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bdaman125Recommended for Ages 6+, this game from Hasbro's B-DAMAN CROSSFIRE line is one more entry into that realm of "stuff that battles" being BIG this Holiday Season. While it's character based in appearance, the B-DAMAN CROSSFIRE Break Bomber Battlefield is a game of skill that's addictive even to grownups, as you face off against an opponent while shooting "marbles" toward a wall of blocks in hopes of knocking them toward the "enemy" side. It's a lot of fun, and thus lands a spot in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide.

pjboard125The second PAJANIMALS item to make my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father (see the first here), the Pajanimals Bedtime Routine Board by TOMY features all four Pajanimals - Apollo, Squacky, Sweetpea Sue and Cowbella - each paired with a corresponding nighttime activity: Taking a Bath; Putting on Pajamas; Brushing Teeth; Reading a Story. Once each task is complete, slide the character into bed for a musical jingle. When they're all tucked in, the full "Lullaby" theme song will play while accompanied by glowing lights.

beywarriors125Recommended for Ages 8+, the BEYWARRIORS SHOGUN STEEL Octagon Showdown Battle Set by Hasbro continues a trend that I've previously-noted here on The Rock Father: Battling is BIG this holiday season. Taking into account this "octagon" shape made popular in extreme fighting, this set works very simply, with two rip-cord-powered Shogun Warriors (they're basically really cool tops) that can be customized to battle. Last character standing, wins. This set scored big among even slightly younger than-suggested kids.

grinchcd125It's just not the Holiday Season without experiencing HOW THE GRINCH STOLE CHRISTMAS, and for 2013, Masterworks Broadway has issued a new way, with the release of the World Premiere Recording of Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. Featuring original Broadway cast members Patrick Page as “The Grinch” and John Cullum as “Old Max,” the album is available now on CD and Digital Download.

Angry Birds Star Wars II TelepodsRecommended for Ages 5+, Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods from Hasbro are hot right now. Bringing the world of Angry Birds Star Wars into the physical realm, these toys can then use the Telepod technology to teleport your real-world characters into the App and then decide who to launch. You'll need an iOS or Android Device to use these, so please keep that in mind as you prepare for Holiday gifting. In addition to securing a spot in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father, my friends at Hasbro and I have teamed-up to get one lucky reader hooked up with an Angry Birds Star Wars II Telepods Prize Pack! One reader will receive a box of goodies that includes the DEATH STAR TRENCH RUN Set, and a figure pack with Princess Leia and R2-D2!

beatles125Just in-time for the Holiday Season, THE BEATLES will release ON AIR: LIVE AT THE BBC, Vol. 2 (out 11/11). This 63-track collection (which I previously covered here) is the official follow-up to the 1994 album, LIVE AT THE BBC, which sold five million copies in under six weeks. While this new collection has secured a spot right here in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide, the folks at Universal Music are letting me get one lucky reader hooked-up with the 2-CD set. It would make a great gift for THE BEATLES fan on your list.

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