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Jack White & Willie Nelson are coming to THE MUPPETS...

On March 1 at 8pm ET/PT on ABC, JACK WHITE & WILLIE NELSON will pay a visit to THE MUPPETS in the special one-hour, two-episode First Season Finale. With more drama between Miss Piggy and Kermit following a stint in the hospital, the duo reevaluates their relationship (as they do quite often), but this time Kermit turns to the former WHITE STRIPES frontman for some much-needed help and advice. Check out the teaser poster below.

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Weekends are Made for Family and Hungry Jack…(+ a Giveaway, Too!)

THE ROCK FATHER is a Hungry Jack Brand Ambassador. #BeYourOwnJack!

Breakfast is hands-down my favorite meal of the day, and when it comes to making breakfast for our family, The Rock Daughters have a requirement that pancakes be present. I’ve been on a mission for quite some time to make the “perfect” pancake, and it’s a challenging thing. For awhile, the girls wanted their pancakes on the thin side, and now they like them thicker - finally in what I consider to be the “normal” way. If they’re not just right (keeping in mind that “right” is on a scale that slides much like the mood of these youngsters), they’ll let me know. It could be the size, shape, color, depth - I never know, but with the weekday mornings being as hectic as they are, it’s the weekend when I can work to hone my pancake skills, particularly on Sunday mornings since Saturday as us out the door bright and early for ballet and tap.

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Teaser Trailer: Disney's PETE's DRAGON Comes to Life...

When I reviewed the DVD release of Disney's 1977 film, PETE's DRAGON for Starlog back in 2009 (reposted here), I noted that while the tale was timeless, the presentation had become very dated. Little did I know seven years ago that The Walt Disney Company would also deem it ripe for an update, and here we are in 2016 with the August release of David Lowery's re-telling of this longtime favorite. When the teaser trailer first arrived during the Disneyland 60 celebration on ABC the other night, even my wife said that "PETE's DRAGON is a big deal." Take a peek...

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Here They Come... THE MONKEES Action Figures

Though the series arrived 10 years before I was born, I found myself enamored with THE MONKEES during re-runs on WFLD Channel 32 here in Chicago - the same place were I first experienced many cool things as a kid (1966 BATMAN, THE GREEN HORNET, GREAT SPACE COASTER, etc.). I'm not sure what the current status is of new listeners finding their music (I've played it for The Rock Daughters on vinyl), or new viewers experiencing the show, but the folks at Figures Toy Company are releasing several different series' of MONKEES action figures, all done in a 1970s Mego-style, much like they've done with THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, KISS and the DC Comics SUPER FRIENDS. Announced over a year ago, these were actually supposed to have been released last Fall, but they're coming to Entertainment Earth this Spring...

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Rides: Fuel Rewards and the "Little Things" that make Life Better...

THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is a #ShellCrowd #FuelRewards Brand Ambassador, taking part in a special content series with SocialStars and Shell.

There's certain things you occasionally come across that are just worth sharing (regardless of whether you're getting paid for it, #RockFatherStyle). Fuel Rewards is one such thing, and when I first shared some information on it, I focused on how easy it is to sign-up (for free!), and to start earning rewards that convert into legit savings at the pump. Easy steps like linking a credit card to your account (MasterCard preferred) earn bonuses, and new members get a 25¢ per gallon bonus on their 2nd fill-up. You use that same card for daily purchases and dining, and the points add up. Prime example - I took the Equniox to Shell the other night for a fill-up, and saved 30¢ per gallon. Check out the picture below... if you can see it, the pump says $1.39, while the sign at the road says $1.69. Fuel Rewards turned into real savings. But what do you do with the money that you save?

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Imagine OFFICE SPACE as an Academy Award Nominee...

With the 88th Academy Awards set to take place this weekend (airing February 28 on ABC at 7e/4p), the biggest night for movies once again finds itself ripe for parody. That's where RIPT Apparel comes in, and their 3rd Annual RIPTcademy Awards is already running at full steam. This year, RIPT is offering parody movie posters presented in a "What If?" style. What if DEADPOOL were up for Best Picture? How about MAD MAX? What if 1999's classic film, OFFICE SPACE, had been a contender? In my mind, it should've been, and still could be... if only it had a proper Awards Season poster like the one that Nathan Davis created for RIPT...

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THE LION GUARD: From The Pride Lands to Playtime (with a LIVE Unboxing)

It's a great time to be a kid... or a parent... with the wealth of fantastic transmedia entertainment properties available for families to experience and enjoy on-screen-and-off. One newer example is Disney Junior's THE LION GUARD, the continuation of the story started in THE LION KING back in 1994. In this new animated series, young Kion, the second cub of Simba and Nala, finds himself tasked with leading The Lion Guard - an elite team of animals that function as a team to protect The Pride Lands from all manner of threat. This week, the pilot film, THE LION GUARD: RETURN OF THE ROAR has come home on DVD (get it on Amazon), complete with a music video for Beau Black's "Here Comes The Lion Guard" from the series' original soundtrack...

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Head-to-Head: Snow Joe 18" iON Hybrid vs. 21" iON PRO

What a weird winter this has been. The first snowstorm in mid-November was a bad one - around a foot of snow here in the far northern suburbs of Chicago, but a mess that quickly melted and was periodically replaced by on-and-off dustings. By January, we had ice on top of more ice... then some snow, then more ice. And then, cold. I was ill-prepared for this season, coming off of sharing a snowbird neighbor's gas-powered snow blower and teetering about making the switch to electric. When we last spoke about the winter weather, I stated that, despite it being late in the season, I'm now more prepared than ever to deal with a snowstorm - the new owner of a Snow Joe iON PRO Series 21-Inch Cordless Single Stage Brushless Snow Blower (iON21SB-PRO) that I bought from Amazon, and the new 18" iON Hybrid (available at The Home Depot) - the first snow blower that allows AC/DC operation, with users able to switch between corded and cordless use, that machine sent to me by Snow Joe as part of a Brand Ambassador deal. As I sit here today, there is no snow outside - and spring temperatures have already popped-up for a few days, but there was a storm I was able to tackle to put these to the test. But, in the new reality that is Chicago-area weather in 2016, it's already melted, and tomorrow is set to bring perhaps one of the messiest winter storms of the season. That's before we hit the 50's again this weekend.  So how do these to blowers stack-up?

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First-Look: Just in-time for CIVIL WAR, More PopTaters AVENGERS Report for Duty...

It probably doesn't matter if you're siding with CAPTAIN AMERICA or IRON MAN when CIVIL WAR hits theaters later this Spring, because when it comes to toys, you're probably gonna want your entire AVENGERS collection to be complete... even in spud-tastic form. The latest superheroes to make the jump from the printed page to the MARVEL Cinematic Universe and then into starch-inspired toy form are BLACK WIDOW, the FALCON and HAWKEYE, all reimagined as PopTaters from PPW Toys, and soon to be available at Entertainment Earth. Using the iconic Mr. Potato Head styling (under license from Hasbro), these new 'taters are ready for action! 

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SNOW WHITE and the SEVEN DWARFS - The Walt Disney Signature Collection (Review)

When it comes to Disney reissues, the era of high-definition and digital formats has accelerated, and perhaps begun to eliminate the famed "from the vaults" emergence from moratorium (and return to it) that signified much of the VHS era. Like so many other Disney fans, there's certain movies that we've purchased time and time again, either upgrading formats or simply seeking out a new edition. When it comes to 1937's SNOW WHITE and the SEVEN DWARFS, there's no more appropriate film to kick-off a new collection, as it's truly Walt Disney's first masterpiece - the one that started a legacy that continues this year with the release of ZOOTOPIA, the 55th animated feature from Walt Disney Animation Studios. Snow White was the first, and after owning it on VHS and later both Platinum (DVD) and Diamond Edition (Blu-ray + DVD) sets, we now own The Walt Disney Signature Collection release, a Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack that also ushers-in its first-ever Digital HD appearance.

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The Better Homes & Gardens 2016 Color Palette of the Year...

As we continue the #RockFatherRemodel project here at Rock Father HQ, many gallons of paint have been used, and color has been taken into careful consideration. While I wouldn't say that my wife and I have paid attention to trends when it comes to our colors, one on-trend choice (or a variation of it) has made Better Homes & Garden's 2016 Color Palette of the Year, and that's Gray. Specifically, we went with the BEHR Marquee "Silent Film" variety from The Home Depot (you'll be seeing it soon when I unveil our new family room/playroom here on the site), but for those looking for what other splashes of color are making waves this year, look no further that the BHG list. The colors pictured above and detailed below are all featured in the third annual Color Issue, which is on-stands now.

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Go VR with James Bond's Aston Martin inside Q's Workshop

There are few car brands that I love as much as I do Aston Martin. While they're currently out of my price range, there was a strange time about a decade ago when it looked like I was very close to owning one (100% true), and perhaps one day that might still happen, but for now I'll have to admire them from afar, such as the recent DB10 appearance in SPECTRE, the latest James Bond adventure. Oddly enough, I still have not seen SPECTRE, but it's available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and today comes news of a little VR fun with Google Cardboard - a feature where you can go 360° inside of Q's Workshop° inside of Q's Workshop, and check out some of Mr. Bond's rides...

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THE GOOD DINOSAUR? These are some Good Dinosaurs...

Over the past few weeks, we've been having a contest. Unlike a giveaway, which requires no skill, this required entrants to go old-school and actually do something... more specifically, to make something. To celebrate the in-home release of Disney-Pixar's THE GOOD DINOSAUR, we held a make-your-own Recyclosaurus contest in which readers were challenged to make their own #GoodDino using recycled materials from around the home. Honestly, all of the entrants were good dinosaurs - each with their own distinct level of accuracy (or lack of - ours included) and charm. I had a real hard time choosing the Grand Prize winner and two runners-up, so I had to defer to my wife, The Rock Mother, if you will. If I could've awarded three Grand Prizes, all three of these would've got it. And the winners are...

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Review: The Art of LEGO Scale Modeling

One of my favorite books from this past year, THE ART OF LEGO® SCALE MODELING (No Starch Press) is a fantastic look at the incredible work being done by hardcore LEGO enthusiasts as they create remarkably-detailed scale models of all manner of vehicle. Penned by Dennis Glaasker and Dennis Bosman (both skilled scale modelers based in the Netherlands), the book showcases not only some of their creations, but those of other builders from around the Globe - all working from their own designs.

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Review: Road Rippers Dancing Car by Toy State

When it comes to toy cars and trucks with motorized lights and sounds, the folks at Toy State lead the pack, hands-down. While they've got several different lines to play with, their house-brand Road Rippers are usually the showcase for the more unique or off-the-wall functions - officially-licensed replicas with some interesting surprises packed under the hood, so to speak. One nameplate that's received the Road Rippers treatment on more than a few occasions is the Mini Cooper S., and one of the latest models to rock the road comes from the Road Rippers Dancing Car assortment.

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