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125cpkIt was 1983 when the CABBAGE PATCH KIDS burst onto the National scene with the mass-produced versions of Xavier Roberts' cute creations. I had just turned seven, and my sister was just a few months out from her fourth birthday when Christmas '83 rolled around and sent shoppers into a frenzy - perhaps the first major example of a must-have toy that created absolute chaos in in the toy department. There were tales of people scalping CPK dolls from the trunks of cars... squeezing parents for whatever they could in a pre-eBay world. For my sister and I, we wouldn't get dolls in '83, but would a year later when they were a little easier to come by, but still a hot holiday toy. My doll is named "Ollie," and I still have the little guy. On his tush, he's marked with Roberts' signature, and a little number "84."

A long time ago at a breakfast table far, far away...

I was a kid who enjoyed the days of cereal with cool "prizes," many of which were fueled by my interests of the time. One such interest? STAR WARS. As a parent, I'm doing my best to make sure that The Force is strong with my daughters, and when General Mills started putting STAR WARS pens in boxes of cereal last year, we scored a couple - and R2-D2 was a big hit. Now, they're doing it again, with STAR WARS pens included in specially-marked boxes of Big G Cereals through the end of the year, complimented online by CEREAL WARS: THE EDIBLE EPISODES. Since we've got a couple of years to wait until Disney releases J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: EPISODE VII for big screen, how about some small screen action? I even made an Edible Episode of my own...

Published in Food and Drink

Bachmann TrainsI have to admit, I was having some serious childhood flashbacks when putting together our new Bachmann Trains Mountain Master HO Scale Ready-to-Run Train Set earlier this month. Exclusive to Menards stores this holiday season, this 155-piece set is everything you need to get your kids started with electric trains, and a set that's a lot of fun for grownups as well, thus gaining it a spot in my 2013 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father.

Mickeys Christmas Carol I distinctly remember the first time I watched MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. It was 1983, and THE RESCUERS (which I was too young to see the first time around) was reissued to theaters. Ahead of the film was an "all-new featurette" called MICKEY'S CHRISTMAS CAROL. It was a big deal, and everyone wanted to see Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Pluto, Goofy, and a host of familiar characters in the Walt Disney version of the Charles Dickens classic.

Here we are... Day 31 of 31 Days of Halloween 2013 here on The Rock Father - Halloween Day! There's a lot of "threes" involved in this one, with Halloween falling on the date of my third-ever Throwback Thursday since picking up that torch earlier this month. For the Grand Finale of 2013, I'm spinning things back three decades, to this exact date 30 years ago. October 31, 1983. STAR WARS: RETURN OF THE JEDI had just been released the previous May, the third film in what would later become known as the original STAR WARS TRILOGY. It was that Halloween that I would first don my Ben Cooper Darth Vader Halloween Costume, taking to the streets as Lord Vader... wielding a green, Luke Skywalker lightsaber. Not film-accurate, but I worked with what I had.

Published in James' Journal

I didn't intend to have a dual-dose of GHOSTBUSTERS in this year's 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father, but sometimes things just happen. Athena Stamos, host of CraveOnline's STAR CARS series, got in touch earlier today with the latest episode of her award-winning webseries about some of the most famous rides on the road. The latest? A look at two Ectomobiles... a pair of classic Cadillacs, each re-tooled to carry on the legacy of the famous vehicle from the 1984 film. Check it out below, for Day 23...

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