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Here's How those LEGO Oscars were Made... in 4-Seconds

If you're like me, you probably really dug those full-size Oscar statues made of LEGO bricks that popped up during last night's performance of "Everything is Awesome" by Tegan and Sara with The Lonely Island at last night's 87th Academy Awards. Curious how they were made? Each of the 20 LEGO Oscars contains about 500 pieces and were designed and built by New York-based artist Nathan Sawaya. Check out one of them being built in the video below... but only if you have four-seconds to spare!

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Giveaway - STAR WARS REBELS Action Figure + STAR WARS Hot Wheels Prize Pack!

Jedi vs. Sith. Empire vs. Rebels. Hasbro vs. Mattel. Polar opposites in some cases, fierce rivals in others. For the latter two, they're more alike than different, a pair of the most recognizable toymakers in the galaxy. While their competition is heated, for the first time in forever they're both bound by something greater than them both... a license known as STAR WARS. While Hasbro continues the lineage started with Kenner in bringing forth 3 ¾-scale STAR WARS action figures (among many other things), this past year has seen STAR WARS married to Mattel's iconic Hot Wheels line through a series of Character Cars, retailer exclusives and playsets. Bottom line: It's a great time to love STAR WARS, and as Disney and Lucasfilm ready the release of J.J. Abrams' THE FORCE AWAKENS for this December, there's some cool new toys that are slowly making their way into retailers. To have a little unofficial celebration of The Force here at Rock Father HQ, I've decided to offer-up a little something special - a Galactic Prize Pack featuring a pair of STAR WARS Hot Wheels Character Cars from Mattel, and a sought-after STAR WARS REBELS action figure from Hasbro's Saga Legends assortment. Will The Force be with YOU?

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Hands-On: The Rock Daughters check out the Our Generation Dolls and Accessories by Battat (Target Exclusive)

Our GenerationOver the past few years, the world of 18" Dolls and Accessories has become an increasingly crowded space - and one often confusing for parents to navigate. While the market is no doubt dominated on the high-end by Mattel's American Girl line, more affordable options are spread across multiple retailers and platforms. Being the parents of two girls, my wife and I have often found ourselves weighing the options on certain things, and it's a topic we've come across with other doll-buying grownups as well: We all know that the AG stuff is good, but what about the options that don't cost an arm and a leg? The folks at Battat just may have what you're looking for, with their Our Generation Dolls and accessories - a growing collection of toys that manage to hit on all the right notes of playability, durability, collectibility and affordability. After going hands-on with an assortment of Our Generation Dolls at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair last year, the crew at Battat had an assortment of their latest offerings delivered to Rock Father HQ for testing and evaluation by Addie and Finn (The Rock Daughters) in our state-of-the-art Toy Testing Facility (our house). Here's our full review, along with video of the unboxing...

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Toy Fair 2015: Spin Master Toys' STAR WARS Legendary Yoda Sneak-Preview

Back when I was going overboard with my STAR WARS collecting addiction, I had this "Interactive Yoda and Lightsaber" that Tiger Electronics and Hasbro released. A lot of what was inside it was closely related to the Furby, and while 15 years has brought us Hasbro's forthcoming Furbacca (so cool), the robotic geniuses at Spin Master Toys just may have waiting in the wings what I'd always hoped that "Interactive Yoda" would've been. Straight out of Toy Fair comes this Sneak-Peek at Spin Master's LEGENDARY YODA. Take a look...

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Toy Fair 2015: Mattel Welcomes TMNT, MONSTER HIGH, TERMINATOR, STAR TREK into the MEGA BLOKS World...

After acquiring MEGA BLOKS last year following a previous partnership that found iconic Mattel properties such as Barbie and Hot Wheels making their way into block form, Mattel has announced some major moves to expand their construction sets by bringing some major licenses into the world of MEGA BLOKS. From Mattel's own portfolio comes the long-rumored new collection of MONSTER HIGH Building Sets that find the ghoulish guys and gals taking play into a whole different realm. MEGA BLOKS will also issue new sets under their Power Rangers line, with collections based on Saban's POWER RANGERS DINO CHARGE, which just debuted on Nickelodeon this month. While those are cool, the biggest news may be a pair of licenses that they've snagged from others in the growing brick segment...

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