Tuesday, August 23 2016 23:36

Trailer - BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS!

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It was March 28, 2015 when Adam West and Burt Ward first announced that an animated feature film would bring them back into their roles as Batman and Robin, as seen in the 1966 BATMAN TV series. Things had been pretty quiet since then, but out of nowhere came the announcement that BATMAN: RETURN OF THE CAPED CRUSADERS would be arriving on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment on November 1, 2016, with the Digital HD version arriving early, October 11. If you're looking for a Batman film that you can actually share with your small children, this might be what you're looking for - at least until The LEGO Batman Movie hits screens next year. Take a peek at the full trailer and all the info below on this animated return to a much campier time...

This Back-to-School feature is brought to you in partnership with Costco and General Mills #CostcoBoxTops 

Like so many, I'd seen those Box Tops for Education tabs on product packaging for years, never realizing what a big deal they were until my wife and I actually had kids in school ourselves. For the past 20 years, General Mills has been supporting education and America's schools through a very simple program: Clip the box tops from specially-marked products, submit them to your child's school (or a school you support), and each will be counted as 10¢, with participating schools able to earn up to $20,000 cash per year (no maximum annual earning limits for schools earning eBoxTops or Bonus Box Tops) to use on important supplies. This year, Costco is making it even easier to rack-up the Box Tops fast, by creating specially-marked packages that come with 8 additional Box Tops plus a code that can be redeemed at CostcoBoxTops.com for a shot at winning the Golden Box Tops Challenge and scoring one of 3,000 Box Tops Prize Packs - each containing 100 eBoxTops... that's $10 for your school, and all the earnings come from products you were already going to buy anyway. It's a win-win for all, and it's easy!

THE ROCK FATHER is a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam and a Promotional Partner for DreamWorks Animation

It was exactly one year ago this week that I first shared The Rock Daughters™' love of Dinotrux here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In the time since, the Netflix Original Series from DreamWorks Animation has maintained its status as a must-watch, its profile growing well beyond the walls of early adopters like ourselves, and spreading far and wide as kids and families have entered the Mechazoic Era, where giant creatures that are half-dinosaur/half-construction vehicle help to shape the landscape while teaching valuable skills like friendship and teamwork. If your kids are ready to Trux it Up, the tools you need  for a party are all readily available at this point! From Mattel's fantastic line of Dinotrux toys to a full assortment of Free Printables, everything you throw a Dinotrux Birthday Party is ready to rock! Happy Birthday, Dinotrux!

Regardless of which side of the aisle you're on, election years always bring some interesting collectibles, and the 2016 Presidential race is no exception. We've all seen the often-mocking versions of Hilary Clinton and Donald Trump, but Ty Warner, Founder and Chairman of Illinois-based Ty Inc. (Beanie Babies and all) has simplified the whole thing with a pair of two limited-edition Political "Teeny Tys" this fall...

Monday, August 22 2016 10:58

Watch KORN's "Insane" New Music Video...

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On October 21, KORN will release their 12th studio album, THE SERENITY OF SUFFERING via Roadrunner Records.. As a longtime Korn fan (I first saw them on the infamous "Reckoning Day" Tour with Megadeth, Fear Factory and Flotsam & Jetsam back in '95), I'm digging what they've been putting out thus far, and with the first single, "Rotting in Vain" blowing up the charts, it's a little surprising that we're already getting a second single and video. "Insane" made its official debut over at Loudwire this morning, and you can now watch and listen below...

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GarageCleanUp #CollectiveBias

Rubbermaid FastTrack

They say to "pick your battles," but sometimes the war is right in front of you, raging on and on with no end in sight. For us here at Rock Father HQ, the garage is that war - and we've been fighting battles with it since we bought this house over six years ago. We have a lot of stuff, and since there's no basement, the garage is a multi-purpose room - a "facility" ("The Warehouse," as my dad once called it) used for storage, special projects, occasional video production, but largely the home to The Rock Daughters™' impressive fleet of vehicles and toys - like a Batcave or Q's lab, but for kids that are 4 & 7. Also factor in all the stuff we've been shoving out there for an eventual "mythical" garage sale that we can never seem to find time to make happen, and we have what to an outsider could look like some kind of hoarder situation - and it goes in cycles. The key to managing it is organization, and I first started tackling it back in 2014 when the Rubbermaid® FastTrack® Garage Organization System first came out. I started getting one wall straightened out, but there's been much more to attack. One of the biggest problems with being able to properly organize the place and really maximize the use of space is that the previous homeowners created a terribly-designed mess of "shelving" (if you can call it that) made out of scrap wood and junk - and much of it was connected, so lose one piece, and another would be affected. This past weekend, my wife and I fought a mighty battle to get another section in-order, namely my workbench and the area that surrounds it. After a trip to The Home Depot (with Finley, who wanted to help with check-out), I had all the pieces that I needed to start dismantling the mess, and rebuild with the good stuff.

Saturday, August 20 2016 00:43

Lyric Video: JESSE DAYTON - "Daddy Was A Badass"

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If you listen to SiriusXM Outlaw Country, you might've had a chance to catch JESSE DAYTON's new single, "Daddy Was A Badass" getting some virtual spins over the past few weeks. The track comes from Jesse's new album, THE REVEALER (previewed here), which will hit the streets on September 16 via Blue Elan Records. A lyric video has been released (see it below) and pre-orders are now live on the Blue Elan site (with exclusive offers) and all the usual spots like Amazon, iTunes, etc.

Curious how MONSTER HIGH began? On Saturday, August 27, Fathom Events, Mattel and Women's Forum present the premiere of WELCOME TO MONSTER HIGH: The Origin Story, coming to select theaters for a special one-day event. The movie takes audiences back to a time when monsters lived in hiding  (even from each other) because they were afraid they would be in danger if humans knew they existed. But Draculaura, the daughter of Dracula, along with her best ghoulfriend Frankie Stein, daughter of Dr. Frankenstein’s Monster, dreamt of a school where everyone was welcome and accepted for who they are. Check out the trailer and details below!

It's been pretty-much determined that it was Disney•Pixar's CARS that inspired the love of vehicles that both of The Rock Daughters™ share with daddy here at Rock Father HQ.  It started with Addie fairly early into things, an interest that spread to little sister Finn - who just may be the more octane-inclined at this point. Regardless of who has the bigger "need for speed," our daughters have a collection of Hot Wheels, Matchbox and CARS vehicles that has already eclipsed that of my own youth, and these girls are just 4 & 7. One common thread is that all of those brands are produced by Mattel, and something that came to us recently through Mattel's Play, Rate & Review program is the Disney•Pixar CARS Piston Cup Collection - an 11-car box set of fan favorite vehicles from the famed Piston Cup Championship.

The latest trailer for Gareth Edwards' ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY continues to ignite audiences with enthusiasm and curiosity, and the release of that clip just a week ago is the catalyst for a few bits in this installment of our STAR WARS roundup here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

It came from out of nowhere, but the news is official - on November 18, 2016, METALLICA will release their new album, HARDWIRED... TO SELF-DESTRUCT! Not only are we getting a new album, but it's a double-album, with a third disc included in the Deluxe Edition. Today's announcement comes with the music video for "Hardwired," and it's a jam - a throwback with an appropriately simple video in black and white. The track is also streaming now on Spotify.  Get all the album details below!

I've been attending the Wizard World Chicago Comic-Con since the late 90s, first as a fan, then as an exhibitor, and eventually as a listed guest and creator (2008's launch of the DEATH WALKS THE STREETS comics - complete with a Wizard Exclusive variant). After officially becoming "The Rock Father" in 2009, I've been more on the media side of things, and after taking The Rock Daughters™ to their first proper Wizard World last year (covered here), the time has come for another trip back to the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois for the 2016 edition, running August 18-21. If you're coming to the show - or thinking about it - here's some highlights to look forward to...

Wednesday, August 17 2016 20:38

Giveaway: KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS Prize Pack!

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This month, one of our most-anticipated films of 2016 arrives in theaters with Focus Features' release of KUBO AND THE TWO STRINGS (get tix via Fandango), the latest cinematic adventure fro LAIKA, the studio behind THE BOXTROLLS and CORALINE. With a magical instrument at the heart of the tale, my curiosity was piqued from the very first teaser, and to celebrate the release, Focus Features and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine have partnered to give readers a chance to score a fun KUBO AND THE  TWO STRINGS Prize Pack!

Like many, I came into loving FAITH NO MORE (my favorite band of all-time) upon the release of 1989's THE REAL THING (I was not quite 13 at the time), not knowing at the time that prior to the addition of vocalist Mike Patton, there was a whole different era in which the band released two albums fronted by the very-different-sounding Chuck Mosley. Those albums, 1987's INTRODUCE YOURSELF and 1985's WE CARE A LOT were like doors into an alternate universe for me, albums that were surprising in their rawness, yet both fantastic, each in their own way. This Friday, WE CARE A LOT gets reissued as a "Deluxe Band Edition" via Bill Gould's Kool Arrow Records (check out special band-direct packages here), and there's listening parties in select cities, along with something unexpected - a pair of just-announced shows with Chuck Mosley fronting FNM again, August 18 at The Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, followed by August 20 at The Troubadour in Los Angeles. Check out the announcement video below, along with a stream of the remastered "We Care A Lot" that debuted on the Wall Street Journal earlier this week...

Wednesday, August 17 2016 11:50

Giveaway: Win a Scholastic LEGO Nonfiction Prize Pack!

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We all know and love LEGO® for their iconic bricks and building sets, along with their growing collection of pop culture mashups, crossovers and fictional works like LEGO STAR WARS, The LEGO Movie, LEGO Dimensions and  the forthcoming The LEGO BATMAN Movie. While you know those, what you might not be familiar with is LEGO Nonfiction - the result of two powerhouse brands, LEGO and Scholastic, coming together to reinvent children's nonfiction publishing for kids ages 4-12. In this innovative new publishing program, LEGO models and minifigures are illustrated in fun and fantastic scenarios throughout as the first point of engagement for kids with real-world topics. This program represents a marriage of core values between LEGO and Scholastic: imagination, creativity, fun, and learning, as well as providing the most engaging, educational information for children. To celebrate the collaboration, THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine has partnered with Scholastic to give readers a shot at winning a fantastic LEGO Nonfiction Prize Pack that includes the first four books in the collection, plus a $50 LEGO Gift Card! Learn more below...

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