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Toymaker JAKKS Pacific has created a special line of Presidential 'Kids - Cabbage Patch Kids (one of my daughter's favorite toys) designed in the likenesses of President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Presidential Candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. The dolls will be auctioned off on eBay from October 30-November 6 to benefit Rock the Vote, a non-partisan, non-profit organization.

Saturday, October 13 2012 13:52

E.T. immortalized in wax by Madame Tussauds...

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As I've mentioned before here on The Rock Father, 2012 is the 30th Anniversary of Steven Spielberg's 1982 classic, E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL. With the film just-released on Blu-Ray for the very first time, Universal Studios has now partnered with Madame Tussauds to immortalize the beloved alien in wax, with an unveiling scheduled for October 22 at six Madame Tussauds locations in Hollywood, London, Berlin, Amsterdam, Sydney, and Tokyo. Check out a preview of the figure below...

Saturday, October 13 2012 00:00

31 Days of Halloween: MAD MONSTER PARTY (Rankin/Bass)

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Growing up, MAD MONSTER PARTY was the stuff of legend for quite a few years. Originally released in 1967, this stop-motion classic from Rankin/Bass was rarely-seen and never seemed to have quite the notoriety of the other Holiday specials (such as RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER) produced by the purveyors of the "Animagic" technique.  Despite a few video releases over the years, it wasn't until it hit DVD in the 2000's that this Halloween special (since repackaged and reissued several times over) really became a staple again.

With the five-year anniversary of the Rock Band Platform just over a month away, players continue to get fresh tracks for rocking in ROCK BAND 3 or the recently-released ROCK BAND BLITZ. This coming Tuesday, songs from SAVE FERRIS, SHERYL CROW, and THREE DAYS GRACE hit the store. Harmonix send over the full details, which have been posted on The Rock Father below the break.

Thursday, October 11 2012 22:50

TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS coming in 2013...

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First a story about G.I Joe, and now I get to write about TRANSFORMERS in the same day? Indeed, that's the case as Hasbro has announced that the focus for TRANSFORMERS in 2013 will be TRANSFORMERS PRIME BEAST HUNTERS. With little ones here in The Rock Father house, we're more in RESCUE BOTS mode, but Daddy still checks out the bigger bots on frequent occasion. In fact, I actually own a one-of-a-kind Optimus Prime that came to me direct from the Hasbro Design Team back in '07 (for a little something I did for G4). As for the new BEAST HUNTERS, what are they all about? Read on...

I love G.I. JOE. Growing up in the 80s, I had such a ridiculously extensive collection of the figures and vehicles, and obsession no doubt driven by the cartoon series, which I watched religiously. I never did get that massive 7-foot-long aircraft carrier, though - but a kid down the street had it (I was always envious of that fact). While I don't know if my daughters will ever get into the world of G.I. JOE (though the cartoon has gotten some play), I still enjoy browsing the 'Joe section when we hit Toys "R" Us. That said, there's a new line of G.I. JOE toys coming out next year, and they've got a nod to the past.

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