Last year American Girl launched several temporary stores in various cities across the USA. These stores opened in September and October and stayed open until January, 2017. This year they are doing this again. Some have opened and some will open in October and will stay opened until the end of January, 2018. This year there will be temporary stores in the following locations:
Austin (the Domain) open now till 1/28/2018 , Detroit (12 Oaks Mall) open now till 1/28/2018 , Indianapolis (Fashion Mall at Keystone) open now till 1/28/2018, Pittsburgh (Ross Park Mall) opens 10/7/2017 till 1/28/2018, Raleigh (Crabtree Valley Mall) open now till 1/28/2018 , Portland (Washington Square Mall) open now till 1/28/2018, Salt Lake City (City Creek Center) open now till 1/28/2018.
The store closest to me is the one in Pittsburgh, at the Ross Park Mall and it will open next weekend. We took our daughter there last year and she was thrilled.
They are great stores and I love that they added temporary ones so girls who might not otherwise get a chance to shop at American Girl can get to a store! My daughter was so excited (as you can hear in her giggle at the beginning of the video.)
Our local Pittsburgh store seems to be the only one not open yet. When it does open they require you to have a ticket to get in and you can line up for a ticket beginning at 7am on the 7th and 8th. They will also be doing drawings each day for a prize pack including: The Doll of the year: Gabriela, her book, accessories, and a pet.
We will be heading over to the temporary Pittsburgh store in the Ross Park Mall sometime this season. I will try to post new video and photos when we do. I’m really looking forward to seeing Nanea in person. My daughter just wants to go to an American Girl Store again.
“All of the self-congratulatory back-patting Hollywood’s been doing over Wonder Woman has been so misguided. She’s an objectified icon, and it’s just male Hollywood doing the same old thing! I’m not saying I didn’t like the movie but, to me, it’s a step backwards. Sarah Connor was not a beauty icon. She was strong, she was troubled, she was a terrible mother, and she earned the respect of the audience through pure grit. And to me, [the benefit of characters like Sarah] is so obvious. I mean, half the audience is female!”
Because of course the only way someone can be a “strong character” is by toting guns and blowing up aliens and robots. Having strength isn’t always about physical ability. Female characters need to be more than, as my husband says “male characters with boobs.” Strength does not always equate to being a “troubled, terrible mother.” Sometimes being a “good” mother takes more strength, sacrifice and courage.
In response to James Cameron’s comments, Patty Jenkins, the female Wonder Woman director that completely kicked butt, replied:
I’m a female, and I watched both films, and I enjoyed Wonder Woman much more. I’m not saying that Ripley or Connor weren’t strong female characters. But, there are different types of strength.
As for the lack of “grit.” She charged across a battlefield to free a village from Nazis. Then she charged back into poison smoke to try and save them again. That would count as “grit” in my book. She watched the person she loved die, and couldn’t stop it, and continued on. She left all she knew, her family, to do the right thing. Caring isn’t weakness. Being beautiful doesn’t make a female less strong. Actually, Gal Gadot seems like an amazingly strong, beautiful and caring woman outside of her Wonder Woman persona.
Speaking of “grit”a female director made an amazing female led superhero movie. The fact they got to make this movie at all was a cause for celebration. Hollywood keeps pushing male character “superhero” films but female characters are relegated to “supporting characters” or “ensemble characters.” We’ve seen this time and time again, even in merchandising. Not only did she get the job done, it was one of the best performing superhero origin movies to date. This film was about strong females, from a director getting it through, to the actors portraying the Amazons. If you look into them they all have impressive physically challenging backgrounds. Each one demonstrating the “grit” that Cameron claims to appreciate, in their real lives. Everything about this film screams strength and “grit.”
I do get what James Cameron is implying. Wonder Woman has been an objectified female character in the comics, as have a lot of scantily clad female characters. But beautiful male characters with super powers are the exact same thing. I think why the film did well is because she is beautiful and powerful, but she’s also real and kind, and strong.
In the end it just felt like he’s jealous of how well Wonder Woman performed. He sees himself as the “champion” of strong female characters in Hollywood(because we women need a champion to show us how to be strong.) He even uses “his” characters as examples of how strong women should be. But both ways are valid. Like real women, there are many ways to be “strong.” As a woman, and a female creator, I never doubted Diana’s strength, resilience, kindness , and courage. I found her inspiring. I think Mr. Cameron went too far with his comments. I found them more “two steps back” than I found the film. For a guy that’s been through 5 wives, I don’t think he truly “gets” women the way he thinks he does.
If you are like us, you are counting down the days to Stranger Things Season 2. The first season embraced the 1980’s and was pretty accurate in it’s look and feel. The show itself reminded us of iconic movies from the era.
Netflix has a Stranger Things Twitter account and a Stranger Things Facebook if you follow these you can see they have been putting up flashbacks to the first season, funny videos, interviews, and parody posters inspired by movies that likely inspired the show.
So far there are four of them, and there will probably be more released the closer we get to the new season, which airs on October 27.
The original poster
Running Man (1987)
The original poster
A Nightmare on Elm Street(1984) Using Nancy was a nice touch.
Stand By Me(1986)
From these posters I think we are meant to infer these are the movies that are inspiring the direction of Season 2.
Here’s a look at the trailer for the new season, in case you missed it.
I look forward to watching. Stranger Things Season 2 will be released on October 27th on Netflix. If you haven’t watched the first season, grab some Eggo’s and chocolate pudding and get watching!
Star Wars rumors are flying! Will The Last Jedi drop the mother of all plot twists on us? A Japanese teaser poster makes a bold claim that this will indeed be the case.
According to StarWarsNews.net, there will be a huge plot twist at the end of The Last Jedi that might rival Darth Vader’s “I am your father” moment from The Empire Strikes Back.
A rough English translation says…
The Most Shocking Truth In Star Wars History Will Soon Be Revealed!
A new generation’s tale of the struggles of light and dark, virtue and evil has begun with the death of Han Solo.
In a Galaxy where First Order and the Resistance are fighting against each other in a war, the heroine, Rey, had the Force awaken within her.
What will happen to the galaxy when Rey and the only remaining Jedi knight, Luke Skywalker, meet?
Kylo Ren has fallen to the Dark Side of the Force and killed his father, Han Solo. As a successor of his grandfather, Darth Vader, and a high ranking enforcer in the First Order, where will his ambition lead him to?
Furthermore, Kylo Ren’s mother, the leader of the Resistance, Leia, Poe, Finn, and BB-8, will embark on a new mission!
The story has finally begun and it will lead to a mysterious climax!
December 15. Be ready for the shocking truth surpassing the previous stories!
So what does that mean? Well, let’s speculate after this video reaction to The Last Jedi trailer.
The End of the Jedi…
It’s been teased in the first trailer that Luke Skywalker wants to end the Jedi Order. But why? Well, for starters the Jedi were completely ineffective in the prequels. They’d been bogged down by politics and religion and couldn’t see the forest for the trees, or rather the Sith right under their noses.
… because the Jedi are Actually the Bad Guys?
Is it possible that the Jedi are actually the true villains of the Star Wars universe? Perhaps they wanted to control who wielded the Force, and imposed a strict “religion” on the galaxy. Oh sure, they started out with good intentions. Most religions do. But along the way the religion often becomes more about enforcing rules and regulations than it is about self-discovery or helping your neighbors. The Jedi were all about rules in the prequels.
Perhaps the midichlorians were just a fabrication, too, and that the Force is actually meant to be free and able to be tapped into by any individual, Jedi or not? An excuse for the Jedi to select those they deemed worthy, pulling young children away from their families for “the good of the galaxy.”
That would certainly set Star Wars lore on its ear and undo some of the “damage” done to the franchise by concepts introduced in the prequels. It would also validate Anakin as The Chosen One, bringing balance to the Force by effectively ending both the Jedi and the Sith.
It would also set the Disney-owned franchise on a new course — one not about the Jedi or the Sith. The “saga films” would be about the end of one era of the Force, and the beginning of a new one that will (hopefully) last for decades to come.
Or it’s just that Rey is Luke’s daughter.
Yeah, everyone has pretty much guessed that. Unless she’s not. Unless she’s…
Anakin Skywalker Reincarnated?
This one is a long shot, but the theory has been making the rounds since The Force Awakens premiered. The theory says that Anakin Skywalker was the Chosen One, but since he failed he chose to come back as Rey. Supposedly the concept of a “Chosen One” is that The Force somehow incarnates to balance itself out, and that there have been multiple Chosen Ones throughout the history of the Star Wars galaxy.
A Chosen One coming back as a female to train under her male predecessor’s son? That sounds an awful lot like The Legend of Korra, where Ang reincarnated as Korra and trained under his son Tenzin.
I seriously doubt Disney would go there, but who knows.
Will it actually be a bombshell reveal, or is it overselling?
I’m not sure if turning the Star Wars formula sideways is something Disney is willing to do. The Force Awakens was a very, very safe movie. In fact, some said it was practically a remake of A New Hope. So no, I don’t see Disney taking any major risks with the franchise that could jeopardize future box office earnings.
My money is on Rey just being Luke’s daughter, and then it’s business as usual for the next decade or two.
Star Wars Episode VIII – The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017.
Our daughter loves the DC Super Hero Girls line! Apparently, so do a lot of people, because the DC Super Hero Girls Action Figure Assortment just won for the Best Action Figure catagory at the this years Toy of the Year Awards (TOTY) Winners are determined by the number of consumer votes they receive.
With New York City Toy Fair being this weekend, we have some upcoming dolls, figures, and playsets to look forward to.
On the DC Super Hero Girls Facebook page, they have posted that a New 12″ Katana doll will be coming out. Prior to this it was only available as an SDCC Comic Con exclusive. Amazon has pre-orders up already with a release date of April 15, 2017.
A photo of a Hawk Girl Doll is out
Frost is coming out too!
Not really “New” news but they have photos up of the Intergalactic Gala dolls coming out this year too. Wonder Woman and Supergirl. These were “prototype” photos that appeared online within the last month or two.
The Supergirl of Krypton doll for 2017
There is a Toys R Us exclusive doll Wonder Woman of Themyscira coming out in 2017 (I might have to get her!)
In partnership with Jakks Pacific they are bringing out some new dolls. My favorite is the new 18″ dolls coming Fall 2017. I read they would be 34.99, with 12 points of articulation. They will be Toys R Us Exclusive. (my daughter already asked for these)
Wonder Woman, Bumblebee, Supergirl, and Batgirl
Also coming this Fall from Jakks Pacific are Toddler dolls 19.99
I LOVE these! From Hallmark Itty Bitties 6.95 each
Kingdom Hearts, Gravity Falls, Beauty and the Beast, Stranger Things and even Darkwing Duck. These are just some of the new Funko Pop Vinyl toys that we unveiled this weekend at the New York Toy Fair 2017. Funko came out swinging with a ton of new products and licenses for 2017.
The Pop line won for the Best Collectible of the Year and People’s Choice of the year at the 2017 Toy of the Year awards! We LOVE Funko products at our house and we especially love the Pop vinyls!
We have mentioned the awesome Stranger Things Pop Vinyl, and there are Amazing Kingdom Hearts Pop Vinyl figures coming out March 17th (I must have them all.)
They are also going to bring out some Kingdom Hearts Plush! Here are the sketches:
Of course Thom flipped out over the upcoming Darkwing Duck Pop Vinyls!! Here are the concept art pieces. The figures will release later this year. Darkwing Duck, Launchpad McQuack, and everyone’s “favorite” Webby Vanderquack
There will be Gravity Falls Pop Vinyls coming! Dipper, Mable, Grunkle Stan, and Bill Cipher
Figures from the Netflix Troll Hunters series.
Below are Beauty and the Beast Live action movie Pop Vinyls. I love the Hot Topic Exclusive flocked Beast!
Belle, Beast, Lumiere, Cogsworth, Mrs. Potts with Chip, and Celebration Belle…
Other Exclusives include…
Candle Stick Belle (Barnes and Noble exclusive)
Village Belle (Walmart exclusive)
Castle Grounds Belle (FYE Exclusive)
Overwatch (my son will LOVE these!)
Below are Reinhardt, McCree, Mei, Lucio, Symmetra, D.Va.
There are a bunch of new Five Nights at Freddy’s and Sister Location Funko pieces coming out. Circus Baby always gives me the creeps!
There are so many more lines and pieces coming. You can go to the Funko site to see more at http://www.funko.com
With Peter Capaldi leaving Doctor Who after series 10, it’ll be time for a new Doctor to step into the TARDIS. But will that new Doctor finally be female? And will that new Doctor be Tilda Swinton?
Showrunner Steven Moffat is also exiting the series after the 10th season, making room for Chris Chibnall. So with a new producer and a new Doctor, now might be the time for a completely new direction for the series — a gender swap.
This isn’t the first time that a female Doctor had been rumored. In fact, many people rallied hard for a female Doctor when it was announced that Matt Smith was leaving the show. However, Doctor Who did show us that a female regeneration was entirely possible, as The Master was reintroduced as “Missy” (played by the wickedly perfect Michelle Gomez.)
Now, the rumblings of a female Doctor are starting again with Tilda Swinton being the current frontrunner, according to The Independent.
This wouldn’t be the first time Swinton has played a traditionally male character. Most recently she played the role of The Ancient One in Doctor Strange, a character who was an Asian man in the Marvel Comics.
While I’m still not completely sold on a female Doctor, having an actress of the caliber of Swinton certainly would make the transition easier, and would invigorate the show. Personally, I’d love to see Catherine Tate return to the TARDIS, borrowing former companion Donna Noble’s face as the 12th Doctor borrowed Caecilius’ face.
How about you? Are you ready for a female Doctor or not? And do you think Swinton is up to the task?
This “Disney Boys Choir” has to be heard to be to be believed. These young men knock it out of the park, singing Disney hit after Disney hit without missing a beat. There’s a lot of love for 1990s Disney animated movies from The Doo Wop Shop, with selections from Aladdin, Hercules, The Lion King and Mulan. However, the real surprise is the ending. (Hint: There are no girls in this boys choir.)
Told you it was awesome. Disney really should hire these guys to sing in Walt Disney World or Disneyland!
Hat tip to Facebook page DIS Humor for sharing that.
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