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

The Great American Road Trip: Philadelphia, The Liberty Bell and the ROCKY Experience...

When I last paused my story, we'd arrived in Philadelphia on nearly no sleep after our drive from Chicago, but with two girls that were ready to roll. We'd stopped by the DoubleTree Philadelphia, but knowing how early we were, as expected, our room was not yet ready. Fueled only by coffee, we set out for Independence Hall and The Liberty Bell to jump right into that true Philly experience. Being a Sunday, we were ahead of the crowds, and managed to stop by Carpenter's Hall and the Betsy Ross house as well...

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Toy Review: FUZE Bike Bubbler by Skyrocket Toys

If there's one thing that all parents (or anyone that's been around kids) can agree on, it's that kids love bubbles. It doesn't matter if it's from a simple container or an elaborate blaster, the appeal of bubbles is just universally accepted... but bubbles blasting from your bike? The concept alone is worthy of a mind-blowing response from the little ones, so when the crew over at Skyrocket Toys asked us to take a look at their new FUZE Bike Bubbler, the power of the bubbles was impossible to resist.

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Rides: Caring for the Autobot and Decepticon in my Driveway (A Daddy and Addie Adventure) #WalmartAuto

This adventure is brought to you by Walmart. THE ROCK FATHER is a Socialstars 2014 #WalmartAuto Ambassador. The Armor All products featured in this story are all available at your local store or at Walmart.com.

Ten years ago, SCION made it's debut here in the U.S., and I - deeply embedded in the entertainment world at the time - found myself enamored by the Scion XB, aka "The Box" after seeing it on the streets of California, where it arrived early. I ordered one brand-new, completely loaded and set to be delivered in June of 2004. In fact, I'm told it was the first black version to be delivered and sold in the state of Wisconsin (and imported to Illinois), but I've never been able to confirm that. I had it decked out with red LEDs to capture that KNIGHT RIDER vibe I dig so much, along with racing pedals, additional performance features, and the top-of-the-line Pioneer sound system. Upon arrival, I bestowed upon it a red Autobot insignia, displayed proudly on it's rear window... a throwback to the TRANSFORMERS debut in 1984. The car and I were ready for adventure, and many adventures were had. Now, in 2014 - I still have the Autobot in my driveway, but things are different. The bazooka tube is out of the trunk (room for a stroller), and in the back are a pair of car seats. 160,000 miles later, my Scion is still rockin', and it's Daddy and Addie that keep it that way.

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1966 BATMAN: THE COMPLETE TV Series - Details Revealed, Pre-Orders Live...

I could've called this post "What THE ROCK FATHER wants for Christmas." Thing is, I never ask for anything for X-mas because I don't really need anything, and most of the things I want that (that are within reason) I end up getting one way or another, anyway. The classic, 1966 BATMAN television series is perhaps the most-requested home video title of all-time, and when news hit that 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. finally sorted out details of bringing it home on DVD and Blu-ray, heads exploded. Now, the full details are out there, and the sets have gone up for pre-order (Blu-ray, DVD) and that Blu set is worthy - 120 episodes remastered in HD.

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FREE DOWNLOAD: THE WHIRLYGIGS - "Lookin' Out the Window"

THE WHIRLYGIGS are is a one-man band, perhaps the first one-man affair that I've covered here on THE ROCK FATHER. With MR. WHIRLY performing up to four instruments at one time (but only having two arms), the man pulls of the band on his debut album, GREETINGS FROM CLOUD 9 (Amazon, iTunes, Bandcamp), but the big challenge now is getting it in front of a wide audience, and as such - Whirly is offering a FREE DOWNLOAD of the new track, "Lookin' Out the Window." Stream it below...

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SDCC: GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY 2 is Coming... July 28, 2017

MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY doesn't hit theaters for another week, but that's not stopping a bold announcement - On July 28, 2017, Walt Disney Pictures will release it's sequel. Filmmaker James Gunn and star Chris Pratt dropped the news earlier today at Comic-Con International in San Diego. I have some high hopes for the film (had to pass on an advance screening), and the confidence of the studio just solidifies that. Check out more details on the upcoming GUARDIANS below, and check back later this week for a look at Hasbro's new line of GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY toys, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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THE GOLDBERGS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON is Bringing its 80s Goodness to DVD...

ABC's THE GOLDBERGS was one of the big surprises for me over the past year - a new comedy that I actually dug, one rooted in the era of my own childhood, the glorious 1980s. The production design is perfect, and the scenarios (and the toys) could've been ripped straight from my own youth (especially... a kid running around with a big-ass VHS video camera). Now, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is issuing the complete first season on DVD, and on September 9, it could be yours for the taking - with all 23 episodes of the series contained within three discs. Lets take a look at the details...

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Halloween 2014: ROB ZOMBIE Brings His GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE to Chicago...

Oh yes... the Halloween Season here in Chicagoland just got a whole lot more rockin', as ROB ZOMBIE'S GREAT AMERICAN NIGHTMARE has announced the addition of a second location for 2014, taking place on select nights from September 26-November 1 at the Odeum Expo in Villa Park, IL. Better yet? ROB ZOMBIE will perform a special, one-night-only concert on opening night, September 26.

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SDCC: STAR WARS REBELS: A LOOK AHEAD features C-3PO, R2-D2 and more...

Fans at Comic-Con International in San Diego have no shortage of The Force this week, with some pretty incredible STAR WARS-themed offerings around every turn. The buzz is big for Disney's STAR WARS REBELS, and a new two-and-a-half minute look at the upcoming animated series has been released, and while there's a lot of goodies for new fans and old ones alike, I think we can all agree that C-3PO and R2-D2 just tie the whole Saga together. Take a look...

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SDCC First-Look! TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE, the 2015 Animated Series...

Fresh from SDCC - the currently in-progress Comic-Con International in San Diego - comes this first-look preview of TRANSFORMERS: ROBOTS IN DISGUISE! Shown here on THE ROCK FATHER with the permission of Hasbro, this new entry into the TRANSFORMERS Universe will begin airing on the Hub Network sometime in 2015. Check out the new preview below, and share your thoughts in the comments section. Personally, I'm digging it...

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PLASTIC GALAXY: The History of STAR WARS Toys makes the Kessel Run to DVD...

This is one of those posts where I have to preface things with the old "if you're new to the site" bit, as simply tossing up an item with STAR WARS in the title is bound to bring a few new readers in my general direction. You see, when it comes to STAR WARS, I'm old school - a kid that was there in the beginning, amassed an incredible collection of the vintage Kenner toys, saw those get sold in the late 80s, rekindled the collecting bug in '97, turned the whole thing into an addiction, and eventually sold 90% of what I had after "kicking the habit." I've also worked on a film about STAR WARS, and did a song about the saga that popped up on TheForce.net and was later featured right here on THE ROCK FATHER. So when news landed here this morning about a documentary on STAR WARS action figures? Yeah, I'm in. PLASTIC GALAXY: The History of STAR WARS Toys is available now on DVD, and I've got a 13-minute preview for you below...

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The Great American Road Trip: 1,900 Miles, Six Days, Three Hotels, and Infinite Adventure...

Around 30 years ago, my parents took my sister and I on a road trip to Washington, D.C. Along the way, we stopped at several locations in Pennsylvania, making memories that have lasted a lifetime. With our girls hitting two and five this year, my wife and I decided it was time for our first family vacation - and as such, it was to be a road trip. We plotted several potential courses, with the Philadelphia area set to be the focal point and ultimate destination for a couple of reasons. First off, we were going to finally take Sprout up on a long-standing offer to stop by the Comcast Center and see Chica at the Sunshine Barn during a visit to the set of THE SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW. Second, we wanted to head for Langhorne to visit SESAME PLACE. During our planning, we attempted to pack in as much as possible, with potential stops in Washington, D.C., New York City, West Virginia and Cincinnati on the chart. Instead, we strategically plotted our trip to be centralized in PA - visiting some iconic locations in Philly (but scrapping the Sprout visit), our big trip to SESAME PLACE, a visit to THE CRAYOLA EXPERIENCE in Easton, HERSHEY'S CHOCOLATE WORLD in Hershey, and a swing back through Ohio to visit my friends at SMUCKER'S on our way back to Northern Illinois.

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