Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda

If anything, the Star Wars Legendary Jedi Master Yoda will make you smile. That is, if you can find one. This electronic, voice-activated Yoda figurine, which can speak 115 phrases and move a lightsaber, is already sold out in places. As I right this, Amazon shows it temporarily out of stock. I assume that more will become available in the weeks leading into Christmas but, seeing that Forbes' magazine calls Star Wars the franchise to beat this year, it is not really surprising that it is sold out, is it?

If you are interested, there is a brief video available of the toy in action available on Amazon by clicking here.

If you want to buy this Yoda figure, you may have to go on a bit of a search. You can check out Amazon's listings by clicking here and eBay's listings by clicking here. You can check local sources. It is definitely a case of buyer and budget beware...the harder to find this item becomes, the higher the price is going to go and conversely, if the manufacturer supplies a bunch of them, the price should return to normal, which I believe is about $180 U.S.

Of course, you could just take a pass and, if you are a fan, choose a lesser toy, a t-shirt or a Yoda coffee mug or just smile and allow the fact that the Star Wars franchise is back to be a gift in itself. That is my plan. My family is thrilled that Star Wars is being rebooted and hopeful that it will be worthy of the previous films. I hope so, too.

How about it? Are you a Star Wars fan? Are you anxious for this reboot or maybe not? Will there be any Star Wars merchandise under your Christmas tree this year?

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Despicable Me 2 Minions Poster

Despicable Me 2 (I Love Minions) Movie Poster

I'll admit it...I have yet to see Despicable Me and I don't love Minions...but my grown son does so I'm bringing you this I Love Minions movie poster from Allposters as a wordless Wednesday post. How about it? Do you heart minions?

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The Best Harry Potter Decorative Gifts 2015

Some Of The Best Harry Potter Decorations For Your Party And Then For Your Home

The Harry Potter franchise has spawned some truly amazing merchandise including the five fantastic items on this page that really are perfect gifts for any Harry Potter fan, young or old. Each of these best Harry Potter gift items would double up perfectly as party decorations for Halloween or Birthday parties and then magically become a part of your Harry Potter themed room.

Harry Potter's Sorting Hat

What Harry Potter decor would be complete without a sorting hat? Fans will know that the sorting hat is used when you arrive at Hogwarts and that it sorts you into the house you will be part of, whether that be Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin. The sorting hat would make a magnificent centerpiece for your Harry Potter table or for your Harry Potter costume.

Click here to order your Harry Potter sorting hat from Amazon.

Harry Potter's NECA TriWizard Cup Lamp

The Triwizard cup represents the trophy that is given to the winner of the Triwizard Tournament at Hogwarts. This replica is quite amazing, I love it because it is really a lamp! It is recommended by the manufacturer for individuals over 3 years of age. A lovely piece, a collectible, this lamp is 12 inches tall.

"I bought this lamp for my thirteen year old daughter who is a huge Harry Potter fan and she was absolutely thrilled. It is a very good replica of the triwizard cup featured the movie and it makes a good accent lamp for a HP obsessed teen's room." - Evensong

"This lamp is very pretty. I have it in my living room and it looks elegant (non-Potter fans have no idea that it is a movie related item). Potter fans smile when they see it!" - Nancee Allen

Click here to order your Harry Potter Tri Wizard Cup lamp from Amazon.

Harry Potter's Monster Book of Monsters 

The Harry Potter Monster Book of Monsters plush shown here is a book that growls when you pull the tongue. It is a great prop for your Harry Potter Halloween party or costume. It is recommended for individuals eight months of age and older.

"I gave this as a gift to my Harry Potter-obsessed friends and they adored it. It doesn't do much other than shake when you pull its tongue, but it brings a priceless smile to those who loved the books." - Olive Joy Santillan

Another version is the electronic version, shown to the right. It is my favorite because it is more than a toy. It will actually keep your treasures safely locked up inside and it has sound and animation effects that include ghastly growls and snarling teeth to keep intruders away.

Click here to read more about the plush Book of Monsters on Amazon or here to read more about the electronic version.

The Marauder's Map

The Marauder's map maps the interior of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. It shows the classrooms, hallways, grounds, secret passages and every single person that is at Hogwarts. It can also identify each of those people making it a extremely useful tool for Harry Potter.

This Noble Collection Marauder's Map will help you find your way around Hogwarts and it will also make a great decoration for your Harry Potter themed room. It is a replica, in full size, which measures 15.5 by 72 inches (when opened) and which has been printed on parchment paper.

"This map was a hit! It was a Christmas present for a self-proclaimed Harry Potter geek. He was expecting the little Marauder's Map that's being given away in Harry Potter 6 and was totally amazed and thrilled with this one. I recommend it for your favorite Harry Potter geek." - T. Sprinkle

"Beautiful map. Fairly heavy weighted paper, and the folds are pretty easy to follow. Good details on the map. You almost expect to see footprints waking around!" - L. Dempsey

Click here to order your Marauder's Map from Amazon.

The Marauder's Map Pillow

Another perfect Harry Potter gift item is the Harry Potter marauder's map pillow. Another high quality item from NECA, it measures 17 by 14 inches and is recommended for individuals 13 years of age and up.

"The details in the print and the edging on both sides of this pillow are quite beautiful! I bought it as a Christmas gift for my husband and he absolutely loves it! The filling is nice and firm, and the fabric feels very durable. This is a decorative pillow not a snuggly one due to the texture of the fabric."- Sunshine L. Valinor

Click here to order your Marauder's Map pillow from Amazon.

Marauder's Map Throw Blanket

Okay, I'll admit it. I always use a throw blanket when I am watching television but I do not have a throw blanket that I like as much as this one that features the all important Marauder's Map from Harry Potter.

Click here to order your Marauder's Map throw blanket from Amazon.

Marauder's Map Coffee Mug

My son owns this Marauder's Map coffee mug (shown below) from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and it is handsome. If you are looking for a practical Harry Potter souvenir or gift, I can highly recommend this coffee mug though be aware that it is big, very big!

Click here to order your Marauder's Map coffee mug from Amazon.

I hope that this page has given you some more Harry Potter decorating ideas.

See you at
Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry!

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Star Trek (2009) Blu-ray Movie Review

Star Trek 2009 Blu-ray Movie Review
Star Trek (2009) Blu-ray Movie
I grew up with the Star Trek franchise. That is, with Captain Kirk, Spock and the rest of the crew of the Starship Enterprise. Star Trek was a series that our family watched once a week and, when the series was over, we watched the episodes in reruns for many years so there was no question that I would be going to see the movie when it was released in 2009.

Guess what? I loved it. As a matter of fact, when I left the movie theatre, I proclaimed it, "THE BEST MOVIE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN." Pretty strong words, don’t you think? I have no idea if that is the truth or not, but that was definitely how I was feeling about that movie at that moment. It was packed with action and adventure and even some emotion. It had funny moments and insider references, good acting and a great storyline. I loved the movie and when the Blu-ray version was released, I loved it, too.

But don’t take my word for it…

The Movie Plot in 100-ish Words

Star Trek (2009) is both a prequel and a reboot. A movie for Star Trek fans and for those who have never seen a single Star Trek movie, this movie documents the maiden voyage of a spaceship, the U.S.S. Enterprise. It features new crew members who attempt to stop an evil entity that threatens all of mankind. James Kirk is an impulsive Iowa farm boy and Spock a logical man who throws off emotion. Their partnership is unlikely but their clash of instinct and reason proves powerful enough to guide us all through their mission, taking us "boldly where no one has gone before."

The Trailer

The Movie Reviews

The Amazon customer reviews about the movie itself are complimentary. Writer D. Ferrari said that this movie really felt like Star Trek to him. He said it has the attitude he expected. Reviewer Konrad Kern said that you will love this movie regardless of whether you are a Trekkie fan.

Buy the Star Trek Blu-ray Gift Set with Badges
DVD Talk said, "Star Trek offers nothing but pleasures to those in tune with Gene Roddenberry's original creation and provides ample comfort to newcomers who should immediately set aside anticipated Trekkie bias and suit up with Starfleet...The film provides 120 minutes of unrelenting goose bumps..."

The Movie Mom said that audiences “should be set to stun with this splendid reboot of the 40-plus year old Star Trek series. By boldly going where many, many have gone before, J.J. Abrams of television's Lost and Alias has managed to make a thoroughly entertaining film.”

I agree.

The Blu-ray Reviews

The HDR Room said, "J.J. Abrams brought back the voyages of the Star Trek Enterprise...Paramount ensured the Blu-ray presentation is befitting the film...non-fluffy bonus material, sharp video and audio that reaches levels of perfection few discs have before.”

Star Trek Blu-ray Boxed Set with Model
Star Trek Blu-ray Boxed Set with Model said that the Blu-ray release “features impeccable picture and sound quality and a complete, thoroughly informative and consistently entertaining supplemental package.” They went on to give it their HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.

One Amazon customer said, “You will be letting yourself down if you like Star Trek, have a Blu-ray player but don't buy this movie" and, once again, I agree.

There are some pretty interesting boxed sets that include this movie available any of which would make a great gift idea for the Trekkie who does not already own this movie on Blu-ray disc. Of course, the longer a special boxed set like the ones shown here with the U.S.S. Enterprise replica metal model or with the collectible badges has been around, the harder to find and the more expensive they become. If you are interested, you can click on any of the the pictures shown of the boxed sets to go directly to that item on Amazon or you can find the ordinary Star Trek blu-ray movie release by clicking here. If you are interested in adding this movie to your collection, you will be interested to learn that the stand alone blu-ray version retails for less than $10.

Have you seen the Star Trek (2009) movie on Blu-ray? Are you interested?

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This post was originally published elsewhere in 2009.

Harry Potter Jigsaw Puzzles

Harry Potter Jigsaw Puzzles

Harry Potter fans will want to check out these jigsaw puzzles, which I just discovered. My family grew up with Harry Potter and we love to work puzzles so working a puzzle from Harry's world seems totally appropriate. If you like Harry Potter, I know you will like these puzzles whether or not you are a jigsaw puzzle fan.

Harry Potter Death Eaters Jigsaw Puzzles
Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore and Hagrid Jigsaw Puzzle
Harry Potter & Lord Voldemort Good Versus Evil Puzzle
Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger Jigsaw Puzzle

How about you? Which one is your favorite? Will it be the Quidditch puzzle for you? That one is definitely my favorite but maybe you prefer the puzzle with the puzzle with the multiple images of Harry with Professor Dumbledore and Hagrid on the cover? Or maybe the Good versus Evil puzzle with Harry and Lord Voldemort? Or the Good Guys puzzle with Harry, Hermione Granger and Ron Weasley or the puzzle with the Death Eaters? Or maybe, just maybe, you would like to work them all...

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Walt Disney Short Films Collection

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a new collection of short films including the much anticipated Frozen Fever with Anna, Elsa, Olaf, Sven and Kristoff, which is available for the first time on blu-ray disc or DVD

It includes the Oscar-nominated Lorenzo.

It includes classic cartoon characters like Mickey Mouse in Get A Horse.

It has ten additional shorts: Paperman, Feast, John Henry, The Little Matchgirl, How To Hook Up Your Home Theater, Tick Tock Tale, Prep and Landing: Operation Secret Santa, The Ballad Of Nessie and Tangled Ever for a total of twelve animated shorts.

Special features include introductions to and interviews with Disney animators and film makers. praises the virtue of some of the shorts, most notably Paperman and Feast, and calls some of them hit or miss. The reviewer warns that many of the shorts have been seen before as extras on other blu-ray releases so if you own or have seen many Disney shorts before, you may not see them for the first time in this collection. They do go on to praise the audio visual quality of the blu-ray release.

Here's a look into the contents of this shorts release:

Jim Hill of the Huffington Post says, “It’s a clever collection of modern era Disney animated shorts that is a must-have for any serious film fan." Will you be adding it to your collection?

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Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone Illustrated Edition

Read all about it! Read all about it! There's a new version of the book Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone being published and it is to be an illustrated edition with images by artist Jim Kay.

Apparently, all of the Harry Potter books will be re-released as illustrated books and author J.K. Rowling personally picked Kay to create the artwork.

Remember Harry’s early years when he resided with his not-very-nice aunt and uncle and horrible cousin Dudley? When Harry slept in a small closet under the stairs…

I can hardly wait to see Kay's vision of Harry Potter's world.  To keep you going, here are a few of the pictures from the book from Amazon, starting with the exterior of Hogwarts Castle:

Followed by Draco Malfoy, Hagrid and Hermione Granger.  I think the cover is exciting but my favorite image is the one of Hermione, in part because of the handsome antique door behind her but also because she manages to look like Hermione without looking like Emma Watson.  Which picture is your favorite?

Obviously, I haven't seen the new book yet but I know without seeing it that it will make a great gift for someone you want to introduce to the Harry Potter series. Since I am excited about it,  I also am certain that it will be a top-rated gift idea for a Harry Potter geek. Does anyone you know fit that bill?

You can learn more about the book on Amazon by clicking here. You can also pre-order the book and if you choose to do so, you will be protected by Amazon's pre-order price guarantee. The book's release date is October 6, 2015. I figure that it might be one of the most exciting book releases of the year.

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