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Brick Rack Takes Displaying Collectibles To Another Level


Do you have a major collection addiction? Having trouble finding cool ways to display your collection? Well the folks over at Doss Industries have the perfect solution for you.

I came across this company by chance I was contacted by a rep of the company to see if I would be interested in their product the Brick Rack. At first I was thinking to myself what the heck is a Brick Rack. I figured it was a display shelf for LEGO’s. Boy was I surprised to see that LEGO’s isn’t the only thing you can display with the Brick Rack.

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So what is a Brick Rack? Well to put it in simple terms it is a specially made shelf rack that has up to 7 slots. Each slot is custom designed to let you slide Lego pieces in them so that you the collector can create a one of a kind wall display. So for those of you out there that have a bunch of LEGO pieces lying around and can’t seem to figure out what to do with them here is your chance to put them to good use.

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This the description of the Brick Rack that you can find on the website:

BRICK RACK features 7 custom grooves designed to hold LEGO bricks. You can quickly build a custom wall display that is as versatile as LEGO!

LEGO estimates that, on average, every person on EARTH owns 86 LEGO bricks. You’ve probably got 3 or 4 bins of unused LEGO somewhere in your home.

If not, we also sell LEGO bricks to make shelves with!

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Not only has Doss Industries created a new and innovative way to display your collection(s), but as stated above they also sell Lego pieces if you need them. What’s even cooler is that this product was created for collectors by collectors.

Owner and Creator of the Brick Rack Gary Doss has over 20 years experience collecting and displaying toys, so you know he knows his stuff.

He also is the owner and curator of the Classic Toy Museum and the Burlingame Museum of PEZ Memorabilia, his passion for collectibles inspired him to create the BRICK RACK Display System.

Designed to work with Lego bricks (arguably the most abundant resource found in the home), collectors can easily assemble, build, and construct a custom wall display to share and celebrate their unique passion.

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The Brick Rack can be used to display numerous things such as Skylanders, Amiibo, Lego Dimension, and Disney Infinity figures. As well as Funko Pops! Hot Wheels, Golf Balls, Shot Glasses, Marbles, Spoons, and more!

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There are over 15 different step-by step instructions to building shelves with Lego bricks available on their website free of charge. Another added bonus is that your figures will “Snap” right into place. No worries about your figures accidentally falling off the shelf and creating a tragic situation.

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But LJ what if I hate dusting my collection and want to enclose my collection? No problem Brick Rack has you covered. Lego creates all kinds of clear bricks and wall elements that can be used to keep you collectibles dust free!

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Normally each model 7 Brick Rack is $69.95, but because I love you all so much I was able to get our readers a 10% discount if you order using the provided link below. I think this is an ingenious idea! Makes you wonder why no one else has thought about this. I for one will be looking at adding a Brick Rack or two to my display room to keep things tidier.

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If you choose to order make sure to use the link so that you save some money and let me know what you think of the product. Give us a Like or a Follow on your favorite social media platforms and until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!

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Fiesta and Crypt Crusher Skylander Review


Fiesta was the first Skylander that cuaght my eye who didn’t come with the starter set for Skylanders Superchargers. A horn slinging mariachi skeleton was too cool to pass of. So how does he and his vehicle stack up? Let’s take a look.

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To start with, Fiesta is one of the coolest Skylanders I have ever seen. The attention to detail from his skull cap that acts as a helmet, to his horn, and even to the spurs on his boots all give him a complete look.

In game however, Fiesta is a notably weaker character at close range. Despite a horn that can blow notes at enemies, neither the continuous stream of notes nor his solo notes deal much damage at all. In fact, despite his seemingly close nature, Fiesta is a Skylander who is far better at staying away from enemies. That’s because his ability to summon little mini skeletons as part of his mariachi amigo ensemble is far more devastating.

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Not as strong as he appears


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While Fiesta isn’t capable of much damage, the amigos can really stack up on damage. In many ways, the amigos act like dots (damage over type spells). When all three are on the screen, Fiesta’s damage really adds up. As it currently sits, Fiesta’s horn hits for 18; meanwhile, each additional mariachi amigo hits between 18-30. When all three are on screen, Fiesta is capable of massive damage, without them, though he is in big trouble. How you utilize him is not always easy. There’s a good amount of skill you have to apply to make sure he stays alive while avoiding enemies.

It seems the designers were aware of Fiesta’s weak ability so one of his first upgrades is the ability to “laid low.” It’s at this point he becomes hidden and takes reduced damage. It’s not altogether useful, but if your mariachi is doing all the work, there’s no reason to not go into this stance.

Two Skills Tress: One Answer
Fiesta’s first skill tree is the only real choice in all of this. This skill tree gives the amigos damage boosts and speed boosts, along with the ability to summon five amigos instead of three. Because the amigos are Fiesta’s only real way to sustain dealing high damage, this tree is the only real answer as far as I’m concerned.

The other skill tree emphasizes Fiesta as a solo artist. Additional experience, money and food is great, as is the ability to pierce enemies with solo notes. The final ability in this tree causes the amigos to explode. I could see this skill tree’s usefulness; however, because the amigos are so devastating, it’s hard to recommend this over making your Amigos stronger.

His Soul Gem Ability

Fiesta’s soul gem ability is called Family Fiesta. It’s a pretty essential tool because it’s the only distance attack he gets. Just holding down the alternate attack button causes a non-stop stream of amigos to attack the enemies. The enemies run in a straight line and, like his other attack, don’t deal much damage. But because of the distance it covers, it’s essential. More often that not I am using Family Fiesta over going into “Laid Low.”

Crypt Crusher

As for Fiesta’s vehicle, it’s a sufficient vehicle. Aesthetically, it’s awesome, but in game, it’s okay. It pales in comparison to the devastation of a vehicle like Hot Streak. His bullet attacks are okay; however, he can launch his mariachi amigos to deal damage over time to the enemy. It’s good, but not amazing. As for the vehicle’s upgrades, they’re awesome. Turning your vehicle from a coffin to a mummy inspired sarcophagus is maybe the coolest vehicle transformation in the game.

Side Mission:

As with any Supercharger you get, you get a side mission which involves collecting notes. This is definitely one of the hardest Superchargers missions to date. Big thumbs up.

Figurines

Let’s take a minute and talk about the figurine quality. Fiesta might be one of the best made Skylanders to date. The attention to detail is staggering. From his belt, to his spurs,  to the wrinkles on his pants, to the embellishments on his horn and hat, it all looks right. Furthermore, the paint job is also excellent with no noticeable bleed on the figurine anyway. Comparing Fiesta to almost any other figurine seems unfair because it’s such a huge jump in quality.

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Front and Back Picture of Fiesta

Crypt Crusher too looks amazing. Everything about the vehicle stands out. From the cushion inside the coffin to the hands holding the wheels. Just  from a design stand point, Fiesta and Crypt Crusher are a no brainer for Skylander addicts.

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It’s the coolest vehicle by a mile

Verdict

Fiesta and Crypt Crusher’s short comings are obvious. Fiesta does nothing that Shot Cut didn’t do better in Trap Team, but from a design stand point, he’s so amazing that he feels essential. It’s a cross roads of a character. I doubt many players will play him differently than summoning a bunch of amigos. It’s a shame he doesn’t deal more damage because he might be more viable, as would the other skill tree. He’s a flawed character, no doubt, but he is a fun flawed character to play.

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This post originally appeared on my blog TheBookishGamer
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Sea Racing Action Pack Review


I cannot count the number of times I’ve been let down by the miscellaneous adventure packs. Until now, the ultimate adventure pack was Swap Force’s Tower of Time. Meanwhile Sheep Wreck Island and last year’s Midnight Museum were also highlights. The Sea Racing Action Pack is a new standard on which all Action/Adventure Packs should be judged

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The Figurines

Before we get to the additional content the game adds, let’s talk about Deep Dive Gill Grunt and Reef Ripper. This is the fourth iteration of Gill Grunt, and seeing him again, I wasn’t particularly excited. Between the metallic variation and the sidekick Gill Runt, who needs a seventh Gill Grunt?

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He’s just so excited this time around

Well I’m happy to report that Deep Dive Gill Grunt is wildly different from his previous incarnations. Deep Dive Gill Grunt emphasizes trident attacks and his ability to levitate off the grand via a wave. Both of these are viable attacks. The trident attack is one of the fastest attacks in the game.. Meanwhile, his wave levitation not only deals a lot of damage, but it gives Gill Grunt excellent maneuverability. It’s nice to see a Skylander who can close the gap between himself and enemies with both speed and sufficiency.

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His wave levitation is awesome

As for his talent skill trees, Deep Dive Gill Grunt is another huge win. I actually had a hard time making a decision about which path to follow. In one instance, Storm Summoner making his trident more powerful by fusing it with lightning. That said, Torrent Tamer gives his wave more range and damage. Both skill trees are amazing, but no matter which skill tree you choose, the subsequent damage and viability is a massive boon that’s hard to compare. This is the best Gill Grunt has ever been, and he is now one of the top tier water Skylanders in the game.

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I went with Storm Summoner. Just look at all the lightning!

As for Reef Ripper, it’s a viable water craft with excellent mods. Its singular attack is decent, but nothing to write home about; however, the area of effect damage attack is pretty spectacular. In 360 degree water sections, Reef Ripper is devastating. It fends of enemies with ease, while in racing mode, it shines when enemies cluster around you.

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From a design standpoint, Reef Ripper is a crowning achievement

Supercharger Mission

As for his Supercharger Mission, you’ll enjoy this tough mission of trying to catch fish. As players race around the Golden Temple, they have to acquire fish of different values. While it’s easy to score the 1 and 2 star victories, most players will have a tough time getting that elusive third star (100k points). It’s one of the best missions from what players have seen so far.

The Quality

With all that in mind, I cannot emphasize enough how amazing these two figurines look. Gill Grunt is the first Skylander, in series history, to make his base a part of the figurine. It’s one of the smartest and coolest designs ever conceived. But that’s nothing when compared to Reef Ripper.

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You need to see these figurines in person to appreciate their beauty

Reef Ripper is a 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Captain Nemo inspired vehicle. You need to hold his figurine to appreciate its quality. Aesthetically, it’s gorgeous. But the swivel in the tale, the colors and the drill embellishments all stand out. This is Skylanders crowning achievement in design. Both Gill Grunt and Reef Ripper are a benchmark on which all subsequent Skylander figurines shall be judged. It’s an extraordinary achievement.

The Additional Content

Unlike previous Skylander Adventure Packs which added in more content with levels, this time the Sea Racing Action Pack adds additional racing levels. The two additional levels are Tropic Plunder and The Golden Temple.

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Tropic Plunder aerial view.

They might be the two best racing levels in Superchargers thus far. The air and land levels are fun diversions, but the water levels remind me of Diddy Kong Racing. Traversing the water while watching for speed boosts and items underwater is a unique experience. The grandeur of both additional levels is unparallel.
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The Golden Temple looks epic

Tropic Plunder has players flying over volcanoes and diving under pirate ships, while the Golden Tower has players getting significant air time with frequent jumps and boosts. I love the additional levels, and while they’re not worth the price alone, they’re another excellent reason why the Sea Racing Action Pack is a worthy addition.

Verdict

If you own Superchargers, buy the Sea Racing Action Pack. It might be the best additional content released to date. From a collector’s standpoint, Skylanders never looked better.

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Sea Racing Action Packing
Available now
MSRP: $34.99

This post originally appeared on my blog TheBookishGamer

Skylander Addicts Review: Skylanders Superchargers Collectors Guide


September 22, 2015

 

Hey Addicts!

How has your super charging been going? Hopefully it has gone well. Today I got a surprise package in the mail courtesy of Prima Games. I opened the box to find that there were copies of the collector’s edition of the latest strategy guide.

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First and foremost this thing has some weight to it. As with the previous collector edition guides this too has a hardcover binding with a shiny foil finish.

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Included with the guide is a limited edition variant cover Skylanders comic book from IDW publishing. Looks like the only way to get this variant cover is by buying the collector’s guide or having some really nice friends.

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The guide is 288 pages of Skylanders goodness you can find detailed info about all the Superchargers, villains, and their vehicles, learn how to improve your Skylanders and vehicles, get step by step instructions on how to beat each level, and learn all kinds of cool tips.

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But wait that’s not all! You will also get to know more about Skystones Overdrive, Racing mode, get lists of all the hats, trinkets, achievements, trophies, and so much more!

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Also included is a free eGuide valued at $10. The eGuide includes interactive maps and videos that can be played on any tablet or mobile device. Definitely will come in handy when you looking for a certain item/treasure or can’t seem to clear a level. All you have to do to get a copy of the eGuide is input the provided code at primagames.com/code and you are set.

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Priced at $34.99 US, $39.99 CAN, £19.99 UK, and $49.95 AUS this is an amazing guide definitely a must have for all you addicts and collectors out there. Everything you need to know about the game is there and if it’s missing something it wasn’t that important anyway (LOL!). Seriously though I don’t think there is much more they could have added.

 

Great job Prima Games on making this awesome guide! Don’t have the guide yet and want to be the proud owner of one of these beauties? Well check this out! Thanks to the wonderful people at Prima I’m giving away one of these guides on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube. That’s 4 chances for you to win! Be on the look out for more details. If you would like to know more about how the guide was created check out this cool Q&A interview with the writer of the guide Ken Schmidt here. Until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!

It’s ALIVE! Crayola Color Alive App Review


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Hey Addicts!

A while back I posted about Crayola releasing Skylanders related products. Slowly but surely I have seen items pop up in store a few giant coloring page books and a Skylanders Art Kit among other things.

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I thought there would be more products out by now. I am guessing we will see a lot more stuff released when Skylanders Superchargers hit the shelves. The coolest Skylanders product recently released by Crayola in my opinion is the Color Alive coloring book series. There are 4 books in the series featuring dragons and fairies there also is a Barbie and my favorite a Skylanders edition as well.

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There are 16 pages in each book to color once you are done creating your masterpiece the image can then be brought to life via the Crayola Color Alive App.

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With a little help from the 4D giants Daqri Technologies Crayola has managed to come up with an extremely innovative idea. Not only can the app bring your creations to life but you can also save your artwork then create a gif and share your creations, which is a really cool way to show off your art skills to your friends. Check out this cool Chop-Chop gif!

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Priced at $5.99 plus tax you may find it cheaper at some stores but not much. The lowest I have seen it in store for is $5.97 at WalMart. Each book comes with a set of 6 crayons and 1 exclusive special effect color. Right now the only way to collect the 4 different colors is by buying each book individually.These books can be found pretty much anywhere you can buy Crayola products. By the way you can use any Crayola crayon or marker on the pages and they still will come alive the exclusive crayon adds special effects to your image.

Pros:

  • Great activity to do with children.
  • Nice price!
  • Looks great!
  • App is free!
  • Free pages come with the app
  • More pages can be purchased via the app

Cons:

  • App doesn’t work on all devices. Has a compatibility issue with lower end devices.

My kids had a blast coloring the pages, but they were pretty upset we couldn’t get the app. I tried downloading it on multiple devices, but kept getting an error message. It seems that if you don’t own a device that has a front facing camera and 1GB of RAM space the app can’t be downloaded which is a bummer for parents that can’t afford the higher end tech. I mean the point of buying this product is to make it come alive right?

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I had all the specs except the 1GB of RAM (Man that is a big file). I was able to see how the app worked by using a friend’s tablet. The app looks great and seemed to work well. I hope that the incompatibility issue is addressed soon so all Portal Masters can enjoy this product. It really is cool to see the Skylanders you color jump right off the page! Otherwise this is sadly just an overpriced coloring book.

Over all this is an awesome product, but I always say don’t take my word for it try it for yourself the app is available for free download on itunes and the Goggle Play Store. If you already own the book and app share some of your Skylanders artwork and let me know what you guys think about the product good or bad. Be sure to follow Skylander Addicts on our social media outlets Facebook, Twitter, etc. we love hearing from you guys. Until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!

Skylander Addicts Review-Light & Dark Expansion Packs


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Hey Addicts!

Got another fun-filled episode of Skylander Addicts TV loaded up on YouTube. This time I’m reviewing the much-anticipated Light & Dark Expansion Packs. I decided to do this episode using Black Lights to celebrate the release of the Light and Dark Expansion Packs take a minute to look at how that turned out.

Well guys my Loot Crate just came in so I’m going to bust it open and see what I got. This months subscription has an exclusive Funko Pop! Vinyl in it can you say happier than a kid trapped in a candy store? 🙂 Hope you all enjoy the video… Until next time I’ll catch you on the SKYSIDE!

 

Skylanders Trap Team Wave 3 Review!


Addicts! Are you ready for this! Today we are going to take a closer look at the new wave 3 characters just released by Activision! We have 3 new Trap Masters and 2 new Core figures! Leave us some comments on what you think! Until next time addicts, we will catch you on the SkySide!

Skylanders Trap Team – Hog Wild Fryno, Fist Bump and Lob-Star Unboxing


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Free High Five Giveaway!!!!


Addicts this is the moment you have all been waiting for! Us over here at Bryan’s Toy Haven are giving away a Free High Five Figure to one lucky winner just in time for Christmas! Watch the video below to learn how to enter and make sure you’re a subscriber to the channel! This is exclusive to Frito lay till 2015!

Until next time addicts! We will catch you on the Sky-Side!!!

Skylanders Waterfall Skyland Fun Hideaway Play-Set


Hey Addicts! Tis the season to be jolly! Power A has done it again with this new awesome play set for Skylanders! Watch the review and let us know what you think! Until next time we will catch you on the Skyside!

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