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A few weeks ago we had a superhero party at my house. We invited a few kids over, and told them to feel free to wear superhero costumes. I made a superhero city backdrop for picture taking on the outside of the house, using some old boxes and a blue plastic tablecloth from the dollar store.
Superheroes have big appetites, so in addition to pizza, wraps and chips, I made some cupcakes. And then I did party favor bags - each boy got a Max Steel action figure, a coloring book, and I made them all custom superhero shirts and a small bag of superhero soaps.
The boys watched a couple of Max Steel episodes. Have you heard of Max Steel? He's the new and cool superhero from Mattel. He's just a normal high school kid until he teams up with Steel - their forces together unlock superhero powers. One thing the show really emphasizes is teamwork - because Max and Steel have to work together as a team. While watching the show, the kids were very busy reenacting it with their new action figures. I will say - those action figures were a HUGE hit (Reid and Pierce are still, even weeks later, carry theirs around constantly).
Each action figure has its own special powers. Hands that shoot off or spin, and by far the overall favorite was the Rip Launch Max Steel, whose spinning discs shot all the way to the top of the ceiling in our A frame log cabin. The boys were so delighted over this.
In addition to the action figures, we were also provided with a Max Steel sword for the kids to try. Steel (who Cort is holding in the bottom left picture) can come off the sword, or attach to it (or even attach to a shirt with a safety clip to allow the child a wearable chance to be Max Steel). The sword is available at stores nationwide and the MSRP is $29.99. It has built in motion sensors, makes battle sounds, lights up and repeats key phrases from the hit animated series like "Let's Go Turbo!".
The boys were all good with sharing the sword, and everyone had a fun time trying it out. All the talking and lights and sound effects made it a popular item.
I had a craft station available where the boys could decorate their own superhero masks, or apply superhero tattoos. They tried this out briefly, but honestly, they were so smitten with the action figures that they didn't stick around the craft table for long!
The grand finale for the day was when we gave the boys a chance to "fly" like the real superheroes. We have been letting Pierce do this for a while now - we hook him up in a rock climbing harness and lift him up into the beams of our A frame. He loves it. The other kids were initially a little wary - but they watched Pierce and saw him having so much fun that the two Batmans decided to try it as well. You should've seen the grins on their faces - these boys were thrilled!