Ben 10: Alien Swarm hitting Cartoon Network

Ben 10: Alien Swarm (warning: link has sound) is coming to Cartoon Network and fulfilling all of his Ben 10 fantasies. Well, he hopes so, anyway.

Me, I’m a sucker for old school—I prefer the cartoon to the live-action franchise. But even I have to admit that the trailer looks pretty enticing for the tween/teen boy set:

And while some of us like to gear up for a day of thanks with endless football games, who am I to judge a smallish boy who is thankful for aliens and intergalactic intrigue?

Want more? There’s a great article about the upcoming movie over at Animation Insider, and of course we have everything a Ben 10: Alien Force fan could possibly want in the Ty’s Toy Box Ben 10 Store, too. And I’m not telling you what to do, but the holidays are coming up. Just sayin’.

Coming soon: Bakugan and Ben 10 nirvana

Newsarama has announced that there will be more of it to love:

Del Rey Manga, an imprint of Ballantine Books at the Random House Publishing Group, in collaboration with Cartoon Network Enterprises, today announced a new manga publishing partnership that will launch with original manga based on two of Cartoon Network’s most successful series: Bakugan Battle Brawlers and Ben 10 Alien Force. This announcement marks the first partnership between Cartoon Network and the Random House Publishing Group’s manga imprint.

The books will start rolling out in December, with more to follow in 2009. My son is going to be delirious with glee. And, um, if he’s reading a book, then I can call it educational, right? Right.

Don’t forget to visit Ty’s Toy Box for all of your Ben 10 and Bakugan needs, in the meantime!

Ben 10: Alien Force Bounty Hunters game on

Bounty Hunters game.

What, you think I’m kidding? Check this out and tell me what kid you know that doesn’t want a piece of this:

It’s not just that it’s the much-loved Ben 10, it’s that this is a massive multi-player game where kids can:

  • Test Your Skills Against Other Players!
    Choose an alien species and join your friends in real-time multiplayer battles. Play as teams or fight it out in a galactic free-for-all. Your actions can help decide the outcome of the war!
  • Battle on Distant Planets!
    Fire up your jetpack and fly around huge alien worlds. Use the terrain to your advantage and capture your opponents!
  • Unleash Alien Technology!
    Pick your favorite weapon and style of combat: power, speed, stealth, range. Discover awesome powerups that can turn the tide of battle!

Personally, I was eager to test it out before unleashing my son (and possibly not seeing him again until his teens), but it turns out that this highly-hyped game doesn’t run in either Safari or Firefox. Hmph. Well, it’s probably just as well. I enjoy seeing my kid occasionally, after all.

Word has it that eventually credits earned in the Bounty Hunters game will be redeemable on Cartoon Network’s Mini Match site, too. Not that I really understand the lure of Mini Match, given that I am far too old and crotchety to really “get” it. Oh well.

Now, you darn Bounty Hunters get out of my yard!

Don’t forget to visit the Ben 10 Store for all things Ben 10!

Start gearing up for back-to-school at Ty’s

It doesn’t seem possible that summer is nearly over, but for those of us who head back to school in early August, it’s a reality. Part of me weeps for the end of those halcyon days…

… and the other part of me realizes that I am remembering through rose-colored glasses that have quickly forgotten the cry of “Mom! We’re bored! What should we do?”


Anyway! Soon we’ll be back in the classroom; my little darlings will be learning important lessons, and I’ll be being hit up for Kleenex and hand sanitizer. It’s the circle of life! Or at least, the circle of public school!

Ty’s Toy Box understands that getting them there in the right mood is half the battle, so feel free to check out the new Back To School Store for all of your back-to-school needs. There’s enough backpacks in there to delight even the most hard-to-please kid, from Thomas the Tank Engine to Avatar to Dora to Hannah Montana.

(Funny, for some reason my daughter is still balking at my suggestion of the Little Miss Trouble bag. I cannot imagine why.)

Hey, I know summer flew by, but at least getting ready for back to school can be fun!

More Ben 10 goodness: Alien Force movie

With the wild success of everything Ben 10, no one can possibly be surprised by this. Kids everywhere—small boys, in particular, and especially small boys who happen to live in my house—live for all things Ben Tennyson, including (but not limited to) extensive conversations about which aliens are best suited to kick the butts of which other aliens.

It’s a joy, to have a Ben 10 fan on your hands. Truly. I mean, after a while you’ll wish you had some earplugs, but still. It’s all good.

And so the news that a new Ben 10 movie event is in the works is great news for fans and moms alike (hey, they can’t talk about it while they’re watching it):

Cartoon Network is moving forward with a live-action/CGI telefilm based on its animated series “Ben 10: Alien Force.”

The movie — written by John Turman and directed by Alex Winter, best known for his role as Bill in the “Bill & Ted” movies — follows the November live-action movie “Ben 10: Race Against Time,” which Winter also directed. [...]

“Alien Force” will be based on the network’s second animated “Ben 10″ series, in which Ben is a teenager and has discovered the ability to transform into a new set of aliens. The show debuted in April as the network’s most-watched original series premiere among kids age 6 to 11.

I had foolishly believed that my son wouldn’t like Alien Force nearly as much as the original; after all, the original Ben is much closer to his age, setting him apart from other heroes because he’s really just a little kid. And while it’s true that Alien Force Ben is a teenager, he also gets new aliens, which apparently trumps the fact that he’s no longer a grade-schooler. I predict our household will be counting down to the new film with great anticipation.

Don’t forget—visit the Ben 10 Store at Ty’s for everything Ben 10!