Not the Green I Wanted, but the Green We Needed

And the Spirit Award goes to, Green Lantern! Jessica Cruz has been put through the ringer this afternoon but her Christmas cheer and willingness to go on endless adventures with our son has been an heroic effort. Schools and Daycares were closed due to snow storms today and Green Lantern was the perfect winter companion this afternoon.
She has teeth marks all over her and is covered in slobber.

Welcome back to another Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal. It’s the 16th day/door of December and everyone is holding strong with posting everyday. It’s truly a family effort and I appreciate my wife’s help very much. As you can see from the image above, Green Lantern Jessica Cruz was behind door #16. Of all the figures Green Lantern has been our son’s favorite figure to play with.

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Captain Cold is on a Roll

So far Captain Cold has the most accessories in this Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar. Last night he made his debut in a Christmas robe. On December 3rd, the Captain’s great big snowball dropped. Tonight’s accessory is stone cold. So much so that our son wore his new snow pants and boots in preparation.

Today’s door #15 features a rubber, snap-on accessory. It makes for a fun addition to the play set, allowing you to make figures look like they’ve been blasted by a freeze gun and encased in ice. The accessory looks like a penis at certain angles.

I like how the narrative from the box top illustration plays out when the accessory is applied to the Flash. It’s as if Captain Cold finally hit Flash with his freeze gun.

Thank you for stopping by for another calendar reveal. I hope everyone is doing well and staying warm this winter (or cool for those in the southern hemisphere). If you celebrate a holiday other than Christmas, or even if you don’t celebrate a holiday at all, I hope you all have a wonderful time with family and loved ones this season. We’ll see you tomorrow!

The Captain’s Robe & Giveaway Info

Welcome back for day/door #14 of the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar. December feels like it’s flying by but we’re thrilled to share a little of each day with you during the countdown to Christmas. We’re also excited for our Swamp Thing Christmas giveaway. To enter, I’ve been asking readers to comment on this site with the day/door they think Swamp Thing will show up. Whoever guesses correctly will be the winner. If multiple people guess the same correct day, I will choose one person at random from those who chose the correct day. If no one guesses the correct day, we’ll implement Price is Right rules (closest without going over). A winner will be announced the day after Swamp Thing shows his muck encrusted face in the advent calendar. What will you win? See the bottom of this post to find out. Now, back to door #14!

Captain Cold arrived yesterday evening behind door #13. He wasn’t looking very festive, as you can see from the image below. He’s the only figure within the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar that isn’t donning Christmas colors. I have high ho-ho-hopes that door #14 will help get the Captain in the Christmas spirit.

The excitement was palpable. Our son threw open door #14 faster than Santa can say “naughty” or “nice.”
The night was about to get a lot more festive. It’s a good thing the Captain is wearing his Gogo boots.

The Captain looks pretty good! He’s ready to hit the Christmas clubs. Captain Cold may be the most festive figure within the calendar so far. I hope he’s able to avoid freezing someone to death long enough to spread some good cheer.

I’m assuming this Christmas robe and head piece pairs with Captain Cold, but it could belong to Cyborg. I believe he’s the only other figure that could fit in the robe.

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The Captain Is In

Welcome back to another Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal. The countdown to Christmas continues and everyone is on the edge of their seats waiting for Swamp Thing to show up with his 8 flying reindeer. He had wings in the New 52 series, I don’t see why he couldn’t be accompanied by a few magical caribou once a year. He’d distribute presents in a much more efficient way than the traditional Santa. Anyway, obviously a great topic we can discuss another time.

If it feels colder than normal this evening it’s because Captain Cold emerged from behind door number #13.

The appearance of the Captain is extremely exciting. I bet kids around the world were just as excited in 2015 when the figure and snowball were originally released. I wish the large ice cannon (pictured below) was included in the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar as well.

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December 12th is for The Flash

We’re halfway through the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar and tonight we opened door #12. Swamp Thing hasn’t shown up yet but we did find another fun figure!

The Flash was behind door #12. His costume is similar to Batgirl, going with the red and white motif.

Flash showing up on the 12th deviates from the pattern I thought the calendar stuck to:1 figure followed by 3 doors of accessories, then 1 figure and so on. This might change how people guess when Swampy will arrive for the Swamp Thing giveaway. If you haven’t already, be sure to visit this post for more information, and to enter to win the Swamp Thing Christmas giveaway.

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Swamp Thing Looks as Confused as Dr Sam Beckett

This December 11th Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar item has inspired me to reevaluate the narrative within this calendar. Based on the illustration on the front of the box and the various weapons that have been revealed so far in the calendar, I assumed that once all doors were open and accessories were accounted for, the stage would be set for an epic Christmas battle between DC’s heroes & villains.

After our son found this hockey stick behind door #11, I’m not sure what to think. Maybe some of these DC heroes received the wrong memo regarding a Christmas battle? On the box, Cyborg is wielding the hockey stick. With an arsenal like his, I don’t think Cyborg would rely on a hockey stick while in battle. Swamp Thing would always be ready based on his skill set and powers (obviously) but dressed in Christmas lights makes me think he and Cyborg are the only DC heroes who are caught off guard in this winter wonderland scenario. I’d love to know what was going on before the melee occurred.

On the box, Swamp Thing reminds me of Dr. Sam Beckett from Quantum Leap–spontaneously forced within a precarious situation… dressed in Christmas lights, not at all prepared. Maybe Constantine summoned him. Meanwhile, Bat Girl & Batman are prepared for a fight with content expressions, oddly enough.

Are we overthinking this? 100%
It’s fun to ponder the decision making processes involved in making a product like the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar. I think this calendar is a case of putting the cart before the horse. I think it’s main function was to sell/use imaginext surplus inventory (figures and accessories) and then a thin narrative was built around the items and figures. Regardless, the narrative remains consistent at our house. Christmas calendar accessories are toothpicks and we will continue to remove them from our son’s mouth. Thank you for stopping by. We’ll see you tomorrow.

Snow Shoes for the 10th

It’s Saturday the 10th and snow shoes have arrived just in time for the snow that dumped on our town Thursday night. We got about a foot of the white stuff here in South Dakota, helping to make the month feel even more like Christmas.

I believe the snow shoes go with the Flash figure because they don’t quite fit Batman and Riddler. I’m looking forward to seeing which door he appears from.

Since I knew Swamp Thing wasn’t going to show up today-based on the odds-I brought out Marvel’s Frog Man to give this post more green.

As you can see, Frog Man is a hit at our house. The snow shoes didn’t fit Frog Man either but he provided a good time none the less. It’s hard to believe that we’ve already opened 10 doors of the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar, and I’m surprised we’ve been able to keep up with all the posts this month. We’ve been thrilled to share in the fun and we look forward to another fun post tomorrow. If you haven’t already, be sure to comment on yesterdays post to enter to win the Christmas Swamp Thing giveaway. More details can be found on the post from December 9th.

‘Twas the 9th Before Christmas

It’s the 9th of December, I wonder when Swampy will come about,
A little boy has been stirring, hiding toys throughout the house,
We can no longer locate Batman, Riddler’s stuck in the Christmas tree,
Odds are we’ll find a figure tonight, let’s open a door and see!

A pattern is starting to emerge in the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar. For every figure that is revealed, it is separated by 3 doors of accessories. The odds were good that a figure would be behind door #9 and there was! I present to you, Canadian Batgirl. I thought this was a Captain Canuck figure when I first saw it.

I’m more excited about this Batgirl figure than the Christmas Batman from December 1st. Our son is having a blast running around introducing Batgril to his other toys. She’s getting along really well with his oversized rubber dinosaurs.

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Door #4 All Over Again

Tonight’s Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal had us seeing double. By now it’s obvious that imaginext is using mostly leftover inventory for their calendar contents. But, I didn’t think they’d go so far as to provide the same item behind two different doors. There was a brief protest from our peanut gallery.

The drama begins.
It was a dark and snowy night. The evening seemed like any other calendar reveal night. We finished supper and our son took off running toward the calendar to see what was behind door #8. If only we could have prepared ourselves for the drama that was waiting for us. Our son slowly pulled open the rusted, squeaking door to find… A DUPLICATE BATARANG! Oh, the humanity.

Thats right, door #8 housed another Batarang to be used in Batman’s Batarang launcher. Below are detail photos.

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New Staff But Still No Swamp Thing

It’s December 7th and door #7 of the Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar has been unveiled. Swamp Thing is still a no show but that’s not going to stop us!’s also buying me more time to gather awesome Swamp Thing items for the big giveaway.

Today the Riddler’s staff appeared from behind door #7 and it provided way more fun than I expected. It’s nice to have more accessories for both Batman and the Riddler. Although, I can’t say that all the accessories are still in one piece and don’t have various bite marks. Players gonna play.

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Day 6… Handcuffs

If new handcuffs don’t help spread holiday cheer, I just don’t know what does.
Welcome back for the 6th installment of, What’s in that imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar? So far we’ve uncovered 2 figures (Christmas Batman, Christmas Riddler) & 3 accessories (Batarang, Batarang Launcher & snowball). Swamp Thing still hasn’t shown his beautiful muck-encrusted face but I have hope that it’ll be soon. When Swamp Thing finally does appear within the calendar, I’ll be holding a Christmas giveaway so stay tuned!
Until then… it’s door #6.

These baby blues were behind door #6 and unfortunately they don’t fit Christmas Batman or Riddler. Its hard to get excited about handcuffs when you can’t use them, so our son decided to add them to the Christmas tree. Pairing the handcuffs with a blue light was all his doing.

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Day 5 Brings a Christmas Riddle

Day 5, and the search for Christmas themed Swamp Thing continues. I hope everyone is doing well. Thank you for swinging by for the December 5th Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal. Let’s kick things off with a riddle.

If the end of the year is on 31 December, what is the end of Christmas?

Before I provide the answer, It’s only fitting that we see what’s behind door #5. As you’ve already guessed, it’s Christmas themed Riddler!

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December 4th Calendar Reveal

Thank you for stopping by for another Imaginext DC Super Friends Advent Calendar reveal. How many days will it be until Swamp Thing shows up in the calendar?
Our son is really getting the hang of opening the calendar doors and I’m now accustomed to tracking down the really fun accessories that are not safe for kids of his age range to play with. Everyone is having a blast. And, without further adieu I present to you, a Batman Batarang launcher.

This Christmas themed Batman weapon was behind door #4 and it consists of 2 pieces. The red Batarang is launched from the cannon when you press the red button.

A similar weapon accompanied imaginext’s Thunder Punch Batman figure, below.

With a push of a button, you too can be having minutes of fun. Our son had a good time watching the projectile fly across the room. The results are pictured below. Note: the yogurt is not product placement. JB wanted a snack for the big calendar reveal. I hope everyone is having a great weekend and enjoying their favorite snacks. Thank you, John