Happy Valentine’s Day 2018 To Our Readership

Yes my friends we’ve rolled around to that Hallmark Holiday that they call Valentine’s Day once again. In honor of the occasion I’m posting a photo of a recent home cooked Pita Bread Pizza, my “PitaZa” as it kind of looked like a heart. You see it too right? Right? I hope so because its clear to me and who out there doesn’t love a little pizza….

pitaza, pizza, pita bread

If you are a reader who is dating or married, be sure to continue the special treatment far beyond the confines of this Hallmark Day because that is the right thing to do. Try not to make your single friends ill with all the lovey-dovey stuff 🙂 To the single folks out there (like myself) I wish you a Happy February 14th, and 15th, 16th etc. Don’t forget that the candy that was over-priced up until yesterday will be super cheap tomorrow if you are in need of some chocolate. Send your folks a note today and say you love them if you are still fortunate enough to have them in your world like I do and treat your fur babies a little sweeter even though they have no idea what today actually is. Until we meet again, cheers.

Hey NYC – “Fanfaire 2018” Is Coming!

As I tooled around Facebook the other day to see what was happening in terms of interesting events to attend or support I learned about the 2018 Fanfaire and have provided some information for your attention. Check it out.

Here’s The Scoop:

About The Event: Fanfaire is an annual two-day festival, created by the Art & Design High School Parent Teacher Association. Fanfaire will celebrate creativity, entrepreneurship, and technology in the arts from cartooning and animation to architecture and fashion. This event will draw over 125 exhibiting artists and vendors as well as award-winning guest speakers who will be offering lectures about their careers and artistic processes as well as conducting workshops and portfolio reviews. The PTA created Fanfaire in its mission to provide funding for high-quality art programs, prepare students for academic success and careers as professional commercial artists. This platform will allow students of an art centric high school access to best of the global entertainment and technology industries that has relatable content with their futures in mind.

About Art & Design High School PTA:
As a public school celebrating its 82nd year, Art & Design High School serves many students who live in underserved communities. In addition to the typical expenses any student would have, our students need professional grade art supplies and materials as well as opportunities for college exploration and career development that is unique in comparison to other schools. The PTA helps fund these critical needs and more for the students and school, and provide the necessary support for their families across all socio-economic strata, which is why we created Fanfaire.

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I culled the above information from the online media resources for the event. Access The Event Program and Media Kit For Fanfaire 2018 by clicking HERE

Piercing Ken Thoughts: As I’m busy setting up appointments for the upcoming American International Toy Fair I’m going to keep this brief and say that it sure sounds interesting and is cheap enough to attend if you are nearby to do so. Let’s add to the fact that the entry fee goes to the support of the school and its programs which is never a bad thing. As you longer termed readers know, we have been attending the NY Comic Con and the Toy Fair for years and if you clicked those boldface labels you’ll launch pages and pages of coverage that has been posted on my PiercingMetal.com website. Speaking frankly, I just love the idea of other conventions as they keep the hobby and geek interests flowing and build more of a community around the stuff. Sadly, the timing of this years event will find me not able to attend. Once the Toy Fair ends I have back to back shows and those will keep me hopping. Fanfaire 2018 takes place on the weekend of February 24th and 25th from 10AM to 6PM. What do you think of this information? Will you plan on heading over to it to see what is brewing? Let me know in the comments and do please have fun if you attend.

Official Website: https://www.fanfaireisfor.me/

Season Eight Of “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic” Premieres March 24 On Discovery Family

As I’ve done a lot over the past couple of years, I am continuing to share the alerts from the media resources behind some incredible toy companies in the hope that I spark all of our friends with kids of a certain age and of course those who just happen to find us. With that said here is the latest scoop from the Hasbro side of the fence regarding a program called “My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic”. Check it out.

The Press Release:
Calling everypony (and creature) in Equestria — Twilight Sparkle’s School of Friendship is in session! On Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a/10:30c, Discovery Family premieres the eighth season of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC with 26 half hour episodes complete with seven original songs, new characters and tons of friendship! New episodes of the Hasbro Studios’ produced animated series will also stream live and on demand on Discovery Family GO, the network’s TV Everywhere app.

Following the events of “My Little Pony: The Movie,” in the back-to-back season premiere episodes titled “School Daze Part 1” and “School Daze Part 2,” the Mane 6 discovers that the Friendship Map has expanded to show the world outside Equestria. Through two exciting original songs, Twilight Sparkle learns that friendship needs to spread beyond the limits of the kingdom and decides to open her very own School of Friendship. But things come to a head when the new non-pony students ditch class on Friends and Family day, putting the entire school in jeopardy!

This season, viewers will witness major milestones featuring the introduction of Starlight Glimmer’s parents, Princess Celestia’s big acting debut and Spike’s journey to adulthood — getting his wings. Additionally, the Mane 6’s Twilight Sparkle, Rarity, Applejack, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash and Fluttershy are accompanied by six new creatures including Ocellus the Changeling, Silverstream the Hippogriff/Seapony, Smolder the Dragon, Gallus the Griffin, Yona the Yak and Sandbar the Pony, joining them on epic adventures throughout new and familiar lands such as Mount Aris, Everfree Forest, Las Pegasus and more. Fan-favorite characters Maud Pie, the Cutie Mark Crusaders, Queen Chrysalis and Discord return with exciting storylines and a whole lot of magic!

Leading up to the season eight premiere, Discovery Family celebrates all things pony by binging the most magical episodes from the past seven seasons during the PONY PALOOZA takeover beginning bright and early at 6a/5c on Saturday, March 17 and running all week long during the day up to the season premiere on Saturday, March 24 at 11:30a/10:30c. Revisit legendary moments throughout the series including the royal wedding of Princess Mi Amore Cadenza and Shining Armor, the crowning of Twilight Sparkle as a princess, the birth and “Crystalling” of Baby Flurry Heart, the origin of the Mane 6 cutie marks and classic guest appearances from “Weird Al” Yankovic as Cheese Sandwich, Patton Oswalt as Daring Do super fan Quibble Pants and William Shatner as Grand Pear.

Launched in 2010, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC follows the magical Princess Twilight Sparkle and her trusted assistant Spike, who live in Ponyville in the enchanted land of Equestria, along with her colorful pony friends – honest Applejack, generous Rarity, kind Fluttershy, loyal Rainbow Dash and fun-loving Pinkie Pie. Together, they teach one another valuable lessons about the most powerful magic of all – the magic of friendship.

MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC is produced by Hasbro Studios for Discovery Family. Stephen Davis is the executive producer for Hasbro Studios. To learn more, go to www.discoveryfamilychannel.com, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DiscFamily and on Twitter @DiscoveryFamily.

About Discovery Family: The leading television destination for families in the United States, Discovery Family is available in more than 57 million U.S. homes and is a joint venture of Discovery Communications and Hasbro. Discovery Family is programmed with an inspirational mix of family-friendly series and movies and Hasbro Studios’ popular animation franchises, including MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, LITTLEST PET SHOP and the Emmy-winning TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS. Families can enjoy their favorite shows anytime, anywhere through Discovery Family GO – the network’s first TV Everywhere app offering live and on demand access to your favorite Discovery Family series and specials. For 2018-to-date, Discovery Family ranks as the #1 most co-viewed kid’s network among Kids 2-11 watching with an Adult 18-49 in Total Day and Prime.

About Hasbro: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global play and entertainment company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences. From toys and games to television, movies, digital gaming and consumer products, Hasbro offers a variety of ways for audiences to experience its iconic brands, including NERF, MY LITTLE PONY, TRANSFORMERS, PLAY-DOH, MONOPOLY, LITTLEST PET SHOP and MAGIC: THE GATHERING, as well as premier partner brands. The Company’s Hasbro Studios and its film label, Allspark Pictures, are building its brands globally through great storytelling and content on all screens. Through its commitment to corporate social responsibility and philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to make the world a better place for children and their families. Hasbro ranked No. 1 on the 2017 100 Best Corporate Citizens list by CR Magazine, and has been named one of the World’s Most Ethical Companies® by Ethisphere Institute for the past six years. Learn more at www.hasbro.com, and follow us on Twitter

Piercing Ken Thoughts: Not much for me to add here since I’ve no kids of my own but as I’ve mentioned this is for those in my circle and the ones reading who do. Be sure to program your DVR or set your mobile devices to remind you so you can all indulge in this quality program as a family. Now you must excuse me as I am busy mapping out my wanderings for the upcoming American International Toy Fair. Yeah we are heading back to this amazing convention for the eighth year in a row. Take a look at some of the past years explorations that were shared on The Chronicles by clicking HERE.

Official Website: http://www.hasbro.com

Coming Soon: “Lego Live NYC” @ Pier 36 – Be There To Create!

Hey there my friends, I realize that I’m pretty late to the table with this event announcement but since there are still tickets available and we’ve got some lead time here we go……

The Press Release:
LEGO® LIVE will debut a unique blend of imagination, creativity and play for the first time in the United States with a major family event February 16-18, 2018 in New York City. This new official LEGO event will transform Pier 36 in Manhattan into a brick-built family adventure filled with playful activities, performances and more for both kids and kids at heart. Tickets are now on sale at legolive.frontgatetickets.com.

A must-attend event for any LEGO fan, LEGO LIVE NYC will include a range of interactive themed play zones, each offering a distinct experience – from classic building challenges to using coding and robotic technology to program a multifunctional model. Fans will also be able to meet LEGO Master Builders at the Master Lab Help Desk, where builders can get one-on-one advice and show off their creations. Show guests can explore the latest LEGO building sets, compete in exciting building challenges, and take photos with LEGO models based on beloved characters from iconic films and LEGO properties such as Star Wars™ and NINJAGO®. Among the many experiences, families will find:

* LEGO® Life: Maximize your show experience via the LEGO Life app, a safe, social network for kids who love to build. The app will offer details on show activities and insider tips, and the LEGO Life team will host exclusive opportunities to build, capture and share unique LEGO creations made at the show with the broader community of LEGO fans in the app.

* Meet the Masters on the Main Stage: Meet a LEGO Master Builder and learn building tips and tricks in live demonstrations, competitions and Q&A sessions.
Continue reading Coming Soon: “Lego Live NYC” @ Pier 36 – Be There To Create!

Hasbro Reveals New “My Little Pony Equestria Girls” Friendship Power Assortment

We’ve just learned that the folks over at Hasbro have revealed the “MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS FRIENDSHIP POWER” Assortment in advance of this year Toy Fair. Check out the details on this line and when they will become available and I’ll close out with a couple of thoughts.

About The Collection:
MY LITTLE PONY EQUESTRIA GIRLS FRIENDSHIP POWER Assortment: The EQUESTRIA GIRLS “pony up” when they tap into their individual strengths and join together to harness friendship’s power! This assortment includes SUNSET SHIMMER, RAINBOW DASH and TWLIGHT SPARKLE figures. Press the button on their torso for lights and sounds! Each 11-inch tall doll has 5 points of articulation, styled hair and colorful Cutie Mark-inspired fashions. See how magical the power of friendship can be! Each sold separately. LR44 batteries included. Available at most major retailers and on HasbroToyShop.com (linked below). (Ages 5 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Fall 2018)

Piercing Ken Thoughts: I think that they look terrific and I just love the vibrant colors along with their sizes and manner of articulation. Since so many of my friends have younger kids that LOVE the “My Little Pony” stuff, I can see where some of my Christmas Club money will be going in the coming months. As these get closer to their release date, I’ll check on Amazon.com and add the respective purchasing codes for those who are a little out of the way to get them easily. Hey we’re here to help after all. What do you folks with the little ones think of these? Let me know in the comments section below. By the way, it’s my pleasure to share with you that The Chronicles Of Piercing Ken will be in attendance at this years Toy Fair and its our eighth straight year exploring the trade show as a member of the press. Stay tuned to our Official Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the highlights as we see them. Until next time.

Official Website: http://www.hasbro.com
Official Website: http://HasbroToyShop.com

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