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MEGA Bloks® have been a part of our family since day one. In fact, I think it was at the baby shower for the first of The Rock Daughters™ when we received our first set - a Big Building Bag filled with those classic blocks that preschoolers have been building with for decades. Fast-forward a few years, and just as our kids have grown up, so has MEGA™ - recently making a nod to the past as they look toward the future with their ever-expanding line of MEGA Construx™ building sets for the entire family. From developing builders to kids ages 4+, from tweens to adult collectors, MEGA™ has something for everyone, and there’s no better time than the present to spend some time with the family, getting together to “Build Beyond.”

As I do every year, I just mentioned the 1957 release of Elvis Presley's Elvis' Christmas Album in an article in which I discuss how "Christmas Creep" is not a new thing, and thus isn't really a thing at all. That album was released 60 years ago - on October 15, 2017, and now, after countless collections and reissues, RCA Records and Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, will celebrate the 2017 holiday season with the release of Elvis Presley - Christmas with Elvis and The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, October 6.

A few days ago, the girls and I were over at The Home Depot - picking up our first round of fall flowers, and scoping out the new assortment of Halloween decor that THD has to offer. They've upped their game this year, and I could do some serious damage if set loose in there. Truth be told, Home Depot can be a dangerously-tempting place, and I'm still paying off our last project loan from when we gutted the bathrooms here at Rock Father HQ and rebuilt them from the bare studs. When it comes to the "Big Two" on the holiday front - Halloween & Christmas - I'm all over the decor, so it was a nice coincidence when The Home Depot sent us their new WindowFX Plus Projector for review.

I've mentioned it before - the first big concert I ever attended was The Oak Ridge Boys at the Star Plaza Theatre in Merriville, Indiana way back when it was still the Holiday Star Theatre. That said, I've continued enjoying their music for the past 40 years, and now comes news that the Country Music Hall of Fame members and five-time GRAMMY winners have recorded a new album with producer Dave Cobb (Shooter Jennings, Zac Brown Band), set for release in the first quarter of 2018. The as-yet-untitled album is the second that the group has worked on with Cobb, who also produced The Boys Are Back in 2009.

Thursday, September 14 2017 22:02

Want to Explore the Origin of Scary Clowns? Sure You Do!

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Who was "the Kanye West of clowning?" That's just one of the questions answered in the first episode of PBS Digital Studios' Origin of Everything - The True Origin of Killer Clowns. With a modern reimagining of Stephen King's IT scaring up big box office, Yale Doctoral Candidate, Danielle Bainbridge looks beyond Pennywise and back through a rich history of clowning that's served up legendary scares from Killer Clowns from Outer Space to American Horror Story and Bozo's Circus. Okay, maybe not Bozo, but Cookie and Wizzo always seemed "off" to me. 

Thursday, September 14 2017 21:45

Crayola has a "Bluetiful" New Crayon...

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It's taken a few months of of fan deliberation, but now the decision is official - Crayola announced "Bluetiful" as the name of its new blue crayon. Bluetiful will be the nineteenth active blue color, replacing the previously retired Dandelion in the 24-count box and across the entire Crayola portfolio. Bluetiful received over 40% of fan votes to score the win and was officially unveiled this week at a blue-themed event in NYC. Additionally, there's a brand-new version of "Big Blue" - the world's largest crayon, which we previously visited when we road-tripped to the Crayola Experience back in 2014.

Thursday, September 14 2017 12:26

Exclusive Clip Debut: PEG + CAT - "The Mariachi Problem"

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There's a new problem for PEG + CAT to solve, and tomorrow, September 15, 2017, they'll tackle it in an all-new episode premiering nationally on PBS KIDS! The Mariachi Problem features an appearance from the internationally-acclaimed Latin Grammy-nominated Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the first and only all-women mariachi band to hail from New York. The seven members of Mariachi Flor de Toloache play themselves in their first-ever animated appearance, and sing original counting songs as they help Cat serenade his lady love, Rosana, on a fun road trip to Mexico. The episode premiere is timed to the launch of Hispanic Heritage Month, and today The Fred Rogers Company and The Rock Father™ are pleased to give you an exclusive look at a brand-new clip!

Netflix Stream TeamThere's a new Netflix hack that just hit the scene, and it's one that parents and kids alike are gonna dig. Netflix Birthdays presents birthday songs and messages from popular kids characters including those from DreamWorks All Hail King JulienBarbieBeat Bugs, DreamWorks DinotruxLas Leyendas, LEGO FriendsLEGO NinjagoLuna PetuniaMiraculous: Tales of Ladybug and Cat NoirMy Little Pony: Friendship Is MagicPokemonProject Mc2Skylanders Academy, DreamWorks Trollhunters and Word Party - all available by simply searching "Birthday Songs." Check out a preview below, and keep reading for a look at how we got in on the birthday magic right here at Rock Father HQ!

Grammy-winning country icon, best-selling author, actress, and in-demand speaker, Naomi Judd is set to release the paperback version of her new book, “River of Time: My Descent Into Depression and How I Emerged With Hope” on Dec. 5. Judd will be promoting the paperback release with multiple television, radio and online interviews, including an appearance on the TODAY Show Dec. 5.

Thursday, September 14 2017 08:42

Covered: FOO FIGHTERS x AC/DC - "Let There Be Rock"

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I've always enjoyed the Foo Fighters, but over the past few years I've really started digging them. Something changed in the dynamic, and I can't really peg what - maybe it's just that we're all older now - but everything they've been doing just sounds right to me. Now we have a pairing of two bands that are not only loved by yours truly, but also by The Rock Daughters™. Check out this excellent BBC Radio 1 performance of the Foo Fighters covering the AC/DC classic, "Let There Be Rock."

Netflix Stream TeamAfter years of talking about it, Hasbro has finally brought STRETCH ARMSTRONG to life for a new generation as an on-screen hero. Today, Netflix and Hasbro Studios debuted the teaser for Stretch Armstrong and the Flex Fighters, the first original series from Hasbro Studios to debut exclusively on Netflix. Check out the teaser below!

This is exactly the news I was hoping for. After re-launching STAR WARS with the start of a sequel trilogy that began with his 2015 film, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, J.J. Abrams is returning to close-out the trilogy. This morning it was announced by Lucasfilm that Abrams is on-board to write and direct the currently-untitled STAR WARS: EPISODE IX.

Last year, I was very fortunate to be visiting Nintendo of America at their HQ in Redmond, Washington on the very day that the famed NES Classic was released. My oldest daughter and I were able to purchase the sought-after miniature system from the employee store for MSRP - $59.99. As time would soon show us, it was much more difficult (nearly impossible) for members of the general public to get their hands on a system without paying vastly inflated prices thanks to the secondary market. Adding insult to injury, it was announced earlier this year that the system was done, and that it's being followed-up by the SNES Classic, prompting many to believe that a repeat of last year was shaping up - especially after pre-orders for the SNES sold-out in minutes. Today comes news that Nintendo is planning to make things right.

As we speed toward the holiday season, Mattel's Hot Wheels division is on fire. With loads of new product offerings hitting stores, the team at Mattel has revved-up their new "Challenge Accepted" initiative to remind parents (and show new ones) that "Hot Wheels are more than just a toy - they're a tool that helps kids develop life skills." Already knowing that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) is at play in the world of Hot Wheels, Challenge Accepted breaks down how skills and traits like problem solving, creativity, sportsmanship and confidence can get a boost from those famous 1:64-scale diecast cars. Check out the new commercial below to see what happens when a mother and son take off for some action in a real-life Redline...

The Rock Father™ is a member of the Netflix #StreamTeam

I was just thinking about how it's been over two years since The Rock Daughters™ and I filmed a video doing some in-home science experiments timed with the debut of Project Mc2 - an Emmy-nominated Netflix Original Series from MGA Entertainment. Time certainly does fly, and that's made clear by what hit my inbox this evening - news that Project Mc2 Part 5 is coming to Netflix on September 15, and that the cast and crew recently threw-down at The London Hotel in West Hollywood, California to unveil the new season alongside some of this fall's new additions to the growing toy line.

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