It was in September of 2017 when the rumblings of a major restructuring really took hold for Toys "R" Us. I offered-up some commentary on one of their owners, Bain Captial, and how I feared that they were positioning Toys "R" Us for a repeat of the fleecing and destruction that they subjected KB Toys to in the early 2000s. A week later, the rumbles became reality as Toys "R" Us filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. While it was "business-as-usual" for the most part at the actual stores, now that the holiday season is behind us, the dark reality that everyone knew was coming has arrived: store closures. In a statement issued late on Tuesday, Dave Brandon, Chairman & CEO of Toys "R" Us announced that they're pairing down the store list, but he reaffirmed the commitment to making Toys "R" Us a destination for generations to come. One thing not included in the message was the actual store closing list, but that was buried in a court filing from yesterday afternoon. Around 180 stores will be shuttered between February-April, and sadly the Toys "R" Us that I shopped at as a kid is one of the ones about to go, and as an adult I've shopped at four of the eight Illinois locations about to go dark. Of note is that many of the store closings are actually stand-alone Babies "R" Us locations, and it's expected that nearby Toys "R" Us stores will be remodeled to be TRU/BRU combo stores. Here's the local list...

Last week, I took you inside DreamWorks Animation for a sneak-preview of DreamWorks' Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Now that the first season of the series (and yes, there will be a second - I can confirm that) has been released for streaming on Netflix, it's time to delve even deeper into the world of the Trolls, and that means going off-screen to look at the latest toys from my friends at Hasbro, who are bringing Troll Village to life with a whole new collection. DreamWorks and Hasbro recently sent us an assortment for review here in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ, but before we get going on that, lets first take a look at the new Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Season 1 Featurette, in which Skylar Astin (voice of Branch) and Amanda Leighton (voice of Poppy) throw down some details about their new adventures...

Nickelodeon will introduce kids to the wild and amazing world of animals with the brand-new clip-based series Zoofari, premiering Monday, Feb. 5, at 2 p.m. (ET/PT).  Made up of hilarious live-action footage, Zoofari (20 half-hour episodes) showcases the most adorable and incredible animals from around the world--from furry to feathered, scaly and more.  Created and produced by Cisneros Media’s MOBIUS.LAB Productions, a new episode of Zoofari will premiere every weekday through Friday, Feb. 16, at 2 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon.  The series will also begin airing internationally later this year.

Official Announcement: Following a thrilling opening week for the Overwatch League that drew more than 10 million viewers worldwide, a major new brand-marketing partner has signed on to support the league during its inaugural season: multinational automotive manufacturer Toyota.

Wicked Cool Toys 2018Wicked Cool Toys is hoping that you'll be ready to "catch 'em all," and by that we mean their new line of Pokémon products, set for debut at the 2018 International Toy Fairs in London, Nuremberg and New York.

As announced last May here on The Rock Father™ Magazine, WCT was awarded the Master Toy License from The Pokémon Company International for the globally popular Pokémon brand. Their fresh assortment will include a full line of action figures, plush, roleplay items, and other toys based on the hit Pokémon animated series, expected to arrive at retail locations in worldwide markets (excluding regions in Asia) in fall 2018.

As the Nintendo Switch enters its second year, families have been eager to see what's coming next. While we know that there's a hefty slate of new games on the horizon, one unexpected addition to the lineup will arrive on April 20, 2018 with the debut of Nintendo Labo, a new line of interactive build-and-play experiences "designed to inspire kids and those who are kids-at-heart." Having visited Nintendo HQ myself (twice), I've seen the archives of where Nintendo has been as a company, and they're touting this as being something that's  "building on the 129-year history of Nintendo, which is rooted in innovative entertainment and game-play experiences." I can see that, because Nintendo has never been afraid to smash the boundaries when it comes to their systems and controllers. Get ready to watch a little video and take a look at this...

As I've mentioned before, the accelerated release schedule of new Star Wars movies can lead to some problems when it comes to the logistics and distribution of new toys - particularly those that are assorted. While it seems like it's been better lately, new action figures from Star Wars: The Last Jedi are about to start running into a squeeze when Hasbro releases new product tied to Ron Howard's Solo: A Star Wars Story and the long-awaited return of their Star Wars: The Vintage Collection line. As they did with Rogue One, my friends at Entertainment Earth aim to help kids and collectors looking for the hard-to-find characters by bringing in a trio of exclusives to finish up The Last Jedi-branded run. From Hasbro's 3¾" Action Figure collection comes a First Order Flame Trooper, Resistance Pilot C'ai Threnalli and the Finn vs. Captain Phasma 2-Pack (with Finn in First Order disguise)! You won't find these at a store near you!

The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo just hit Rock Father™ HQ with official word that Detective Pikachu, is going Global as a new video game scheduled to release exclusively on the Nintendo 3DS family of systems both digitally and at retail on March 23, 2018. A version of the title was released two years ago as a Japan-only e-Shop exclusive, and has since been announced as a live-action feature film set to star Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool, Waiting) in the title role via motion capture. Check out a preview of the new game below...

Funko just continues to surprise, constantly rolling out new scales and series that you didn't expect to want or need. This week comes news that they've got an all-new line called HeroWorld, and that it's launching exclusively at Target and Target.com this month. These 4" vinyl figurines are available in five-packs and two-packs, and the initial wave features five distinct series' - DC Comics, Five Nights at Freddy's, Teen Titans GO!, Power Rangers and Scooby-Doo! Check out a preview below...

Thursday, January 11 2018 01:05

The Ultimate Disney TOYBOX Action Figure Checklist

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The surprise reveal of Disney TOYBOX Action Figures in the fall of 2017 quickly became one of the most popular articles of that timeframe. Based on artwork and assets from the now-shuttered Disney INFINITY video game, the Disney TOYBOX line brings to life characters from across the Disney family, including those from Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. The new figures feature animated styling, 14 points of articulation, and a signature accessory. With the first wave very well-received, many have wondered what's next for the line, and now we have some answers! Presented here on The Rock Father™ Magazine is The Ultimate Disney TOYBOX Checklist - an up-to-date list of the latest confirmed figures for this exciting new line. We'll be updating this indefinitely as new figures join the fold. Disney TOYBOX action figures are available exclusively through ShopDisney.com (an affiliate of this site) and Disney Store locations.

Every time I think that the micro-collectibles bubble is about to burst, something comes along that reinforces the fact that there's no sign of that happening. In fact, the market is evolving and kids can't get enough of these small little toys. Evolution brings us to the launch of Cake Pop Cuties, a new line from Basic Fun that checks the boxes on several current trends, combining the brightly-colored blind box appeal of toys like L.O.L. Surprise with the strange appeal of the slow-rise squishes movement into a tiny little package that's appropriately shaped like... a cake pop. Available soon at most major retailers (Amazon is taking pre-orders), Cake Pop Cuties is backed by a CGI-animated webseries and boasts over 36 different Cuties and Sweeties to collect in the first wave. Check out a preview below...

Early news from New York Toy Fair 2018. The Rock Father™ will be in attendance for the show, which runs February 17-20, 2018.

After being teased on social media last summer ahead of a launch in Atlanta, Dream Pets will return in 2018 as a reimagined collection of plush toys inspired by their vintage counterparts. Originally created by R. Dakin & Company in the mid 1950’s, Dream Pets were initially sawdust (!) filled plush that were used as packing materials designed to protect a shipment of toy trains. After becoming unexpectedly popular, the line expanded into proper plush with thousands of characters available. By the mid-2000s, Dream Pets had been swept up in the usual pattern of toy company mergers and acquisitions, eventually falling dormant... until now.

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