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

Spring Fun Giveaway: Win The Step2 Extreme Coaster!

Earlier this year, I posted an article about going hands-on with the newest version of Step2's legendary Extreme Coaster. While the toy hasn't changed, it's color scheme has, and as a Step2 Brand Ambassador, my girls (and the rest of the neighborhood kids) have had a blast on their own personal "their-size" roller coaster (perfect, since we live in the shadows of Six Flags Great America) right here in our own backyard. While my initial post showed the Coaster in a very unconventional manner (indoors), now that it's warmer, the kids are absolutely loving this as it's outside in all of its glory. Would you like a Step2 Extreme Coaster for your own little rockers? We're giving you a chance to win one right now!

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Toy Review: Our Generation Dolls My Way & Highways 4x4 and R.V. Seeing You Camper for 18" Dolls

Our Generation DollsWhen we last went hands-on with Our Generation Dolls here on the site, The Rock Daughters (Adalyn and Finley) were checking out a full starter assortment of items from Battat Toys' 18" Doll line - all sold exclusively at Target stores here in the U.S. With Spring here, we're putting emphasis on the outdoors, and our latest review box from Battat featured a pair of big items that are perfect for embracing that spirit of outdoor adventure for kids - whether they're playing indoors or out. The My Way and Highways 4x4 and R.V. Seeing You Camper have both been on the market for awhile now, but like us, many families are just discovering the incredible assortment of affordably-priced items that Our Generation offers. Let's take a look...

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The New Era of Music Gaming is Upon Us: GUITAR HERO LIVE Arrives This Fall...

GUITAR HERO LIVEOh, how I've missed the classic era of music gaming... and in the Fall of 2015, The New Era of Music Gaming is officially upon us. Just a month after the official announcement that Harmonix was bringing ROCK BAND 4 to stores, Activision has unleashed the first taste of GUITAR HERO LIVE, signaling the return of a rivalry that spanned the music gaming heyday. Where ROCK BAND will be emphasising the "band" (something that GUITAR HERO got into with WORLD TOUR), it looks like Activision and developer FreeStyleGames are taking GUITAR HERO back to it's roots - focusing just on guitar - but with a whole new gaming experience. Check out the details below, including the first-look teaser, and a peek at the new guitar controller...

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Hallmark Gears-up for Convention Season with Announcements for STAR WARS CELEBRATION, D23 & SDCC 2015...

From the Department of "Cool Stuff from Cool Events I Won't Be Attending This Year" comes a fresh announcement from the folks at Hallmark. Starting this week at STAR WARS CELEBRATION in Anaheim, the Hallmark crew will be serving-up pop culture exclusives at some of 2015's most important pop culture events including Comic-Con International (San Diego Comic-Con of SDCC), New York Comic-Con (NYCC) and Disney's D23 Expo. Check out the full slate below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

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Toyography: Meanwhile at The Walt Disney Studios Offices...

On my visits to The Walt Disney Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios, I've noticed the life-sized FIX IT FELIX JR. machines (perhaps the same machine) in two different locations. Built to promote the release of WRECK-IT RALPH back in 2012, the FIX IT FELIX JR. games are based largely upon DONKEY KONG JR., and present a true throwback to classic arcade gaming. The girls and I recently made a Papercraft FIX IT FELIX JR. machine using printer paper and a template found on DeviantArt (an alternate plan exists on Disney's official site). The end result is a little sloppy, but it's perfectly-scaled for 3 ¾" action figures, and inspired this photo. "Meanwhile at The Walt Disney Studios Offices..."

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