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It’s not too late to get your or your sweetheart’s iPhone 5 into the Valentine’s Day spirit. And, there probably aren’t too many better ways to do it than the always lovely Speck CandyShell cases.
Speck’s line of hard cases gets the Valentine’s Day treatment with a white and pink case. On that case, there is a heart design made of flower petals. That’s killing two lovebirds with one stone, right there. Guaranteed winner if you’re looking for a last-minute Valentine’s Day gift this year? Maybe, maybe not, but you could do a lot worse. At the very least, someone will end up with a well-protected iPhone, thanks to the hard outer shell and soft, shock-absorbent inner layer of Speck’s CandyShell cases.
Doubling up on protection for Valentine’s Day will run you about $35 off Speck’s online store.
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The Dell Inspiron 15R is on sale today for just $549 with free shipping, after $244 in instant savings, plus a $50 off coupon code.The 15″ Dell Inspiron 15R is actually 17% thinner than previous generation Inspiron 15R models. It’s powered by a 3rd gen Intel Core i5 Ivy Bridge processor and it packs in 8GB of RAM, a 1TB hard drive, Intel HD 4000 graphics, an 8X DVD Burner, and a 15-months McAfee SecurityCenter subscription is also included.
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Hasbro was very busy this year at the American International Toy Fair (not that we would expect anything different). One big release they have in store for this year is the launch of the Nerf Rebelle brand. It’s Nerf for girls.
Obviously, girls don’t need their own Nerf brand. Most girls that want to shoot Nerf darts at things probably don’t have too big of a problem grabbing a Nerf gun and going at it. That said, the name of the game is fun, and if Rebelle gets more girls interested in Nerf wars, so much the better.
The Rebelle line will feature many different weapons and accessories. “Girl colors” (pink and purple) abound, and it’s also pretty safe to say that these ideas were snatched right out of the Hunger Games. Thanks to Katniss bringing the bow back into style, the Rebelle line will have a bow and a crossbow capable of firing multiple darts at once. The Heartreaker Bow can fire darts up to 75 feet, and is way safer to fire than a real bow (girls will basically be pulling back something like a pinball plunger). The bow also comes with five collectible darts, except the idea of collectible darts seems kind of ridiculous considering the fate of most Nerf darts (lost to the void of behind the couch or something).
The Rebelle Crossbow also has a range of 75 feet. Girls can load six darts at once, then choose to fire single shots or all six in rapid succession. Also, six collectible Nerf darts with this one. I am no less perplexed by the idea of collectible darts as time passes. A mini pink version of the crossbow will also be available, sans rapid-fire mode. That one will only come with four darts.
Girl Nerf won’t just include bows. There are the Sneak Attackers – tiny pink and purple blasters – and the Alpha Girl Mission Kit, which features a full-sized blaster with a range of 75 feet, a hip holster, five darts, and Vision Gear eyewear, which is just a pair of branded sunglasses, as far as I can tell.
We can’t forget about the cradle accessory that fits most of these new Rebelle weapons. That cradle will hold an iPhone or iPod Touch (up to the 4th generation). From there, the Mission Central app can be downloaded for free, which opens up single- and multi-player missions and battles. Girls will be able to create and customize their own avatar in the app, and score points by completing missions which can be used to purchase more customization options.
The whole Rebelle line will be hitting stores in fall of this year. It’ll be pretty affordable, too – the most expensive item here will be the Rebelle Crossbow, which will sell for $25.
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Well, if you thought there wasn’t going to be any merchandise coming out of the marriage between Angry Birds and Star Wars - actually, no. There’s no way anyone, anywhere thought that.
Here, we have the all-time leading cash cow of a franchise and the its spiritual successor from today – nothing’s better at making money on the side than Star Wars and Angry Birds. Some of the inevitable merchandise you can expect to see this year will be – no surprise – more Angry Birds board games.
The Star Destroyer Battle Game gives you the blocks and instructions needed to build the eponymous Imperial death machine, complete with 12 Angry Birds minifigures, a TRIPLE lightsaber launcher (whoaaaa), and the destruction and mayhem that comes with any Angry Birds product. The Tie Fighter Battle Game is similar, and features R2-D2, Han Solo, and Luke Skywalker Angry Birds minifigures. Seriously, this has to be the ultimate merchandise crossover. What possibly tops this?
There’s also the Rise of Darth Vader game, where you launch Jedi Angry Birds at Sith Pigs perched atop a structure in the shape of Darth Vader’s mask. This one and the Tie Fighter Battle Game also have Jenga in the product title, which seems appropriate enough.
All of the above feature special codes that unlock in-app content for Angry Birds Star Wars. By the way, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Hasbro is making a total of 17 new Angry Birds Star Wars toys and games, all of which will go on sale this year. Then, keep in mind that this is just one of the first waves of Angry Birds Star Wars merchandise. Prepare yourself.
The Star Destroyer Battle Game, the Rise of Darth Vader Game, and the Tie Fighter Battle Game will sell for $40, $30, and $25, respectively. They’ll all be hitting stores sometime during the fall of this year.
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The new Easy Bake Ultimate Oven is black, blue, and silver, which shouldn’t ostracize anyone besides the people who just don’t like those colors. I don’t know, those seem like safe choices. Instead of using a light bulb for heat, like the original, this one will work similar to a standard oven. If we’re being totally honest, it sort of looks like Hasbro is just making its own toaster oven, and using the Easy Bake brand to sell it, which isn’t a bad idea.
It’s not quite a toaster oven, though. You’ll want to get the mixes that are sold especially for the Easy Bake oven. Fortunately, those mixes cover a pretty wide range of foods – you can make cookies, cakes, pizza, pretzels, and small pies. The Easy Bake Oven also comes with a spatula, a baking tray, and a storage drawer, as well as enough mix to make 12 cookies. Also, this is pretty much an actual oven, so, like always with the Easy Bake, parental supervision is going to be a good idea.
The newly updated toy Hall-of-Famer will go on sale sometime this spring, for about $55. Refill packs for more Easy Bake food will be available for about $7 each.
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LEGO artist Nathan Sawaya’s Art of the Brick exhibit has been all around the United States, with select pieces popping up at museums and galleries all across the country. Last July, the Art of the Brick made the jump across the Pacific, making its Asian debut in Taipei, Taiwan. The reaction was strong and enthusiastic enough to keep Sawaya’s bevy of LEGO sculptures and portraits on the island, heading all the way south to Kaohsiung. The Kaohsiung exhibit, currently at the Pier-2 Art Center, is nearing the end of its three-and-a-half month run, and features some brand new works inspired by some of the sights of Taiwan.
First appearing at Art of the Brick’s Taipei exhibit, a LEGO model of Taipei 101, currently the world’s third-tallest skyscraper, kicked off the Kaohsiung exhibit alongside The Laborer and The Fisher Woman, based on two local statues also in the Pier-2 Art Center. The heat of a summer in Taipei inspired The Sun, a smaller, wall-hung sculpture. Want Want, a popular brand of crackers, saw their mascot get the LEGO treatment, too. The exhibit wrapped up with arguably one of Sawaya’s most accurate celebrity sculptures to date – Kaohsiung’s mayor, Chen Chu.
Most of Sawaya’s old favorites were on display, like Yellow, one of the most instantly recognizable of his works. A few excellent portraits of Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix boast some seriously impressive accuracy (and shading!), and there’s no missing that massive, 20′ long tyrannosaurus rex.
In a Skype interview, Sawaya gave me a little more information about that imposing, natural history museum-level LEGO dinosaur, which took him an entire summer worth of ten to twelve-hour days in his studio to complete. When asked where he started with the T-Rex, Sawaya told me,
I started with the skull. The skull was done months before I even attempted the skeleton part, and the thinking there was, OK, let’s see how this skull looks. Is this even going to be viable? Once I had the skull done, and I thought ‘OK, this could work, then I’ll move on’…and then, if the whole project fell apart, at least I had a cool skull, right?
He also talked about how tedious the ribs were to build, but described the process as “therapeutic,” while pointing out that building tedious dinosaur ribs with LEGO bricks is more relaxing than the tedious paperwork he had to do as a lawyer prior to becoming a LEGO artist. I’ve never done either, but I’ll take his word for it.
Sawaya also suggested that we’ll probably ”see an influence in some of the pieces that come out in the next few years” as a result of his travels and the Art of the Brick’s first stop in Asia. He also mentioned that he has a lot of sketches from both Taipei and Kaohsiung – but nothing he can show off just yet.
We also talked about LEGO Cuusoo. Cuusoo is a website that’s been around since 2008, and accepts LEGO set ideas from the general public. It’s a little bit like a Kickstarter for new LEGO sets, just without the money. If a submission reaches 10,000 supporters, it’s designated for review by the LEGO Cuusoo team, which will decide whether or not the idea is viable. If the team gives an idea the green light, the person who submitted the idea will get royalties – 1% of all total net sales of the set. The Minecraft LEGO sets and the upcoming Back to the Future LEGO sets were both born on Cuusoo.
Over the years, enough people have contacted Sawaya about how to build Yellow to convince him to submit a smaller version of his sculpture on the site. If you’re interested in building your very own Yellow, you can head over to the sculpture’s Cuusoo page and back it. If Yellow ends up as a LEGO set for sale someday, Sawaya mentioned that he would consider other sculptures for Cuusoo – notably Hugman.
In both Taipei and Kaohsiung, there’s been a lot of enthusiasm for the Art of the Brick since it’s come to Taiwan – the exhibit was originally only going to go to Taipei, but thanks to demand, it’s sticking around for a while. After the exhibit leaves Kaohsiung next week, it’ll move back up north to the middle of Taiwan. The Art of the Brick will be in Taichung, Taiwan from the beginning of March to the beginning of June.
Photos courtesy of Hsun Ying Tsai
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Personalize your life. Don’t settle for an iPhone case that isn’t a true representation of your unique personality and superb sense of style. With IMakeMyCase, Case-Mate gives you the power to make your very own personalized high quality iPhone case that’s covered in any design or photograph you can imagine. There’s no limit to the possibilities.
IMakeMyCase gives you three options of cases for iPhone 5, the Barely There classic case, the two piece Tough case, or the military-grade Tough Xtreme case. We went with the Barely There Case, which is a high quality one-piece shells that pops right onto iPhone with a perfect fit and tough protection. Barely There cases have a glossy finish that doesn’t easily scratch or wear. We love this style of case because it’s simple: the top and bottom are fully exposed for complete access to ports and buttons, and there’s one large cutout for the volume buttons and toggle switch.
Using the flash based web app, you can design away for as long as your heart desires. You can choose a background color or just cover your case in photos. There are templates that allow for single images, a “three up”, a photobooth design, or a grid of 8 photos. Of course you can get even more creative using your favorite image editor prior to uploading the photo. You can reposition, resize, and rotate photos. You’ll see exactly how the photos will be placed on the case, so you can plan accordingly for the sides and even the bezel around iPhone’s face.
We love the Barely There case, however the name’s a bit deceiving. It’s on the heavier side of classic iPhone pop-on shells, it’s a bit thicker too. This just means it’s a bit more protective. The glossiness makes for a nice and comfortable grip. We would have preferred that the front bezel exceed iPhone’s face a bit more, but we do enjoy the fact that the custom print extends all the way to this front bezel. Even though you’ll rarely see it, the inside of each case has a rubberized pad that’s covered in a stylish design that reads “I Make My Case”, a fun little Easter Egg.
With Case-Mate’s IMakeMyCase, you really have to give your one-of-a-kind case a lot of thought; it’s about to be the coolest case in existence, because YOU made it! At $40 it’s only slightly pricier than any other protective case, but it has unlimited potential. It makes a great gift, or even a great gag gift if you have an epic photo. Also, we can’t imagine Case-Mate will stop you if you wanted to turn IMakeMyCase into a faux-case for your favorite brand or artist. IMakeMyCase is available for a number of different devices at Case-Mate.com.
The Good: Unlimited potential with design, Great Finish, Custom design covers entirety of visible case, Neat interior
The Bad: Heavier and thicker than you’d imagine for “Barely There”, Not enough protection for iPhone’s face
Trina Turk is the latest fashion designer to enter the world of gadget accessories. She has partnered with M-Edge to produce a series of iPad, Kindle, iPhone and Laptop sleeves. The collection includes chic, yet sophisticated colorful patterns that will appeal to a wide range of women.
Perhaps our favorite part of the new collection are the laptop sleeves. These cases are designed to fit the 13″ Macbook Air, 13″ MacBook Pro, and 15″ Macbook Pro, but they will also hold most other laptops. These sleeves come in a choice of three Trina Turk patterns – Lady Bug, Zigzag, and Crazy Botanical, that are adorned with a luxe brass hardware. The result is a laptop case that looks good enough to wear like a handbag. The interior of the case is lined with a soft microfiber lining and a padded core which offers ample protection for your laptop. This is a high quality and beautiful laptop case that is well worth $49.99.
We’ve reviewed M-Edge’s iPad cases in the past, and this time around they have transformed their versatile iPad case into a Trina Turk fashion piece. The case is available for the iPad 4, 3 and 2, fin a choice of 2 patterns Lady Bug and Zigzag. The patterns are complimented by microfiber leather accents. On the inside, the case offers M-Edge 360° signature rotation system, along with a micro-suede interior. The cases retail for $59.99.
Last but not least, M-Edge has also come out with 3 Trina Turk case designs for the iPhone 5. These patterns include lady Bug, Trellis, and Art Basel Linear. These cases offer dual layer protection for extra protection. The outer shell i shade of a tough plastic material that is covered in a Trina Turk print, while the inside is made of a Shock-absorbent inner silicone layer that helps protect the display from drops, which also helps to accent the pattern with a color. Overall, this is quite a tough iPhone case, that still manages to be stylish. Unfortunately, it is somewhat pricey at $39.99.
With their new Trina Turk collection, we can’t help but feel like M-Edge is taking on Kate Spade’s successful line of gadget accessories. To that effect, they are off to a great start. The Trina Turk collection offers a sweet selection of chic but sophisticated cases for your gadgets, all of which won’t break the bank.
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Wait a tick, pencils don’t work on tablets, or do they? These do! The No. 2 Stylus is by far the niftiest and most adorable stylus out there for touch screens and tablets. The No. 2 Stylus is ingeniously disguised as the classic number two pencil, and it’s got a couple tricks up its sleeve.
Styluses aren’t for everyone, but it seems that most people eventually go through that curiosity phase where they realize their tablet, smartphone, or touchscreen usage could be greatly enhanced with the finer point of a stylus. We’ve reviewed a number of styluses, most are good, few are great. Styluses aren’t able to get too detailed because touch screens were made to recognize fingers, not small points. With all that said, the No. 2 Stylus gets about as detailed as any other stylus.
Two is the magic number, that’s why you get two No. 2 Styluses per package. These mini stylus pencils are great for pocketing or throwing in a purse or backpack. They’re decently comfortable to hold, but that’s where it really gets cool. The tips on each stylus unscrews and you can screw them together for a pencil-sized stylus. Now that’s a comfortable grip! With a really long stylus you get a lot more control and are therefore able to draw and write with finer details.
With an extremely affordable price of $14.99, the No. 2 Stylus has it all. Unprecedented design, nostalgic beauty, comfort, usability, and a two-for-the-price-of-one packaging. The No. 2 Stylus is also a great entry point into the stylus market since it allows you to try out a shorter and longer stylus. The No. 2 Stylus is currently available from Amazon.com.
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