Category Archives: toys

Feel Good Friday – OK Go

I know it’s late in the day, but it’s still Friday and who doesn’t love a Rube Goldberg Machine. Now that’s a winning combination.

It’s OK Go’s new video for their song “This Too Shall Pass.”

I’ve used OK Go for my Feel Good Friday before with their synchronized treadmill action on the video for the song “Here It Goes Again.”

Suddenly I have an urge to play the old game Mouse Trap.

Jack Black’s Jig on Yo Gabba Gabba!

I understand the big, new kiddy television trend is Yo Gabba Gabba! on Nick Jr.

Bright colors, weird costumes, music – why wouldn’t a toddler go nuts for this stuff?

What I like is the fact that some of Hollywood’s quirkiest are stopping in for guest appearances. (Amy Sedaris as the Tooth Fairy, The Office’s Angela Kinsey, Biz Markey, The Shins, Elijah Woods, etc.).

Here’s my favorite visitor to the set of Yo Gabba Gabba! – Jack Black. What’s not to love when a gamboling, jigging, giant Orange Dreamsicle of a man frolics in an uninhibited manner about the stage?

Hat tip to The Bloggess for the video.

Now, let me say, not having a rugrat youngster in the house, I haven’t tuned into the show. Matter of fact, I was pretty much unaware of it until I ran across the Jack Black appearance.

Then I was struck by a visual image I couldn’t ignore. On that side note, is it just my perverted brain that thinks the character Muno looks like something purchased in an adult bookstore?

Think about it – one “eye”, red, covered in pleasure-inducing nubs.

I’m not the only one apparently.

The San Fransisco Examiner’s baby blog The Poop pointed out the sex toy relation.

As did Glamour Magazine’s Daily Single Mom blog Storked.

Halloween Costume Fail

Not everyone can come up with a cool costume idea and then execute it to perfection like these sushi costumes.

Often, the idea is interesting, but the final result falls short of expectations.

Two buddies or a couple opt to do a tandem costume, say Bert & Ernie.

In theory, great idea.

These creepy make-up mock-ups are more a scary pairing of Nightmare on Elm Street and Sesame Street.

Also, creepy in this pic – the pink frilly bear behind them. What?

How about we double the fun and expand things to four with The Simpsons.

Lisa’s eyes are wigging me out, but I do appreciate the fact that Homer has the appropriate liquid accessory.

And even more strange is the fact that in the background you can spot a Christmas tree. Which holiday are they celebrating?

Check out a costume based on everyone’s favorite buzzing childhood game – Operation.

Look closely and you can spot the familiar red nose. Hey, there’s the broken heart and Adam’s apple hot glued to his T-shirt, however, I don’t believe my original game included that piece attached to his left thigh.

Alrighty, let’s get our geek on now.

Gather up your friends, some garbage bags, pieces of cardboard and put on your own version of Star Wars.

You read that piece of paper in the pic correctly. That’s a blue garbage can standing in for R2D2.

Break out the silverware – we’re going to go all Wolverine on you now.

That’s right. Just don’t shave for a day, use saran wrap or packing tape to bind some butter knives and a few forks to your hands and get your X on.

The next duo’s costumes are actually well done, but they just don’t realize that in six or seven years, their good and evil paradox will likely play out all over again when they’re at the mercy of the double whammy of puberty and peer pressure.

And in 2009, the year of the celebrity death, how about an officially licensed Michael Jackson costume.

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Hula Hoop Kid

The joy this kid gets from imitating his big sister just makes me smile.

He is working it.

Rock Band The Beatles Version

I have about as much musical ability as the average doorknob.

As a child, my grandmother taught me how to peck out a few beginner tunes on a piano. I’m sure I drove her nuts because once I learned them my goal became to see just how fast I could blaze through them note for note instead of actually counting the time.

With the introduction of Guitar Hero to my home, I learned that the pinky on my left hand is apparently not connected to my brain. For as soon as I advanced beyond the beginner phase of the game, I could not command my tiniest finger to strike the keys when called upon. FAIL!

I didn’t even try to jump in and play Rock Band when it arrived at my homestead at Christmas since there was no plastic recorder to butcher play. No vocal skills, no rhythm, and already a failure at guitar, I opted to not humiliate myself in front of the nieces and nephews.

Now I’ve learned via the LA Times music blog Pop & Hiss that the upcoming version of Rock Band will feature The Beatles. With several fans of their music at my address, I’m guessing I’ll be hearing the nieces’ adaptations of tunes from The White Album ASAP.

Here’s a Beatles trailer¬† from the Rock Band web site for the for the Sept. 9, 2009 release of the Beatles game.

And for those suddenly¬† jonesing for an online version of one of the games, I’ve previously written about online Guitar Hero.

Happy Fourth of July

I know I got going on my Fourth of July celebration a little early with the PES Fireworks video I posted yesterday, but there is plenty of Independence Day spirit to go around.

Here’s another video to get you in the holiday spirit (with kitty goodness included).

Macabre Plush Toys

This is no Princess Unicorn we’re dealing with here.

Although PU did come with a warning on her box that stated: “The spike on Princess Unicorn is incredibly sharp, so Princess Unicorn can pierce the sky. It can also pierce your skin. Handle with care.”

No this unicorn is from a group of gory macabre plush toys on designboom that also includes a reenactment of what happens when you run with scissors or encounter a shark or alligator.

I think the knitted dissected frog fits right in with this group.

H/T to Yes, but no, but yes