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One of these days I will get to SDCC (likely when I have a personal project to promote again), but in the meantime my friends that are there keep sending me the latest news and official pictures to share with those of you, who like myself, are thousands of miles away. One of the most-anticipated reveals of today comes from the folks at Hasbro, who continue to expand their fantastic line of MARVEL Legends figures. While I've got fresh pics of the latest SPIDER-MAN assortment, of particular interest today is the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE assortment, which pairs both comic and movie-style figures into one collection. Here's your official look at the first-ever figures of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Karl Mordo!

Are you ready to meet the "diverse range of interesting dudes" that Entertainment Earth and Hasbro teased last night? If you guessed that the strange statement was code for DROIDS, you were correct! Coming this November, the STAR WARS: The Black Series Astromech Droids 3 3/4-Inch Action Figures – Entertainment Earth Exclusive is up for pre-order now, a celebration of the entire STAR WARS Saga, and the 10th Anniversary of Entertainment Earth's super-popular, sold-out 2006 Astromech Droid Sets. This sextet of Astromech Droids comes to you in a specially designed R2-D2-shaped box with 3 3/4-inch scale action figures. Each droid sports multiple points of articulation, similar to the collector-favorite figures of The Vintage Collection, with featured Droids being sourced from 1977's STAR WARS, 1983's RETURN OF THE JEDI and the recent animated series, THE CLONE WARS. Each figure includes rolling wheels on their feet, plus jointed domes, ankles, shoulders, and maybe even a few other surprises. Check out the details below, and pre-order now (while supplies last)!

Wednesday, July 20 2016 10:00

VTech's Go! Go! Smart Line gets Bigger...

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From the "Why didn't these exist when our kids were younger?" department at Rock Father HQ...

Last week at Sweet Suite in New York City, the team from VTech were there in force, showing off a variety of their new toys for the 2016 Holiday season and beyond. For kids ages 1-5½, the Go! Go! Smart collection is expanding with the release of several new items from the award-winning Go! Go! Smart Friends®Go! Go! Smart Wheels® and Go! Go! Smart Animals® product lines, featuring innovative MagicPoint® and SmartPoint® technologies that "bring the toys to life" while teaching first words, letters and more as children explore cause and effect relationships. The Go! Go! Smart Friends line has evolved with an enchanting new theme around princesses and kingdoms, and offers a luxurious palace that expands to four feet wide. Go! Go! Smart Wheels features its first motorized train that can climb hills on its own and, for the first time, Go! Go! Smart Animals includes domestic animals and a sprawling three story pet playland.

Tuesday, July 19 2016 22:25

Mattel is entering JURASSIC WORLD...

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After a massive success last year, Universal is taking another trip back to JURASSIC WORLD in 2018, but just because the next chapter in the film series is two years off, kids (and grownups) won't have to wait for more ways to live the adventure at home. News just hit Rock Father HQ that Mattel has been granted the master license for the JURASSIC WORLD franchise starting in July 2017, with the toymaker partnering with NBCUniversal to begin designing and developing new lines immediately, with the first products set to hit in early 2018. Mattel's license rights include a wide variety of products, including (but not limited to) action figures, play-sets, vehicles, games, plush, role-play, preschool, and activity toys. While it was main competitor Hasbro that handled most of those for last year's film, Mattel first dipped into JURASSIC WORLD with a collection of diecast vehicles under their iconic Matchbox line.

A pair of tracks in the sand... Twin suns on the horizon... a Jawa Sandcrawler looming in the distance at sunset.  That's all we have to go with thus far for an exclusive boxed set of 3¾" STAR WARS action figures from Hasbro - the "super-articulated" variety that fans of THE VINTAGE COLLECTION and THE BLACK SERIES have been calling on Hasbro to do more of. Up for pre-order as an Entertainment Earth Exclusive, this set of six mystery figures promises five figures "that have never been made as toys." So what could they possibly be? It seems like we've got a definite Tatooine theme, but that just might be a ruse...

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