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Netflix #StreamTeamWhen I did my January column as a member of the NETFLIX #StreamTeam, I mentioned how excited the girls were for the NETFLIX Original, EVER AFTER HIGH: SPRING UNSPRUNG. The latest special to be based upon Mattel's wildly-successful fashion dolls, SPRING UNSPRUNG is a seasonally-appropriate mini-movie, and one well-worth a watch with the true start of Spring just days ahead. We recently caught-up on all-things EAH with a couple of the new dolls, and a viewing of SPRING UNSPRUNG, all tied-together in a fancy little weekday party here at Rock Father HQ. Are you a Royal or a Rebel? That tends to be the question, and my girls were quick to choose their sides...

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TMNTIt's been long time coming, but this weekend, fan-favorites Bebop and Rocksteady finally make their debut on Nickelodeon's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. Voiced by J.B. Smoove and Fred Tatasciore, the duo arrives in "The Pig and the Rhino," in which "Donnie finishes a new batch of retro-mutagen, in hopes of saving Karai, while the Turtles find themselves hunted by Shredder’s new vengeful henchmen." In perfect timing with their on-screen return, THE ROCK DAUGHTERS (Adalyn and Finley) and myself recently got our hands on the newly-released Bebop and Rocksteady action figures from Playmates Toys, and now comes time to share a look. Originally released as a Walmart Exclusive (which I detailed here), the figures are now making their way to retailers everywhere and would make a fine addition to any TMNT collection.

When the Season One finale of STAR WARS REBELS - Fire Across the Galaxy aired Monday night, fans were treated to some big surprises. When we got to view it on the DVR at lunchtime on Tuesday, one thing was very clear - my little girls were quite pleased to see "another girl Jedi" saving the day. Having missed much of THE CLONE WARS (we'll catch up), they weren't familiar with Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein), and that doesn't matter. What does matter is that there's now a trio of powerful girls at the forefront of STAR WARS REBELS, with Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla and Ahsoka fighting the good fight. While we're still on the hunt for the elusive Sabine/Stormtrooper Mission Series two-pack, Hera is shipping soon packed with a "Stormtrooper Commander" (who we used to call a "Sandtrooper" back in the day), and now Ahsoka will be joining the 5POA (five points of articulation) action this fall. But she's not alone. In fact, she'll be packed with her former Master, the one who used to be called Anakin Skywalker before fully turning to the Dark Side and becoming Darth Vader...

Entertainment Earth Proving once again that every day is some kind of "day," Friday, March 6, 2015 is ACTION FIGURE WORK DAY, aka "Take Your Action Figure to Work Day." Yes, March 6th is also #CrazyHairDay with Lalaloopsy (you could take those to work, too), but #AFWD2015 is a worthy cause to support as well, and one that's going to have many different spins. The deal is simple - take your favorite action figure to work with you, snap some pictures of it in interesting places or doing interesting things, then post them to social media tagged with #AFWD2015. Also tag #iCollectatEE and you may be randomly chosen and contacted by my friends at Entertainment Earth to win some cool prizes (the how and what is up to them). If you've followed THE ROCK FATHER on social media at all, you probably know that I've essentially got action figures at work with me every day - so if you want some inspiration, check out my Instagram  for a little bit of Toyography. Here's a little something to get you started... when I took Vintage 1977 Kenner STAR WARS Chewbacca to a very important business meeting inside a writer's room at ABC in Los Angeles...

One of my favorite vehicles from the 2014 Chicago Auto Show was a full-size TONKA Ford F-150, which someone near me bought, because I see it all the time. While it's Funrise Toys that currently produces child-size versions of the legendary TONKA line (under license from Hasbro), Ford has continued to get creative with the brand for real-world applications, and the latest is the Mighty Ford F-750 TONKA, "the ultimate TONKA truck," built on the all-new 2016 Ford F-650/F-750 from Ford’s commercial truck lineup.

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Every so often, beyond the normal realm of traditional vehicles, Mattel releases a fresh batch of Hot Wheels "Character Cars" - concept vehicles inspired by a pop culture franchise. In the past, the Character Cars series has seen MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS, TOY STORY 3, THE MUPPETS, and even SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS get the Hot Wheels treatment - but right now the two big lines are based on STAR WARS (two of which I showcased here) and MARVEL Comics. From the MARVEL assortment comes the GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Rocket Raccoon car, featured in a #Toyography post on my social networks last week, and one that I've decided to share here on the site with a little more detail. First, the original photo...

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