Mattel Unveils New First Responder Action Figures to Raise Money for Coronavirus Relief

The collection includes nurses, doctors, EMTs, and delivery drivers.
The collection includes nurses, doctors, EMTs, and delivery drivers.
Mattel

Today, Mattel unveiled the #ThankYouHeroes collection, a new line of Fisher-Price action figures that includes nurses, doctors, delivery drivers, and EMTs. Not only will the toys help teach kids about the everyday heroes keeping us safe during the coronavirus pandemic, but the net proceeds will go toward helping those first responders themselves.

The action figures retail at $20 each, and $15 of every sale will be donated to #FirstRespondersFirst, an initiative launched by Thrive Global to offer support to healthcare workers in virtually every way possible: providing personal protective equipment like masks and gloves, food, childcare, mental health services, and more.

“Mattel’s iconic brands and products speak to something deep within us,” Thrive Global founder and CEO Arianna Huffington said in a press release. “So it will be wonderful to see this new Fisher-Price collection not only bring joy to children, but give parents and caregivers a new way to honor healthcare first responders and everyday heroes and their families."

The toys won’t be shipped for several more months—the press release says they should be on their way by December 31, 2020—but you can pre-order them now through May 31, 2020, so your donation makes it to #FirstRespondersFirst sooner rather than later. And, since healthcare workers are always saving lives, pandemic or not, there’s really no expiration date on encouraging kids to play with toys that represent that kind of everyday heroism.

“Whether these toys are given as a gift to recognize someone working on the front lines, or used as a tool to help children have conversations about how they are feeling, it is our hope that Fisher-Price toys, and play in general, can ultimately make these difficult times easier for both kids and adults,” Chuck Scothon, a Fisher-Price senior vice president and Mattel’s global head of infant and preschool, said in a press release.

You can shop the collection here, and find out more ways to join in the coronavirus relief efforts here.

Blue Apron’s Memorial Day Sale Will Save You $60 On Your First Three Boxes

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Scott Eisen/Getty Images

If you’ve gone through all the recipes you had bookmarked on your phone and are now on a first-name basis with the folks at the local pizzeria, it might be time to introduce a new wrinkle into your weekly dinner menu. But instead of buying loads of groceries and cookbooks to make your own meal, you can just subscribe to a service like Blue Apron, which will deliver all the ingredients and instructions you need for a unique dinner.

And if you start your subscription before May 26, you can save $20 on each of your first three weekly boxes from the company. That means that whatever plan you choose—two or four meals a week, vegetarian or the Signature plan—you’ll save $60 in total.

With the company’s Signature plan, you’ll get your choice of meat, fish, and Beyond foods, along with options for diabetes-friendly and Weight Watchers-approved dishes. The vegetarian plan loses the meat, but still allows you to choose from a variety of dishes like General Tso's tofu and black bean flautas.

To get your $60 off, head to the Blue Apron website and click “Redeem Offer” at the top of the page to sign up.

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You Can Watch a Free Livestream of John Wick This Friday Night

You’re going to be stuck at home, and Keanu Reeves is going to be wearing this turtleneck. Also, it’s for charity.
You’re going to be stuck at home, and Keanu Reeves is going to be wearing this turtleneck. Also, it’s for charity.
Lionsgate

This Friday, May 8, John Wick is donning his best black suit and coming out of retirement all over again to bring you an action-packed movie theater experience at home.

To put it in plain terms, Lionsgate will livestream John Wick (2014) for free on YouTube tomorrow night, starting at 9 p.m. EST. Even if you’re a certified John Wick superfan who owns the entire trilogy on DVD and rewatched the first film just yesterday, you might still want to tune in to this event—it’s hosted by Jamie Lee Curtis and features special messages from several key franchise cast members, including Halle Berry, Lance Reddick, Asia Kate Dillon, and the man behind the sharp-dressed sharpshooter himself: Keanu Reeves.

Directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch will also make virtual appearances, as will a few familiar faces who aren’t affiliated with the John Wick universe, like Keira Knightley, Jesse Eisenberg, and Melissa Joan Hart, who will offer words of support and gratitude to movie theater workers furloughed during the coronavirus pandemic.

The star-studded affair is the latest in the “Lionsgate Live: A Night at the Movies” series, where a different film is aired on YouTube each Friday night. So far, they’ve livestreamed The Hunger Games (2012), Dirty Dancing (1987), and La La Land (2016), making this week’s selection the first geared toward action film aficionados.

Though the livestreams are completely free, the goal of the initiative is to raise money for the Will Rogers Motion Picture Pioneers Foundation, which is currently providing financial relief to out-of-work theater employees. If you’d like to contribute to the fund—maybe the amount you’d normally spend on a movie ticket—you can do so here.