind this year. Like, really, beyond behind in everything related to the holidays. I blame it on being sick since the end of September combined with a crazy schedule and a trip to the desert.

I have literally been non-stop trying to catch up from trying to catch up and failing because more stuff came up.

But I digress.

Time to put on my big girl pants and move on, the holidays are upon us and I have got to get moving.

This year is going to be all about simplicity and getting back to basics.

I’m having to redefine what Christmas essentials are and prioritize accordingly.

First up, my family Christmas is, gasp, tomorrow! Yes, I was the slightly panicked Aunt at the store tonight making sure I had something special for the kids. Thankfully I used my ‘back to basics’ strategy and it paid off. I went to my old faves: board games! I love them and my sister and I always played them as kids so I thought why not grab a couple for her kids to build memories with?

After debating between several favourites including Monopoly Junior and Hungry Hungry Hippos, I decided upon Chutes and Ladders and Minion Memory.

I have wonderful memories or both of these and no matter how old we get, these are fun to play.

So, phase one of Christmas is now complete. What is phase two you ask? Well, I need cards, need ideas for my hubby (more on that to come) and of course, I still need to decorate.

How are you managing? Have you started? Any advice for this Nonmom? 🙂

Hasbro Gaming Chutes and Ladders, Minion Memory

My Monopoly, that’s right, make your own Monoply is here!

Have you ever wished you could re-name some of the spots on your Monopoly board? Well, now you can, and complete with your own fun pictures too.

This latest incarnation of the popular game (one of my personal favourites I assure you) allows you to add your own photos to the property spaces and cards. It adds a whole new level when you can own ‘Dad’s man cave’ or ‘Mom’s dream kitchen’. In our house properties could range from owning race car teams to cat food factories (the furballs like to be involved after all lol).

A game that is truly timeless, I alone have probably 5 different versions of it and play them all, it really is fun for families and groups.

What I love is that nothing about the game is sacrificed, but now the capability is really there to have a true ‘Family Board’. This would be perfect for weddings, birthdays and more. I am really excited about it and debate has been active in our home on what to make the properties for us.

That’s where you come in, and as my thank you to you, and Hasbro too of course, you can win your very own My Monopoly!

What do you need to do to win? Simply suggest either a fun idea for a property for me, or your best idea for your future board by commenting here or on the Facebook page. I will randomly draw a winner, open to Canada only. Contest starts now and ends midnight my time (EST) on September 18th.

Review: #Transformers Toys from Hasbro

The new Transformers movie may have arrived in theaters a week ago, but you can already bring a piece of it home for the fan in your life with the toys from Hasbro.

Since the toys themselves are rather multi-generational, they come in different versions for different age groups, and what I love about the two lines is that there is no short-changing on fun with the younger age group’s toys.

Optimus Prime HasbroOptimus Prime Hasbro

The first line of for the younger kids (or, me), ‘Smash and Change’, is perfect for smaller hands and sacrifices nothing in the level of fun for the kids. As you can see from the pictures, the detail is very well done, and the toys are very durable too (also important for smaller hands).

And I would also like to mention the packaging. It has a retro feel to it, and frankly, that made me smile as I grew up with the original Transformers and this is VERY reminiscent of them. But I digress. 😉

Next up is the 16-step Dinobot Slug figure from the Transformers Generations Deluxe Class line. Obviously this one is aimed at an older crowd, 8 and up, and had smaller parts and a slightly more complicated level of play to it. The 16-step process may sound intimidating (it did to me), but I am constantly amazed at how quickly the kids can transform these toys. So, I wouldn’t worry too much ;).

There is also an app for an added level of play that mom and dad can check out on iPhone and Android for to add to the fun. I really like that Hasbro takes this extra step with several of their lines so that the combination of tactile and digital play are both present. The generation coming up are so ingrained with technology that I think this will gain and hold their interest. It’s all about balance.

The toys are in-store now and ready to play with the munchkins in your life :).

On a fun note, who is your favourite Transformer? I admit it, I’m a Bumblebee girl to the core 😉

 

Review: Star Wars Black Series from Hasbro

I was very lucky to be home when this box arrived since I suspect if it had been my hubby, I may not have seen the box, it would have disappeared into the basement aka man cave ;).

That’s right, not only is the next  Star Wars movie in pre-production overseas, with the original cast too (Squee!!!), but the Black Series by Hasbro are out and wow, within minutes of posting about them on my personal Facebook page the comments were flying!

Star Wars Black Series Hasbro

DISCLAIMER: Due to the BEGGING of my friends/random people who saw the pictures, no, the boxes have not been actually opened. I fear for people showing up at my door and calling me a ‘Nerfhearder’ ;).

The series are incredibly detailed and I can tell you in all honesty (and this comes from a serious fan) that Luke and Han actually look like Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford. It’s pretty cool actually.  They come in two sizes, the 6-inch and the 3.75-inch and cover all of the movies, I even got Mara Jade as a sample. Also Darth Plagueis, who I’m told is a hard one to find ;).

For fans of the original three movies (myself included, I’m a purist, it’s gotta be the actual original ones, I don’t personally like the added effects…but that’s me), the figures will immediately take you back to the sands of Tatooine and the first Death Star battle. For fans overall (I know there’s one or two out there LOL), they haven’t left anyone out and no one could be disappointed with either size figure as the detail and attention to it is amazing.

Two of my favourite details:

1) The colouring of the figures. What I mean by that is you can actually see a colouration where ‘sand’ would be on the characters from battle. You can even see the wrinkles that would naturally occur on their costumes.

2) The lightsabers aren’t a solid painted ‘stick’ like they were when I was a kid, they’re see-through and ‘glow’ when in the light as a result. It’s a little detail, but it’s important to me (and I’m sure a lot of other fans of the franchise).

Now you can bring the adventures and epic battles of the Jedi, Sith, Imperials and Rebels to your home for the young and young at heart with incredible detail that is sure to please collectors and enthusiasts alike. The figures are in-stores now (I know, I checked last weekend when I was out).

May The Force Be With You…Always ;).

Review: The Amazing Spider-Man Toys from Hasbro!

The movie swung into theaters last week and now Spidey can swing into your little one’s toy box  for off-screen fun!

Boys and girls alike are into the super-hero hype that’s been going on with Marvel the past few years (this gal included). The one Spider I like (I am not good with actual Spiders LOL), I clearly remember coming home for lunch as a kid and my sister and I watching the Spider-Man cartoon daily.

The toys have really come a long way since then, but the fun remains.

The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Hasbro

For the bigger kids (my husband and his friends also fall into this category) there are toys such as the web-slinger which uses silly string as webbing, or can also use water. Yes grown men can also have loads of fun with this one, and rumour has it, they have….but I digress. 😉

There’s also the Spider-Strike line of figures which have a few more intricate parts that are better for bigger hands. The figures come in a few different versions but all are very detailed and have a Spider gadget that works with the figure. The one pictured has a hover-board that holds Spidey on with a magnet and has snap-action so he can grab the bad guys and fly them away. Very cool. And frankly, hearing the term ‘hover-board’ excites me. If you’re my age, you know why that is. 😉

Next up is for the littler ones. Hasbro’s Marvel Super Hero line of toys. My first love about these is that the vehicle sets come with figures, they’re not sold separately. As a Non-parent, this makes me happy since I won’t have to track down separate components, the munchkins can play straight away. I imagine this also goes over well with my parent-friends.

The PlaySkool Heroes line are  a lot of fun and make Spider-Man and his friends more approachable for them without sacrificing any of the big kid fun. They can get a Spidey figure who, when they squeeze him raises his arms to shoot his web. It’s cool actually. And again, I know I harp on this, but the detail on the toy is great. Kids are seeing more detailed versions of their super heroes on tv and in the movie and the toys need to reflect that or they will notice.

This line also includes some of Spidey’s cool vehicles for fighting the bad guys. There’s a tank (which again, includes a Spider-Man figure) and also a Web-Wheelin’ Bike! Too much fun, these are perfect for littler hands and have lots of fun features to help in Spidey’s adventures. The bike pops wheelies (seriously, I’m having childhood flashbacks of fun right now) and his Web-Strike Tank fires a web, the cockpit opens and closes so Spidey can drive properly and there’s even a claw to grab the bad guys!

Web Strike Thank Spider-Man Hasbro

And last, but certainly not least, we have the two-packs of the Super-Heroes. The one I was given to try out had Iron Man and War Machine, but they come in several combinations, and these ones in particular are the perfect size for play with the Tank and Bike. After all, Spidey could use some help from his buds right? 😉

Overall the line is pure awesomeness and guaranteed fun for the little ones (and bigger ones) in your life who want to emulate Spidey’s adventures at home before and after the movie…which I am dying to see too! 😉

Review: Helping out the Easter Bunny with #Hasbro!

Easter is coming and I can hardly wait! I have wonderful memories of the holiday and now that I’ve re-made myself, I look for alternatives to the sweet treats, but  admit I do crave one or two still. 😉

My awesome friends at Hasbro have come up with some great ideas for helping out the Bunny this weekend and first up we have Butterscotch from the FurReal Friends line. A very sweet pony for the aspiring rider or plain old horse lover in the house, she walks, makes the cutest sounds and comes with her own brush for grooming, a cute clip and a pet care guide.

FurReal Butterscotch, Hasbro

Next up are the Marvel Super Hero Mashers. These are super-cool for the super-hero fan in your life as all of the parts of the figures are interchangeable! You can actually build, and re-build, your very own ultimate hero. Me, I’d use Spidey’s head, Captain America’s torso, Hulk’s legs and Iron Man’s arms. I think that would be cool. 😉

Marvel Superhero Mashers, Hasbro

And finally, one for the whole family: Mouse Trap! Bright colours, durable parts and the cute Elefun mice Nacho, Pepper and Sneakers all come together for some fun. Whoever traps one of the mice first wins, and what a cool trap it is incorporating characters and even a boot! It’s uber-cute and sure to bring lots of smiles.

Mouse Trap game, Hasbro, Elefun

I’m a big believer in family time at holidays, and in general, and spending time working together designing the ultimate super-hero, walking a pony and indeed trapping some critters sounds like a great way to spend this one to me.

Happy Easter to all!