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Holiday Wish Guide: The Master List

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The 2014 Holiday Wish Guide on THE ROCK FATHER is your source for hot toys and off-the-radar gift ideas for the kids... and with some ideas for grownups, too! Heavy on play, with a lot of pop culture spin, I hope you'll find some inspiration for that special someone on your list this year. Check out The Master List below, but we're not done yet! Hit the links for my full features and reviews where applicable, and look for more items to be added in the weeks leading up to December 25. Looking for 2014 Holiday Music? Click here for that list!

Dolls & More:
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DOC McSTUFFINS Get Better Talking Mobile

by Just Play Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

The Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile gives kids everything they need to provide on-the-go care! Kids can let friends know they're in a hurry with the motion-activated siren that lights-up and plays the Doc Mobile song.

Following-up the success of last year's Check-up Center, I'm calling this as the toy to get this year.

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target | Disney Store

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Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin

by Blip Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

Cinderella’s pet Pumpkin, comes to life with this adorable, interactive, remote-controlled puppy. The Disney Princess Palace Pets: Magic Dance Pumpkin can speak over a dozen phrases and sounds, follow movement commands from the light-up magic wand controller, and perform two pre-programmed dance sequences.

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target

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LOVE & CARE DELUXE NURSERY

by Step2

ROCK FATHER Review

Little ones will love playing mommy and daddy with Step2's Love & Care Deluxe Nursery™! This all-in-one nursery features everything toddlers will need to take care of their baby dolls. This toy nursery will be the perfect addition to any child’s playroom or bedroom!

Buy:Step2 | Target | Amazon

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LITTLEST PET SHOP Style Set

by Hasbro

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Design your LPS world your way! The Littlest Pet Shop Style Set comes with 135 pieces that let you design your world any way you want! Pieces include customizable wall panels, reversible scene backdrop, stickers, accessories, and Deco Bits pieces: unique plug-in pieces that add color and glam to your sets and your pets!

Set also includes three exclusive and adorable pets you can customize, Minka Mark (monkey), Sunil Nevla (mongoose), and Kitery Banter (cat).

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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MOOSHKA Goodnight Starlight

by MGA Entertainment

ROCK FATHER™ Review

One day a group of paper doll friends joined hands and through the power of friendship they sprung into sweet, huggable girls called Mooshka! Goodnight Starlight™ dolls light up and sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" when you hold her hands. Put her hands together and she sings and lights up. And her box becomes a bed! Dasha™ dreams that she has wings to fly high in the sky, through the clouds and over the rainbows. Her birthday is February 27. 

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD Assortment

by Jakks Pacific

ROCK FATHER™ Review

The characters from The Neighborhood of Make Believe come home as a collection of adorable toys from JAKKS Pacific.

A HUGE hit here at Rock Father HQ, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood airs weekdays on PBS KIDS, continuing the legacy of Fred Rogers and his iconic creation, Mister Rogers Neighborhood.

Buy: Amazon | Target

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MOXIE GIRLS Ice Cream Bike

by MGA Entertainment

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Moxie Girlz have ice cream for sale! Come along for some bicycle fun, where ice cream treats stack sky high!

The Moxie Girlz Ice Cream Bike comes with Sophina, a exclusive articulated doll who really pedals. As you push her along, sweet, sugary tunes play as Sophina pedals, attracting friends to buy a cone!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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Disney's FROZEN Ice Castle & Palace Playset

by Mattel

This expandable play set lets kids re-create the adventures of the film's two lead characters, sisters Anna and Elsa (dolls sold separately), opening to feature two beautiful settings: the impressive manse in Arendelle that Anna calls home and the majestic ice palace Elsa creates high up in the mountains. Anna's half of the playset is the perfect place for the lovable character to call home.

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target

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MONSTER HIGH Gore-Geous Ghoul Anti-Styling Head

by Just Play

ROCK FATHER Review

Girls can create and customize scary cute looks with tons of accessories to style hair and make-up and creeptastic tattoos. You can monsterfy her even further to make her look like your favorite Monster High girl. Finish it off with lenticular eyes that follow you wherever you go and then put the head back in the jar to see it glow!

Buy: Amazon

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FROZEN Snow Glow Elsa Doll

by Jakks Pacific

Watch Elsa's power flurry with Snow Glow Elsa. With a touch of her magical snowflake necklace, hear Elsa talk to her Frozen friends and watch the magic as her dress lights up in a flurry of lights. Raise her arm and watch her snowflake necklace light up while it plays the award winning song "Let it Go" and her dress magically lights up to the beat. 

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target

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Hold My Hands Minnie Mouse

by Just Play

ROCK FATHER Review

Minnie Mouse magically comes to life when you hold both her hands! The more, the merrier — as long as you're all holding hands, Minnie sings a fun song to the tune of "Ring Around the Rosie," says cute phrases and her bow twinkles!

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target

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MY LITTLE PONY Pinkie Pie Styling Pony

by Cartwheel Kids

THE ROCK FATHER Review

Experience the fun of friendship with the My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Styling Pony. This 10" Pinkie Pie styling pony includes two hair extensions, fabric bow, two clamp clips, two rainbow star snap clips, two barrettes, three rubber bands, a brush and a wear and share necklace/bracelet for the girl. Enjoys tons of styling fun with your My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Styling Pony.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

LALALOOPSY: The Number 1 Collector Line for Girls
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LALALOOPSY Babies Diaper Surprise

by MGA Entertainment

ROCK FATHER™ Feature

With Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise you can explore the magical world of Lalaloopsy™ and see your favorite Lalaloopsy™ characters when they were babies! And each Lalaloopsy Baby poops magical charms in reusable diapers! Just feed your Lalaloopsy Babies™ water, press their belly “button,” and check their diaper for a surprise! "Sew" many charms to collect!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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LALALOOPSY Baking Oven

by MGA Entertainment

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

Enjoy baking up much fun with the real-working Lalaloopsy Baking Oven! Bake sew many sweets in minutes; including cookies, mini-cakes and more! So yummy!

When the oven is not being used to bake, it becomes the perfect-sized play stove to use with your favorite Lalaloopsy dolls!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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LALALOOPSY GIRLS

by MGA Entertainment

The Lalaloopsy are all grown up…sort of. And that means it's off to school! Best friends are now roommates as they live and learn and laugh at the silliest and funniest school in the land! The Lalaloopsy Academy for the Learning Arts (L.A.L.A)!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

Big Dolls (18"-21") and Accessories:
My Girl's Dollhouse
My Girl's Dollhouse by Good Toy/Wicked Cool Toys 

The premiere, high-quality wooden dollhouse for 18'' dolls (but other sizes work), furniture, clothing and accessories. My Girl's Dollhouse measures 6 feet tall, 5 feet wide with two styles - Country French and Sweet Bungalow. Both styles are built with the same high-quality, 100% pine wood frame built for continuous kid play but also beautiful for display. In addition, each house includes 5 spacious rooms, including a 3rd floor attic with a removable rod for clothing storage. 

Available from the official site, or on Amazon (choose from Country French or Sweet Bungalow)

AMERICAN GIRL 18" Dolls & Accessories

by Mattel/American Girl

American Girl

When it comes to 18" dolls, the undisputed leader is American Girl. "Devoted to celebrating girls ages 3 to 12 through age-appropriate, high-quality dolls and accessories, books, clothes, movies, and unforgettable experiences," American Girl and the "younger" Bitty Baby (for ages 3+) lines are modern classics.

Purchase: Official Site

GLOBAL GIRL 21" Dolls and Books

by Three Daughters International, LLC

Global Girl

Read THE ROCK FATHER Feature

A new entry into the world of larger-scale dolls, Global Girl is unique for a variety of reasons - starting with the 21" size, but that's only the surface. The dolls were inspired by children's curiosity about different cultures around the world, and rather than make the doll look similar to the child, each doll has it's own mold and traits indicative of the land from which it represents. Accompanying stories are meant to be "inspirational and empowering."

Purchase: Official Site

Ever After High Magic Mirror
 

Ever After High Magic Mirror by Cartwheel Kids - Read the Review

Action & Adventure Play:
STAR WARS: REBELS
STAR WARS REBELS by Hasbro, JAKKS Pacific and more...

Read THE ROCK FATHER Feature

STAR WARS REBELS is the first step into a larger world for a new generation of STAR WARS fans. With a hit series on Disney XD and a full line of toys, kids will be asking for it this Holiday season, just as they did back in 1977.

Purchase: Amazon | Walmart 

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BIG HERO 6

by Bandai

From the makers of FROZEN and WRECK-IT-RALPH, Disney's BIG HERO 6 marks the first time that Walt Disney Animation Studios has tapped into MARVEL for source material. The result is a new film with a complimentary line of toys from Bandai, and they've already started building demand.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

 

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WILD KRATTS Toy Collection

by Wicked Cool Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

The characters from the hit PBS KIDS series arrive in toy form to the delight of adventure-seeking girls and boys

Purchase: Official Store, Toys R Us

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MOVIE FIGURE ASSORTMENT

by Playmates Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

The TMNT crew got some major upgrades for their latest big screen adventure, and they've become a sought-after collection for the holiday season.

Purchase: Amazon, Walmart

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The Home Depot Handyman Workbench

by Step2

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Kids will love building like Mommy and Daddy with this Toys R Us-exclusive addition to The Home Depot line.

Purchase: Toys R Us

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CRASHLINGS

by Wicked Cool Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

On of 2014's biggest surprises, these little aliens (many of which arrive in their own meteor) are collectible, and their poppable meteors are dangerously-addictive for the whole family.

Buy: Amazon

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TRANSFORMERS

by Hasbro

ROCK FATHER Coverage

It's been 30 years since TRANSFORMERS first made their debut in 1984, and now just as then - they're a sought-after toy for boys and girls alike. With a new movie in theaters this year, and new cartoons either airing or on the way, there's not many toy lines that have the age range of TF - from preschool to adult collector.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

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Mr. Potato Head Mixable, Mashable Heroes

by Hasbro

ROCK FATHER Review

Combining several favorite brands under the Hasbro umbrella, Mr. Potato Head gets infused with MARVEL Superheroes and TRANSFORMERS for a whole new world of mix-and-match fun.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target 

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Tools and Accessories

by Just Play Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

Do you have a little Mousekadoer at home? Do they need some Mousekatools to get the Clubhouse all fixed up and ready to rock? 

Just Play Toys has created a full line of affordably-priced tool sets, each packed with a host of cool tools for litte DIY'ers.

Buy Now:
Tool Box: Amazon
Deluxe Tool Set: Amazon
Workbench: Amazon
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

by Hasbro

Enter to Win a Big Blastin Rocket Raccoon!

See our Hands-on with the Toys!

MARVEL Studios' GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has raked in $330,004,000 just here in the United States. Factor in the rest of the world, and GOTG has an astounding haul of $764,704,000 to-date. The film is a certified phenomenon, with kids and grownups alike popping the Awesome Mix onto the hi-fi as they attempt to re-live the adventures of Star Lord and the gang.

Available Everywhere!

 

Prince Lionheart Everywhere playMAT
Prince Lionheart Everywhere  playMAT

There's a ton of different playmats available these days, and while some of the bigger ones are pretty fantastic, they're not usually portable. From Prince Lionheart comes this double-sized Everywhere playMAT that features a Zoo scene on one side, with a City on the other. Complete with it's own carrying case, this soft-textured mat is for babies 0+, and bigger kids will enjoy it for playing with vehicles and figurines.

ROCK FATHER Review | Buy: Amazon, Prince Lionheart

Rides, Wheels & Things That Move:
The Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser by Step2

Read THE ROCK FATHER Review | Buy at Walmart.com

Little riders, get ready to kick up some dirt and rev up your engines with the Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser™ by Step2! This kid’s battery powered ride-on will encourage kids to play outside and use their imaginations. Move forward, move back, spin left, then spin right in this zero-turn, battery powered vehicle! Kids can drive through the grass, dirt or on hard surfaces as they pretend to race in the great outdoors. Recommended for Ages 4-8, weight limit 81lbs.

More information: Step2 | Buy Now: Walmart.com

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2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

by Step2

ROCK FATHER Feature

Kids will love cruising in this detailed and officially-licensed Ford F-150 Raptor. With a removable handle and floor, toddlers and walkers alike with be riding in style!

Purchase: Step2 Direct

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HOT WHEELS Engine Power RC

by Toy State

ROCK FATHER Feature

Toy State knocked it out of the park with this one, a pair of radio controlled vehicles based on a couple of iconic Hot Wheels rides licensed by Mattel. Choose from Bone Shaker or Quicksand.

Buy: Amazon

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MONSTER 500

by Toys R Us

ROCK FATHER Feature

Indeed, this is more of a Halloween thing, and yes - I featured the Toys R Us exclusive Monster 500 line as one of my 31 Days of Halloween entries this year - but for kids that like monsters and cars - they're worth a look!

Buy: Toys R Us

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Girlmazing R/C Cars

by Jada Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

Have you always wanted a Lamborghini? Here’s your chance! Girlmazing is a fun, bright and colorful line of licensed, customizable R/C cars that girls will love. Choose a vehicle that best suits your personality and express your style with customizable stickers (20 stickers included).

Buy: Walmart Exclusive

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Greenlight Hollywood Series

by Greenlight Collectibles

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Now in their 7th series, Greenlight's Hollywood Collection presents highly-detailed 1:64 scale diecast replicas of vehicles seen in a host of television and film projects from ANCHORMAN to SUPERNATURAL, GONE IN 60 SECONDS to THE BLUES BROTHERS, GREMLINS and more.

Buy: Entertainment Earth | Amazon

Best selection found in-store at Walmart, Target, Meijer, Hot Topic and FYE.

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HyperChargers R/C Vehicles

by Jada Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

No more batteries! The new HyperCharger R/C line from Jada includes built-in, rechargeable batteries with a USB cable for multiple charging options. Simply plug the USB adapter into a desktop computer, laptop, gaming console, car charger, smart phone adapter or wall unit. A 90-minute quick-charge provides 20 minutes of run time. 

Buy: Target | Amazon | Walmart

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Matchbox Wrecky the Wrecking Buddy

by Mattel

Every kid needs a fun-loving pal to get the job done. This vehicle is the perfect blend of construction truck and hard-working companion. Interactive lights, sounds and moving parts bring Wrecky to life with five different play modes. 

Buy: Amazon

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HOT WHEELS Street Hawk

by Mattel

So, we don't yet have flying cars in real life, but Mattel created the next best thing in toy form. Yep, the Street Hawk is a radio-controlled flying car.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

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Crayola Crayon Rider

by Step2

ROCK FATHER™ Review

A new spin on an old classic, Step2 partners with Crayola for this one - a basic ride-on toy (foot powered) shaped like the iconic Crayola Crayon.

Purchase: Step2 Direct

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50th Anniversary Hess Toy Truck

Building & Making:
MEGA BLOKS Despicable Me
MEGA BLOKS Despicable Me Building Sets by MEGA Brands

Did you hear the news? They might be hard to find right now, but just in-time for the holiday season, the Minions are coming to a retailer near you as collectible, easy-to-build, and totally customizable building sets from MEGA BLOKS. Even better? THE ROCK FATHER helped unveil the line as one of seven writers to become a part of the #MinionMontage.

Pre-Order right now from Entertainment Earth (they say January of 2015)

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LEGO Juniors

by LEGO

ROCK FATHER™ Feature

LEGO decided to bridge the gap between their DUPLO and LEGO sets by crafting easier-to-build sets using their basic-sized bricks. Freestyle building and themed collections compliment licensed sets from DC Comics and more.

Buy: Amazon | LEGO Shop

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MEGA BLOKS World Builders JEEP Off-Road Adventure Set

by MEGA Brands

ROCK FATHER™ Review

MEGA Bloks nailed this one by combining building with cool rides that kids love, namely JEEP. There's adventure here, too, with an outdoorsy vibe and cool scenery as well.

Buy: Amazon

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WWE Stackdown Universe Sets

by C3

ROCK FATHER™ Review

I've actually had readers hit me up on Facebook asking why none of the major brands were making WWE-themed building sets. No idea, but now C3 steps into the ring with officially-licensed building sets featuring kids' favorite WWE Superstars!

Buy: Amazon

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MEGA BLOKS Hello Kitty Fun at the Fair

by Mega Brands

Rock Father Review

It's time for an exciting day at the midway with the Fun at the Fair play set by Mega Blokes Hello Kitty. Step right up and get your Hello Kitty tickets for lots of whirls and twirls on the buildable and moveable merry-go-round and Ferris wheel. When the rides are done, Hello Kitty meets with friends for some fun at the Teddy Bear ball toss carnival game. Hello Kitty is even wearing a cute fair outfit with pretty balloons!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

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MEGA BLOKS Spongebob Squarepants Krusty Krab Attack

by Mega Brands

Rock Father Review

Oh no! Evil Plankton is out to steal the Krabby Patty recipe yet again in the Krusty Krab Attack by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants. Build the famous dining establishment and use the launchers to help SpongeBob send plates and patties flying toward Plankton and his two buildable robot minions! Mr. Krabs and Squidward come to the rescue, knocking the Krusty Krab sign down to stop Plankton in his tracks. Build an exciting adventure in Bikini Bottom with this action playset! 

Buy: Amazon

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LEGO CITY Advent Calendar*

by LEGO

Make every day a festive building adventure as you count down to Christmas with the LEGO® City Advent Calendar! Take the boy to post a letter to Santa, build a snowman, visit the Christmas market and go ice-skating with his friend. Play with an early Christmas gift of a duck built from LEGO® bricks. Help the police to build an awesome sled to catch the crook who’s stolen the presents. Then it’s time for a celebration feast, exchanging gifts around the Christmas tree and a visit from a very special guest. Ho-ho-who could it be?! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: a boy, woman, girl, crook, 2 policemen and Santa.

*Also Available: LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars

Purchase: Amazon | LEGO Shop

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LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1

by LEGO

I'm including this one because my girls bought me one for my birthday... and it rules. As an 80s kid, this perfectly arrives on the 30th Anniversary of the Ghostbusters, presenting the whole crew with the Ecto-1 from the 1984 film. Lots of fun details here - an item that was birthed by fan interested via Lego Ideas.

Buy: Amazon | LEGO Shop

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TMNT Blueprints Paper Craft

by Jazwares

THE ROCK FATHER Review

A late entry into the 2014 Holiday Wish Guide, the new Blueprints series from Jazwares combines the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the popular Paper Craft movement. Not the first time the TMNT crew has gone "paper," but definitely the best. Multiple sets available.

Buy: Birthday Express | Toys "R" Us

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HIGHLIGHTS MAGAZINE

by Highlights

The classic magazine that we all gre up on, Highlights is still a perfect gift for kids, and one that's heartily Rock Father-approved.

Subscribe: Official Site

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MEGA BLOKS 1-2-3 Learning Train

by MEGA Brands

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Kids love to build, and they also love trains. Here, Mega Bloks taps into that with a set geared toward preschoolers as part of their First Builders line. We've had this one here since Spring, and it's still loved and played-with on a very regular basis.

Purchase: Amazon

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Doodle Crate, Tinker Crate, Koala Crate

by Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate was the first monthly subscription project kit to ever cross my desk here at Rock Father HQ. 3 years later, and they're going strong with the addition of Koala Crate, Tinker Create and Doodle Crate - each containing everything kids and parents need to make an awesome project. Additionally, some special Kiwi Crate items recently landed at Target.

Buy: KiwiCrate.com

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LITE-BRITE Magic Screen

by Basic Fun

ROCK FATHER™ Review

The classic Lite-Brite got an upgrade this year, licensed by Hasbro to Basic Fun for an enhanced release.

We did a side-by-side comparison of the last two generations of Lite-Brite, and the new edition is pretty fantastic.

Purchase: Amazon | Ent. Earth

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DART ZONE: COVERT OPS Scorpion Gatling Blaster
by Prime Time International | Read THE ROCK FATHER Review
 
In the past year, a number of competitors have begun battling it out for blaster dominance. What was once a niche category of play has become a BIG thing - and there's more players getting into the market. Prime Time International enters with this almost bargain-priced blaster that brings incredible rapid-fire action into the soft dart realm.
 
Purchase: Available Exclusively at Walmart
Sports Fun:
Step2 Basketball Hoop
Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Hoop

by Step2

Looking for a basketball hoop system that will grow with your little ones? Step2 has the answer with the Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Hoop. It goes from 48" to 60" to 72"!

THE ROCK FATHER's in-action Video

Purchase: Step2 Direct | Amazon

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BLEACHER CREATURES

by Bleacher Creatures, LLC

One of my coolest discoveries this year are Bleacher Creatures - a series of 10" collectible plush figures that are officially-licensed, and feature likenesses of your favorite players from your favorite teams. MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, WWE, and more - there's hundreds to choose from, and they make a rare and cool collectible.

Purchase: Official Site

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Sports Dress-up

by Bleacher Creatures, LLC

What if sports could be combined with dress-up play, with a dash of princesses and heroes placed into the mix? With Bleacher Creatures' new collection of sports-based superhero capes, princess tiaras and wands, your kids can have a lot of fun...

ROCK FATHER Feature

Purchase: Official Site

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2014 Topps High Tek Set

The cards all baseball fans came to know and love in the 1990’s and early 2000’s are back! The 2014 Topps High Tek Set showcases eye-popping color with some of the most unique cards ever featured in a Topps set. Each box guarantees one on-card autograph from an MLB® icon or current star. No two High Tek packs will be the same, making this a great gift for the avid baseball fan in your life, both young and old!

The 2014 Topps High Tek Set will be available in hobby shops November 2014 for a retail price of approximately $50. To find a hobby shop near you, visit Topps.com/holiday.

Topps 2014
Topps Baseball Complete Set

The ultimate collection includes both Series 1 and Series 2. That’s 660 cards featuring the Veterans, Rookies, more future stars, the 2013 Award Winners and your favorite All-Stars. This complete set includes parallel cards, commemorative relic cards, insert cards, autographed cards, relic cards, and strata cards.

The Topps 2014 Baseball Complete Set is available at hobby shops, Wal-Mart, Target, Toys “R” Us and Topps.com for a retail price of approximately $60. 

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Mountain Dew Skateboard - Untamed Edition

by JNJ International

A good entry-level board for budding extreme sports fans. A 31 inch maple skateboard complete with ABEC-5 bearings and 54x35 mm polyurethane wheels. A perfect holiday gift for action sports fans, the skateboard also features an aluminum base and trucks.

Purchase: Toys "R"Us Exclusive

Tech Play:
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ZOOMER INTERACTIVE DINO by Spin Master Toys

Read THE ROCK FATHER Review

Boomer’s the interactive dinosaur who just loves to play. With real dinosaur movements, sounds, and dino-sense responsiveness, Boomer can detect when you’re interacting with him. One of this season's hottest toys, you really have to see him in action to appreciate him and his appeal to kids.

Buy: Amazon

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VTEch KidiZoom Smartwatch

by VTech

VTech's first portable camera watch will create an entirely new play experience for kids 3 and older. Photo and video fun for little photographers on-the-go. Includes 3 mini learning games with the ability to download more, including a how to tell time game. Clock display, animated stopwatch/timer and alarm explore time concepts.

Buy: Amazon

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Chatsters Gabby

by Spin Master

ROCK FATHER Review (soon)

Meet Gabby – Your interactive BFF that chats, dances and plays with all her accessories. When she starts chatting her eyes light up and animate! What are you in the mood for? Tap the yellow hearts on her glasses to let her know what you’re thinking. She recognizes 6 super fun accessories that unlock special mini games, silly jokes and even make-overs! Whether it’s eye shadow, milkshakes or her adorable puppy Sprinkles, Gabby can’t wait to play!

Buy: Amazon

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VTech InnoTab MAX

by VTech

ROCK FATHER Review

InnoTab MAX gives your child the best of both learning worlds with an ever-expanding library of over 650 educator-supported learning cartridges and carefully-selected educational Android apps. 

Buy: Amazon

MY MAGICAL MERMAID by Zuru Toys

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Read THE ROCK FATHER Review

My Magical Mermaid is built with latest aquatic and micro-robotic technology, simply drop your Mermaid into water and watch her burst to life, she'll spiral and dance with beauty and grace! Collect all three amazing Mermaids (each sold separately) and begin the underwater adventure!

Buy: AmazonTargetWalmart 

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (17+ and Grownups Only)

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY on your choice of platform: Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, PS3

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Envisions the powerful battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactic have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Delivering a stunning performance, Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey stars as Jonathan Irons – one of the most powerful men in the world – shaping this chilling vision of the future of war.

Power Changes Everything.
 
Disney Infinity 2.0 MARVEL Superheroes Edition

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Read THE ROCK FATHER Feature

In Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, players will use real-world interactive Marvel figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of some of Marvel's most popular franchises, including The Avengers. In the Play Sets - penned by award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis - players will be able to take on the role of more than 20 Marvel characters including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye to battle enemies, complete challenging missions, solve puzzles and ultimately save the world from destruction.

Buy: Amazon

Unique Gifts:
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VRUM Ride-On Toy Boxes

by Wicked Cool Toys

ROCK FATHER Review (soon)

Ride-on luggage? What a cool idea, and one well-executed here. Licensed items that could be a suitcase, a toy box, a carrying bag or a ride-on. Vrum is available for boys and girls in many styles including Disney Princess, Batman, Iron Man, TMNT and more.

Buy: Amazon

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SPLASH CARDS

by Winning Moves

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Cool, waterproof cards that teach while entertaining. The Splasanimals and Splash Pals are both big hits here.

Purchase: Amazon

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Cat Paw

by Wicked Cool Toys

ROCK FATHER™ Review

This novelty could be this year's biggest stocking stuffer. It's literally an articulated, noise-making cat paw. Let the pranks begin!

Purchase:  Toys R Us

Music for Beginners:
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CASIO CTK-2400 Keyboard

by Casio

ROCK FATHER Review

A good keyboard for entry-level players, there's a lot of features packed into this 61-key unit, available for under $100 at many retailers, despite a $169 list. Sampling functions and hundreds of tones add to the fun.

Buy: Amazon | Guitar Center

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Squier Affinity Jazz Bass Pack

by Fender

This Squier Affinity Precision Bass Guitar Pack is an all-in-one starter pack. Includes a Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass, Fender Rumble 15 Combo bass amp, bass strap, instrument cable, a gig bag and a pick sampler. New bassists simply open the box, plug in, and rock.

Buy: Guitar Center

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Epiphone Les Paul Pack

by Gibson

The Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Performance Pack is a great way to save time and jump start a career in music. It includes an Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar, Electar-15R amp with overdrive and reverb, gig bag, pinch-on tuner, strap, cable, guitar picks and free eMedia guitar lessons on-line.

Buy: Guitar Center

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Debutante Junior Miss Acoustic Guitar Pack

by Daisy Rock

The Daisy Rock Debutante Junior Miss is an acoustic guitar made exclusively for beginning female guitarists of all ages. The Debutante is designed to meet the needs of the budget conscious girl seeking the trademark light weight, thin neck design and smaller, easy-to-hold bodies for which Daisy Rock has earned so much acclaim.

Buy: AmazonGuitar Center 

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PDP 5-piece Junior Drum Set

by Pacific Drum & Percussion

This 5-piece junior drum kit includes a kick drum, two rack toms, a floor tom, and a snare. This kit also comes with a crash cymbal and a set of hi-hats. All necessary hardware, including a child-sized throne, is included.

The set is ideal for children from 3 to 7 years old.

Buy: Amazon | Guitar Center

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Gammon Percussion Junior 5-Piece Drum Set

by Gammon

Available in a variety of colors - including the oft-requested pink, this entry-level Junior set features everything young players need to get started.

Buy: Amazon

 

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The Xtreme Xperience: Drive Real Supercars on Real Racetracks with Real Instruction

Read: THE ROCK FATHER Feature

For the car lover who has everything, why not opt for an "experience" this Holiday season, by booking a run at a local Xtreme Xperience event near them? Get behind the wheel of an exotic supercar from the likes of Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi and more, or do what I did - get behind the wheel of a Ferrari and take it into the triple-digits on a world class road course.

Book Your Experience: http://thextremexperience.com/

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Guitar Pick Necklace

by Isabelle Grace Jewelry

ROCK FATHER Review

A must-have for rock-minded parents, these hand-made custom guitar picks are crafted in Fine Silver.

Purchase: Isabelle Grace Jewelry

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Daddy Messenger Bag

by Daddy & Co

ROCK FATHER Review

The Daddy Diaper Bag gets an upgrade with this stylish new design.

Purchase: Daddy & Co

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American Born Moonshine

by Windy Hill Spirits, Inc

ROCK FATHER-APPROVED!

Spirits are always a part of holiday giving for grownups (Please Rock Responsibly), so this year maybe mix it up a bit. I received some of this fine Nashville Moonshine over the summer, and it became a fast favorite.

Buy: Official Site

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PUNK Speaker

ENTER TO WIN ONE!

Tiny, rugged, and ferociously loud, the deceptively small PUNK wireless speaker breaks all the rules. Crank up the volume and fill your room with sound or take the party outside. Your music will be heard.

Buy: SOL REPUBLICBest Buy | Amazon

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MARGARITAVILLE HEADPHONES
by MTX Audio

Rock Father Review

In a lot of ways, what Jimmy Buffett is doing with his Margaritaville Brand is like what Gene Simmons has done for KISS - putting it on everything.

But these MTX Studio Headphones were a real surprise.

Purchase: Amazon

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Relay Earbuds

Rock Father Feature

Relays In-Ear Headphones are built to keep up with you, no matter where the day takes you. Their low-profile design and SOL REPUBLIC's patented FreeFlex Technology offers a comfortable, flexible fit that won’t fall out. 

Buy: SOL REPUBLICRadio Shack | Amazon

Disclosure: Items in this Holiday Gift Guide have been hand-picked by James Zahn, aka THE ROCK FATHER. In some cases, product samples may have been provided for review, and nearly all external purchase links benefit the operation of this site through affiliate or associate relationships.

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