STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) play is hot right now, and looking ahead it's a category that will only continue to grow. For some toys placed in that category of hands-on learning, not all are necessarily "new," but sometimes new spins on some old classics. Marble play is pretty timeless, and I even had a Marbleworks set some 30-40 years ago, one that I believe my mom might still have. Likewise, my wife and I have played with some similar things with our own kids, and one recent offering is the Techno Gears Marble Mania Catapult set, sent to us for review by The Learning Journey, along with their new Techno Gears Bionic Bug.
Angry Birds has evolved... and you might even say that it just got weird. Rovio, the creator of the legendary Angry Birds, has just launched Angry Birds Evolution - a completely new spin on the game. Along with eastern-style RPG mechanics and promising "console quality graphics" on mobile, the birds are completely reimagined and redesigned to collect, train, and evolve... you could even say that "these birds are not to be flocked with." Rovio, in co-operation with Chimera Entertainment, have created over 100 new birds with multiple evolution states (some look suspiciously familiar to certain 80s action legends and comic book heroes). The dastardly pigs in never ending fauna swine conflict are led by the evil(ish) Don Bacon, who plans to turn the idyllic Bird Island into a hotel chain. Check out the launch trailer and a character featurette that looks quite PREDATOR...
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June is an important month around here, but it’s also a slightly weird one. Being that Father’s Day sits around the mid-month mark, that’s usually a signal for a huge influx of pitches I start getting from companies looking for some last-minute coverage in hopes of reaching families before the annual celebration of Fatherhood. Most of those don’t resonate with me, and some are fairly ridiculous -- many of them coming from folks I don’t hear from during the rest of the year. It’s almost like having a second birthday. You see, I don’t need a “day” to celebrate what I am and always will be, but Father’s Day does hold some additional importance here - significance well-beyond selling greeting cards, novelty ties and coffee mugs (but remember that last one). I flipped the switch on this website on Father’s Day seven years ago. And our youngest daughter was born on Father’s Day weekend back in 2012. In life, there’s certain things that are ever-present, and for me, coffee is one of those things. Yes, coffee… and there’s familial importance. You could say that there’s “coffee in my blood,” but the more accurate a statement would be that it’s actually in my DNA. A close relationship with coffee has a lineage in my family, and that’s something that I’ve written about before. My great grandfather… my father’s grandfather, my grandmother’s father… he was a coffee taster by trade. My first name was his middle name.
It's time to get back to Duckburg, as the new animated comedy adventure DuckTales officially has a premiere date! The revamped DuckTales will premiere in a one-hour television movie to be presented for 24 consecutive hours, SATURDAY, AUGUST 12 (beginning at midnight EDT/PDT), on Disney XD. Then, the series will debut with two new episodes SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 23 (7:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 2:00 p.m., 5:00 p.m., 8:00 p.m., 10:30 p.m. EDT/PDT). Each will also be available on the Disney XD app and Disney XD VOD on these same dates. And what's DuckTales without it's iconic theme song? Check out the opening title sequence below to hear it now!
It's somewhat hard to believe, but this fall will mark four years since Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN first brought an icy blast into theaters. Families still can't get enough of from the residents of Arendelle, with the Frozen Fever short being too short, and the feature-length sequel still a couple of years off. This holiday season, we'll get a little something to tide us over in the form of an all-new, 21-minute short - Olaf's Frozen Adventure. Making it's debut on November 22 alongside Disney•Pixar's COCO. Check out the trailer below!
With the news that Gwendoline Christie would be returning as Captain Phasma for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a big mystery was created in the galaxy: How did she survive the destruction of Starkiller Base in the final moments of Star Wars: The Force Awakens? The answer to that question will be revealed a few months prior to the latest Star Wars film, when writer Kelly Thompson (Hawkeye, Star Wars Annual) teams with artist Marco Checchetto (Star Wars: Shattered Empire, Star Wars: Screaming Citadel) for JOURNEY TO STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI – CAPTAIN PHASMA, a four-part miniseries bridging the events between Star Wars: The Force Awakens and the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi!
The death of Adam West last weekend was a shock to many, and with tributes pouring out around the world, perhaps the greatest and most creative is yet to come. Tomorrow night, Thursday, June 15, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Police Department Chief Charlie Beck will join surprise Bat-guests for a ceremonial lighting of the Bat-signal at City Hall's Spring Street Steps: 200 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012. The action takes place promptly at 9pm.
I feel it's time to remind America of something... are you ready? No matter what your political affiliation or lack thereof, it's okay to make fun of our President. It's also perfectly acceptable to question, challenge and take shots at your elected officials. Respect doesn't come with an office or position - it has to be earned. Political humor is timeless, and if you're the President of The United States of America, you are fair game. In my lifetime, I always think of Saturday Night Live and Chevy Chase as Gerald Ford as the benchmark - the earliest clips I can recall. I see people complaining on Twitter about Alec Baldwin as Trump, yet those same folks have no doubt laughed it up about other actors playing Obama, Bush, Clinton, Reagan, Nixon, Carter and all of their opponents. It doesn't make any sense, because it is always acceptable to make fun of the President - always. On the printed page, MAD Magazine holds a long history of political humor, and if I recall correctly, it was my dad who bought me my first MAD Magazine (I went though an era of the 80s where I was a regular reader). Now, they're keeping that tradition alive in an era where the jokes write themselves. MAD About Trump: A Brilliant Look at Our Brainless President is out June 20th, and today the folks at DC Comics sent over a preview to Rock Father HQ, and I'm sharing it with you. I don't post a lot about politics here on the site, but as a registered Independent that cannot fully identify with any political party in this country (or any other), I say, "Joke 'Em All!" Anyone remember the comic book, "Great Morons in History: Dan Quayle?" I had that one...
From the mind of Gwen Stefani comes the world of Kuu Kuu Harajuku, and thanks to Shout! Factory, now the series is coming home on DVD! Currently airing on Nickelodeon and Nick. Jr., Kuu Kuu Harajuku follows the adventures of HJ5 - a super cool band comprised of 5 super cool girls! Love, Angel, Music, Baby and their inspirational leader G love to sing, dance and sport the latest "kawaii" fashions (kawaii is "cute" in Harajuku speak)! Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music, Baby! is the series' first ever DVD, presenting 14 episodes in one cool package. Now, Shout! Factory has teamed-up with The Rock Father to give you a shot at winning one of three (3) copies!
It's go time! With Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 racing into theaters this weekend, the folks at Disney Games and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment have officially released Cars 3: Driven to Win for the PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3 computer entertainment systems, Xbox One, Xbox 360, Nintendo Switch™ and Wii U™. Developed by Avalanche Software, Cars 3: Driven to Win "provides an entirely new interactive experience that is thrilling to play alone or with friends and family." Players can race as Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Jackson Storm and other beloved characters while mastering the tricks, skills and combat techniques needed to become the Ultimate Champion. Check out the launch trailer and full game details below!
On June 30, 2017, Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy brings the marsupial back the the Playstation 4 with remastered HD versions of Crash Bandicoot, Crash Bandicoot 2: Cortex Strikes Back and Crash Bandicoot: Warped. They say that some things look better with age, and these remastered games certainly do. Check out the gameplay trailer, just revealed at Activision's E3 pre-show...
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Parenting is a balancing act. It doesn’t matter whether your’re a dad or a mom, being responsible for the lives of little human beings can be a daunting task. It’s a gig that goes in waves and cycles, with each passing year, a flip of the calendar that simply shuffles the deck to bring in new challenges - just as the kids take on new activities. Here at Rock Father HQ, our balance includes a corporate gig for my wife (a 40-mile commute twice a day, five days a week), a weird schedule for me that now involves travel roughly once a month, and then balancing those responsibilities with our girls. Two school schedules - one in full-day, one in half-day - plus all the other things like ballet, gymnastics, swimming lessons, girl scouts, theatre camp… and whatever else might happen to plug itself into the mix. It sounds like a lot because it is - but we love it, and we make it work, but that deck is always stacked, and the right balance is key. When something gets out of whack (and it has… many times), the whole thing can come tumbling down for a reset. Just like a stack of wooden blocks… or a well-balanced stack of delicious Cheerios.
We're just days away from the June 16 release of Disney•Pixar's Cars 3, and today comes what is likely the final trailer for the film - one dubbed "The Limit." In addition to the new spot, full details on the Cars 3 soundtrack and original score have been revealed. Both musical companion pieces will be issued on CD and digital the same day that the film hits theaters. Check it out...
It's astonishing how Marvel Studios continues to reinvent and expand it's on-screen world. The Marvel Cinematic Universe just works, but the individual pieces increasingly bear their own distinct flavor, and tonight we have our first look at one of the next chapters. BLACK PANTHER will hit theaters on February 16, 2018, and the first official teaser has arrived. While the character made an appearance in last year's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR, we haven't seen Black Panther's kingdom on-screen before. Check out the trailer below, and if you find yourself searching for the soundtrack, it's "Legend Has It" from the latest album by Run the Jewels, RTJ3.
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is more than ripe for a remake at this point, right? Alright, maybe some things are just best left untouched - but a classic show with such a classic theme song just stays with us, and Will Smith and Alfonso Ribeiro will never escape the powerful force that is Bel-Air. While said theme has been covered many times over, I always appreciate a good cover, and when it comes from Leo Moracchioli of Frog Leap Studios, it's essentially guaranteed to be good... and metallic. Check out this rockin' version of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Theme Song" below!