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Disney Infinity 3.0 Review

Do you want a game that you can play as several different Disney and Pixar characters, complete levels or do whatever you want? Then Disney Infinity is a great choice!
I was humming and aahing for ages about Disney Infinity.. I really wanted to purchase it, but not for the scary price tag. Luckily since Christmas time, it has gone down in price and a lovely friend of mine ended up getting it for me as he knew I kept wanting it!

You get a portal, that you can put the characters that you want to play as on and they’ll appear on the screen, and then you can place more things down like playset pieces (that are playable levels based around a certain Disney film) and other boosting items (that will improve your health, give you game expansions..)
So, on Disney Infinity there are two choices. You can either play the ‘Playset’ mode or ‘Toy Box’ mode – Playset mode is when you play the levels from the playset that you have on your portal and Toy Box mode is where you can roam the world and do whatever you want, play as any character and combine worlds together (so you can have Olaf inside Star Wars, or Mater inside Aladdin).

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I feel like this game is such a great choice, although it can be pricey and this was my only downfall about the game! When you buy a start pack, it comes with the portal, the video game, two characters (the newest one is Star Wars) and a playset piece so you can play the Star Wars levels (not The Force Awakens or the original trilogy).

If you want to play as another character in the game, you need to purchase a character from an actual shop. These characters usually range from £9.99-£14.99 by themselves, baring in mind this doesn’t give you any new levels in the game, you can only play as that character in the Toy Box. If you want different levels, you can purchase a ‘Play Set’ around £24.99-29.99 which gives you two characters from the same film and the level will be based on that film (for example, Inside Out level pack comes with Anger and Joy, and then the playset piece to give you the Inside Out levels in the game!).
Beware, your child might want more and more characters and this can get pricey! But this is definitely a great game anyway.

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For me personally, I prefer playing the Toy Box mode as you can do whatever you want to. You can build a house for all of your Disney friends (they have really cute little characters that run around now, and Funko have released what I believe to be the same characters called ‘Dorbz’), you can farm, you can fight, learn to drive vehicles, create new worlds and visit other people’s created worlds from around the world..
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There’s so much to do on Disney Infinity and I was pleasantly surprised when I started playing it! I cannot get enough of it yet!
There are also the expansions too, such as ‘Toy Box Speedway’ that turns Disney infinity into a racing game and ‘Toy Box Takeover’ that has more adventure with villains!

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I would highly recommend this game, for the Disney and Star Wars fans in the family. You’ll get hours of fun out of this game and they have recently released The Force Awakens playset too, which looks incredible!
That’s about it that I have to say about Disney Infinity for now – I will probably write some updates on how I am going with this game, what I have created and so on..
So keep your eyes peeled!
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You can find Disney Infinity here at Amazon

ZBox Review #1

I received a ZBox subscription from my brother for Christmas and it is great! The first box I received was this one, which is the Star Wars box – completely full of Star Wars related goodies!

So I opened up my box and this is what I saw so far..
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I had a R2-D2 Desktop Vacuum which will come in handy with my desk as I’m forever munching away whilst trying to be productive!IMG_6508
I then received some Gadget Decals that we sell in work, I thought that these were all going to be huge and mainly for a MacBook (that I don’t stick anything to) but luckily there were about 3/4 sheets of all different size decals! So now my hard drives are all funky Star Wars chic (whatever that means..), at least I can tell the difference between mine and my mothers now as we ended up with the same hard drive and colour!IMG_6519
I then saw an original film cell from The Empire Strikes Back which is so, so cool! I absolutely love this!
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Moving on, there was a bunch of stuff at the bottom including my film cell – I had ‘The Force – The Zbox Magazine’ which has all previews of new stuff, all the latest Star Wars gadgets coming out and had previews of the new comics coming out!
I also received a Force Awakens poster, which is so cool!
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You can’t have a Star Wars related box around the new hype, without BB-8 now can you..
I love BB-8, ‘he’ is such a lad with sass! So I was chuffed when I saw this, this can go with my other BB-8 t-shirt that I have – it’s time that I start thinking of a BB-8 tattoo next!IMG_6512
So that’s it for my very brief details on the ZBox that I received! I do have another box, also but I will write about that one in a separate post to save confusion!

You can order ZBox from Zavvi from this link – BOOSH.
It is £19.49 per month, when you have a 3 month subscription so it’s well worth it. So go and have a little look at that if you’re interested as they are having some cool new boxes coming out like Deadpool, sometimes they have Animation, Back to The Future..

May The Force Be With You,
Zoe
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#WheresRey

Today, I have stumbled across an article about the exemption of Rey in the latest The Force Awakens merchandise, and it is true, I have hardly seen any Rey products!

So, the huge hype around this started when a 8 year old girl wrote a letter to Hasbro as there was no Rey featured in the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens Monopoly and this was posted online. She wrote:
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She has a point, and hundreds of thousands around the world are feeling the same too – #WheresRey is now trending all over Twitter and Facebook at the moment and some celebrities have picked up on this article too!

Rey is one of the main characters, and no matter what gender in the first place, surely you would put your main character, the one that pretty much saves the day into your product?! Without her, things could’ve ended badly in the movie! (No spoilers).

Moving onto a different point of merchandise target audiences, I feel like there definitely should be more girl-focused Star Wars merchandise released in general anyway, they could play with so many ideas and run with them! Mix it up a bit, even if it’s still a girly product but is revolved around the Star Wars franchise or some of the female characters – go for it!
Come on, who doesn’t want a Rey costume by the way?!

For example, I was brought up with Star Wars from a very, very young age as my brother and father were really into it. But again, I ended up playing with my brothers toys and the only ones were mainly focused towards boys. I had no problem with this at all, I was happy enough playing with my own Millennium Falcon and Rancors, although I saw the cutesy feminine side to Ewok Adventures. They could’ve played with that concept a lot more, merchandise wise and I think that they definitely have so much potential from The Force Awakens!

Moving back to the disappearance of Rey point, they definitely need to start rolling out some Rey merchandise – I think that it’s a clever move for them now, especially with all of the hype and rage over this, it would make them money and make the fans very happy at the same time. Who even had the idea of ‘Nah, let’s just leave Rey out of the merchandise, people probably won’t even notice..’
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What do you lot think? They need more female related merchandise? Feature Rey a lot more, as she is.. the hero? Duh!
Not saying that this is just a female thing, but I’m pretty sure that the guys would want Rey in their collections too, as she was such a strong characters and a huge piece to the film!
Let me know your thoughts on this!

May The Force By With You,
Zoe
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Top 10 Things About Star Wars

As we are currently witnessing the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, what better idea than to write a few Star Wars related posts? Rootnotion have been seeking out some Star Wars fans to participate in their ‘Force Awakens Week’ where fans contribute blog posts on their love for the Star Wars Universe!

 

So, for my first Star Wars related post I have decided to go ahead with a simple…

‘Top 10 Things About Star Wars’ in no particular order:

 

  • The incredible and highly beautiful soundtrack, duh. The films would still be great anyway, but the soundtrack completely paints the film in another light! Even the sound effects, the ‘pews’ of the X-Wings, the elephant-trumpet inspired sounds for Tie Fighters and even the voices of characters really bring the film to life in my eyes! It has also been said that when George Lucas gave some of his close friends and other directors a preview of Episode VI: A New Hope before he had a soundtrack or sound effects, they were doubtful of it’s success and Speilberg was the only one to say that A New Hope had potential!

 

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  • The diversity of characters.The characters really knock the Star Wars Universe out of the park for me, or even ‘out of this world’ if I really want to go in with the puns..
    I have an older brother and always grew up collecting Star Wars figures and merchandise from a very young age. I was always fascinated by the many different species from the Star Wars Universe and how they were portrayed on screen.
    There’s no doubt that we all try to mimic Ewoks, Greedo and Jabba at some point in our lives..
    Lucas had clearly put a lot of hard work into the background of each and every one of his characters, from the Jawas that have to scavenge and make a living from nothing, to even Rancors and Mynocks!

 

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  • The twists and turns within the plot lines.
    There’s no denying that I still go ‘OOOH’ and ‘OHHH’ at some scenes (mainly from the original trilogy) no matter how many hundreds of times that I have seen them! The storylines and twists are just TOO GOOD!

 

  • The fan base and events.
    A huge world had opened up to fans around the globe and it has seemed to bring one massive community together to appreciate their love of Star Wars. From events like ComicCon, Star Wars Weekends, Star Wars Celebration to even fans taking up the art and combat that lightsabers hold like Ludosport and even seeking Jediism as a religion.

 

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  • That the Star Wars Universe is expanding on screen, yet again!
    Do I love Star Wars? Yes. Did I love the first trilogy? Definitely. The second trilogy? Not as much, but I have plenty of time for the foreseeable future!
    I did honestly get a little bit nervous when I heard that Disney were going to have a huge, huge part in this but yet again, Disney always like to go above and beyond – and they market and merchandise their products so so well! Even if it is a flop (which I highly doubt), it still means that we get our fix of new Star Wars material. I simply cannot wait now!

 

  • The return of the original cast.
    As I was going to start mentioning in my last point, but restrained myself for this one – original cast. Oh, I was over the moon when I heard that the original cast were returning for the upcoming films. I could not believe it. I personally did not expect Hamill, Fisher and Ford to all come together for this – I only expected 2 out of 3, as it never really seems to work that way for most things, but my oh my, the feeling was incredible and still is, especially when I see Han Solo and Chewie at the very end of the trailer!
    I feel very lucky to have actually seen Mark Hamill in person at Disney’s Star Wars Weekends last year too as it was pretty soon after the announcement. I have a great feeling about the cast returning and I am pretty sure that it is not going to disappoint in the slightest!

 

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  • The Star Wars Universe expansions.
    From the books, to comics and even to other ranges like Disney Infinity..
    There is no doubting the Star Wars Universe, it is always going to be brilliant no matter what – even if it isn’t as strong as others.
    Although the Universe is full of several hundreds of story-lines and plots, I do like that The Force Awakens has been based around some events and characters, but it still remains quite a mystery to the audience on what it is actually going to involve and is going to remain a surprise (no spoiling my predictions!).
    I am also loving how Disney have incorporated Star Wars into Disney Infinity by releasing three different play sets (only Rise Against The Empire and Twilight Of The Republic so far until The Force Awakens is released).

 

  • Merchandise.
    The incredible amounts of incredible merchandise that do incredible things to my mind and eye sockets. Stormtrooper cookie jar? Yup, thanks. FX Lightsaber? Of course. A 7-Foot Darth Maul statue? You’ve got it! A real life, Endor? I wish! The variety of merchandise is non stop. From toasters that will toast Darth Vader’s face onto your bread, to the Sticky Tongued Jar-Jar Binks heads that you use to get from collecting crisp packets and lunch boxes to think and know that you were clearly the coolest child in your entire school – why would you not want more and more Star Wars Merchandise? It’s not going to stop. It never stopped after the first trilogy, I believe that they did not make any Millennium Falcon sets until The Empire Strikes Back came out and now we’re onto a new era of merchandise yet again! Make way for BB-8! What else do I want, other than my very own Sphero BB-8 Remote Droid?!

 

  • Conspiracies.
    Greed shot first. Han shot first. Han has used the force.
    I love the fact that people are still analysing all of the Star Wars movies bit by bit, whether it’s finding a mistake within the footage or finding a flaw of the physics or even conspiracies to whether the footage works along side the storyline.

 

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  • The Imagination of every aspect possible.
    The concept art and ideas for each individual planet, vehicle, character and the in-depth detail that has been put into every aspect is just mind-blowing. I have a passion for animation/illustration and using my imagination to the fullest, so being able to see the creation of the Star Wars Universe through concept art, behind the scenes footage and documentaries still blows me away. I believe that I will never know half of the back stories that have gone into Star Wars and I think that this amount of detail has brought the franchise to even more success than before.

So there you go! my personal Top 10 Things About Star Wars for you all!

It was pretty difficult to pin down these points and there are so many more, but I would love to hear what you all think and what your Top 10 Things About Star Wars are.

May The Force Be With You.
Zoe.

Would you get a Star Wars tattoo? (Star Wars Week)

As it is the very week that Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released, I thought that I would post a few cheeky blog posts that are Star Wars related. I am thinking ‘Top 10 Things About Star Wars’, a review on Star Wars Battlefront and my Star Wars tattoos post (this one!).

I know that a lot of fans actually get Star Wars tattoos plastered all over their bodies, but the real question is, ‘Do you love Star Wars enough to get it tattooed on you for life?’

So, without further ado here it goes.
I never thought that I would become a tattoo sort of person, it literally never came to my mind when I was younger and never looked up to people and thought ‘I’m going to have one of those one day’ – but my brother became a tattoo apprentice when he was 17/18 (I was 14/15 years old) and has had his own studio and business for the last 6-8 years.
I guess that being around the tattoo studio when I use to work on the desk there and it being a family run business, I just became interested in tattoos but I could never decide on what to have..

For me, tattoos have to be personal to me and I cannot just get anything that I like at the moment in time. My first tattoo was an anchor, a swallow and the letter ‘F’ for my grandfather Francis that passed away when I was a teenager.
My second one was a jigsaw piece that had birds flying out of it, which to me represented my family when you might lose some pieces of the puzzle but although they are gone and the puzzle doesn’t fit anymore, there is always more opportunities in life for additional puzzles.

Anyway, getting back onto the subject of Star Wars..
After these two tattoos, I could not think of something that was so ‘me’ apart from Star Wars, as I have always grown up with it from a very young age. So I delved in and decided to get my R2-D2 thigh piece that says ‘Am I the droid you’re looking for?’.

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I then somehow ended up getting another Star Wars related tattoo, which was on my shoulder blade. I got C-3PO and had some roses around him to make the theme a little more girly on my skin, just to have a feminine touch. This then ended up expanding all the way across my back, and now this contains C-3PO, Admiral Ackbar and Yoda.
(I will post a photo on my complete back, when I find one!)

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I thought that this could be the end of my Star Wars tattoos, but I was wrong. I thought that I could possibly expand my back a teeny tiny bit more with possibly a Jawa or Ewok in there, but I ended up getting an ankle tattoo of Boba Fett who is just completely bad ass!

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Anyway, I would say that my Star Wars tattoos have come to a stop for now but you never know with me! I would love a Star Wars sleeve, but I don’t think that I am going to sacrifice my arm for that, any time soon!
I would love to see your Star Wars tattoos or fan work, so send them my way!

Feel free to follow my brothers work on instagram at: instagram.com/craigholmestattoos

May The Force Be With You,
Zoe
xx

You need Star Wars Battlefront!

Are you a huge Star Wars fan? Or even just a general lover? Star Wars Battlefront is definitely the best video game for the season this year, hands down!
Star Wars Battlefront is the latest craze from EA which is an action game that is either first person or third. You can play as classic characters such as Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Leia, Boba Fett, Palpatine or even the man, Darth Vader himself!
It is seen as a reboot from previous Battlefront games, but the graphics and the recreation of scenes from the older games is just mindblowingly beautiful!

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I jumped onto my Xbox One and headed to the store to download the Battlefront BETA straight after work in November and I was not disappointed from what I saw. This took my breath away instantly – from the fact that I could play as Emperor Palpatine to defeat the rebels in a VS match to riding a speeder bike through Endor or even driving AT-ATs and X-Wings.

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I would personally say that this game is 90% Online Play to get the most out of the gaming experience, but they do have a few missions and lessons that you can play by yourself where you have to defeat Boba Fett and protect your pods.

Like I said at the beginning, if you love the original trilogy, you will probably fall in love with this game. Travel to Hoth, Endor, Tattooine and fulfil your Star Wars dreams in an instant! The detail that has been put into this game is incredible – although people sometimes describe this simply as a Call Of Duty-esqe, shooter game with a Star Wars front it is still so much more than that for any Star Wars fan.

Why wouldn’t you want to run up to people and fry them to pieces with a lightsaber or force choke them? Also, there is a great achievement that you receive, if you get hit by an Ewok which made me laugh more than anticipated..

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Have any of you play this game or are getting it for christmas? I think that this is an immaculate game which I will not tire of easily! It is perfectly timed with the fully blown Star Wars hype at the moment with the upcoming movie and I would recommend this for all ages, as there is no blood whatsoever in this – all friendly ‘shoot and disappear’ action.

May The Force Be With You,
Zoe
xx

LINKS:
Xbox One Edition: AMAZON
PS4 Edition: AMAZON

Darth Vader and Son by Jeffrey Brown

I absolutely loved this book, it was full of Star Wars puns, lovely illustrations and a lot of humour for Star Wars fans! I would highly recommend this product to any Star Wars fans, a great little christmas gift!

A quick little explanation of the book: It’s a small book, filled with illustrations that literally have about 5 words in each speech bubble on them. So it’s a very, very quick read but it’s more of one of those ‘quirky books you get as a christmas gift for a friend’ book. It is really funny, although I’m not usually a massive fan of all of those small quirky books which are pretty expensive but over in about 5 minutes, I actually really loved this one!

There turns out to be four sequels and a few other books, now that I have found the links! So I’ll post them below, can’t wait to check them out 🙂
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LINKS:
Amazon (Hardcover £7.49, Kindle Edition: £1.52)
Darth Vader and Son Postcards: Amazon (£7.99)
SEQUELS:
Vader’s Little Princess: Amazon (Hardcover £7.99, Kindle Edition £5.69)
Goodnight Darth Vader: Amazon
Darth Vader and Friends: Amazon