This last-minute Holiday Wish Guide™ feature is brought to you by GameStop in collaboration with The Rock Father™
The last-minute holiday rush is on, and if you want to get a Nintendo Switch in time for Christmas, you better get it now! It's no secret that the hottest gifts of the holiday season are usually hard to come by when the home stretch rolls around, and for 2017 the Nintendo Switch has become one of the most wished-for items for kids and grownups alike. It's a truly special system that can bring the entire family together both at home and on-the-go, and my friends at GameStop are doing their best to help families find one in time for the big day. Visit the Nintendo Switch locator to find a Switch in-stock at a GameStop store near you! They want to help you find a Switch, but we're also teaming-up to give you a chance to W-I-N Super Mario Odyssey - not just one of 2017's hottest games, but one being hailed as quite possibly one of the greatest video games of all-time! Get details and enter to win below!
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The holiday rush is on, and as an extension to my annual Holiday Wish Guide, it's time to take a look at some great gift ideas for the whole family from MEGA™. Their ever-expanding line of MEGA Construx™ building sets can bring families together for open-ended play, much of which now features iconic characters. From developing builders to kids ages 4+, from tweens to adult collectors, MEGA™ has something for everyone, and there’s no better time than the holidays to spend some time with the family, getting together to “Build Beyond.” Below are just a few Rock Father Picks for the season, but the MEGA™ Shop is your go-to for the full assortment, including some brand-new toys!
DreamWorks Trollhunters Part 2 arrives on Netflix this month, and we now know that Trollhunters will expand to become a trilogy of series called Tales of Arcadia. Under the guidance of creator and executive producer Guillermo del Toro, DreamWorks Trollhunters has been a massive and immersive hit for Netflix, and while we're just getting into the second season, a third and final season looms, with DreamWorks 3 Below and DreamWorks Wizards on the horizon. As with any great fantasy, kids and collectors are always looking for new ways to experience and expand upon things off-screen, and the folks at Funko are delivering for Trollhunters with a collection of action figures, plush and POP! vinyl. To help you kick-off your collection, DreamWorks Animation and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up for a Trollhunters Giveaway in which one (1) reader will receive a set of three (3) of the new Funko Trollhunters 3.75" Action Figures - the friendly AAARRRGGHH!!! alongside Blinkous Galadrigal and Bular!
Last month, The Rock Daughters™ and I kicked-off the holiday season with our second visit to Nintendo of America HQ in Redmond, Washington. There, inside a notoriously-secretive complex outside of Seattle, the girls and I went hands-on with some of 2017's hottest games and gifts. It's no secret that we're big fans of Nintendo here at Rock Father HQ, a love that dates back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and it's successor, the Super NES (SNES), which were both Christmas gifts. Funny enough, twenty years ago, in 1997, my then-future wife and I both presented each other with wrapped Nintendo 64 (N64) systems under the tree. The GameCube followed, and now we're parents in 2017, and our house has a Nintendo Switch and a pair of the "New" 2DS XL systems, and with that I've curated a collection of "Rock Father Picks" for the Nintendo fan in your life - from budding gamers to experienced players! Take a look...
2017 has been a great year for movies, but now that December is here, the one I've been anticipating the most is finally here! Rian Johnson's STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the second chapter of the modern Star Wars Trilogy, picking up the story right where we left off at the close of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS back in 2015. With Luke Skywalker back in action as Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and the crew continue their fight against Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke and the sinister First Order. Since the release of the original Star Wars back in 1977, The Force has been a fixture in the holiday season for our family, and with a new era of adventures from a galaxy far, far away, we're always on the hunt for the coolest Star Wars gear, and this year GameStop and ThinkGeek are stepping-up as a one-stop shop for some stellar gifts, many of which are exclusive and available Only @ GameStop!. As an extension of my annual Holiday Wish Guide™, here's some Rock Father Picks available at GameStop... but that's not all! Thanks to our friends at Spin Master, we're giving all of you the chance to win a Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hero Droid BB-8 - one of this year's hottest Star Wars toys!
DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender has been a massive hit for Netflix, and with it came some pretty fun toys as well. With the new generation digging deep into the history and lore of Voltron, a hand-picked collection of episodes were culled from the original series and released on Netflix as Voltron '84, and that just threw the doors wide-open for a new collection of toys. Beginning in January 18, the Voltron '84 Legendary Lion Assortment will be available at major retailers nationwide, allowing kids (and big kids) the opportunity to unlock over 60 sounds from the classic series by combining all 5 Legendary Lions into a Mighty 16" version of Voltron! Check out the full details below...
In addition to my work here on The Rock Father™ Magazine, I veer off in many directions. As some of you may know, I am a member of The Toy Insider's extended family - contributing to their website as a member of their Parent Advisory Board, and a frequent participant in their excellent toy-based Twitter Parties. When it comes to the holiday season, you'd be hard-pressed to find a Holiday Gift Guide as expansive as the one that The Toy Insider puts together, one that exists in print (together with Family Circle) and online, with selections chosen by a team of experts and sorted by age and interest. Even I chip in with a "Rock Father Pick!" Now, despite the fact that we're often swimming in toys here at Rock Father HQ (much of which we donate), my girls do have a small "wish list," and with that The Toy Insider sent a surprise. In fact, all of the Toy Insider parents received a mystery box, and with ours we did a little early preview of Christmas morning here at home. With just four items, the response from all girls is all that a parent could hope for - and one that makes me really think about the "less is more" approach to Christmas. A few well-targeted gifts will beat the "piles of stuff" any day, and the video below shows just that. Take a look at the video, and then read on for some thoughts on these four Hot Holiday Picks!
One of the best toy lines out there for kids ages 3-8 comes from Mattel's Fisher-Price. Imaginext are exciting, themed toys that are age-appropriate for a younger audience that craves action and adventure, but they're crafted to aid in development. Little ones can feel like a "big kid," while exploring colorful worlds through incredibly detailed figures, playsets, vehicles and accessories. We first got into Imaginext a couple years back when our youngest daughter asked Santa for "a Space Station." What she wanted was the Supernova Battle Rover - something that Santa not only delivered, but a playset still enjoyed two years later. For Holiday 2017, Fisher-Price has some new Imaginext collections, and two of the best are their DC Super Friends and Treasure Hunters series'. Not only are they fun for kids, but they're also fun for grownups as they tap into interests like Justice League and Indiana Jones. Here's a look at some of this season's must-haves, sent to us for review as part of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine's 2017 Holiday Wish Guide™!
Wonder Crew dolls are something I've been writing about for ages. In fact, I first shared news of these toys nearly three years ago - back in March of 2015. Fast-forward a bit, and what we have is a repeat entry into my annual Holiday Wish Guide™ - a 2016 selection that's back for 2017. Launched independently via a successful Kickstarter campaign, Wonder Crew was eventually acquired by PlayMonster, and they've slowly begun popping up on shelves at more and more retailers as the movement has grown. They're dolls that were designed with boys in mind, but intended for all children... girls and boys alike.
Zuru's Hamsters in a House first hit the scene a couple of years ago - tiny, electronic, scurrying hamsters that roam around customizable plastic track. Now, the Hamsters are back with a second series, and it's following a popular trend: food. Hamsters in a House: Food Frenzy has launched at Target and Toys "R" Us for holiday 2017, allowing kids to expand the world of Hamtasia with a new collection of hamsters, playsets, track pieces and accessories!
There is no question that in this house, our oldest daughter knows exactly what she wants to be when she grows up: a doctor. Addie is eight right now, and ever since she started watching Doc McStuffins a few years back, she's been obsessed with the medical profession - something that I hope sticks with her until adulthood. It's not often that young kids grow up to be exactly what they intended, but Addie seems destined for that path, and we watch her care for her dolls and toys each and every day. For other kids with a similar mindset, Little Medical School offers a selection of Play Medical Kits and accessories, all with the intention of "inspiring tomorrow's healthcare providers today." We recently received the Little Pediatrician Kit for review, and the reaction was immediate...
As the micro collectibles movement continues to grow, one recent entrant owes a lot to the past. Back in the early 80s, a decade or so before Micro Machines did plastic miniature figures, Kenner toys released the Star Wars Micro Collection - small, diecast figures and playsets. The figures weren't articulated, and the line never caught on, but there were other diecast figures out there, and they became more appealing to collectors as time went on. This year, Jada Toys expanded their METALS Diecast series by shrinking it down. Nano MetalFigs are tiny diecast figurines from a variety of pop culture licensees. There's Harry Potter, DC Comics (perfect for Justice League), Disney/Pixar, Marvel, WWE and more - and the individual figures start at just 99 cents, making them a perfect stocking stuffer!