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A ‘Game of Thrones’ Edition of Risk is Coming!

Think you could survive in the Seven Kingdoms? In August you’ll get the chance to find out when USAopoly/Hasbro joins forces with HBO to release a Game of Thrones edition of Risk!

Players will vie for control as one of seven houses on two combinable game boards. There will gotpiecesbe three different ways to play and there will be over 650 game pieces representing the Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Martell, Tyrell, Targaryen, and Ghiscari houses. In addition, there will also be character cards that will affect how the battles are fought and won, objective cards to complete quests, Maester cards for wisdom, and gold dragon coins.

The Westeros map gameplay consists of The War of the Five Kings and includes the Stark, Lannister, Baratheon, Martell and Tyrell houses, while the Essos map gameplay consists of house Targaryen and Ghiscari battling for control of the slaves.  When the two maps are combined it becomes a battle royale for complete control between all 7 houses. Players will also be able to keep track of their kingdoms to customizable player boards.

This sure to be impressive game will retail for $74.95, which a steal when you consider all it will include. Let us know if you plan on picking it up and don’t forget: valar morghulis.

Images courtesy of  The Wall Street Journal, who exclusively reported this news first. 

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Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising Review

If Transformers means little more to you than your old, childhood Hasbro toys and Shia LeBouf yelling “Optimus!” into an orange sunset, you might be surprised to know that “Transformers: Prime” is a successful, Emmy-winning, computer-animated show that aired on the Hub. Moreover, you might not know that this week the drama continued on the small screen in the feature-length, 90-minute film, “Transformers Prime Beast Hunters: Predacons Rising.” Is it more than meets the eye, or a cash grab in disguise?

transformers-prime-beast-hunters-predacons-rising1The story follows our transforming heroes, the Autobots, as they attempt to restore their home planet of Cybertron. Meanwhile, super baddy/agent of chaos/destroyer of planets, Unicron, has all but possessed former oppressor Megatron— using his corporeal body to do evil far worse than even he could imagine. To defeat Unicron, the Autobots must team up with their former foes, the Decepticons and the beastly Predacons.

Predacons Rising actually had quite a lot to offer. Fans of the Transformers franchise will be pleased to hear that Peter Cullen reprised his role as the voice of the wise and noble Autobot leader, Optimus Prime. Children, specifically, will be amused with the dramatic fight sequences that incorporate slow motion and first person points of view. One particularly amazing scene to look out for includes the ZOMBIE-CONS, un-dead Predacons who have arisen from their graves. Meanwhile, an older audience can appreciate the themes of good vs. evil vs. REALLY evil. As Megatron muses, “Who to root for? The lines have certainly blurred.”

8765_1The Blue-Ray + DVD Combo Pack is unfortunately quite light on special features, only including a look behind the scenes of Predacons Rising. However, the spotlight on the animation team, Polygon Pictures, was quite enjoyable and added a real-life element to the robotic and sometimes bland world of Transformers.

Over all, I would recommend Predacons Rising to fans of Transformers and children. As someone who hasn’t watched the Prime series, it was easy to follow. Unfortunately, I wasn’t terribly invested in the story line. While there were enough cool fight scenes and dramatic quotes to hold my attention, it was fairly forgettable. Much like the toys of my youth and the Michael Bay popcorn flicks that filled my summers, Predacons Rising is an adequate way to spend a rainy afternoon, but that’s about it. I give this one a 6/10.

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Review: Littlest Petshop: Little Pets, Big Adventures

LPS_LPBA_PS300dpiOut on DVD today is Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures. This DVD collection is based on the popular Littlest Pet Shop toy brand from Hasbro. The series first debuted on The Hub TV network back in November and now the half-hour series is available to own.

The story follows Blythe Baxter, a young girl who loves fashion and designing clothes. When she and her dad move to a new apartment located above the Littlest Pet Shop store, Blythe suddenly discovers that she has the uncanny ability to communicate with the animals. This sets the stage up for some unique adventures as Blythe learns to adjust to her new surroundings, deal with a clique of “mean girls”, and relates to the eccentric pet shop owner, Mrs. Twombly.

Like many animated series targeting towards children, we have the usual song and dance numbers that deal with self-confidence and friendship while providing a moralistic tone. However, this series does have enough stylization and narration to hold the attention of adult viewers. Especially those adult viewers who are constantly trying to find appropriate shows to share with their kids.

With an all-new original music by Daytime Emmy® Award nominee Daniel Ingram and the vocal talent of Ashleigh Ball, Tabitha St. Germain, Nicole Oliver and Peter New. Littlest Pet Shop: Little Pets, Big Adventures provides great family entertainment.

The DVD collection includes the following five episodes:

  • Blythe’s Big Adventure – Parts 1 & 2
  • Bad Hair Day
  • Gailbreak!
  • Penny For Your Laughs

The DVD also features bonus content that includes coloring, sheets, the all new featurette, ““A Look Behind The Pet Shop Doors”, and an offer for a virtual collectable pet through the Littlest Pet Shop game app.

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Review: My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic: A Royal Pony Wedding

my little ponyJust in time for all the bronies out there, five episodes that comprise the royal pony wedding arch from the popular My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic series. This series currently airs regularly on the HUB TV network in the US. The series is based on the hugely successful toy line from Hasbro. The five episodes included in the DVD are as follows:

“A Canterlot Wedding, Part 1”
“A Canterlot Wedding, Part 2”
“Hearts And Hooves Day”
“Sweet & Elite”
“The Best Night Ever”

The bonus features include 2 sing-alongs “Love Is In Bloom” and “Valentines Day Song” as well as a printable coloring sheet.

The story centers around the betrothal of Princess Cadence to Twilight Sparkle’s older brother Shining Armor. While everyone else seems to be thrilled about the impending nuptials, Twilight Sparkle is not at all pleased with the news.

The themes in the story introduce a very seldom talked about situation in families, when siblings grow up, move away, marry and have families of their own, sometimes a disconnection can occur between those siblings who grew up together so closely. As Twilight Sparkle struggles through her fears, it mirrors some misgivings that many siblings have when their older sibling is about to leave the family home to begin their own adult life.

As bronies will know, My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic often takes the unconventional approach to exploring life lessons and showing parallels in the relationships we have between friends and family in real life.

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