There was this issue about a week and a half ago... you might've heard about it here on The Rock Father, or on The Good Men Project... or on The Huffington Post... or even from Willie Geist over at The Today Show. It was a problem with a tweet, and if it hadn't been for The Onion having a twitter problem of their own just a few days prior, the folks at PLAYSKOOL might've found themselves the "bigger" twitter scandal of the week. But as I said before, it really wasn't that big a deal.
Note: An updated version of this post was published on The Good Men Project on 3/6/2013. This blog has been amended to reflect those slight changes.
On Monday, I found myself front-and-center in a Huffington Post story about an "offensive" (their word - not mine) tweet that came from the Playskool twitter account last Friday. While the tweet in question certainly didn't "offend" me, I found it to be curious and out-of-character coming from a public mouthpiece of a brand beloved by children and parents alike for generations. The public lashing that has followed deserves a little clarity to prevent it from becoming more overblown than it's already become.
Since I didn't go to the recent American International Toy Fair in-person, I've digitally received a lot of official info on some great toys for 2013 that I'm still sorting through as time allows. One line I've been wanting to preview for you is the upcoming offerings from Hasbro's MY LITTLE PONY collection. Based on The Hub's hit series, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, there's a lot of new toys on the way in addition to the Toys "R" Us Exclusives that I previously posted here on The Rock Father.
Thirty years out from the 1980s and everything old is new again. I honestly never thought I'd be sitting here as a parent introducing my children to the same things that I enjoyed as a kid, but flip on The Hub and there they are: CARE BEARS, MY LITTLE PONY, POUND PUPPIES, G.I. JOE, TRANSFORMERS... the Saturday Morning staples, rebooted and enhanced to modern specifications with new stories for a new generation. And then you have STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE, a character relaunched a few times, and doing great as the third season of STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE'S BERRY BITTY ADVENTURES is set to premiere this Saturday (2/23) with back-to-back episodes at 8 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. ET (encores Mondays, 11:30 a.m. ET).
The folks over at Hasbro Games have been championing quality time with families for ages through their Hasbro Game Night initiative, and that's something that The Rock Father can certainly get behind. Each month, they roll out a few new titles to highlight, and on occasion I even get to share some of them right here on the site. This is one of those occasions, and Hasbro Games and The Rock Father are giving you a chance to win JENGA BOOM!
The DVR is already set here at Rock Father HQ, as my oldest will no doubt be excited for the Season Finale of MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC on The Hub. The action takes place this Saturday, with a special morning marathon capped-off by the Princess Coronation Episode in which Twilight Sparkle will be transformed. The folks from The Hub sent over full details, along with a video preview and a little info on a brand-new episode of LITTLEST PET SHOP which will follow MLP. Check 'em out below!