I've covered toys from both The Bridge Direct and Tech 4 Kids quite a bit here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine in the past, and as the North American International Toy Fair gets under way (and I prepare to show you some new offerings from The Bridge Direct - stay tuned), news just rolled in that the two companies are set to merge, with plans to get even bigger in the years to come, thanks to an aggressive plan to continue acquisitions and mergers. The pairing should bode well for consumers, retailers and some fellow toymakers alike.
With the Halloween season being among my favorite events of the year, I'm always on the lookout for some new toys that bring some creepy fun back into playtime. This year, one new offering is the Fright Factory 3D Creature Creator from Tech 4 Kids, a set that feels both like a toy and a craft, allowing kids to be their own "Dr. Frankenstein" as they turn "EwwGoo" into three-dimensional creations.
The whole "blind" craze is a double-edged sword for me. On one hand, the kids love their blind bags, blind boxes, mystery eggs and capsules. On the other hand, I don't like duplication... and when you're buying blind, that can happen. As my wife is quick to note, that's really the point - get duplicates, and trade with friends... just as I did with baseball and trading cards back in the day. Really, The Rock Daughters love blind bags, the most popular of which here have been Playmobil and Fisher-Price Imaginext figures. But there's others... countless others, so it's interesting when we see something different like the new line of MASH'EMS and FASH'EMS from the folks at Tech4Kids. They're mashable, squishy, stretchy little characters based on numerous pop culture licenses, and for our first batch we received eight of them - two each from MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, PAW Patrol, Disney•Pixar and DC Comics. We jumped on YouTube and cracked them open for a fresh episode of UNBOXED...
November 7, 1985. I was just two weeks past my ninth birthday when my Dad and I hopped in the car and headed north to the Rosemont Horizon for THE WRESTLING CLASSIC, a WWF pay-per-view event for the newly-launched WRESTLEVISION service. It was there that I witnessed some of the true "legends of wrestling" live and in-person... and I can still vividly recall those larger-than-life figures like The Iron Sheik (who entered with a giant Iranian flag), Randy "Macho Man" Savage and Miss Elizabeth, Hulk Hogan, Rowdy Roddy Piper, the Junkyard Dog and Nikolai Volkoff, all flying from the ropes and hitting the mat hard. This was at that time when Sports Entertainment was really becoming a huge deal, and it was something that families would enjoy together, kids would discuss at school, and "Hulkamania" would become widespread while Hogan and others began appearing in cartoons, in movies, recording albums, and selling a ton of action figures. Nearly 20 years later, history is repeating itself... but on a little different level.