As someone who collects toys, it was pretty cool to see that today the Disney Store revealed its 2020 Top 15 Holiday Toys list. This marks the third year the retailer is sharing a list of holiday must-haves for Disney fans, families, and gift-givers alike. As families spend more time at home and parents need to get creative, toys play a more important role than ever. This year’s top 15 items include toys inspired by everyone’s favorite Disney, Pixar, Star Wars, and Marvel characters.
Sought after items include Star Wars: The Mandalorian Talking Action Figure, Disney Frozen 2 Arendelle Castle Play Set and the Minnie Mouse Sweet Treats Stand Play Set. Two items on the list are so hot they won’t be revealed until October 26 – shopDisney.com will have all the info.
Arendelle Castle Play Set –Frozen 2 ($139.95) An iridescent sparkle covers the outside of Arendelle’s regal residence. Little fans will love recreating their favorite Frozen 2 scenes with this Arendelle Castle Play Set that comes with a cast of characters and opens up to reveal an array of rooms. Press the top window to activate music and lights!
Buzz Lightyear, Woody and Toy Story Alien Interactive Talking Action Figures ($32.95 each) Buzz Lightyear, Sheriff Woody and Toy Story Alien are never at a loss for words and have plenty to say as an interactive talking action figure. Each feature more than 10 phrases and starts speaking when another character from the set is nearby.
Mickey Mouse House Play Set ($69.99) Hot dog! Mickey’s playhouse is filled with hours of fun. It showcases three levels of action-packed features, lights and sounds, a car, and furniture for the Mickey and Pluto figurines to enjoy (…kids will too!).
Disney Animators’ 5″ Doll Set ($99.99) Your little ones will love bringing their favorite Disney fairytales to life with this spectacular gift set featuring 5” mini dolls from the Disney Animators’ Collection. Snow White, Tiana, Moana and Mulan are among the 14 dolls featured as youngsters, all presented in a decorative carry case for on-the-go adventures.
Mack Friction Motor Hauler and Six Die Cast Cars Set ($79.99) Load them up and haul them out! Mack has a lot to say for himself as he transports Lightning McQueen and five of his friends from Disney and Pixar’s Cars films. Mack features character phrases and light-up headlights, plus space for additional vehicles.
Disney Princess Cinderella Carriage *Includes 11″ Cinderella doll ($79.99) Kids will play happily ever after as they bring Disney’s fairytale to life with this Cinderella Classic Doll Deluxe Gift Set. Wearing her sparkling ball gown, Cinderella travels in style aboard her light-up pumpkin carriage pulled by a white horse that actually walks.
Disney Princess Classic Doll Collection Gift Set – 11” ($129.99) Imagine 11 classic Disney Princesses together in one beautifully gift-boxed doll collection! A wish is granted with this dazzling set of fairytale heroines, each costumed in royal splendor.
Beauty and the Beast ”Be Our Guest” Singing Tea Cart Play Set ($49.95) Join an enchanted tea party with this delightful Beauty and the Beast Singing Tea Cart. Lumiere sings “Be Our Guest” while Mrs. Potts and Chip set the scene for tea time, all the time!
Disney Frozen and Disney Frozen 2 Mega Figurine Set ($49.99) All your favorite characters from the original blockbuster Disney Frozen and its sequel, Disney Frozen 2, are included in this mega figure set. Arendelle’s royal sisters Anna and Elsa are featured in their different costumes, and even as little girls, in this set that includes 20 detailed figurines.
Minnie Mouse Sweet Treats Stand Play Set ($79.99) Business is going to be brisk when your young chef has their own bake sale with the help of Minnie Mouse and her Sweet Treats Stand. The play set features a double-sided stand that’s over 3-ft. tall and includes an open/close sign, cash register with sound effects, and lots of play cakes so they’ll enjoy hours and hours of delicious fun.
Star Wars: The Mandalorian Talking Action Figure ($32.99) Bring the drama and excitement of The Mandalorian to life with this talking action figure of the notorious bounty hunter. Highly detailed, with multiple points of articulation, it features character phrases from the Disney+ series and includes a light-up flamethrower and sound effects.
Vanellope with ”Comfy Princesses” Dolls Gift Set – Disney’s Ralph Breaks the Internet ($119.99) Vanellope is hanging out with her new BFFs, the comfy royals from Ralph Breaks the Internet, in this 15-piece doll set. This fun set shows the characters in their casual clothes just like in the movie!
Disney Animators’ Collection Littles Advent Calendar ($44.99) They’ll be tree-mendously excited to count down to the big day with this Disney Animators’ Collection Littles Advent Calendar. The holiday tree design has 24 doors and behind each one they’ll find either one of their favorite Disney characters, an accessory, or a festive item.
Star Wars Exclusive Item – INFO TOP SECRET until October 26.
In no duh news, The future of the electorate is watching, and it’s teachers and social media that are influencing young peoples’ political views, according to a new survey on election knowledge from Study.com.
Apparently, students are learning the most about the election process from teachers
More than a third of students in grades 7-12 say they’ve learned the most about the election from their teachers.
20% of students in grades 7-12 say they’ve learned the most about the election from social media.
Less than 20% of students in grades 7-12 report their family has taught them the most about the election process in the United States.
While social media is influencing everyone’s political beliefs:
30% of students in grades 7-12 report that Instagram is the most influential social media platform on their political point of view, followed by TikTok (25%), Facebook (16%), and YouTube (15%)
33% of college students say Facebook is the most influential social media platform on their political point of view, trailed by Instagram (25%), Twitter (17%), and YouTube (12%)
The majority of teachers (60%) and parents (80%) point to Facebook as the social media platform with the most influence on their political point of view.
Click here for all of the findings from the study.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance ride is now open at Disneyland Park in California, adding to the immersive adventures inside Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. The ride brings guests into the middle of a climactic battle between the First Order and the Resistance, including a face off with Kylo Ren. The journey takes guests aboard a full-size transport shuttle and then into a nearby Star Destroyer on a thrilling adventure that blurs the lines between fantasy and reality. One of the most immersive, ambitious and technologically advanced experiences in Disney history, the attraction uses multiple ride systems working together to create a seamless story on a cinematic scale.
I am probably one of the few who haven’t been to Star Wars land yet. Though I expect there are other like me. Personally I am just waiting for things to calm down and then I will go enjoy it. For more information about Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, visit DisneylandNews.com, WDWNews.com, DisneyParksBlog.com and StarWars.com.
Wizard Entertainment Inc. announced four new events to the 2019 calendar of Wizard World conventions, including the return to Los Angeles (June 8 at Sony Pictures Studio Lot, Culver City, Ca.), fifth visit to Tulsa, Okla. (Sept. 6-8 at Renaissance Tulsa), third event in Pittsburgh (July 26-28, David L. Lawrence Convention Center), and first trip to the Bay Area (Oakland, Ca., Nov. 22-24, Oakland Convention Center).
What caught my attention was the Los Angeles event which is, in fact, a Ghostbusters Fan Fest. If you were or are a fan of Ghostbusters this event was basically made for you. This will be a once in a lifetime event celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the 1984 film. Celebrity guests include Director Ivan Reitman, Actors Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, and more! Learn more about the event here.
Classic horror fans rejoice as Universal is letting their monsters out of the cage for the first time ever with a DVD box set called Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection.
From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases all of the original films featuring the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring some of the most legendary actors including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous, these films set the standard for a new horror genre and showcase why these landmark movies that defined the horror genre are regarded as some of the most unforgettable ever to be filmed.
The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection includes;
The Mummy (1932)
The Invisible Man (1933)
The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
Werewolf of London (1935)
Dracula’s Daughter (1936)
Son of Frankenstein (1939)
The Invisible Man Returns (1940)
The Invisible Woman (1940)
The Mummy’s Hand (1940)
The Wolf Man (1941)
The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
The Mummy’s Ghost (1942)
The Mummy’s Tomb (1942)
Invisible Agent (1942)
Phantom of the Opera (1943)
Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
Son of Dracula (1943)
House of Frankenstein (1944)
The Mummy’s Curse (1944)
The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944)
House of Dracula (1945)
She-Wolf of London (1946)
Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951)
Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, and includes a 3D version)
Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955)
Revenge of the Creature (1955 and includes a 3D version)
The Creature Walks Among Us (1956)
The box set also comes with a 48-page collectible book filled with behind-the-scenes stories and rare production photographs and is accompanied by an array of bonus features including behind-the-scenes documentaries, the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula, Featurettes on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Jack Pierce, 13 expert feature commentaries, archival footage, production photographs, theatrical trailers and more.
IMDb announced that for the third year in a row, writer/director/podcaster and all around pop culture geek Kevin Smith will host three days, July 19-21, of original celebrity video interviews, a 90-minute live show called IMDb LIVE at San Diego Comic-Con, and other exclusive convention coverage aboard the IMDboat at Comic-Con International: San Diego 2018. Celebrities scheduled to appear include the casts of The Predator, Doctor Who, Marvel’s Cloak & Dagger, The Walking Dead, The Flash and more.
To follow exclusive Comic-Con coverage later this week, which includes breaking news, expert analysis, original celebrity interviews, trending information, the 90-minute live show, field pieces shot around the convention featuring fans, cosplay and top stories of the day, daily convention, and panel recaps, and more, go to www.imdb.com/comic-con.
With all the recent news of The Joker movies and even a Harley Quinn movies coming to the big screen, it’s not surprising to hear that over at Six Flags Over Texas, in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, on behalf of DC Entertainment, have announced the next generation in thrill rides and the first-of-its-kind in the world called the HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity. Inspired by the movement of a gyroscope, this record-breaking attraction delivers unpredictable, gravity-defying flips, twists and turns. HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity will take its rightful, villainous place alongside THE JOKER, CATWOMAN Whip and THE RIDDLER Revenge in the park’s GOTHAM CITY section.
The ride features a unique futuristic triple box design that allows the gondola to spin around three separate axes while rotating forward, backwards and sideways simultaneously at up to 70 feet in the air. Seated 24 across with over-the-shoulder harnesses, riders will experience a thrilling combination of negative and positive gravitational forces. By night, the attraction promises to light up the North Texas skies beckoning thrill seekers from near and far.
HARLEY QUINN Spinsanity will open to the public on Saturday, July 14. For more information about the 2018 season, visit www.sixflags.com/overtexas.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. have partnered up with SON Events to create the inaugural DC Wonder Woman Run Series. Designed to empower the hero in all, this 5K and 10K movement will encourage participants to harness their inner strength.
The first event in the DC Wonder Woman Run Series will take place on September 22, 2018, in Sacramento, California. While other runs will include Oakland, California in October, Los Angeles in November, and San Jose and San Diego to be announced soon.
Each event will kick off with an expo where participants will be able to collect their race packets, bib numbers and purchase exclusive Wonder Woman merchandise. This one-of-a-kind race will culminate with a finish line that will offer a festival for both participants and spectators.\
“Wonder Woman is one of the most iconic and well-loved Super Heroes of all time,” said Mark Knutson, of SON Events. “We’re excited to give fans a new and unique event by providing an inviting, fun, and empowering experience where people can enjoy a great course, and bond with other fans while being active.”
I had no idea that July was national ice cream month. So it was to read that Baskin-Robbins, the world’s largest chain of ice cream specialty shops, is kicking off its favorite month of the year – National Ice Cream Month – by offering guests a free sample of its Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Polar Pizza Ice Cream Treat on Sunday, July 1st from 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at participating stores nationwide. This special offer on the first day of National Ice Cream Month is just one way that Baskin-Robbins is celebrating all month long.
The Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Polar Pizza features a chocolate chip cookie crust and is topped with Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream, cookie dough pieces, rainbow sprinkles and a drizzle of marshmallow topping.
On National Ice Cream Day, which is Sunday, July 15, guests who download the Baskin-Robbins Mobile App will receive exclusive offers, like a BOGO Cone offer, a BOGO 99-cent sundaes offer and $2 off a medium Milkshake offer
Baskin-Robbins will also be ending National Ice Cream Month on a sweet note with its Celebrate 31 promotion. On Tuesday, July 31st, all regular and kids-sized scoops will be $1.50. This offer can be enjoyed with any Baskin-Robbins ice cream flavor, including the Flavor of the Month, OREO’n Cake, or a seasonal favorite like America’s Birthday Cake, which features strawberry and cake-flavored ice creams with blue whipped cream-flavored swirl.
After making their debut at Taco Bell stores this past January, Nacho Fries are back for a summer sequel, returning to menus on July 12. To celebrate their return, Taco Bell will honor the 25th Anniversary of Warner Bros. Pictures’ action sci-fi film Demolition Man and its prediction of a utopian future where “all restaurants are Taco Bell,” with a re-creation of the iconic restaurant from the movie.
“When you create a fake trailer for a fake movie for a real product that surpasses all expectations of products (and movie trailers), it seems inevitable that you have to create a sequel,” said Marisa Thalberg, Chief Brand Officer of Taco Bell Corp. “And what better way to tease this sequel, than pay homage to a real movie’s 25th anniversary – one that had a very compelling view of a fictional future?”
Demolition Man, a 1993 Warner Bros. Pictures’ cult-classic in its own right, gained fame for its utopian predictions of 2032 – where Taco Bell was the only restaurant to survive the Franchise Wars.
Leading up to the July 12 return of Nacho Fries, answers will be revealed with exciting creative in the sequel to Web of Fries I. Culminating with a Demolition Man pop-up and a futuristic and upscale Taco Bell dining experience July 19 – 21 in San Diego just outside the holy-grail of science fiction.