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After months of preparation, the Mills Entertainment production of American Girl Live had its World Premiere at The North Shore Center for the Performing Arts in Skokie, Illinois - just outside of Chicago. Our family was in attendance for the debut performance of the all-new musical, which whisks audiences away to join a group of girls for an adventure at summer camp.

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This Holiday Wish Guide™ special feature is sponsored by Universal Brand Development in collaboration with The Rock Father™.

This summer,  the dinosaurs returned, but the park was gone as Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom arrived in theaters to thrill audiences as the fifth chapter in Universal’s ever-evolving Jurassic Park franchise. Now it’s time to bring the adventure home for the holidays with an incredible assortment of new Jurassic World toys and products, available at Walmart!

We're just a couple weeks out from Christmas as I write this, and as usual there's some surprising late-season entries hitting stores that could be holiday hits. I'm talking about toys and games, of course - and they're not so much "late" as they are early previews of new things yet to come. From Mattel comes news that they've partnered with Daymond John, Co-Star and Investor on ABC's Shark Tank, to launch a new game: Silicon Valley Startups. With hilarity in mind, this new card game pits "Entrepreneurs" against each other to pitch hysterical startup ideas to "Investors." With all pitch ideas decided through random card draws, players must use their best improvisation skills to win the game.  The game is available now at Target (affiliate) with a national retail rollout planned for 2019.

It's been a fan-requested item for years, but now it's finally happened - the DC Multiverse Lynda Carter Signature Edition Action Figure has hit the streets, just in-time for the holidays! In-stock through my partners at Entertainment Earth as of this writing, this new 6" action figure is based on the Wonder Woman TV Series that originally aired from 1975-79.

This fall, Mattel's iconic Barbie became the star of an all-new mobile app based on the popular Netflix series, Barbie: Life in the Dreamhouse. From Budge Studios, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures brings the toys and characters to life in new ways. Kids can create their own Dreamhouse, get to know Barbie's friends, join a band (I still have a lot of love for Barbie and the Rockers), take care of the pets and so much more. And now there's a big holiday update that features tree decorating, gift wrapping, holiday decorating and even baking (gingerbread, anyone?). Available for download on iOS and Google Play, Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures is a lot of fun, and in the spirit of the season, Mattel & Budge have teamed-up with The Rock Father™ for a little reader giveaway for a fun Barbie prize pack that includes a Barbie Water Play Doll and Barbie Scooter!

When I shared the news in November that Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live would be making the rounds for its inaugural U.S. tour, one tantalizing possibility I discussed was the original "King of the Monster Trucks" joining the party... Bob Chandler's BIGFOOT. Turns out, the rumble on the horizon was true, and the iconic blue Ford will be on the tour in 2019! But what version of BIGFOOT will we see? If the artwork above is any indication, looks like a modern spin on the classic BIGFOOT 1.

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