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The last-minute holiday rush is on, and if you want to get a Nintendo Switch in time for Christmas, you better get it now! It's no secret that the hottest gifts of the holiday season are usually hard to come by when the home stretch rolls around, and for 2017 the Nintendo Switch has become one of the most wished-for items for kids and grownups alike. It's a truly special system that can bring the entire family together both at home and on-the-go, and my friends at GameStop are doing their best to help families find one in time for the big day. Visit the Nintendo Switch locator to find a Switch in-stock at a GameStop store near you! They want to help you find a Switch, but we're also teaming-up to give you a chance to W-I-N Super Mario Odyssey - not just one of 2017's hottest games, but one being hailed as quite possibly one of the greatest video games of all-time! Get details and enter to win below!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi is in theaters now, and if you happen to have an AMC Theatre nearby, then there's a good chance that there's a MacGuffins Bar & Lounge inside. For those of legal drinking age (21+, of course), The Force is strong with MacGuffins as they serve up a pair of new cocktails inspired by the film - like the new collaboration with Dan Aykroyd's Crystal Head Vodka (which I've enjoyed on occasion). Does Revenge or Hope best suit you?
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The holiday rush is on, and as an extension to my annual Holiday Wish Guide, it's time to take a look at some great gift ideas for the whole family from MEGA™. Their ever-expanding line of MEGA Construx™ building sets can bring families together for open-ended play, much of which now features iconic characters. From developing builders to kids ages 4+, from tweens to adult collectors, MEGA™ has something for everyone, and there’s no better time than the holidays to spend some time with the family, getting together to “Build Beyond.” Below are just a few Rock Father Picks for the season, but the MEGA™ Shop is your go-to for the full assortment, including some brand-new toys!
DreamWorks Trollhunters Part 2 arrives on Netflix this month, and we now know that Trollhunters will expand to become a trilogy of series called Tales of Arcadia. Under the guidance of creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks Trollhunters has been a massive and immersive hit for Netflix, and while we're just getting into the second season, a third and final season looms, with DreamWorks 3 Below and DreamWorks Wizards on the horizon. As with any great fantasy, kids and collectors are always looking for new ways to experience and expand upon things off-screen, and the folks at Funko are delivering for Trollhunters with a collection of action figures, plush and POP! vinyl. To help you kick-off your collection, DreamWorks Animation and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up for a Trollhunters Giveaway in which one (1) reader will receive a set of three (3) of the new Funko Trollhunters 3.75" Action Figures - the friendly AAARRRGGHH!!! alongside Blinkous Galadrigal and Bular!
As the saying goes, it's been "one of the worst-kept secrets" in Hollywood the past few weeks, but now it's as official as it can be... a press release was issued this morning to confirm that "The Walt Disney Company to Acquire 21st Century Fox, Inc. after spin-off of certain businesses." Now, for the casual reader that doesn't necessarily follow the business side of entertainment, 21st Century Fox is indeed what you know as 20th Century Fox - the result of a corporate name change that happened back in 2013. Bottom line is that Disney will now control the Twentieth Century Fox Film and Television studios, along with cable and international TV businesses. What's important to note is that 21st Century Fox will separate the Fox Broadcasting network and stations into a newly-listed company that will be spun-off to its shareholders prior to the acquisition. That means that Disney will not take ownership of Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FS1, FS2 or Big Ten Network. So what will happen for fans of the great content that Disney and Fox have been producing? All signs point to good things. More below...
Disney•Pixar's Coco is a beautiful film - a critically-acclaimed hit that has managed to win over audiences around the world and here in the U.S. where it topped the box office for three straight weeks. Coco is also a very musical film, one that captures the cultural flair of its Mexican backdrop, opening up a new world of sound for many. When you think about guitars that are also "movie merchandise," the first thing that comes to mind are usually little more than toys with strings - but for Coco an opportunity was present to do something special, and that's exactly what's happened with the Disney•Pixar Coco x Córdoba Collection. Available now at Guitar Center, this new assortment of real guitars is inspired by Coco, and priced and sized just right for both beginning players, or experienced guitar slingers looking for the perfect travel-sized guitar!
This may well be one of the most divisive films of 2018... and one that most people didn't even know was in the pipeline. A few years back, when I visited the set of Jingle All the Way 2 in Vancouver, I'd heard that director Alex Zamm was working on adaptations of some classic properties - most notably Marvin the Martian, Hong Kong Phooey and Woody Woodpecker. While the first two don't seem to be moving (some test footage leaked some years back), Woody Woodpecker got the greenlight and became a live-action film starring Timothy Omundson (a guy I've also crossed paths with). Check out the trailer and details below, and look for it on DVD and Digital February 6, 2018 (pre-order here)...
For the past few years, DreamWorks Animation has been quietly growing an empire on the television front, delivering an incredible amount of original content to Netflix. Thus far, much of that content has been in the film-to-television realm, adapting the characters from their feature films into episodic series, and the next one to hit the scene is Trolls. Following the massive success of the recent film and just-released Holiday Special, Trolls: The Beat Goes On! will come to Netflix on January 19, 2018 with season one streaming in its entirety. Check out the official trailer below, along with some early details on a few new series coming next year, including a pair based on Boss Baby and Captain Underpants!
Earlier this month, I attended a media event at DreamWorks Animation in Glendale, California, during which I was able to get a very early look at some as-of-then-unannounced new series. One such title that was not included in the 2018 sneak-preview is a big one, and one that caught a lot of folks off-guard when the official announcement arrived today. She-Ra: Princess of Power is coming back, and she'll be toplining a new original series that's headed to Netflix!
With the holiday break approaching, families will no doubt be looking for something new to watch. Now streaming on Netflix and airing on Universal Kids, Technicolor's THE DEEP follows the adventures of the Nekton family —a brilliant team of underwater explorers. With state-of-the-art technology and an unquenchable thirst for discovery, the Nektons explore the mysterious depths of the ocean, where most of our world lies unexplored and unexplained. While others look up to the stars, this family knows that an infinite number of things shine brightly in the darkness below. The deep is a place where leviathans swim through sunken cities, where pirates lurk amidst floating black markets, and where a mysterious group of Guardians hide long lost secrets. In the spirit of adventure and giving, Technicolor and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to give you a chance to win a cool prize pack from THE DEEP! Immerse yourself in the series below, and then enter to win!
Last month, The Rock Daughters™ and I kicked-off the holiday season with our second visit to Nintendo of America HQ in Redmond, Washington. There, inside a notoriously-secretive complex outside of Seattle, the girls and I went hands-on with some of 2017's hottest games and gifts. It's no secret that we're big fans of Nintendo here at Rock Father HQ, a love that dates back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and it's successor, the Super NES (SNES), which were both Christmas gifts. Funny enough, twenty years ago, in 1997, my then-future wife and I both presented each other with wrapped Nintendo 64 (N64) systems under the tree. The GameCube followed, and now we're parents in 2017, and our house has a Nintendo Switch and a pair of the "New" 2DS XL systems, and with that I've curated a collection of "Rock Father Picks" for the Nintendo fan in your life - from budding gamers to experienced players! Take a look...
From Blue Sky Studios and Carlos Saldanha, the director of RIO, and inspired by the beloved book THE STORY OF FERDINAND by Munro Leaf and Robert Lawson, FERDINAND is a new animated feature that tells the story of a giant bull with a big heart. Starring WWE Superstar John Cena as the voice of Ferdinand, the film weaves a tale of a dangerous beast... or, a bull that's been mistaken for a dangerous beast, leading to his capture and removal from his home. Set in Spain, FERDINAND follows this friendly bull as he rallies a misfit team to embark on the ultimate adventure home. Now, in celebration of its release, 20th Century Fox, Blue Sky Studios and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to give you a chance to win a FERDINAND Prize Pack! The movie is already getting great buzz, with Nick Jonas snagging a Golden Globe nomination for his original song, "Home." Check out the trailer below...
2017 has been a great year for movies, but now that December is here, the one I've been anticipating the most is finally here! Rian Johnson's STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the second chapter of the modern Star Wars Trilogy, picking up the story right where we left off at the close of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS back in 2015. With Luke Skywalker back in action as Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and the crew continue their fight against Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke and the sinister First Order. Since the release of the original Star Wars back in 1977, The Force has been a fixture in the holiday season for our family, and with a new era of adventures from a galaxy far, far away, we're always on the hunt for the coolest Star Wars gear, and this year GameStop and ThinkGeek are stepping-up as a one-stop shop for some stellar gifts, many of which are exclusive and available Only @ GameStop!. As an extension of my annual Holiday Wish Guide™, here's some Rock Father Picks available at GameStop... but that's not all! Thanks to our friends at Spin Master, we're giving all of you the chance to win a Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hero Droid BB-8 - one of this year's hottest Star Wars toys!
DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender has been a massive hit for Netflix, and with it came some pretty fun toys as well. With the new generation digging deep into the history and lore of Voltron, a hand-picked collection of episodes were culled from the original series and released on Netflix as Voltron '84, and that just threw the doors wide-open for a new collection of toys. Beginning in January 18, the Voltron '84 Legendary Lion Assortment will be available at major retailers nationwide, allowing kids (and big kids) the opportunity to unlock over 60 sounds from the classic series by combining all 5 Legendary Lions into a Mighty 16" version of Voltron! Check out the full details below...
Legendary Bay Area metallers, SKINLAB, have announced their first live dates of 2018, with the Brothers in Blood Tour featuring PISSING RAZORS and SHATTERED SUN. The short southwestern run will commence on January 25 in San Diego, wrapping on February 3 in Harlingen, Texas (full dates below).