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In all the time that I've been doing THE ROCK FATHER, my little ones and I have never reviewed a puzzle. On the surface, the reason might be along the lines of what you might be thinking right now - "Why would you review a puzzle? - It's a puzzle!" But, the thing is, I don't believe that I've ever owned a Ravensburger Puzzle, and up until last week, I didn't know just how profoundly different the quality of a puzzle could be.

You probably wouldn't be inclined to immediately pair STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE with THE ROCK FATHER, but this 37-year-old Dad has a long history with those deliciously-scented characters from American Greetings - a history that dates back well into the early 1980s. Indeed, I had the little Kenner figurine of Huckleberry Pie from the old "Strawberryland Miniatures" collection that Hasbro used to make (I wrote about him once before, here), and after playing with Strawberry and the gang for many years with my little sister, enjoying that world with my own daughters has been an easy thing to do. We've seen the show on the Hub Network, and own some of the DVDs from Fox, and now we've reached the point of getting into the toys as well, and not only do they still smell great - they rock, too!

With THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 now available on Blu-ray, the folks over at Hasbro hit me up to take a look at a couple more of their toys based on the iconic web-slinger - ones that weren't included when I did my feature on THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 toys back in May. This time, we took their new MARVEL Super Hero Adventures Spider-Man Crane Capture Track Set for a spin, part of an interesting new line that combines "Action Figures + Racing" - two things that kids absolutely love. But that's not all - Power Charged Electro from THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 Power Charged Action Figure assortment dropped in as well. Check these out in-action below....

Step2 Brand AmbassadorAt some point in the past year, both of my girls - five-year-old Addie, in particular - started displaying a real interest in doing the things that Mommy and Daddy do. Then, around six months ago, Addie started requesting a tool box and a drill, constantly telling me, "I want to build things like you, Daddy," triggering my fairly easy-to-melt heart, and after seeing it a few times, the purchase of a Home Depot toolbox that's part of an exclusive line of products sold at Toys "R" Us. Fast-forward a few months, and as part of my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador, we received The Home Depot Handyman Workbench - one of a few new items for Fall 2014 that Step2 has created for TRU for that same exclusive line. It's funny how things work out sometimes, and this new arrival to our State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house) really hit the sweet spot. Check it out, in-action at Rock Father HQ...

LEGO® Brand Disney Princess lets your child build fairytale scenes.When I posted news about the LEGO Disney Princess line back in January, I had a strong feeling that we'd eventually have some of them here at Rock Father HQ. That feeling became reality upon Addie's birthday earlier this month, and one of the sets came courtesy of my friend Brian (drummer of POISED AS GIANTS) and his family, who got her RAPUNZEL'S CREATIVITY TOWER (41054). Since we've now gone hands-on with a few of the sets, I figured it was prime time to share some thoughts here on THE ROCK FATHER...

When it comes to action figures, I've always been a big fan of the 3 3/4 inch varieties (which STAR WARS started) and the 5 or 6-inch figures like MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE or TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES. I might be wrong, but I don't recall bigger options being available when I was little, but large scale figures seem to be more commonplace these days, and I'm really surprised to see just how well they go over with my girls and the Neighborhood Testing Panel. For the release of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon's new TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES film, Playmates Toys has released all four TMNT characters as 11-inch figures - two of which we have here (Leonardo and Raphael). While I'm about to show you some hands-on action captured here at Rock Father HQ, the fact that the neighbor kids had a set of their own just a couple of days after trying ours should vouch for how much they loved them.

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