With my wife and I being the parents of two girls, the world of 18" dolls and accessories has been a growing one here at Rock Father HQ. We've discovered over the years that there's some huge variance in quality, price and style between all the different brands that are out there, and as I've written about here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine in the past, there is no other brand that hits the mark more perfectly than Our Generation when it comes to the right balance. Available exclusively at Target stores here in the U.S., Battat's line of Our Generation Dolls and Accessories offers high quality toys that kids love, and a price that doesn't break the bank. After selling the dolls for more than a decade and finding them consistently among their best-selling toys, Target partnered with Battat to place expanded Our Generation Shops within 19 Target Stores this Fall - a trial run (which I covered here) that is likely a sign of big things to come. To celebrate the new shops and in-store events on December 10, along with Our Generation's inclusion as a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide, THE ROCK FATHER and Battat have teamed-up to give you a shot at winning a $100 Target Gift Card to help with your holiday shopping! First, we'll take a look at some of the latest items from Our Generation...
When it comes to sweet rides, Mattel's Hot Wheels brand is iconic - providing kids with countless hours of high-octane fun on the orange track since 1968. Like myself and the kids of many generations before, The Rock Daughters™ are well-versed in orange track adventures, often building elaborate course layouts anchored by Epic playsets like the incredible Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage. This year there's something new in the mix, and it comes to us from The Step2 Company, who under license from Mattel has created the Hot Wheels Car & Track Play Table. Available now as a Toys "R" Us Exclusive, this Play Table puts an automotive spin on Step2's famous Train Tables, re-working the play environment into signature Hot Wheels orange and blue, with a self-contained play space that kids absolutely love. As a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I'm thrilled to give you a chance to win one, presented in partnership with Step2!
This weekend, audiences everywhere have begun discovering Walt Disney Animation Studios' 56th animated feature, MOANA, turning out in record numbers for a big adventure unlike any other. With buzz that began long before the film's release, items from Moana have quickly become must-have gifts for the holiday season, and for kids and collectors alike, a variety of new figures from Funko have taken a spot in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide, sponsored by Entertainment Earth.
Earlier this Fall, I shared with you my review of the PAW Patrol Lookout Climber from The Step2 Company. Living in a house where the Pups of Adventure Bay tend to dominate play, I was pretty excited to learn that Step2 had partnered with Spin Master for this piece. No doubt the biggest PAW Patrol toy made thus far, and one in which kids can put themselves directly into the famed Lookout - the base of operations for Ryder and the Pups, this climber is recommended for kids ages 1½-5, and is available now as a Toys "R" Us Exclusive. I'd pegged this as an early pick for my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide back in September, and now I'm excited to give you a chance to win one! The Step2 Company and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine have teamed-up for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway in which one lucky family will receive the PAW Patrol Lookout Climber!
On Friday, November 11, 2016, join The Toy Insider for the #MaistoTECHRC Twitter Party! Five lucky winners will receive a Maisto Tech Cyklone 360, and one grand prize winner will receive a Maisto Tech Rock Crawler 3XL! The action happens on twitter from 11am-12pm Eastern Time, but you MUST RSVP AND participate in the Twitter Party to be eligible to win!* RSVP using this form. Curious what these awesome Maisto RC vehicles are all about? Check out the videos below, and join us on Friday - you could win!
Chicago Toy & Game Week is next week, and as all roads point to the annual Chicago Toy & Game Fair, taking place November 19 & 20 at Navy Pier. ChiTAG has become a family tradition in which the kids can go hands-on with some of the hottest toys of the holiday season as toy & game makers put on a show at the largest non-hobby Toy & Game Fair that welcomes the public into the fold. As one of the 2016 Play Influencers, I'm pleased to announce a pre-ChiTAG twitter party on Wednesday, November 9, 2016! Brought to you by #ChiTAG (@ChiTAGWeek) and #30SecondMom (@30SecondMom), I'll be co-hosting (@TheRockFather) along with the Toy Queen, Keri Wilmot (@ToyQueen) and Alison Ray (@SoChicLife).