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19
Dec, 2017

Yes, Virginia, there is an Uncle Santa Claus ……………… on the London subway

A long, long time ago in a far off country called Britain, in the dark times before Wicked Uncle Toys came along to brighten the winter, there was at least one Brit who came across the story of “Virginia who didn’t believe in Santa”. And that Brit thought it meant there was a whole state of the United States that consisted of godless skeptics. Of course, that was the same Brit who loved watching the “Virginian”, the 60’s tv cowboy classic on black and white tv – and thought it was taking place in Virginia.

But – thanks to the Brits – we now have more powerful evidence to prove the existence of the Santa Family than the New York Sun was able to gather in 1897.

And so, we write to Virginia- and her sceptical friends, who would now be 130 years old:

VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. But now we have proof beyond the airy, fairy words of yesteryear. Down deep below the ancient city of London, we have found the compelling evidence. Santa himself remains elusive but we have seen- everywhere in the tunnels of the London subway- pictures of his brother. Father Christmas remains, like BigFoot and the Loch Ness Monster, elusive- but we now know of the existence of his brother, Uncle Christmas.  London Transport has posted his likeness EVERYWHERE from Piccadilly Circus to Ealing Broadway.  And London Transport never lies, and hardly ever even stretches the truth except when it comes to train arrival and departure times.

Very Happy Holidays from the Holidays-Are-Really-Almost-Here Wicked Uncle Team.

13
Dec, 2017

Believing in Santa and other things that are good for you

Some kids are naturally drawn to the supernatural. What can be done about it but encourage their creativity and foster their sense of wonder? There’s nothing wrong with sailing on the back of a unicorn over a rainbow to a fairy garden where mermaids frolic and flip through lagoons!

At Wicked Uncle, we’ve got no end of mythically inspired toys to remind kids there’s more to the world than meets the eye. Pick your poison – mermaids? Unicorns? Monsters? Dragons? Fairies? We’ve got it handled, right here. There are toys you can make, play with, use for everyday life, and more! Sprinkle fairy dust on an imaginative kid’s life with some of these legendary toys (my favorites of all the wondrous toys – we’ve got more!)

    1. The Marvelous Book of Magical Mermaids The best way to immerse yourself in the world of magic is to practice some of your own. Using the materials in this kit, you’ll be given full instructions to dress up and design paper mermaids and their seahorse friends.  Perfect for a crafty little thing!
    2. Unicorn Squeeze Popper – Soft Foam Balls  Tweens can be tough to shop for, especially when they’ve got older or younger brothers. What could be more fun than shooting soft, colorful balls at a sibling foolish enough not to believe in magic ?
    3. Super Web Slinger – Spiderman  Even we’re not sure whether Spiderman is myth or reality, but any child is going to love wearing this one size fits all spiderman glove and shooting web fluid up to 20 feet. And when the web fluid is exhausted, this spiderman becomes a hand mounted water blaster.
    4.  Hatchimals Purple Draggle Egg: The closest you’ll ever get to a real dragon is helping to hatch its egg – which you can now do in pink or purple! You keep it warm, hear its heartbeat, scare away its little dragon hiccups, and try to get it to hatch. Once its born you teach it to walk , talk, dance, and more. Talk about training your own dragon!                                                             
    5. Aqua Dragons: The best of two legendary worlds – the sea and the sky, both tailed and magical, use this kit to grow your own sea dragons. They’ve got three eyes and long tails, and grow up to about an inch. You can watch them eat, grow, swim, and play within the LED lit habitat, and of course dream yourself into a world of sorcery and intrigue.
    6.  The Knights of the Round Table Puzzle Quest  King Arthur united Britain and even though the United Kingdom seems to be pulling all different ways, the child you are looking to please and perplex will enjoy this beautifully  illustrated and captivating book, with four stories and over 100 Arthurian puzzles that are solved as part of the quest. 
    7. Santa Chocolate Lollipop And just to top it off any gift, a delicious Santa chocolate lollipop, so that, the child you are looking for will, at least, believe in you.

Happy Holidays from the Holidays-Are-Upon-Us Wicked Uncle Team.

13
Nov, 2017

How to be Wicked Smahter in time for the Holidays

Do Your Kids need to be Smaht ?  

Every child needs to be wicked smart.    (Of course, the jury is still out on teenagers, but no need to go there).

You might make them read the Economist or memorize Encylopedia Brittanica (if they can find it). Or ship them to Boston or is that Boise  ?

But, if all else fails, you could get them a very clever and fun IQ Puzzler Pro Brainteaser.

This is a brilliantly clever, highly portable, 2D and 3D puzzle set, with over 120 different challenges. It is like having 120 Sudokus in your pocket, except that it is tactile, nicely coloured and you won’t look like you are filling in the clues randomly.

The puzzle pieces are stuck together into various shapes. You check the booklet, choose a puzzle and lay out the pieces you don’t play with. Then you have to fit the playing pieces into the puzzle. The faster you do this, the smarter you are.

It works for anybody aged 6 and upwards. And is quite challenging. If you are being watched by a 10 year old, act cool and suggest they take over and have a go. Once they have mastered all the 2D challenges, they can move onto 3D, and 120 puzzles later they should be ready to design suspension bridges, pyramids and a cure for the common cold.

Everybody loves doing puzzles and since it packs up into a handy little box, you can take it anywhere. You could say it is like an iPhone, except it doesn’t do email or texts. Or voice.

And this brilliant piece of brain training machinery costs $11.95 as opposed to the price of a “respectable” four year college.

Happy Braining Up,

The Wicked Uncle Holidays is Definitely Coming Team

Ps  And a few random jokes – this week all entirely suitable:

What is the difference between a buffalo and a bison ? You can’t wash your hands in a buffalo.

Where do you find a no legged dog? Right where you left him.

Last year I got lost in the Amazon rainforest. Luckily I had a compass. So I was able to draw perfect circles.

And, do not panic, there is still time for at least one (early) turkey joke.

 

Why did the turkey cross the road on Thanksgiving ?  He was pretending to be a chicken.

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