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As the Fidget Spinner craze continues to grow, it's pretty incredible to see just how fast a host of products have hit the market, many of which have dubious levels of safety and quality. With so many options appearing everywhere from major retailers to gas stations and street corners, the folks at The Toy Association have served-up some tips, as they urge caution and stress safety when it comes to the polarizing little gadgets. Considering a Fidget Spinner or already have one in your home? Here's some things to think about... 

In my adventures over the years, I've had the opportunity to drive a lot of different vehicles. What I've come to realize is that I'm definitely a "car guy" - meaning that I have little interest in motorcycles, and a limited knowledge of trucks. That doesn't mean that I haven't driven them, as I've been behind the wheel of many, but surprisingly it's full-size pickup trucks that have largely eluded me. That's just one reason why I was so intrigued by the chance to get behind the wheel of the 2017 Toyota Tundra Limited Double Cab - a full-size pickup, and a ride that feels just gigantic compared to what I'm used to. The quick take? I loved it.

Netflix Stream TeamNintendo is going through a renaissance right now. The Nintendo Switch is an excellent game system and an even better experience, continuing to win fans as The Legend of Zelda and Mario are once again bringing generations together. Last Fall, the NES Mini Classic Edition arrived, fast-becoming a sought-after collectible that was hard to get, yet great to play - a perfect way for kids of my generation to introduce 30 classic games to kids of our own. Though it was quickly discontinued ("never meant to be a long-term item" is the reason), rumors persist that an SNES Classic Edition is lurking down the road. Beyond gaming itself, I've previously written about the deep gaming content available on Netflix, and on July 7, that world expands with the debut of the Netflix Original Series CASTLEVANIA. Thanks to the NES Classic, I've introduced the game to my girls... but now it's time to go bigger into the legend of the Belmont clan, and even the first teaser involves blowing into a classic NES cartridge. Check this out...

It is officially 5-25-17, and that means that STAR WARS is officially 40 years old! To celebrate, the cast of HAMILTON stopped by the Lucasfilm campus at Skywalker Ranch this week to sing "Happy Birthday" to the iconic film franchise. But that's not all! For the 50th episode of The Star Wars Show, the crew over at StarWars.com have thrown down some new details about Rian Johnson's upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi, in addition to sitting down with Timothy Zahn (no relation), the creator of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Check it out below...

It's been a pretty nostalgic week for a lot of reasons, and today has brought with it a few pieces of news that all seem to point firmly back to the mid 1990s. 311 provided a lot of soundtrack for those years, and on June 23rd, they'll release their latest album, MOSAIC, via BMG. Today comes a new music video, "Too Much To Think," which can be viewed below...

Like the PAW Patrol, the folks at Nickelodeon are on a roll! The network sent over details on new seasons for four of their most popular series, each renewed for another year - and all four of which have scored big right here at Rock Father HQ. A fifth season of PAW Patrol, a fourth season of Shimmer and Shine and second seasons of Rusty Rivets and Nella the Princess Knight are all part of the network’s largest preschool content pipeline ever of returning hit shows and new series for the 2017-2018 season. Check out all the details below!

It's been nearly a decade since Goldfinger released a new album, but now singer-songwriter/producer John Feldmann has resurrected the name for a new album with a brand-new lineup. Goldfinger's The Knife will be released July 21 through Rise Records. The revamped lineup features Feldmann on guitar/vocals, with MXPX’s Mike Herrera on bass and Story of the Year’s Phil Sneed on guitar (both doing backup vocals as well). Blink-182's Travis Barker is on the throne behind the drum kit for this one, and there's a ton of guest stars as well.

As we approach the June 16 release of Disney•Pixar's Cars 3, there's quite a bit of fantastic toys and merchandise that I plan to feature here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. With shipments having already arrived here at Rock Father HQ from licensing partners like Mattel and Just Play, I have plenty to keep me busy - and then this news shows up... that Sphero, the same company that blew people's minds with their App-controlled BB-8 back in 2015, has an "Ultimate Lightning McQueen." I could tell you that the $300 app-controlled RC car looks fantastic, but you really need to just watch the video...

On June 21, Paramount Pictures will bring Michael Bay's latest Cybertronian epic into theaters, with the release of TRANSFORMERS: THE LAST KNIGHT. Now, in the ramp-up to the film, one of the newest Transformers is heading out on a road trip, and you just might be able to meet him in a city near you! Sqweeks is an Autobot that transforms into a Vespa scooter, and before his ego gets too big, you can track him down for a selfie. Here's where the little guy will be in the weeks ahead...

Wednesday, May 24 2017 15:37

New Gameplay Trailer for Cars 3: Driven to Win...

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Disney•Pixar's Cars 3 is racing into theaters on June 16, and just a few days prior (June 13), Warner Bros. Games will unleash Cars 3: Driven to Win, an all-new video game for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U. Today comes a new look at the game thanks to a Gameplay Trailer that highlights the six gameplay modes and four master-level events. Check this out...

Sony Pictures' Spider-Man: Homecoming looks great - the result of a fantastic decision to share the title character between Marvel/Disney and Sony, thus placing him firmly within the Marvel Cinematic Universe. That spirit of sharing also spun the other way, with Tony Stark/Iron Man playing a central role in the new film, and today comes the final domestic trailer along with what's likely the final international trailer. While both of those are fantastic, the pair of posters released look like fan art. You can see all of them below, and check out the film in theaters on July 7.

DC Super Hero Girls has really been a fantastic initiative all the way around, and something we were excited about since I first shared news about it over two years ago. Now comes word that the legend will continue to grow as the DC Super Hero Girls are getting their own all-new animated action comedy series on Cartoon Network. Warner Bros. Animation has started production on DC Super Hero Girls,  with character designs and storytelling headed up by Emmy Award–winning producer Lauren Faust (Super Best Friends Forever, My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic) who's prepping the series for a 2018 debut.

As the June 16 release of Disney•Pixar's Cars 3 approaches, various partners are getting in on the action, and today it's Subway, along with Joe Gibbs Racing driver Daniel Suárez. The NASCAR driver, who voices "next generation racer" Daniel Swervez in Cars 3, rolled into the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Greater Charlotte for a special after school event.  Suárez fired-up his specially branded Subway/Cars 3 stock car for the children in attendance, after speaking with them about the importance of maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. 

When you pair my favorite vocalist of all-time, Mike Patton (Faith No More, Tomahawk, Mr. Bungle, Fantomas) with one of my favorite drummers of all-time, Dave Lombardo (ex-Slayer, Fantomas) I'm interested, and thus DEAD CROSS has been firmly on my radar. Today, the band which also features Justin Pearson (The Locust, Retox) and Michael Crain (Retox, Festival of Dead Deer) have announced their first North American tour dates.

Monday, May 22 2017 10:43

Getting DIYZ: Replacing Rotten Deck Boards

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The Rock Father™ has collaborated with the DIYZ® app and Life of Dad for this Home Improvement feature. All tools and materials have been chosen by The Rock Father. Opinions are that of James Zahn. #GetWise

As I am writing this, my wife and I have now owned our house for seven years. In fact, after twelve moves in my life, the home that has become known as “Rock Father HQ” will soon become the one that I’ve lived in the longest. With homeownership comes some challenges, and while we’ve tackled many with the #RockFatherRemodel project (the goal is that the house will get nicer as it gets older), others have been more daunting. Often they’re projects that don’t need to be.

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