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Everything Is Awesome

by on Nov.01, 2014, under Art, Family, Kids, Parenting, Recreation, Toys

We showed some interesting costumes in What We Pretend To Be, and while they're nothing new, we saw a variety of Lego-themed costumes. lego-block01The basic Lego block and the generic Lego man used to be the mainstays of the Lego costume set. lego-costume02 But then Lego started licensing movies and games. You can even go to a Lego store and customize a Lego figure to look like you. lego-costume04 Now there are superheroes, like the members of the Justice League lego-costume05 Famous pop stars like The Village People lego-costume06 Whoever these guys are (we were afraid to ask) lego-costume07 Even if its a Lego zombie. lego-costume08 Some costumes take less effort than others. boba Caillen Sheppard loves Legos. He has an extensive collection including a large number of Star Wars pieces. The seven year old from Ontario wanted to be Lego Boba Fett, and his father, Keith Sheppard, 41, tackled the job with enthusiasm. lego-boba01 Much of the suit, which took about 100 hours to build, was made from Sintra, a rigid, lightweight PVC. Insulation foam board was used to make the dome shape of the helmet, and the rocket tips and exhausts were constructed from Plastazote, a closed cell foam. The graphics were cut from adhesive vinyl, applied over the paint, and then clear coated for durability. lego-boba05   The attention to detail, compared to the original Lego creation, is amazing. And like the Lego creation, the antenna and backpack are removable. lego-boba03 It's no surprise that the costume took first place at the Burlington Toycon, as Keith Sheppard is a graphics designer, a long-time star wars fan, and a great father. lego-boba04
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Important Notice – Light Saber Product Recall

by on Nov.06, 2010, under Consumer, Technology, Weapons

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U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 6, 2010 Release #10-061 Firm's Hotline: (800) 859-4519 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772 CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Nintendo Universal Initiates Replacement Program for Wrist Straps Used with Jedi style Light Sabers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary replacement program for the following consumer product. Name of Product: Wrist Straps Used with Jedi style Light Sabers Units: About 2 thousand Distributor: Nintendo Universal Issue: If consumers swing the hand-held Jedi Light Saber using excessive force and accidentally let go, the cord connecting the controller to the wrist strap can break, potentially causing the light saber to strike bystanders or objects. Incidents/Injuries: Nintendo has received reports of cords on wrist straps breaking, including three reports of minor injuries not requiring medical attention. All of these incidents occurred when consumers were playing the game, "Joust - Dark Side". Description: The wrist straps are sold with Nintendo's Jedi Light Saber. Its controller on the handle is shaped like a TV remote. Sensors determine the Light Saber's position in 3-D space, which means that a tennis swing, for example, is done through movement of a consumer's hand rather than by just fingers and thumbs. The cords on the wrist straps included in this program are 0.6mm in diameter. The replacement cords are 1.0 mm in diameter (see photo below). Sold by: The Jedi style Light Sabers were sold  a long time ago in a galaxy far far away. All light sabers purchased after December 11, 2010 should have the new 1.0 mm cord. Manufactured in: Alderaan and China Remedy: Consumers should contact the firm for a replacement wrist strap. Customer Contact: For more information, contact Nintendo toll-free at (800) 859-4519 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. PT, or visit their Web site at www.support.nintendo.com

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