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Giveaway: Win a BATMAN '66 Bleacher Creatures Complete Set!

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. 

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Hasbro scores rights to FROZEN and DISNEY PRINCESS Dolls for 2016 and beyond...

Now this is a coup. Yes, Hasbro would like to build a snowman - and they soon will. Hasbro and Disney Consumer Products have entered into agreement for Hasbro to develop dolls and toys based on the DISNEY PRINCESS stories and characters, as well as the world of FROZEN beginning in 2016. These lines move over from Mattel, who has been producing Disney-based dolls for many years (we have quite a few here at Rock Father HQ). From the rumor department, there have been rumblings for awhile that Disney might be eyeing an eventual takeover of Hasbro (again, rumor and speculation here), but with Hasbro already producing toys from the Disney-owned STAR WARS and MARVEL properties, the addition of FROZEN and DISNEY PRINCESS into the mix certainly makes an alignment look more apparent.

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Giveaway: Win the Step2 Deluxe Workshop for your little builders!

Step2 Brand AmbassadorKids love to work like Mom and Dad, and there's nothing that embraces that more than giving them a workshop to call their own. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I get to check out (and sometimes give away) some of the coolest toys around, all of which nurture imaginative play. This week, I'm really excited to be joining Step2, Thrifty Nifty Mommy, Our Southern Style and Viva Veltoro to get one lucky reader set-up with the Step2 Deluxe Workshop - the perfect place for kids to "fix" their toys and "build" fun projects just like a grownup!

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Embracing our Inner MARVEL #InfinityHeroes with Disney Infinity 2.0 and Virtual Imaginative Play...

This #InfinityHeroes Adventure is brought to you by #CollectiveBias Inc. and it's advertiser. All opinions are that of James Zahn, aka The Rock Father.

#InfinityHeroes

Superheroes are part of daily life here at Rock Father HQ. Most of you know that by now, but I live it daily, when my girls break out their Spider-man (which you will be corrected to acknowledge as "Spider-GIRL") or Rocket Racoon masks for an adventure in the yard, or when Iron Man and Captain America spend some time having tea with Rapunzel and Ariel in the Disney Princess Castle. Not long ago, I saw the Iron Patriot chilling out with Boba Fett on the sun deck of the Barbie Dream House, kicking back, completely lounging in a pair of purple adirondack chairs. What can I say? It happens, so when Elsa and Anna show up, the adventure is just beginning. I'm big on imaginative play, tending to go light on the "screens" and big on the physical realm, which is why I've always been intrigued by the Disney Infinity Games - an open-ended platform that manages to merge to physical and the virtual. It's actually the first video game that I've ever let my girls play.

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ARTHUR gets an App ahead of 18th Season Premiere on PBS KIDS

PBS KIDS VIPOn September 29, ARTHUR will begin it's 18th (yes, 18th!) season on PBS KIDS, bringing all-new adventures of the WGBH-produced series to families everywhere. Ahead of the new season comes ARTHUR'S BIG APP, designed to encourage positive social skills through fun and engaging multi-level games. Focusing on the values of friendship, teamwork and helping others, each game allows kids to explore Elwood City and interact with their favorite ARTHUR characters. Check out the specs below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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