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This post was sponsored by Duracell as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are that of James Zahn, aka "The Rock Father."

If you look at all the "Hot Toy Lists" that are popping up for 2016 (including my own Holiday Wish Guide), you're no doubt seeing that there's a few items that are across-the-board hits with a lot of play experts. The right toys can help make the holidays magical, and among the companies that know a lot about holiday magic is Hasbro. The folks behind icons like Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and Glo-Worm have been making magic for years, and to power that magic, the team at Duracell is always ready, supplying batteries like the ones included with the FurReal Friends Bootsie. One of the hottest toys of 2016 is no doubt the FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin' Dragon, and the place you can get him (along with the batteries) is Toys "R" Us! Check out Torch & Bootsie in-action in the video below...

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Ready to kick off the Holiday Season right? Tomorrow, Thursday, November 3rd 2016 from 1:00 – 2:00pm ET, join the #TRUPowerUpFun Twitter Party! Hosted by Mom Central and featuring teams from Duracell, Hasbro and Toys“R”Us, the #TRUPowerUpFun Twitter Party will offer tweeters a chance to talk about the magical feeling that comes over little ones during the holiday season, by reminiscing back to those same feelings when had back we were younger. Participants will have the chance to win one of six (6) $100 Toys 'R' Us Gift Cards, while one (1) Grand Prize winner will score a $250 Toys 'R' Us Gift Card to help with the Holiday shopping!

If my calculations are correct, we're just about six days out from the big holiday switch... a time when Halloween is behind us, and we start rolling full-sleigh ahead toward Christmas and the other festive end-of-year events. Each year, there's always a commercial or two that really captures the spirit of the season, and this year we have an early entry from a Christmas staple - Duracell Batteries. As the official battery power of the STAR WARS franchise and the forthcoming ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS Story (out December 16), Duracell is helping to power imaginative play by donating one million batteries to 147 Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals across the U.S. To celebrate, and to encourage others to support the CMN mission, a new commercial has been released from director Simon McQuoid that takes viewers on a mission to deliver a very special Droid, through the minds of children. Check it out...