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There's Been an Awakening... on Instagram

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Instagram rolled-out a pretty sweet update today - one that eliminated the need for resizing apps. It's now possible to go proper widescreen with both photos and videos, allowing users to share their content however it's intended to be. You can do portrait or landscape orientation, but I completely blame Periscope and Snapchat for making users think that it's actually okay to suffer from VPS: Vertical Phone Syndrome. Widescreen or square for me, and to demonstrate the new cinematic look to Instagram, the very first video to display the format is a pretty appropriate one - a new clip from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!

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Here's What's Happening at Disney Store on Force Friday!

With all the news continuing to roll in about #ForceFriday, it's time for the full details on what's cooking at Disney Store. They're preparing to feel the Force on Friday, Sept. 4, in celebration of the global retail set date for product from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a follow-up to the announcement I shared from Disney Consumer Products the other day, the following information just rolled into Rock Father HQ...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Nute Gunray - 9 Days to Go

Nute Gunray... what can I say about this guy? I do know his name is about as cheesy as they come (Raygun=Gunray), but this awkward fool had an annoying voice and never knew what to do with his hands... and aside from all of that, he was a jerk! This Trade Federation Viceroy helped invade Naboo while serving as a mindless pawn Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious, and thus he finds no love from me. 1999's Nute Gunray figure from THE PHANTOM MENACE is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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THE FORCE AWAKENS Around the World: STAR WARS Announces a Global Unboxing Event...

I won't apologize for it, but if you're not a STAR WARS fan, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of coverage coming at you from a galaxy far, far away. As we head toward #ForceFriday, (there's a good chance you've seen my daily Force Friday Countdown posts) the SW news keeps coming in faster, and in bigger numbers. Just-into Rock Father HQ is word from Disney Consumer Products that there will be a "Global Unboxing Event" that will be presented "New Year's Eve style" and will feature some of the most popular YouTubers in the World. Get ready, because THE FORCE AWAKENS Globally next week. Here's a preview...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Princess Leia (Hoth Outfit) - 10 Days to Go

Some of the best moments between Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) occurred in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - particularly those moments on Hoth. It was our first glimpse of Leia as a true leader, and likely a fitting preview for her role in THE FORCE AWAKENS. The Vintage Collection Princess Leia in Hoth Outfit (from 2010) is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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Target Invites you to "Share the Force" - Like The Rock Father Before You...

Over the past five years or so, I've written at length about my wife and I sharing our love of STAR WARS with our girls, "The Rock Daughters." I've at times called it "Teaching The Force The Rock Father Way," but no matter what it's called, our family finds new ways to "Share the Force" each and every day. With J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS headed for cinemas on December 18th, generations will Share the Force together - and if STAR WARS Day (May 4th) was the kick-off, we can officially deem that the action is approaching hyperspace as we head toward #ForceFriday - the day that new STAR WARS toys and merchandise will begin hitting retailers Nationwide. You've seen my daily Force Friday Countdown here on the site, but now things are getting serious. My friends at Target are opening 207 stores at midnight on September 4th, and all of their locations will have special #ShareTheForce events on Saturday, September 5th, where families will find special giveaways, photo ops, activities and more. But don't wait until then to Share the Force - you can do it now... like The Rock Father before you...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS The Clone Wars Remote Control R2-D2 - 11 Days to Go

There have been a lot of different radio controlled, and remote controlled versions of R2-D2 over the years. Heck, we even have an inflatable R2 that's R/C powered - but one of the more recent came from THE CLONE WARS. A long time ago, it was Kenny Baker who sat inside the Astromech droid - bringing it to life with human qualities despite his beep-boop "voice." To celebrate the birthday of Baker (born back in 1934),  the 2014 THE CLONE WARS Remote Control R2-D2 is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! I couldn't find video of this version, so here's the OG 1978 one...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Darth Maul Ultimate FX Lightsaber - 12 Days to Go

Ray Park's performance as Darth Maul in STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE was one of the major highlights of the Prequel Trilogy. While he met a swift demise, it's no wonder that others who have picked up the STAR WARS torch have found ways to bring the Sith Lord back into the mix. It was Park's martial arts skill that brought Maul to life in ways that no one ever expected, and today he celebrates his 41st birthday - born back in 1974. The 2012 Ultimate FX Darth Maul Lightsaber is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Lobot - 13 Days to Go

Why is Lobot so appealing? No one knows for sure, but Lando Calrissian's right hand man was rockin' some kind of wraparound headphones-looking thing long before those ever became real. He then popped up in "Disco" fashion in internet short films like Even Mather's classic GODZILLA VERSUS DISCO LANDO - a bit that sorta wound up emulated by ROBOT CHICKEN a decade later. The 1981 Kenner STAR WARS Lobot Action Figure is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Titanium Series Tantive IV - 14 Days to Go

The Tantive IV aka the "Rebel Blockade Runner" was the first ship that viewers ever saw on-screen in the original STAR WARS. An iconic ship used by the Royal House of Alderaan, the Tantive IV has even made appearances in STAR WARS REBELS. The 2007 Titanium Series Tantive IV vehicle is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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