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Thursday, December 08 2016 23:33

First Trailer for SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING Swings Online!

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It's a complicated arrangement that made it possible for Spider-man to finally enter the MARVEL Cinematic Universe with an appearance in this year's Captain America: Civil War - one that paved the way for next year's Spider-Man: Homecoming. The interesting thing is that this next "solo" outing (which we've learned is partially a team-up with Iron Man) is a SONY picture created in partnership with MARVEL Studios (Disney) - and with actor Tom Holland in the suit, we're into the third big-screen Spider-Man of this century. I often wonder if casual moviegoers understand all the "hows" and "whys" of all of this superhero-switching, but as the first trailer for Spider-Man: Homecoming has shown us tonight, this may be the most comic-accurate version we've ever seen, and one that looks to really bring Spidey into the universe that he so rightfully should be a part of. Check this out...

This Fall, the "Mane 6" from Hasbro's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television series returned to the digital realm in Backflip Studios' new high-definition match-3 puzzle game, MY LITTLE PONY: PUZZLE PARTY. Available for both iOS and Android, the game features hundreds of pony puzzle adventures and the real voices of the "Mane 6." In the game, players join Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Pinkie Pie as they use their unique “pony power-ups” to master magical levels throughout Equestria. To celebrate the game and the holiday season, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and Hasbro have teamed-up for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway in which three readers will receive some fantastic MY LITTLE PONY: PUZZLE PARTY Prize Packs!

"A Physician-Musician on a Mission" - that's how Kenny Davin Fine quickly describes himself, the truth being that the singer-songwriter, medical doctor, and spiritual Journeyman may take the term "multi-hyphenate" to new and unexpected levels. With his new album, Brand New Road available now, he's got a collection of country, rock and blues ready to be heard, but also a message of "Finer Health" - not just for grownups, but for kids, too! To celebrate the new album, Dr. Fine has teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER Magazine to offer a special Prize Pack featuring his signature "Dr Blueberry" Organic Freeze-Dried Blueberries from The Organic Alternative, plus his new album and his previous children's record!

While he'll soon be stepping into a galaxy far, far away as he prepares to take over the role of Lando Calrissian in the forthcoming Han Solo STAR WARS Story, Donald Glover is currently in full-on music mode as Childish Gambino. Today comes a preview of his Music x Technology collaboration with Microsoft and Wolf + Rothstein - PHAROS, a virtual reality experience, which will be available in early 2017 following the vinyl release of his new album, Awaken, My Love (the record is already out on CD/Digital). A PHAROS VR performance of "Me and Your Mama" has been issued on YouTube, and is best enjoyed with the companion app (available for iOS and Android)

Wednesday, December 07 2016 08:12

A BreakFEAST for the Ho-Ho-Holidays...

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Brought to you by Hungry Jack. THE ROCK FATHER is a proud Hungry Jack  Brand Ambassador.

Now that my favorite season is behind us (see ya next year, Fall!), we’re past the speed bump of Thanksgiving and racing full-steam-ahead toward the checkered flag that joyously waves upon the end of the Holiday season here at Rock Father HQ - Christmas. No matter what you choose or choose not to celebrate, the cold that December brings is always a great reminder of warm times spent with family - a chance to cozy up in the comforts of home, with great times and great meals. Around these parts, it’s no secret that breakfast is my favorite meal, and whether I cook for the family on a weekend morning, or break from tradition by doing mid-week breakfast-for-dinner, I try to make it a BreakFEAST by serving up Hungry Jack Pancakes and Waffles, but also letting everyone warm-up a bit with their favorite syrups.

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...

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