Is It 2016 Already?

Just yesterday I remember thinking how cool it was that we had finally reached 2015. After a year of seeing how we didn’t have real hover boards or pretty much anything back to the future 2 promised I was almost happy to see 2015 hit my rearview. The year wasn’t all bad (We did get an amazing new STAR WARS movie!!) but overall I’m looking forward to 2016 a lot more.

I’ve pretty much been in hibernation mode since mid December due to my kids and wife being home for break and getting smacked with a cold that I’m still not quite over yet. Also me spending my free time watching and re-watching THE FORCE AWAKENS took some time.

Nonethless, I hope you all had a great start to 2016 and I look forward to spending some fun times in 2016 with all of you.

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STAR WARS Put Me In The Story Books Are Perfect For Young Fans

I recently had the opportunity to check out a fantastic service for young readers called PUT ME IN THE STORY. The concept is that parents can visit http://www.PutMeInTheStory.com and after navigating a very easy to use system, they can create a personalized story books for their children starring some of the coolest licensed characters that kids know and love.

To my 3 yr old son’s (and my own) happiness, the great folks over at PUT ME IN THE STORY allowed me to make him two of their STAR WARS books which have gone on to become a part of his daily life. The two stories, STAR WARS: THE FORCE INSIDE and STAR WARS REBELS: BATTLE PLANS FROM DARTH VADER are awesome books for young fans of the series and both are fun way for them to learn more about their favorite heroes and villains while also seeing how and where they would fit into the STAR WARS universe.

Though my 3yr old is still currently in the process of learning exactly how to read, it in no way stops his passion for enjoying story time and having fun with some of his favorite books. Thankfully having the added option of him being able to see himself and his name included on the same pages as many of his favorite STAR WARS characters made him absolutely crazy for both books and he is constantly asking me to re-read them both to him and help him take the quizzes that determine if he leans more the the lighted or the dark. Currently he is way to happy about being a Sith….His mother and I are working on that one.

I can’t say enough good things about the PUT ME IN THE STORY books as they are a fun personalized way to share the joy of reading with your children at any age. In a time when toy prices have skyrocketed and every video game comes with costly DLC add ons that can run a parent into spending hundreds of dollars it’s nice to see a truly unique gift be available for a decent price. Each book will run you $29.99 – $39.99 but that does include all of the customization. On top of that PUT ME IN THE STORY also provided me with a special promo code to share that can be used right now that will give you half off any of the personalized STAR WARS books.

If you have kids who are STAR WARS fans, this is a no brainer and an absolutely wonderful way to give your kids a special gift that goes way beyond the usually toys or games.

Promotion Info:

December 4-6

Use code FORCE to get 50% off personalized Star Wars books from Put Me In The Story

For personalized Star Wars books only, excludes plush toys

How To Train Your Dragon Comics On Their Way From Dark Horse

JOURNEY BACK TO THE ISLE OF BERK FOR ORIGINAL GRAPHIC NOVEL ADVENTURES IN 2016

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: MILWAUKIE, OR—You’ve seen them on the big screen. You’ve ridden with them on television. In 2016, the dragons are coming to comics.

At New York Comic Con 2015, DreamWorks Animation and Dark Horse Comics announced a comprehensive original graphic novel program to expand the incredible mythology of How to Train Your Dragon, the Academy Award® nominated and Golden Globe® winning film series.

Releasing in 2016, How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir begins mere hours after the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2 as Hiccup and Toothless are thrust into their new roles as chief and alpha. The graphic novels mark an exciting expansion in the Dragons universe, with the first look into what happens to the riders following the conclusion of the second film.

Co-written by Dean DeBlois, writer/director of the How to Train Your Dragon films, and Richard Hamilton, writer on Dragons: Race to the Edge, the How to Train Your Dragon graphic novels are an essential piece of the puzzle for all fans of Hiccup, Toothless, and the dragon riders of Berk.

How to Train Your Dragon was an instant animation classic,” said Dark Horse president and publisher Mike Richardson. “We couldn’t be more excited to work with Dean, Richard, and DreamWorks Animation to help continue the adventures of these great characters.”

“I am excited to be writing this next chapter in the How to Train Your Dragon universe,” said DeBlois. “Dark Horse is a perfect home for these new original stories and Richard and I are thrilled to know they will be in the hands of our incredible fans very soon.”

How to Train Your Dragon: The Serpent’s Heir will be available in 2016.

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The Minecraft: Story Mode Lifestream Is Coming To Youtube Gaming This Monday

The MINECRAFT: STORY MODE Livestream is coming!

We are getting close to our WORLD PREMIERE launch event for Minecraft: Story Mode! On October 12th at the ArcLight Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, CA, the Minecraft community, Telltale fans, YouTubers and streamers along with some of the cast and crew will come together for the ‘World’s Largest Let’s Play’, cheering and directing the decisions on the giant screen from the audience! While seating is limited inside of the theater, many have been asking how they can get a peek at the fun. Today, we can announce that we’ll officially be streaming the event on YouTube Gaming! Watch for the feed happening on:

Our last big Crowd Play event was a pretty amazing experience. Nearly a thousand Tales from the Borderlands fans, cosplayers, as well as cast members and developers gathered at PAX Prime in Seattle to direct a playthrough of Episode 4: Catch A Ride.
It was an incredible, electric evening all made possible by the enthusiasm of fans. Laughs were had, tears were shed, and psycho faces were punched.
Minecraft: Story Mode is an all-ages experience, and we can’t wait to share this new series with you all, as the Minecraft community, Let’s Players and streamers convene for a red carpet treatment in the classic, picturesque Cinerama Dome for an unprecedented Crowd Play event!

 
Tune in Monday October 12th at 7pm PT/10pm ET to join the fun from the theater, and check out Minecraft: Story Mode Episode 1: The Order of the Stone when it premieres digitally worldwide starting the week of October 13th on PC/Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, Xbox One, Xbox 360, iOS and Android-based devices, and on October 27th in stores at retailers everywhere!
See you there!
-Team Telltale

LEGO MARVEL’S AVENGERS Shines In New NYCC Trailer

The game will look and feel similar to recent LEGO superhero games but with some new features added in like combo moves that look reminiscent of the old MARVEL: ULTIMATE ALLIANCE games which is definitely not a bad thing for fans.

On top of all of the MCU plots and characters this game will also feature tons of non MCU (so far) characters from the comics and overall MARVEL Universe.

You can check out the trailer below and pickup LEGO MARVEL’S AVENGERS when it hits shelves on January 26th.

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NYCC 2015: Hasbro’s Sneak Peek At Star Wars, Marvel, Transformers And More

Last night Hasbro held it’s annual “Twas the night before NYCC” party and I was out to get a sneak peek at all of the new additions to the STAR WARS, MARVEL and TRANSFORMERS lines, as well as all of their current products. There were a ton of cool toys to be seen as 2016 looks to be another year of awesome Hasbro figures but all eyes were on the next line of THE FORCE AWAKENS figures which included our first look at the Black Series Han Solo. It was definitely exciting to see as a fan and get that idea of where we are headed with some of our favorite toy lines. You can check out all of the pics below and stay tuned for updates and plenty of pics from NYCC 2015 here and on my Instagram page.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar Will Join The Darkside In STAR WARS REBELS Season 2

Sarah Michelle Gellar who is still beloved by fans everywhere for her classic role as Buffy the Vampire Slayer will be joining her real life husband Freddie Prinze Jr. on the new season of STAR WARS REBELS. Revealed today to BuzzFeed, Gellar appeared in a promotional video showing off her new character “The Seventh Sister” who will be a Inquisitor sent to track down the rebels and specifically Ahsoka Tano. Her character looks to be wielding a spinning duel balled lightsaber, very similar to the Inquisitor from Season 1 of REBELS but no details have been given about the possible connection.

If you’re a fan of STAR WARS and haven’t given REBELS a chance yet, I highly recommend it. The first season of the show blew past my initial expectations and really is what made me feel that Disney owning STAR WARS is what’s best for the future of the franchise. With this new season looking to focus on the growth of the rebellion, the relationship between Ahsoka and Vader and connections to the past and future of STAR WARS, I couldn’t be more excited to check it out.

You can check out Gellar’s new chapter below and when STAR WARS REBELS Season 2 hits Disney XD on October 14th.

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