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Preview: Disney Infinity 3.0 STAR WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE REPUBLIC Play Set!

As we approach the halfway mark of the year, 2015 is looking like a fantastic year for media, with the best titles yet to come. When it comes to games, one of the biggest on my most-anticipated list is the Disney Infinity 3.0 Edition... aka the STAR WARS edition. Today comes a fresh look at one of the three STAR WARS Play Sets to be released for the game this year, STAR WARS: TWILIGHT OF THE REPUBLIC. Developed by Ninja Theory, in partnership with Avalanche Software, the game is set to deliver "an authentic family-friendly STAR WARS game experience with an enhanced combat system."

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SENSES FAIL Gets a New Lullaby Collection from Sparrow Sleeps...

If you read THE ROCK FATHER regularly (and I sure hope that you do), then you already know that there's a ton of great family music out there that escapes the mainstream radar. For the youngest rockers, that music often skews toward lullabies based upon the works of popular artists - an increasingly busy field dominated by a few companies of note, such as my friends at Roma Music Group and their massive library of Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star titles. While the "bigger" artists get lullabied regularly (sometimes by multiple labels), the folks at Sparrow Sleeps are focusing on a more niche market, with the subjects of their work often involved in the release of these nursery-friendly counterparts. Casey Cole and Peter Lockhart describe themselves as "two midwestern guys with pop-punk fueled hearts," and that shows through their releases, which lullaby fan favorite tracks from artists such as MXPX, THRICE, HOT ROD CIRCUIT and CARTEL. Today comes their latest release, THE CRIER - lullaby renditions of your favorite SENSES FAIL songs.

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TURBO FAST: SEASON ONE Races to DVD!

It's hard to believe that I've been writing about DreamWorks Animation's TURBO for two years already, but here we are - and the Netflix Original Series spawned by the feature film is coming to DVD for the very first time. TURBO FAST: SEASON ONE, from the creators of TURBO, races home on June 2 in a three-disc collection from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, bringing with it over 9-hours of high-octane action with the world’s fastest snail and his Fast Action Stunt Team as they put their elite skills to the test against all-new opponents on and off the track. Check out the full episode listing below...

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Giveaway: Win STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE - BERRY BEST IN SHOW on DVD!

It was more than two years ago already that I reviewed the Season Three Premiere of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BERRY BITTY ADVENTURES. While the switchover between The Hub Network and Discovery Family Channel may have stalled things a bit, the fourth season is finally on the way (premiering June 20th), and new viewers are finding the series through the themed DVD collections released by 20th Century Fox. On the latest collection, STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE: BERRY BEST IN SHOW, we're taken back to that Season Three Premiere, and one of the reasons why I loved it so much: Huckleberry Pie. Yes, the sole male resident of Berry Bitty City finally made his modern-day debut, and the latest DVD collection focuses on something very close to his heart - pets. Want to win a copy of this new DVD? Read on, friends, because THE ROCK FATHER and the FHE Insiders just might get you hooked-up!

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Watch: The WWE Memorial Day Tribute to the American Armed Forces

WWETonight on MONDAY NIGHT RAW, the WWE Universe will be treated to a special Tribute to the American Armed Forces. Coming together to recite portions of a Memorial Day speech given by President Ronald Reagan back in 1982, WWE Superstars and Divas give thanks to anyone who has served, or is currently serving our Country - thanks that I fully echo as well. Check out the two-minute clip below...

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Luke Skywalker (STAR WARS Turns 38!) - 102 Days to Go...

5-25-77: It was 38 years ago today that audiences first got to experience George Lucas' STAR WARS on the big screen. But it wasn't quite "in theaters everywhere," and in fact, was quite the opposite. Opening on fewer than 40 screens, STAR WARS (not yet known as "Episode IV" or "A NEW HOPE") was expected by many (Lucas included) to be a non-event. Soon, after audiences began lining up around the block for screenings, the phenomenon began, with some theaters showing the film continuously for over a year. As they say, "the rest is history," and what a rich history it's been, along with the infamous "Early Bird" release (an empty box) of the very first Kenner Action Figures for the 1977 holiday season. For today's special entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar, three versions of the Kenner STAR WARS Luke Skywalker figure are presented - the 1978 Luke, the 1980 "Bespin Fatigues" version, and finally, the 1983 Luke Skywalker "Jedi Knight Outfit" edition. Two of those I actually have here at Rock Father HQ...

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Toy Review: Educational Insights' Design & Drill Flower Power Studio

As an EI Insider, the folks from Educational Insights recently sent the Design & Drill Flower Power Studio here for The Rock Daughters™ to review in our state-of-the-art Toy Testing Facility (our house). This is actually the third version of a "power drill" that we've acquired here, and by far the most creative in its application.

My wife and I first discovered the girls' interest in tools about a year or so ago, when Addie (our oldest) pointed out a tool set (which included a drill) and stated flat-out that she wanted "to build things like Daddy." Since that time, we've acquired a full-blown workbench, and a set of "Mouseketools," but nothing has been presented like this. The Design & Drill Flower Power Studio is a colorful, well-made toy that presents the drill and its bolts as a "craft set" instead of a pure "tool set," and that's a pretty interesting angle.

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Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Asajj Ventress Force FX Lightsaber - 103 Days to Go...

Now this is a toy that I never actually saw - a 2008 Force FX Lightsaber based on those wielded by ASAJJ VENTRESS - Sith apprentice to Count Dooku... who never really became a sith. Like her Master, Ventress' saber rocked a curved hilt, and she had two of them. Pair them up, and two could become one crazy weapon. Her Force FX Lightsaber is featured as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Calendar. Could we see her return down the road... perhaps in STAR WARS REBELS?

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Force Friday Countdown: 2008/09 STAR WARS Titanium Series Anakin & Sebulba Podracers - 104 Days to Go...

When it comes to STAR WARS EPISODE I: THE PHANTOM MENACE, the Boonta Eve Classic Podracing scene was undoubtedly one of the most action-packed highlights. While I never had any of the Titanium Series Podracers (pretty recent releases from 2008/2009), I did have the 1999 Podracers for the 3¾" figures, though I sold them when I decided to focus on the Original Trilogy. Today's entry in Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar focuses on two of the Podracers - those owned by Anakin Skywalker and his rival, Sebulba. So how about a Pod Race?

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THE ROCK DAUGHTERS' Netflix #StreamTeam Picks: Lalaloopsy, Star Wars, Bill Nye, Tinker Bell and more...

Netflix #StreamTeamI've said it before, and I'll say it again: My "recently-watched" and "recommended for" sections of my Netflix dashboard are completely dominated by children's programming. Yes, as a card-carrying member of the Netflix #StreamTeam, I'm more than aware that I could choose "KIDS" as a sign-in option, or create a new profile just for the munchkins - but I'm never one to take the easiest path, so I roll with it. While I bring you news on Netflix content periodically throughout each month, my formal column for May falls firmly in the hands of THE ROCK DAUGHTERS, Adalyn and Finley. What are they watching (with guidance from Mommy and Daddy)? Let's just say that a few of this month's choices are very close to my heart as well...

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Force Friday Countdown: Kenner STAR WARS Creature Cantina Action Playset - 105 Days to Go...

I don't know that there has been a single scene in a film outside of the STAR WARS Cantina (aside from JABBA's PALACE) that has spawned more individual action figures and hours of play. Even as a kid - in an era when STAR WARS (and action figures) was a new thing, the Cantina was legendary - despite only having seen it on the screen once or twice by the time the toys started coming out. The folks at Kenner jumped on it, releasing not one, but two playsets based on this "wretched hive of scum and villainy," both of which I had, and the second of which appears as today's entry into Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar.

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Olaf & Sven Become FROZEN itty bittys - Coming to Hallmark Gold Crown Stores...

If you're a fan of Walt Disney Animation Studios' FROZEN, you're no doubt awaiting more information about the development of FROZEN 2. While that's a little hard to come by, more cool collectibles based in the world of Arendelle continue to be released, and perhaps none are cuter than the Hallmark itty bittys. While Anna and Elsa have been available for a little bit now, they'll soon have company, as their friends Sven and Olaf are making their way into Hallmark Gold Crown Stores later this month. The duo joins an exciting 2015 itty bittys lineup that features characters from Disney, along with STAR WARS, PEANUTS, MUPPETS, DC Comics and more (get a full checklist here). The Rock Daughters recently received a pair in advance, and their appeal is undeniable...

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Test-Drive a New Cub Cadet XT Enduro Series Lawn Tractor, Enter to Win Big in the Strongsville Sweepstakes!

THE ROCK FATHER™ participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Cub Cadet. He received a promotional item for his participation.

With Spring truly here for much of the United States, lawn enthusiasts like myself have been hard at work to get their yards in-order. It's a constant battle, and the folks at Cub Cadet know that - and their new line of XT Enduro Series Lawn Tractors have been designed with that in-mind, along with the latest in technology, advanced cutting performance, comfort, responsive handling and corrosion protection built-into every one. To start the season off right, Cub Cadet is giving YOU a chance to WIN big and take a test-drive in their Strongsville Sweepstakes. You could score Cub Cadet Power Equipment, or a $12,000 lawn makeover to make the yard of your dreams!

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