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Toy Review: Hasbro's MARVEL Ultimate Spider-man Web Warriors Collection...

HasbroDisney XD's ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN: WEB WARRIORS features Peter Parker being joined by Spider-Man 2099, Iron-Spider, Miles Morales and more as Spidey spans generations for maximum heroic action. To help launch the excitement, Hasbro has issued an all-new toy collection based on the show, with multiple Spider-men available across an array of play patterns - including action figures, role play and vehicles. If you're subscribed to THE ROCK FATHER on YouTube, then you may have caught a brief unboxing video last month. If not, here it is below, along with some thoughts from The Rock Daughters and myself...

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Prepare for the Coming of the Drones... The New Sky Viper Drones...

Last month, Skyrocket Toys made a big splash at New York Toy Fair when they dropped the curtain on their latest trio of drones from their award-winning line of Sky Viper Drones. Offering "hobby-level performance at unprecedented mass market pricing and availability," the new collection really caught my own interest due to their new HD video Drone. Sky Viper Drones were created using customized software and designs, and the new 3rd generation models will "feature extreme performance capabilities, exciting one-touch stunts, 6-axis digital stabilization, new impact-resistant uni-body designs, and variable modes of flight sensitivity." Amazon might not be able to bring a drone to my neighborhood this year, but Skyrocket Toys just might this summer. Take a look at the new lineup...

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Unboxed: Hands-On with the Lalaloopsy: Festival of Sugary Sweets Stretchy Hair Doll...

LalaloopsyEarlier this month, Lionsgate released LALALOOPSY: FESTIVAL OF SUGARY SWEETS on DVD. For those who haven't picked it up yet, it's airing on Nick Jr. Saturday, March 28th at 2pm ET/PT - so set those DVRs! Now, in addition to the newly-release Lalaloopsy Littles (I have a chance for you to win those - through 3/31 - here), MGA Entertainment released a new doll that's pretty unique: The Stretchy Hair Doll. As a Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Ambassador, my girls and I went hands-on with this new doll that allows kids to stretch her hair over three times it's normal length.

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Cool Kickstarter: WONDER CREW (Dolls Geared Toward Boys) Launches With a Rock Star, Superhero and Builder...

Wonder CrewEarlier today, I took my girls to McDonald's for a "sometimes treat" - a Happy Meal, but only because it's St. Patrick's Day and I promised them their once-a-year Shamrock Shakes if they'd been good. I was surprised when the guy asked me if I wanted "a boy toy or a girl toy," because I thought I'd read that McDonald's was ending that practice ages ago. With no sign on the board indicating what the choices were, I stopped him and asked what the options were. He specifically stated, "for the boys it's Hot Wheels, and the girls is Barbie." Ok, so the Mattel promotion is back, but I have two girls that love both of those things. I deferred to the back seat for an answer, and with no surprise, Adalyn said "Barbie," while her little sister Finley answered "Hot Wheels." You'd think by now all the gender discussion with toys would be a non-issue, but it's not - and while I've often spoken of letting my girls play with whatever they want regardless of what "aisle" it comes from, I've heard that for parents of boys (an experience I will never know), there's issues even more challenging. Bottom line: the b.s. double-standard that some adults still push - cool for girls to play with cars and action figures/not cool for boys to play dolls and kitchen. WRONG. Kids can, and should be able to play with whatever toy they desire, but still, one mom is making strides toward making dolls "inspired by boys but truly meant for any child" under the name WONDER CREW - and it's because she has to. While the initial hook is "dolls for boys" (a phrase that does lead the press release), these really are dolls for everyone...

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Everyone Should Have a Life-Sized Rocket Raccoon...

You know you want it... a life-sized Rocket Raccoon figure - one perfectly-detailed and ready for adventure. You could grab your Nerf Star-Lord Quad Blaster (like the one I have in my garage), your Funko Pop! Vinyl Baby Groot (like the one the girls have here), and pop-in your own personal copy of AWESOME MIX VOL. 1 (like I have on iTunes) and prepare to fight evil wherever it might be! Right? Well, since NECA just made a slightly-larger-than-life-sized Rocket Raccoon... and since it's already pre-sold out at Entertainment Earth, I'd say it looks like more than a few people are thinking the same thing. I need one of these in my office.

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