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The Rock Father is a 2014 BuyCostumes.com #OrangeTuesday Halloween Ambassador.

Some say that "Life is Better in Costume," and those who adhere to that mantra are, indeed, correct.  It's fun to play dress-up, and fostering imaginative play with my girls is something that I've spoken of often here on THE ROCK FATHER. But you don't have to be a kid to play dress-up, and the legions of cosplayers and casual fans that gear-up for comic-cons and special events year-round are a testament to that. And, so what if Halloween is still two weeks away? There's nothing that says a grown man can't hit the town dressed as Batman (just ask Ben Affleck, who's been roaming Detroit along with Henry Cavill shooting BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE), to the surprise, delight, and in some cases, confusion of those whom he may encounter. That's why this month, THE BATROCKFATHER BEGINS RISES.

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BATMAN '66This year, something really cool happened... a door was opened to a world that hadn't really been explored in a very long time when it comes to pop culture collectibles and fun stuff: The BATMAN Classic TV Series became fair game. I've covered a lot of cool 1966 BATMAN items here on THE ROCK FATHER, but this one is up there in the POW! factor - something to be shared and enjoyed between kids and grownups alike. Ahead of the long-awaited Blu-ray and DVD release of the classic series comes a new line of "Feature Creatures" from the folks at Bleacher Creatures, LLC. When my Holiday Gift Guide goes live in mid-October, these will be there - rockin' 10" Plush Figures based on the characters of BATMAN '66: Batman (as played by Adam West), Robin (Burt Ward), Batgirl (Yvonne Craig), Catwoman (Julie Newmar) and of course, The Joker (Cesar Romero). To celebrate the launch, I'm really excited that Bleacher Creatures and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up to get one (1) lucky reader hooked-up with the full set (ARV: $100!), while two (2) runners-up will receive a random character from this Rogue's Gallery of Gotham City's most famous residents. Recommended for Ages 3+, they'd make a great gift or a fantastic collection of playable toys for the little ones. 

Just days after Zack Snyder confirmed that a rogue Imperial Stormtrooper was responsible for stealing the Batmobile from the set of his currently-lensing BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE in Detroit, a mysterious new video has emerged from the set of the also currently-lensing STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. Entitled "Hunka Junk," Director J.J. Abrams posted a flyby of The Millenium Falcon that reveals that The Caped Crusader may have somehow found himself transported to A Galaxy Far, Far Away...

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I could've called this post "What THE ROCK FATHER wants for Christmas." Thing is, I never ask for anything for X-mas because I don't really need anything, and most of the things I want that (that are within reason) I end up getting one way or another, anyway. The classic, 1966 BATMAN television series is perhaps the most-requested home video title of all-time, and when news hit that 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. finally sorted out details of bringing it home on DVD and Blu-ray, heads exploded. Now, the full details are out there, and the sets have gone up for pre-order (Blu-ray, DVD) and that Blu set is worthy - 120 episodes remastered in HD.

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LEGO Shop at HomeIt's that time of year again, the week when everything awesome in pop culture gets a massive spotlight shone upon it at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego. This year, LEGO is rolling into the convention center with the big guns out - showing off incredible new offerings from their pop culture brands, including STAR WARS, DC COMICS, MARVEL, THE HOBBIT, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, MIXELS, and of course, THE LEGO MOVIE. I wish I was going this year, if only to get a look at the new LEGO Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT Trilogy, and to pick-up the Classic 1966 Batmobile set - which is real, and not one of the fan designs that keeps getting touted. Take a look at the full LEGO lineup below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.

This year's Comic-Con International is about to go down in San Diego next week (July 23-27), and as usual - I will not be there. In keeping with my "maybe next year" responses, I've been standing firm in that I won't do another Comic-Con until I have something that I'm personally responsible for to promote. That said, I'm covering the show virtually again, and the folks at Prop Store just hit me with details on what they'll be showing off - a collection of movie memorabilia that will be auctioned off in the UK in October of 2014. They've got some great stuff, but it's all really unimportant next to what I found on their site. They're holding back on us...

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