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Wednesday, December 16 2015 13:13

KNIGHT RIDER HEROES - What is it?

It's no secret that KNIGHT RIDER is the greatest television series that the world has, or will ever know. Sure, it may only hold that acclaim here in my own home, but I love KNIGHT RIDER immensely, and hold its star, David Hasselhoff in exceptionally high regard. I've been obsessed with the series ever since its initial run from 1982-1986, and was saddened as a 10-year-old when it went off the air, unceremoniously - without a true send-off or finale (though "The Scent of Roses" should've been aired last, but was not). Various reboots have failed over the years, with none just giving the fans what they really want - Michael Knight and K.I.T.T. in a Pontiac Trans Am. Whenever a hint of something new comes forth, people get anxious - and that's what happened back in May of 2014 when news of something called KNIGHT RIDER HEROES started bubbling. Now, 19 months later, there's a trailer for KNIGHT RIDER HEROES, though we still don't know what it is. It's both exciting and concerning at the same time...

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When it comes to Disney•Pixar's TOY STORY franchise, one of the smartest things they've done is keep the adventures fresh with spin-off TOY STORY TOONS and TV Specials. These stand-alone adventures have been perfect for introducing new characters and keeping Buzz, Woody and all of their friends current in the minds of what is now a couple generations - two decades past the 1995 debut of the first TOY STORY feature film. While they've all been big hits here, none has hit the mark more than TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT - a 22-minute short film that premiered on ABC ahead of Christmas 2014. Released now on Blu-ray, Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere, TOY STORY THAT TIME FORGOT is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine as a perfect stocking stuffer for TOY STORY-loving kids and grownups alike... especially ones that grew up in the 1980s (like me) and are raising kids right now.

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Netflix Stream TeamWho could've predicted that Netflix - a company known for shipping movies on DVD in little red envelopes - would evolve into a streaming giant and bastion of original content that would proudly carry a flag for resurrecting retired pop culture icons? While it was probably never predicted, that's just what happened, and Netflix has become a home for reimaginings of DANGER MOUSE, FULL HOUSE (FULLER HOUSE), INSPECTOR GADGET and CARE BEARS (CARE BEARS & COUSINS). The latest characters from my youth to become a Netflix Original Series are the POPPLES, brought back by Saban Brands and launched with a five-episode inaugural season. I remember these little creatures fondly - cuddly little munchkins that could roll into a furball, and then "POP!" back open into upright-standing, long-tailed, brightly-colored bear-like creatures. Like all good fruits of the 80s, they once had an animated series and a robust toyline - originally spawned by American Greetings, the same folks that brought forth Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears. Three decades later, POPPLES are back, and thanks to Spin Master, they're back in the toy aisle as well - as a Walmart Exclusive for the Holiday Season.

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I don't think that any child of the 1980s could avoid the power of JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS. Hasbro's line of pop star fashion dolls was perfectly pushed by a daily cartoon series, and I often found myself playing JEM with my sister - rockin' out and battling THE MISFITS. Little did I know that three decades later, I'd be sharing the original cartoons with The Rock Daughters™ (The Complete Series DVD Set is available through Shout! Factory) and that an IDW Comic Book series (which is really cool) and a live-action movie from Universal Pictures would be putting Jericca Benton and Synergy front-and-center for a whole new generation. To celebrate the release of the live-action JEM AND THE HOLOGRAMS, Fandango Family and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving readers a chance to win a $100 Fandango Gift Card!

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Back in 1965, the American Aerosol Company launched Crazy Foam to "make bathtime fun for kids and easy for parents." The concept was simple, with shaving cream-style soap packed into a can that featured artwork from a variety of licensed characters. DC Comics and MARVEL were in the mix, and there were others like Popeye, The Smurfs, and more. By the 90s, there were even editions based of characters from The Simpsons, and then the brand went on hiatus. I vaguely remembered these from the late 70s/early 80s, so when I was pitched some samples for a Crazy Foam rebirth, I jumped on it. Thing is, after having these in-hand, my parental instincts kicked in and made two things very clear - Crazy Foam is creepy, and I'm not comfortable letting my girls use it based on the ingredients and propellants contained within.

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For years, fans of Mattel's AMERICAN GIRL line have been requesting something that surprisingly hasn't been produced until now - a BeForever doll with a story rooted in one of America's most iconic decades: The Fifties. Today that changes, with the introduction of Maryellen Larkin, "an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd." This new doll and all of her accessories have become available today, exclusively at American Girl in the U.S.*, with special launch events planned across the country. Personally, I think it's pretty cool to now have a doll from the decade that gave birth to Rock 'N Roll - complete with records and a jukebox. Check out a preview, and all the details below...

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