PJ MasksIt's time to be a hero! If your little ones are fans of PJ Masks (airing daily on Disney Junior here in the 'States), chances are you know that phrase well - kids by day, superheroes by night! For the past year, kids have been enjoying the adventures of Catboy, Owlette and Gekko, and this Fall they can really start to live the adventures in an all-new assortment of officially-licensed apparel and accessories that's just arrived in time for Back-to-School. Fashions for boys and girls, including hoodies, t-shirts, pajamas and more have arrived at Kohl's and Target, while backpacks and lunch kits are available at Amazon, Toys "R" Us and other retailers. 

Thursday, August 25 2016 22:39

CANDIRIA Returns with WHILE THEY WERE SLEEPING...

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Brooklyn's CANDIRIA are a band that more people should know about - something I've been saying for many years, going back to when I first heard their album 300 Percent Density while working for the late Sam Goody back in 2001. Fusing metal, hardcore, jazz, and hip-hop, Candiria is back with a new album, While They Were Sleeping, set for release by Metal Blade Records on October 7th. It was recorded at Spaceman Sound in Brooklyn by Tom Tierney and Alex Mead-Fox, and produced by Candiria. Check out the new single, "Mereya," and all of the new album details below...

Thursday, August 25 2016 22:21

Toy Review: Get Ready, The Emojiez are Here...

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Who knew that Emojis were gonna become such a thing? Personally, it took me years to even start using the little icons of emotional response in my digital messaging, but today they're a part of every day life, just as they tend to be for most of those who find themselves living as part of a connected world. They're everywhere we look at this point (we saw "Poop Hats" at the Lake County Fair this summer), and one of the most interesting aspects of their pop culture saturation is that they've taken hold without a tv show or movie (though one is coming) to support it - they're just already naturally in your pocket... living in your smartphone or mobile device. Kids have been giving the Emoji (which I figure is both singular and plural, a la "Jedi") personalities to back up what they already represent, but now things are getting even more detailed with Fun 2 Play Toys' new collection of EMOJIEZ - fleshed-out characters available across a variety of sub-lines. Sent to us for review in our Toy Testing Facility here at Rock Father HQ, Finley (already an Emoji enthusiast) and I took a look at a big assortment, plus did some blind bag action...

Back in June, I had a chance to get a very early look at Disney's QUEEN OF KATWE, having attended one of the first press screenings during a visit to Burbank. Based on the true story of Ugandan Chess champion Phiona Mutesi, the film is a worthy one - especially for families - in teaching kids that it is possible to achieve seeming impossible goals no matter where you come from. Disney and ESPN Films have issued some new previews and featurettes, all of which can be seen in the player below. Stay tuned, as I'll be sharing more on this one, along with a formal review prior to its big-screen opening, September 23, 2016. Get pre-sale tickets now via Fandango.

I'm not entirely sure where she'd even seen it, but last year, our oldest daughter, Addie, only had one wish for Santa: The Original Miracle Melting Snowman. It's actually pretty charming that for a girl that "has everything," she always ends up asking Santa for some relatively simple things come Christmastime. Now, it actually took me a little bit to figure out what she meant by "I want a melting snowman," but as always, Mr. Claus delivered - a 3" snowman that can "melt" before your very eyes. With my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide™ taking shape and soon to launch, I'm presenting the Melting Snowman as an early entry that's Rock Father-approved as a perfect stocking stuffer. Check out the hands-on time-lapse video below, straight from the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ!

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...

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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...

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