Star Wars Battlefront DLC free to play this weekend

Star Wars Battlefront Outer Rim

CREDIT: Electronic Arts

If you haven’t yet downloaded the Outer Rim DLC for “Star Wars Battlefront”, don’t make any plans this weekend.

The Star Wars Battlefront team announced that from May 13-15, “all players will have the chance to go hands-on with the maps, modes and heroes” from the Outer Rim content.

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12 May 2016

First trailer for Assassin’s Creed movie hits the web

Assassins Creed movie

CREDIT: 20th Century Fox

Movies based on video games have traditionally not done well, but happily Hollywood keeps making them in the hopes that one will become a blockbuster or a franchise “tent pole” series.

The latest through the gate is “Assassin’s Creed”, starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard – one Acadamy Award nominee (Fassbender) and one winner (Cotillard). The first trailer dropped last night, and it hits all the right notes in showing things that made the video game series fun to play.

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12 May 2016

LEGO Club Magazine: A Cool Free Perk

LEGO Club Magazine

If you — or your kids — are LEGO fans, LEGO Club magazine is a free perk you should be taking advantage of.

At left is the May/June issue, which arrived in our mailbox this week. There are puzzles, comics, quizzes, a poster, and giveaways, all geared toward the 5- to 9-year-old fan, and usually themed around the latest set releases. And, best of all, it’s free.

Will it inspire the kids bug you to buy new LEGO sets? Yes. But they always do, anyway, and this way they get some cool mail, just for them, several times a year.

11 May 2016

Ferris Buller Pops Funko Coming in June

Funko is killing it with release announcements this week. Coming in June: two versions of Ferris and Cameron.Ferris Bueller Funko Pops

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11 May 2016

Aquabot: The Most Fun Water Bottle You’ve Ever Seen

Do you need another water bottle? No. Do you need the Aquabot so you can spray your unsuspecting kids? Yes. The Aquabot top turns a water bottle into a mister or, even better, a water gun you can use to nail the kids from 25 feet. And you can, you know, get a drink, too. You can buy the top and a bottle, or just the top, which fits Nalgene, Camelbak, and other wide-mouth bottles.

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11 May 2016

Orange Is The New Black Season 4 Trailer Is Out

The new Orange Is The New Black Season 4 trailer is out and it’s dark. There are some good one-liners and Taystee is killing it as always, but, man everyone looks pained (beyond the whole “I’m in prison” thing). Season 4 will be released on June 17 and there are at least three more years of Litchfield on the way.

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11 May 2016

Farewell, Disney Infinity

Disney Infinity

Well, that was some surprising news today.

After three versions and a whole lot of action figures, Disney Infinity is kaput. In a blog post on the Disney Interactive website, John Blackburn (SVP & GM of Disney Infinity) announced the news.

Our goal for Disney Infinity was to bring the best of Disney storytelling to life in homes around the world, and with your support we accomplished that. We hope you had as much fun playing the game as we had making it.

Here at M&DAG headquarters, we’ve spent A LOT of money on the games and figures, but for the most part we’ve enjoyed the experience. It’s allowed all of our kids to get interested in video games (not just the boy), and it fostered interest in other world-building games, such as Minecraft.

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10 May 2016

Funko’s Golden Girls Are Ready for Pre-order

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And we’re ready. Place your orders (shipping to St. Olaf and all points) here.
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10 May 2016

Camp Rolling Hills: The Perfect Books for Summer Camp Fun

Camp Rolling Hills

Out this week from author Stacy Davidowitz and publisher Abrams Books is Camp Rolling Hills, a currently 2- (but eventually 4-) book series. Camp Rolling Hills and Camp Rolling Hills: Crossing Over are fun reads for the vaunted “middle-grader reader” (ages 8-12). Check out an interview with Davidowitz here and a video on the series below.

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10 May 2016