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There was a question posited many years ago, back when Jack Nicholson was the first actor to play The Joker in a modern cinematic Batman film... "Where does he get those wonderful toys?" He was speaking, of course, of Batman's impressive arsenal of gadgets and weaponry, all shown in-action as tools of Michael Keaton's portrayal of The Caped Crusader in Tim Burton's 1989 film. While Zack Snyder's current BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is divisive (I loved it - read my review here), one point that I always feel is important to note is that what makes these DC Comics characters truly timeless and classic is that they work in many different incarnations across many different media. While it's my opinion that BVS is not a movie for small children (it's a harder-edged PG-13), that hardly means that kids are left out - quite the contrary when it comes to the wide assortment of toys that are available. Leading the charge this year is Mattel, who have brought Batman and Superman back into toy aisles in a massive form, and at the centerpiece of their BVS line is the collection of 6" action figures and vehicles, several of which were sent to Rock Father HQ for review. Over the past month, something has become quite clear - and that's that The Rock Daughters have incorporated these new versions of these iconic characters into part of every day imaginative play - something massively important... old-school, hands-on, tech-free fun!

Despite what you may have heard, BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is a fantastic movie... according to my wife and I. And really, we're not alone in thinking that, as the box office has been robust, and the most vocal critics always tend to be the loudest. While I loved the film, I do believe some important details were cut in the sake of time (BVS is 2½ hours as-is), and the lack of certain things probably led to some confusion - particularly among those not deeply familiar with the elements of the DC Universe that inspired the movie. Today, Warner Bros. unleashed the first deleted scene, "Communion," in which Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg) is definitely having a deep connection with something. Exactly who is unknown, with speculation pointing to several characters, but what's clear is that some Mother Box action is happening - the same type of box that appears when [SPOILER] the creation of future Justice League member, Cyborg is seen. Take a look...

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While audiences were packing the cinemas in support of BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE this weekend, one thing I couldn't emphasize enough was that it wasn't for small children (read my review here). What is for small children is next year's The LEGO Batman Movie, starring Will Arnett as the voice of The Dark Knight himself. After nearly a million people viewed the first trailer on YouTube over the past few days, LEGO Batman couldn't be upstaged by his live-action counterparts, with Alfred throwing down a history of The Caped Crusader's on-screen adventures in a second teaser trailer... Wayne Manor-style! Check it out below...

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When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, I was undeniably a “DC kid.” While I had an appreciation for MARVEL’s stable of heroes including Spider-man and Captain America (and the SECRET WARS toys were way cool), my allegiance was planted firmly with the residents of Metropolis and Gotham City, and all of their counterparts living within the pages of DC Comics.

Reruns of the 1966 BATMAN aired regularly on Channel 32 in Chicago, while the SUPER FRIENDS cartoon fueled my desire to get my parents to buy me more of Kenner’s SUPER POWERS Collection action figures. Christopher Reeve’s SUPERMAN films were a regular viewing staple, with the under-appreciated SUPERMAN III and the fairly bad SUPERMAN IV: THE QUEST FOR PEACE watched more times than they should’ve been, thanks to HBO. When it comes to the source material - the actual comics, it was John Byrne’s 1986 MAN OF STEEL that truly hooked me with it’s then-more grown-up portrayal of the character. Superman was my #1 for a few years, and then the summer of 1989 came around and Tim Burton’s BATMAN hit the screen, and ever since it’s been The Caped Crusader as my #1, with “The Big Blue Boy Scout” as #2.

As an adult, I’ve been there right with everyone else in appreciating how well-handled the MARVEL Cinematic Universe has been cared for at Disney, and while their 13-strong film series continues to grow, my heart is still with Batman and Superman...

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We have a sizable fleet of radio-controlled vehicles here at Rock Father HQ, and over the past few weeks it's become quite apparent that I just might have a new favorite. My love of Batman (yes, I do have a full bat-suit in my closet) and the Batmobile in general (I have many Hot Wheels versions) is fairly well-known, but having not seen BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE upon the arrival of our new Air Hogs Official Movie Replica from the folks at Spin Master (sent for review), there was no built-in affection for the ride driven by Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's superhero showdown. That changed as soon as The Rock Daughters and I took to the streets (sidewalk, mostly) with this new ride, strapping a GoPro to the top for a full in-action video!

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Wednesday, March 23 2016 16:42

UNBOXED: Tech4Kids' Mash'ems & Fash'ems

The whole "blind" craze is a double-edged sword for me. On one hand, the kids love their blind bags, blind boxes, mystery eggs and capsules. On the other hand, I don't like duplication... and when you're buying blind, that can happen. As my wife is quick to note, that's really the point - get duplicates, and trade with friends... just as I did with baseball and trading cards back in the day. Really, The Rock Daughters love blind bags, the most popular of which here have been Playmobil and Fisher-Price Imaginext figures. But there's others... countless others, so it's interesting when we see something different like the new line of MASH'EMS and FASH'EMS from the folks at Tech4Kids. They're mashable, squishy, stretchy little characters based on numerous pop culture licenses, and for our first batch we received eight of them - two each from MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, PAW Patrol, Disney•Pixar and DC Comics.  We jumped on YouTube and cracked them open for a fresh episode of UNBOXED...

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