googlea875c0213e6e807d.html] Fandads: November 2014

Friday, November 28, 2014

Questions about the new Star Wars teaser trailer.

Today we all got our first official look at J.J. Abrams Star Wars VII and it did what a teaser should do, get us excited about what is to come.  As with anything that is released nowadays, there will be plenty of discussion and dissection as to what is happening in the trailer. Let's look at a few images from the trailer and give our two-bits about what we think is going on.

Star Wars The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

We have been waiting for this all week and it's finally here, the teaser trailer for Star Wars VII. Check it out and share with us your thoughts below.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens open December 2015.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens, directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan & Abrams, features a cast including actors John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Crystal Clarke, Pip Andersen, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. They will join the original stars of the saga, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker.

The film is being produced by Kathleen Kennedy, J.J. Abrams, and Bryan Burk, and John Williams returns as the composer.

Thursday, November 27, 2014

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair Recap #ChiTag

I wish these DigiBirds could sing to you "Welcome to our post!" 

As the winter holidays approach this is the time where families start preparing for their own holiday traditions.  In this Fandads' household the Chicago Toy and Game Fair has become a tradition that every year we all look forward to attending.  This year's ChiTag came and went and we had a great time and played with a lot of cool stuff.

Giving thanks. Do it for them, not for me!

This year's Warrior Dash

When I sit down and reflect about what I am thankful for I realize that I have gone through a lot this past year.  From taking my little girl to her first day of kindergarten to not being renewed for my teaching position, I think that I have been resilient through all of this.  Whereas some people might just shut down with this type of hardship, I saw it as a way to focus on the positive of what is going on in my life.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Jurassic World Official Trailer

Here is the official trailer for Jurassic World.

The slow piano playing the original theme gives me chills. What are your thoughts and what are you excited to see?

Thursday, November 20, 2014

T-Shirt Thursday!

Today's shirt come to us from our friends over at LootCrate.  This shirt was part of their October Crate entitled "Fear".  At first glance you see a scary looking skull, but on closer inspection you see sweet and cuddly kittens.  One thing I like about this shirt is the fabric of it.  It is very soft and feels great, kind of like being hugged by kittens.

Remember you can get cool shirts like this if you sign up for LootCrate.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

It's time to play again at The Chicago Toy & Game Fair! #giveaways

The Chicago Toy & Game Fair is coming up and the Fandads will be there again this year playing with all the exciting toys that will be on display.  As with every year, we are giving away family passes and $2 off coupons to our readers, but this year ChiTag is giving away a VIP weekend package to one lucky winner.  

How can you win that one?  Look for the VIP Weekend Giveaway picture on our Facebook page, like it and share it with your friends.  So not only will you attend ChiTag, but you will attend the PlayChic fashion show and the TAGIE awards ceremony too.  It will be a weekend your family will not forget.

It's cold season are you prepared? #Sponsored #PediaCare #giveaways

Is your cold making it hard to sleep?

It's that time of year again where the weather starts playing with you especially here in Chicago. One day you are walking the dog in just a sweater and the next day you are all bundled up wearing a heavy coat with gloves and a scarf.

With this change in weather also comes cold and flu season and if you have a little one at home you already know that they will eventually get a cold.  The ironic thing about this post is that while I was writing it a cold struck this Fandad's homebase.  Fortunately it helps to have a nurse in the house, but it also helped that we have the medicine we needed to take care of our colds.

Friday, November 7, 2014

Big Hero 6 mini-review

We here at the Fandads like to keep our mini-reviews straight and to the point, so here is our thoughts on Big Hero 6.  We will not reveal any spoilers.  We will just tell you what we thought of the movie.

Big Hero 6 is a great movie that deals with the issues of loss, family, friendships and revenge.  We learn at the beginning of the movie that the main character Hiro is some what of a genius, but is not using his smarts to its full potential.  

Hiro's brother Tadashi, on the other hand, is attending "nerd school" as Hiro calls it, but tries to show Hiro what he can do if he puts his mind to good use instead of fighting robots for money.  

The movie quickly shows us the relationship between the two brothers and their aunt Cass, and as with all Disney movies there is a tragic event that sets our main character on a different path than the beginning of the film.

We have all seen the trailer and know that Hiro meets Baymax and sets off to fight an unknown man in a Kabuki mask.  Who is this man? What are his intentions? Why does Hiro decide to find out the identity of this man?  All these questions can be answered here, but I would rather you see the movie and find out yourself.

Hiro teams up with a group of friends that he meets at the "nerd school" and uses their smarts to create superhero suits to join up and find out the identity of "Kabuki man" (not official name, just what I called him).

Big Hero 6 is a lot of fun for the family.  I would say that it is appropriate for children 5 and up.  There is just animated violence and the only serious issue in the film that is touched upon is the loss of a family member.  

The one little spoiler that I will mention is the hidden cameo in one of the pictures. It's pretty funny to see and you will know what I am talking about when it is shown.  Also, make sure to stay after the credits.  

Make a plan to go see this with your family and friends and buy your tickets today.  

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Flywheel Blogger Preview Event or "me trying to be sporty part ?"

Last Tuesday, October 28th, this Fandad was lucky enough to get into the Blogger Preview event that Flywheel Old Town was having to promote their recent opening.  After doing the Spartan Race, I realized, more like my body told me, that I need to be in better shape if I want to do that again. So this invite could not have come at a better time because I am looking for new ways to start working out.