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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Halloween 2014: ROB ZOMBIE Brings His GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE to Chicago...

Oh yes... the Halloween Season here in Chicagoland just got a whole lot more rockin', as ROB ZOMBIE'S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE has announced the addition of a second location for 2014, taking place on select nights from September 26-November 1 at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL. Better yet? ROB ZOMBIE will perform a special, one-night-only concert on opening night, September 26.

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SDCC: STAR WARS REBELS: A LOOK AHEAD features C-3PO, R2-D2 and more...

Fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego have no shortage of The Force this week, with some pretty incredible STAR WARS-themed offerings around every turn. The buzz is big for Disney's STAR WARS REBELS, and a new two-and-a-half minute look at the upcoming animated series has been released, and while there's a lot of goodies for new fans and old ones alike, I think we can all agree that C-3PO and R2-D2 just tie the whole Saga together. Take a look...

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SDCC First-Look! TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, the 2015 Animated Series...

Fresh from SDCC - the currently in-progress Comic-Con International in San Diego - comes this first-look preview of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE! Shown here on THE ROCK FATHER with the permission of Hasbro, this new entry into the TRANSFORMERS Universe will begin airing on the Hub Network sometime in 2015. Check out the new preview below, and share your thoughts in the comments section. Personally, I'm digging it...

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PLASTIC GALAXY: The History of STAR WARS Toys makes the Kessel Run to DVD...

This is one of those posts where I have to preface things with the old "if you're new to the site" bit, as simply tossing up an item with STAR WARS in the title is bound to bring a few new readers in my general direction. You see, when it comes to STAR WARS, I'm old school - a kid that was there in the beginning, amassed an incredible collection of the vintage Kenner toys, saw those get sold in the late 80s, rekindled the collecting bug in '97, turned the whole thing into an addiction, and eventually sold 90% of what I had after "kicking the habit." I've also worked on a film about STAR WARS, and did a song about the saga that popped up on TheForce.net and was later featured right here on THE ROCK FATHER. So when news landed here this morning about a documentary on STAR WARS action figures? Yeah, I'm in. PLASTIC GALAXY: The History of STAR WARS Toys is available now on DVD, and I've got a 13-minute preview for you below...

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The Great American Road Trip: 1,900 Miles, Six Days, Three Hotels, and Infinite Adventure...

Around 30 years ago, my parents took my sister and I on a road trip to Washington, D.C. Along the way, we stopped at several locations in Pennsylvania, making memories that have lasted a lifetime. With our girls hitting two and five this year, my wife and I decided it was time for our first family vacation - and as such, it was to be a road trip. We plotted several potential courses, with the Philadelphia area set to be the focal point and ultimate destination for a couple of reasons. First off, we were going to finally take Sprout up on a long-standing offer to stop by the Comcast Center and see Chica at the Sunshine Barn during a visit to the set of THE SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW. Second, we wanted to head for Langhorne to visit SESAME PLACE. During our planning, we attempted to pack in as much as possible, with potential stops in Washington, D.C., New York City, West Virginia and Cincinnati on the chart. Instead, we strategically plotted our trip to be centralized in PA - visiting some iconic locations in Philly (but scrapping the Sprout visit), our big trip to SESAME PLACE, a visit to THE CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE in Easton, HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD in Hershey, and a swing back through Ohio to visit my friends at SMUCKER'S on our way back to Northern Illinois.

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Build-A-Bear Workshop releases the Minnie Mouse-themed Bear Collection...

Build-A-BearThe folks over at Build-A-Bear Workshop just sent over word that their latest collection has been released, and it's dedicated to the pink-and-white polka-dotted world of MINNIE MOUSE.

Now available are a 16" Minnie Mouse-themed bear, complete with Minnie's signature bow on top, and custom graphics on her paws. This bear is completely customizable with a full line of outfits and accessories - even her own little bear.

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SDCC: Disney and Sony team-up for DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES Collector's Edition

When it comes to video gaming, I still have not yet entered the "Next Generation," which is technically already here. I've also not yet played DISNEY INFINITY, despite covering news on it for over a year at this point - but the upcoming release of DISNEY INFINITY: MARVEL SUPER HEROES (2.0 Edition) just might be the push I need. But then there's conflict since I've long been a loyalist to the Microsoft XBOX 360, but Sony's PS4 is looking more and more appealing with the news that landed here at Rock Father HQ this evening: Disney and Sony have teamed up for a Collector's Edition for both PS4 and PS3, and a hardware bundle for the PS3 (not sure why they wouldn't go PS4 on that, though). Check out the trailer and specs...

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SDCC: LEGO is rolling out the AWESOME for Comic-Con with BATMAN, STAR WARS, TMNT and more...

LEGO Shop at HomeIt's that time of year again, the week when everything awesome in pop culture gets a massive spotlight shone upon it at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego. This year, LEGO is rolling into the convention center with the big guns out - showing off incredible new offerings from their pop culture brands, including STAR WARS, DC COMICS, MARVEL, THE HOBBIT, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, MIXELS, and of course, THE LEGO MOVIE. I wish I was going this year, if only to get a look at the new LEGO Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT Trilogy, and to pick-up the Classic 1966 Batmobile set - which is real, and not one of the fan designs that keeps getting touted. Take a look at the full LEGO lineup below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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Summer Fun with BARBIE: THE PEARL PRINCESS...

Get girly-glam Gear at the Barbie BoutiqueA couple of years ago, Addie and I discovered the series of CGI-animated BARBIE movies that Universal has been releasing one or two times a year. Much to my surprise, they're not bad - and now having viewed many of them, it's incredible to see just how much the quality has increased over the years. The first massive hit here at Rock Father HQ was PRINCESS AND THE POPSTAR (which really needs a follow-up), and it was nearly trumped when Addie found out that there were some BARBIE mermaid movies as well. She loves mermaids, and now that Little Finley is in on the aquatic action as well these days, when Mattel sent us a copy of their latest film, BARBIE: THE PEARL PRINCESS, along with a couple of dolls inspired by the movie (they arrived back in May), excitement was abound, and it's carried well into summer.

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Kindie Scene 6: Suzi Shelton, Django Jones, The Okee Dokee Brothers, Riff Rockit, Eric Herman, Brady Rymer

Welcome to THE ROCK FATHER's Kindie Scene 6, a new column in which you'll find some quick thoughts on six genre-spanning family-friendly albums that you can check out right now. On-deck today, we've got records spinning from BRADY RYMER, ERIC HERMAN, RIFF ROCKIT, THE OKEE DOKEE BROTHERS, DJANGO JONES and SUZI SHELTON. Let's get to work...

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Watch: 15-Year-Old BEA MILLER releases "Young Blood" Music Video...

Two years ago, BEA MILLER appeared on THE X FACTOR, scoring a slot as a finalist and finishing ninth. Now, the 15-year-old (weird to me that she was born the same year I got married) has a new EP out through Hollywood Records/SYCO Music, and this week, the official music video for the title track has arrived. Check out "Young Blood" below, along with a few words about the single from Miss Miller...

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