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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...

It's #BatmanvSupermanWeek here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, and with the epic battle finally making its way into cinemas around the world, there's certainly no shortage of cool toys and collectibles for kids of all-ages... and yes, I'm including grownups as "kids." For the collector that's looking for something extra-special to occupy some valuable real estate within their Hall of Justice home, DC Collectibles has something for you - a quartet of statues (2 Batman + Wonder Woman & Superman) featuring what's often hailed as the "Trinity" when it comes to heroes at the top of the DC Comics Universe... BATMAN, SUPERMAN and WONDER WOMAN. These highly-detailed works of art by sculptor James Marsano will be shipping in April, with pre-orders up now through my allies at Entertainment Earth, and the Official DC Entertainment Store. Ben Affleck's Dark Knight is featured in two editions - standard and armored - alongside Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Henry Cavill as The Man of Steel. Check 'em out...

One of the biggest transmedia initiatives that we've been excited about for the past year is DC SUPER HERO GIRLS, the joint op between Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) and DC Entertainment (DCE), in partnership with Mattel. I've posted about it frequently,  but the biggest looming question has been "where and when can we get the goods?" Tonight that's answered, as the parties involved have announced an exclusive partnership with Target Corporation to offer a first-look at the DC Super Hero Girls merchandise collection, featuring a special assortment of merchandise across multiple categories, including toys and dress up, apparel and accessories, publishing and more, to be sold exclusively at Target, beginning in March 2016. "DC Super Hero Girls harnesses the power of the world’s most iconic female characters from DC Comics, including Wonder Woman, Supergirl, and Batgirl, as they learn to hone their super powers in a high school setting and gives young fans the chance to play, watch, read and be inspired to discover their full super power potential." I can tell you this - Target already gets a lot of our dollars, and this just locked us in for more. Check out more details on the rollout below...

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