Quantcast

RSSfacebookTwitterGoogle PlusInstagramPinterestYoutubetumblr

                    About THE ROCK FATHER™: The Site | James' Bio | Press | Submission Guidelines | Advertising | Contact

THE ROCK FATHER Magazine

Holiday Wish Guide: Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Collection + Take Care of Me Lambie

Over the past few years, Disney Junior's DOC McSTUFFINS has been a fixture here at Rock Father HQ. I've written about the series at length, and it continues to inspire The Rock Daughters - piquing their curiosity and building a true sense of compassion. Earlier this Fall, Doc took an animal-centric turn for a special collection of episodes released as DOC McSTUFFINS: PET VET. In these special episodes, Doc and her friends shifted from caring for stuffed animals and toys to straight-up animals. It was good chance to refresh the series, and for Just Play to offer a refreshed assortment of toys, ones that land here in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide. Additionally, one of the hottest toys of this Holiday season is the animatronic  Take Care of Me Lambie - the exact kind of Lambie that kids have been waiting for ever since Doc opened her clinic a few years ago.

Read more...

Holiday Wish Guide - STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS Games from Wonder Forge

With the release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS approaching in just about two weeks, families will soon feel themselves overcome by The Force, and seeking new ways to experience a galaxy far, far away at home. From Wonder Forge comes a pair of new games that are rooted in the worlds explored in STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - STAR WARS: GALAXY HUNT, and STAR WARS: STAR DESTROYER STRIKE! Both are featured picks in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine.

Read more...

Rock Band 4 DLC Update: Beck, BØRNS, Catfish And The Bottlemen, Cold War Kids and X Ambassadors

I feel pretty out of the loop since I have not yet played ROCK BAND 4. No, this longtime ROCK BAND enthusiast has yet to upgrade to the Xbox One, so for now I have to admire the latest installment of the Harmonix franchise from afar. This week, the "Off the Charts 01" Pack has been released, a fresh batch of DLC including Beck – “Dreams”, BØRNS – “Electric Love”, Catfish And The Bottlemen – “Cocoon”, Cold War Kids – “First” and X Ambassadors – “Renegades." Check out a video preview below...

Read more...

DINOSAUR TRAIN Season 4 Kicks-off with a Holiday Tribute to PLANES, TRAINS, and AUTOMOBILES...

The all-new fourth season of the EMMY-nominated and Parents’ Choice Recommended animated PBS KIDS series Dinosaur Train, kicks off with the holiday adventure “Trains, Submarines, and Zeppelins” (in tribute to the classic holiday movie “Planes, Trains, and Automobiles”). When Mr. Pteranodon and Larry go out to the Big Pond to find some red platanoids for the Winter Solstice Celebration, they accidentally miss the last train home. Will Larry and Mr. Pteranodon stop bickering long enough to figure out a way home, or will they be stranded in the middle of nowhere and miss the family Winter Solstice Celebration? Be sure to tune-in on December 7th to find out!

Read more...

Disney XD Orders STAR WARS REBELS: Season Three!

Here's some great news to start the week - Disney XD has ordered a third season of STAR WARS REBELS from Lucasfilm. The announcement came alongside news that STAR WARS REBELS: Season Three is already in-production and set to debut sometime in 2016. With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS set for release on December 18th, it's interesting to see how REBELS will play out as ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY should hit theatres for Christmas 2016, meaning that there will be both animated and live-action STAR WARS projects at the same time - both of which inhabit a similar timeline leading up to the story told in 1977's original STAR WARS film. Appropriately, our youngest daughter is wearing her "famous" Her Universe "Sabine" shirt right now as I type this...

Read more...

Holiday Mischief: The Rock Daughters vs. Isaiah Mustafa & The Rock Father!

Since Isaiah Mustafa first graced television screens draped in a towel and delivering that now-iconic "Hello Ladies" back in 2010, I've been obsessed with his series of Old Spice commercials. Hundreds of millions of views (and parodies by MARVEL and SESAME STREET) later, I'm hardly alone - they're fantastic - so as a half-decade has since passed, I've looked forward to new commercials featuring Mustafa... and his nemesis, Terry Crews. As part of my own sometimes-bizarre life of adventure and things that are increasingly hard to explain at family gatherings, I was excited when Old Spice and Life of Dad asked me to partner with them to make a #Smellmitment to the brand. Sadly, they were not seeking to pit The Rock Father's mighty "keg" against the "six-pack" abs of Mustafa and Crews, but what they did get is something that few would've expected - that it would be one of The Rock Daughters™ that just might prove to be the undoing of both myself and the smooth-talking, horse-riding Isaiah. Timber, Swagger and Bearglove can help a gentleman improve their mansmells, with the choice being an important one - different scents for different gents. 

Read more...

Holiday Wish Guide: Unique Gift - Mama Beads & Baby Baubles

If you're looking for a unique gift that also makes a great stocking stuffer this Holiday season, it's no secret that jewelry can often fit that bill... for kids, too! Even better is when you can put a handmade spin on some pop culture icons for a design that's both familiar and different. Mama Beads & Baby Baubles is a small business based in Pennsylvania, producing handmade Bubblegum Bracelets and Necklaces, with custom designs featuring semi-precious and glass beads available as well. Owner Amy Martin spotted The Rock Daughters' fashion sense a few months back and sent us a few of her creations. We liked them so much that I'm including them as an official pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

Read more...

Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: GUITAR HERO LIVE!

When news of GUITAR HERO LIVE first hit my inbox some months back, I could hardly believe that by the time the game hit stores this Fall, it would've already been five years since I reviewed the last installment of the popular music gaming franchise back in 2010. A lot has changed in the half-decade since, but GUITAR HERO is back on the map in a big way, and one of my Top Video Game picks for my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. With players new and old strapping on the plastic guitars to rock out once more, GUITAR HERO LIVE puts YOU in the center of the action - focusing on the feel of playing live in front of a crowd of thousands. I've rocked the stage in real-life, and playing GUITAR HERO LIVE makes me itch to get back out there... but for now, Activision and I are going to give you a chance to win the game for your choice of platform (Xbox One, Playstation 4, Nintendo Wii U, PS3, Xbox 360) - a great way to rock out this Holiday Season! Wanna see the game in-action? Check out the video of Lenny Kravitz and James Franco below...

Read more...

Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: VTech Kidizoom Action Cam

When it comes to high-quality, innovative technology-based play for kids, I can't think of anyone that's released as much cool stuff over the past few years as VTech. Real-world functionality and durability is the hallmark of their Kidizoom line, and for 2015 the Kidizoom Action Cam makes my annual Holiday Wish Guide, a fitting follow-up to last year's excellent Kidizoom Smartwatch. We received a review sample back in August, and The Rock Daughters have been using it regularly to document the big world around them. It's the exact thing that I would've absolutely LOVED to have growing up - back in a time when I made movies with Super 8mm film and audio cassette tapes. Having a working video camera at a young age can inspire later pursuits (I speak first-hand on this), and in an age where grownups have their GoPro's, the Kidizoom Action Cam is the perfect thing for budding action filmmakers. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, VTech and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving you a shot at winning one of these for your own little Director! Wanna see how it works? Check out some footage shot by six-year-old Addie...

Read more...

Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: WWE Studios' SANTA's LITTLE HELPER

Last year, WWE Studios took a top rope leap into the Holiday Entertainment game with the release of JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 - a film that I was invited up to Vancouver to cover on-set. This year, they've once again partnered with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment for another dose of Holiday Cheer - SANTA's LITTLE HELPER, starring WWE Superstar Mike “The Miz” Mizanin, WWE Diva Paige and AnnaLynne McCord. To celebrate the season, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is throwing down another Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway to get one lucky reader hooked up with a copy of this new Holiday Film!

Read more...

THE ROCK FATHER presents the Step2 & Mattel Ultimate Hot Wheels Holiday Giveaway!

Since becoming parents for the first time 6½ years ago, my wife and I have spent a lot of time indulging our little girls' interest in cars. Actually, vehicles in general are a big thing - and the faster, the better! When it comes to fast vehicles with a ton of flair, Hot Wheels has that market on lock, and it was Addie's playtime that first rekindled my own love for those little 1:64-scale diecast rides a few years back. Now, little sister Finley is in on the action as well, and with the girls now 3 and 6, it's interesting to see two distinct types of play taking place. Finn likes speed, imagination and adventure - while Addie has shifted into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) elements of track construction and building unique structures with the pieces we have available. Over the years, we've discovered that our girls are hardly alone in their love of Hot Wheels - and some gigs of my own have led us to today... when it all comes full circle with something very special we've put together with my friends at The Step2 Company and Mattel. We're giving readers a chance to win The Ultimate Hot Wheels Holiday Giveaway - complete with an assortment of vehicles, tracksets, an Ultimate Garage, and something that you can't buy anywhere: A "Rock Daughter Edition" Hot Wheels Toddler-to-Twin Race Car Bed produced exclusively for this promotion! Only two were made - one of which is here at Rock Father HQ, the other awaiting shipment to one of you!

Read more...

The First Order shows The Power of The Dark Side in a new STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS TV Spot...

It's Thanksgiving, and if you're looking for something else you can be thankful for, it just may be the latest TV spot for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS... provided you're a Star Wars fan, of course. In the latest, extended spot, The First Order rises with The Power of The Dark Side in full-effect - complete with the iconic notes of John Williams' Imperial March playing against visions of red and black.  Check it out below...

Read more...

Holiday Wish Guide: Craftsman Extreme GRIP Tools - Perfect for Makers & DIYers (+ Win a Set!)

Craftsman CrewTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Sears as a paid member of the Craftsman Crew.

No matter how well the preparation has gone, the Holiday Season has not just "crept-up" on us, but has emerged swiftly and with unusual force this year. It's somewhat hard to get a grip on all the moving parts that go with a successful and stress-free season these days (14 variations on Thanksgiving, 79 versions of Xmas - you know how it is), but when it comes to gifting, I'm pretty good at picking what works, hence my annual Holiday Wish Guide. For me, this is a time for fixing up the place - but even more so, being ready for toys... specifically, always being ready to open the battery compartments on toys. Since just about everything takes batteries at this point (even things you wouldn't expect), I've encountered some tricky spots - spots where some good grip comes in handy. With the new Craftsman Extreme GRIP Lineup of tools, I'm well taken care of - and that's why I'm including them in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide. There's an Extreme GRIP tool for just about any application, and they're on-sale right now! A great gift idea, and a great asset to any toolbox - the perfect ally in the battle against rounded, stripped or just hard-to-grip fasteners.  Check out some Rock Father picks below, then enter to win a Craftsman Extreme GRIP 6-Piece Diamond Tip Screwdriver Set!

Read more...

Watch: First Trailer - CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR!

Well this is a pleasant surprise... tonight the first trailer for CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR has arrived, giving audiences their first official look at the chaos that will hit screens on May 6, 2016. If the image of Captain America and The Winter Soldier viciously pummeling Iron Man sounds appealing - you're in luck. Tension between Cap (Chris Evans) and Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has been brewing for awhile, and this is where it all boils over... and THE AVENGERS will be forced to choose a side. Check out the trailer and poster below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

Read more...

Holiday Wish Guide: Meguiar's Car Care Products

When it comes to keeping your vehicle looking great, one needs look no further than Meguiar's. I've been using Meguiar's products since the mid-1990s, and with something for every level of automotive enthusiast from first-time car owners, to those with prized showroom-worthy collectible rides, there's something that's just right for any application. Featured in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide are three Meguiar's kits that make great gifts for any car lover on your Holiday list. 

Read more...

Advertisement:

THE ROCK FATHER
 

Media Friends of The Rock Father: