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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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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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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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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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Preview: New Disney Store Collectibles to Debut at D23 Expo...

Visitors to next month's D23 Expo in Anaheim had best bring a few extra bucks, and an extra suitcase. The folks at Disney Store are rolling out some new products that are being previewed at the show - and offered for sale for the first time ever! There's new offerings from the Disney Fairytale Designer Collection, TOY STORY 20th Anniversary, Tsum Tsum, ABC's ONCE UPON A TIME, and yes, my favorite - STAR WARS. Check out a sneak-preview below!

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Exclusive: Talking the Musical Genesis of Disney's DESCENDANTS with Director Kenny Ortega

When I found out that I'd get to spend some time with filmmaker/choreographer Kenny Ortega on one of my recent visits to Los Angeles, I was pretty excited. The Director of NEWSIES, HOCUS POCUS and HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL actually helmed the film that was the very first Blu-ray I personally bought after beginning my format switch - the 2009 documentary musical, MICHAEL JACKSON'S THIS IS IT. I may not mention it often, but Jackson has been a big influence in my own musical life, so it was fitting that THIS IS IT was my first Blu-ray purchase, as THRILLER was the first album I remember asking for on vinyl. Ortega's connection to "The King of Pop" not only as a Director, but as a Choreographer, was not the reason for our meeting, however... it was all about his latest work, Disney's DESCENDANTS.

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Speeder Bike with Biker Scout - 43 Days to Go!

I've owned more than a few Speeder Bikes in my day - from the Kenner version that was released in 1983, to the big 12" POWER OF THE FORCE edition that was sold as a Target Exclusive about 15 years ago. Right now, The Rock Daughters and I have at least three Speeder Bikes from the 3¾" STAR WARS Power of The Force series, and they get into some solid adventures straight from the story of RETURN OF THE JEDI. While we don't have it here, the 2014 "Black Series" Speeder Bike with Biker Scout 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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Force Friday Countdown: Terence Stamp as Chancellor Valorum - 44 Days to Go!

Back in 1999, it was at a cinema in Metropolis where Superman had just settled-in for a screening of STAR WARS: EPISODE I - THE PHANTOM MENACE only to discover something unsettlingly familiar about one of the secondary characters. Could it be? How is it possible that a Kryptonian war criminal could've possibly become Supreme Chancellor of The Republic in a galaxy far, far away? Then Clark realized that STAR WARS was not a documentary film, and that Chancellor Valorum was simply being played by Terence Stamp - an actor with a striking resemblance to General Zod. Valorum 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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