Archive for September, 2016

Funko Pop: The Rise of the Modern Bobble Head

Modern Market September 28, 2016 at 1:00 am

A traditional bobble head on a car deskBobbleheads were extremely popular in the 60s – these small, plastic figures had tiny bodies and oversized heads, which wobble and nod with every movement. Attached to some kind of spring, they were the preferred toy that graces office desks and car dashboards.

Today, a new type of bobblehead is on the market – Pop vinyls, more popularly known as Funko Pops, are taking the world by storm. Though their heads do not wobble, the toys have impressive variety. Just take a look at pop vinyl stores such as Global Gear and you will find over 200 different versions of the toys. This is not even the complete inventory, as the company that makes Pop vinyls have over 1,000 licensed characters registered to their name.

From Humble Beginnings

Funko began as a small toy company in the U.S. In 1996, founder Mike Becker decided to sell his own bobbleheads, coin banks, and hand puppets. He wanted to create toys that bring about a sense of nostalgia – he found modern toys too complex, with too many features, and just wanted to make something that is straight-to-the-point and simple.

He started creating toys out of licensed characters such as Popeye, Count Chocula, and the Big Boy mascot. His company kept growing, and eventually, he decided to introduce the Funko Force line, which debuted at the San Diego Comic Con of 2010. It was initially met with a lukewarm response – people complained that the heads did not bobble.

Eventually, he managed to gain the license of several more figures, including DC comic characters like Green Lantern and Batgirl. These more up-to-date characters proved to be more popular among toy lovers.

Every Fandom Ever

Funko Pops are popular because of their pop culture appeal – with hundreds of characters to choose from, it encompasses many fandoms, from comic fans to sports fans. People love collecting familiar characters, especially if they are rendered in such an adorable form.

As more characters are added to the Vinyl Pop collection, more people will buy the toys – they simply love seeing their fandoms represented in merchandise.

Should You Send Your Child to a Christian School?

Back2School September 26, 2016 at 4:08 pm

Primary SchoolDeciding what primary school to send your child to is not easy. After all, the kind of early education your child will receive is instrumental to his or her growth. While there are many public and private schools available in the country, you have to make sure that you’re choosing the school that can offer the best learning environment for your child. And in this matter, you might want to consider a Christian school for your little one.

Here are some advantages you get when you send your child to a Christian school:

Academic Excellence

Most Christian schools use the Accelerated Christian Education (ACE) program together with the standard K-12 curriculums. The ACE curriculum includes a diagnostic test that determines whether a child has a learning gap or not. Esther's School, for instance, uses the ACE diagnostics the moment the child enters the school, and every time a child is about to move up to the next level. What’s even beneficial is that many Christian schools provide individual study plans to fill the child’s learning gaps, ensuring their academic excellence at all times.

Positive Learning Environment

Through the use of the ACE curriculum, Christian schools are able to teach students to understand life and social relationships from a Christian’s point of view. The child also learns to develop his or her character, values, and wisdom in a Christian way. With Christian schools, you can rest assured that your child is learning in a positive environment.

Higher Standard of Conduct

It is important that your child learns the value of discipline as early as possible. Generally, Christian schools impose a higher standard of conduct compared to public and other private schools. They have dress codes and strong behavioural standards that your child must follow to instil in him or her positive habits.

With these three main advantages, it looks like sending your child to a Christian school is a good decision. Consider visiting the premier Christian schools in your area to see what they have to offer.