Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Comics Constructor at Taco Bell by Maxx

Comics Constructor at Taco Bell by MaxxI should preface this by saying we don't do a lot of fast food around here and when we do I never buy "happy meals" or that kind of thing--the kids always want the toys but play with them for all of 23 seconds before either a) leaving it to rot in my car or b) leaving it to rot in the restaurant play park.

But the boys had coupons for some free kid meals at Taco Bell that they got through the library reading program and when they cashed them in last week they came home with the coolest happy meal toy ever--Comic Constructor.

It's a CD that isn't a game it's an interactive program where they can make up their own comic book pages and they completely love it. There are four discs in the series, Neptune Quest, Amazon Raiders, Hero Adventures and Super Snoopers and my boys have used them to create a gripping adventure about Cheeko that has held them spellbound for at least 78 hours. Last I heard the screenplay was greenlighted and it's set to star Russell Crowe as the titular hero, hitting theaters in last 2009. We'll keep you posted.

I love that it's not a video game and love that it's something they'll actually use and keep--if you want your own disc I hear they sell them for $1 each at Taco Bell though the deal ended yesterday. You might be able to find extras though if you act fast.

Snooping around about it today I discovered a couple other places that have comic book programs online that you might find fun:

They're fun though I like the themes and look of the one we got at Taco Bell. Anyway, something to think about as you're struggling with ideas for summer fun.

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Jacki said...

On another note...we tried the pork recipe you posted last week and loved it!!

Daisy said...

That sounds like fun! My students often love creating comics. It lets my good writers be extra creative and lets my insecure writers thrive through the art, learning at the same time that yes, they are writers!

Anonymous said...

I noticed the last two times we went to Taco Bell that they have been giving away books and/or comic books. (Not that I go to fast food much either, of course.....)

The Source said...

Now THAT would keep my Ryan absolutely inthralled. May have to break down and buy some Taco Bell.

The Apron Queen said...

Ahem. I'm not showing this to my kids. They might hog the laptop all day. And then I'll go into blogging withdrawals! Thanks for the idea. :D

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April ~ Living the Sweet Life said...

My son of course is fully aware of such things and just told me that there is a similar game called Drawn to Life. The Sponge Bob version of this game coming out. Of course I had no idea what he was talking about lol. But it does seem pretty fun.

Valerie said...

Way bummed! I'm not seeing this on the Taco Bell website- just the usual cheesy toys you spoke of in your post. Maybe Alaska is a test site for these toys.