Change is not easy

I opted to respond to some questions and concerns here in a blog rather than a forum post. The length made more sense away from the forum and this will let it stand alone better. It is more a case of providing insight rather than answering questions or debating ways to do things. This is just a look inside what drove the changes and why we made the choices we did.

I want to make it clear we made the decisions, just the two of us. We didn’t take a vote or anything like that. Since we run and own the site and do not have any staff beyond us, it was on us to do this. We have a couple of friends who help look over things when we travel, but that is it in terms of help on the site.

Go ahead and settle in – it will be a long one.

From my perspective I can say the change has been mostly positive. However I had different goals in mind with the change and upgrade. And my perspective is different than that of a reader.

August 2012 Fast Food Toys Round-up

toys from mcdonald's

August 5, 2012 - The boy saw a McDonald's commercial last month and decided that he needed the Ice Age toys, even though he's never actually sat all the way through any of the Ice Age movies. The service at our closest McDonald's is less than stellar, so after getting him one toy there, I bought a set via eBay and thought that was the end of it, but he convinced his grandparents to take him to McDonald's two more times. Lots of Ice Age toys in our house now - I can't complain, because the toys are actually quite nice.

The new promo at McDonald's is SpongeBob SquarePants, which the boy again learned about from a commercial, so we stopped on the way to the Bronco's Saturday Scrimmage, and he got a cute Gary toy. You push it along a flat surface and his eye stalks move.

Let's see what's out there in restaurants this month!

A quick check of the web sites for the more popular fast food restaurants reveals the following:

Hasbro's Comic-Con Marvel Reveals & Press Pictures

July 18, 2012 - Hasbro has sent along press images of their Marvel action figures unveiled at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International - we've posted all 17 of them in a gallery for your enjoyment.

Hasbro has also uploaded a few videos from Comic-Con to their http://www.accesshasbro.com/ web site.

Here's a Jean Grey action figure from the second wave of 2013 Marvel Legends:

Hasbro's Comic-Con Star Wars Reveals & Press Pictures

July 17, 2012 - Hasbro has sent along press images of their new Star Wars toys unveiled at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International - we've posted all 55 of them in a gallery for your enjoyment.

Hasbro has also uploaded a few videos from Comic-Con to their http://www.accesshasbro.com/ web site.

Here's a Boba Fett action figure from a Target-exclusive multi-pack:

Matt from AwesomeToyBlog.com attended Comic-Con and has a gallery of presentation slides from Hasbro's Star Wars panel and another of the display cases from Hasbro's booth.

Hasbro's Comic-Con Transformers Reveals & Press Pictures

July 13, 2012 - Hasbro has sent along press images of their new Transformers toys unveiled at the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con International - we've posted all 150+ of them in a gallery for your enjoyment.

Hasbro has also uploaded a few videos from Comic-Con to their http://www.accesshasbro.com/ web site.

Here's Dark Energon Megatron, a fun name to say five times fast:

Where's My Perry? and a Free LEGO Monster Fighters App

July 13, 2012 - LEGO has a very nice selection of free apps available for the iPad and iPod, so every so often, I'll do a new search to see if there are new ones that the boy might be interested in. It's been over a month since I searched last, and today I found three new ones:

July 2012 Fast Food Toys Round-up

July 7, 2012 - Another month of bad consumerism on our part... the boy had fast food just three times since the last Fast Food Toys Round-Up: once at Wendy's for breakfast (so no toy), McDonald's (Gia from Madagascar 3), and another trip to McDonald's when his grandparents took him (a Pokemon something, now lost in his room).

Let's see what's out there in restaurants this month!

A quick check of the web sites for the more popular fast food restaurants reveals the following:

- Wendy's Kids Meals have "Minute to Win It" themed goodies, with "Sports Illustrated Kids" coming soon.

- Burger King has outdoor fun-themed toys such as a bug-shaped bug light, a foot sack, a flying ring, and a bugatorium.

- McDonald's has Ice Age toys in their Happy Meals, with SpongeBob SquarePants as the next promotion.

Playmates Toys Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Summary & 33 Press Pictures

Playmates Toys is releasing new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles starting in August. They've released a product fact sheet detailing the action figures and other toys, along with 33 press images, which we've posted in a gallery. (Updated 7/6 with more pictures of the Lair!)

The Secret Sewer Lair playset, shown below, will retail for $119.99 and includes an ooze drain. Say it with me: ooze drain. Ooze drain. Ooze drain. Doesn't it make you smile to say those words together?

GIJoeCon News & 47 Press Images from Hasbro

June 30, 2012 - Hasbro has passed along a few details of some of the new GI Joe toys and action figures unveiled at the 2012 GIJoeCon:

First, Hasbro announced a brand new expression - G.I. Joe Micro Force - at JoeCon, debuting the first ever images of this fun new style of toys for the G.I. Joe brand!

Then, the crowd at the Con was treated to the world premiere of several new figures from 2013's G.I. Joe Retaliation 3.75-inch line:

Ultimate Duke
Ultimate Snake Eyes with Timber
Ultimate Firefly
Cobra Combat Ninja
Cobra Night Landing Mission with Cobra Eel
Crimson Guard
Ninja Showdown Assortment Wave 2

Additionally during the panel, Hasbro and Syfy games debuted an exclusive G.I. JOE: SPECIAL OPS online game trailer for fans at GIJoeCon. It will be viewable at http://www.syfygames.com/gijoe/media

Hasbro's Amazing Spider-Man Movie Toys Summary & Press Pictures

Most of Hasbro's toys for The Amazing Spider-Man movie are in stores now, but just in case you have missed them, Hasbro has released a press release summarizing the product line. They were also kind enough to send along 47 press images, which we've posted in a gallery.

Spider-Man always means fun toys, but the "web spinner" idea seems especially clever:

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