- Doctor Who Story
- Bumper Cronuts
- Apple’s Toy Acquisitions – Announced
- Build a Better Job
- A Sports Matryoshka – Aryaball
- SpongeBob’s Square Pants hit the runway
- Dinner Winner
- Toy Wreath
- Video Game Shoes
- Rubber Chickens in Space
- Marvel Super Hero Mashers
- Building a better year…
- Wishing You a Playful New Year!
- 2013 A Play-Doh Year in Review
- “I am your father!”….so read to me!
- Purebred Toys
- Eggs & Nog
- Toy Dishin’
- Avenger Time
- Star Wars for lunch anyone?
- Life-Like LEGOs
- “The Art of the Brick” Lego masterpiece exhibit
- “Live” Video Games
- Out on a Limb with LEGOs
- LEGO Camp – No boys allowed!
- My Little Ponytail
- Toy Mashups: A “How to” Guide
- ‘Disney Infinity’: Epic Toy and Video Gaming Mashup
- The Dark Side of Play
- PLANTS VS ZOMBIES CAKE – NERDY NUMMIES
- Buzz Tron
- Who’s Hungry for an Angry Pizza?
- Mr. Potato Bed
- South Park Matryoshka
- We are Devo!
- Beat Dolls on Abbey Road
- The Matryoshka Bunch
- Reservoir Dolls
You’ve enjoyed the delectable treat, now it’s time to burn off all of those calories. Bumper Cronuts are the perfect solution and great for the whole family! A Toy Mashup original.
April 1, 2014
Bananagrams, the makers of a Scrabble-like tile game and Strawberry Shortcake a Hasbro IP consisting of girls’ fantasy characters, dolls, playsets, games, videos, TV and lifestyles have been acquired, we’re hearing. Although we’re working to get more information on this now, including deal terms, our understanding is that techno behemoth Apple intends to acquire the game guru and heavy hitter girls IP.
A few of our sources indicate that Apple has been in the offing since the get-go, and it makes sense as several upheavals have been going on with the Bananagrams and Strawberry Shortcake brands in the past several months.
On Friday, Hasbro announced it would be selling the Strawberry Shortcake brand as of April 1st, for an undisclosed amount. While the brand has generated millions for Hasbro, a spokesperson stated that “Apple and Strawberry Shortcake are the right pearing for this brand. We’re excited to see what Apple does with this IP.” According to unconfirmed sources, Bananagrams made a similar statement saying that the “acquisition would be quite apeeling to investors.”
Stay tuned as this fruit salad of a merger unfolds.
With the jobless rate in the U.S. hanging around 6.7%, job seekers are finding creative ways to make their resumes stand out and gain the attention of potential employers. One such candidate turned to the toy aisle to create a truly unique mashup – a resume using Legos.
While we don’t know if she got the job or not, you can bet she had a fun and memorable interview.
Reposted from Mashable, By Brian Koerber, 3/27/14
In the job hunt, you need to build a strong résumé.
Leah Bowman used Lego to construct the ultimate first impression on her search. Lego played a large part in Bowman’s childhood in Denmark, so she was inspired to use the Lego Digital Designer to create a brick version of herself.
When a potential employer asked Bowman for a persuasive advertisement, she used her graphic design skills and love of Lego to advertise herself for the position. The brick version includes assembly instructions that highlight Bowman’s skills, creativity and initiatives.
“Looking for a job can be a bit frustrating at times,” Bowman tells Mashable. “I’ve applied for dozens of jobs and had a handful of interviews, but sometimes there’s just another candidate that edged you out. I know I’d be a great addition to any team, but I needed a better way to communicate that rather than just sending in a boring resume.”
It seems like Bowman’s skills really stack up.
Hey sports fans, have you ever gone to the park to toss around a ball and then wished you’d packed a football, soccerball, bat, Frisbee, or bag of chips? Ok, well not chips but you get the picture.
The Aryaball is your answer! This clever 5-in-one sports mashup is the ideal way to play a variety of sports, all in one visit. You could say it’s the Matryoshka of the sports world.
Want one? Check it out on Kickstarter: www.kck.st/M8IlU6
From Fred & Friends, Dinner Winner is a fun way to get your child to be a meal CHOMPian and cross the dinner line! With a plate styled like the path on a game board, kids are encouraged to eat each playing piece along the way. When they cross the finish line, there’s a treat waiting inside the “Finish” box. A fun, yummy and mom approved way for kids to play with their food.
Why was a rubber chicken sent to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere?
Blog originally posted April 23, 2012
What do you do if you’re a group of science-minded middle and high school students who want to study the effects of a solar flare?
If you’re part of Dr. Tony Phillips’ Earth to Sky Calculus class in Bishop, California, you strap a rubber chicken to a weather balloon and send it 115,000 feet up to the Earth’s stratosphere — right on the front door to outer space.
The class has used weather balloons before but as NASA Science reports, this time they were studying the effects of the massive solar flare that occurred in mid-March.
The rubber chicken comes courtesy of NASA — “Camilla” is the official mascot of the agency’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. So what better way to study the effects of the sun by sending Camilla along for the ride?
Each balloon was equipped with radiation sensors, along with a few other research items such as insects and sunflower seeds (which they’ve planted upon return), to see the effects, if any, of the storm. The class sent up one balloon with Camilla on March 3 before the solar storm hit, then again on March 10 during the peak of the storm, NASA said. They’re still waiting for analysis to be completed.
But oh, what a view Camilla had. Weather balloons typically reach altitudes of about 100,000 feet or so before the balloon finally pops. (The National Weather Service weather balloon launched from Forks, Washington Saturday morning made it to 103,000 feet). At that altitude, you’re above 99 percent of the Earth’s atmosphere and temperatures can be colder than -70F.
And what happens when the balloon finally does pop? In a word: chaos:
(Not to worry, Camilla had a safe landing in the desert.)
Phillips and his class have big plans for this spring and summer, with projects to photograph the Lyrid meteor shower and efforts to launch a satellite that will take pictures and video of the Northern Lights.
Hasbro has picked up on the trend and created a line of mashup super hero toys! Let’s look for more toy companies to follow…
US: Hasbro launches Marvel Super Hero Mashers
January 7th 2014 at 11:31AM
UPDATED January 7th 2014 at 11:49AM
UPDATED January 7th 2014 at 11:49AM
Fans can mix and match body parts of their favourite Marvel Super Heroes
Hasbro has launched a new collection of Marvel Super Heroes action figures that allow fans in the US to swap the body parts of their favourite heroes to create their own hybrids.
Called Marvel Super Heroes Mashers, the new toys can be ‘popped apart and reconfigured’ so that users can create their own ‘hero mash-up.’ reports Comicsalliance.com.
With the first wave of figures featuring iconic figures form the Marvel collection, fans can arm Thor with Spider-Man’s webs, offer Captain America Iron Man’s helmet or even give Wolverine the forearms of Hulk.
Further figures in the line include, Iron Patriot, Hawkeye and Doctor Doom.
Basic Maker figures are currently retailing in the US for around $10, while the deluxe Mashers, featuring extra armour and weapon pieces are retailing for $15 – 20.
Check out the Marvel Super Hero Mashers action figures below: