The world of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES keeps getting bigger, and the folks at Playmates Toys keep expanding upon the types of play that's available to the growing legion of TMNT fans out there. While the core action figures are the cornerstone, T-Machines (reviewed here), Mutations and Half-Shell Heroes are also increasingly popular. Now comes T-Sprints, "Mighty Motorized Micros" that are launching first at Toys "R" Us this month, and racing into other retailers beginning in January of 2016. What are they? Quite simply, they're old-school rev-up toys, but with a "unique flywheel so kids can rev and send them sprinting into action." Check out two promotional spots and full details below...
In this digital age, content providers strive to be wherever kids might be, and for Nickelodeon that includes a multitude of devices that comprise the footprint of their digital platform. They've got Apps, eBooks, Games and more, and this year they're getting decked-out for the Holidays with all-new seasonal updates. The folks at Nick just hit THE ROCK FATHER with all the details on which titles are getting a snowy makeover, and I've got all that news to share below. Check it out!
If your little ones have been watching LITTLE CHARMERS on Nick Jr., there's a solid chance that you already know that the overwhelming message is one of friendship. In Charmville, Hazel, Posie and Lavender are three Charmers-in-training that teach kids the merits of teamwork and friendship as they work to use their newfound magical powers to cast "charms." Things don't always go as planned, and that's part of the charm - just like real kids sometimes learn by trial and error. Just in-time for the gifting season, Spin Master has released a new assortment of Little Charmers toys that are featured picks in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine.
Have your little ones been watching Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines? The Rock Daughters have, and they're loving the high-octane STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) goodness that's packed into every episode. Now comes word that Blaze and the crew will be speeding across the seven continents in “Race to the Top of the World,” an hour-long special featuring guest voice appearances by Emmy-nominated actors Anthony Anderson (Barbershop, Black-ish) as Pegwheel the Pirate and Mayim Bialik (Blossom, The Big Bang Theory) as the Sphinx. The special will be simulcast across Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT).
If you've been checking out the annual lists of 2015's Hottest Holiday Toys, one item that's been consistently appearing is Spin Master's PAW Patroller - the rolling command center from the hit Nickelodeon series, PAW Patrol. The PAW Patroller is making an appearance on my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine as well - and I'm declaring it to be not just one of the hottest toys of the season, but one of the year's best overall. After going hands-on with our review sample for over a month as of this writing, the PAW Patroller has proven itself to be worthy of its acclaim - a perfect mix of vehicle and playset, and while it's scored big with The Rock Daughters, it recently hit me that it's sort of a toy that I've been waiting for... since 1982.
Saban's POWER RANGERS franchise is one of the 90s staples that seems to be enjoying a resurgence - although it's never gone away. Over two decades and nearly two dozen variations later, the POWER RANGERS are massively popular, and on the cusp of an all-new, big budget movie from Lionsgate - the first casting announcement for which revealed Naomi Scott as the new Pink Ranger. Having already attended a few Halloween events this season, I can tell you that the POWER RANGERS are out in force, and for that reason they're assembling here in my annual 31 Days of Halloween. How can your family have a Mighty Morphin, Dino-Charged Halloween? With a full assortment of POWER RANGERS Costumes for kids and grownups from Spirit Halloween, a new DVD, POWER RANGERS: TRICKSTER TREAT, and some important safety tips from the cast of POWER RANGERS DINO CHARGE, you'll be fighting evil in no time!