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Sunday, February 26 2017 23:00

Trailer: It's the LAPD + Magic and Orcs in BRIGHT

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Netflix #StreamTeamThe film just wrapped production earlier this month, but we've already got the first-look at Bright, a new Netflix Original Film. The teaser trailer just arrived during tonight's Oscars telecast, surprising viewers with Will Smith as a member of the LAPD who all of a sudden is rockin' a sword and pictured with an Orc. Indeed, Joel Edgerton co-stars as the LAPD's first "orc cop" in a film that's touted as a story of where "fantasy has become a reality." From director David Ayer (Suicide Squad), Bright will be streaming on Netflix this December. Take a look...

We just got an "extended look" at Disney•Pixar's Cars 3 last month, but with the DAYTONA 500 having been run today, and with a big Cars presence, another look has arrived. This "Next Generation" clip focuses on some of the new talent hitting the track alongside Lightning McQueen this summer - a field that promises "more speed, more horsepower, more everything." The next cars have less drag, more downforce, and offer a few percentage points more in terms of speed. They say that Lightning can't turn back the clock, but he "can wind it up again." Check this out...

New York's IKILLYA have been tearing it up for some years now, and this week comes official word that they've signed to Urban Yeti Records for the June 2, 2017 release of their third full-length album, War For An Idea. The new album comes after a relentless touring cycle for their previous album, one that saw the band visit and perform in four countries and nearly all of the lower 48 states. The first single for the new record is a timely track called "Your God," and the video first made its debut yesterday via MetalSucks. Check it out below, and visit the Urban Yeti store for pre-order packages.

With New York Toy Fair behind us, we now have a pretty good idea of what lies in store for the rest of 2017 when it comes to toys and collectibles. But what have pop culture collectors been buying recently? My allies and affiliates at Entertainment Earth have some data to share, taking a look at sales figures from mid-October 2016 to mid-January 2017. The Force is still strong, but there's "significant consumer interest" rising for items based on the Netflix Original Series, Stranger Things, and Marvel's forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Check out the details below...

Thursday, February 23 2017 19:14

Here's a Star Wars Rumor that You've Heard Before...

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Star Wars 40thHere's a rumor that you've no doubt heard before: The original, un-altered, non-Special Edition Star Wars Trilogy will soon see a re-release. If you haven't heard said rumor, go ahead and jump on Google - it surfaces a couple times a month, and it's been going on for years. This is the "hope" that eventually, we will see a restored version of the original films from 1977, 1980 and 1983 as they appeared in theaters. That means all mistakes and limitations of technology at the time are left intact - whether for the sake of history and film preservation, or simply to allow old folks (like myself) to enjoy the films as they originally saw them (no modern updates). In the past, these rumors have been just that - pure vapor. Thing is, in recent months, there have been some rumblings, and there just might be some legitimacy to them this time around. The folks over at Making Star Wars (who have a really good track record when it comes to accuracy in rumors) have heard some things... but the thing is, I've heard things, too.

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It was twenty years ago that the world first laid eyes on a quartet of colorful aliens with a childlike curiosity about the world around them. Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po became an immediate hit, with little ones becoming enamored with the grassy world of the Teletubbies. I was working retail at the time, just two years shy of getting married, my future wife and I still a good twelve years off from having kids of our own. Still, I was on the front lines as the first wave (a tsunami, really) of Teletubbies popularity rolled in, with families eager to find the latest merchandise for their little fans. Two decades later, Teletubbies have been reinvigorated - revamped for their 20th Anniversary to delight new generations of kids. Having worked so well the first time around, the changes more like subtle upgrades, all meant to better connect with tech-savvy tots through a new series on, a fresh line of toys from the folks at Spin Master, and the new Big Hugs DVD from DHX Media.

We've long-expected that Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story would be coming home in April, but this week that's been made official. Announced yesterday on The Star Wars Show and StarWars.com, Rogue One will be coming home on Digital HD on March 24th and Blu-ray on April 4th. This news comes on the heels of the start of production announcement of the untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story.  Check out the new trailer and specs below!

The battle to "catch 'em all!" is getting hardcore. The inaugural 2017 Pokémon North American International Championships will take place June 30–July 2 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, followed by the 2017 Pokémon World Championships in Anaheim, California in August. It's the ultimate challenge for players of both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game series. Check out the details below...

Thursday, February 23 2017 07:07

Home Surveillance: Catching Mischief in the Act!

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The Rock Father™ has partnered with EZVIZ and Life of Dad for this feature.

There’s that old saying about “getting caught with your hand in the cookie jar.” Well, in 2017, I don’t actually know too many people that actually have a cookie jar that holds cookies (there are some cool display pieces out there), but there are certain ways to interpret that, both literal and figuratively. Let’s just go with the fridge, for example. My wife and I have reached a point with The Rock Daughters™ where they collaborate on shady endeavors - the kind of mischief that is apparently normal for kids rapidly approaching the ages of five and eight. One such habit is swiping food, and it tends to be yogurt (not cookies) that’s the object of desire. They sneak into the kitchen like little grifters - an “Ocean’s Two” of sorts, checking to see if the coast is clear before cracking the fridge. Thing is, if daddy spies on them, it becomes a little more difficult.

A bunch of people (myself included) might've jumped the gun when reporting that the currently-untitled Han Solo Star Wars Story began filming last month. In reality, it was probably some second unit stuff, as word came down today that principal photography on the film officially began yesterday at Pinewood Studios, London. Set for release on May 25, 2018 (exactly 41 years after the 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope), the new film will explore the early adventures of Han Solo and Chewbacca, including "encounters with that other card-playing rogue from a galaxy far, far away, Lando Calrissian."

Can you become the biggest snake? That's the question posited by the massively-popular mobile game, Slither.io. With over 150 million downloads, and over 120 million plays per day, Slither.io has been consistently been Google Play's #1 free game, and now it's making the jump to toys. Revealed this month at Toy Fair 2017 in New York, Bonkers Toys is bringing Slither.io to life as a line of blind bag collectibles, and later, plush. While we're not at Toy Fair in-person, some of the first samples of the Slither.io blind bags made their way to Rock Father HQ in Illinois, and The Rock Daughters™ (already familiar with the game) were more than happy to crack into four of them. Check out the video below!

Living in the suburbs of Chicago for most of my life (and making a slingshot from far south to far north), I'm still occasionally pleasantly surprised by finding great new areas to explore. Until this month, I had no idea what a vibrant scene could be found in Downtown Naperville, a city located about 30 miles west of Chicago, and about an hour south of Rock Father HQ. After dropping the girls off at Grandma's for the evening, my wife and I set out for an adventure - one anchored by dinner at The Craftsman by Two Brothers. I'd had a long-standing invitation* to check out what Two Brothers has been doing, not only at The Craftsman, but also at their Brewery and Tap House in Warrenville, but simply hadn't had a chance until now. From what we saw in Naperville, I can tell you that there's some impressive things afoot for foodies and beer lovers alike.

We really need to find a way to get Josh Gad into a Star Wars film. While Han Solo: A Star Wars Story (probably not the real title) is lensing now, the follow-up to Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi should soon be ramping up with Colin Trevorrow at the helm. Gad is quite obviously Star Wars-obsessed (as most of us are), and that has certainly carried over into his work on Murder on the Orient Express, in which he stars alongside Daisy Ridley (whom I interviewed here), Rey herself. Over the past few months, he's pressed Ridley for answers - a quest that has been fruitless, and perhaps annoying.  Today, however, he didn't have any questions for Daisy. In fact, it was a familiar troupe of faces who had a few questions for one of The Last Jedi...

It was January of 2016 when I declared that "Sprout's FLOOGALS is the next great space-based program for kids." In that article, I noted that our youngest daughter, Finley, immediately began asking us, "When are Floogals toys coming out?" At the time, there was no licensee for Floogals, but that changed last summer when the folks at Just Play picked up the ball. In the time since, a weird thing has happened... Finn has asked for Floogals toys every single time a package has arrived. We're talking over a year, folks. With each delivery by FedEx or UPS to Rock Father HQ, she always sees the boxes and asks, "Is it Floogals toys?" Of all the many diverse interests that our girls have, I have never seen such an obsession over one thing that until now, simply didn't exist. Today, that changes. Thanks to my friend Lindsay at Ren Beanie, I have for you a first-look at Just Play's first batch of Floogals Toys! This is straight from the product showroom at the in-progress North American International Toy Fair in New York City. Check it out...

The North American International Toy Fair continues to roll on in New York City, and the TRANSFORMERS continue to roll out! Among to new toy announcements from Hasbro comes a new trailer for Transformers: Forged to Fight, the new mobile game from Kabam Games. Arriving in the App Store and Google Play this Spring, Transformers: Forged to Fight will give players access to nearly every phase of the Transformers franchise history, challenging fans and players to assemble the ultimate team of Transformers. Players will be able to collect iconic characters from every Transformers generation, including Autobots and Decepticons from the animated series and Paramount’s blockbuster films, as well as fan-favorites from the Transformers comic book series and Hasbro’s massive catalog of figures. The Transformers PR Team just hit The Rock Father with the new trailer, and I've got it for you below. Check it out!