Tuesday, July 7, 2020

UFC MMA x Jazwares Articulated Toy Action Figures Available for Pre-Order at Ringside Collectibles



UFC fans must know that the new articulated, highly collectible, extremely detailed, and totally realistic toy action figures by Jazwares are officially available for pre-order! Back in February 2020, I saw the collection at Toy Fair New York and I was blown away by the detail and how much you get with each figure. Jazwares took this sport and elevated it even further by taken past and current fighters from UFC and have immortalized them in richly detailed figure forms. In addition to action figures, an octagonal playset will coincide with the figures, plush dolls, as well as role-play champion belts to further the playscape of UFC. Wave one releases this summer with pre-orders, and more will be released Fall 2020.

UFC fan can Pre-order Limited Edition sets now available with Ringside Collectibles. Later, they will also be available for sale on Amazon on July 23, 2020, and then available for sale at Walmart as of August 1. The figures on Amazon are sold as single packs and will be $19.99 each. 




The UFC toy action figures are extremely detailed boasting 32 points of articulation allowing the recreation of jaw-dropping fight scenes every UFC fan would appreciate, realistic facial expressions and even tattoos, key accessories pertinent to each fighter, two removable heads, two sets of removable hands, removable and even the fighter’s country flag. Each figure is 6” in height allowing the perfect scale for play or display. 







UFC Ultimate Series Limited Edition Assortment varies with a six-pack Limited Edition assortment with the six different fighters: Conor McGregor, Daniel Cormier, Donald Cerrone, Jon Jones, Max Holloway and Khabib Nurmagomedov ($139.99 US for the six-pack assortment). There are also single figures ($23.99 US each) including the Chase Variant Donald Cerrone Figure with removable white UFC shorts ($27.99). Pre-order now from Ringside Collectibles for mid-August delivery. 




What do you think of the new UFC figures by Jazwares? I feel that Jazwares left no stone unturned with the intricate details from tattoo body art down to their very toned muscles. The switchable hands and heads are a nice touch as well allowing to create realistic scenes, and the 32 points of articulation truly lend to their quality as well. I think they would look excellent next to the Round 5 or Funko Pop! UFC figures and will truly round a collection. 



Check out the All Elite Wrestling Figures by Jazwares's sister company Wicked Cool Toys as they are available for sale on Ringside Collectibles as well. The AEW figures are already on back order, so keep a close eye, AEW fans! 

Leave your thoughts in the comments!


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About Jazwares
Jazwares, a subsidiary of Alleghany Capital Corporation, is a global leader in consumer products including toys, plush, action figures, collectibles and musical instruments. Jazwares’ portfolio includes a variety of dynamic, wholly-owned and licensed brands like preschool powerhouses Blippi, Cabbage Patch Kids®, CoComelon and Peppa Pig, unstoppable action and gaming brands like Fortnite, Halo®, Micro Machines, Nerf, Pok√©mon and Roblox, leading lifestyle and entertainment brands like All Elite Wrestling™ (AEW), BLACKPINK, Blinger®, UFC®, musical property First Act™, and beloved plush Hug-A-Pet and Squishmallows®, just to name a few. With over 20 years of design, development, and manufacturing expertise, Jazwares is an award-winning company with a progressive focus on identifying new trends and transforming them into high-quality products for consumers of all ages.

Jazwares, which is headquartered in Sunrise, FL, has offices around the world and sells in over 100 countries. Since its inception in 1997, Jazwares continues to grow through the development of new products and the strategic acquisitions of companies like First Act™, Russ Berrie™, Zag Toys™, Wicked Cool Toys™ and Kellytoy®.. For more information about Jazwares, please visit www.jazwares.com.

About UFC®

UFC® is the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization (MMA), with more than 318 million fans and 102 million social media followers. The organization produces more than 40 live events annually in some of the most prestigious arenas around the world, while broadcasting to nearly one billion TV households across more than 175 countries. UFC’s athlete roster features the world’s best MMA athletes representing more than 65 countries. The organization’s digital offerings include UFC FIGHT PASS®, one of the world’s leading streaming services for combat sports. UFC was acquired in 2016 by global entertainment, sports and content company Endeavor, along with strategic investors Silver Lake Partners and KKR. UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information, visit UFC.com and follow UFC at Facebook.com/UFC, Twitter, Snapchat and Instagram: @UFC.


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Friday, July 3, 2020

Summer Aesthetic! Make it Fashion with a Tie-Dye Mask! Fourth of July Creations with Tie-Dye DIY with Swirl and Style by YULU


It's day three (I'm a little late!) of my tie-dye series with Swirl and Style! This tie-dye kit is so addicting! I am tie-dying everything in sight. Check back to my recent blog post where I tie-dyed a Red, White, and Blue Beach Bag!






Today I created an American flag-inspired tie-dye mask with the Swirl and Style by YULU. I tie-dyed a white cotton mask that you can wash and re-use. You can get something like this off of Amazon as a three-pack for under $5! I have always been nervous to die- anything, but Swirl and Style make it really easy and totally mess-free, so it is also perfectly fine for kids to create their own tie-dye clothes on their own! 


You’re going to need your tie-dye kit, the Swirl n Style comes with everything you need to get started except the shirt of course. I am using a fork to help twirl the fabric all over the tank top to create swirls all over the tank top to mimic a burst of fireworks. Rubberband or tie each swirl, and follow the steps from the Swirl and Style kit or check out my first tutorial on my YouTube channel and blog.


What do you think of the finished products so far?




Stay tuned for tomorrow's tie-dye creation with the Swirl and Style! What are you doing to keep kids busy? Check out how to bust boredom with kids on my blog, YouTubeInstagramTwitterFacebook, and TikTok

Show me what you create and tag me so I can like, comment, and share!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Summer Aesthetic! Tie-Dye Fourth of July Patriotic American Flag Trendy Beach Bag with Swirl & Style





Day two of my tie-dye series with Swirl and Style! This tie-dye kit is so addicting! I am tie-dying everything in sight. Check back to my recent blog post where I tie-dyed a fireworks-inspired tank top. 






Today I created an American flag-inspired tie-dye beach bag with the Swirl and Style by YULU. I tie-dyed a blank drawstring bag that I already had on hand- perfect way to upcycle older unused bags. You can get something like this off of Amazon for under $3 each. I have always been nervous to die- anything, but Swirl and Style make it really easy and totally mess-free, so it is also perfectly fine for kids to create their own tie-dye clothes on their own! 





You’re going to need your tie-dye kit, the Swirl n Style comes with everything you need to get started except the shirt of course. I am using a fork to help twirl the fabric all over the tank top to create swirls all over the tank top to mimic a burst of fireworks. Rubberband or tie each swirl, and follow the steps from the Swirl and Style kit or check out my first tutorial on my YouTube channel and blog.

What do you think of the finished products so far?



Stay tuned for tomorrow's tie-dye creation with the Swirl and Style! What are you doing to keep kids busy? Check out how to bust boredom with kids on my blog, YouTubeInstagramTwitterFacebook, and TikTok

Show me what you create and tag me so I can like, comment, and share!

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NEW Interactive STEM TOY Smarty JOJO Toddler Learning Toy Coming Early July - Best Bang for Your Buck!

Meet Smarty JOJO, the ultra-smart STEM toy by Flycatcher Toys. Flycatcher Toys are geniuses behind the smART Sketcher and smART Pixelator. Smarty JOJO is an airplane with big plans for your little one. 



Available early July on Amazon, you can get Smarty JOJO for just $24.99. Flycatcher Toys was kind enough to send us Smarty JOJO to test out, and I am totally impressed with the quality and bang for your buck with this STEM toy.



Smarty JOJO is really intelligent! With over 150 phrases, he can respond to movement, identify colors with his color recognition system, teach shapes, give educational prompts and tasks in both English and Spanish, and teaches children direction and speed. Your children will love the adventure that Smarty JOJO takes them on from take-off to landing! JOJO will start at take off with simple calibration, and because his buttons are shapes and light up in various colors, it’s easy for toddlers to start learning and playing with very little parental help! 

Smarty JOJO requires 3AAA batteries that are not included, but once they’re in you’re off to play. Smarty JOJO also has an automatic shut off feature, so you’re never wasting precious battery life while not in use. 




In my video there were instances where he is loud and isn’t loud - since he is so smart, he does respond to radio interference, so if you’re outside, it may sound muffled. In-person, you can hear Smarty JOJO give directions and prompts well. Smarty JOJO is not waterproof, but that didn’t stop my kids from trying to throw him in the pool. Thankfully, they missed it! Smarty JOJO took quite the “testing” his first day in our home, and since he is made of high-quality plastics, he passed the toddler test! Not a scratch on him, and he’s quick to respond and identify colors just like how he was doing outside of the box. 



I found this toy to be adorable, educational, very simple for little ones to use, and extremely affordable. I will be gifting this toy to all of the toddlers that I know when the holidays come around. My son Rocco who is turning three in August is in love with Smarty JOJO and treats him like one of his transportation toys. The fact that Smarty JOJO also teaches is a huge bonus! 

Stay tuned for retail links as soon as they go live!

Thank you so much Flycatcher Toys for sending us Smarty JOJO for free for our review! 

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LEGO News! LEGO Art Pop Culture Icons Pieces Announced! Available September 1, 2020!

Exciting LEGO® News! New LEGO Art Decorating Walls September 1



2020 is huge for LEGO® news! We have the announcement of LEGO® DOTS where arts and crafts meet the power of LEGO® building to a full line-up of Super Mario sets and figures! Now, LEGO Group has announced the launch of its latest line, LEGO® Art! LEGO® Art is providing a full building experience where your mind, body, and soul can be fully immersed in the art of building your favorite musician, actor, superhero, or even villain! 


pop culture with 2D lay flat LEGO building where you combine each LEGO tile to create your favorite pop culture icon!  Once built, you can hang your custom canvassed new hanging element to hang your masterpiece on your wall and decorate your home with icons like Marilyn Monroe, The Beatles, and even Iron Man using LEGO tiles. While building comb through the build playlist that includes music and interviews allowing for an immersive and relaxing build experience.  


Each LEGO set features a specific pop culture icon that can be created into a 2D flat image of LEGO tiles. Adult LEGO builders build up their pop culture portraits on a blank canvas that be interlocked together to create a small scale to larger portraits. You get a number of different variations to each title giving the builder freedom of expression. 



With LEGO® Art sets spanning across film, TV, and music, there is something for everyone to create. Hopefully there will be more sets coming out focusing on even more icons of pop culture in more skus! LEGO® no holds the Andy Warhol license since they are using the Marilyn Monroe version, well, what about the iconic banana, Campbell’s Soup can, etc? Sure, things may seems a bit overdone, but I personally love Warhol’s work in any form! 


LEGO® Art will launch with the following titles and will be available September 1. 

  • LEGO® Art’s Andy Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe | 3,332 pieces | 4-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults
  • LEGO® Art’s The Beatles | 2,933 pieces | 4-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults
  • LEGO® Art’s Marvel Studios Iron Man | 3,156 pieces | 3-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults
  • LEGO® Art’s Star Wars™ The Sith™ (31200) | 3,395 pieces | 3-in-1 Collectible Wall Art Building Kit for Adults

The sets will be available on September 1st from LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com as well as retailers, with the only exception of LEGO® Marvel Studios Iron Man set which will be a LEGO Retail Stores and LEGO.com only.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Summer Time Aesthetics for Teens + Tweens on a Budget - Blog Series part one

Have you noticed your kid now has an aesthetic?

When I first learned about it, I pictured it as Harajuku meets Hippie. I wasn't too far off!

photo via pinterest

What is an aesthetic?

It's a trend, of course, but it's like a head to toe trend-- mind, body, and soul. You don't just wear a fashionable outfit, you embody what you wear. Picture oversized clothes; baggy pants that are fitted at the waist (JNCO style for the 2020s), graphics usually 80s and 90s prints and characters, water flasks (it's just a water bottle!), fluffy blankets, bangle bracelets, scrunchies, and tie-dye ANYTHING! If you think you can vibe and hang, then you're listening to Lo-Fi Hip Hop and Chill Music. Kids now accessorize their whole style from their bedroom to what they walk out of the house in. It's artsy, it's fun, and it can get expensive. Like any trend, the stores to shop are Claire's, Justice, ItGirlClothing, and even Target or Walmart.

Building an aesthetic can get expensive!

I am looking for cheap ways to create an aesthetic for kids on a budget! I found one with the Swirl and Style Tie-Dye Studio kit, you get everything you need for $19.99 at Target. The Swirl n' Style kit is easy to use, and it comes with everything you need to start creating your own tie-dye clothes!

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How to create an aesthetic for the Fourth of July!



Go next level and match the night sky this July 4th with your own tie-dye tank! This is such an easy DIY with the totally mess-free Swirl and Style tie-dye kit by YULU-thanks for sending it to me for free! For just an initial investment of $19.99, you can be on your way to mess-free tie-dye. For tweens + teens, get your blanks at Forever 21. Parents, for your little ones, I find the best blanks are Hanes 5-packs or even Cat n Jack blanks at Target. You want to spend a little to reap a big reward in style and vibe.






Today I created a fireworks-inspired tank top with my Swirl and Style by YULU and a Forever 21 blank that I got on sale, it's the regular price is only $3.99. I really like Forever21 because of its high-quality tanks and affordability. Honestly, I have always been nervous to tie-dye clothes, but the Swirl n Style makes it really easy and totally mess-free, so it is also perfectly fine for kids to create their own tie-dye clothes on their own! 

You’re going to need your tie-dye kit, the Swirl n Style comes with everything you need to get started except the shirt of course. I am using a fork to help twirl the fabric all over the tank top to create swirls all over the tank top to mimic a burst of fireworks. Rubberband or tie each swirl, and follow the steps from the Swirl and Style kit or check out my first tutorial on my YouTube channel and blog.


What do you think of the finished product?


Stay tuned for tomorrow's tie-dye creation with the Swirl and Style! What are you doing to keep kids busy? Check out how to bust boredom with kids on my blog, YouTubeInstagramTwitterFacebook, and TikTok



Show me what you create and tag me so I can like, comment, and share!

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Tutti Frutti Dough Kits Perfect for Four Sense Sensory Play!




Imagine a dough set that provides all of the tools for a full play experience? Plus, it's non-toxic, it can be rehydrated if the kiddos leave the lid open a bit, and the scents are spot on! Tutti Frutti dough kits by Family Games America provides all that and more! With 23+ scented doughs in different color varieties to choose from, your kids will be fully engaged in play with their fruity scents, look, and feel.




Everything you need is inside the kit to give kids that push to expand their imaginations! Kids can explore dinosaurs, bake cupcakes, serve up some ice cream, or even share their belief in the magic of unicorns! Tutti Frutti dough kits provide all of that and more! 


We were sent the Tutti Frutti Dinoland Dough Kit for free to review, and this set keeps my kids totally engaged! Sure, the colors are mixed up now, but the scents are even more heavenly! When you mix the colors, the scents don't overlap, they blend! You can make 3D dinosaurs with the included tools, and four scented doughs. I love how the dough packed inside in a scalloped design. The scents are spot on, and refreshing, especially the lime green —it’s so fresh and lively! 


Each set varies in price, but offers up unique play experiences! Kids will be able to expand their imaginations as well as fulfill the necessary elements of play. Children will benefit from dough play cognitively and physically, like comprehension, fine motor skills, and even communication.




There are more kits that can be purchased like the Fantasy Scented Dough Kit, Cars Scented Dough KitIce Cream Large Scented Dough Kit, and more! Buy directly from ToysGamesPuzzles.com. You can also purchase extra dough packs for more Tutti Frutti fun! 



Tutti Frutti Dough is proudly made in Canada, and is made of all-natural ingredients, and is non-toxic. The dough is so natural that if it dries out, you can easily hydrate it with some water. 



What do you think of dough kits like this? How do you keep kids engaged during isolation? As the world slowly opens back up, we still must try and keep playtime fun and educational! 

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LEGO ANNOUNCES NEW Super Mario Expansion Packs and Blind Bags!!!! ALL SETS REVEALED!

All LEGO Super Mario sets have been announced by LEGO today!

LEGO announced today that the world of Super Mario and LEGO are expanding even more with the addition of eight new expansion sets. In addition to that, there will also be mystery packs featuring one buildable character villains. Check out my video to see all of the sets, and don't forget to please like, subscribe, follow me on social media, and all of that jazz!



Each expansion set is a course that electronic Super Mario can travel through in order to complete to get to the next level. Each expansion set features different elements of the vast world of Super Mario, and you will find that each expansion set includes their level of nostalgia from the koopas to goombas. You will have to get the LEGO Super Mario Starter Pack first to fully enjoy the interactive capabilities of each expansion pack. LEGO and Super Mario fans can pick and choose their levels, or even collect the expansion packs as stand-alone sets. 




You can also collect costumes for Mario using the Power-Up Packs that include different outfits for Mario to wear, thus, making each level even more immersive!









In addition to the expansion sets, there will be a blind bad collection featuring 10 villains. The mystery packs will include a buildable villain, you can get Paragoomba, Fuzzy, Spiny, Buzzy Beetle, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Eep Cheep, Blooper, Urchin or Peepa! I will be very happy with a bunch of Bullet Bill duplicates!


The full LEGO Super Mario assortment will launch August 1st 2020, but fans can pre-order the LEGO Super Mario Starter Course on www.LEGO.com and from select leading retailers around the world now (subject to availability).



Expansion sets
71362 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Guarded Fortress Expansion Set (49,99 USD/EUR) You get large Pirahna Plant and even a Koopa 
71363 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Desert Pokey Expansion Set (19,99 USD/EUR) I’m so happy we have that little gopher guy!
71364 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Whomp’s Lava Trouble Expansion Set (19,99 USD/EUR) Notice the different touch points where electronic Mario will react to when connected. 
71365 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set (29,99 USD/EUR) 
71366 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Bullet Bill AKA Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion Set (29,99 USD/EUR) 
71367 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Mario’s House & Yoshi Expansion Set (29,99 USD EUR) I love this set  — check out that adorable hammock that Mario is just chillin on! 
71368 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Toad’s Treasure Hunt Expansion Set (69,99 USD/EUR) 
71369 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Bowser’s Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set (99,99 USD/EUR) This is an epic set as it includes an actual boss. This particular expansion pack is chock full of last level elements, but you do need to add in expansions like the Thwomp Womp or even King Boo to really get the full effect. 

The next two sets are only available at select retailers. I will report more on this as I learn more!
71376 - LEGO® Super Mario™ Thwomp Drop Expansion Set (39,99 USD/EUR - available only with select retailers) 
71377 - LEGO® Super Mario™ King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion Set (49,99 USD/EUR- available only with select retailers) 

Character Packs
71361 – LEGO® Super Mario™ Character Packs (4,99 USD/3,99 EUR) Paragoomba, Fuzzy, Spiny, Buzzy Beetle, Bullet Bill, Bob-omb, Eep Cheep, Blooper, Urchin or Peepa!

I think the blind bags are a great way to build up your world and use the free app to help build each character. I honestly feel that LEGO mini figures would have been a great addition to this collection, but after looking at the expansion sets, they really do not fit. Johnathan Bennink, Digital Design Lead on LEGO Super Mario and his team brought this new world of Super Mario to life, thus allowing a whole new way to play with LEGO. Not only are you building, but your imagination is running wild, and giving Super Mario life in brick form.

“The reaction to LEGO Super Mario has been incredible,” said Jonathan Bennink, Digital Design Lead on LEGO Super Mario, the LEGO Group. “Super Mario is such an icon – and fans have been highly anticipating the release of the full details of the product line. Our entire range – from the Starter Course to the Power Up Packs, through to the Expansion Sets and Character Packs – have been built to bring Super Mario, his friends – and his enemies – to life. We love how creative Nintendo and LEGO fans are, and can’t wait for them to unleash their imaginations in how they interact with Super Mario in the real world.”  


What do you think of the new expansion sets and the announcement of the mystery pack?