Popular Culture Collectibles Reviews

Saturday, October 14, 2017

Coco and Frozen


Oh yeah!  I know some nephews, nieces and grandkids that are going to love the new selection of kids’ books I just received from Parragon!

I am about to become a very popular uncle and grandpa!

 To make things even more exciting all five books are about Disney characters: one fan favorite and one new up-and-coming movie character.  First things first.

Kids love to color and use stickers.

In ‘Little Snowman Big Adventures’ everyone’s favorite wacky snowman: Olaf from Frozen, stars in his very own adventure complete with over 30 stickers and puzzles, coloring pages and a set of four crayons with a crayon keeper.

This colorful combination is sure to be a hit with kids.   

Beautifully illustrated, with clever puzzles and one whole page of full-color stickers, makes the entire package a winter wonderland of fun.

Speaking of sticker and coloring fun, ‘Coco Always Remembers’ and ‘Coco Friends Forever’ are two new fun-filled books based on the new Coco computer-animated film from Disney and Pixar.

Based on the Mexican celebration of ‘The Day Of The Dead’ the film finds Coco reunited with his deceased ancestors in the afterlife.

Far from a ‘dead’ story, the film is an exhilarating celebration of life, family love and devotion.

Coco Always Remembers is a fun coloring book with four crayons and a holder.

Kids can color the black and white inspired ‘Land Of The Dead’ pages and add a little color to bring them to life.

I especially love the design of the crayon holder with skull shape accented by red, blue, yellow and purple.

For even more coloring fun along with activities, puzzles and stickers Coco Friends Forever immediately grabs your attention with its gold accented color cover, four pages of colorful stickers, full-color Coco story where kids match the stickers to the story, intricate and detailed coloring pages and challenging activities.

There’s nothing ‘dead’ about this book!

The stunning silver cover accented by full-color illustration cover of ‘Coco Sing Your Song’ book is a real treasure.

Not only can kids sing Miguel’s songs they can also punch out their own skull masks, sketch, create a family tree, keep a journal, keep special notes and draw, draw, draw!

Now this is the kind of sketchbook I wish I had had when I was a kid!  What a wonderful way to stir a child’s imagination, organizational skills and writing and drawing talent.

Last, but certainly not least, is ‘Coco Mosaic Sticker By Numbers’.  This book is literally bursting with stickers and color. 

Of the four Coco books this is my favorite. 

Inside are colorful pieces of various mosaics. Kids use the pieces and match them up with the color illustrations inside. 

Once done they have wonderful mosaics worthy of putting on display and showing their friends and family.

Besides looking awesome the book is a great teaching tool for kids encouraging them to use their cognitive skills while they use the number pieces to match correctly where they go on what particular drawing.

Matching, counting and dexterity are all tested in a fun and exciting book that is guaranteed to keep kids’ attention while they play and learn.

All five of the books reviewed make for fun and exciting playtime and kids learn all sorts of skills without even realizing it.  Now that’s a great way to learn!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Mouthguard Challenge


“&$(@(^ #(*^^ )(@!&())&%$@)(*(&*%$^#!!!”  

Oh, excuse me!  Let me get this mouth guard out of my mouth.  It’s a little bit difficult to talk so people understand me when it’s in.

What I said was. “Identity Games’ ‘The Original Mouthguard Challenge’, created by Alex Mandel, is a mouthful of fun!”


Designed for two to six players, 12 years old and up, it is made for gamers with big mouths---literally!

The rules are simple:

Players try to pronoun silly sayings and oddball words while wearing one of six, dishwasher safe and unbreakable mouth guards.

It’s not easy keeping a straight face as you are challenged to pronounce words clearly as your teammates listen carefully attempting to decipher what you are saying.

It’s ridiculously funny, hilariously madcap and family-friendly fun.  Funny words and funny faces-what could be better?

Over 1,000 wild, wacky and way-out words, terms, phrases, names and bad pick up lines challenge players to pronounce and decipher the correct pronunciation.

There’s no telling what you might sound like!

Thursday, October 12, 2017

House Stark Direwolf



The Game Of Thrones HBO TV series is wildly popular.  Legions of fans are glued to their TV screens when each episode airs.

The fantasy based TV series is resplendent with court intrigue, deceit, manipulations, wars, secret alliances, ghoulies, monsters and of course—dragons!


Carlton Books presents the ‘Game Of Thrones House Stark Direwolf 3D Mask & Wall Mount’ that brings the world of the coming Winter to life.


Designed by Wintercroft, the book contains an easy-to-assemble 3D House Stark Direwolf Mask & Wall Mount.


Beautifully illustrated push-out pieces make assembly quick and easy.


Wear or display it, the choice is yours.


Full instructions are included with the lavishly designed, slipcase book with silver ink trim and type and special backboard wall mount.

Strictly Briks





It’s no secret that kids love to build things.  It doesn’t matter how they build it or with what.  Stones, sticks, twigs, dirt, mud-you name it, kids will use it to make wherever their imaginations lead them.


There’s a better way to let kids build and create and it’s not nearly as messy.  In fact, it’s downright easy to organize, set up, break down and store.



It’s Strictly Briks, the product and company by the same name.



The ‘10” X 10” Stackable Base Plates Rainbow Assorted Colors 12-Pack’ features hard plastic Bases in a spectrum of color that have hundreds of circular knobs on their surfaces. 



Twelve bags of assorted color Briks come with the Bases,



Kids choose what colors to use, snap the Briks together and on the Bases and before they know it they’ve created Briks' masterpieces!



Along with Bases and Briks the ‘Strictly Briks Building Briks & Straps’  come in various, sizes, colors and shapes add to the fun!



Other sets are available for building all sorts of things.  They can even be used with ‘other’ building brick toys.



Just imagine being able to make impressive buildings, vehicles, stairs, ramps, entire city and town landscapes and so much more!



The only limit is a child’s imagination!



Mom, dad—here’s the best part; Strictly Briks are safe, non-toxic, snap together and apart easily and clean up is a snap!  However there are small pieces, so it’s best only children five years old and up play with them.



I wish I had a collection of Strictly Briks when I was young.  There’s no telling what I could have created.



Hold on a minute!  Who says Strictly Briks are just for kids!?  I’ll wager adults can have just as much fun creating things with Strictly Briks on their own and with their kids or friends.



I can hardly wait to get started!