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Force Friday Countdown: 2008/09 STAR WARS Titanium Series Anakin & Sebulba Podracers - 104 Days to Go...

When it comes to STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, the Boonta Eve Classic Podracing scene was undoubtedly one of the most action-packed highlights. While I never had any of the Titanium Series Podracers (pretty recent releases from 2008/2009), I did have the 1999 Podracers for the 3¾" figures, though I sold them when I decided to focus on the Original Trilogy. Today's entry in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar focuses on two of the Podracers - those owned by Anakin Skywalker and his rival, Sebulba. So how about a Pod Race?

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THE ROCK DAUGHTERS' Netflix #StreamTeam Picks: Lalaloopsy, Star Wars, Bill Nye, Tinker Bell and more...

Netflix #StreamTeamI've said it before, and I'll say it again: My "recently-watched" and "recommended for" sections of my Netflix dashboard are completely dominated by children's programming. Yes, as a card-carrying member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I'm more than aware that I could choose "KIDS" as a sign-in option, or create a new profile just for the munchkins - but I'm never one to take the easiest path, so I roll with it. While I bring you news on Netflix content periodically throughout each month, my formal column for May falls firmly in the hands of THE ROCK DAUGHTERS, Adalyn and Finley. What are they watching (with guidance from Mommy and Daddy)? Let's just say that a few of this month's choices are very close to my heart as well...

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Creature Cantina Action Playset - 105 Days to Go...

I don't know that there has been a single scene in a film outside of the STAR WARS Cantina (aside from JABBA's PALACE) that has spawned more individual action figures and hours of play. Even as a kid - in an era when STAR WARS (and action figures) was a new thing, the Cantina was legendary - despite only having seen it on the screen once or twice by the time the toys started coming out. The folks at Kenner jumped on it, releasing not one, but two playsets based on this "wretched hive of scum and villainy," both of which I had, and the second of which appears as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar.

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Olaf & Sven Become FROZEN itty bittys - Coming to Hallmark Gold Crown Stores...

If you're a fan of Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN, you're no doubt awaiting more information about the development of FROZEN 2. While that's a little hard to come by, more cool collectibles based in the world of Arendelle continue to be released, and perhaps none are cuter than the Hallmark itty bittys. While Anna and Elsa have been available for a little bit now, they'll soon have company, as their friends Sven and Olaf are making their way into Hallmark Gold Crown Stores later this month. The duo joins an exciting 2015 itty bittys lineup that features characters from Disney, along with STAR WARS, PEANUTS, MUPPETS, DC Comics and more (get a full checklist here). The Rock Daughters recently received a pair in advance, and their appeal is undeniable...

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Test-Drive a New Cub Cadet XT Enduro Series Lawn Tractor, Enter to Win Big in the Strongsville Sweepstakes!

THE ROCK FATHER™ participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Cub Cadet. He received a promotional item for his participation.

With Spring truly here for much of the United States, lawn enthusiasts like myself have been hard at work to get their yards in-order. It's a constant battle, and the folks at Cub Cadet know that - and their new line of XT Enduro Series Lawn Tractors have been designed with that in-mind, along with the latest in technology, advanced cutting performance, comfort, responsive handling and corrosion protection built-into every one. To start the season off right, Cub Cadet is giving YOU a chance to WIN big and take a test-drive in their Strongsville Sweepstakes. You could score Cub Cadet Power Equipment, or a $12,000 lawn makeover to make the yard of your dreams!

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TRANSFORMERS: MAY MAYHEM Begins... QUICKSLINGER and BRAKE-NECK Roll Out!

If you want new TRANSFORMERS, today is your day! Hasbro is showcasing figures from its iconic TRANSFORMERS brand though MAY MAYHEM, a new fan initiative spotlighting the hot new TRANSFORMERS GENERATIONS: COMBINER WARS line. It's all getting started today with the release of AERIALBOT QUICKSLINGER and STUNTICON BRAKE-NECK figures from the COMBINER WARS line, who are available right now through select online retailers. Further activities involving fan participation, multi-platform storytelling and other online promotions will continue throughout the month of May.

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Nickelodeon BUNCH OF PLAY DATES 3-DVD Set Coming in July...

On July 7, Paramount Home Media will release a unique, three-disc DVD collection featuring over seven hours of educational and musical fun. Nickelodeon Bunch of Play Dates features eighteen episodes from Dora the ExplorerTeam UmizoomiBubble GuppiesGo, Diego, Go!The Wonder Pets!Ni Hao, Kai-LanThe Fresh Beat Band, and Blue’s Room - all placed in themed bundles; Dance to the Music; Rootin' Tootin' Wild West; Once Upon a Rhyme. The set will carry an MSRP of just $19.99. Check out the episode listing and special features below...

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The Random Rock: News on FOO FIGHTERS, BEA MILLER, TAKING BACK SUNDAY, BULLET FOR MY VALENTINE, more...

I get hit with so much music news here at Rock Father HQ that there's barely any way to cover it - much less a lot of it. That's why I'm going to make an effort to get my old "Random Rock" column happening on a more frequent basis again. The deal is simple - I'll start off with a stream or video to enjoy while reading, followed by a list of quick news items from around the music world (though likely with a "rock" focus). If you'd like to know more about a story, a link will be provided to do so.  Here we go...

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Giveaway: Celebrate the Release of TOMORROWLAND, Win a $25 Fandango Gift Card!

Fandango FamilyTHE ROCK FATHER is a paid member of the Fandango Family Digital Network.

From Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, TOMORROWLAND is the latest fantasy to be inspired by and rooted in Disney lore - the tale of a jaded scientist and an optimistic teen, who embark on a danger-filled mission to unearth the secrets of an enigmatic place somewhere in time and space. To celebrate its release, THE ROCK FATHER is presenting a Fandango Family Giveaway in which one (1) lucky reader will receive a $25 Fandango Gift Card, good toward the purchase of tickets for TOMORROWLAND, or any other film at participating theaters. Welcome to TOMORROWLAND...

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Slave I and BOBA FETT - 106 Days to Go...

It was 35 years ago today, May 21, 1980, that STAR WARS EPISODE V: THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK hit theaters. Like many fans of the STAR WARS Saga, I hold EMPIRE (or, TESB) in high regard as my favorite - possibly because it's the first STAR WARS movie that I can remember seeing in the theater. That film also spawned some of my favorite toys not just from STAR WARS - but favorites, period - particularly those relating to Hoth and Bespin. From the latter, it was there that audiences first got a big-screen look at Bounty Hunter BOBA FETT, who had already made an appearance in the infamous STAR WARS HOLIDAY SPECIAL, and a parade of some sort. He, along with his ship, the SLAVE I, became instant favorites for kids like me, and over the years I've owned five incarnations of his famous ship. 

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Will You Win Big in Schick Xtreme3's Comfortopia? #TheIndisposables

THE ROCK FATHER is sharing #TheIndisposables in his life as part of a Schick® Xtreme3® sponsored series for Socialstars. Horns up! \m/ \m/

The Indisposables are back, folks. And this time? That's right, we're taking you on a trip to an exotic place called Comfortopia - a land where you could win big - scoring all 10 of the Indisposable Comforts from an HDTV and XBOX to the simple things, like proper undies and a great pair of pants. In fact, there's over $5,000 in "Indisposable" prizes, and some of that glory could be yours.

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LEGO Dimensions Goes BACK TO THE FUTURE with Dr. Emmett Brown...

Last month, a great ripple was felt on multiple planes when LEGO Dimensions was officially announced. Now, more details have emerged as Dr. Emmett Brown (Christopher Lloyd) comes face to face with his quite "handsome" LEGO counterpart in a new trailer that takes viewers into LEGO Hill Valley and well beyond. The first BACK TO THE FUTURE Fun Pack will be released alongside the game, on September 27, 2015, with an additional shortly behind. Take a peek...

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Chicago's RIOT FEST Stays in the City, Announces Move to Douglas Park...

While I don't live in the City proper, I've always identified as a "Chicagoan," and have long looked at the annual RIOT FEST as a true Chicago tradition - one that's spread to other cities, including Denver and Toronto. Having attended, and having seen it grow from small clubs to a multi-venue, week-long event (I covered and shot it back in 2011) that then morphed into the RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL, I (like many) was disheartened to see the fest being squeezed as part of a larger debate about its recent home in Humboldt Park. Today, that debate ends as far as RIOT FEST is concerned, as the 2015 RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will stay in Chicago, moving south to Douglas Park.

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