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Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Cycle Blast Quinjet Vehicle
Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Cycle Blast Quinjet Vehicle
Offered by ToyKingsOnline
Price: $21.97
43 used & new from $21.97

3.0 out of 5 stars Always problems, May 23, 2015
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Marketing verses Movie and marketing wins, which puts Captain America on Black Widow’s bike.
My grandson isn’t aware of this problem so it’s a non-issue for him. However, I agree with many of the reviewers, they should make the toy as true to the movie as possible.
Stickers, YUCK! This is one of the worst toys I’ve seen for stickers. Most of them are small, instructions are poor or lacking and there is no indication of where to put them.
The motorcycle falls over too.
However, the plan is neat and my grandson likes it.


Hot Wheels Color Shifters Color Splash Lab and Color Clean Machine Playset
Hot Wheels Color Shifters Color Splash Lab and Color Clean Machine Playset
Price: $29.99
4 used & new from $18.99

3.0 out of 5 stars Very mixed feelings, May 23, 2015
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Color shifting is not a bad idea for a kid’s toy but it has several drawbacks and this set seems to have them all.
First, this is a messy toy with water and a container that fills quickly and seems to promote spilling,
We only play with it on the tile floor with an old bath towel nearby.
Second, the color change is triggered/reset by cold and heat. This might be the best feature as ice and a kid’s hand, work as well as the set.
Like most Hot Wheels play sets, this is a real problem to assemble. Double the aggravation if a small child is waiting to play with the toy.
I would try to talk a child out of this but it is something they will play with.


Tin Men: A Novel
Tin Men: A Novel
by Christopher Golden
Edition: Hardcover
Price: $19.26

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable & fun, May 16, 2015
This review is from: Tin Men: A Novel (Hardcover)
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One indication of how much I like a book is how long it takes me to read it.
A real good book never takes more than 3 days; an average book takes two to four days.
Anything beyond four days is a don’t like but will finish it or dump it and find a book to read.
This was a two-day book and would have been a one-day book except real life interfered with my time for reading.

This isn’t a great book will well developed characters and memorial prose.
This is a well-constructed story built on a very possible foundation.
The result is an engaging fun book that is interesting with excellent descriptions and plausible people and situations.
This is good science fiction and good military fiction too.


Bostitch Vertical Battery Pencil Sharpener, Black (BPS3V-BLK)
Bostitch Vertical Battery Pencil Sharpener, Black (BPS3V-BLK)
Price: $17.74
2 used & new from $12.99

4.0 out of 5 stars It works but …., May 16, 2015
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This is not an electric pencil sharpener and you should not expect it to act as one.
It will not give you that super sharp pencil that so many of us love and seldom get.
This item running on four AA-batteries produces a reasonably sharp pencil.
It is much better than any manual sharpener I have.
My grandson will feed it a pencil or crayon just to see/hear it work.
Battery life is about what I expect and keeping a set of replacement batteries handy is necessary.
On the plus side my wireless mouse and this sharpener use AAs.


McCormick Pure Almond Extract, 8 Fluid Ounce
McCormick Pure Almond Extract, 8 Fluid Ounce
Price: $18.32
2 used & new from $15.99

5.0 out of 5 stars My wife uses almond extract in some of her cookies and was very happy to get this from VINE, May 16, 2015
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McCormick is a trusted brand name in our house, known for quality.
My wife uses almond extract in some of her cookies and was very happy to get this from VINE.
This is the best almond extract generally available and compares well with higher-priced extracts in specialty stores.


essie Nail Color, Metallics, Good as Gold
essie Nail Color, Metallics, Good as Gold
Price: $8.50

4.0 out of 5 stars My granddaughter and two of her friends had a great time doing their nails with my VINE bottle of ..., May 16, 2015
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My granddaughter and two of her friends had a great time doing their nails with my VINE bottle of polish.
They said it was easy to apply without lumps or globs and covered with one coat.
All of them liked the golden color, although one said it dried darker than she expected it would.
The polish has a nice metallic undertone and holds up well on a middle school girl’s nails.


Star Wars X-Wing: VT-49 Decimator Expansion Pack
Star Wars X-Wing: VT-49 Decimator Expansion Pack
Offered by Planet Comics
Price: $27.22
64 used & new from $21.00

5.0 out of 5 stars Very Impressive, May 10, 2015
This major enhancement to the Imperial fleet gives the Empire a ship to build a fleet around.
The VT-49 Decimator moves majestically absorbing hits while knocking smaller ships out.
Equipped with a 360-degree field of fire and impressive secondary weapons, it requires little help protecting itself.
In addition to an impressive model, new rules cover turret primary weapons, large ships and debris clouds.

The VT-49 Decimator is great fun to play no matter which side you play, it is a game changer.


Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Advanced Expansion Pack
Star Wars X-Wing: TIE Advanced Expansion Pack
Offered by SPORTS CARDS ETC
Price: $12.01
64 used & new from $8.35

5.0 out of 5 stars Darth Vader, May 10, 2015
Star War’s villain, an up-gunned TIE fighter with shields make for a powerful addition to the Empire.
Along the way, it makes you game much more interesting too.
Darth Vader is a nine pilot, none higher at this time.
“in this corner, we have Luke Skywalker” ….


Star Wars X-Wing: Dice Pack
Star Wars X-Wing: Dice Pack
Price: $7.61
40 used & new from $4.31

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Should be in the core game box, May 10, 2015
This review is from: Star Wars X-Wing: Dice Pack (Toy)
The core game could use four dice while providing only three.
Buying expansions can soon get you into a need four, can use five and sometimes six would be nice.
This solves that problem and is worth it, if you play a lot.


Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game Core Set
Star Wars X-Wing Miniatures Game Core Set
Price: $29.69
79 used & new from $25.97

5.0 out of 5 stars Fun and challenging., May 10, 2015
Basically, you are moving a game piece over a flat surface trying to line up an attack on another piece.
At the same time, you need to be aware that you are also a target requiring you to plan both an attack and defense.
Game mechanics produce a simultaneous feeling while players take turns moving and fighting.
A destroyed fighter still gets an attack this turn, meaning two players can shoot down each other.
A series of templates set distance and direction to control movement, ships can only select from a specified subset of templates.
While the fighters are standard, pilot skills are unique.
The pilots are a combination of Star War characters and generic pilots.
Each fighter is allowed limited modifications meaning that no two TIE fighters will be exactly alike, keeping each game fresh.
The real fun is this is Star Wars, with all the characters we love and hate.
This game has Luke Skywalker and R2-D2 flying an X-wing fighter against the Empire.
If you don’t get a little twitch out of you, I don’t think this is a game for you.

This is the “buy in” game, you need this to learn the rules and start playing.
Nothing says you will buy any expansions but if you play regularly, you will want different ships and characters.
The good thing is that this game has a huge following with active players at many game stores and on the net.
You can find advice, help, tutorials and other players quickly.

Pick your pilot, modify your ship and join us in space.


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