Over the past year or so, SHERIFF CALLIE'S WILD WEST has become a pretty big hit for Disney Junior, and for us here at Rock Father HQ. In fact, with a second season on the way, Callie and the crew are very much a part of the "Trinity" of Disney Junior series' here - right alongside DOC McSTUFFINS and SOFIA THE FIRST. With Mandy Moore voicing the titular Calico cat, kids can get some Wild West-style adventure with an underlying message of problem solving and working with others. One question I've seen posted quite frequently on my social networks is "where are the toys?" - and right now, the answer is simple: Target. Launched a few months back, Just Play has issued a full assortment of toys straight out of Nice and Friendly Corners, and ready for plenty of big adventures. The Rock Daughters recently received a sampling for review, and we're sharing a look today with a new installment of our UNBOXED video series, and some thoughts from yours truly...

My girls have been having some CARE BEARS withdrawal issues of late, with CARE BEARS: WELCOME TO CARE-A-LOT producing just 26 episodes (the last new one aired nearly 2 ½ years ago already), and the next series nearly a year off, when CARE BEARS AND COUSINS makes it's debut as a NETFLIX Original in 2016. While the popular characters from American Greetings are often popping up on those lists of "80's Toys That Are Back!" - CARE BEARS have never gone away for any real length of time, though their licensing partners have changed repeatedly. One of the more recent companies to pick-up the merchandising torch is Just Play, who have been slowly rolling out a new collection of CARE BEARS toys primed to capture the hearts of new fans and old ones (like me) alike. The first item to really hit home for us is the "Care Bears 5-Pack of Articulated Figures," which we're just calling "action figures" here at Rock Father HQ, despite only the arms moving on these 3" figures. Minimal articulation matters not to my girls, who are absolutely in love with this collection, while the nostalgia vibe is mighty for my wife and I...

When I was little, Mickey Mouse was a great friend - something I've written about in the past. In fact, before I got into things like STAR WARS and G.I. JOE, Mickey and his friends were tops, and that makes it even sweeter when I see my girls enjoying the "Magical World of Disney," from DOC McSTUFFINS and SOFIA THE FIRST to MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE and MINNIE'S BOW-TIQUE. Of my two daughters, it's Little Finley that has a particular affection for Mickey and Minnie, and that helps plant the Minnie's Bow-Tique Hold My Hands Singing Minnie Mouse by Just Play on my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Recommended for Ages 3+, Minnie is a great toy that Finn has been enjoying hands-on, so much that I believe your little ones will love it, too.

If you have a little "Mousekedoer" at home, then they probably need some cool Mousketools to help get the job done... whatever that may be. For some cute DIY-action infused with the colorful vibe of Disney Junior's MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE comes a new line of tools and accessories from Just Play Toys that make great, and surprisingly affordable gifts.* We received the Handy Helper Tool Box, Handy Helper Workbench and Mousekedoer Deluxe Tool Set, all of which I'm including in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.

Holiday 2014There is only DOC McSTUFFINS, or so said the wise Ron Swanson once upon a time... a oft-quoted meme around these parts. As much as the kids love Doc McStuffins, it's quite parent-approved here at Rock Father HQ as well, and as such, the girls have a full collection of items that could easily be found in Doc's clinic. Last Christmas, the Get Better Checkup Center was the hot item of the season, with scalpers hoarding them and re-selling as if it was the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of 1983. Luckily for us, "Santa" was scoping out the local Walmarts in the weeks preceding Christmas, and after visiting countless remote stores, he happened to stop by the closest to HQ around 11pm one night just as two were being stocked on the shelves. While the odds of lightning striking twice are slim, Just Play Toys is back with another must-have Doc McStuffins toy this Holiday Season, with the Get Better Talking Mobile - which I'm calling my #1 Holiday Wish Guide toy of the year.

Holiday Wish GuideIt's completely appropriate to end the 2014 edition of 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER in the manner that I'm doing right now... in a way that I've never done before. The final entry for Halloween helps me to seamlessly transition into the Holiday season, as it's also included in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Sure, MONSTER HIGH is a year-round passion for children and grownup collectors alike, but for Halloween it's just a perfect toy... and one that will be highly requested in the Holiday build-up weeks ahead. Licensed by Mattel, MONSTER HIGH Gore-geous Ghoul: The Anti-Styling Head by Just Play Toys is a spooky spin on an old favorite.

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