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THE ROCK FATHER: THE POP CULTURE MAGAZINE FOR FAMILIES THAT ROCK.

Disney Infinity gets Crystal Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey Mouse Figure...

Today marks a glorious occasion for players of Disney Infinity 2.0 as Mickey Mouse comes to the game in a new form based on his appearance in FANTASIA's Sorcerer's Apprentice sequence. The Crystal Sorcerer's Apprentice Mickey is available now as what you could call an "upgraded" version of his Infinity 1.0 persona. Take a peek at the figure and screenshots below...

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Report: The 12th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair Brings Old Friends & New Favorites Out to Play! #ChiTAGFair

This weekend, the Chicago Toy & Game Group brought the 12th Annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair to Navy Pier, and for the third year in a row, THE ROCK FATHER was there to cover it. The only show of it's kind that's open to the public in addition to members of the toy and game trade, #ChiTAGFair or simply #ChiTAG serves as an unofficial kick-off to the Holiday season here in Chicago - a tradition that offers families a first-hand chance to check out a wide array of new offerings hands-on, from some of the season's hottest toys, to some of the newest and most "out there" games. While my first two experiences at ChiTAG had been good, and the show had impressed, I left last year thinking that the show was skewing too "game" for my liking, ignoring that "toy" is the first part of it's name. Knowing that many of the organizers have deep roots in the gaming community, that wasn't really a surprise, but for my own interests (big on toys, light on games) I was hoping to see a little more balance this year... and the Chicago Toy & Game Fair crew did a fantastic job in bringing together some old friends and new favorites to delight families for two days of pre-Holiday fun. Check out my picks for this year's #ChiTAGFair all-stars below!

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#CommandTheForce with Imagination and STAR WARS COMMAND #ad

THE ROCK FATHER is a paid STAR WARS #CommandTheForce Ambassador and has partnered with Hasbro and Life of Dad for this adventure. May The Force Be With You, Always.

I've been trying to Command The Force since about 1977, inspired by a galaxy far, far away...

As part of the first generation to be inspired by the vast universe that George Lucas created, STAR WARS, like The Force itself, surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds people together. As a parent, STAR WARS has also become a bond between father and child, as my wife and I raise two girls as part of the next generation. Like their father before them, these little ones are both creating and recreating some of the galaxy's most epic battles as they Command The Force with the power of their own imaginations. Play is important, and sometimes to find new ways to play, one must look to the past.

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TMNT: Bebop and Rocksteady Figures Launching Exclusively at Walmart...

TMNTIf your house is like ours, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES is a big deal. In fact, TMNT is a big deal not just in hour house, but on our entire block, with two kids having themed birthday parties in just the past month, and yours truly having just bought Christmas-themed TMNT wrapping paper in preparation for the weeks ahead. Now, Nickelodeon and Playmates Toys have announced the return of some classic baddies from the Turtles' line, with the launch of their Bebop and Rocksteady action figures - available in mid-November exclusively at Walmart. The duo will then make their much-anticipated return to TV this January as part of the current third season of Nickelodeon’s CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles series.
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Win Tickets: The 2014 Chicago Toy & Game Fair Rocks Navy Pier November 22-23!

For the past 12 years, the Chicago Toy & Game Fair has been presenting families with the largest event of it's kind in the U.S. that's actually open to the public - a chance to test out and buy some of this year's hottest toys and games to kick-off the holiday season, all while meeting and mingling with the folks that actually create and make the things we play with. This will be my third year covering ChiTAG on THE ROCK FATHER (Read: 2013, 2012), and with the show taking place at the end of next week, the excitement is building. While Optimus Prime is known for telling the Autobots to "Roll Out!," Hasbro is rolling into ChiTAG with one of the stars of this summer's TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION - the bright yellow Chevrolet Camaro known to kids and grownups alike as BUMBLEBEE. But that's just one of the many cool goings-on set to take place at Navy Pier, and I've got the run-down for you below, along with discount coupons and a chance to WIN TICKETS to the show!

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