Ready or not, it’s April!  Thanks for stopping by our site again today.  Stop by as often as you like – there’s a lot to see.  Have a favorite toy or game mashup?  Let us know, or post a toy or game mashup to this site by choosing our ”Submit a Mashup!” link on the menu bar.  Let’s make this an unforgettable April people.  Better get Mashing!

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Puzzle Rug

37c0db0f2d8ff6668b1e7fffc4f94f34Is home decorating a really puzzler for you? Express yourself with this fun and functional puzzle rug. Perfect for the playroom, family room, hallway – fits great in any space!

  
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Kitchen Wars

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May the flour be with you.  Here’s a way to make cooking more galactic – the R2-D2 Measuring Cup Set from thinkgeek. Set of measuring cups that look like R2-D2. Body built from 4 measuring cups: 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, and 1 cup 
  
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Doctor Who Story

Take a peek at this creepy little mashup of Doctor Who and Toy Story.008-DOCTOR_WHO_TOY_STORY copy

  
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Bumper Cronuts

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.

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Apple’s Toy Acquisitions – Announced

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.bananagrams

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.  Strawberry shortcakeWe’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.

  
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Build a Better Job

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.

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A Sports Matryoshka – Aryaball

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

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SpongeBob’s Square Pants hit the runway

SpongeBob Hits the Catwalk in Italy

Reprinted from Feb 26, 2014

SpongeBob SquarePants made his Milan Fashion Week debut this week in a new fashion range from Moschino, created in partnership with Nickelodeon & Viacom Consumer Products.

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Moschino creative head Jeremy Scott used SpongeBob as the inspiration for a range of ready-to-wear apparel, shoes and accessories for fall/winter.

The range includes women’s apparel and accessories, women’s and men’s shoes and a number of unisex pieces.

SpongeBob also made another Italian fashion debut on a new range of handbags from Mia Bags, created by fashion designer Monica Bianco.

The SpongeBob collection features a range of bags in camouflage, denim and leopard-skin print that will be sold in mid- to high-end retailers.

Bianco created an MTV-inspired line for Mia Bags in spring 2013, and is planning a follow-up to that collection for fall/winter.

 

  
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Dinner Winner

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.dinnerwinner_lr1

  
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Toy Wreath

Don’t trip on your toys, stare them in the face.  Do a little Spring cleaning and create a toy wreath.  It’s a great way to decorate your door and clean out your toy box at the same time.recycled toy wreath_thecraftycrow.net

  
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Video Game Shoes

Wear Your Favorite Video Game Icons on Your Feet with These Video Game Shoes

Published: Dec 29, 2013   • References: bobsmade and kotaku
These incredible video game shoes are made by Bobsmade.com, an online store that specializes in creating custom-made shoes, headphones and other products.
Amazingly enough Bobsmade.com is primarily run by a solitary German artist who’s seemingly able to hand-make all of these gorgeous video game shoes. Some of the work done by Bobsmade.com has been in the field of video games, painting such iconic characters as Okami Amaterasu, Link, Zelda and the Blue Bomber himself Mega Man; now you can wear your fandom on your feet instead of just on your sleeves.
Bobsmade.com let’s you choose to have your art of choice on a variety of different shoe styles such as chucks, sneakers and slipons or if shoes aren’t your thing other gear choices are available.
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Rubber Chickens in Space

Why was a rubber chicken sent to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere?

REPOSTED, By Published: Apr 29, 2013 at 6:10 AM PST Last Updated: Apr 19, 2013 at 11:12 PM PST

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Camilla at about 115,000 feet. (Courtesy: NASA & Earth to Sky Calculus Class, Bishop, Calif.)

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.

 

  
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