Tuesday, July 28, 2015

LEGOLAND California Announces New LEGO NINJAGO Area & Attraction

By Zach

Today is a big day for LEGOLAND California Resort, with a special announcement. They are bringing LEGO NINJAGO to life in a new area, along with a special attraction. NINJAGO is a popular LEGO toy line, and also a television series on Cartoon Network.

LEGO NINJAGO follows the adventurers of four Ninja's named Kai, Jay, Cole and Zane. They are trained by Sensei Wu in Spinjitzu, as they battle villains such as skeletons, The Serpentine, Lord Garmadon and The Overlord.

The new area and attraction are set to debut in Spring of 2016.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

The Assassin's Creed Experience 2015 at San Diego Comic Con

By Zach Cooper
The Assassins Creed Experience once again dominated the outside fun at San Diego Comic Con. This year, the course was themed to the new game Assassin's Creed Syndicate, which is set in London at the time of The Industrial Revolution.

1The Assassins Creed Experience 2015 at San Diego Comic Con
The Assassin's Creed Experience was just to the side of the San Diego Convention Center.

This course was amazing! It started with going up a wall and gliding across on a zip line. You then had to shoot down a large bag of bricks. Next, you had to go through an "alleyway", with a large climbing rope at the end. After making your way up and down the rope, you had to head onto a spinning train. After fully completing that, you could hit the big buzzer. This sounded the train bell, releasing smoke up from the horn.







There was also the 'Leap of Faith', where fans jumped off a 25-foot platform, which was decorated as the 'Big Ben' tower in London.


The Assassin's Creed Experience is an amazing interactive obstacle course. Be sure to check it out next time your at San Diego Comic Con.


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

The Walking Dead Escape 2015: Trip Report

By Zach Cooper
On the evening of July 10th and 11th, a zombie apocalypse spread wild through the stadium of Petco Park, which is across the street from San Diego Comic Con. At 6pm, the maze officially opened up to fans, and ran all the way until late that night.


This obstacle course is called The Walking Dead Escape and is based off of Robert Kirkman's The Walking Dead. This annual event is always held during the San Diego Comic Con festivities.

The Walking Dead Escape 2015

Earlier on both days, The Walker Stalker Fan Fest was also held at Petco Park. It included a large celebrity lineup from the show.


The synopsis was that its the Alexandria Safe Zone and more and more walkers are starting to appear. While along The Evacuation Route, you frequently become face-to-face with the infected and evil.

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Once inside the stadium gates, the leader took the group directly to Douglass. There, he warned of danger.



Down some stairs, the group tried to pass an area that had not yet been cleared. With walkers fast approaching, everyone was forced to turn back. 



Going up the ramps, more walkers began to appear.






When everyone was up off the ramps, the group got to resituate. A Savior appeared, also warning of danger. Suddenly, walkers began to appear from the sides, causing a mad rush out of the area.


Through twists and turns around obstacles, the group was led up the escalators.


Even on the next floor, walkers were everywhere.


Conflict soon arose with more Saviors. With hardship at first, they led the group down another set of stairs.



People in the group were harshly told to hurry it up. 


With his large bat Lucille, Negan welcomed the group to the "Safe Zone". He explained that to be protected, everyone was required to pay. After fighting with the guide, Negan took over as leader. The former guide was left dead on the ground.


Continuing, Negan brought the group to a large tent, where he explained that each person now had to choose: either join the Saviors or be banished form The Safe Zone. The left side of the tent was for the Saviors, and the right side was dedicated to those of banishment.


About to start the first banishment, the ceremony was cut short with walkers intruding in.


Groups scrammed out, marking the official end of the journey.

The Walking Dead Escape is a great event for any fan of The Walking Dead. It does require a lot of running and strength. Especially at night, it can get very wild.

You can be apart of the experience many different ways. You can be a survivor, walker or a spectator from the sidelines.

Visit thewalkingdeadescape.com for more information. 

Monday, July 20, 2015

The Walker Stalker Fan Fest at San Diego Comic Con 2015

By Zach Cooper
On Saturday, July 11th, we were able to attend the second day of The Walker Stalker Fan Fest. This weekend event was being held at Petco Park, across the street from San Diego Comic Con.


This fan meet-up celebrates The Walking Dead comics and the television series. In attendance were many vendors and more than a dozen special guests and celebrities.


The expo was stationed inside a select area of Petco Park. A section of seating in the stadium was used for panels, which ran throughout the two days.


Different characters and zombies roamed the expo, interacting and taking pictures with guests. 



With a zombie trying to get away, workers caught hold of him. They tried to keep him away from the attendees. 


In embarrassment, the doctor tried to explain that it was not her fault.

SPECIAL GUESTS: More than a dozen celebrities lined the sides of the convention to meet with fans. Also offered were autographs and photos.


Michael Rooker- Merle in The Walking Dead and star of Guardians of the Galaxy (center)

Tyler James Williams at Walker Stalker Fan Fest INTERVIEW

Tyler James Williams- Noah in The Walking Dead and star of Everybody Hates Chris

IronE Singleton at Walker Stalker Fan Fest 2015

IronE Singleton- T-Dog in The Walking Dead


Andrew J. West- Gareth in The Walking Dead


Russ Streiner- Johnny in Night of the Living Dead


Scott Wilson- Hershel in The Walking Dead 


Chad Coleman- Tyreese in The Walking Dead 


Lawrence Gilliard Jr.- Bob in The Walking Dead


Emily Kinney- Beth in The Walking Dead

INTERVIEWS: We were able to exclusively talk with some of the special guests.

PANELS: Throughout both days, many question-and-answer panels took place in the stands of Petco Park. A select group of the celebrities were given the opportunity to answer fan questions and have a good time.This gave fans a great one-on-one interaction in order to learn more.



Michael Rooker's 2pm panel on Saturday.



Down below at the Skybound Area, cameras were rolling throughout the day, with special entertainment and interviews on stage.



MegaBots was on display.


A few other booths were set up around the expo grounds. 


We had an amazing time at the Walker Stalker Fan Fest in San Diego. The convention is brilliant and thoroughly provides for any fan. 

For any Walking Dead fan, this is certainly the event for you. The Walker Stalkers are touring around the world. In January of 2016, they will even hosting a cruise to the Bahamas.

 The Walker Stalker Conventions are a great opportunity to meet the people behind the show and also hang out with people that have the same interest as you. Admission prices are very affordable for most fans. Visit www.walkerstalkercon.com to see if an event is near you!