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I'm diggin' this "Old Trilogy" vibe that Disney has been tossing out since purchasing the Lucasfilm Empire last Fall. As they're already ramping-up for STAR WARS: EPISODE VII and a series of live-action spin-off films, many wondered what would happen on the televised front since it was announced that the CLONE WARS (which I sadly never had time to get into, and then it passed me by) was ending. Now we have an answer, as STAR WARS REBELS is in-development for a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, followed by a series on Disney XD.

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STAR WARS is returning to it's roots... with production returning to the UK. While all of the previous six "episodic" films all had production activites take place in the UK at one time, the original trilogy (Episodes IV-VI) had a major connection there. The kid in me (who as an adult, sits under the shadow of an AT-AT in his office) is pretty excited.

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The folks over at Disney Interactive just hit The Rock Father with new details on the forthcoming launch of their multi-platform game, DISNEY INFINITY. Today brings an inside look at the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN Play Set. Pirates of the Caribbean is included with the Disney INFINITY Starter Pack (out August 18) along with MONSTERS UNIVERSITY and THE INCREDIBLES. Check out the new goods below...

From the original ATARI STAR WARS to the fantastic SNES SUPER STAR WARS series and into the current generation, I've spent more than a little time playing STAR WARS video games. What can I say? The Force is strong with me, and like many of you - I was disappointed to hear that Lucasarts was recently shuttered. While millions of voices may have cried out in terror about the news, today comes word that ELECTRONIC ARTS has been selected to pick up the lightsaber and run with it for the future of STAR WARS gaming.

Let me make something very clear: The "Action Toy" aisle of your local retailer is not "the boys' aisle." Action figures are for everyone... just like superheroes... comic books... and a vast assortment of other things that often get assigned a gender by default. I've said it before and I'll say it again - kids should be able to like what they like, and be encouraged to explore whatever interests happen to catch their little eyes. My oldest daughter is pretty well-rounded. She's got quite the assortment of dolls and princess paraphernalia, but as documented here on The Rock Father, she also has a serious obsession with cars, and she digs superheroes. That said, she was pretty excited when a package from STARK INDUSTRIES (via Hasbro) arrived here at Rock Father HQ loaded with a sampling of new toys from IRON MAN 3. What was not exciting for me was watching her preschool teacher compliment all the girls on their dresses the other day, and then make a weird and silent pause when she looked at Addie's MARVEL Comics t-shirt (which she's been wearing on occasion for months). Hence the opening statement of this post.

I am a STAR WARS aficionado. Those that are regular readers of The Rock Father know this. I've been known to "teach The Force"; I once worked on a film called "5-25-77"; I recorded a viral song called "Darth Vader is a Real Cool Guy!" that appeared on TheForce.net over a decade ago; I once had such a large STAR WARS toy collection that it required it's own room (since sold); and I was one of 19 Dad Bloggers that took park in "The Definitive White Paper on When to Expose Your Children to STAR WARS." Yes, The Force is strong with this one, so when the folks at Hasbro asked me if I'd like to help distribute some new toys and games from their ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS line in honor of STAR WARS DAY (May the 4th), there was no way to resist.

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