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Our favorite geeky TV news from San Diego Comic-Con

OK, we’ve covered the new movie trailers from San Diego Comic-Con – let’s switch to the smaller screen. Here are a bunch of trailers for new series, new seasons and other TV-related stuff that debuted over the past few days at the geekfest known as SDCC.

Star Trek: Discovery
Something about the title bothers me – maybe it’s the fact that it reminds me of a cable channel, or a credit card. Or maybe it still bothers me that in order to see this series, you’ll have to subscribe to another Internet service. Listen, we love Star Trek, but do we love it enough to shell another $6 per month? When you consider subscriptions for Netflix, Hulu, Amazon (if you’re paying for Prime) and HBO Now, these are starting to rack up.

Maybe we’ll change our mind if we see something more than just a ship and a title (maybe some additional plot details? Some character profiles? Anything?)
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24 Jul 2016

Review: King’s Gold lets your kids play pirate by rolling dice

Kings Gold coins dice

Game: King’s Gold
Creator: Blue Orange
Price: $11.93 (buy here on Amazon)
Players: 2 to 6
Ages: 8 to Adult

King’s Gold is a very fast game that can end even faster if you have a lucky roll of the dice. The object of the game is to collect the most gold coins, reproduced here in the form of plastic. Players can collect gold in different ways – by grabbing it from the main game box, stealing it from the king (more on that later), or stealing it from other players (which the kids love the most).

These actions are achieved by rolling five dice, each decorated with different symbols (1, 2 or 3 coins, a skull, red crossbones or a cannon). Players get three rolls of the dice to try to achieve the final goal combination for a particular action, and you can save dice off to the side if you want. If your kids have played Yahtzee, they’ll quickly understand the process.
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18 Jul 2016

Geeky stuff you should buy on Amazon Prime Day

UPDATED: OK, the sale is on, so here are some additional geeky items on sale during Amazon’s Prime Day:

Doctor Who – The Tenth Doctor’s Sonic Screwdriver

DC Comics Deck Building Game

Firefly: A Celebration (Anniversary Edition)

Heroes Wanted Card Game

GoPro HERO Session with Remote, Memory Card, and Carrying Case

GlowBowl GB001 Motion Activated Toilet Nightlight

A lot of these deals have a time limit, so check back later when we peruse the site for some more deals!

ORIGINAL POST:
Here at Mom and Dad are Geeks, we’re not above celebrating a fake holiday, especially one created by Amazon.com as a way to get you to buy more stuff.

Yes, tomorrow (July 12, 2016) is Prime Day, Amazon’s yearly “shopping event” that wants you to go online for special deals that the online retailer has set up. More importantly, it’s a way to get people to sign up for Amazon Prime, its membership that offers members free shipping as well as access to its streaming media and music services.

On the off chance that you don’t already have an Amazon Prime membership, getting one on Prime Day is a great incentive – you get to participate in the Prime Day sales, and then are ready for the shipping frenzy that occurs later in the year during the holiday shopping season.

One way you can help us, the humble creators of this site, is to sign up via this site. Just click on the banner below, which will give us a small “finders fee” if you sign up for a Prime account (this link gives you a free 30-day trial). Go ahead, we’ll wait for you.

If you already have Prime, clicking on the banner below will give you some great deals on Prime Day:

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11 Jul 2016

Should you let your kids play Pokemon Go?

Wow, we go away for a few days (vacation!) and the whole world goes crazy over a mobile app.

Yep, we’re talking about Pokemon Go, which Nintendo released for iOS and Google mobile devices over the weekend, and apparently has taken the world by storm.

We’ve seen a lot of crazes come and go, and for a mobile app to become this popular this quickly either says something about Nintendo, the Pokemon game or the fact that we’re all so connected now that news like this amplifies and spreads so much quicker. But that’s a post for another time, perhaps.

What you really want to know is, “Should I let my kids download/play this app?”
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11 Jul 2016

Geek streaming you can/should watch with your kids in July 2016

With school out and the kids already saying “We’re bored!”, here are some “new” movies that are streaming on Netflix in July 2016 (and one holdover from June 2016) that will not only entertain your kids, but will give them additional geek cred (and heck, you’ll enjoy them too).

Back to the Future trilogy (1985, 1989, 1990)
If you haven’t yet shown your kids the time-travel series starring Michael J. Fox and Christopher Lloyd yet, this is a great chance, as all three movies are available starting tomorrow. There’s some 1980s-level language to watch out for (especially the S-word and some G-damns), but for the most part kids aged 8 and up should be OK to watch this (they tend to ignore the subplots of the whole Marty/Lorraine arc). Mainly they’ll laugh every time Biff lands in the manure pile.


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30 Jun 2016

Watch us open the June 2016 Marvel Collector Corps box

Our junior staff members are back at it, unboxing the Marvel Collector Corps box that contains several Funko collectibles, a T-shirt, pins, patches and a comic book.

For the June 2016 edition, it’s “Women of Power”, featuring some of the female super-heroes we all love and adore. (Editor’s Note: We realized after we finished filming that our unboxer kept saying “Scarlet Spider”, when in fact it was Spider Gwen. Don’t send us any angry comments!)

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24 Jun 2016

Let’s create the menu for the Golden Girls restaurant

The big news yesterday for some people in this Golden Girls-obsessed household was the announcement of a Golden Girls-themed restaurant  in Washington Heights, New York (upper Manhattan).

The “Rue La Rue Cafe”, will open later this year (early September) to honor the late Rue McClanahan. The creator of the restaurant, Michael J. LaRue, was a close friend to the actress, who played Blanche Devereaux in the TV series. LaRue inherited much of McClanahan’s show business memorabilia after the actress’ death, and he said he plans to use some of these items to help decorate the restaurant. He also said he’s lined up actress Betty White, the only surviving major cast member from the show, to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The article mentions food items including “cheesecake, soups, wraps, salads, desserts, baked treats and wine”, with some items “tied to characters and situations on the show.” We love these ideas, but they seem to general to us. Here are our suggestions for the food items we’d like to see:
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21 Jun 2016

The ‘Wicked’ movie is coming in 2019: Here’s our dream cast

Wicked Movie Dream Cast

Until we get a Hamilton movie, the biggest upcoming movie based on a Broadway musical has to be Wicked. Since it debuted on Broadway in 2004, many, many people have hoped for a movie version (and since one of the producers was Universal, it was only a matter of time before they started to move on it).

According to several reports (including this one from Variety), they’ve now announced a date for the release of the movie – Dec. 20, 2019. This puts it into Christmas-movie and Acadamy Awards territory. With three-plus years to go, that’s a lot of time to make a movie that people will love, and it’s understandable that a cast hasn’t been announced yet.

One big reason for this, I think – casting this movie is going to make some people very happy, or very angry, or both.

For theater geeks, this will be bigger than Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in Batman v. Superman. It will be bigger than finding out who’s Rey’s parents are in Star Wars: Episode VIII or Episode IX.

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16 Jun 2016

E3 trailer for LEGO Star Wars: The Force Awakens shows us more Rey, Kylo and Chewie

Call us insane, but we can’t get enough of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, so we were very happy to see the latest E3 trailer from the makers of the upcoming LEGO Star Wars version of Episode VII.

This trailer gives us some more Rey moments (hooray!), as well as scenes with the pouty Kylo Ren (how will LEGO address his tantrums?) and a cool sequence featuring our favorite Resistance pilot, Poe Dameron.

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14 Jun 2016

This LEGO Ghostbusters animation is a must-see

Apologies for yet another Ghostbusters post (gee, you’d think there was another movie coming up). With the proliferation of LEGO mini-figures based on pop-culture brands, there are a LOT of stop-motion animations that people create on YouTube that are super-fantastic.

Here’s another one – the folks at Digital Wizardz created an homage to the original Ghostbusters film with stop-motion figures (not the CGI stuff that the regular LEGO teams do). The coolest part is the final battle, in which our heroes get help from a lot of different sources (it’s like they were playing LEGO Dimensions or something)

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10 Jun 2016

LEGO Dimensions expansion trailer hits the web ahead of E3

OK, finally we get some good news in the toys-to-life video game market. The team that makes the LEGO Dimensions video game (Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group) announced new expansion packs that bring in even more pop-culture entertainment brands to the mix.

Beginning on Sept. 27, 2016, you’ll be able to get the Ghostbusters Story Pack (the one with characters from the upcoming movie), Adventure Time and Mission:Impossible Level Packs, Harry Potter and Adventure Time Team Packs, and The A-Team Fun Pack (LEGO Mr. T!). The level of expansion is mind-boggling – we’ll also see packs featuring characters from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, The LEGO Batman Movie, The Goonies, Sonic The Hedgehog, Teen Titans Go!, LEGO City Undercover, Knight Rider, The Powerpuff Girls, Gremlins, Beetlejuice and even E.T. (not Entertainment Tonight – although a John Tesh and Mary Hart LEGO figure would be interesting).

Another new feature will be the Battle Arenas, which will provide split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. The minifigures included in the wave 6 through 9 expansion packs will also include “golden Toy Tags that unlock a Battle Arena within the Free Play Adventure World of the corresponding entertainment brand.” Don’t worry, we’ll figure it all out.

Here’s the trailer for the expansion. Feel free to squee with delight:

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09 Jun 2016

Ghostbuster Build-A-Bear items available for pre-order

If you have kids that love both Build-A-Bear and geek/pop culture, get ready to fork out some more money from your wallets. Build-A-Bear today announced pre-orders for its Ghostbuster-themed items, including a Ghostbusters Bear ($25), Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man ($29), Supernatural Ghostbusters Bear Set ($56.50) and a Mini Slimer plush ($12.50). Pre-orders can take place now through Sunday, June 12.

If you already have some bears that you created, you can add clothing accessories for less money – a Ghostbusters T-shirt ($7), tan jumpsuit ($13.50) and “Who Ya Gonna Call” T-shirt ($7) are also available for pre-order.

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08 Jun 2016

Told you so: James Corden and Lin-Manuel Miranda sing Broadway Carpool Karaoke

Time for a little bragging – two weeks ago I predicted that James Corden, host of this Sunday’s Tony Awards ceremony, would be doing a Carpool Karaoke segment for The Late Late Show with Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of the smash hit musical, Hamilton.

Bang! Here it is. Mic drop!

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07 Jun 2016

The 6 best geeky mobile games to play with your kids

6 Mobile Games to play with your kids

When PCs were hot in the 1980s and 1990s, my father used to be horrified whenever I wanted to play games on the machine — “Computers are not for games!”, he’d say, but I knew better.

Fast-forward to the smartphone and tablet era. Unlike my Dad, I’m totally aware that these mobile devices are made for games (and other things, like email, Facebook, Twitter, oh, and making phone calls). I don’t admonish my children with the phrase, “Smartphones aren’t for games”,  but rather, “Stop playing that and clean your room!” (some things never change).

With thousands of games available, though, you want to make sure that your kids are playing the right kind of mobile game — one that has a geeky element to it. Otherwise, they may end up playing one of those Candy Crush games or asking you to help them on their farm * shudder*.

Here’s our list of the top mobile games we’ve been enjoying with our kids:

Note: We’re not going to take a stand on games with in-game transactions; your decision about whether to spend money on mobile games is up to you. However, we would suggest that you don’t give your young children the ability to pay for premium items until they understand the consequences.

Simpsons Tapped Out

The Simpsons: Tapped Out
Hopefully you’ve raised your kids correctly, and they know all about The Simpsons. This mobile game has a lot of the same humor, voice acting, and storylines seen in the TV show, and it’s pretty fun to play. Also, it’s quite addicting.

The plot of the game — Homer has blown up the town of Springfield, and it’s your job to help rebuild the town and bring back all of the show’s characters. You do this by completing quests, leveling up, unlocking other characters and, if you’re in a rush, spending real money to buy “donuts,” which is the in-game premium currency. Fortunately, you can earn donuts by leveling up and doing other daily missions, but this does take longer than simply buying them.

The game also has seasonal events, limited-time missions that unlock additional buildings, and “outfits” for existing characters. This helps keep the game interesting beyond the initial parts of the game (the game even jokes about how long most players are playing the game).

For kids, playing this gives them a chance to develop their “city-building” game skills, learning that open space often costs a lot of money, so better to put roads in grid-based form to conserve space.
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28 May 2016

X-Men Apocalypse: Should kids see this movie?

X-Men: Apocalypse

OK, this isn’t a formal movie review like you’d see on other sites or blogs — if you’re looking to see whether you should go see X-Men: Apocalypse or not, there are other reviews out there (although I really enjoyed the movie).

This being a Geek Parent site, I’d rather answer the question, “Should my kids see this movie?” With a rating of PG-13, this raises lots of questions for parents who might be considering taking younger children to see the film, especially if they’re fans of the other Marvel movies or the X-Men comics.

The first thing to consider is whether your kids have seen previous X-Men movies, especially the last one, Days of Future Past. The X-Men movies in general are a bit darker thematically than those in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (Iron Man, Avengers, Captain America, etc.). Mutants — and humans’ reaction to mutants — are often a metaphor for real-world issues of racism to those who can recognize them (especially when they discuss Magneto’s past in the World War II concentration camp). If they have seen those previous movies, then this one just continues some of those themes, so they should be fine.

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27 May 2016