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

31 Days of Halloween - MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: Spooktacular Pony Tales

In Equestria, they say that everypony loves Halloween. The same holds true at Rock Father HQ, where we not only love Halloween, but have a couple of certified MLP fans on our hands, eager to follow the adventures of the Mane Six wherever they may roam. In MY LITTLE PONY FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC: SPOOKTACULAR PONY TALES (out now from Shout! Factory Kids) Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy, Rarity, Applejack and Pinkie Pie (Spike, too!) battle the forces of darkness (well, maybe not exactly) in six seasonally delightful episodes that go perfect with a crisp Fall breeze and some pumpkin-spiced sweets, landing firmly in 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Zoomer Dino by Spin Master (Hands-on with one of 2014's Hottest Toys) #ZoomerDino

Holiday 2014We see a lot of toys come in for evaluation here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house), and while many get the Rock Father Seal of Approval, it's a rare occasion when a toy gets a unanimous approval rating straight across the board, with not only myself and The Rock Daughters on-board, but my wife as well. The all-new Zoomer Dino by Spin Master is one such toy, easily securing it's place as an early entry to my 2014 Holiday Gift Guide. Check out our hands-on, in-action video below!

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Giveaway: Win The Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor (Round 2)!

The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorIf the past month has taught me anything, it's that most of you LOVE the Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor and want one for the special little one(s) in your life. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I recently gave readers a chance to win one, and the response was so overwhelming that Step2 has teamed-up with my fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro (check out her review of the Raptor) to give away one more, and once again, THE ROCK FATHER is in on that action! We're getting one lucky reader (or, their kids) ready to roll in one of the coolest rides you'll ever see, and one of the most in-demand toys for this Fall season!

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Giveaway: Win a BATMAN '66 Bleacher Creatures Complete Set!

BATMAN '66This year, something really cool happened... a door was opened to a world that hadn't really been explored in a very long time when it comes to pop culture collectibles and fun stuff: The BATMAN Classic TV Series became fair game. I've covered a lot of cool 1966 BATMAN items here on THE ROCK FATHER, but this one is up there in the POW! factor - something to be shared and enjoyed between kids and grownups alike. Ahead of the long-awaited Blu-ray and DVD release of the classic series comes a new line of "Feature Creatures" from the folks at Bleacher Creatures, LLC. When my Holiday Gift Guide goes live in mid-October, these will be there - rockin' 10" Plush Figures based on the characters of BATMAN '66: Batman (as played by Adam West), Robin (Burt Ward), Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), Catwoman (Julie Newmar) and of course, The Joker (Cesar Romero). To celebrate the launch, I'm really excited that Bleacher Creatures and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up to get one (1) lucky reader hooked-up with the full set (ARV: $100!), while two (2) runners-up will receive a random character from this Rogue's Gallery of Gotham City's most famous residents. Recommended for Ages 3+, they'd make a great gift or a fantastic collection of playable toys for the little ones. 

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3rd Annual Partnership Between WWE and SUSAN G. KOMEN Begins Tonight in Chicago... #CourageConquerCure

WWEBeginning tonight in Chicago on MONDAY NIGHT RAW (for which we will be in attendance), WWE and SUSAN G. KOMEN will expand their partnership for their third annual breast cancer awareness campaign.

WWE Superstars and Divas will be wearing co-branded Susan G. Komen and WWE apparel as all WWE platforms go pink for the "Courage Conquer Cure" campaign, which will continue through National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October.

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Hasbro scores rights to FROZEN and DISNEY PRINCESS Dolls for 2016 and beyond...

Now this is a coup. Yes, Hasbro would like to build a snowman - and they soon will. Hasbro and Disney Consumer Products have entered into agreement for Hasbro to develop dolls and toys based on the DISNEY PRINCESS stories and characters, as well as the world of FROZEN beginning in 2016. These lines move over from Mattel, who has been producing Disney-based dolls for many years (we have quite a few here at Rock Father HQ). From the rumor department, there have been rumblings for awhile that Disney might be eyeing an eventual takeover of Hasbro (again, rumor and speculation here), but with Hasbro already producing toys from the Disney-owned STAR WARS and MARVEL properties, the addition of FROZEN and DISNEY PRINCESS into the mix certainly makes an alignment look more apparent.

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Giveaway: Win the Step2 Deluxe Workshop for your little builders!

Step2 Brand AmbassadorKids love to work like Mom and Dad, and there's nothing that embraces that more than giving them a workshop to call their own. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I get to check out (and sometimes give away) some of the coolest toys around, all of which nurture imaginative play. This week, I'm really excited to be joining Step2, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Our Southern Style and Viva Veltoro to get one lucky reader set-up with the Step2 Deluxe Workshop - the perfect place for kids to "fix" their toys and "build" fun projects just like a grownup!

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Embracing our Inner MARVEL #InfinityHeroes with Disney Infinity 2.0 and Virtual Imaginative Play...

This #InfinityHeroes Adventure is brought to you by #CollectiveBias Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are that of James Zahn, aka The Rock Father.

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Superheroes are part of daily life here at Rock Father HQ. Most of you know that by now, but I live it daily, when my girls break out their Spider-man (which you will be corrected to acknowledge as "Spider-GIRL") or Rocket Racoon masks for an adventure in the yard, or when Iron Man and Captain America spend some time having tea with Rapunzel and Ariel in the Disney Princess Castle. Not long ago, I saw the Iron Patriot chilling out with Boba Fett on the sun deck of the Barbie Dream House, kicking back, completely lounging in a pair of purple adirondack chairs. What can I say? It happens, so when Elsa and Anna show up, the adventure is just beginning. I'm big on imaginative play, tending to go light on the "screens" and big on the physical realm, which is why I've always been intrigued by the Disney Infinity Games - an open-ended platform that manages to merge to physical and the virtual. It's actually the first video game that I've ever let my girls play.

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Giveaway: Win MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN on Blu-ray Combo Pack!

On October 14, 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment will release DreamWorks' MR. PEABODY AND SHERMAN on Blu-ray and DVD (the Digital HD is out now). Based on the classic cartoon characters of the 50s &60s, the time-traveling adventures of a boy and an incredibly intelligent dog that just so happens to be his Dad is bound to be one of this Fall's biggest home releases, and now THE ROCK FATHER has your chance to win the Blu-ray/DVD/Digital Combo Pack! Enter for your chance at glory below, and be sure to share the fun with your little ones through these all-new printable coloring sheets!

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Report: Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare brings Cinematic Frights to Chicagoland...

Halloween 2014After playing host to numerous haunted attractions during every Halloween season for the past couple of decades, the Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois has been given a cinematic overhaul for 2014 as the new location of Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare. After making it's debut in California last year, 2014 finds the Great American Nightmare (GAN) taking on two cities, with Scottsdale, Arizona joining Chicagoland for the newly-annual celebration of macabre entertainment with a rock and roll flair. THE ROCK FATHER was invited to check out the opening night festivities - complete with a full-blown Rob Zombie concert at the Odeum, and a trip through all three haunted houses, each based on one of Zombie's feature films: HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES, THE LORDS OF SALEM and THE HAUNTED WORLD OF EL SUPERBEASTO. Here's some thoughts...

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ARTHUR gets an App ahead of 18th Season Premiere on PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS VIPOn September 29, ARTHUR will begin it's 18th (yes, 18th!) season on PBS KIDS, bringing all-new adventures of the WGBH-produced series to families everywhere. Ahead of the new season comes ARTHUR'S BIG APP, designed to encourage positive social skills through fun and engaging multi-level games. Focusing on the values of friendship, teamwork and helping others, each game allows kids to explore Elwood City and interact with their favorite ARTHUR characters. Check out the specs below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Here's the New Trailer for Disney's BIG HERO 6...

"Why is Baymax wearing carbon fiber underpants?" That's just one question posited in the new trailer for Walt Disney Animation Studios' BIG HERO 6, their 54th Animated Feature, and first to come ripped from the pages of MARVEL Comics. Featuring the voices of Maya Rudolph, James Cromwell, Damon Wayans Jr., T.J. Miller, Alan Tudyk, Jamie Chung, Genesis Rodriguez, Daniel Henney, with Ryan Potter as Hiro Hamada and Scott Adsit as Baymax, the second official U.S. trailer has hit the net and is viewable below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Giveaway: THE HERO OF COLOR CITY Step2 Cra-Z-Art Pack Extravaganza!

Step2As part of my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I often have the honor of getting some of you hooked-up with some cool toys for your little ones. Usually, it's one or two readers at a time, but this week I've got something extra-special: Step2 has teamed up with Magnolia Pictures to celebrate the release of their new film, THE HERO OF COLOR CITY  by giving away TEN (10!) prize packs (there's 10 Brand Ambassadors, ya dig?), each consisting of a Studio Art Desk™, Up & Down Roller Coaster, and a themed-pack of Cra-Z-Art crayons. THE HERO OF COLOR CITY is in Theaters, On Demand and on iTunes October 3rd. Get details and enter below!

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