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Here’s a video of behind the scenes exclusive  footage of some of our latest & greatest summer finds!!

Everyone that hunts garage sales, flea markets & collectibles should evaluate their own performance & give themselves a mid-summer half-time report + overall grade.  After a little bit of reminiscing over the past few months; We here at Chicago Toy Shop Video Games give ourselves all-around grade of B+ | We’ve come across = RARE Hamilton & Hawthorn Halloween Simpson Statues & We Are PUMPED!!

In the meantime here’s a NEW Poll for you guys & girls to fill out 🙂

We want to know what your all time favorite thing to collect??

Our small dedicated team is hard at work hunting down the most ultra-rare treasures we can find 🙂

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Microsoft Xbox Next Generation Console Announcement Confirmed For May 21st

Xbox fans everywhere are already going nuts over the latest Online Nerd Alert Reports: Tuesday May 31st Microsoft will officially announce their next generation video game console.  We can’t wait to see what technology will be used to create this game changing system.

The rumors of Xbox-Kinect being ‘included’ with every next generation console does have us a little worried about the average gamer being able to afford the new system right away.

So mark it down on your calendar like we already did: 36 1/2 Days Left Until May 31st

Microsoft Xbox Next Generation Console

Xbox Next Generation Console Microsoft Confirms Live Event May 31st

At 12:00 Central time here in Chicago, you can tune in live to catch the streaming video that will feature:

A New Generation Revealed. Be part of this historic online event, featuring a live stream, video, images, updates and more.

(According to Microsoft’s Official Facebook Page)

After all the weeks and months of dissecting rumors & reports: Microsoft has confirmed they will officially announce their ‘Next Gen Console On May 31st Streaming Online Live’

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The Start Up Kids DVD Movie Trailer Entrepreneur Documentary 2013

For many young entrepreneurs the path to success is often an up-hill & extremely bumpy ride.  “It’s like jumping off a cliff and building your own parachute.”  If you want to achieve success in today’s world – One must be able to think outside the box and fight for what they truly believe in.  Do you have what it takes to be a millionaire?

The Start Up Kids Guide To Becoming A Successful Entrepreneur

The Start Up Kids Documentary 2013

Everyone’s definition of the word Entrepreneur is different, But the true; Die-hard Entrepreneur’s will usually risk it all until they either ‘Make It’ Or ‘Break It’.  We wish all the young start-up kids & future entrepreneur’s out there all the luck in the world.

As we listened to these young millionaire’s speak – We couldn’t help but notice a similar theme from most of theme: The importance to work smarter not always harder.   Be sure to Check out the official HD movie trailer for ‘The Start Up Kids’

We encourage all of you who are inspired by greatness to give this documentary a watch sooner rather than later!  It’s never to late to chase after your dream.  To contact us or share other motivation stories: Email us today: Info@ChicagoToyShop.Com

DVD Tuesday Technology Update March 5th Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under | Sim City Tomb Raider

In honor of  G4TV’s recent retirement of their once epic television programming with such shows as ‘Attack Of The Show’ and ‘X-Play’ – We will do our best to carry on the tradition of ‘DVD Tuesday’ as we highlight & go over some of our personal favorite video games and movies.

  1.  SimCity – For The PC | Rated E For Everyone
  2. Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under – Now Available On Netflix
  3. Tomb Raider – For PC | Xbox 360 | PlayStation 3

Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under On Netflix

We recently just watched the Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under hour-long comedy special last night and we found it hilarious.  Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are two of our favorite  ‘Nerd Role Models’.  They are seated at a table for about an hour and do a great job telling stories, jokes and interacting with the Australian crowd!  Be sure to check out Kevin Smith and his best buddy Jason Mewes as they travel across the world making people laugh & more importantly keeping Jason clean 🙂

From the articles and light research we’ve done on SimCity – It sounds like the game will be very intricate and challenging & that’s the way we like it!  With upgraded controls, graphics, attention to detail, building options, town upgrades and the overall progression of PC games as a whole – We are definitely pumped and ready for SimCity to release in less that 24 hours.  Looking for more SimCity reviews, videos, screen shots & inside information?  Then you might want to head on over to one of our favorite websites for video games, movies, and general nerd news & updates:  SimCity For The PC Via IGN

As for Tomb Raider – See our #3 ranking above to follow through on some IGN.Com reviews.  Odds are if you liked the old Tomb Raider video games. This latest rendition of Tomb Raider will almost certainly meet & surpass most ‘gamers’ expectations. From the casual Lara Croft fan – All the way to the Tomb Raider / Lara Croft online creep & ‘Real life secret admirer’.

Everyone is busy these days we get it; But it’s okay, Go grab you and your significant other (21+) some cold ones and kick your feet up because  you’ve fucking earned it! Everyone has at least 1-2 hours every a week to check out some great new video games & movies.

Well fellow Nerds and future super heroes … That it! Hope you liked our first list for March 4th 2013. Be sure to check back with us in the near future as we highlight other upcoming hit titles & don’t worry – We’ll be sure to throw in some cool gadgets & technology updates & news next time around.

Shark Tank Friday’s On ABC Helps To Inspire and Create Million Dollar Business Opportunities For New Entrepreneurs … Do You Have Any Ideas – Products – Inventions You’d Like To Share?

It’s 4:59 Friday evening and you smell blood! All you want to do is fly out of work a few minutes early to beat the traffic as you zoom home like Dale Earnhardt Jr. and reunite with your long-lost couch that you haven’t seen in over 12 hours!  For a lot of hard-working adults; The daily grind & weekly paycheck is enough to keep them satisfied and quench their thirst.  After all – “Thank Goodness It’s Friday”

Shark Tank On ABC Friday's

Shark Tank Friday On ABC

Then there are us Sharks, We tend to-day dream from time to time and think a bit more outside the box than most. After all  – “Thank Goodness It’s Shark-Tank Friday!”

We race home to sit down on our computers & check if that website domain name is still available or if we can trademark the ingenious Fortune 500 company/Brand name we created and took notes on during our lunch break.  The possibilities are infinite and our passion & hunger for major success is most definitely imminent.

We are big fans of everyone on the ‘ABC’s Shark-Tank Panel’ and have found a lot of their expert thoughts & opinions are pretty spot on and helpful!

If you’d like to learn more about the Sharks and some of their best quotes; Be sure to check out the ABC.Com Shark Tank Tips article online.

In today’s global economy the fierce competition requires most entrepreneurs to have more than just one pretty good idea or product to truly make a major dent in the business world and most importantly – Their bank accounts.  As Mark Cuban often paraphrases on the show … “You’ve proven you can handle imitators and have shown us overall sustainability for your product(s); A very good first step in creating a successful business”

You can also follow them on Twitter as they live ‘Tweet’ & interact with some of their most die-hard Shark-tank fans during the show.

We personally suggest following some of the companies that appear on Shark-tank as well. The companies represented are usually up & coming start-up businesses that will often offer great deals & discounts online in order to have a successful early launch & get their name heard & seen online as much as possible.  We don’t have the official statistics in front of us – But we’d guess it’s about a 25% chance that your pitch could reel in a real life Shark if you can get your business on the show!

If you could make a deal with ONLY (1) Shark – Who would it be?

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The Star Wars Franchise Looks To Disney and Others To Help Revive The Star Wars Movies – Star Wars Action Figures – Star Wars Video Games – Plus Everything Else In Between!

Star Wars has one of the most influential and powerful brand names in the world.  The global phenomenon that is Star Wars has dove into the collector universe heard first time and time again with the same overall result: Major Success!

Star Wars Shadows of the Empire Nintendo 64 Video Game

Star Wars Classic N64 Video Game

Personally, One $4 Billion dollar deal is enough proof for us. According to an online statement giving by Star Wars creator George Lucas in an NBC News Online Article, he was pretty cool, calm and collected when he was quoted saying: “It’s now time for me to pass ‘Star Wars’ on to a new generation of filmmakers.”  Thank you Mr. Lucas, from all of us here at ChicagoToyShop.Com & many other die-hard Star Wars fans around the world.

Disney has been rumored to be interested in trying to acquire the entire Star Wars franchise for a while now.  The Star Wars franchise as a whole continues to add bright minds to help reinvent their current image without losing the already established millions of fans that helped make Star Wars collectibles some of the most sought after online treasures known to man.

Chances are you’ve seen a Star Wars Movie, played with a Star Wars Action Figure, challenged yourself with some Star Wars Lego as a child, Or perhaps you recently bought a piece of Star Wars History on eBay.Com.

For those looking to satisfy more than one Star Wars itch at once – We have to suggest renting or buying Lego Star Wars III: The Clone Wars – For the xBox 360 or Nintendo Wii.

We have been playing it ourselves on the xBox 360 for about 2-3 days now and give it a solid 8.5/10 overall rating in categories such as: overall game play, visuals, story and re-play value just to name a few.  The ability to play with together with friends and family makes this a great game for both kids and adults to enjoy for years to come.

As of now, the next Star Wars Movie is set to launch first in 2015.  Although the original Star Wars films are all fantastic for the most part – We are overjoyed with the chance for them to change it up a bit and satisfy our reckless needs for new Star Wars characters, weapons, technology, answers and a whole lot more crazy nerd ideas we personally can’t even think of.

As a team we are at the edge of our seats with Star Wars mania, anticipation and optimism for what Disney and J.J. Abrams will bring to the ‘Star Wars Table’ in the very near future! Bonus: Star Wars “Nerd Knowledge”

Video Game Rumors Begin To Swirl Again With xBox 720 and PlayStation 4 Next Generation Video Game Consoles Launching In 2013

Every year it seems like we hear rumors about the next generation consoles gearing up for their new launch.  Video game fans and enthusiasts around the globe are at the edge of their seat waiting to spend their hard-earned money on the next best thing.  While the last round of video game systems beat most users expectations; we hope video game fans & users will continue to let their voice be heard &  hold these video game giants to the highest of standards.

  • Will 2013 finally be the year Xbox & PlayStation release their next video game system?
  • Will the Xbox 720 require an internet connection at all times?
  • Does the Xbox 720 come with Blu-ray features?
  • Which system will launch first?
  • Will the average consumer be able to afford it?
Xbox 720 PlayStation 4 Video Game Next Gen Console Rumors

Xbox 720 Vs PlayStation 4

According to IGN.com and other sources, Sony should announce their ideas at their next big event in New York City on February 20th, 2013.  This is exciting news dedicated online gamer’s & nerds such as ourselves.  Most of us here at ChicagoToyShop.com are looking forward to the Xbox console, but we certainly do respect what PlayStation brings to the table.

What system would you buy if they all came out on the same day, at the same time & for the same exact price?

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Call of Duty Black Ops II Revolution DLC Hits The Xbox 360 With A Boom!

Video game enthusiasts and Call of Duty fans everywhere are overjoyed with the latest Call Of Duty Black Ops II Revolution Downloadable Content (DLC) update recently launched for the Xbox 360 on January 29th, 2013.

The highly anticipated game update features four new multiplayer maps, a new-never before seen sub machine gun weapon and the ability to play as a Zombie for the very first time!

Activision and the rest of the Call of Duty creators did a terrific job creating a whole new set of map packs and enticing bonuses that include:

CallofdutyworldglobeHydro:  A huge dam facility located somewhere in Pakistan.  This level features numerous long vantage points and places to take cover. Some would say Hydro is a “Snipers Dream Level.”

  • Downhill: (Our personal favorite)  This level allows players of all style to engage in a wild battle in the snow.  Look out for the moving ski lifts … They tend to kill whoever they run into!
  • Mirage: Asian inspired villa that has been abandoned due to crazy sand storms.  Perhaps the most creative and unique of all the new levels.  This map is perfect for all game modes as well as game styles.  Mirage is currently in the lead for best graphics for a single level available for Black Ops II.
  • Grind: Skate park located in Venice beach.  This level has some truly beautiful scenery and features more places than you can think of to play “hide and seek” with your enemies with. Grind has tons of different ramps, stairs and rails.  Overall, it creates for a very scary level and forces competitors to have a lot of close one on one battles!  Grind’s rounded and curved ramps and sharp angles makes for quick turns and fast western style gun draws between foes.  Be sure to be on high alert if you want to win the gold in this chaotic west coast skate park Call of Duty level.

Don’t believe us yet?

Check it out for yourself on YouTube here –>> Call of Duty Black Ops II Revolution Video Trailer.

  • New Sub Machine Gun: Peace Keeper SMG; Sub Machine gun with a fast and accurate shot; but hardcore players may want to increase the damage level in order to unlock the full potential of this “Peacekeeper” gun.
  • Zombie Mode Updates:  Call of Duty Black Ops II Zombie mode now features three different ways to play.  Players can fight an endless supply of zombies in Survival Mode, Discover the mysteries of a decaying Earth in Tranzit Mode or players can dive into the brand new last-human-standing mode.

If you’d like to challenge one of us online in Call of Duty Black Ops II: Contact Us Today – Info@ChicagoToyShop.Com Someone from our team will meet you for a battle on Xbox 360 Live soon!

Thanks again to all our fans and the continued support. Game on!

G4TV Is Officially Dead | Congrats Team G4 For Over 10+ Years Of Domination | We’ll Miss You All !!

The final episodes of X-Play & Attack of the Show officially aired on January 23rd, 2012.  We’d like to give a special thanks to everyone who helped create one of the most creative, fun-loving and unusual TV channels to have ever lived.  A little less than three months ago on October 26th 2012: G4-TV, NBC Universal & Current Owner of Esquire Magazine, announced most-all of their original shows would cease to exist by the end of the calendar year.

The new group of co-owners made some controversial & risky business decisions.  For most of us, it was a decision that we do not agree with.  Unfortunately the newly acquired gamer friendly “nerd” channel is now officially dead.  Will we ever see anything like it again?  For the majority of us, any type of major change usually causes some sort of initial fear.  That was certainly the case for most fans when G4-TV decided to ditch their original image in attempt to transition towards a more gender neutral balanced audience.  For now, it sounds like the new channel is gearing up for more travel, food and around the house type shows instead of the usual programs that provided us with insight into new technology, new video games and perhaps most importantly; The comic-book characters themselves and all their gigantic block-buster movies that came with them.

The abrupt decision comes as a shock and major disappointment among both the “jocks” & the “nerds”.  Over the last decade plus, G4-TV did a great job of engaging with their fans & creating a truly one-of-a-kind television experience.

We thank all the wonderful and hard-working cast members such as: Candace Bailey, Jessica Chobot, Kevin Periera, Adam Sessler, Chris Hardwick, Sara Underwood, Olivia, Munn &  Morgan Webb just to name a few.

We’ll keep our fingers crossed that some of you G4-TV rock-stars will collaborate in the near future to resurrect a brand new T.V. channel for all the die-hard old school fans. Thanks in advance and we look forward to seeing what you guys might have up your sleeve!

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