How Christmas Parties Can Help You Win The Game Of Thrones

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How Christmas Parties Can Help You Win The Game Of Thrones

Christmas parties are festive occasions for family, friends and co-workers. Who you invite and who you don’t can be a matter of practicality or it can be a calculated snub. Some people play power politics on the job and at home. Such people might invite the folks they want to impress. Some can be as calculating as a Lannister.

Truth is, big Christmas parties used to be the domain of royalty. Aristocrats put on lavish affairs to demonstrate their status and show up their peers. They were as boisterous and outlandish as anything George R. R. Martin envisioned in the lands of Westeros. In 1213, King John of England ordered 10,000 salt eels from the Sheriff of Canterbury! Another of the king’s orders listed 1,000 hens, 200 head of pork, 100 lbs of almonds, 50 lbs of pepper, 24 hogshead of wine, 2 lbs of saffron and other supplies.

In the time of the Tudors, the twelve days from Christmas to Epiphany were a time of wild revelry, jousting, card playing and visiting relatives. All work ceased and even women’s spinning was set aside. The idle spinning wheels were decorated with flowers. The Tudors also beat us to the punch on the Turducken. A Tudor Christmas Pie consisted of a pigeon stuffed in a partridge stuffed in a chicken stuffed in a goose stuffed in a turkey surrounded by a stew of rabbit and game birds baked in a crust that was aptly called a coffin.

christmas-partyChristmas was driven underground during the Puritan rule of England, but it began to grow in popularity again once the monarchy was restored. As Christmas was popularized for the middle class, holiday parties became a chance to jockey for influence. In olden times, it was a formal arrangement to declare the Lord of Misrule to serve as king for a day. Of late, it seems to be the wag who drinks too much and thinks too little of the damage to be done to his or her career. However, with the changing centuries, what was old is new again. The decadent romps of the Middle Ages are echoed in the halls of power today. Whether that is financial or political power, you’re likely to find the Machiavellian ladder climbers schmoozing their patrons and the less forward thinking participants photocopying their posteriors.

So be wary, gentle reader. If you are invited to a Christmas party, it might just be egg nog and cookies. But then again, it might be a doorway to your next step on the ladder to power. Play your cards right and you might just survive the Game of Thrones!

The Walking Dead Risk Board Game (Product Review)

The Walking Dead Risk Board Game (Product Review)

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Hasbro is one of the most successful toy and game manufacturers. For decades, the company has created a number of games that have turned into household names. Risk is one of the company’s oldest and most continually popular games. Most versions let players battle against each other for world conquest and domination. A variety of versions of the classic game have been released as tie-ins for various movies and television shows. This new entry to the series is The Walking Dead Risk Board game which is based on the tremendously successful TV show about a beleaguered group of people struggling to survive a zombie apocalypse.

Let’s take a look at some of the features

The classic Risk game features a map of the entire world and lets players fight each other for control of the whole thing. The Walking Dead version maintains the same core idea within the scope of the world in which the show takes place. It will feature the southeast region of the United States and include most, if not all, of the show’s most recognizable landmarks, such as the CDC, the city of Atlanta, Hershel’s farm, the highway, and more. All the main characters will be included. Players will be able to fight among themselves for control while fighting off oncoming hordes of cannibalistic zombies. While maintaining the classic game play, this version also adds a new deck of Supply Cards that add new layers of strategy.
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How Much?

Scheduled for release in July of 2013, the game will retail for $49.99.

Things We Like About The Walking Dead Risk Board game

Themed editions of Risk have been created before by companies Diamond and Alliance, and all of these have been massively popular. This version promises to continue the streak and give new and old players a wonderfully fun and involved game experience. It is great that the Walking Dead Risk Board game maintains the classic game play feel while updating it to a modern day, zombie-themed experience.
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Things We Did Not Like About The Walking Dead Risk Board game

At $49.99, the game is not cheap. All Risk games are complex, highly involved, and time consuming. This can be a show-stopper for some who are more casual fans of board games.

Who Would Buy The Walking Dead Risk Board game?

Fans of the show and the classic game will love the Walking Dead version!

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Guarantee?

The game will almost definitely have a warranty that protects against any defective game pieces.

Is The Walking Dead Risk Board game Worth the Money?

While $49.99 seems a little steep, the Walking Dead Risk Board game is not a small game, at all. The board is enormous, and it has quite a few game pieces, cards, and other devices. Keeping that in mind, the price is quite reasonable.

Where Can I Buy The Walking Dead Risk Board game?

The game will be available online at retailers such as Amazon and offline at all major department and toy retailers like Toys R Us and Walmart.

More Customer Reviews for The Walking Dead Risk Board game

Even though the game was due for release in July, anticipation of the game’s actual release is high among fans of both the classic Risk game and the TV show. We can’t wait to get our hands on it!
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Romper Zombies (Product Review)

Romper Zombies (Product Review)

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The new Romper Zombie figures are not quite what you would expect for a new range of kids toys. Looking somewhat like a cross between 28 Days Later28 Days Later (Widescreen Special Edition) and the Cabbage PatCabbage Patch Kids Blonde Preppy Boy (Styles May Vary)ch KidsCabbage Patch Kids Brunette Playground Girl, they are somehow cute and repulsive at the same time. The collection features 24 zombies and 6 zombie hunters.

These little 8 inch resin statuettes are children that have accidentally become zombies. Each character is named alphabetically. The first one is AndieROMPER ZOMBIE ANDIE EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION FIGURE. The collection has a detailed story behind the figures including how each child became a zombie. There are currently four figures to see but plans for the rest are underway.
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How Much?

These Romper Zombies will retail at around $34.99.

Who would buy these Romper Zombies?

Primarily aimed at boys around 8+, these dolls have also gathered fans of all ages. The amazing attention to detail has everyone amazed. From the brains on AndieROMPER ZOMBIE ANDIE EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION FIGURE, to the heart little BobbieROMPER ZOMBIE BOBBIE EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION FIGURE is carrying around and even the zombie hunter weapons that GeorgieROMPER ZOMBIE GEORGIE THE HUNTER EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITION FIGURE is wielding. These hard resin dolls are even robust making them great for younger kids who can accidentally break other collectible toys.

Things we like about the Romper Zombies

As mentioned before the attention to detail on these little Romper Zombies is outstanding. The paint work is truly brilliant from their clothing, to the details work on the zombie skin, really makes them look like the un-dead. The individual characters also have their own little background stories. They also have articulated arms waists and sometimes necks.

Things we did not like the Romper Zombies

It’s hard to find a fault with these little zombies however the idea of giving zombies to the kids may not appeal to some parents. Some younger children may also be put off by finding them a little scary and gruesome.

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Guarantee

As the Romper Zombies are aimed at children as a toy it’s unlikely that they will come with a guarantee unless there is a fault on them.

Are the Romper Zombies worth the money?

Some people may be thinking that $34.99 for an action doll type of toy may be a bit steep but these little guys come with a few extras. There are plans for an online game about the Romper Zombies. When you purchase a doll you’ll get what looks to be a phone number but is actually a code you have to break to access the game and to determine who the zombies will attack.

Where can I buy the Romper Zombies?

So far four of the zombies are available to buy from their website, the first three zombies and Georgie Gory- the first of the zombie hunters. They plan to release the remaining 20, one at a time, over the next year or so. They’ll be available on their website and at major toy stores as and when they’re are released.

More customer reviews for Romper Zombies

It’s safe to say that these little zombies are getting good reviews. People seem to like how the have managed to keep these unique zombies almost looking cute. As well as the fact that it has the tie-in of the online game.

“The sculpting is incredibly tight and well-finished, while the paint job is diverse and anything but lazy. Little creative touches like a heart inside a baseball glove, intricately weaved curly hair, or the buttons on a shirt make these figures live up to high expectations.”
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Once Upon A Zombie (Product Review)

Once Upon A Zombie (Product Review)

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Once Upon A Zombie, by WowWee, are fairy-tale dolls with a twist. So far there are zombie versions of well known Disney princess characters such as:  Snow WhiteWowWee Once Upon A Zombie Snow White Doll, CinderellaWowWee Once Upon A Zombie Cinderella Doll, RapunzelWowWee Once Upon A Zombie Rapunzel Doll, Sleeping BeautyWowWee Once Upon A Zombie Sleeping Beauty Doll, BelleWowWee Once Upon A Zombie Belle Doll and The Little MermaidWowWee Once Upon A Zombie Mermaid Doll. Based on the book trilogy of the same title, written by Billy Phillips, the dolls, books and digital game are set to be all the rage. The story behind the franchise is that something has gone wrong in Fairy-tale Land and everyone is turning into zombies and that one human has to save the day.

These collectors’ dolls are 11 inches tall, with articulated limbs that bend to make the doll pose the way you want. The first sets of dolls to be released are zombie versions of six of the most popular Disney princesses. Complete with flowing hair, glass eyes and skull belts. They are even packaged in tombstone shaped plastic.

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How Much?

Set to be released this summer they are due to retail at $20-$30. The doll comes complete with a stand and with a zombie style hair brush.

Who would buy Once Upon A Zombie?

The great thing about these dolls is that they appeal to people of all ages, from children, to teens and even adult collectors. Though mainly aimed at junior collectors, fans of the books are sure to want a doll to accompany the book. They would also make a fantastic addition to any adult collector’s shelves.

Things we like about Once Upon A Zombie

The funky twist they provide on the regular princess makes these dolls unusual and unique compared to most other dolls. The attention to detail on the dolls is outstanding, with their long locks, glass eyes, eyelashes and zombified dresses.

As well as the Disney princesses there will also eventually be other characters such as Aladdin, Peter Pan, Alice in Wonderland and a few others. Only sneak peek photos of these have been released yet though.

Things we don’t like about the Once Upon A Zombie

It’s hard to find a fault with these Once Upon A Time dolls as they have yet to be released. However their quirky style might not be to every ones tastes. People have also complained that they don’t come with shoes.

Guarantee?

Due to the fact these dolls have yet to be released there is currently no information on whether these dolls will come with a guarantee, or if they do what it would be.

Are the Once Upon A Zombie dolls worth the money?

These fun and funky dolls are definitely worth the money, are reasonably priced and with all their unique details they are set to become popular.

Where can I buy Once Upon A Zombie?

Once Upon A Zombie dolls are due to be released August 2013. The will be available online, at Wal-Mart, Target and at most major toy stores.

Customer reviews of Once Upon A Zombie dolls.

Since they have yet to be released there are no customer reviews on these dolls. However the vast majority of comments about these dolls are positive, with people looking forward to when they are available for purchase.
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Mystixx Vampire Dolls (Product Review)

Mystixx Vampire Dolls (Product Review)

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Mystixx Vampires, by Playhut, Inc., are dolls that have faces you can change. These dolls have a normal face for daytime, and they have a vampire face for when they make the change into a vampire at night.

There are four dolls to choose from: TalinMystixx Talin Doll, the trendy doll who loves pink; SivaMystixx Siva Doll, the royal doll who loves purple; AzraMystixx Azra Doll, the outdoorsy, sporty doll; and KalaniMystixx Kalani Doll, a smart vegetarian doll.
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The dolls represent teenagers who are trying to fit into high school during the day but become vampires at night, and each is inspired by a different backstory.

The dolls are easy-to-use because the heads spin around to reveal their other faces. The hair can be removed to mix and match with the other vampire dolls or to distinguish from daytime and nighttime looks. The dolls come with different accessories, including two wigs and two outfits each.
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How Much?

The Mystixx Vampire dolls have a suggested retail price of $19.99 for each doll.

Who Would Buy Mystixx Vampire Dolls?

Mystixx Vampire dolls are appropriate for doll collectors and anyone who loves to play with dolls. The age appropriate rating for the dolls is for age six years and above.
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Things We Like about Mystixx Vampire Dolls

Mystixx Vampire dolls come with a lot of accessories for the money. If you choose to buy more than one doll, you can exchange clothes and wigs for different looks on the different dolls. The dolls are beautifully made and rich in detail. The design is unique and the back stories to the dolls are detailed and imaginative. The different dolls cover common personality characteristics or likes that many children can identify with.

Things We Did Not Like about Mystixx Vampire Dolls

Mystixx Vampire dolls may raise questions or fears from children that are not familiar with the concept of vampires. The dolls do not come in varying ethnicities, either. The stories may be a little too hard for younger children to fully understand, such as boyfriend relationships.

Guarantee?

Playhut, Inc. does not offer a warranty with Mystixx Vampire dolls.

Are Mystixx Vampire Dolls Worth The Money?

Mystixx Vampire dolls are worth the money because they offer a lot for one price. The two wigs and two outfits offer a bargain because you don’t have to pay for separate accessories in order to achieve the normal and vampire looks. The accessories and doll create a lot of imaginative playtime all in one box.

Where Can I Buy Mystixx Vampire Dolls?

Mystixx Vampire dolls can be bought online such as Amazon.com and in other major stores, such as Toys ‘R Us.

More Customer Reviews For Mystixx Vampire Dolls

Mystixx Vampire dolls have received positive customer reviews online. Many customers say that the dolls offer hours of creative playtime fun, and others love the quality of the dolls. Many enjoy the variety of accessories that come with the dolls as well. Most people say that if you love Monster High dolls, you will definitely love Mystixx Vampire dolls.3NEU

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Zombie Christmas

Zombie Christmas

Spooky toys and games are looking very popular this year.  Most people think of zombies and vampires only at Halloween, but some people like the scare to go on all year long.  With the zombie craze sweeping the nation in the form of The Walking DeadThe Walking Dead: The Complete Third Season (2013) television series and World War Z a movie based onWorld War Z (2012) a book of the same name, people are just nuts about zombies.  In fact, they’ve barged into classic literature as zombified spin-off versions of Jane Austin tales such as Pride and Prejudice and ZombiesPride and Prejudice and Zombies: The Classic Regency Romance - Now with Ultraviolent Zombie Mayhem!.

If you are the sort who likes vampires and zombies, I think you’ll be thrilled by the Mystixx collection of fashion dolls and sets and the Once Upon A Zombie fashion dolls.

If you are the sort who likes the idea of hunting zombies like they do at the end of the classic Night of the Living DeadNight of the Living Dead (1968), I think you’ll enjoy the Romper Zombie collectible figurines and Risk – The Walking Dead Edition or even a bag of army men and their zombie opponentsZombies vs. Zombie Hunters Plastic Figure 35 Count Bag.