Toy Story 4 is coming!!

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I am so excited to share with you that Woody and the rest of the toys are back for an all-new adventure in “Toy Story 4,” welcoming new friends to Bonnie’s room, including a reluctant new toy called Forky. “Like most people, I assumed that ‘Toy Story 3’ was the end of the story,” said director Josh Cooley. “And it was the end of Woody’s stmoory with Andy. But just like in life, every ending is a new beginning. Woody now being in a new room, with new toys, and a new kid, was something we have never seen before. The questions of what that would be like became the beginning of an entertaining story worth exploring.”

A teaser trailer slated to debut with “Ralph Breaks the Internet,” in theaters Nov. 21, is available today. Check out the new teaser trailer here:

 

But Forky insists that he is NOT a toy! An actual spork-turned-craft-project, Forky is pretty sure that he doesn’t belong in Bonnie’s room. Unfortunately, every time he tries to get away, someone yanks him back into an adventure he’d rather skip. “The world of Toy Story is built upon the idea that everything in the world has a purpose,” said Cooley. “A toy’s purpose is to be there for its child. But what about toys that are made out of other objects? Forky is a toy that Bonnie made out of a disposable spork, so he’s facing a crisis. He wants to fulfill his purpose as a spork, but now has a new toy purpose thrust upon him.”

Filmmakers called on comedian Tony Hale to provide the voice of Forky. “It’s a huge thrill to be part of the Toy Story family,” he said. “But it’s going to take a while for it to really sink in.”

Said Cooley, “When we thought up this character, Tony was the first actor that came to mind and I’m thrilled he accepted. Tony’s performance as Forky is a comedy salad of confidence, confusion, and empathy… served by hilarious spork.”

How were filmmakers able to convince Hale to give voice to Forky? “A utensil’s existential crisis?” he asked. “I’m in!”

U.S. Release Date:  June 21, 2019

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Voice Cast:  Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Jeff Pidgeon, Blake Clark, Tony Hale

Director:  Josh Cooley

Producers:  Jonas Rivera, Mark Nielsen

NOTES:

  • “Toy Story,” originally released on Nov. 22, 1995, was the first fully computer animated feature film and the highest grossing movie of the year. It was nominated for three Oscars® and two Golden Globes®. 

 

RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET opening in theatres everywhere November 21st

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RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET opening in theatres everywhere November 21st

In RALPH BREAKS THE INTERNET, video-game bad guy Ralph (voice of John C. Reilly) and best friend Vanellope von Schweetz (voice of Sarah Silverman) leave the comforts of Litwak’s arcade in an attempt to save her game, Sugar Rush. Their quest takes them to the vast, uncharted world of the internet where they rely on the citizens of the internet—the Netizens—to help navigate their way. Lending a virtual hand are Yesss (voice of Taraji P. Henson), the head algorithm and the heart and soul of the trend-making site “BuzzzTube,” and Shank (voice of Gal Gadot), a tough-as-nails driver from a gritty online auto-racing game called Slaughter Race, a place Vanellope wholeheartedly embraces—so much so that Ralph worries he may lose the only friend he’s ever had. Directed by Rich Moore (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph”) and Phil Johnston (co-writer “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Zootopia,” writer, “Cedar Rapids”), and produced by Clark Spencer (“Zootopia,” “Wreck-It Ralph,” “Bolt,” “Lilo & Stitch”), “Ralph Breaks the Internet” hits theaters on Nov. 21, 2018.

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GAME CHANGER
New World Tests the Strength of Friendship
“Ralph Breaks the Internet” takes Ralph and Vanellope to a vast, unfamiliar world with
endless possibilities. When filmmakers put themselves in the characters’ shoes, they
realized Ralph and Vanellope would have completely different points of view when it came
to the internet. Says director Rich Moore, “They’re like a couple of small-town kids who
venture into the big city. One falls in love with the city, while the other one can’t wait to go
home.”

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“Ralph is in love with the life that he has,” adds director Phil Johnston. “But Vanellope is
ready for a change—she wants to spread her wings a little. That creates conflict within
their friendship, which becomes the heart of the story.”
“I love that the film is about change,” says producer Clark Spencer. “Two best friends are
about to realize that the world won’t always be the same. The internet is the perfect
setting, really, because it’s all about change—things change by the second.”
The story kicks off in the arcade, where Ralph and Vanellope have been living
harmoniously—fulfilling their duties in their games during the day and hanging out together
in their neighboring arcade games at night. “Vanellope is lamenting the fact that her game
is getting a little boring,” says Johnston. “So, Ralph takes it upon himself to amplify the
excitement in Sugar Rush. And Ralph being Ralph—it doesn’t go exactly as planned.”
Ralph’s shenanigans trigger a chain of events that culminate with a player in the arcade
accidentally breaking the steering wheel off Vanellope’s game. When Litwak learns that a
replacement part would cost more than the game makes in a year, he has no choice but to
unplug Sugar Rush and sell it for parts. “The part they need to fix the game is at a place on
the internet called eBay,” says Pamela Ribon, who co-wrote the screenplay with Johnston.
“Ralph and Vanellope have never heard of the internet, much less eBay, but Litwak has
installed a router, so the arcade is actually online for the first time. They decide to take the
leap into this unknown world and travel to the internet in order to find the steering wheel
and save Vanellope’s game.
“The internet strikes them as loud, fast, crazy and completely unpredictable,” continues
Ribon. “Ralph is nervous and uncomfortable, and Vanellope is smitten, of course.”

 

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2018 Holiday Gift Guide- This & That Giveaway edition!

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The Holidays are upon us. Whether it’s sneaking up on you, or you’re like me and were ready months ago for to to begin, the fact is, it’s here!

Wait, before you shop make sure you use eBates to save hundreds of dollars this holiday season!

Crazy store lines, special holiday pricing, Black Friday rushes, and Cyber Monday craze is all a part of the fun (OK, maybe not so much fun) but lucky for you, I’ve done some of the legwork for you.

I have been keeping my eye out on my top picks for some time now, so I am happy to finally share my Holiday Gift Guide for 2018, AND make it even more special by combining my guide with the “This and That” Holiday giveaway hop, because what is better than WINNING your gifts???

Before I get started on my hottest gift list (down wayyy below but I promise, it is PACKED full and worth the read), check out and enter my giveaway package (a $50 Value!)

You will win;

  • 2019 Just Dance for Ps4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch (Your choice!) $40 Value
  • $10 Amazon Gift Card to help you get a jump start on your shopping

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Make sure to ENTER between November 6th & November 27th to get in on all the fun!

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Giveaway Hop Hosted by The Kids Did It & The Mommy Island

Enter many more This & That Giveaways via the links below! All giveaways are $50+ values!

1. The Kids Did It – Host 24. Calm The Fork Down 47. The Monarch Mommy
2. The Mommy Island – Host 25. JeanBookNerd – WW 48. Kerrific Online
3. (VIP) Still Blonde after all these years 26. It’s Free At Last 49. Bargnhtress
4. (VIP) Coupons and Freebies Mom 27. Freebies Deals & Steals – WW 50. Practical Frugality
5. (VIP) Way 2 Good Life 28. Nanny to Mommy 51. Style on Main
6. (VIP) Broken Teepee 29. Mom To Grandma 52. How Was Your Day?
7. (VIP) Beautiful Touches 30. Tizzy Says 53. Tammie’s Reviews, Giveaways and More
8. (VIP) Sunshine and RollerCoasters 31. Eclectic Evelyn 54. Java John Z’s
9. (VIP) Simply Sherryl 32. Andersons Angels 55. Parenting In Progress – US
10. (VIP) Shopping Kim 33. Says Me Says Mom – WW 56. Humble Mama Hustle
11. (VIP) The Moody Blonde 34. MyStyleSpot – US 57. Here We Go Again Ready
12. (VIP) Lindsey Blogs at SEBG  35. icefairy’s Treasure Chest 58. Angie’s Angle
13. (VIP) Beauty Info Zone – $80 Becca Palette and Luxie Brushes – US 36. Mama’s Mission 59. Mom The Magnificent
14. (VIP) Reviewz & Newz – $400 IG Charcoal BBQ Grill – US 37. Erica Ever After 60. Christy’s Cozy Corners – US
15. (VIP) Win! Win! Win! – $70 Silver Plated Sugar Skull Ring With Roses – WW 38. Woman of Many Roles 61. Sugar, Spice and Family Life
16. Zombie Parenting 39. Daisy Day Designs 62. Roadside Travels
17. Rockin’ Book Reviews 40. Hollybee Tells 63. A Modern Day Fairy Tale – US
18. Three Boys & an Old Lady 41. Silver Dagger Book Tours 64. Lisa-Queen of Random
19. Finding Sanity In Our Crazy Life 42. My Crafty Zoo – WW 65. It’s a Jersey Thing Blog – US
20. Celebrate Woman Today 43. Luv Saving Money – US 66. Batch of Books 
21. Savings in Seconds 44. Susie’s Reviews 67. Miss Molly Says
22. Stacking My Book Shelves 45. Candid Mama
23. Mommy’s Playbook 46. NaturalHairLatina

Here are my TOP PICKS for this holiday season!

Video Game Picks;

Just Dance 2019 – Available Now on Nintendo Switch, Wii U, Wii, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PS4 for $39.99… Rated E for Everyone

 

Dance to the rhythm of your own beat with Just Dance 2019! The #1 Music Video Game Franchise of All Time, with over 65 million units sold, is available now with 40 new and fun songs. Whether there’s something to celebrate or for no reason at all, Just Dance is there for every occasion! Join a community of more than 120 million players around the world and bust out your best moves!

Create a memorable holiday season with your friends and family by getting your groove on with the fun visuals and hot track list of Just Dance 2019, which includes hit songs like:

  • “Finesse (Remix)” – Bruno Mars Ft. Cardi B
  • “Havana” – Camila Cabello
  • “One Kiss” – Calvin Harris and Dua Lipa
  • Mad Love – Sean Paul, David Guetta Ft. Becky G
  • And Many More!

Keep the party going with a huge catalog of 400+ songs through Just Dance Unlimited, the dance-on-demand subscription streaming service. A one-month subscription is included with every copy of Just Dance 2019.

Hungry Shark World (Click for my review of this game in full!) Available now on Xbox One, PS4, Switch

 

The award winning Hungry Shark® series dives onto console with more than 20 sharks, four unique locations and tons of epic missions for you to sink your teeth into. Experience life as a shark in full HD with fully optimized gamepad controls from the comfort of your own home!

 

Gear Club Unlimited 2 – The most successful racing game on the Nintendo Switch is back coming out this year on Dec 4!

With the pedal to the metal, race along more than 1800 miles of races!
On the mountainside, through a nature park, in the middle of the desert or along the coast, defend your position over the course of more than 250 races, including championships, missions and challenges. Check out the teaser below!

 

Mario Party for Nintendo SwitchThis is a FAVORITE of mine and will for sure be a gift this year in my house! It’s a hefty tag at $59.99 MSRP, but well worth it in my opinion. Not only is it fun for all of the kids, it’s a blast to play for Family Night or sleepovers!

 

Released on October 5th 2018, It’s a complete refresh of the Mario Party™ series. The original 4-player Mario Party series board game mode that fans love is back, and your friends and family are invited to the party! Freely walk the board: choose where to move, which Dice Block to roll, and how to win the most Stars in skill-based minigames. Wait till you see the 2 vs 2 mode with grid-based maps, the creative uses of the console, and the series’ first online minigame mode!

 

Toys for all ages;

Thomas the Train New 2018 ToysThomas the Train is back and better than ever! Now on Nick Jr., Thomas is focused on the whole World with it’s new series and accompanying toys.

Polly Pocket – Get ready to go tiny! The Polly Pocket Tiny is Mighty tour is coming to Smith Haven Mall on 11/17 & 11/18.   If you were a fan of this compact phenomenon back in the 90s, then now is your chance to share the fun with your kids and get a look at Polly Pocket’s world in real-life human scale.

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Mattel relaunched Polly Pocket this year with a new product line accompanied by an animated series to introduce a new generation to the world of Polly.  The series follows Polly and her friends as they embrace big adventures in a shrunken size, thanks to Polly’s magic locket.   Polly Pocket continues to inspire girls to be capable, courageous and tenacious in their own lives, just like her.

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Fingerling Hugs – Playing off of last year’s crazy of the fingerling, these plush monkeys feature long arms so little ones can give them big hugs. Kids can swing, toss, tickle, or turn them upside down for different reactions, or record their voice and have the monkey repeat it back as a silly remix. These are sure to be a hit this year!

 

 

 

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Ryan’s Giant Mystery Egg –  You’ll see this is EVERY toy book out this year, this mystery egg is filled with toys inspired by the popular YouTube channel Ryan ToysReview. Kids can unbox an exclusive vehicle, ultra-rare figures, special slime and putty, a limited-edition squishy, plush, and more.

 

 

Untamed Fingerlings – Speaking above of the last year craze of Fingerlings, This year the Untamed line currently includes three different types of dinos: T. rex, velociraptor, and “bonehead” (skeletal dinos). Each can move its mouth, eyes, and head and makes more than 40 different sound effects. The Untamed will also react to touch; tap its head to get a response, or risk sticking your finger in its mouth. Will you get chomped?

 

Playmobil T-Rex Hidden Temple – Another one on our list inspired by the release of the newest Jurassic Park that came out earlier this year, join the Playmobil Explorers as they embark on a new adventure on Dino Island. The Hidden Temple with T-Rex play set is like Jurassic Park meets the Temple of Doom. Whether kids watch the 10-minute video short to get a sense of the story line, or set off traversing the temple terrain right away, this set packs a play punch.

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GO! GO! Smart Wheels Mickey’s Magical Wonderland – Hop in the car with Mickey Mouse, ride on the Ferris wheel, slide down the ramp, spin the gears, and more. Activate five SmartPoint locations to hear Mickey Mouse say fun phrases and encouraging words.

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Scrabble Board Game – Making a come-back from the popular game “Words with Friends” bringing more interested in these wooden blocks, originally invented in 1933 by Alfred Butts, there are many different sets out there ranging from travel sets to deluxe collector editions. Many other old board games are popular again this yea.

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For Babies;

The Little Book of You – A Personalized book great for any age to cherish forever! Click to check out my full review and see why you’ll want to add this book to your shopping list!

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Dr. Karp’s Sleepea – Give the gift of sleep this holiday season to new parents, new babies and families!

 

 

Created by Dr. Harvey Karp, America’s premier pediatrician, author of best-selling Happiest Baby on the Block and inventor of the Snoo, the safest and smartest baby bed! The 100% organic cotton 5-second swaddler.

Holiday Themed Clothing – Not one person will complain if you get their baby or young child an adorable outfit (the right size of course!) and especially not if you get one as adorable as these in the Zulily Christmas Shop. Shop early if using Zulily as they take a bit to ship. Try and find their “Free Shipping” weekends to get the best deal!

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For Anyone!

 

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These Bass Pro Giant Animal Pillows, which are approximately four feet long, drop from $24.99 to $14.99 each at Cabelas.com. Shipping is free on orders of $50, otherwise it adds $5. This is the best price we could find based on similar animal pillows by more than $11. Choose between turtle, dolphin, clownfish, rainbow trout, shark, bass, or crocodile. They’re packed with a polyester filling, and they’re suitable for people of all ages. Sales tax is charged in most states.

 

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These Softer Than Cashmere Scarves drop from $24 to $9.99 at Zulily.com. Shipping is free when you enter exclusive code ZUBRAD1940 during checkout, saving you at least $5.99 in fees.

Please note that it may take up to 16 days for your item to ship. With free shipping, this is the lowest price we found by $9. Choose from over 100 prints at this price. Each 100% acrylic scarf measures 12.5″ x 66″ with fringes that measure 3.5″. Sales tax is charged in most states.

 

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Women’s puffer jackets drop to $17.79 at Zulily, plus they ship for free when you enter exclusive promo code ZUBRAD1940 at checkout. That’s the lowest price we found, and most sites are charging $30-$40 for similar jackets. Choose from 29 styles in sizes S-XL. Note that these jackets typically ship in 9-12 days, and our exclusive promo code expires tonight. It is recommended at the site to order up a size up if you are wanting a looser fit. Sales tax is charged in most states.

 

Inflatable Chairs – Whether it’s this blue one form Zulily, or one from Amazon, these are great for all ages. These can be used, and then

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deflated and stored away. Great for sleepovers as well where space is limited and everyone wants a seat!

Featuring a bright look and a plush inflatable design, this comfy chair offers a cozy spot to read or play and can be set up quickly and conveniently.

  • Weight capacity: 220 lbs.
  • Inflated: 36” W x 25.5” H x 40” D
  • Water-resistant
  • Spot clean
  • Recommended for ages 6 years and up

 

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Happy Shopping and good luck on your entries!

Also, make sure to keep your eye out for Geoffrey’s Toybox this holiday season!

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The Little Book of You Review

The Little Book of you is a unique gift suitable for any age, but best for a baby arrival gift, a first birthday, or a Baby shower gift (as a giftcard!)

I had given this book as a gift to my cousin for her daughter who is 2. She was amazed at the quality of the book and the questions that were asked. The detail about the year she was born was amazing and something to cherish forever.

Can we take a moment to just take in how adorable even the cover is?

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The book requires you to enter the following information about the child:

  • Full Name
  • Name Child Goes By
  • Birthday
  • Birth Time
  • Weather on Child’s Birthday
  • Birth Weight
  • Birth Height
  • Hospital or Place of Birth
  • Geographic Location of Birth
  • 4-16 Family Members Names and Their Relationship
  • 1-8 People the Child First Met
  • Doctor or Midwife’s Name (Optional)
  • First Home Address
  • Explanation of Why Their Name was Chosen
  • 1-3 Nicknames

They take all of this information and create a story filled with details including a family tree!

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The majority of the fields in the order form are required. Given the way the story is structured, the book was designed it this way to ensure you get the best possible product! You will not be able to complete your order without filling in all the required fields, so be sure that you have everything available. Unfortunately you are not able to save your entry and come back to it at this time. That said, everything you have filled out will stay filled out as long as you keep your browser window open.

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“Little Book of You” is a magical and one of a kind illustrated memory book created by you for any of the special little people in your life. Parents and kids alike will love the book. It’s a great alternative for parents to the traditional baby book but is also a storybook older kids will love to read about themselves. We currently have versions available for children 0-11.

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The first option is you can fill out the online form yourself and give the gift of the finished book product. This will provide a great wow factor but can be tricky if you don’t know detailed information about the child since most of the fields on our order form are required. Click here to see all the questions you will need to fill out and see if this option is right for you.

The second option is you can give a gift card to the parents of the child and they can fill it out themselves for their own child. We offer the option to have a gift card emailed to you right away or a nicely wrapped gift experience delivered to you by mail for a more special gift giving moment. A gift card is the right option if you a) don’t have all of the information you need to fill out the online form b) are giving this as a gift before the child is born or c) think the parents would enjoy filling it out themselves or would prefer to put their own touches into the book.

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Filling out a book for a friend or relative is a great option as people love receiving the finished product! Before starting with this option though you’ll want to click here to see the list of questions we ask on our our order form. Don’t know the answers and not sure how to get them? Give a gift card!

With a price tag of $49.95, it seems like an expensive book. But with that being said, it is not just a book you are giving. It is a personalized keepsake to be cherished by the family, as well as the child for years, even decades to come.

The only downfall would be the material of the book itself. It seems like it could easily get dirty if not stores away. You can get a gift box with it to prevent that and make for better storage for an additional fee, but hey, it might just be worth it.

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Marina and James Cummins live in New York City with their daughter Lila and golden retriever Stella. They founded “Little Book of You” in 2017. James is a co-owner of his family business, James Cummins Bookseller, a rare bookshop on the Upper East Side, which has been in operation for nearly 40 years. Marina has worked in digital marketing and product development for more than 10 years. This project combines their love of books, technology and most of all their family.

iPlay America Grand Opening of Newly Renovated Laser Tag Arena + JAGMAC VIP Giveaway!

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On this Saturday November 3rd, JAGMAC, a pop music group will be performing live in City Square here at iPlay America. JAGMAC is a musical group of siblings with a unique blend of talents including singing, dancing, playing musical instruments and sign language. Kids of all ages love this group because they are extremely interactive.

My kids absolutely ADORED them!

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With their catchy choruses, pure vocals, and dynamic routines, JAGMAC is set to take the music world by storm!  These siblings’ unique blend of talents include: singing, songwriting, dancing, choreography, rapping, playing musical instruments, sign language.  And probably most impressively, every member of JAGMAC holds a black belt in Taekwon-Do, and four members of the group are two-time world champion black belts in the Philippine martial art, Eskima.

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General Admission tickets to this show are free and there are VIP meet & greet packages available to purchase. You can download tickets through Ticketfly online at https://www.iplayamerica.com/event/jagmac/.

I am giving away FOUR VIP passes (a$200 Value!) to the show at 6pm On this Saturday November 3rd. 

The winner will get up to (4) VIP Packages – $50 each value
This ticket includes a pre-show backstage meet & greet with JAGMAC. Ticketholder will also receive a $10 iPlay America Game Card and an event poster!

ENTER TO WIN by clicking below and completing the tasks! The more you complete, the more entries you get. 

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Along with being at the show, it is the perfect weekend to be at iPlay! iPlay America is marking the grand opening of their newly renovated, multi-level, 6,500-square-foot laser tag arena. The renovated arena boasts new game modes, featured power-ups, additional bonus targets and other features that dramatically enhances game play.

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Official Press Release:

iPlay America Announces Grand Opening of Newly Renovated Laser Tag Arena

Freehold, N.J., October 31, 2018 – This weekend, iPlay America is marking the grand opening of their newly renovated multi-level, 6,500-square-foot laser tag arena. The dynamic, responsive arena is the latest update to the indoor amusement park and entertainment venue in Freehold, N.J.

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The updated arena features new game modes, featured power ups, and additional bonus targets. These features dramatically enhance the structure of game play and take it to a whole new level. The new power up feature gives players the opportunity to pick their power up mode anytime, anywhere – unlike most versions of laser tag that give a player power ups at random. This update also includes interactive LED illumination, which boasts the ability to change colors, pulse, strobe and react to game play events in real-time. Newly installed kiosks allow players to easily input their information to create a player profile, including a player name and photo. The kiosks can also send text messages when games are about to begin and deliver score cards via email and more. Each laser tag game in the new arena can host up to 35 players at a time.

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“We’re always looking to bring guests exciting upgrades and new features to our most popular attractions,” said Jessica Schwartz, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for iPlay America. “The new technology and additions to our arena are sure to offer our laser tag fans a fresh and entertaining experience. We can’t wait to see the exhilarating games that ensue!”

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For more information, visit https://www.iplayamerica.com/attraction/laser-tag/.

More upcoming fun at iPlay this year;

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About iPlay America

The only place to Get Inside the Fun is the City of iPlay America. Here guests of all ages enjoy 250 + arcade games, rides and attractions, NJ’s largest Indoor High Ropes Course, Go Karts, 2-Level Laser Tag and more. Perfect for birthday parties and all sorts of celebrations for everyone in the family, on the team, in the group or company. It’s easy to book a private party suite with the help of a certified party planner. iPlay America’s Event Center is where the most popular stars perform. Warehouse 100 is one of the region’s largest expo and trade show venues. iPlay America • Route 9 at 110 Schanck Road in Freehold, New Jersey • 732-577-8200 • iPlayAmerica.com.

Geoffrey’s Toy Box Plus Toys “R” Us Still Alive?

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Toys”R”Us is alive and well! At least in Canada. But if you’re thinking of shopping the online store and reliving your childhood, think again. You can browse the store which looks exactly the same as the USA site did, however unfortunately you cannot purchase without a Canada “ship to” address. I assume it was part of their acquisition deal that happened in June 2018.

Toys”R”Us (Canada) Ltd. announces the completion of the acquisition of its business by Fairfax Financial Holdings Limited. Toys R Us Canada is now a proudly Canadian-owned and operated business employing more than 4,000 Canadians and Canada’s only exclusive coast to coast business with over 80 locations dedicated to kids and babies across Canada.

As Canada’s leading toy and baby retailer, we are thrilled to be part of the Fairfax family and to now operate as a reinvigorated company that is 100% Canadian. I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to our valued customers for their loyalty with us over the last several months. We are passionate about our business and want Canadians to know that we are champions of play with the newest trends and hottest toys in our stores. We believe that parenting is an adventure and Babies“R”Us Canada will be there along the journey to help parents.

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While there are talks of a promised spin-off of Toys”R”Us in the works even as soon as next month, it is unknown if it will be open in time for the Holiday shopping season. I know I am hoping for that “Big Toy Book” to be put in my mailbox the week leading up to black friday as it has every year prior. Will it happen? When we do not really have a definitive answer at this time.

What we do know, is there is hope that we will once again walk the aisle’s of a child’s dream store, and be able to see, touch, and feel the toys which is what separates it from all of the large online retailers like Amazon, and nothing can compare to that. If anything, it sure looks promising.

Comicbook.com posted that there were reps from the new company at the Toy Preview 2018 in Dallas, including Geoffrey himself boasting a “Back from Vacation” cape;

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Full Press Release below;

WAYNE, NJ – October 2, 2018 – Geoffrey, LLC, Toys “R” Us, Inc.’s intellectual property holding company subsidiary, announced today that it is moving forward with a plan for substantially all of its assets to be acquired by a group of investors led by Geoffrey, LLC’s existing secured lenders.

The announcement was made following a five month marketing effort by Boston-based Consensus, an investment bank retained to market the assets of Geoffrey, LLC, that resulted in several formal and informal proposals to acquire the intellectual property assets. After considering such proposals, it was determined that the proposal from the existing term lenders was meaningfully higher and better than any other global bid or the sum of the bids received on individual assets. The transition of the business to its new owners is pending approval of the United States Bankruptcy Court and all major creditor constituencies are supportive. Geoffrey, LLC thanks all parties that participated in discussions with the company over the prior months, particularly those that submitted proposals, for their thoughtful and diligent engagement.

Geoffrey, LLC, as reorganized, will control a portfolio of intellectual property that includes trademarks, ecommerce assets and data associated with the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us businesses in the United States and all over the world, including a portfolio of over 20 well-known toy and baby brands such as Imaginarium, Koala Baby, Fastlane and Journey Girls. The reorganized company will own rights to the Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us brands in all markets globally, with the exception of Canada. It will also become the licensor of the brands to the company’s existing network of franchisees operating in countries across Asia, Europe and the Middle East, and in South Africa.

In addition to continuing to service these markets, the new owners are actively working with potential partners to develop ideas for new Toys “R” Us and Babies “R” Us stores in the United States and abroad that could bring back these iconic brands in a new and re-imagined way. Geoffrey LLC will provide additional detail on this front as it becomes available.

For now, you can check out all of the other retailers who attended Fall Toy Preview and are very much open for business this holiday season.

The following retailers attended Fall Toy Preview 2018:

  • 7 ELEVEN
  • 99 CENTS ONLY STORES
  • AAFES
  • AAHS GIFT STORES
  • AC MOORE
  • ALIBABA GROUP
  • AMAZON
  • AREYOUGAME.COM
  • BARNES & NOBLE, INC.
  • BARSTONS CHILD’S PLAY
  • BEALLS, INC. – BEALLS OUTLET/BURKES OUTLET
  • BED BATH & BEYOND
  • BEDROCK CITY COMIC CO
  • BIEIN
  • BIG KAHUNA FUNDRAISING
  • BJ’S WHOLESALE
  • BLICK ART MATERIALS
  • BLOOMS CANDY
  • BOUNDLESS NETWORK
  • BOXLUNCH
  • BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
  • BURLINGTON STORES
  • C-A-L RANCH STORES
  • CALENDAR CLUB CANADA
  • CALENDAR HOLDINGS, LLC
  • CANADIAN TIRE
  • CAROLYN’S GENERAL STORE
  • CEC ENTERTAINMENT, INC.
  • CHANNEL CONTROL MERCHANTS
  • CHARMING CHARLIE
  • CHEEKY MONKEY TOYS
  • CHRISTMAS TREE SHOPS
  • CINEMARK
  • CITI TRENDS
  • CLAIRE’S
  • COPPINS CARDSHOPS INC.
  • COST PLUS WORLD MARKET
  • COSTCO WHOLESALE (CANADA)
  • COUPANG CORP
  • CULTURE CORNER
  • CURRENT MEDIA GROUP, LLC
  • CVS HEALTH
  • DAVE & BUSTERS
  • DEEP ELLUM TOURIST CENTER
  • DILLARD’S
  • DOLLAR TREE
  • DOLLARDAYS
  • DPPS VIVID LLC
  • ENCHANTED TOY
  • ERWIN DISTRIBUTING
  • FAMILY DOLLAR
  • FANTASY ISLAND TOYS
  • FARAH EXPERIENCES
  • FAT BRAIN TOYS
  • FIREFLY BUYS
  • FORMAN MILLS
  • FRANK’S CLUB STORES
  • FRED’S INC.
  • FRY’S ELECTRONICS
  • FUEGO HOLDINGS LLC – ATTIC SALT
  • FUEGO HOLDINGS LLC – FUEGO
  • FUNFINITY
  • GABES
  • GAMESTOP / EB GAMES
  • GENERAL COMMERCIAL CORP.
  • GEPPETTO’S
  • GIANT TIGER STORES LIMITED
  • GIOCA STORES S.R.L.
  • GREAT AMERICAN OPPORTUNITIES
  • GROUPON
  • HALF PRICE BOOKS
  • HALLMARK
  • HAMMACHER SCHLEMMER
  • HERRSCHNERS, INC.
  • HOBBY LOBBY
  • HOBBYTOWN
  • HOBBYTOWN (NORTH LITTLE ROCK)
  • HOLOCRON TOY STORE
  • HOME HARDWARE STORES LIMITED
  • HOT RAGS
  • HOT TOPIC
  • HSN
  • HUDSON’S COUNTRY STORE
  • IMAGINE THAT TOYS INC.
  • INDIGO BOOKS AND MUSIC
  • INTERNATIONAL SPY MUSEUM
  • ISLAND BEACH GEAR
  • IT’SUGAR
  • JCPENNEY
  • JOHNSON SMITH
  • JOURNEYS KIDZ
  • JUANA LA IGUANA
  • JUSTICE
  • KID TO KID (ARLINGTON)
  • KIDDING AROUND
  • KID’S KORNER
  • KIDS WAREHOUSE
  • KIDSWHEELS
  • KIDZART, INC.
  • KINNEY DRUGS
  • LANDRY’S
  • LEARNING EXPRESS
  • LEARNING EXPRESS OF DALLAS
  • LEARNING EXPRESS OF FRISCO
  • LEB HOBBIES
  • LIBRAIRIE RENAUD-BRAY
  • LITTLE PASSPORTS, INC
  • LORI’S GIFTS
  • LOVE’S TRAVEL STOPS & COUNTRY STORES
  • LTD COMMODITIES
  • LUGGAGE SHOP OF LUBBOCK
  • M & A LTD
  • MACY’S, INC. – MACY’S BACKSTAGE
  • MADNESS GAMES & COMICS
  • MARDEL
  • MASTERMIND TOYS
  • MELVILLE DIRECT
  • MI PUEBLITO
  • MICHAELS STORES
  • MID-STATES DISTRIBUTING CO.
  • MINDWARE
  • MJ BEANZ
  • MMP LIVING
  • NAPPY SHOPPE LLC
  • NATIONAL STORES, INC.
  • NEBRASKA FURNITURE MART
  • NESTFAMILY
  • NICKELODEON UNIVERSE (MALL OF AMERICA)
  • NICKELS AND DIMES INC.
  • NORDSTROM, INC – NORDSTROM
  • OFFICE DEPOT
  • OLLIE’S BARGAIN OUTLET
  • ORIENTAL TRADING COMPANY
  • ORSCHELN
  • PAPER FIRST AFFILIATES
  • PARTY CITY
  • PAT CATAN’S
  • PEAVEY INDUSTRIES, LP
  • PEOPLE’S PHARMACY
  • PIER 1 IMPORTS
  • PLAY STREET MUSEUM
  • PLAYTIME TOYS
  • PRICESMART
  • R.H. RENYS INC
  • ROSS STORES, INC. – DD’S DISCOUNTS
  • ROSS STORES, INC. – ROSS
  • RURAL KING
  • SAMKO SALES
  • SAM’S CLUB
  • SATISFY THE BEAST
  • SCHOLAR’S CHOICE
  • SCHOOL TIME
  • SHARPER IMAGE
  • SIX FLAGS ENTERTAINMENT
  • SMITHSONIAN
  • SPENCER’S
  • STAGE STORES / GORDMANS
  • STAMFORD TOYS
  • STAPLES
  • STAR KIDS TOYS LLC
  • STODDART ENTERPRISES LTD
  • SUNEEL LLC
  • SUNRISE RECORDS
  • SUPER DOLLAR – ST. CROIX
  • TARGET
  • TEXAS MONKEY BUSINESS
  • THE ARACA GROUP
  • THE ENTERTAINER (AMERSHAM) LTD
  • THE PAPER STORE
  • THE TOY MAVEN
  • THE VERMONT TEDDY BEAR COMPANY
  • THINKGEEK, INC.
  • TJX, INC. – HOME GOODS
  • TJX, INC. – HOMESENSE (CANADA)
  • TJX, INC. – MARSHALLS / TJ MAXX
  • TJX, INC. – MARSHALLS / WINNERS (CANADA)
  • TJX, INC. – SIERRA TRADING POST
  • TJX, INC. – TK MAXX (EUROPE)
  • TOP NETWORK SOLUTIONS, INC.
  • TOP SHELF BRANDS
  • TOYNK TOYS
  • TOYOLOGY TOYS
  • TOYS & GIFTS
  • TOYS ‘R’ US – CANADA
  • TOYS TOYS (NJ)
  • TRANS WORLD ENTERTAINMENT
  • TUESDAY MORNING
  • URBAN AIR ADVENTURE PARKS
  • USA TOY FACTORY
  • VARIETY WHOLESALERS
  • W & B ENTERPRISES, INC.
  • WALMART ECOMMERCE
  • WALMART INC.
  • WELL.CA
  • WORLDWIDE