Frozen’s Elsa glides into homes this winter

This last year has been all about Frozen, and the holiday season isn’t exempted from the hype! Lauded as an empowering and wholesome fantasy journey for hearts of all ages, the Disney movie has warmed many a soul already. And now you can bring one of Frozen‘s central figures into your very own home.

Elsa from Enesco’s Couture de Force series reigns with wisdom and beauty. She stands eight inches tall and is so true to the film rendering, you can imagine her almost breaking out into song with “Let It Go” right then and there. Holding a snowflake in one hand, she stands out as faux gems and pearls adorn her dress, necklace, tiara, hair braid and snowflake. The dress is finished with a pearlescent glitter shimmer to complement her tinted translucent cape. Help her gain confidence in her icy powers these holidays!

Don't let her go.

Don’t let her go.

A deep-freeze is no match for Princess Anna from Disney’s Frozen, here in a mini-bust

Coming to shelves in November, Anna from the famous (or infamous) film spectacle Frozen can be all yours for when the weather gets chilly! The little sister of Elsa, the future queen of Arendelle, Princess Anna is entrusted with saving an entire kingdom from an accidental deep-freeze. Definitely a tough job, but this firecracker is up to the task!

Manufactured by Enesco Corporation, this special polystone mini-bust format aims to awe. Here, she comes designed by Patrick Romandy-Simmons and sculpted by Jacqueline Perreault. The Anna mini-bust sports a fantastic paint job and is ready to display alongside your other collectibles. Preorder her today!

Princess Anna, full of energy!

Anna, full of winter princess energy!

Disgruntled dad hates Frozen, composes parody to prove it

By now, you probably have heard of or seen the 2013 animated Disney film Frozen, a whimsical adventure-drama featuring a wintry character roster composed of an iceman, a reindeer, a snowman, a princess and, because inevitably someone must need saving, a princess’s sister that must be rescued from a kingdom inadvertently turned to ice by her powers (oops). The movie has garnered a massive following, especially among young children. But for the guardians of these wee charges, well — it’s another story. In fact, Frozen has probably made more than one parent question their decision to procreate in an age where infants are able to operate laptops and DVD players.

This poor father is one of these courageous souls forced to question his sanity in the wake of innumerable forced viewings of squeaky on-screen interactions between cutesy woodland winterfolk. One of the most famous ditties from the film is the flowery ballad of hope “Let It Go”. But understandably, not everyone has found it so hopeful. Bravely expressing his feelings in the form of a parody is “A Frozen Father”, the anonymous hero of young dads everywhere. We salute you.

Disney Frozen Royal Sisters 2-Doll Set featuring Anna and Elsa

Each sister is dressed in a shimmering gown and regal accessories inspired by the movie. With Anna in a sparkling pink ball gown and Elsa in an icy teal dress, they are the perfect dolls for re-creating memorable moments from the film.

Anything related to Disney’s Frozen is selling like mad….why drive around local Walmart, Target and Toys R Us when you can just pick it up at Amazon.com and get it delivered to your front door.

Disney Frozen Royal Sisters 2-Doll Set

Anna and Elsa Frozen Sisters Disney Figure Set

Anna and Elsa Frozen Sisters Disney GiftsetSisters Anna and Elsa are adorable as small dolls wearing their gorgeous ball gowns from the movie in easy-to-dress MagiClip form that is gentle on little fingers. Girls will recognize Anna’s stunning green gown and Elsa’s turquoise fashion, complete with long sleeves, beautiful details and purple cape, from this delightful scene in the film. The snowman Olaf, a beloved character friend in Frozen, completes this set that will allow girls to play out and expand upon this heart-warming story. Set includes the two small dolls and one snowman figure.  Pick it up at Amazon.com.

Princess Elsa Disney Frozen Sparkle Doll

This Princess Elsa doll, from the new Disney film Frozen,  is impossible to find at Walmart and Toys R Us.   I even tried to find it at my local Target but no luck.   Finally gave up looking for this gift for my niece and picked it up at Amazon.com.  No line ups, no driving around town….just used my keyboard and bang….got it within 3 days.

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NASA Shrimp – A Shocking Discovery

When I went to check my e-mail today, I noticed the “trending topics” Yahoo showcases on its mainpage and caught sight of one by the name of “NASA Shrimp”. Excitedly hoping it was a tale of a young prawn’s uphill battle to become the next astronaut sent into space, I clicked only to find that it’s actually an interesting story even without overachieving crustaceans. Admittedly, this has nothing to do with any action figures I’m aware of (District 9 hasn’t got a line), but it’s a neat story anyway, so take a look!

From CBS:(AP) In a surprising discovery about where higher life can thrive, scientists for the first time found a shrimp-like creature and a jellyfish frolicking beneath a massive Antarctic ice sheet.

Six hundred feet below the ice where no light shines, scientists had figured nothing much more than a few microbes could exist.

That’s why a NASA team was surprised when they lowered a video camera to get the first long look at the underbelly of an ice sheet in Antarctica. A curious shrimp-like creature came swimming by and then parked itself on the camera’s cable. Scientists also pulled up a tentacle they believe came from a foot-long jellyfish.

“We were operating on the presumption that nothing’s there,” said NASA ice scientist Robert Bindschadler, who will be presenting the initial findings and a video at an American Geophysical Union meeting Wednesday. “It was a shrimp you’d enjoy having on your plate.”

“We were just gaga over it,” he said of the 3-inch-long, orange critter starring in their two-minute video. Technically, it’s not a shrimp. It’s a Lyssianasid amphipod, which is distantly related to shrimp.

The video is likely to inspire experts to rethink what they know about life in harsh environments. And it has scientists musing that if shrimp-like creatures can frolic below 600 feet of Antarctic ice in subfreezing dark water, what about other hostile places? What about Europa, a frozen moon of Jupiter?

“They are looking at the equivalent of a drop of water in a swimming pool that you would expect nothing to be living in and they found not one animal but two,” said biologist Stacy Kim of the Moss Landing Marine Laboratories in California, who joined the NASA team later. “We have no idea what’s going on down there.”

Microbiologist Cynan Ellis-Evans of the British Antarctic Survey called the finding intriguing.

“This is a first for the sub-glacial environment with that level of sophistication,” Ellis-Evans said. He said there have been findings somewhat similar, showing complex life in retreating ice shelves, but nothing quite directly under the ice like this.

Ellis-Evans said it’s possible the creatures swam in from far away and don’t live there permanently.

But Kim, who is a co-author of the study, doubts it. The site in West Antarctica is at least 12 miles from open seas. Bindschadler drilled an 8-inch-wide hole and was looking at a tiny amount of water. That means it’s unlikely that that two critters swam from great distances and were captured randomly in that small of an area, she said.

Yet scientists were puzzled at what the food source would be for these critters. While some microbes can make their own food out of chemicals in the ocean, complex life like the amphipod can’t, Kim said.

So how do they survive? That’s the key question, Kim said.

“It’s pretty amazing when you find a huge puzzle like that on a planet where we thought we know everything,” Kim said.