EG Parent Award #61

You are probably already aware of this one, and I’ll be honest – I really should have posted it last week. But to use a new catchphrase I am madly loving right now:

Image courtesy of Dad and Buried

Image courtesy of Dad and Buried

You really should check out Dad and Buried (Facebook). His blog is equally as funny. Although he is not the EG Parent Award recipient this week, he has been pretty darn close. It’s only a matter of time…

Anywho, the actual recipient this week is… Jonathan L (GeekDad) with his absolutely adorable 2yo.

It is not enough that she refers to the Protocol Droid as “Creepio”, but she has the sweetest little voice for the Imperial March. Well done, Dad!!

That kid is going to have a musical future. Mark my words.

One Sith Lord at a Time

What is it about the bad guys that is just so good?

Image courtesy of Disney

Image courtesy of Disney

Disney just released a bunch of new characters and discs for their Disney Infinity range; more specifically the Disney Infinity 3.0

Now, while I wasn’t on the original bandwagon for the Infinity game, I am slowly converting over. Helps after playing a bit and talking a bit with the Disney guys at PAX Australia 2015 (you can read my reviews over at GeekMom). There is some real potential with this set. And where Skylanders seems to be on its way out with the spawnlings, Disney Infinity definitely seems to be growing in popularity.

Especially when they have the ownership of characters from Tron, Marvel, Pixar, and, of course, Star Wars.

Image courtesy of Disney

Image courtesy of Disney

While shopping today, Sinister was overly pleased to hear of my seduction to the dark side. Really really pleased. Like, started to expand his Ninjamas Wishlist. However, he wasn’t totally convinced that I was sold on the whole Disney Infinity thing.

And then he pointed out Darth Maul to me.

Again: What is it about the bad guys that is just so damn good?

Darth Maul wasn’t even a good bad guy. Let’s face it – <spoilers> he was sliced in half, brought back to life with ‘other legs’ and then died again. Like, dude – pull it together.

But he has a very sexy double-bladed Lightsaber. Coming from the person who loved the joh in Jiu-Jitsu, this was damn sexy.

And to be frank, I’m not totally convinced that the dark side is really the bad side. That might just be the EG in me, but there are times where the manipulation and the whining of the Jedi bore me to tears.

So yes – I am converting to Disney Infinity. I am willing to sit down and play it with the spawnlings.

And it took the weird ‘tattooed lady’ Sith, Darth Maul to seduce me.

Can’t wait to see the new characters when “The Force Awakens” is released.

EG Parent Award #59 – My Lil’ Pumpkin

Halloween is just around the corner. Seriously. It’s like Saturday. This Saturday.

If you haven’t organised yourself yet, you’re kind of in trouble. Or super-relaxed. In which case, I like your style.

Pumpkin carving, however, is one of those Halloweeny things you really should have thought of earlier. Because now you’re tight on time. And out of ideas. And stressing over whether the crappy idea you have scavenged from the interwebs is going to be a ‘nailed it’ nightmare for your spawnlings, ruining yet another holiday memory you so desperately were trying to create.

*sigh* Chill. I got this. There are a whole stack of stencils available online for you to start with.

For example, the official Pokemon website has provided free stencils of some of their scariest monsters, including Meowth, Duskull, Gengar, Pikachu, Sableye, and Zubaat. Sweet little score.

If you’re spawnlings are a little more Minecraft crazy, then remove the pumpkin from their heads and show them how to carve this awesome creeper instead. Details can be found with Hudson Visual.

Photo from Hudson Visual

Photo from Hudson Visual

Of course, jack-o-lanterns aren’t supposed to be too cute or popular. I also like this Cthulhu carving – simplistic in its glory. Full credit to Tony Gambone for his photo of this beauty.   Cthulhu Pumpkin

But the winner of this week’s EG Parent Award blows all the other pumpkins away. In light of the latest Star Wars trailer and because this minion included instructions (so very helpful), I give you “That’s no Pumpkin… Death Star!”

Photo courtesy of Fantasy Pumpkins

Photo courtesy of Fantasy Pumpkins

Full instructions for the Death Star are found here, however you could very easily be distracted by all of their other marvels – TARDIS; Anger (from Inside Out); Dragons; you name it. It’s awesome.

Congrats to Noel Dickover at Fantasy Pumpkins. Absolutely love your work.