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Toy Review: Hasbro MARVEL Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Crane Capture Track Set

With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 now available on Blu-ray, the folks over at Hasbro hit me up to take a look at a couple more of their toys based on the iconic web-slinger - ones that weren't included when I did my feature on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 toys back in May. This time, we took their new MARVEL Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Crane Capture Track Set for a spin, part of an interesting new line that combines "Action Figures + Racing" - two things that kids absolutely love. But that's not all - Power Charged Electro from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Power Charged Action Figure assortment dropped in as well. Check these out in-action below....

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STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION gets release dates for TV and DVD!

The much-anticipated STAR WARS REBELS has a release date release dates. The all-new animated series will debut with a one-hour movie entitled STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION as part of a multi-platform launch across television, digital and DVD with the rollout beginning on September 29th and completing with the DVD release on October 14 (pre-order it now). Check out the synopsis, the new "Art Attack" short (funny enough, that was the title of my first short film back in 1989), and all the rollout dates and details below...

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Back-to-School: Shopping for Fall Fashions at Gurnee Mills #GurneeBTS

Gurnee Mills: A Simon CenterI keep saying it, but I still can't believe we have a kindergartner here this year. Essentially, if you've been reading THE ROCK FATHER for awhile, you've seen Addie growing up, and while last year we were shopping for Pre-K, this year it's officially time for Back-to-School in preparation for "big girl" school - kindergarten. Gurnee Mills here in Lake County has always been a regular haunt for us, and this year we've teamed-up to show off some of the great fashions and supplies available at the largest value and outlet destination in Illinois (which is in the midst of a remodel and now boasts a fantastic "full-price" wing), by sharing our own Back-to-School shopping experience. This past week, my wife and I took the two girls (Little Finn is in on the action, too) to get decked out for Fall...

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Review: Disneynature BEARS (Blu-ray)

Released theatrically in-time for Earth Day this past April, Disneynature BEARS is a rarity when it comes to animal-based documentary films - one where the subjects of the film - the whole animal family - [SPOILER ALERT!] make it through alive. For parents, that means some worry-free viewing when it comes to enjoying it with the little ones, despite a little bit of peril here and there, which should be expected when dealing with (and teaching) nature.

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Review: MUPPETS MOST WANTED (Blu-ray)

Download Muppets Most Wanted Recipes & Secret Identity It's long-been established that I've been a fan of THE MUPPETS practically since birth, having seen THE MUPPET MOVIE (1979), THE GREAT MUPPET CAPER (1981) and THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (1984) on the big screen, not to mention being a regular viewer of whatever Muppets goodness I could catch on television - from SESAME STREET and THE MUPPET SHOW to FRAGGLE ROCK, MUPPET BABIES and EMMET OTTER's JUGBAND CHRISTMAS, just to name a few. I've even counted myself as a big fan of 1999's generally unappreciated MUPPETS FROM SPACE, so when The Muppets became a part of The Walt Disney family, I was excited to hear they'd be headed back to cinemas after a 12-year absence with 2011's THE MUPPETS. Thing is, as a parent, I don't get to hit the theatre nearly as much as I'd like to, and thus I ended up buying it for my little ones on Blu-ray, and when MUPPETS MOST WANTED rolled around this year... I missed the big-screen experience once again. That's ok, though, as the folks at Disney sent us the film on the just-released Blu-ray Combo Pack, and my girls are now old enough that by the time the next sequel rolls around, we'll be able to see it in the theater as a family...

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Chicago: DISNEY ON ICE presents PRINCESSES and HEROES comes to United Center...

The Feld Entertainment productions of Disney On Ice have become quite a tradition for us (I saw my first show back in 1981, which I wrote about here), and now as a Feld Family Ambassador, I'm always happy to help spread the word when they come back through Chicago. Disney On Ice presents Princesses and Heroes skates into United Center (get tix), September 10-14, 2014, bringing to life 10 action-packed scenes that feature a whopping 52 Disney characters for one of the most exciting shows they've ever had! Check out the full details below...

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Review: LEGO Disney Princess RAPUNZEL'S CREATIVITY TOWER 41054

LEGO® Brand Disney Princess lets your child build fairytale scenes.When I posted news about the LEGO Disney Princess line back in January, I had a strong feeling that we'd eventually have some of them here at Rock Father HQ. That feeling became reality upon Addie's birthday earlier this month, and one of the sets came courtesy of my friend Brian (drummer of POISED AS GIANTS) and his family, who got her RAPUNZEL'S CREATIVITY TOWER (41054). Since we've now gone hands-on with a few of the sets, I figured it was prime time to share some thoughts here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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For the First Time in Forever: The FROZEN Sing-Along is Coming to DVD and Digital!

And you thought I was done covering FROZEN for a bit? Think again! On November 18, Walt Disney Animation Studio's Academy Award-winning pop culture sensation rings in the holiday season with the release of the FROZEN Sing-Along Edition on DVD + Digital Combo Pack (no Blu-ray, it seems). Available for pre-order now at Disney Store, this is the version that became a last-minute phenomenon that I discussed with filmmakers Jennifer Lee, Chris Buck and Peter Del Vecho back in February - put together after plans for the initial DVD/Blu-ray release were already in motion. Check out a just-released announcement trailer via Facebook right now.

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STAR WARS REBELS looks better every day. Watch "The Machine in the Ghost" right now!

We're about two months out from the premiere of STAR WARS REBELS on Disney Channel, to be followed by it's regular series slot on Disney XD. I don't know about you, but with every preview released, I get more excited - it just looks better every day, and it feels like STAR WARS. Set between Episodes III and IV, STAR WARS REBELS looks to be a great new series for STAR WARS fans as we eagerly await the release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: EPISODE VII next year. Take a look at a new STAR WARS REBELS short, "The Machine in the Ghost," along with some extended previews and other goodies in the player below. The Force is strong with this one...

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Review - SOFIA THE FIRST: THE ENCHANTED FEAST (DVD)

One of the smartest things that the folks behind Disney Junior's SOFIA THE FIRST have done is to connect the Kingdom of Enchancia to other, more familiar Disney Kingdoms - but it's Sofia's Amulet that really ties things together and helps to bridge the Magical World of Disney by bringing in some famous friends to assist when the time is right. When presented with challenges, Sofia is able to use The Amulet of Avalor to summon a more experienced princess, and in THE ENCHANTED FEAST, it's Snow White that answers the call.

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