Two STAR WARS related stories in one day? That's a bit different here on The Rock Father, but I can't complain (here's the first one), as The Force is strong here at Rock Father HQ, and has been since the release of STAR WARS back in 1977. If you haven't heard, Disney announced today that the STAR WARS Comic Books will be returning to MARVEL Comics in 2015 after being handled by the folks at Dark Horse for more than two decades. It was the MARVEL books that I first experienced as a kid in the late 70s and early 80s, but it was the great treatment by Dark Horse that really helped place STAR WARS back on the map in the 1990s. But, with MARVEL being owned by Disney, a lot of people have seen this move coming since it was announced that Disney bought Lucasfilm back in 2012.

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I'm finally catching up on the MARVEL Cinematic Universe here at Rock Father HQ. Having missed their theatrical runs, I just watched CAPTAIN AMERICA and THE AVENGERS last week, and I still have to catch IRON MAN 3 and the first THOR film. Now comes an email into HQ this evening with news that THOR: THE DARK WORLD is already headed home, with a Digital HD release on February 4 followed by a February 25th bow on Blu-ray and DVD. Check out the new trailer and specs below, and get those pre-orders in!

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With CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER set for it's big-screen debut this April, Diamond Select Toys is ramping up anticipation not with a movie-specific figure, but with a comic-accurate version of the Winter Solider, which as been released as part of their MARVEL Select line available exclusively through (my affiliates) Disney Store and Marvel Store. Recommended for Ages 8+, this free-standing new depiction of Cap's old friend Bucky Barnes as the Winter Soldier features 16 points of articulation and interchangeable accessories. Take a look at some of the preview images that the folks from Diamond Select recently hit The Rock Father with...

It's not every day that I get an offer to review something that's available exclusively in the UK and Ireland, but that's just what happened when the folks at Eaglemoss Collections asked me to check out the first couple installments of their new MARVEL FACT FILES collection. Back in March (I've been busy), a package arrived at Rock Father HQ near Chicago via Royal Airmail, and while it's taken me a bit to share some thoughts, I dug in right away. In fact, with FREE COMIC BOOK DAY having taken place this weekend, and IRON MAN 3 in theaters now, this might be the perfect time to discuss this.

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Let me make something very clear: The "Action Toy" aisle of your local retailer is not "the boys' aisle." Action figures are for everyone... just like superheroes... comic books... and a vast assortment of other things that often get assigned a gender by default. I've said it before and I'll say it again - kids should be able to like what they like, and be encouraged to explore whatever interests happen to catch their little eyes. My oldest daughter is pretty well-rounded. She's got quite the assortment of dolls and princess paraphernalia, but as documented here on The Rock Father, she also has a serious obsession with cars, and she digs superheroes. That said, she was pretty excited when a package from STARK INDUSTRIES (via Hasbro) arrived here at Rock Father HQ loaded with a sampling of new toys from IRON MAN 3. What was not exciting for me was watching her preschool teacher compliment all the girls on their dresses the other day, and then make a weird and silent pause when she looked at Addie's MARVEL Comics t-shirt (which she's been wearing on occasion for months). Hence the opening statement of this post.

MARVEL's IRON MAN 3 will be hitting theaters in just a few weeks (May 3, 2013), and the onslaught of cool merch and new toys has begun. For older kids or the "adult collector" comes new offerings in the MARVEL Selects line from Diamond Select Toys. First up are the IRON MAN 3 Mark 42 Figure and the War Machine. Both figures were sculpted by Gentle Giant based on digital data, and feature incredible likenesses of actors Robert Downey Jr. and Don Cheadle. The folks at Diamond Select hit The Rock Father with some fresh pics of both, and I'm sharing them with you below...

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