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We may have just entered fall, but already the cool air is hinting at snowflakes and peppermint. Soon, the holiday specials will be rolling out, and for Hasbro's My Little Pony, 2018 brings forth an all-new seasonal adventure, In My Little Pony: Best Gift Ever, the ponies discover that "to find the perfect gift before the night ends, they’ll need a little help and some special new friends.” Hasbro Studios just unwrapped the new trailer for the special, which premieres on Saturday, October 27th on Discovery Family. Check it out below!

Monday, September 24 2018 00:44

The Toy Insider Unwraps their 2018 Holiday Gift Guide!

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When it comes to hot holiday toy lists, you'd be hard-pressed to find one better than the one assembled by my friends at The Toy Insider in New York. Their annual Holiday Gift Guide helps gift-givers shop for kids by age, and as always there's the three big signature lists: The Toy Insider's Hot 20, Top Tech 12 and STEM 10. This year's guide will appear in print, included with the November issue of Family Circle magazine (on stands 10/9), and will feature more than 200 toys from more than 100 different manufacturers. An additional 170 toys can be found in the online version of the guide, representing nearly 200 toy companies in total. Check out the video below and a quick overview on some featured items below, then visit The Toy Insider for more great gift ideas!

It's gonna be a great holiday season. I can feel it because we've got an uptick in seasonal fare coming on the entertainment front, and leading the charge is the return of a familiar icon from the mind of Dr. Seuss... THE GRINCH! Back in theaters in an all-new film from Illumination Entertainment and Universal Pictures, a new trailer was just released and it's almost enough to get me to switch my pumpkin spice to a peppermint mocha. Almost. Check it out!

Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms is coming to theaters this November, and thanks to the folks at Funko, some characters from the new version of the classic tale are coming to the famed Pop! Vinyl format. Hitting stores just in time for the 2018 holiday season, the Sugar Plum Fairy and Clara are up for pre-order now via my friends at Entertainment Earth. Check out the latest trailer for The Nutcracker below...

Monday, September 17 2018 20:58

These Pops are Mean Ones, Mr. Grinch!

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This November, Dr. Seuss' The Grinch is back on the big screen in an all-new animated adventure from Universal Studios and Illumination. Of course, what's a movie without some cool merch, right? There's toys on the way from Just Play, and Funko is in on the action as well with a host of Pop! Vinyl figures based on characters from the film. There's The Grinch, the Young Grinch, Cindy-Lou Who and Max the Dog - all available for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth. Of course, we can't just do standard... there's plenty of retailer variants as well.

I may have mentioned this in passing before, but this fall will see the release of an all-new wave of Holiday Funko Pop! Vinyl figures... and yes, more Star Wars is in the mix. Of course these are technically bobbleheads (thanks to licensing) but cool just the same. There's festive new versions of Chewbacca, R2-D2, C-3PO, Darth Vader (there's a Chase version as well) and Yoda. All of these new figures are up for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth. I see them as new-school holiday decor, and early additions to my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide here at The Rock Father™ Magazine.

It's going to be a magical holiday season, and today comes a look a nine new character posters from Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms. This epic reimagining of the classic seasonal tale will hit theaters on November 2, 2018, and today's poster drop features detailed looks at the main cast as they gear-up for adventure. Take a look...

The pumpkin spice just started flowing last week and now I'm tempted to break out the peppermint mocha! I've been paying close attention to Disney's The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and today comes the final trailer for this new holiday epic. Set for release on November 2, 2018, get a good look at what's yet to come. Is it too early for me to pop on The Brian Setzer Orchestra's GRAMMY-nominated version of "The Nutcracker Suite?" Of course not!

Some of my favorite Funko Pop! Vinyl figures and bobbleheads are those with a holiday spin. In fact, their Christmas-themed Baby Groot did really well a couple of years back... to the point where it's getting an update for 2018, being issued alongside a whole new batch of Marvel Holiday Pops and Pint Size Heroes. Hulk, Spider-Man and Deadpool are among those in on the action, and my friends and affiliates at Entertainment Earth have all of them up for pre-order. Check 'em out...

It's officially that time of year again... I'm sipping a Pumpkin Spice Latte while beginning to write an awful lot about Christmas. Truth is, I've been working on Holiday Wish Guide™ off-and-on since May, and one of my favorite additions to that is when we get to start announcing new holiday music for the year. While my definitive list of new titles is just taking shape, today we have an announcement from Mr. Engelbert Humperdinck. As he continues the year-long celebration of his 50th showbiz anniversary, he's now decided to launch the next chapter of his career on October 12, 2018 with Warmest Christmas Wishes, a brand-new Christmas album – his first in almost forty years. Set for release by OK! Good Records, the new album is a mix of the classic and the new, and this morning the first gift premiered over at Billboard. Check out "Please Come Home for Christmas" and see the full tracklisting below...

When it comes to the modern era of holiday music, Mariah Carey's 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas is You" is about as close to a "standard" as you can get. It's become a staple that also hit the mark of the most-downloaded holiday single, and like all the songbook standards, it's been covered by a host of artists including Michael Bublé, Bowling for Soup, Lindsey Stirling and Idina Menzel among many others. It's also inspired a film and the success of the song led to further holiday albums in recent years. Now Carey is getting the Funko treatment, coming to life as a part of the Pop! Rocks line and her first figure is based upon her look on the cover of the album that spawned the hit - Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas. The Mariah Carey Funko Pop! Vinyl figure is available for pre-order now via my affiliate, Entertainment Earth.

Wednesday, August 22 2018 08:17

Orlando Conjures-up 78 Days of Halloween Fun...

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According to the Official Rock Father™ Seasonal Calendar (first revealed here), Fall/Autumn runs August 15-October 31 with the overlapping Halloween Season running September 15-October 31. That said, my favorite time of the year has begun, and for those looking for a fall travel adventure, the folks at Visit Orlando note that the City is conjuring up 78 days (and nights) of Halloween fun this year! From "Theme Park Frights" to "Boo! Beyond the Parks," there's something for everyone, with many highlights posted below. 

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