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Force Friday Countdown: 1985 Kenner STAR WARS Anakin Skywalker - 98 Days to Go...

When it comes to the changes to George Lucas' Original STAR WARS Trilogy, I tend to be pretty lenient in my opinions... when it comes down to the technical and visual stuff. When we get into issues of plot, thematic music, or worst-case scenario - an actor swap (sans placing Ian McDiarmid into EMPIRE - which I'm totally cool with), I get pretty irritated, especially when it comes to the end of RETURN OF THE JEDI. Inserting Hayden Christensen as the ghost/spirit of Anakin Skywalker into the Ewok Celebration is completely inexcusable. It was actor Sebastian Shaw that performed the character, and it was he who received the action figure treatment numerous times over the years, first happening with a Kenner POWER OF THE FORCE edition back in 1985. The only way to get it? Mail-in five proofs of purchase, just like my parents did. That figure is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, appropriately falling on what would've been Shaw's 110th birthday! 

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Summer Reading Giveaway: Win Jim Henson's ENCHANTED SISTERS: SUMMER'S FRIENDSHIP GAMES!

As the start of summer fast-approaches, it's a prime time to "Get Caught Reading!" As such, The Jim Henson Company recently teamed-up with the Association of American Publishers (AAP) to offer a pair of new "Get Caught Reading" Posters - available FREE to educators or anyone (+ $5 s/h) - featuring the DOOZERS and ENCHANTED SISTERS. These new posters join a trio of earlier releases from The Jim Henson Company, including characters from PBS KIDS' DINOSAUR TRAIN and SID THE SCIENCE KID, along with the Sprout/NBC Kids hit, PAJANIMALS. To celebrate the new offerings, and the start of summer, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and The Jim Henson Company will be getting a couple of readers set-up with copies of ENCHANTED SISTERS: SUMMER'S FRIENDSHIP GAMES, the latest book in the ENCHANTED SISTERS series from Bloomsbury Children's Publishing!

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Force Friday Countdown: Fighter Pods Series I - Snowspeeder Vs. AT-AT - 99 Days to Go...

Now, right about now, I expect that you might be wondering - "Why is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar being displayed inside of a refrigerator filled with Diet Mountain Dew?" The answer, young Padawan, is that I have exactly zero interest in the FIGHTER PODS toys - absolutely none. It's a weird thing for the STAR WARS realm, but Hasbro's line of "Intergalactic Battle" pods were just enough of a blip for me to say "pass" on - again, surprising, because usually the Hasbro team hits the mark for me. So yes, I placed the countdown calendar inside the 'fridge here in my office. Diet Mountain Dew Mtn Dew is the Official Soft Drink of Rock Father HQ, though no one as PepsiCo is aware of that. Unofficially official, you could say - but primary fuel aside from coffee. I was trying to make it interesting. Besides, Pepsi Products are generally corporate licensing partners with STAR WARS, so I'd assume they will be when THE FORCE AWAKENS is released, right?

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EXCLUSIVE: First-Look Image of "Captain Jake" from Disney Junior's "Captain Jake and the Never Land Pirates: The Great Never Sea Conquest!"

It's going to be a massive summer on Disney Junior, with the preschool network set to debut one new episode of one of its hit series every weekday for seven-consecutive weeks from Monday, June 29 through Thursday, August 13th as part of the SOARING OVER SUMMER multi-platform event. New episodes of alternating series SOFIA THE FIRST, DOC McSTUFFINS, MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND, JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES and HENRY HUGGLEMONSTER will premiere each weekday at 9:00 a.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and 7:30 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Junior. Also premiering this summer is CAPTAIN JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES: THE GREAT NEVER SEA CONQUEST, an all-new special 44-minute episode that leads to an exciting story arc where Jake becomes a Captain, kicking off a storyline which will carry into the upcoming fourth season of the series. The folks at Disney Junior have provided THE ROCK FATHER with an EXCLUSIVE FIRST-LOOK IMAGE of "Captain Jake" from the new special!

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Retro: This Mego Batmobile & Batcycle Commercial has The Joker on the Run...

Growing up, I never had any of the classic Mego figures - the 8" dolls with real cloth clothing based on pop culture icons of the time. I did have the 3¾" DUKES OF HAZZARD figures that Mego produced, but that was toward the end of their run, when lines like STAR WARS and G.I. JOE were hitting a new generation of kids like me with what would become the most popular format of pocket-sized figures. But for that generation before me, those 8" dolls were a huge deal, and they've stayed popular for decades, resulting in their revival through companies like EMCE Toys, Diamond Select Toys, Mattel and Figures Toy Company. I recently came across a commercial for a 1970s collection of BATMAN vehicles and playsets that's pretty fantastic. Four decades before Ben Affleck would don the cape and cowl to chase down a Lamborghini-driving Jared Leto as THE JOKER, kids were rockin these pretty sweet toys that were largely based on the 1966 BATMAN series and later cartoons...

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Force Friday Countdown: THE CLONE WARS Count Dooku - 100 Days to Go...

Strange this is... that Christopher Lee, the man behind COUNT DOOKU in ATTACK OF THE CLONES and REVENGE OF THE SITH, would have his birthday just one day after his Hammer Films co-star Peter Cushing, aka GRAND MOFF TARKIN. Well, as if the Sith Lord and former Count Dracula had anything to do with it. For today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, THE CLONE WARS Count Dooku action figure from 2008 is featured. This is one I've not had, though it's funny that his little hologram projector of Asajj Ventress looks like a popsicle or an award statue though, isn't it? And yes, Minnie thinks that Count Dooku is just dreamy...

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