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Holiday 2014Let's look at the facts: As of this writing, MARVEL Studios' GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY has raked in $330,004,000 just here in the United States. Factor in the rest of the world, and GOTG has an astounding haul of $764,704,000 to-date. The film is a certified phenomenon, with kids and grownups alike popping the Awesome Mix onto the hi-fi as they attempt to re-live the adventures of Star Lord and the gang (see our hands-on with the toys), including the little loudmouth with a large gun, ROCKET RACOON. In the spirit of giving and to celebrate the forthcoming home video release, Hasbro & THE ROCK FATHER are getting one of you hooked up with a BIG BLASTIN' ROCKET RACOON to call your own. Now remember, Rocket and I go way back to before he was a movie star...

Holiday 2014This Holiday Season, the Nick Jr. hit PEPPA PIG is coming home with a pair of new DVDs from eOne's kaboom! Entertainment. PEPPA'S CHRISTMAS (out now) and PEPPA PIG: BUBBLES (out December 2) bring a combined 26 episodes of the lovable pig and her friends to families whenever they'd like, and to celebrate, THE ROCK FATHER and eOne have teamed-up to offer a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway featuring a bundle of both DVDs! Check out a preview, and enter for your chance to win below!

Holiday 2014Are you ready for a video game that you can play with the whole family... one that requires no blasters, and could potentially educate as well? FARMING SIMULATOR just might be that game - a Global phenomenon that has been getting bigger with each release. Just in-time for the 2014 Holiday Season, FARMING SIMULATOR 15 has hit the streets for PC (console editions coming next year), and being a fan of the game myself (I covered the last version as well), I've teamed-up with Maximum Games to get three (3) lucky readers hooked-up with FARMING SIMULATOR 15 for PC! Check out the launch trailer and details below, then enter to win this great Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway!

Holiday 2014If you think that you've already seen a giveaway featuring Ludorum's CHUGGINGTON (fourth season airing now on Disney Junior), you are correct! This is the second appearance (enter the first here) by these lovable trains in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide, with Anchor Bay and THE ROCK FATHER teaming-up once more to dish out another set of fun and colorful adventures that reinforce early social readiness skills. One (1) lucky reader will score a copy of CHUGGINGTON: CHUGGINEERS READY TO BUILD on DVD, a perfect stocking stuffer for their own little Chuggineer!. Preview the DVD and enter below!

Holiday 2014What would happen to Christmas if there was a simple change in something we've come to expect? If Santa's suit were to no longer be red, in theory things would still be ok... or would they? One possible result to what would happen is presented in SANTA'S ZANY, WACKY, JUST NOT RIGHT NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS, a new book from authors DK Simoneau & David Radman, with illustrations by Brad Cornelius. Released just in-time for Christmas 2014, AC Publications Group and THE ROCK FATHER have teamed-up for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway to get one (1) lucky reader hooked-up with a copy of the hardcover book to share with their family this year.

Saturday, November 08 2014 07:37

Holiday Wish Guide: Step2 Love & Care Deluxe Nursery

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Holiday 2014As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I've often spoken of the great items that they make - most of which are MADE IN THE USA at their headquarters in Streetsboro, Ohio. On an August trip to their HQ, I spotted something in the showroom that I knew my girls had to have - the Step2 Love & Care Deluxe Nursery. A fantastic addition to playtime that helps foster imaginative play, this is a unique piece of doll furniture that works many elements that mimic how Mommy & Daddy care for baby into a small footprint suitable for many different homes. There's a changing table (with mobile), a high chair, sink, storage bins and real dual-door cabinet, and what really pushes this into unique territory - a laundry station. My little ones LOVE pretending to do their dolls' laundry, and the included "washer" here even has a trio of hangers and a place to hang the "clean" clothes.

Holiday 2014LITTLEST PET SHOP has had quite the renaissance over the past few years, the Kenner toy line of the 80s re-imagined by Hasbro, entertaining new generations of kids through a cross-platform approach led by the Hasbro Studios-produced TV series that first aired on the late Hub Network, and now runs weekdays on The Discovery Family Channel. We've long had some of the toys here at Rock Father HQ, complimented by the Shout! Factory DVD collections, and for Holiday 2014 there's what just may be the ultimate LPS toy - the LITTLEST PET SHOP Style Set, the pet shop itself, presented in an interlocking form that allows kids to add additional buildings to create their own city block. That said, LPS takes it's place in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.

Holiday 2014In case you haven't noticed, TRANSFORMERS and MARVEL have both had a massive year. In the you world, one of the benefits is that Hasbro holds the rights to both, and that leads to some interesting crossover opportunities... like MR. POTATO HEAD Mashables. No, Mr. Potato Head has not been licensed for boxed mashed potatoes at your local grocer (though that would be pretty funny - and terrifying), but these Mixable, Mashable Heroes take a cue from the recent success of the Mashers Line (see my THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICAN review here), allowing kids to literally mix-and-match pieces of their favorite figures into new, original creations. For my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide, the Mr. Potato Head Mixable, Mashable Heroes make the cut, with MARVEL and TRANSFORMERS both represented in style!

Holiday Wish GuideI tend to think that my recent experience changing diaper bags was a lot like when my wife switches out her purses. It sure felt like it usually looks, anyway - 5+ years into parenting and this is only the second time I've made a full switch - a switch into what is undoubtedly the best bag I've ever owned. The Daddy Messenger Bag by Daddy & Co. is a sturdy beast of a bag that packs much-needed functionality into a stylish form, available in the orange-ish "copper" edition (sent here for review) or basic black. After using this here at Rock Father HQ for a bit, I'm including it in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide as a great "Gift for Dad."

Holiday Wish GuideWith HELLO KITTY celebrating her 40th Anniversary this year, it's almost a wonder that I haven't featured more of Sanrio's biggest star here on the site. After all, my girls have more HELLO KITTY stuff than I can count, from clothes to plushies, DVDs to toothbrushes... and a few of the MEGA Bloks sets that have been coming out over the past couple of years. The latest of the bunch is one that MEGA Brands sent us for review, the HELLO KITTY Fun at the Fair Set (10956), a 233-piece affair geared toward builders ages 5-12. Well-received here at Rock Father HQ and built with assistance from yours truly, this new one lands firmly in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.

VTechWhen crafting this year's Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER, one thing that became very clear is that tablets are a BIG thing. With my usually-cautious approach in mind, the standout became the VTech InnoTab MAX - a 7" High-Resolution Android tablet packed with educational experiences, room for expansion, and parental controls. In the spirit of giving, my friends at VTech have teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER to provide an InnoTab MAX Tablet for YOU to have a chance at winning. Want your shot? Learn more and enter below...

As a kid that grew up watching the adventures of Bo and Luke Duke on THE DUKES OF HAZZARD, I would've never imagined that nearly four decades later I'd still be talking about the Duke boys or their real-life alter-egos, namely John Schneider & Tom Wopat . I was really into the Dukes - so much that I had a full-on Dukes birthday party at one point (the cake had the General Lee on it) and would view my Coleco Power Cycle as a prized possession, right alongside those little 3 3/4" Mego action figures. All these years later, and I'm still a Dukes fan - but also a fan of what Schneider and Wopat have accomplished beyond Hazzard County. From music and film to the Broadway stage, these guys have done it all, and for 2014 they've teamed for something special - their first Holiday album, the result of a hugely successful Kickstarter effort. Highlighted as one of this year's top new albums in my Holiday Wish Guide, I'm excited to give all of you a chance to win one of three (3) copies of HOME FOR CHRISTMAS on CD! Check out a preview, and enter below...

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