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Retro: This Mego Batmobile & Batcycle Commercial has The Joker on the Run...

Growing up, I never had any of the classic Mego figures - the 8" dolls with real cloth clothing based on pop culture icons of the time. I did have the 3¾" DUKES OF HAZZARD figures that Mego produced, but that was toward the end of their run, when lines like STAR WARS and G.I. JOE were hitting a new generation of kids like me with what would become the most popular format of pocket-sized figures. But for that generation before me, those 8" dolls were a huge deal, and they've stayed popular for decades, resulting in their revival through companies like EMCE Toys, Diamond Select Toys, Mattel and Figures Toy Company. I recently came across a commercial for a 1970s collection of BATMAN vehicles and playsets that's pretty fantastic. Four decades before Ben Affleck would don the cape and cowl to chase down a Lamborghini-driving Jared Leto as THE JOKER, kids were rockin these pretty sweet toys that were largely based on the 1966 BATMAN series and later cartoons...

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Force Friday Countdown: THE CLONE WARS Count Dooku - 100 Days to Go...

Strange this is... that Christopher Lee, the man behind COUNT DOOKU in ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH, would have his birthday just one day after his Hammer Films co-star Peter Cushing, aka GRAND MOFF TARKIN. Well, as if the Sith Lord and former Count Dracula had anything to do with it. For today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, THE CLONE WARS Count Dooku action figure from 2008 is featured. This is one I've not had, though it's funny that his little hologram projector of Asajj Ventress looks like a popsicle or an award statue though, isn't it? And yes, Minnie thinks that Count Dooku is just dreamy...

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Chicago: RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL 2015 First Wave Lineup: FAITH NO MORE, NO DOUBT, THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION, and more!

After finally settling in on a new location, Chicago's RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will take place in Douglas Park, September 11-13, 2015. Tonight comes the much-anticipated First Wave Lineup Announcement for this year's fest, which boasts some big surprises, and like year's past, features some bands performing seminal albums in their entirety. RIOT FEST might be Chicago's "second biggest music festival," but it's the only one that I care about - and FAITH NO MORE (who revealed their appearance during their recent Chicago stop) would be all that I needed to be on-board, but look at this lineup! THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION is gonna be there - the house band of ShowBiz Pizza, who I've written about multiple times! And the first wave of bands for 2015 are...

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UNBOXED: Skyrocket Toys' New MINIONS Collection (Toy Review)

When it comes to Summer Movies, the one leading the charge on the family front is MINIONS, according to a recent Fandango Family poll. The loveable villains from the world of DESPICABLE ME will be back in theaters on July 10th thanks to Universal Pictures and Illumination Entertainment, and if you've visited your local toy departments, you may have noticed that the aisles are already starting to look a little more yellow. With a hot movie comes a hot license, and MINIONS is no exception - with the folks at Skyrocket Toys serving-up some interesting items that are really well-placed for outdoor, summertime play. The Rock Daughters recently received a "Mystery Box" containing four items from the new collection, and I let them do a short episode of UNBOXED to capture their reactions as they took a peek at each for the very first time...

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Force Friday Countdown: The Vintage Collection Grand Moff Tarkin - 101 Days to Go...

Grand Moff Tarkin. When the first STAR WARS was released in 1977, not much was known about this member of the Imperial Forces... but it sure seemed like he had Darth Vader at his disposal. In 2015, audiences are getting to know more about Tarkin through STAR WARS REBELS, but the way the character was originally - and villainously - inhabited by actor Peter Cushing will always be remembered. This veteran actor of the Hammer Films' horror series brought his menace to a galaxy far, far away, and would've turned 102, had he lived to see today. Peter Cushing was born on May 26, 1913, and his entry into the Hasbro Force Friday Countdown Calendar celebrates THE VINTAGE COLLECTION action figure of Grand Moff Tarkin that was released in 2012. Up top, the calendar is pictured here at Rock Father HQ, flanked by his earlier, POWER OF THE FORCE figure.

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PEANUTS Summertime Giveaway! Win a Cool Prize Pack featuring Target-Exclusive PEANUTS Items!

PEANUTS Brand AmbassadorIt's a huge year for PEANUTS, as the iconic characters from Charles M. Schulz celebrate their 65th anniversary - a year that will be capped-off by the release of  the first-ever 3D CGI Peanuts feature film, THE PEANUTS MOVIE, from Blue Sky Studios and 20th Century Fox. To get that PEANUTS vibe rolling for the summer, the folks at Target commissioned their design team to create a full line of exclusive Summertime PEANUTS products - over 100 items in all! Now, as a PEANUTS Worldwide Brand Ambassador, I'm giving all of YOU a chance to win a special PEANUTS Summertime Prize Package that includes a Paddle Ball game featuring Charlie Brown, Snoopy and Woodstock; a Jumbo Flying Disc emblazoned with Snoopy himself; a Snoopy Sippy Cup; and the massive Snoopy Ride-On Pool Float!

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The Greatest 80s Action Film of All-Time is Coming to the El Rey Network... on Thursday

KUNG FURY just may be the greatest action movie of the 1980s to be made in 2015. Written by, Directed by, and Starring DAVID SANDBERG, the crowd-funded epic will have it's Global Premiere this Thursday, May 28, 2015, with Robert Rodriguez' El Rey Network handling the broadcast duties. Featuring KNIGHT RIDER's DAVID HASSELHOFF as Hoff 9000, and THE LONELY ISLAND's JORMA TACCONE as Kung Führer, this Thursday evening just got a whole lot crazier...

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Preview: Disney Infinity 3.0 STAR WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE REPUBLIC Play Set!

As we approach the halfway mark of the year, 2015 is looking like a fantastic year for media, with the best titles yet to come. When it comes to games, one of the biggest on my most-anticipated list is the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition... aka the STAR WARS edition. Today comes a fresh look at one of the three STAR WARS Play Sets to be released for the game this year, STAR WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE REPUBLIC. Developed by Ninja Theory, in partnership with Avalanche Software, the game is set to deliver "an authentic family-friendly STAR WARS game experience with an enhanced combat system."

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SENSES FAIL Gets a New Lullaby Collection from Sparrow Sleeps...

If you read THE ROCK FATHER regularly (and I sure hope that you do), then you already know that there's a ton of great family music out there that escapes the mainstream radar. For the youngest rockers, that music often skews toward lullabies based upon the works of popular artists - an increasingly busy field dominated by a few companies of note, such as my friends at Roma Music Group and their massive library of Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star titles. While the "bigger" artists get lullabied regularly (sometimes by multiple labels), the folks at Sparrow Sleeps are focusing on a more niche market, with the subjects of their work often involved in the release of these nursery-friendly counterparts. Casey Cole and Peter Lockhart describe themselves as "two midwestern guys with pop-punk fueled hearts," and that shows through their releases, which lullaby fan favorite tracks from artists such as MXPX, THRICE, HOT ROD CIRCUIT and CARTEL. Today comes their latest release, THE CRIER - lullaby renditions of your favorite SENSES FAIL songs.

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TURBO FAST: SEASON ONE Races to DVD!

It's hard to believe that I've been writing about DreamWorks Animation's TURBO for two years already, but here we are - and the Netflix Original Series spawned by the feature film is coming to DVD for the very first time. TURBO FAST: SEASON ONE, from the creators of TURBO, races home on June 2 in a three-disc collection from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, bringing with it over 9-hours of high-octane action with the world’s fastest snail and his Fast Action Stunt Team as they put their elite skills to the test against all-new opponents on and off the track. Check out the full episode listing below...

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Giveaway: Win STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE - BERRY BEST IN SHOW on DVD!

It was more than two years ago already that I reviewed the Season Three Premiere of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BERRY BITTY ADVENTURES. While the switchover between The Hub Network and Discovery Family Channel may have stalled things a bit, the fourth season is finally on the way (premiering June 20th), and new viewers are finding the series through the themed DVD collections released by 20th Century Fox. On the latest collection, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BERRY BEST IN SHOW, we're taken back to that Season Three Premiere, and one of the reasons why I loved it so much: Huckleberry Pie. Yes, the sole male resident of Berry Bitty City finally made his modern-day debut, and the latest DVD collection focuses on something very close to his heart - pets. Want to win a copy of this new DVD? Read on, friends, because THE ROCK FATHER and the FHE Insiders just might get you hooked-up!

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Watch: The WWE Memorial Day Tribute to the American Armed Forces

WWETonight on MONDAY NIGHT RAW, the WWE Universe will be treated to a special Tribute to the American Armed Forces. Coming together to recite portions of a Memorial Day speech given by President Ronald Reagan back in 1982, WWE Superstars and Divas give thanks to anyone who has served, or is currently serving our Country - thanks that I fully echo as well. Check out the two-minute clip below...

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Luke Skywalker (STAR WARS Turns 38!) - 102 Days to Go...

5-25-77: It was 38 years ago today that audiences first got to experience George Lucas' STAR WARS on the big screen. But it wasn't quite "in theaters everywhere," and in fact, was quite the opposite. Opening on fewer than 40 screens, STAR WARS (not yet known as "Episode IV" or "A NEW HOPE") was expected by many (Lucas included) to be a non-event. Soon, after audiences began lining up around the block for screenings, the phenomenon began, with some theaters showing the film continuously for over a year. As they say, "the rest is history," and what a rich history it's been, along with the infamous "Early Bird" release (an empty box) of the very first Kenner Action Figures for the 1977 holiday season. For today's special entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, three versions of the Kenner STAR WARS Luke Skywalker figure are presented - the 1978 Luke, the 1980 "Bespin Fatigues" version, and finally, the 1983 Luke Skywalker "Jedi Knight Outfit" edition. Two of those I actually have here at Rock Father HQ...

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