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Thursday, August 17, 2017

New Splatoon 2 Nintendo Switch bundle

Hey friends, if you have not yet bought a Nintendo Switch, WalMart will be the exclusive home to the new Splatoon 2 bundle. So what is so special about this new bundle? Keep reading to find out.

Big announcements from Wizard World

Q&A sessions with standout celebrities David Tennant (“Doctor Who,” “Jessica Jones”),  John Barrowman (“Arrow,” “Doctor Who”), Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy , “The Walking Dead”) and casts of “Firefly” and “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” and WWE® Superstars, sci-fi speed dating, anime, cosplayer and comics creator sessions, adult and kids costume contests and more highlight the programming offerings at the 20th annual Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, August 24-27 at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. Most programming is included as part of the standard event admission and is in addition to the live entertainment options (magic, dancing, music, etc.) all weekend.

Some highlights of the more than 120 hours of panels scheduled include:

Interactive Q&As with David Tennant (Saturday, 1:30 p.m.), John Barrowman (Sunday, 1 p.m.), Michael Rooker (Friday, 1 p.m.), Dean Cain (“Supergirl,” “Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,” Saturday, noon), Paul Bettany (Avengers: Age of Ultron, Saturday, 11:30 a.m.), Danny Trejo (Machete, Death Race: Inferno, Sunday, 2:15 p.m.), Gene Simmons (KISS frontman, Saturday, 10:30 a.m.), John Cusack (Say Anything…, HIgh Fidelity, Saturday, 4:30 p.m.), Christian Kane (“Leverage,” “The Librarians,” Sunday, 11:30 a.m.), Loni Anderson (“WKRP in Cincinnati,” Sunday, 2:30 p.m.) and many others Group sessions with the casts of “Firefly” (Summer Glau and Jewel Staite, Saturday, 2:30 p.m.), “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” (Cobie Smulders and Elizabeth Henstridge, Saturday, 12:30 p.m.), “Doctor Who” (Alex Kingston, Jenna Coleman and Catherine Tate, Sunday, noon) and “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” (Nicholas Brendon and Charisma Carpenter, Saturday, 5 p.m.)

Wrestling talk with WWE® Superstars Roman Reigns™ (Thursday, 5 p.m.), Alexa Bliss™ (Thursday, 6 p.m.),  Kevin Owens™ (Friday, 3 p.m.), Charlotte Flair™ (Friday, 4 p.m.) and The Hardy Boyz™ (Saturday, 4 p.m.)

Creator-themed hours featuring industry superstars Rob Schamberger, Clinton Hobart, Mike Grell, Dean Haspiel, Barbara Slate, Alex de Campi, Trevor Muller, Danny Fingeroth, Joe Harris, Steve Geiger, Lani Sarem, Genese Davis, Maggie Thompson, Dr. Travis Langley, Victor Dandridge and more

Anime-themed sessions with Wizard World’s own Mogshelle and Laycee and others

“Nothing Stays Dead in Comics,” featuring Wizard World Editor in Chief Brian Walton on the cyclical death and rebirth of comics and the relaunching of Wizard

Wizard World Concert: Performed By World Of Warcraft Composer Jason Hayes and Video Game Band “Critical Hit” (Saturday, 5:30 p.m.)

Sci-Fi Speed Dating sessions (tired of lookin' for love in Alderaan places?) (Thursday 6 p.m., Friday 4, 6 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m.(LGBTPQ), 1, 3:30, 6 p.m., Sunday 11 a.m.(LGBTPQ), 1, 3:30 p.m.)

Kids programming all four days, including story time, face painting, puppet shows, dance parties, magic, learn to draw, (and Kids 10 and under are free every day with paid adult)

World-famous Wizard World Comic Con Adult Costume Contest, Saturday at 7 p.m. and Kids Costume Contests on Saturday and Sunday at 2 p.m.

Cosplay with special guests Brit Bliss, Mogshelle, Papa Bear, Princess Morgan, Termina Cosplay and more, throughout the weekend

Unless noted, programming events take place in the designated General Programming Rooms or show floor stages at the convention center. VIP tickets or additional costs may apply to ensure access to select activities, as noted.

A full list of Wizard World Comic Con Chicago programming is available at (subjects, guests, times and rooms subject to change).

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. Show hours are Thursday, August 24, 4-9 p.m.; Friday, August 25, noon-7 p.m.; Saturday, August 26, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, August 27, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

In other big news...

As the saying goes: “Nothing stays dead in comics.” Pop-Culture leader Wizard World, Inc. today announced the digital re-imagination, re-conception and re-launch of Wizard, as part of a new digital initiative which includes WizPop, a daily pop-culture news service reporting on the biggest stories of the day in pop-culture, entertainment, and fandom. WizPop will also feature a weekly round-table reviewing the relevant news of the week. Bridging video, editorial and convention operations, the revitalized Wizard digital initiatives will speak to fans worldwide in Wizard’s distinctive snarkily-smart voice.

The predecessor to the re-constituted Wizard was Wizard Magazine: The Guide to Comics, had a wildly successful run for nearly two decades as the respected and widely-followed voice of comics and fandom.

Brian Walton, the former Editor In Chief of Nerdist and Vice President of Editorial Operations at Legendary Digital Networks will serve as Editor In Chief of Wizard in addition to his role as Director of Content for Wizard World. Luke Y. Thompson, formerly of Nerdist, Topless Robot, Deadline, and OC Weekly, has joined Wizard World as Associate Editor. 

WizPop the daily video news service will share the uniquely authoratiative point-of-view of Wizard covering the larger universe of all things pop-culture.

In addition to standing as a daily digital presence, plans are in the works to return to publishing Wizard as a premium quarterly magazine.

From “Casting Calls” to “The Drawing Board,” classic Wizard Magazine columns will be revived as web-based articles and regular video features. Wizard and WizPop will feature news and reviews of the latest in comics, tech, movies, gaming, TV, music, and toys. Also returning will be the hallmark in-depth feature interviews with some of the biggest names in the comics and entertainment industries.

“To a generation of fans the Wizard name has stood at the intersection of entertainnment and pop culture. By introducing Wizard and WizPop as vibrant digital incarnations, Wizard World will expand its pre-eminent position in the industry to connect and interact with millions of fans every day,” said John D. Maatta, Wizard World President & CEO. “With the triumverate of Wizard, WizPop and the Wizard World live convention platform we have created a 24 hour a day digital and live experiential platform serving the fans of pop culture—the Wizard experience and the on-going conversation doesn’t stop when a Wizard Comic Con ends.”

On August 25, at the 20th annual Wizard World Comic Con Chicago, Wizard and WizPop will launch at

Check out the first episode of WizPop at

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Moving forward one word at a time

Every week it is the same routine with my son and my wife. I pack my backpack with my laptop and he hands me his water bottle to hold on one of the side pockets designed to hold water bottles. We get in the car and make the 15-20 minute drive to the children pediatric center for his appointment. We walk into the office and check in at the front desk and take a seat until it is his turn.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Getting our fill of steak at Culinary Fight Club

Disclaimer: The Fandads were invited to cover Culinary Fight Club all thoughts and opinions are our own. 

My wife and I have always talked about trying out as many restaurants as possible. It is kind of a goal of ours to enjoy a nice exotic meal and just really sit there and savor the entire experience. Obviously, since we have children, sometimes it is hard to go to a nice restaurant and just take our time eating. One day we will have that luxury, but in the meantime, we have fun events like the Culinary Fight Club to give us that experience.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Man vs Child: One Dad's Guide to the Weirdness of Parenting Book Review

I remember the time before my children were born I would read a lot. I would grab a book and spend a few hours sitting down just reading. I loved going on journeys to different worlds and just enjoying the pleasure of reading. Sometimes, I would finish a book in a day or two because I had the time to do it, then my children were born.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is coming to your television soon! #giveaway #GotGVol2

Hey friends, in conjunction with today's digital release of Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and upcoming home release we have teamed up with our friends from Allied and Disney to give away 5 Digital Download Cards to our lucky readers. So how can you win one of these cards? Keep reading to find out.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

HBO's Latest Home Offerings #giveaway

Disclaimer: HBO has provided the Fandads with copies of these shows for review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Today HBO Home Entertainment has released two outstanding series on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD and we want you to win a copy of one of them, but before we do that let's talk a little about Crashing and Big Little Lies.

Sharing and Making Memories of "Yesterday" with Paul McCartney

Whenever people ask me what Fandads is about I always answer: "It's Gil and myself writing about sharing our love for all things geeky with our kids." There is no limit on what the geeky things can be. We share with our children our love for comic books, handheld games and even music. We never force anything onto them: if they like it, they like it, if not, no big deal. 

Monday, July 31, 2017

Nintendo announces new 2DS for August

Photo courtesy of Business Wire

Hey friends, if you are looking to update your 2DS or looking to get a new 2DS Nintendo has something for you on August 25th.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Earning Medals and staying fresh like a #Dadlete Can! (Sporty Dad 110)

Disclaimer - The Fandads have teamed up with Russell Athletic and were compensated for this post. All thoughts, opinions and tired feet are our own. 

A few months ago I teamed up with Russell Athletic to write about their Cool Force Performance underwear and talked about how they kept my "boys" cool when I was being the sporty Dadlete that I am. Now Russell Athletic has released their new FreshForce™ Performance underwear and what better way for this dadlete to try these out than by running a half marathon with them on? So how did this turn out? Keep reading to see what happened. 

Friday, July 21, 2017

Splatoon 2 is here!

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a downloadable copy of Splatoon 2 for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

What's up everyone! We're back with another review, just in the nick of time. The Switch is an amazing console but some people have been complaining about the lack of "must buy" titles. Well, I'm glad to say that Splatoon 2 might just fit the bill for a "must buy".

I didn't play the first Splatoon very much, but I didn't find that to be a barrier in order to enjoy the sequel. That being said, the Splatoon series seems to have carved itself a nice little niche and has a huge following. It's also had an appeal to those of us who enjoy FPS type games but aren't ready to let our kids mow down people in a violent setting. Splatoon's weapons use paint, which is far friendly than packing lead, well unless it's lead paint...but I digress.

You have shooters or blasters, rollers, chargers, sloshers (buckets), splatings, dualies, and brellas (you guessed it, umbrella weapons). There's also gear to check out that can give you abilities/upgrades, such as Swim Speed Up. You can also get additional slots on your gear for secondary abilities, I could keep going, but to sum it up, there's a lot you can do in the game.

I mentioned earlier that I didn't spend a lot of time with the original Splatoon, but if I remember correctly there wasn't much a single player story or campaign mode. Fortunately Splatoon 2 has got me covered in regards to playing solo. There's a whole story involving a kidnapping which I won't give away, and it seems like it's a decent length. I've been playing for a while and I still haven't finished it, so it's nice to know that the story mode isn't just an add-on or afterthought.

Now, the game isn't perfect by any means. As usual Nintendo drops the ball in the online department. This is the type of game where online communication would really be helpful. As luck would have it, the Nintendo Switch Online App just went live (available on the Google Play store for Android and the App Store for iPhone) and I'm hoping that changes things up. I'm going to try to check that out, so this will remain a "review in progress" but so far, so good. Even before I check that out though, I have to say that this is a great game to pick to play with the kids and with your friends. If you're on the fence and into shooters definitely give Splatoon 2 a shot!

Splatoon 2 is rated E10+, meaning that it's suitable for everyone 10 and over, but I honestly didn't see anything too objectionable for kids as young as 5. It's out now!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Pushing myself to the Limit (Sporty Dad 109)

In mid-June I did something that I did not think I would ever do: I ran the Spartan Super and Spartan Sprint on the same weekend. Completing these two races is a big deal for me because there was a few times during the Super that I just wanted to stop and not do it anymore, but I had a goal for myself and that was to finish no matter what. Not only was finishing these races important to me, but I felt I had to prove something to myself.

Friday, July 14, 2017

What to do: July 14th Edition

Hey friends, here we are again with our "What to Do" posts and this week we have a fun events that will take place early next week and next weekend. We're telling you about the next weekend one now so you can start planning your trip. Ok, so are we ready? Let's go!

Hanging out with the Pitmasters at the Culinary Fight Club

Disclamer - The Fandads were invited to cover the Culinary Fight Club in exchange for tickets to the event. All thoughts, opinions and full stomachs are our own. 

I am not really a foodie. I mean, I am not the type that can tell what spices and seasonings were used in a dish just by tasting it, but I love to eat food. Back in the day when I was home with my daughter I would sit and watch the Food Network all day and attempt to try out some of the dishes I would see. Sometimes the dishes were a success while other times they came out so-so.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Amazing Spider-Man Premium Format Statue Giveaway

With Spider-Man: Homecoming in theaters now, why not increase your Spider-Man collection with this Amazing Spider-Man Premium Format Statue from Sideshow Collectibles. That's right, the Fandads have teamed up with Sideshow Collectibles to give our readers an opportunity to win one of these fantastic collectibles.

How do you enter to win? Click on this link and let them know that the Fandads sent you. That's it and Sideshow will select a winner from all the entries they receive.

If you get a chance, read our review and let us know what you thought of the movie.

Friday, July 7, 2017

What to do in Chicago this weekend!

Hey friends, here is another segment in our What to do in Chicago this weekend. There are some fun activities to do in this weekend in the city and hopefully you will have fun at some of them.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Spider-Man: Homecoming Review #SpiderManHomecoming #Updated

Within the first, say 15 to 20 minutes, of Spider-Man: Homecoming, I knew that Sony has finally given us the Spider-Man movie that we have been waiting for. The movie had everything that you would expect from reading an issue of Spider-Man: humor, tough decisions, action, and a lot of heart. Now, full disclosure, I am a huge Spider-Man fan and going into this movie I was a bit worried, but I walked out of the theater with a big smile on my face and it stayed until the next day. 

Friday, June 30, 2017

What to do: July 4th Edition

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out some ideas from the Fandads of things to do this weekend throughout the city and a sneak preview of what's to come next weekend. We will have a poll up next week on our Facebook page to vote on a name for these around town posts that we do.

Despicable Me 3 Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads teamed up with Fandango for this giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own and no, a minion does not have a fart gun to our heads so we say good things about the movie.

When you see Gru and the Minions on the big screen you know that you will be in for a good and silly time. In this third movie of the series we not only get the silliness that we are used to with the minions, but we also get a little bit of heart in the story between Gru and his brother Dru. Don't worry, it's not as sappy as it sounds.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

T-Shirt Thursday

The Fandads were fortunate enough to watch Spider-Man: Homecoming last night and it was awesome! Coincidentally this month's Marvel Collector Corps shirt is also awesome!

Straight out of Peter's closet!
Check out Spider-Man: Homecoming next month and keep your eye on for upcoming screenings, you never know what you might win!

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Cars 3 Coloring Sheets and giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads have partnered up with Fandango for this giveaway and receive compensation for this team up. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

We previously did a post with some activity sheets for Cars 3 and we have some coloring sheets to keep you and your children busy if you want to relive revisit some of your favorite characters from the hit movie. There is also a giveaway, but you must keep reading.

Transformers: The Last Knight Premiere and Review

Last week the Fandads were invited to the U.S Premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight. The premiere was held at the Civic Opera House in downtown Chicago and had everything you could ask for in a premiere: a red carpet, inflatable Transformers and celebrities. This was the first time that the Fandads have ever been invited to a premiere of a movie and it was a pretty memorable experience. 

Thursday, June 22, 2017

T-shirt Thursday!

I am NOT having a good day with technology. Camera doesn't work, phone won't upload pics, Air Book won't charge...ugh. About the only thing that's gone right today is that both Loot Crate and MCC boxes showed up today!

More Than Meets the Eye!
This beauty showed up today in our Loot Crate. Very timely as Transformers: The Last Knight is in theaters now! (Funny how that works) The Marvel Collector Corps box also had a nice shirt, but we'll feature that one next week!

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

The Adventure Continues, #ThanksBaby

Disclosure: The Fandads have partnered with Life of Dad  and Pampers for this promotion. 

Remember those mornings when you would just wake up and not want to get out of bed? There have been many times in my past that I would wish that the days would just fly by. A lot of the times I would not want to get out of bed, but I knew that I had classes to attend and a job to go to, so I did it. I would go through those monotonous days and just feel like this is what my life was going to be. To quote Aesop Rock "Wake, Work, Sleep" and that is not what I wanted for my life.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray review

Disclaimer: The Fandads received a copy of Beauty and the Beast for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own. 

With the home release of Disney's Beauty and the Beast fans of the animated movie can relieve all of their favorite scenes from the comfort of their own home. The Blu-ray has all the bells and whistles like most home releases:commentaries, behind the scene featurettes but the one bonus is the inclusion of the sing-a-long version on the disc. 

Father's Day Gift Guide

(Disclaimer: Some of the items on the list are affiliate links but all thoughts and opinions are our own.)

It's that time of year again. That time where you start seeing the "Dads and Grads" (why are these two always combined?) signs everywhere and you start wondering what tie you should get your father this year.  Well, if you are in that particular dilemma right now, put down that tie and check out our list of things that dads would like for Father's Day.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

ARMS Review

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a downloadable copy of ARMS for this review. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

ARMS has been in heavy rotation around the studio for the past couple of weeks. When I found out we were going to have early access to the game it was an awesome and unexpected surprise. Our access came along the same time that the Global Testpunch was happening and it gave me a good chance to try out the game with a lot of other people.

There are a variety of modes to check out online!
My first impressions were that it was a unique game. It's kind of hard to describe and/or compare to anything else. Yes, it's a fighting game, but it's also something else. Grappling? Wrestling? Not quite, but there are elements somewhere in there.

The learning curve seemed to be tough, especially in "thumbs up" mode, which I assume is the way the game is meant to be played. (Thumbs up mode is basically having one Joy-Con in each hand and controlling your fighter by moving your hands and punching to attack.) I got my rear handed to me pretty easily and frequently, even on lower difficulty settings. Master Mummy is the only character I've actually gotten to be somewhat proficient with. Seeing as how I was having some difficulty with the game, I thought I'd give the next generation a try.

I let my girls play for a while, with an extra pair of Joy-Cons they were both able to experience the game in "thumbs up" mode, and they had wildly different experiences. One of my girls was frustrated and couldn't get the game to do what she wanted it to. Unfortunately she ended up being upset and quickly gave up on the game. Daughter #2 though, couldn't get enough. She was sticking and moving like a pro and quickly decimated her sister. She then moved on to me and it wasn't pretty. I can 100% assure you that I wasn't trying to let her win and she mopped the floor with me.

Although it was fun for her, I believe that this is one of the issues I have with the game. My five year daughter was able to beat me to a pulp by essentially button-mashing with the right character. Again, it might be me and my lack of experience with the game, but it didn't interest me enough to want to keep playing it so I could actually get better.

The Hoops, V-Ball, and Skill Shot modes offer some depth to the game, I actually found those modes more enjoyable than the fighting, but the "story" mode, or Grand Prix, didn't hold my attention. The characters aren't very interesting either. Yes, they look cool, and ARMS is definitely different, but it still wasn't wowing me.

Determined to give it more of a chance, I let my "focus group" AKA students at school, try it out. Well,  it turns out maybe this game isn't for me. The kids loved it. the characters, the colors, they really got into it. They also didn't seem to be having too many problems learning the controls. I'm sure part of it was because kids are so quick to pick up games these days, but it also could have been that they were playing "traditionally" with the Joy-Cons. I didn't want any kids accidentally punching themselves so I had them play with one Joy-Con each and it seemed to work out well. I actually started playing this way and with the controls attached to the Switch and the game seems to be a bit more bearable this way. I guess it's just not my cup of tea.

So my final verdict is that Dads could probably give this one a pass, if you're into fighting games there are definitely better options out there. That being said, this might be a good pick up for the kids. There isn't any blood and the characters are pretty abstract. It's rated E 10+, so it's good for anyone 10 and up but my kids, both under 10, seemed to be fine with it.

Until next time, thanks for reading.

T-Shirt Thursday

Today's T-shirt Thursday shirt comes from our friends at Super7. We featured them a few weeks ago with the Veritech Fighter t-shirt and this time we are featuring them again with another awesome shirt. This Hawkins Power & Light shirt looks vaguely familiar...almost like I have scene this scene before. The image on this shirt is fantastic in how it brings up memories of old Activision games box art and reminds me of Pitfall in a way. I bought this shirt for my wife at C2E2 a few months back and I think I want to get one for myself.

When you get a chance, check out Super7's website and browse the other fun shirts that they have there.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Black Panther Teaser Trailer is here!

If you were watching the NBA Finals tonight you might have caught the first teaser trailer for Marvel Studio's Black Panther and it was amazing. If you have not seen it check it out below and be prepared to have your mind blown. 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Resident Evil Vendetta One night only Screening

Hey friends, what's better than playing Resident Evil on a big screen television? How about watching a Resident Evil movie at the theaters. Yes, friends Fathom Events is having a special one night only screening on June 19th of Resident Evil:Vendetta. Now, while this is not the Milla Jovovich Resident Evil, this is the third in a series of computer animated Resident Evil movies.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Cars 3 Activity Sheets and Screening

Lighting McQueen is heading back to the big screen in Cars 3 later this month and to get your ready for that day we have some cool activity sheets for you and your children. From a race track maze to building an actual race track to race with your children, we have got you covered. For our friends in Chicago, we have something extra for you, keep reading to find out what.

Friday, June 2, 2017

Wonder Woman Premium Statue Giveaway

Disclaimer: Sideshow Collectibles is an affiliate with Fandads and they are sponsoring this contest. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

With the release of the new Wonder Woman movie the Fandads have the fantastic opportunity to be involved in an awesome giveaway with our friends at Sideshow Collectibles. Sideshow is giving our readers the opportunity to win this fantastic Wonder Woman statue. All you need to do is click on this link and and write "Fandads" in the box that asks where you learned about this contest.

Handcrafted with austere beauty and fierce determination, Princess Diana of Themyscira dons her iconic costume of stars and stripes, sworn to protect the world and uphold her mantle as Wonder Woman. Granted divine superhuman powers and superior combat skills, the warrior princess is ready to gracefully accept any challenge, armed with her golden Lasso of Truth, indestructible bracelets, and tiara. The Wonder Woman collectible figure carries a long spear across her shoulders, and her iconic shield grasped firmly at her side - but above all, she carries the Amazons’ message of peace and justice.

Contest ends June 8th. 

Pretty simple and easy to do. Enter today!

Thursday, June 1, 2017

T-Shirt Thursday!

The Goonies Never Say Die!

I have to say that my Loot Crates have been somewhat lacking as of late, that being said, this month's edition was awesome!

Wonder Woman review and giveaway.

It is kind of crazy when you think about it, but Wonder Woman has not had a big screen appearance in all of her 75 years until Batman v Superman came out last year.  The movie itself was decent, but when the chords from the electric cello drops and she appears on screen you sat up in your chair and probably said to yourself, “Oh, things are going to get good now.” Well friends, not only did it get good, but her first full-length movie took that to another level. Yes, Wonder Woman was worth the wait.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Amazon Prints is REALLY worth the try!’ $1000 of Amazon Gift Cards to be Won! #ad #AmazonPrints

Disclaimer: Thanks to Amazon for sponsoring this post and providing prizes for the giveaway!

With the summer coming up and the children getting out of school, now is the best time to let you know about Amazon's photo printing service. Amazon has launched a photo printing service that allows all customers to print their memories.  Prime members can upload images to their Prime Photos account, print the product of their choice, and receive free delivery. If you’re not a Prime member, you’ll receive 5 GB of storage free on Prime Photos and be able to print your favorite photos.  Prints start as low as $0.09.

Friday, May 26, 2017

What to do: The Tattoos and Fighting Edition

Looking for some fun stuff to do in the Chicagoland area this weekend or something you can do at home. Check out our latest episode of What to Do! (Still taking suggestions for a better title for this.)

Despicable Me 3 Tattoo Parlor

If you are in the downtown area and want to get a holographic tattoo by a few minions, head on over to Millennium Park this weekend for the Despicable Me 3 Traveling Tattoo Parlor. At the parlor kids of all ages can get a holographic tattoo and pose for a photo or two.

The parlor will be near the Chase Promenade South and will run Saturday through Monday from 11am to 6pm. 

Looking to fight with old friends?

If you have a Nintendo Switch Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers  is now available to buy through the Nintendo eShop. The fighting game features the full Street Fighter II roster, plus two new roster additions – Evil Ryu and Violent Ken – as well as a host of new single- and multiplayer features. 

Some of these features are:

  •  Co-Op Battle: In this new mode, players can join forces in teams of two as they battle together against a computer-controlled opponent. Players share a health bar and can coordinate attacks to perform powerful combos.
  •  "Way of the Hado": In "Way of the Hado" mode, players can fight enemies in first-person using the Joy-Con controllers. Iconic special moves like the HADOKEN can be activated using the motion controls of the Joy-Con.
  •  Two graphic modes: With the simple push of a button, players can change between the game's classic pixel art and modern high-definition graphics.
  •  Arcade Mode returns: The classic Arcade Mode returns in Ultra Street Fighter II: The Final Challengers. After battling through all the computer-controlled characters in the game, players can view character-specific endings.
  •  Color Editor: Customize characters and costume colors using this new mode. Players can now bring their favorite character into battle with more style and personality than ever before!

So there you go. Get yourself a tattoo this weekend and show how tough you can be virtually by fighting other fighters from around the world.  Enjoy you weekend friends! 

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Get ready to meet Sqweeks from Transformers: The Last Knight this summer!

With the upcoming release of Transformers: The Last Knight this summer get ready to meet one of the stars of the movie. Throughout the summer Sqweeks will be making appearances at various cons and festivals to give fans a sneak peek into the latest Transformers movie.

Make sure you check the calendar below to see when he in your city. At these stops attendees will be able to take their selfies with this rising star before he gets too big for photos. So snap a picture and share it on the Transformers social networks: Facebook: / TransformersMovie, Twitter: @Transformers, Instagram: @TransformersMovie, Snapchat: TFMovie. Just be careful that that Decepticons do not catch you.

May 25-28           Phoenix – Phoenix Comic Con

May 27-28           San Francisco – San Francisco Carnival

June 1-4              Philadelphia – Wizard World Comic Con

June 3-4              San Diego – San Diego County Fair at Del Mar Fairgrounds

June 5                 Wilkes Barre, PA – WWE Monday Night Raw

June 9-11            Dallas – Taste of Dallas

June 10               New York – 116th Street Festival/Puerto Rican Pride Weekend

June 13               Boston - Boston Red Sox vs. Philadelphia Phillies

June 16-18          Detroit (Brooklyn, MI) – Firekeepers 500 NASCAR

                           Last Stop – TBD

Transformers: The Last Knight

The Last Knight shatters the core myths of the Transformers franchise, and redefines what it means to be a hero. Humans and Transformers are at war, Optimus Prime is gone. The key to saving our future lies buried in the secrets of the past, in the hidden history of Transformers on Earth. Saving our world falls upon the shoulders of an unlikely alliance: Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg); Bumblebee; an English Lord (Sir Anthony Hopkins); and an Oxford Professor (Laura Haddock).

There comes a moment in everyone’s life when we are called upon to make a difference. In Transformers: The Last Knight, the hunted will become heroes. Heroes will become villains. Only one world will survive: theirs, or ours.

Transformers: The Last Knight releases in theaters on June 21.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Rocking out with Rock Dog Review and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads were provided with a review copy of Rock Dog in exchange for a giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

I missed seeing Rock Dog when it was out in the theaters and was excited to get a copy to review with my family. The story is one that we have seen many times: the father has a set goal for his son. The son has his own dreams and goals and before long the son's new talent comes in handy. Now why that may sound like a quick recap of the movie, there is so much more to it.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Having fun for a great cause. #RedNoseDay

Parents how many time does this scenario sound familiar? You're children are telling you that they are hungry and when you get dinner prepared and set on the table they say that they are not hungry. Sometimes they say that they do not like what you made for dinner or come up with some other excuse. Sadly, while your children have the luxury of being picky about what they eat there are many children that do not have this option.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray release and Giveaway

Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Disney to help promote the upcoming release of Beauty and the Beast in exchange for digital copies of the movie to giveaway. All thoughts and opinions are our own.

Earlier this year the Fandads were invited to an advance screening of Beauty and the Beast and we were blown away by how magical the movie was with actual actors in the roles instead of animated characters.

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sharing our memories of Bambi #Giveaway

(Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Disney to promote the 75th Anniversary release of Bambi in exchange for a giveaway opportunity for our readers. All thoughts, opinions belong to the Fandads and our fellow contributors.) 

With the 75th anniversary of Bambi being released on Blu-ray soon, the Fandads wanted to celebrate the release of the film by thinking back to what our favorite memories of the movie were.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Another Fantastic Time at C2E2!

C2E2 has come and gone and the Fandads were there to take in all the wonders it had to offer, and this year did it offer some goodies for the entire family. The Fandads went down there with a few missions and were we able to accomplish them? Keep reading to find out.

T-Shirt Thursday

Today's shirt is bought to you from the team at Super7. I saw this shirt at C2E2 and like the lady in Napoleon Dynamite who saw the model ship, I looked at my wife and said "I want that!" This shirt stood out to me from all the shirts they had on display. I mean this is Rick Hunter's Veritech Fighter! How could you not want a shirt with this vehicle on it!

For those of you that do not know where this vehicle is from you need to go to Netflix and binge watch Robotech. This was one of my favorite shows growing up and I can not wait to share it with my children. I hope they love it as much as I did. What's not to love? Amazing space battles, fantastic vehicles that can transform and a pretty great storyline. Robotech was one of the coolest shows I would watch growing up and I'm glad I can share it with my children and rock this shirt to show others about the greatness that is Robotech.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Horsing around with Spirit: Riding Free #giveaway

(Disclaimer: The Fandads have teamed up with Netflix to promote Spirit: Riding Free in exchange for a giveaway opportunity for our readers. All thoughts, opinions are our own or that of our children.) 

On May 5th a new show premiered on Netflix about a group of girls and the horses they befriend called Spirit: Riding Free. Now while this show is not a continuation of the movie that came out during some of our childhood, it does have a connection to it. The Fandaughters caught a few of the episodes over the weekend and they enjoyed what they saw.

Friday, May 5, 2017

What to do! 

Yeah, yeah we know. We are still working on a better title.

Ok, now that we got that out of the way let's begin with things we can do in the city this weekend.

The Super Hero we need right now. #WonderWoman

I think I talked about how when I was younger my babysitter would always have a stack of comic books for me to read while she took care of me. While many of the books were Marvel, there would be a few DC books hidden among the pile and these were my first introduction to Wonder Woman.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Review #GotGVol2

Opening today in theaters across the country is the continuation of the adventures of The Guardians of the Galaxy. The Fandads were lucky to see an advance screening of this movie on Monday and it was a delight to see our old friends on the big screen again along with some new ones. There will be some spoilers in this review, so be warned if you continue reading.