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Force Friday Countdown: STAR TOURS "Rex" - 8 Days to Go

Paul Reubens is hard at work on Pee-wee's Big Holiday for Netflix right now, but today is his birthday, so it's totally cool if he'd like to take a break. What does Pee-wee Herman have to do with STAR WARS, you ask? Well, Paul has a small part in the STAR WARS Universe as RX-24 (aka Rex), the pilot droid featured in Disney's STAR TOURS attraction. I've never been on STAR TOURS (actually, I've never been to Disneyland, and I was only at Disney World back in 1988), but I have seen Rex, and fairly recently, too! RX-24 made a cameo on the first season of Disney XD's STAR WARS REBELS. 2013's Disney STAR TOURS Section 2 Security Pack RX Droid is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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Giveaway: JURASSIC WORLD is Back in IMAX® for One Week Only! Want Tickets? I've Got 'Em...

#TeamJurassicThe BIGGEST movie of the summer is back on the BIGGEST screens, and it's here for ONE WEEK ONLY in IMAX®! Starting Friday, August 28, 2015, Universal Pictures presents Jurassic World: An IMAX 3D Experience, back in theaters for just one week. The IMAX release of JURASSIC WORLD has been digitally re-mastered into the image and sound quality of An IMAX 3D Experience® with proprietary IMAX DMR® (Digital Re-mastering) technology. The crystal-clear images coupled with IMAX's customized theatre geometry and powerful digital audio create a unique environment that will make audiences feel as if they are in the movie. Want to experience it? I've got a special, limited-time giveaway in which one (1) lucky reader will receive a four-pack of tickets to see the film this week. Entries will only be open for THREE DAYS, as I'll be getting the winner their tix on Monday!

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Throw on The Jackson 5 Christmas Album & Welcome Funko's Holiday Dancing Groot!

By now, the Dancing Baby Groot from the end of MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY is a familiar, if not iconic fixture for even those who haven't seen the movie. Here at our house, The Rock Daughters even associate the little guy with The Jackson 5, breaking into that "Groot dance" whenever they hear "I Want You Back." I also have the Funko Pop! Vinyl Dancing Groot here in my office, and they always want to play with him. Now, with the holiday season fast-approaching, Funko is releasing a special edition Pop! Vinyl that brings it all together... Holiday Dancing Groot

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There's Been an Awakening... on Instagram

Instagram rolled-out a pretty sweet update today - one that eliminated the need for resizing apps. It's now possible to go proper widescreen with both photos and videos, allowing users to share their content however it's intended to be. You can do portrait or landscape orientation, but I completely blame Periscope and Snapchat for making users think that it's actually okay to suffer from VPS: Vertical Phone Syndrome. Widescreen or square for me, and to demonstrate the new cinematic look to Instagram, the very first video to display the format is a pretty appropriate one - a new clip from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS!

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Here's What's Happening at Disney Store on Force Friday!

With all the news continuing to roll in about #ForceFriday, it's time for the full details on what's cooking at Disney Store. They're preparing to feel the Force on Friday, Sept. 4, in celebration of the global retail set date for product from the highly anticipated film Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In a follow-up to the announcement I shared from Disney Consumer Products the other day, the following information just rolled into Rock Father HQ...

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AMERICAN GIRL Goes Back to the "Nifty '50s" with Maryellen Larkin

For years, fans of Mattel's AMERICAN GIRL line have been requesting something that surprisingly hasn't been produced until now - a BeForever doll with a story rooted in one of America's most iconic decades: The Fifties. Today that changes, with the introduction of Maryellen Larkin, "an energetic and optimistic girl who follows her heart instead of the crowd." This new doll and all of her accessories have become available today, exclusively at American Girl in the U.S.*, with special launch events planned across the country. Personally, I think it's pretty cool to now have a doll from the decade that gave birth to Rock 'N Roll - complete with records and a jukebox. Check out a preview, and all the details below...

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Nute Gunray - 9 Days to Go

Nute Gunray... what can I say about this guy? I do know his name is about as cheesy as they come (Raygun=Gunray), but this awkward fool had an annoying voice and never knew what to do with his hands... and aside from all of that, he was a jerk! This Trade Federation Viceroy helped invade Naboo while serving as a mindless pawn Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine aka Darth Sidious, and thus he finds no love from me. 1999's Nute Gunray figure from THE PHANTOM MENACE is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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Tyrannosaurus Teamwork! Smashing, Crushing & Learning with DinoTrux!

Netflix #StreamTeamFact: Most kids love dinosaurs. Another Fact: Most kids also love trucks, cars, trains, planes, boats and other things that are mechanical and/or move. Bonus Fact: The previous two facts are simply claimed by me, with no form of research and/or scientific proof to back that up. Hey, I didn’t question it when all of a sudden Optimus Prime had Grimlock and a bunch of other Dinobots running around back in 1984, so why would kids in 2015 question the existence of a race of “giant creatures that are half dinosaur, half construction vehicle and all awesome?” I figure most won’t…

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The Mystery of the Topper Toys Johnny Express Truck...

Last week, the girls and I did something that we rarely do - we stopped at a garage sale. Truth be told, we actually turned around to go back to a garage sale we'd already passed, just because I'd spotted some big, old TONKA Trucks sitting out there. The sale was actually at a construction company, so it was pretty perfect that they'd have toy construction gear, but most of the TONKA stuff (some dating back to the 60s) was in pretty rough shape - except for one. With the sandbox in mind, the girls and I selected a completely working 1991 TONKA Mighty Crane that still has a lot of play left in it. As I put it in the trunk, the guy came over and pointed out the shell of an old Buddy L truck, and something I'd never seen before... a flatbed truck labeled "Johnny Express." I wasn't really interested at first, but when he showed me a box of parts for it, I figured it was worth a shot - again with the sandbox/outdoor play in-mind. I had no idea I was purchasing a legend.

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Back-to-School: The Epson LabelWorks Label Printer & Kits

With our oldest entering First Grade this week, we've entered a new phased in the Back-to-School realm - that of having a kid in school all-day. With that, there's more supplies to be taken, and the potential for more things to go lost (which has happened), misplaced or mixed-up. With that in mind, the folks at Epson sent us one of their new LabelWorks Label Maker Kits for review - specifically, their Iron-On Kit. It was time to get to labeling!

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THE FORCE AWAKENS Around the World: STAR WARS Announces a Global Unboxing Event...

I won't apologize for it, but if you're not a STAR WARS fan, you may feel overwhelmed by the amount of coverage coming at you from a galaxy far, far away. As we head toward #ForceFriday, (there's a good chance you've seen my daily Force Friday Countdown posts) the SW news keeps coming in faster, and in bigger numbers. Just-into Rock Father HQ is word from Disney Consumer Products that there will be a "Global Unboxing Event" that will be presented "New Year's Eve style" and will feature some of the most popular YouTubers in the World. Get ready, because THE FORCE AWAKENS Globally next week. Here's a preview...

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Back-to-School: 10 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe

With Back-to-School Season upon us, it's time for a refresher on some helpful tips to keep kids safe throughout the school year. Miriam Sonenschein of RubberMulch checks-in with a guest post featuring 10 Tips for Back-to-School safety, covering everything from walking to school to handling strangers and safety in school and on the playground.

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Princess Leia (Hoth Outfit) - 10 Days to Go

Some of the best moments between Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) occurred in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK - particularly those moments on Hoth. It was our first glimpse of Leia as a true leader, and likely a fitting preview for her role in THE FORCE AWAKENS. The Vintage Collection Princess Leia in Hoth Outfit (from 2010) is today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar as we move toward #ForceFriday on September 4th, the day when new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS will be available at retailers everywhere! 

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