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A pair of tracks in the sand... Twin suns on the horizon... a Jawa Sandcrawler looming in the distance at sunset.  That's all we have to go with thus far for an exclusive boxed set of 3¾" STAR WARS action figures from Hasbro - the "super-articulated" variety that fans of THE VINTAGE COLLECTION and THE BLACK SERIES have been calling on Hasbro to do more of. Up for pre-order as an Entertainment Earth Exclusive, this set of six mystery figures promises five figures "that have never been made as toys." So what could they possibly be? It seems like we've got a definite Tatooine theme, but that just might be a ruse...

TALKING TOM is on a roll, and now the crew is going for the gold! Outfit 7, the company behind the ever-expanding Talking Tom and Friends franchise recently hit a major milestone, breaking the 4.5 billion download mark, making it one of the most downloaded app franchises worldwide. Now those numbers will further climb, as TALKING TOM GOLD RUN has hit the streets - a "running game" that is said to "immerse players in a way that goes above and beyond the routine of a runner mechanic game, giving players a reason to run." Check out a new preview below...

It seems like summer's just getting started, but the reality is that kids will begin heading back to school next month. If you live in Chicagoland and would like to earn an A+ in preparedness, check out the Simon Kidgits Club’s “Back to School” event at Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg THIS SATURDAY, July 23, 2016 from noon-2pm. As part of the end-of-summer celebration, young academics and their families will enjoy school-themed crafts, a school supply scavenger hunt, a festive photo booth, giveaways and much more. Plus, Simon Kidgits Club Members will receive an exclusive goodie bag filled with crafts and other offers, while supplies last. If your little ones aren't already Kidgits Members, you can visit Guest Services with them to sign-up for free!

Tuesday, July 19 2016 00:02

Sans Blood, KISS Heads Back to Comics...

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It's a famous story that dates back to the late 1970s - with members of KISS lending their own blood to the ink from which their first standalone comic would be printed. From their 1977 appearance in Howard the Duck #12 and 1978's Marvel Comics Super Special: KISS (the one with the blood), KISS has been in-and-out of print,  Now, nearly 40 years later, Dynamite Entertainment has revealed that KISS is coming back into the comic book realm.

Last Wednesday, as members of the media descended upon NYC to take part in the Sweet Suite portion of Blogger Bash for a preview of what's on-deck for the holidays, the folks at JAKKS Pacific took the opportunity to unwrap their new Gift ‘ems™ line of dolls. "Gift ‘ems™ is the only collectible mini-doll line which features the universally known gift box to delight and surprise girls with a 'friend' from different cities around the world." Officially on-shelves with a street date of August 1st (you can already find them at retailers like Amazon and Toys "R" Us), kids will be introduced to 84 Gift ‘ems™ mini-dolls from different cities across the globe, along with a collection of playsets and multipacks.

If you have yet to see MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR, now is the time to to get on-board - especially for those with kids ages 4-12. The French animated series was a from-out-of-nowhere hit that we stumbled upon by accident some months ago here at Rock Father HQ, soon setting it to "series record" on the DVR, and later checking out some of the original episodes (in French) online. The Rock Daughters™ are not alone in their love of MIRACULOUS, with the show already becoming a Top 5 hit for girls on Nickelodeon here in the U.S. (it airs on other networks in a total of 79 countries thus far), and on the cusp over a major breakthrough... and it's starting at Comic-Con International (SDCC) in San Diego this week.

It's an election year, and that means the time is right for some politically-charged music to provide a soundtrack for the madness. Born from that alignment is PROPHETS OF RAGE, the recent collaboration between members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, PUBLIC ENEMY and CYPRESS HILL. As the Republican National Convention gets underway in Cleveland, the band is planning to shake things up, and provided the schedule stays on-target, my newly-minted West Coast Contributing Editor Rob Evanoff will be on the ground in Cleveland to witness the chaos first hand. Ahead of their performance comes the studio version of their self-titled anthem, "Prophets of Rage" - check it out...

Monday, July 18 2016 08:07

Review - GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL

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Note: The formal conclusion of #GhostbustersWeek here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, this review comes in late thanks to an unscheduled server switch. This review does contain SPOILERS...

On Friday night, fresh back from a quick, yet eventful trip to New York City for Blogger Bash '16, I found myself back in Illinois for a long-scheduled date night with my wife. The entertainment - Paul Feig's GHOSTBUSTERS: ANSWER THE CALL (which I'm told is actually the film's official, full title, despite simply "Ghostbusters" being just fine). We bought our tickets a good week in advance, complete with dinner delivered to our seats at the local Dolby Cinema at AMC Prime - a truly fantastic way to enjoy any film, though particularly one as special effects-heavy as this one. Like so many others, we settled in to find out for ourselves what the outcome would be of the much talked-about and debated relaunch of one of the most beloved franchises from our own youth. It's a touchy spot when you have a film that's not purely a remake, nor a sequel - but something that needs to honor the past while opening the doors wide for the future, and that's GHOSTBUSTERS.

Disney Consumer Products just hit THE ROCK FATHER Magazine with official images of the first toy from ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY - Hasbro's STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES Jyn Erso (Jedha). The six-inch figure will be released later this year, alongside a full range of new toys and products from the first-ever live-action standalone STAR WARS film, Gareth Edwards' ROGUE ONE. Check out the pictures of star Felicity Jones getting a first look at her figure, along with pack shots straight from the Hasbro team! ROGUE ONE is in theaters on December 16, 2016.

At the in-progress STAR WARS CELEBRATION EUROPE in the UK, Lucasfilm leader Kathleen Kennedy just unleashed a special reel of behind-the-scenes footage from Garth Edwards' forthcoming film, ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. This is the first-ever standalone STAR WARS film that falls outside of the episodic timeline, taking place just before the opening moments of 1977's STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE. This is the tale of the Rebels who stole the plans for the Death Star, and a story that will once again bring Darth Vader back to the big screen. Check out the reel below...

#GhostbustersWeek concludes on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

If Ray Stantz wasn't a great Ghostbustin' scientist, he could've had a fine career in automotive restoration. After all, he did a great job transforming a 1959 Miller-Meteor Cadillac Ambulance into the legendary Ecto-1! In celebration of Ray's restorative endeavors comes this shirt from TeeFury: Ray's Repairs & Resoration - "Bringing Wrecks Back from the Dead Since 1984!"

Friday, July 15 2016 07:00

Ghostbusters Week: GHOSTBUSTERS Nesting Dolls

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#GhostbustersWeek rolls on with one of the most interesting collectibles...

Who could've predicted that nesting dolls would become such a craze? Perhaps the Russians circa 1890, but over the past couple of years, pop culture-themed nesting dolls have become sought-after collectibles, and one company leading the charge is PPW Toys. Earlier this week we took a look at their GHOSTBUSTERS Classics PopTaters, but today we take a look at something new that they sent us for review - their GHOSTBUSTERS Nesting Dolls - a set that features all four original Ghostbusters - Peter Venkman, Egon Spengler, Winston Zeddemore and Ray Stantz, along with The Stay Puft Marshmallow Man and Slimer!

#GhostbustersWeek continues on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

Are you the Keymaster? How about the Gatekeeper? Those were questions posited in 1984's GHOSTBUSTERS, and in the end, one certainty was that there was no Dana... only ZUUL. Having not yet seen 2016's GHOSTBUSTERS reboot, I don't know if Zuul appears in any form, but the spirit of the beast lives on - celebrated in pop culture, and through numerous mashup t-shirts. For today's pop-fashion feature, I'm featuring some hand-picked designs that come from a trio of my allies: TeeFury, BustedTees and Design by Humans. Check these out!

#GhostbustersWeek rolls on with a look at some new rides from Hot Wheels...

Earlier this week, we took a look at the Hot Wheels GHOSTBUSTERS Classics based on the original Ecto-1 from 1984's GHOSTBUSTERS, and the Ecto-1A from 1989's GHOSTBUSTERS II, alongside the Retro Entertainment version of the Ecto-1 as featured from 1987-1991 on THE REAL GHOSTBUSTERS cartoon series. Of course, with Paul Feig's 2016 GHOSTBUSTERS hitting theaters, the folks at Mattel have given similar treatment to the two rides featured on the big screen this summer - the Ecto-1 Cadillac hearse and Ecto-2 motorcycle, presented together in a 1:64-scale two-pack (available from Amazon and my allies at Entertainment Earth).

#GhostbustersWeek continues on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine...

For over thirty years, kids have been dressing up as Ghostbusters... for playtime, for Halloween, and now as grownups, sometimes the occasion strikes to still dress-up as a Ghostbuster. From Rubies comes a new line Grand Heritage Costumes that are on the higher-end for a more screen-accurate, realistic appearance. These are geared totally toward grownups, and are available from my allies over at Entertainment Earth. Whether you want the classic, 1984 look, or the modern 2016 look, they're available for men and women alike...