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It was just within the last year or so that our daughters really discovered and became fans of Teen Titans GO! on Cartoon Network, and for me - a lifelong fan of DC Comics - it's been entertaining to see a new spin on some old characters, along with a bunch of new ones. Now, as much of the DC universe starts to cross-over into live-action film (or television), the Teen Titans are starting to feel a little left out. After all, if Aquaman and Shazam! can get their own films, why not this crew? It's pretty "meta," but that's exactly what they start to question in the teaser trailer for their first big-screen outing, Teen Titans GO! To The Movies, in theaters everywhere from Warner Bros. Pictures on July 27, 2018. Take a look...

Thursday, January 11 2018 07:55

Unlocking the Secrets of Star Wars: The Last Jedi...

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Rian Johnson's Star Wars: The Last Jedi is no doubt a divisive installment of the Star Wars Saga, but it's one that our family loves and looks forward to seeing again. Having seen it twice on the big screen thus far (the second time in 4DX), there were nuances that didn't emerge until the second viewing, and as with all things Star Wars, there's much more left to be discovered. After all, Star Wars is not just film - but an ever-expanding tale that spans mediums, from books and games to comics and television, interlocking under the watchful eyes of the Lucasfilm Story Group, who make sure that the official continuity works. In the latest episode of The Star Wars Show, the crew sits down for an extra-long episode that unlocks some of the secrets of The Last Jedi. Take a look...

Thursday, January 11 2018 01:05

The Ultimate Disney TOYBOX Action Figure Checklist

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The surprise reveal of Disney TOYBOX Action Figures in the fall of 2017 quickly became one of the most popular articles of that timeframe. Based on artwork and assets from the now-shuttered Disney INFINITY video game, the Disney TOYBOX line brings to life characters from across the Disney family, including those from Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. The new figures feature animated styling, 14 points of articulation, and a signature accessory. With the first wave very well-received, many have wondered what's next for the line, and now we have some answers! Presented here on The Rock Father™ Magazine is The Ultimate Disney TOYBOX Checklist - an up-to-date list of the latest confirmed figures for this exciting new line. We'll be updating this indefinitely as new figures join the fold. Disney TOYBOX action figures are available exclusively through ShopDisney.com (an affiliate of this site) and Disney Store locations.

Auto Show season is upon us, with the big ones about to start rolling out here in North America this month, with #NAIAS in Detroit, followed by the Chicago International Auto Show in February. Up North, the Canadian International AutoShow rolls into the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Feb. 16-25, and this year Mattel is bringing Hot Wheels into the action! The number one selling toy in the world races into Canada with an explosion of activities to commemorate its 50th anniversary. This includes appearances by some of the iconic full-sized rides from the Hot Wheels garage, including the famed Star Wars Darth Vader character car and the Special Edition 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS!

Wednesday, January 10 2018 15:11

SKINLAB Announces the Return of Guitarist Snake Green...

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Legendary Bay Area metallers, SKINLAB, today announce the return of longtime guitarist Steve Green, best-known to fans as Snake! The news comes ahead of the band’s first live activities of 2018, the Brothers in Blood Tour featuring PISSING RAZORS and SHATTERED SUN (updated itinerary below).

Every time I think that the micro-collectibles bubble is about to burst, something comes along that reinforces the fact that there's no sign of that happening. In fact, the market is evolving and kids can't get enough of these small little toys. Evolution brings us to the launch of Cake Pop Cuties, a new line from Basic Fun that checks the boxes on several current trends, combining the brightly-colored blind box appeal of toys like L.O.L. Surprise with the strange appeal of the slow-rise squishes movement into a tiny little package that's appropriately shaped like... a cake pop. Available soon at most major retailers (Amazon is taking pre-orders), Cake Pop Cuties is backed by a CGI-animated webseries and boasts over 36 different Cuties and Sweeties to collect in the first wave. Check out a preview below...

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Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago has been a long-time favorite destination for our family, and today they've announced plans to host a month-long pop-up satellite museum at Urban Edge, a 5,000-sq.-ft. storefront gallery located in downtown Waukegan, IL at  220 W. Clayton Street. The pop-up Museum will operate during the month of February 2018 and will be free of charge to school and childcare groups during weekday hours and to families during evening and weekend hours. Opening day ceremonies that will include remarks from Museum and City of Waukegan leadership will take place on Saturday, February 3 beginning at 12 p.m.

News just hit Rock Father HQ from Saban Brands that Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel will premiere on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S. The 25th season of the series kicks of with the 886th episode to air, and the creators promise that the season will also feature a special anniversary episode that Power Rangers fans of all ages won’t want to miss. Check out the latest TV spot below!

Early news from New York Toy Fair 2018. The Rock Father™ will be in attendance for the show, which runs February 17-20, 2018.

After being teased on social media last summer ahead of a launch in Atlanta, Dream Pets will return in 2018 as a reimagined collection of plush toys inspired by their vintage counterparts. Originally created by R. Dakin & Company in the mid 1950’s, Dream Pets were initially sawdust (!) filled plush that were used as packing materials designed to protect a shipment of toy trains. After becoming unexpectedly popular, the line expanded into proper plush with thousands of characters available. By the mid-2000s, Dream Pets had been swept up in the usual pattern of toy company mergers and acquisitions, eventually falling dormant... until now.

My wife is a massive fan of Zach Braff. That said, I almost felt bad when I was introduced to Mr. Braff at a dinner in Los Angeles two years ago and she wasn't there. In another adventure fit for a book I should probably one day write, I was dining with Larry King (we shot footage for a pilot together!) at Craig's, and over in a corner booth sat Zach Braff, Kate Hudson, and another gentleman whose name I missed. Larry says to our table "Do you like Zach Braff? Let me introduce you..." before leading the group over there for a nice conversation. I've never told that story online before, but it seems appropriate now since we've got the trailer for Alex, Inc., a new ABC series that's executive produced by, directed by and starring Zach Braff.

I was just browsing the toy department of my local Meijer store the other night when I came across Hasbro's new collection of BLACK PANTHER toys in the wild for the first time. As with most of their Marvel-based collections, this one has the usual action figures and vehicles paired with an assortment of cool role play items. What's interesting this time around is that the "Black Panther Vibranium Hero Gear" just received its own commercial, and aside from a few Star Wars items, we usually don't see too many proper commercials for the role play gear. Check the new spot out below via Hasbro's YouTube Channel, and look for these toys and more in stores everywhere!

Milestone, one of the leading racing game developers in the world, has just issued a new look behind the scenes of Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame with a brand-new trailer. The game brings the excitement of Supercross to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC/STEAM on February 13, with a launch on Nintendo Switch shortly thereafter. The new developer's diary is led by Ralph Sheheen, the official voice of Feld Motorsports' Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and it showcases the four rules behind the creation of its visuals. Check it out below...

According to Nintendo, the Switch has become the fastest-selling game console in U.S. history. I can't say I'm surprised, as we absolutely love our Switch. That said, the one thing I don't love about it is the price of official accessories, and I was completely upfront with Nintendo about that when The Rock Daughters™ and I paid a visit to Nintendo of America's Headquarters in Redmond, Washington this past November. I think $80 for a pair of Joy-Cons for a $299 console skews toward the unusually high-priced, but if that's all that's available, consumers will no doubt pay it. I do love the color combinations available, and while I was at Nintendo HQ, I picked up a Splatoon 2 themed version of their Pro Controller, but until now, matching Joy-Cons were only available as part of a Splatoon 2 Bundle Pack, or sold on sites like Amazon by third-party sellers bringing them in as a Japanese Import. Now they're getting an official release, and my friends at GameStop have already got them up on pre-order with an anticipated release date of January 15! Check out the Neon Green and Neon Pink Joy-Cons...

It's been more than 50 years since Stan Lee and Jack Kirby brought BLACK PANTHER to life in the pages of FANTASTIC FOUR #52. Now, after making his cinematic debut in Captain America: Civil War, T'Challa takes center stage in his own film, clawing its way into theaters on February 16. With a massive cast including Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, with Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, and Andy Serkis, BLACK PANTHER has been near the top of my must-see list for the year, and today comes a new featurette about how the character finally made the jump from the pages of Marvel comics to the big screen. Check it out!

I've generally stayed away from posting "leaks" of any kind here on The Rock Father™ Magazine, but as we approach the release of what will be the fourth Star Wars film of the new era, it's time to say something about how the merchandising is being handled for my favorite franchise. Starting with the 2015 release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, new Star Wars merchandise has been unleashed during a promotional blitz that's been a street-dated affair. Force Friday was followed by Rogue Friday for the 2016 release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which was followed by Force Friday II ahead of 2017's Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Now, we're staring down the May 2018 release of Solo: A Star Wars Story, and all signs are pointing toward a spring launch event for the tie-in gear. Now comes the first problem with this strategy...

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