I got Grand Theft Auto 5 a couple weekends ago and as I was walking down one of the streets exploring, that’s right walking not driving since I was trying to increase my stamina, I came across a Save-a-Cent discount supermarket store. It is basically the GTA version of a dollar store.
The signs on the side of the building say they have a “special price on all items” and that “for every dollar you spend, we refund you 1 cent guaranteed”. It is a supermarket so they have cheap and tasty things like fruit, seafood, meat and veg. At Save-a-Cent, you spend more and save less, which is the opposite of what you actually want. It is one of the little jokes they throw into the game.
The one I found is located on Vespucci Blvd in Little Seoul next to the Lucky Plucker restaurant that is opening soon, but other known locations include Westminster at the corner of Galveston and Jade and in Fishmarket North at the corner of Albany and Feldspar. I haven’t even found those areas yet.
You can’t enter the stores at all so they are just to look at and get a chuckle out of them. Now I am wondering if they had anything like that in GTA 4 since that one had a large area to explore.
Sorry it has been a while since I have posted one of these. This is number nine and the next one is going to be something other than a maze. There were so many mazes I had to split them up with the other activities with issues.
This maze is from Star Wars: The Phantom Menace when the good guys go back to fend off the Trade Federation and Anakin is told to hide in the space fighter. From there, he takes off, flies into space and destroys the Trade Federation droid control ship.
The issue with this maze is that is starts just above the planet, in space, and space is empty.
The planet has its own blockade before the Trade Federation showed up.
Not only that, the fighters you are supposed to avoid are flying in the wrong direction. It looks like they are just trying to go back to the mother ship, probably because they got lost or were sick of the maze, yet Anakin has to keep going.
This is how it should have looked.
The stars are just for looks and don’t need to be avoided.
Basically, this wasn’t really a good idea for a maze.
Just for fun, if you’ve paid close attention to the other activity posts, the number of stars in the added black space is related to a previous Star Wars activity post. Any guesses can be made in the comment section.
Dollar Zone is a discount store that opened up recently where the SM Discount and Dollar Store used to be. I can’t remember how many things I actually got at the SM Discount store, but I think it was only one Star Wars: The Phantom Menace item I am saving for a special occasion.
The logo on the building has the same green background and yellow letter coloring as Dollarama. I went into the Dollar Zone store and the layout seemed to be the same as the SM Discount and Dollar Store layout so they could have just closed down and changed the name.
I only had a few minutes to look around, since I was getting pizza from a place in the plaza, and I didn’t really find anything unique, stupid or just plain funny so I left empty handed. There is always that hope of finding something really funny at the smaller stores, but not this time.
The only thing of note worth mentioning, that I find funny, is in regards to some of the merchandise on the shelves for sale. They had stickers from Buck or Two stores on them. It is one thing for dollar stores to sell toys that weren’t sold at normal stores so they ship them to dollar stores, but it’s another thing for dollar stores to be selling other dollar store merchandise with the stickers from the other dollar store still on them.
I was too lazy to take a picture of the store so you will just have to imagine it in all its glory.
I know they aren’t exactly a normal toy recall, but some baby rattles have been recalled because the cap at the end of the rattle could separate and let out all of the small pellets used for the rattling sound. The official name for the rattles is Buff Baby.
There were a couple reports of this happening so the distributor, Fred & Friends, decided to recall them. No injuries have been reported. The main cause for concern would be the child swallowing the released pellets.
The funny thing about this rattle is that it is in the shape of a dumbbell so it looks like the baby is lifting weights while shaking it.
People are advised to take the rattle away from their child and contact Fred & Friends for a refund.
The CPSC has the full report with a picture of the toy here.
This maze is based on a scene part way through Star Wars: The Phantom Menace after the group ends up on Tatooine when Jar Jar Binks does something stupid and spills Sebulba’s soup.
Sebulba is prevented from exacting sweet revenge on Jar Jar thus allowing Jar Jar to continue subjecting viewers to more irritating and stupid scenes that include him.
However, in the Star Wars coloring book, you have the opportunity to help Sebulba get Jar Jar for spilling his soup. This is odd because usually a maze like this would involve helping a good guy like Jar Jar get away from a bad guy like Sebulba. The publisher of the book was fully aware that page would go unsolved if that was the case so they made it something people would want to do.
Sometimes you really want the bad guy to win
Of course, what Sebulba does to Jar Jar at the end is limited only by your imagination and it doesn’t need to be limited to one outcome. You can imagine all sorts of ways Sebulba would punish Jar Jar for spilling his soup. In fact, it doesn’t even need to have a reason like spilled soup. Sebulba can just be going after Jar Jar because he is Jar jar.
What an extremely complicated name for just a toy sword. In addition to that, they seem to be going with super hero in the title again like it’s the only way a kid will want the toy.
I wouldn’t call a sword a power weapon because most of the power comes from the person holding it. I would consider a power weapon to be more like a blaster or rocket launcher.
Super Hero Meeting Power Weapon
So the sword was shoved into some cardboard and then put into a plastic bag with a cardboard top to hang it on the shelf. They had to do this because the handle was blocking the hole on the piece of cardboard the sword was shoved into. This wouldn’t allow for more than one on the shelf at a time. It was still excessive packaging.
After removing it from the plastic bag and undoing a twist tie, I was able to remove it from the cardboard sleeve it was placed in.
It was like pulling Excalibur from the stone!
It was only after I removed it that I could see the entire title of the toy. I could see the “Super Hero” part, but couldn’t quite make out the rest for sure until I removed the sword.
The package itself is in the shape of one kind of badge.
Yeah, it is just a sword
Here is a picture of it compared to the bow and arrow toy I reviewed before. It’s a big toy for the size of a kid. The sword was only $1.29 which makes it a really good cheap toy, but it would probably be better suited toward “air” fighting than actually hitting something with it. I wouldn’t call it flimsy, but it would probably break pretty fast if it was used to hit things.
It is about the same size as the bow toy
At the end of the day, it’s just a sword. There is nothing super hero, meeting or power weapon about it. That isn’t to say a sword isn’t cool or that it isn’t a cool looking sword, but the name is just too complicated.
Knocking off is a website that posts a lot of funny bootleg products from a wide variety of sources. Anything that is a blatant trademark infringement seems to be fair game on this website and they have plenty of really good examples posted on their blog.
The site is run by Robert Cop and Special Man, knock offs of Robocop and Superman if you needed to know who they were knock offs of.
The most notable categories they have on their website include video games, products, movies and TV. Don’t worry, they have a toy category to and the toy category has more than double of the entries the 2nd highest category has in it
I don’t even think I can describe knock off toys they have showing there. There are plenty of toys which are combinations of two or more things that you just have to see to believe.
They also take submissions if you happen to have any funny knock off items you want people to see, but have no other way to get them online. Unless you have some toy related knock offs, then feel free to send them here.
Unfortunately, it’s been a while since I have posted one of these because I have been busy. Not much of a page of the week.
Anyway, this is the first non-maze activity I have posted. The mazes were just so much more fun, but there were others like this one that weren’t mazes and quite funny.
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace introduced many fans to the midi-chlorians which were microscopic organisms that lived in people’s cells.
According to the Star Wars Wikia, a normal human has about 2,500 per cell and the highest one known belonged to Anakin Skywalker with over 20,000.
Now here is the activity, the midi-chlorian count. You have to count how many midi-chlorians Qui-Gon found in Anakin’s blood.
The answer is 74.
So Qui-Gon finds 74 and decides it should be sent off to Obi-Wan and his reading says it is over 20,000 from the equipment on the ship.
Again, the wiki page talks about how the testing was prone to fault and how Wil Jhonems, the marketing guy for Spotts Tradechip Company who makes the tradechips, stated that the concept of midi-chlorians is unclear to them. They don’t know what they are looking for so they probably multiplied the reading or just gave a random number just to sell more units.