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When it comes to play kitchens, The Step2 Company has been the go-to source for fun and innovated models for years. This year they upped the game, releasing the modern Grand Luxe Kitchen to the assortment, but they've also done something completely different... and it's inspired by the sewers of New York City. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Pizza Kitchen is the kind of pizzeria that Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael would consider totally rad! There's a pizza oven, a "pop" (or "soda," depending on where you live) machine, electronic stove top burner, mini-fridge and more - along with all the accessories a kid could possibly need to serve up some TMNT-style pie. As a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I've teamed up with my friends at Step2 to give you a shot at winning one!

As both a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board and an official PJ Masks Ambassador, I'm excited to announce that this Friday, December 9, 2016, I'll be co-hosting the #PJMasksHoliday Twitter Party! From 11am-12pm ET, we'll be talking holiday fun, toys, and all about the hit series from eOne Entertainment that airs daily on Disney Junior. This holiday season, PJ Masks toys from Just Play are available exclusively at Toys "R" Us, and we'll be giving you a chance to win one of five (5) collectible figure sets, while one (1) grand prize winner will receive the highly sought-after PJ Masks Headquarters Playset! RSVP here.

2017 is going to be a massive year at the movies, and on June 23rd it's the Autobots vs. Decepticons once more as Transformers: The Last Knight hits theaters. The fifth film in the live-action franchise based on the iconic Hasbro toys finds filmmaker Michael Bay back at the helm with a cast that includes Mark Wahlberg, Josh Duhamel, Anthony Hopkins, Laura Haddock, Isabella Moner, Stanley Tucci and John Turturro. As a huge fan of the Transformers overall, this one is one of my most-anticipated films for the coming year, and tonight Paramount Pictures unleashed the first teaser trailer. Check it out...

Monday, December 05 2016 21:15

Trax! Rarities from Ministry coming this Friday...

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This Friday, Cleopatra Records will issue Trax! Rarities, a double-LP collection of early rare tracks and alternate versions from Wax Trax!-era Ministry, as well as several previously unreleased cuts from Al Jourgensen-related side projects - Revolting Cocks, PTP, Pailhead and 1000 Homo DJs. Check out the cover art and tracklisting below. The limited-edition 2-LP set is being offered on clear vinyl through the Cleopatra Records Bandcamp store.

Another day, another new featurette from Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!  Tonight we get a brief look behind-the-scenes at Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, a new hero of the Rebellion, and one at the center of this new adventure - the tale of the brave Rebels tasked with hunting down the plans for the Death Star in the days prior to the events of 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope. Take a look...

We're just under two weeks out from the release of Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and as the anticipation continues to mount, each new glimpse into the throwback return to a galaxy far, far away is more enticing. Much has been said about the "lived-in" quality of the film, one that rightfully embraces its place in the timeline, taking place in the days just prior to the events of 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope. With that comes creatures (many of which we already have action figures for) that are created by skilled craftsmen and women rather than pixels created in a computer. Tonight comes a new featurette that takes a look at just that, along with a new TV spot... "Worth It." Check 'em out!

Presented in partnership with TOMY...

It's been a big year for TOMY, celebrating 70 years as a John Deere licensee via ERTL, and continuing to reach new generations of kids, along with collectors of all-ages. Having written a little bit about John Deere toys in the past, my love of these iconic green-and-yellow farm machines goes back to my own youth, often playing with my cousins on some real-life family farms. As a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, TOMY presents a pair of John Deere Toy Box Bundles - exclusive holiday offers available only at TOMY.com, with savings of up to 40%. Check these out!

With my wife and I being the parents of two girls, the world of 18" dolls and accessories has been a growing one here at Rock Father HQ. We've discovered over the years that there's some huge variance in quality, price and style between all the different brands that are out there, and as I've written about here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine in the past, there is no other brand that hits the mark more perfectly than Our Generation when it comes to the right balance. Available exclusively at Target stores here in the U.S., Battat's line of Our Generation Dolls and Accessories offers high quality toys that kids love, and a price that doesn't break the bank. After selling the dolls for more than a decade and finding them consistently among their best-selling toys, Target partnered with Battat to place expanded Our Generation Shops within 19 Target Stores this Fall - a trial run (which I covered here) that is likely a sign of big things to come. To celebrate the new shops and in-store events on December 10, along with Our Generation's inclusion as a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide, THE ROCK FATHER and Battat have teamed-up to give you a shot at winning a $100 Target Gift Card to help with your holiday shopping! First, we'll take a look at some of the latest items from Our Generation...

When it comes to sweet rides, Mattel's Hot Wheels brand is iconic - providing kids with countless hours of high-octane fun on the orange track since 1968. Like myself and the kids of many generations before, The Rock Daughters™ are well-versed in orange track adventures, often building elaborate course layouts anchored by Epic playsets like the incredible Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage. This year there's something new in the mix, and it comes to us from The Step2 Company, who under license from Mattel has created the Hot Wheels Car & Track Play Table. Available now as a Toys "R" Us Exclusive, this Play Table puts an automotive spin on Step2's famous Train Tables, re-working the play environment into signature Hot Wheels orange and blue, with a self-contained play space that kids absolutely love. As a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I'm thrilled to give you a chance to win one, presented in partnership with Step2!

Earlier this evening, I had four little girls (The Rock Daughters™ + 2 friends) huddled around a computer in my office to see the new teaser trailer for MARVEL Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. There's so much to love in this, I'll let the video mostly speak for itself, but I do have to mention that although they're still calling him "Baby Groot," Toddler Groot is going to be the toy that kids want next year.  Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is once again directed by James Gunn, and will hit theater screens on May 5, 2017. From The Walt Disney Company and its affiliated studios alone, next year is gonna be huge...

When you think of images that capture the essence of a "classic Christmas," few are as iconic as a toy train running beneath the tree. Since 1900, Lionel Trains has been helping to bring the magic of toy trains to families, and for this season they've got something new - the Disney Mickey Mouse Express Ready-to-Play Train Set. This battery-powered, G-scale train is ready-to-rock right from the box - the only thing missing is batteries. It's a festive way to bring some Disney magic home. Check out the video below to see it in-action here at Rock Father HQ...

Friday, December 02 2016 08:36

Rogue One: Diego Luna - "Living in Star Wars"

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We're so close to the December 16 release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, the anticipation is building and fans are ready for a trip back in time to a galaxy far, far away. With the film's Red Carpet Premiere set for Saturday, December 10 in Los Angeles, we're starting to see more from the cast of the film, and one new clip comes to us from the UK Star Wars Channel - some behind-the-scenes footage featuring Diego Luna (Cassian Andor) on what it's like to be "Living in Star Wars." See it below...

It was earlier this year at The Toy Insider's HoliDAY of Play where I got my first-hand look at what would become the most sought-after toy for the 2016 Holiday season - Spin Master's Hatchimals. With a Global public unveiling scheduled for October 7 (dubbed "Hatchimals Day"), I'd been invited to take part in the action - something that travel prevented, but with a pair of Hatchimals having arrived at Rock Father HQ for review, I still prepped our own "Hatching Party." With supplies allegedly dwindling, I've held off on posting our video until now - a hands-on example of just what Hatchimals are all about, capturing the excitement of the Hatching, but also taking a look at the craze... and how to find your very own Hatchimal! First-off, let's take a look at what Hatchimals are all about...

PJ Masks Ambassador'Tis the season for PJ Masks! With the Disney Junior hit picking up steam as we head toward Christmas, it's time for yet another look at some great potential gift items for your budding superheroes. I've already touched on some of the fantastic toys that my friends at Just Play have been releasing (and will have more on those soon), with the sought-after HQ playset becoming my Toy Insider Parent's Pick for the Best of 2016. Then, last month I featured some great books, games and activities,  but as the saying goes, "Wait! There's more!" Here's four more fun items for the little PJ Masks fans in the house...

Back when Barbie first started "moving in" here at Rock Father HQ a few years back, one of the first vehicles we bought the girls for their dolls was a "remote controlled" Barbie Corvette. For whatever reason, that car, along with nearly every RC car we've ever found made specifically for dolls has been what's known as "simple RC" - they go forward, but they only turn in reverse. Now comes what I believe is the first-ever full-function RC to be an official Barbie product. Created by Toy State under license from Mattel, the Barbie Cruisin' Convertible Corvette is available exclusively at Toys 'R' Us this holiday season, and is a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide!

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