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I never realized it until I was an adult, but if I were to create my own "Rock Father Toy Hall of Fame," PLAYMOBIL would be guaranteed a spot as one of the greatest toy lines of all time. Providing countless hours of imaginative play for kids since 1974, PLAYMOBIL has surprisingly steered clear of the licensing market (with few exceptions, like sports), but for 2017 they've jumped into that realm with Ghostbusters and How to Train Your Dragon - a couple of lines that are both unexpected, and ripe for some fantastic toys. For the former, PLAYMOBIL has created a new collection with cross-generational appeal, bringing Ghostbusters back into toy departments where kids of all ages can strap on their Proton Packs for some serious supernatural fun. PLAYMOBIL recently had their new Ecto-1 action vehicle sent to us for review in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™, and it's everything we'd hoped it would be... and more. Check out the timelapse build and hands-on action in the video below!

Disney's Puppy Dog Pals first hit the scene last month, quickly gaining young fans eager for more adventure with pug brothers Bingo and Rolly. As with most new shows that are fresh-out-of-the-gate, there's often the question of "where's the toys?," and with Puppy Dog Pals I can give you the answer: they're coming this Fall! Previewed at New York Toy Fair a few months back, my friends at Just Play have shared with The Rock Father™ a first-look at their Puppy Dog Pals Doghouse Playset! No doubt the pinnacle of their collection (more toys will be revealed soon),  I'm already anticipating this to be a hot item for the 2017 holiday season. After all, Just Play has a track record, with awesome kid-coveted toys from PJ Masks, Mickey and The Roadster Racers, The Lion Guard, Doc McStuffins and Sofia the First in their lineup. Check this out...

The 2017 Toy Fair is getting underway at the Javits Center in New York right now, and while I'm not there in-person, I've still got tons of new toy news to share! One early reveal comes from the folks at Just Play, and it's a line that's an important one for our girls here at Rock Father HQ: Disney Junior's Doc McStuffins. With the series having been just greenlit for another season, Doc's adventures continue to go in new directions, and that means some great new toys. Over the past few weeks, a new collection of Doc McStuffins Baby toys have been hitting retail, including a Diaper Bag and Get Better Baby Cece, but the pinnacle of the new line is the Doc McStuffins Baby Checkup All-in-One Nursery. A follow-up to the famed (and at one time, extremely hard-to-get Check-up Center), this new playset will hit retail this fall, and is destined to become a sought-after holiday gift, and an early pick for my 2017 Holiday Wish Guide. Take a look!

MARVEL Studios and Sony Pictures will release Spider-Man: Homecoming on July 7, and ahead of the movie comes the toys. This week, Hasbro revealed a sneak-preview of what they'll be rolling out this spring, serving up a refreshed line of action figures, vehicles and playsets in support of the film. From this initial preview, the Spidey stuff looks a lot more appealing than the last few lines, with the 6" action figures sporting a movie look, the "Spidey Racer" vehicle including a NERF dart feature (akin to recent Star Wars vehicles), and some pretty cool playsets. 

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is currently taking place in Las Vegas, and today the folks at the LEGO Group announced LEGO® BOOST, "a supercharged building and coding set that lets children bring their LEGO creations to life by adding movement, sound and personality." Expected to be available in August, these news sets take the STEM play that LEGO has long embraced into completely new levels. In fact, though it'll be awhile before I get to go hands-on with these, I'm going to say that LEGO BOOST is an early contender for my 2017 Holiday Wish Guide, launching in the Fall. Check out full details from the announcement below, and see some of what you can build - including an electronic guitar, and an awesome robot named "Vernie" that looks a lot like Short Circuit's Johnny 5!

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