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LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES coming to Disney XD...

For all the goodness that LEGO STAR WARS has brought fans over the past 16 years, it's almost surprising that one thing that they haven't done until now is re-tell the actual STAR WARS Story. That changes later this year when Disney XD will air LEGO STAR WARS: DROID TALES, a five-episode mini-series that will re-tell the STAR WARS Saga through the eyes of C-3PO and R2-D2, beginning with a gathering of Original Trilogy heroes after the Battle of Endor following RETURN OF THE JEDI. After the two Droids tell their story leading up to the beginning of THE PHANTOM MENACE, "an accidental kidnapping occurs while the droids are reminiscing and suddenly viewers are taken on a new adventure that leads to encounters with familiar faces and places that prompt the re-telling of the entire saga."

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Review: MARVEL Ultimate Spider-man and Avengers Assemble Capsules (ZURU Toys)

Within the past couple of years, the "blind" toy craze has been picking up steam. From blind bags and blind boxes, to mystery eggs, surprise eggs and now capsules, there's something for just about interest, and the latest toymaker to get in on the action is ZURU Toys. With licenses from Disney, the first ones to hit retail were the Disney FROZEN Capsules back in January, and the next batch that's shipping now are based some heavy-hitters from MARVEL - Ultimate Spider-man and Avengers Assemble. This is the first time I've ever received a shipment of toys direct from the factory in China, so I actually had to go to FedEx to pick them up - their arrival being a complete mystery to me as well (I had no idea they were coming). What was inside? Let's take a look at the MARVEL Capsules Assortment...

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BIG HERO 6: A Conversation with Scott Adsit - Finding the Voice of a New Icon (Baymax)

You always hear about how "it's a small world," and when it comes to Disney, they pretty much have a lock on the theme song (and ride) for that. Right now, I'm gonna tell you just how small the world really is, and how that plugs into the strange and exciting path that my life has taken over the years. Back in 2008, I met multi-hyphenate (Actor/Writer/Director/Producer) Scott Adsit. By "met," I mean we quickly exchanged a nod and "hello" in passing while headed separate directions at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois. It was like two seconds - and it feels weird to say it, but we were both "guests" of the same event - Wizard World Chicago. Adsit was there to promote and do a panel for his grownup-aimed [adult swim] series MORAL OREL, and I was there as the Creator/Writer of the grownup-aimed comic book DEATH WALKS THE STREETS, which launched with a Wizard Exclusive Variant at that same event. Fast-forward nearly seven years, and I'm sitting across from Adsit in a room at the W Hollywood in Los Angeles, with Scott throwing down some words about his time as the voice of one of Disney's latest icons - the loveable Baymax of the Academy Award-winning BIG HERO 6 (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere).

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Wrangling a Neverbeast: Inside the Animation Design of the latest Disney Fairies Adventure... #NeverbeastBloggers

Consider it a sort of "genetic modification" - but rather than splicing genes, Story Artist Ryan Green and Animation Supervisor Mike Greenholt were tasked with shifting pen, ink and pixels to help craft an animal never-before-seen, but one with traits familiar to millions in a 3+ year process working with the Director and Story Team on the design for Gruff, the titular Neverbeast in DisneyToon Studios' TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST (out March 3). For this task, what was particularly interesting in creating a fictional new species is that in addition to animation, Green actually holds a degree in Biology.

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Trailer: FROZEN FEVER marks a Springtime Return to Arendelle...

It's finally here - the official trailer for the new short film, FROZEN FEVER. The official follow-up to Walt Disney Animation's Oscar-winning cultural smash (see all my coverage here) will debut in front of Walt Disney Motion Picture Studios' live-action CINDERELLA (get tix) in theaters everywhere on March 13. I haven't shown this to my girls yet, but what I can tell you is that Olaf steals birthday cake like my oldest does - not-so-stealthily, and in plain sight. Check out the seasonally-appropriate trailer below and start thinking Spring!

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Based on a True Story? Steve Loter and Michael Wigert talk TINKER BELL and the LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST #NeverbeastBloggers

"It’s fairies and monsters, but it’s kind of based on a true story," explains Director Steve Loter of the latest Disney Fairies adventure, TINKER BELL AND THE LEGEND OF THE NEVERBEAST (out March 3), meeting with a group of writers inside DisneyToon Studios in Glendale, California earlier this month. While her name is in the title, this may well be the least Tink-driven film in what The Hollywood Reporter once called "Disney's Stealthy $300M Franchise," now six feature films deep. Where the genesis of the NEVERBEAST actually lies is not even within DisneyToon Studios, but with Loter's young daughter and her love of animals. "The movie was inspired by my daughter," says Loter, detailing his lifelong fear of "very large dogs" - something that his daughter loves very much. In fact, NEVERBEAST is very much a movie crafted by Loter and Producer Michael (Makul) Wigert out of love for both of their own daughters.

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Preview - STAR WARS REBELS: FIRE ACROSS THE GALAXY - The Season Finale featuring Darth Vader...

It seems like STAR WARS REBELS just had its premiere, and here we are looking at the Season One Finale coming up this Monday night, March 2 at 9/8c on Disney XD. In FIRE ACROSS THE GALAXY, it looks like we'll be getting some classic Old Trilogy-style action, including a lightsaber battle between Kanan, Ezra and The Inquisitor, a fleet of Star Destroyers, and an appearance by Darth Vader himself! Since it's the first season finale, the episode will not be available to stream earlier (if it was, I'd be watching it already), but I do have a preview to share with you below. The Force is strong with this one...

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The Action (Figure) Heroes of the Oscar-Winning BIG HERO 6: A Conversation with Ryan Potter & Daniel Henney #BigHero6Bloggers

"It's just the funniest thing. I think people think when you do movies this, they just throw a bunch of action figures your way," explains actor Daniel Henney with a smile. Casually chatting at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, Henney is with fellow actor Ryan Potter doing press for this week's in-home release of the Academy Award-winning BIG HERO 6 on Blu-ray and DVD. Funny enough, we're talking about action figures... while I sit with a Funko Pop! Vinyl Baymax peeking out of my North Face Surge Backpack - though neither Henney, nor Potter seems to notice as the voice of BH6's Tadashi continues his tale...  

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Giveaway - STAR WARS REBELS Action Figure + STAR WARS Hot Wheels Prize Pack!

Jedi vs. Sith. Empire vs. Rebels. Hasbro vs. Mattel. Polar opposites in some cases, fierce rivals in others. For the latter two, they're more alike than different, a pair of the most recognizable toymakers in the galaxy. While their competition is heated, for the first time in forever they're both bound by something greater than them both... a license known as STAR WARS. While Hasbro continues the lineage started with Kenner in bringing forth 3 ¾-scale STAR WARS action figures (among many other things), this past year has seen STAR WARS married to Mattel's iconic Hot Wheels line through a series of Character Cars, retailer exclusives and playsets. Bottom line: It's a great time to love STAR WARS, and as Disney and Lucasfilm ready the release of J.J. Abrams' THE FORCE AWAKENS for this December, there's some cool new toys that are slowly making their way into retailers. To have a little unofficial celebration of The Force here at Rock Father HQ, I've decided to offer-up a little something special - a Galactic Prize Pack featuring a pair of STAR WARS Hot Wheels Character Cars from Mattel, and a sought-after STAR WARS REBELS action figure from Hasbro's Saga Legends assortment. Will The Force be with YOU?

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Review: DOC McSTUFFINS - CUDDLE ME LAMBIE (DVD)

Released earlier this month in timing with Valentine's Day, CUDDLE ME LAMBIE is the latest DVD collection of the Disney Junior hit DOC McSTUFFINS to hit the streets. While the loveable Lambie ("You need a cuddle") takes center stage on this five-episode collection (which includes the seasonally-appropriate, "My Huggy Valentine"), one of the highlights for me is that this set includes the classic episode "Kirby And The King"/"Bubble Monkey, Blow Your Nose!" - the first part of which centers on my favorite character from DOC McSTUFFINS lore... the Wicked King.

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