It's that time of year again, the week when everything awesome in pop culture gets a massive spotlight shone upon it at the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego. This year, LEGO is rolling into the convention center with the big guns out - showing off incredible new offerings from their pop culture brands, including STAR WARS, DC COMICS, MARVEL, THE HOBBIT, TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, MIXELS, and of course, THE LEGO MOVIE. I wish I was going this year, if only to get a look at the new LEGO Tumbler from Christopher Nolan's DARK KNIGHT Trilogy, and to pick-up the Classic 1966 Batmobile set - which is real, and not one of the fan designs that keeps getting touted. Take a look at the full LEGO lineup below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.
I'm gonna spin things back a bit... to the Spring of 1990, to be precise. There was a monumental moment in cinema for this kid named Me - the arrival of four, teenage... mutant... ninja... turtles... who hit theater screens for the very first time. I had a promotional t-shirt from the first TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES film that I practically wore out, and now 24 years later, the TMNT are back on the big-screen again for their fifth feature film (perhaps their most dramatic reimagining) - I'm a parent now, and my oldest daughter and the boy next door swear to me that the Turtles live beneath the manhole cover out front. Times change, but one constant? Playmates Toys - "the creative force behind the successful Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy line over the last three decades," and this summer they're unleashing a new product line inspired by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies’ upcoming TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES (out August 8). Check out what's hitting the toy aisles very soon.
You may have already seen the commercials for the "classic" STRETCHKINS, the four-foot characters that kids can dance, exercise and play with. Now they're moving into licensed territory, and having already spied some pics of SCOOBY-DOO, BATMAN, SUPERMAN, HELLO KITTY and CARE BEARS versions in the pipeline, today comes the announcement that some familiar heroes will emerge in July. Just in time for the August release of the new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES FILM, Leonardo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Donatello will be available as Stretchkins, in addition to the classic Playful Puppy, Pretty Unicorn, and Red Dragon models.
TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES are sometimes confusing. Having been rebooted many times over the years in cartoon, CGI and live-action (both cinematic and televised) forms, it's often a question of which version of the TMNT is the definitive one? But it doesn't really matter, despite being a now-grown kid that was rockin' a brightly-colored TMNT shirt from the 1990 film back in the day, and who still drools over the latest action figures from Playmates Toys on a regular basis - those based on the current Nickelodeon series. Now comes the trailer for the Michael Bay-produced shot at a live-action TMNT movie, and here's the deal: I like Michael Bay. Take a look...
Alright, so I'm a little bit late in posting this week's new release listing. But, it's still Tuesday for a couple more hours here at Rock Father HQ, so I figure I'm still within my own self-imposed limits. After all, who do I work for? That's right, myself! Well, but technically, (everything I do) I do it for you - like Bryan Adams' terrible song from that ROBIN HOOD movie with Clark Kent's Dad. Now I'm just being silly, but if you're looking for what's new in home video releases this week, then I have what you need... highlights of all the family titles that have arrived at retail as of today. There's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, LEGO STAR WARS, WINNIE THE POOH, TRANSFORMERS and more. Check out the list below!
I honestly don't know where to file this one. Toys? TV for kids? Food? Yes, I'll take the latter since it was KRAFT Macaroni & Cheese that finally brought about one of the most anticipated reunions in pop culture... Nickelodeon's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES have reunited with VANILLA ICE after 23 years. I'll fully admit owning the soundtracks to the first two TMNT movies on cassette back in the day, and I had V-Ice's TO THE EXTREME in regular rotation (I've even been known to revisit his 1998 nu-metal record, HARD TO SWALLOW on occasion). So back with the Turtles? Cool, but totally weird at the same time...
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