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Preview - STAR WARS REBELS: SABINE - MY REBEL SKETCHBOOK

Dig the artwork of Sabine Wren on STAR WARS REBELS? Then you'll want to check out the new book, STAR WARS REBELS: SABINE - MY REBEL SKETCHBOOK. Written by Daniel Wallace with Illustrations by Annie Stoll (as Sabine), the 96-page book follows the similarly in-universe REBEL JOURNAL by EZRA BRIDGER that was released last fall, offering kids of all-ages a look inside the mind of one of their favorite new characters from the STAR WARS canon. Set to hit the streets this February, check out some preview pages and the official boilerplate below...

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Teaching The Force THE ROCK FATHER™ Way: MARVEL STAR WARS Comics and The Girls' First STAR WARS Christmas

"Just like Daddy, I have a feeling that she'll come to love the Star Wars universe through the original trilogy... and by the time the 2015 reissue of the 1977 original takes place, she'll be just the right age to experience it on the big screen for the very first time." - February, 2012

It was three years ago that I posted STAR WARS - Teaching The Force THE ROCK FATHERTM Way. Those three years already feel like a lifetime ago, as so much has drastically changed since that cold day when little Addie and I had our first big adventure with a Tauntaun and a Wampa outside. Written at a time when THE PHANTOM MENACE was being re-issued theatrically in 3-D as part of a now-discarded plan, I'd referenced a timeline that now no longer exists - a time when a 3-D reissue of the very first STAR WARS had been slated for this year. Instead, I won't be taking my daughter to see the film that Daddy and Mommy enjoyed as children, but taking my daughters (now plural) to see a brand-new adventure that we'll all witness for the first time as a family of four. When I posted that entry, few (if any) could've predicted that Lucasfilm and STAR WARS would be sold to Disney, and the adventures in a galaxy far, far away would continue in such a dramatic way.

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Are You Ready for the MARVEL STAR WARS Comic Books? The Rundown on These New Pieces of STAR WARS Canon...

On January 14, 2015, the first new STAR WARS comic books to bear the MARVEL imprint since the 80s will begin arriving at comic shops (new comics day is Wednesday), expanding the STAR WARS world into exciting new directions with stories that will become official pieces of STAR WARS canon. As these new tales take their places in a timeline that includes the motion pictures and select animated series' (like STAR WARS REBELS), these new books will be an excellent starting point to get new readers into comics, while bringing fresh tales with familiar characters to longtime fans like me. If you're curious what the future of STAR WARS comics holds, take a look at my rundown below - a cheat-sheet of what to look for in the months ahead (release dates subject to change)...

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2015 Movie Preview: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (Lucasfilm)

STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENSTHE ROCK FATHER's 2015 Movie Preview showcases select titles heading to theaters this year, as provided to us by studio representatives. 

Do I need to tell you that STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is my most-anticipated film of 2015? After all, if not for STAR WARS, I likely would not even have this website today. I probably would've never become pop culture-obsessed, would never have become so interested in making movies (something I did in a past life, and will likely do again in a future one), and definitely would've never written this song. Now, my wife and I are raising two girls who are strong in The Force, and just had their first genuinely STAR WARS-enhanced Christmas. Expect to see a ton of STAR WARS coverage right here on THE ROCK FATHER for the indefinite future...

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Rock & Roll Santa: How I Used Black Friday for Good in an OnStar 4G LTE-Equipped Chevrolet "Sleigh"

Note: An earlier version of this story originally appeared on General Motors' Fastlane site.

For centuries, the Legend of Santa Claus has evolved. From Saint Nicholas to Kris Kringle, Father Christmas to simply, Santa - this mysterious giver has taken many forms, appearing throughout the world under countless names to delight and inspire families by doing for others each and every holiday season.

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Watch: Spanish STAR WARS REBELS Action Figure Commercial from Hasbro Gets it Right...

Coming from the original STAR WARS generation, I miss the old-school kind of toy commercials - the ones that Kenner did so right back then. Kids playing with the toys in a slightly-elevated reality was the way of those original spots, and with the newer Hasbro figures making a return to 5POA (thats, "five points of articulation") like the toys I grew up with, it's even cooler to see a more vintage approach in commercial form. The first spot to surface for Hasbro's new line of figures and vehicles based on Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS comes from an unlikely location - Spain. Hopefully the U.S. marketing follows a similar path, as 2015 is gonna be a hell of a year for STAR WARS fans, and I can't wait to see what Hasbro is cooking up!

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Holiday Wish Guide: Mr. Potato Head Pop Taters (STAR WARS, MARVEL & more) by PPW Toys...

Holiday 2014For quite awhile now, Hasbro has been releasing versions of Mr. Potato Head that have been mashed with other pop culture licenses. While many of these are full-size Mr. Potato Heads (I have an Opti-mash Prime TRANSFORMERS edition from 2007-ish) or miniature (see the Playskool Mixable, Mashable Heroes I posted about recently), now comes something that's more of a medium-sized spud, and produced by PPW Toys under license from Hasbro. Mr. Potato Head Pop Taters are a starchy entry into a collectible realm that's currently being dominated by Funko's Pop! Vinyl - similar in size, but with that classic Potato Head action that kids and grownups tend to dig. With the latest assortment including characters from THE SIMPSONS, DOCTOR WHO, MARVEL and STAR WARS (along with some NHL and MLB-inspired pieces), we received a trio for review, and I've chosen to include them in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER.

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Watch Now! STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS - Official Teaser

This will be a day long remembered. While I was out doing some Black Friday shopping for good (more on that later), I caught my first glimpse at the glorious teaser for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS via the reflective screen of some guy's phone. Now that I've seen it? As if I needed my arm twisted before, this lifelong STAR WARS enthusiast is completely in on that action. Take a trip back to Tatooine, fire up the speeder, crank up the sound and press play on this right now...

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#CommandTheForce with Imagination and STAR WARS COMMAND #ad

THE ROCK FATHER is a paid STAR WARS #CommandTheForce Ambassador and has partnered with Hasbro and Life of Dad for this adventure. May The Force Be With You, Always.

I've been trying to Command The Force since about 1977, inspired by a galaxy far, far away...

As part of the first generation to be inspired by the vast universe that George Lucas created, STAR WARS, like The Force itself, surrounds us, penetrates us, and binds people together. As a parent, STAR WARS has also become a bond between father and child, as my wife and I raise two girls as part of the next generation. Like their father before them, these little ones are both creating and recreating some of the galaxy's most epic battles as they Command The Force with the power of their own imaginations. Play is important, and sometimes to find new ways to play, one must look to the past.

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