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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS REBELS' Sabine Wren - 38 Days to Go!

It is undeniable that one of the breakout characters on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS is Sabine Wren. Sporting Mandalorian armor similar to that of Boba Fett, Sabine was one of the most skilled explosives and weapons experts in the early days of the Rebel Alliance. While her story may have unfolded "a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away," families still have much to learn about this talented tagger as new episodes of STAR WARS REBELS are set to debut this Fall. Sabine's Mission Series action figure from Hasbro is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS.

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The First Xmas Movie I'm Covering for 2015 is Not Family-Friendly... prepare for THE NIGHT BEFORE!

According to star Seth Rogen, THE NIGHT BEFORE is a movie that "was made by Jews about Christmas and opens on Thanksgiving." That's completely accurate, and Columbia/Sony Pictures' forthcoming Xmas comedy marks the first time that I've kicked-off a Holiday Movie Season by featuring a film that's completely not family-friendly. In fact, unless you work somewhere really cool, the just-released red-band trailer is probably not even safe for your place of employment. Funny enough, Rogen's church scene is pretty close to my own visits to a house of worship... minus the Star of David sweater. 

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Empire Reveals Three New Looks at BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

If there wasn't a certain film called STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS set for release this December, I'd try using my time-shaper to fast-forward right to March 25, 2016 to see my two favorite superheroes battle it out on the big screen. See, BATMAN v. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE has me conflicted, if only because SUPERMAN was my favorite superhero during my religious reading of comic books in the 1980s... but then Tim Burton's 1989 BATMAN film bumped the caped crusader into the top spot, where he's forever remained. Personally, I believe it's because my own personality is closer to that of BATMAN and his alter-ego, BRUCE WAYNE... but knowing that they'll be going head-to-head is still a weird thing - but one I look forward to. Today, EMPIRE Magazine unleashed a trio of new images that will be featured in their September issue (get it here). Take a look...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - 39 Days to Go!

Well this is a little bit different. Today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar (moving toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS) features the 2008 Legacy Collection version of Ben (Obi-Wan) Kenobi - but we're not talking about Sir Alec Guinness, the exploits of that "crazy old wizard," or even the adventures of a young Kenobi in the days prior to his hiding out near The Dune Sea. No, today's entry is dedicated to Producer Gary Kurtz, who was born back in 1940. The producer of both STAR WARS and THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK, Kurtz also has the producer's cap for a related film that I've had some involvement with over the years... Patrick Read Johnson's 5-25-77.

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UNBOXED: Summer of MARVEL - Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors Edition

If you've paid a visit to the "action" aisles of your local toy retailer recently, there's a solid chance that you've seen MARVEL'S ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS Toys. The folks at Hasbro have been rolling these out since the spring, and we've actually got quite a few of them here at Rock Father HQ - several of which were featured a few months back in an episode of UNBOXED. But now we're in summer, and with summer comes a ton of role-play fun... the kind that's quite fitting for a #SummerOfMarvel. With Addie on an adventure of her own (truth: she was napping), Little Finn and I went outside to take a look at what Hasbro had bestowed upon us...

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Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare Will Return to Illinois this Halloween...

This September, Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare will return to the Chicago area for another season of frights at The Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois. I'd been wondering about this one, as I covered last years' event - having checked-out the haunt and Zombie's surreal, one-night-only performance in the confines of a very unconventional locale.  For the 2015, the frights will be even bigger, and Rob Zombie will be rocking the stage once more - with two special concerts set to take place on October 2 & 4. The Villa Park/Chicagoland show is the ONLY edition of the Great American Nightmare this year. Here's the details on what to expect...

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Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger as THE TERMINATOR vs WWE Superstars & Divas for WWE 2K16

WWE Brand AmbassadorOn October 27, 2K Games will unleash WWE 2K16 - the latest in their popular multi-platform franchise. This time around, things are getting interesting, as the latest live-action trailer features Arnold Schwarzenegger as THE TERMINATOR - re-enacting his hillbilly bar arrival, which finds him going face-to-face with a variety of WWE Superstars and Divas.

Dean Ambrose should really know better... when someone asks for "your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle," you say YES.

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Review: Does the Strider Bike Really Teach Kids to Ride?

With our girls turning 3 and 6 this summer, it's easy for my wife and I to see the difference in skill level between "The Rock Daughters," and to consider the difference in development when comparing how our oldest was when she was the same age as our youngest. In a few spots, Addie was undoubtedly presented with vehicles that were ahead of her age and skill level - something that's easier to see now. She received a 12" bike for her second or third birthday, then a 20" for her fifth birthday, and now here she is about to turn six and there's still training wheels on both. Little Finn on the other hand is working both a Radio Flyer Tricycle and the 12" Huffy Cinderella bike that she's inherited from big sister, but the game just changed. When the folks at STRIDER approached me about having the girls try one of their famed "balance bikes" (no pedals, no training wheels), with the idea that both of my girls could soon learn balance to graduate from the trikes and training wheels, I was skeptical at best. Does the STRIDER Bike really teach balance?

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Jedi Knight Foul Moudama - 40 Days to Go!

If you think you've seen this strange-looking four-eyed chap at a Cantina near Mos Eisley, you're wrong. That was Muftak you're thinking of (friend of Kabe), but he was from the species known as Talz, as is Jedi Master Foul Moudama. Unfortunately, Moudama found himself at the end of a lightsaber blade - getting whacked by General Grievous during The Clone Wars. The late Foul Moudama is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. 

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STAR WARS Mr. Potato Head PopTaters get Boba Fett, C-3PO and Slave Leia!

Ahead of the release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS this December, the crew at PPW Toys has announced a trio of classic STAR WARS characters to join their growing line-up of Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head PopTaters that they produce under license from Hasbro. The next figures to come from a galaxy far, far away include C-3PO, Bounty Hunter Boba Fett, and Princess Leia in her famous gold bikini from RETURN OF THE JEDI.  Here's what PPW says about their new PopTaters...

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App Review: MARS POP Bubble Shooter

When it comes to casual gaming, I'm still old-school enough that I prefer things on a console - but I do have some apps in rotation on the multitude of devices available here at Rock Father HQ. We've got Windows, iOS and Android at our disposal, but I tend to think that the games usually run smoother on iOS (despite my overall lack of fondness for Apple). Outfit7's new MARS POP Bubble Shooter is a true cross-platformer - available for just about any device. Reviewed from my iPad Mini, Mars Pop is unique in that its a real-time bubble shooter in which players can take on a live opponent. Players are teamed randomly, or from Facebook friends, and the battle is on. Check out the gameplay video below...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS' Attacktix Starter Set - 41 Days to Go!

Over the course of nearly four decades of STAR WARS toys, there have been some stinkers - both commercially, and for me personally. While I've heard that ATTACKTIX battle sets did ok, they piqued my interest just enough to have me completely ignore them in the toy aisles in my pre-Rock Father years. The 2007 ATTACKTIX STARTER SET of Series 3 Figures is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward the September 4th release of toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Hey, you could have Optimus Prime and the TRANSFORMERS fight Darth Vader...

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UNBOXED: First-Look at the New Disney•Pixar INSIDE OUT itty bittys from Hallmark!

Disney•Pixar's INSIDE OUT is no doubt an Oscar contender, and with so many layers of storytelling taking place, it's no wonder that the toys have already been well-received here at Rock Father HQ. Among the latest collectibles to soon hit the streets from the film are an assortment of five new additions to the extremely popular and ever-growing assortment of Hallmark itty bittys. Joy, Anger, Sadness, Disgust and Fear should all be hitting retail during the week of August 6, 2015, and our friends at Hallmark had one of the first sets delivered here to Rock Father HQ. It's time for an all-new episode of UNBOXED for Rock Father TV!

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