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Now here's a new toy line that could stir up some serious debate. Announced a few weeks back, Figures Toy Company will soon roll out the first wave of their "World's Greatest Presidents" series of retro-styled action figures. So who are the "World's Greatest Presidents?" For starters, they're all American - having held the office of the President of the United States of America. And aside from Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, they're all of a pretty recent lineage.  Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all reporting for duty in that old-school cloth-outfitted style that was popular in the 60s and 70s, before the Kenner Star Wars collection hit the scene and made 3.75" action figures the norm.

Despite my massive love for Star Wars, I'm always a little bit glad that I don't cover all-Star Wars, all the time. In recent years, the hardcore fans have become a fickle bunch - particularly when it comes to collecting action figures and vehicles produced by Hasbro. With the much-requested relaunch of The Vintage Collection this year, even that has come with some gripes questions, and thus the folks at Hasbro have been attempting to keep an open conversation with fans, and the Hasbro Pulse Instagram account has been one way to do that. Last week, Hasbro's Steve Evans put out a call for questions, and today several have been answered. Check out the video below and stay tuned for more answers, now on Instagram TV (IGTV).

It won't even be released until 2019, and already, KINGDOM HEARTS III was awarded the Best RPG title at this year’s Game Critics Awards. This continues the critical reception of the title most notably at the E3 convention where it received over 30 awards from North and South American media publications.

For a series than began as a Frankenstein'd story crafted by combining several Japanese series' from Toei Animation, Voltron has certainly come a long way in the past 34 years. Already popular in Japan, Beast King GoLion is what most Americans would come to recognize as Voltron: Defender of the Universe, while the Armored Fleet Dairugger XV  became the second iteration of Voltron to hit the 'States, though a vehicular version that's oft-forgotten in favor of the lion-based counterparts. Since the launch of the Netflix Original Series, DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender in 2016, renewed interest in the character and it's past (fueled largely by the reissued Voltron '84) has led to it becoming a staple of Comic-Con. For this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, there's a huge amount of Voltron goodness coming into play - you could even say that it's an unusually large amount this year, packed with reveals and SDCC exclusives. It started with Playmates Toys' Voltron: Legendary Defender Hyperphase Voltron that Entertainment Earth will be selling, but now there's so much more...

For the first-time ever, I will be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego - but for one day only (stay tuned for details). There's gonna be a lot to take in (though I won't be there just as a fan) and one must-visit booth will be from Hasbro. Today comes yet another exclusive announcement, this one coming from the Netflix Original Series, Marvel's Defenders. The Marvel Legends Series Defenders Rail Authority 5-Pack will be available first at booth #3329 at SDCC, followed by some being made available in select quantities at additional conventions at at HasbroToyShop.com. See the full piece below!

There was some big news from DC Comics this week as the full details on their DC UNIVERSE streaming service arrived. But it's not just a streaming service, but "a first-of-its kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. With membership, fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise." The latter piece is going to be a big one for toy fans and collectors, and the first piece of that will be a brand-new series of 6" Justice League Animated action figures. Here's what the folks at DC Collectibles had to say about that...

The Pokémon Company International announced today that Pokémon Quest is now available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play. The rambunctious action RPG first launched on Nintendo Switch™ console in May and has captivated players, achieving more than 2.5 million downloads on the system worldwide. Check out the launch trailer and details below, right here on The Rock Father™ Magazine...

One of my favorite things of 2018 so far has been Nintendo Labo. I first played it at the 115th North American International Toy Fair in NYC, and upon launch we had a set delivered direct to Rock Father HQ from my friends at Nintendo. Labo is something that's hard to really grasp without playing it hands-on, and as we now know, it's an experience that Nintendo intends to have around for a long time to come. The possibilities are unexpected, and perhaps endless, and this week one of the most popular games for the Switch just became Nintendo Labo compatible. Ready for a whole new way to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Grab the Toy Con motorbike handlebars and get ready to race! Check out the video below...

Cool Kickstarter Features are promoted/sponsored looks at crowdfunding campaigns of note...

Storyball, a revolutionary and award-winning, interactive smart ball that encourages children to keep active and playful, launches today. Using screen-free technology, sound cues, haptic feedback, and A.I. machine learning, Storyball engages a child in active, educational and stimulating play. The Kickstarter campaign, which is being managed by the Launchpad Agency, launches today and has a funding goal of $30,000 USD (it's halfway there as of this writing). 

I have a t-shirt that I wear on occasion that features Mattel's iconic He-Man riding the mighty Battle Cat atop the curve of a gleaming rainbow. Why rainbows and He-Man? I'm not entirely sure, but I've always thought that it had a nice thematic tie-in to that 2010 viral video of Prince Adam (poorly) singing a dance version of 4 Non Blondes' 1993 hit, "What's Up?" So now comes the question, "what's going on" with Prince Adam and Comic-Con this year... specifically with Super7? Well, in the midst of all of their fantastic SDCC exclusive reveals for 2018, Super7 is rolling into San Diego with Prince Adam rockin' a massive smile on a new headsculpt inspired by that epic video of internet infamy. Check this out...

The demise of Toys "R" Us has an unexpected upside - other retailers are starting to get more creative and enthusiastic about the business of play. Following rumors of adding an expanded selection of toy offerings in their Party City stores, Party City Holdco Inc. has announced the company’s strategic decision to expand its temporary store offerings through the piloting of approximately 50 new ‘Toy City’ pop-up stores. Party City will launch the new, temporary Toy City locations alongside its Halloween City pop-up stores in select markets across the U.S.

Universal Pictures' Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has stomped, roared and clawed it's way into theaters, and if one message is clear - it's that "the park is gone." But amidst the excitement for the second chapter of the Jurassic World saga, fans are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the movie that started it all - Jurassic Park. There's a ton of great merchandise out there marking the milestone, and one of the most popular and hard-to-come by pieces is the Entertainment Earth Exclusive Dennis Nedry & Dilophosaurus Funko Pop! Vinyl 2-Pack. You remember Dennis - a computer enthusiast that looked suspiciously like Newman from Seinfeld. As he attempted to steal dinosaur embryos by stashing them in a shaving cream can, he found himself directionally challenged, eventually coming face-to-face with the venom-spitting dilophosaurus. This is the only way to get the spit-on version of Dennis, and while they've sold-out once before (more are coming in August), Entertainment Earth and The Rock Father™ want to get one of you hooked-up with a set for your own Pop! collection (see all the awesome Jurassic World Funko Pops here).

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