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When it comes to Rides for the smaller kids, VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels® has been a go-to gift that my wife and I have given on several occasions. Geared towards children ages 1-5, these vehicles and playsets have been fostering imaginative play that's enhanced by VTech's award-winning technology, and this year Disney entered the mix! As part of my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™, The Rock Father™ and VTech have teamed-up to highlight a couple of these great new toys - and we're also giving you a chance to win some! One (1) reader will receive a prize pack that includes the fan-favorite Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch & Chase Police Tower and the all-new Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Silly Slides Fire Station! Take a look...

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Saturday, December 12 2015 21:47

Holiday Wish Guide: Flipsies by VTech

One of the biggest surprises of 2015 when it comes to toys has been Flipsies by VTech. Launched during the transition for summer to fall, Flipsies are figures of little girls that interact with their playsets using MagicPoint technology. Pressing a charm on their neck while at a MagicPoint will activate sound FX, speech, and even lights in certain areas. Different Flipsies can engage in MagicChat with one another - but the key to the fun is in the name itself... Flipsies. Each doll can "flip" from a the "every day look" of a little girl into what they aspire to be. The Sandy's House & Ocean Cruiser 2-in-1 playset quickly became one of the most-loved toys of the year for The Rock Daughters, particularly little Finley. In House Mode, it's a fun doll house with all the cool accessories you could want - and in Ocean Cruiser Mode, Sandy can don a special wig and costume to join her Dolphin friend on some aquatic adventures as she takes on the role of a Marine Biologist. As a parent, what I really dig is that while these might look like just another doll line at a glance, each Flipsies set has a connection to a real-life career. While Sandy wishes to be a Marine Biologist, there's Carina who'd like to be a Doctor, Lexi who dreams of being a Teacher, Eva who hopes to become a Veterinarian and more.

When it comes to high-quality, innovative technology-based play for kids, I can't think of anyone that's released as much cool stuff over the past few years as VTech. Real-world functionality and durability is the hallmark of their Kidizoom line, and for 2015 the Kidizoom Action Cam makes my annual Holiday Wish Guide, a fitting follow-up to last year's excellent Kidizoom Smartwatch. We received a review sample back in August, and The Rock Daughters have been using it regularly to document the big world around them. It's the exact thing that I would've absolutely LOVED to have growing up - back in a time when I made movies with Super 8mm film and audio cassette tapes. Having a working video camera at a young age can inspire later pursuits (I speak first-hand on this), and in an age where grownups have their GoPro's, the Kidizoom Action Cam is the perfect thing for budding action filmmakers. In the spirit of the Holiday Season, VTech and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving you a shot at winning one of these for your own little Director! Wanna see how it works? Check out some footage shot by six-year-old Addie...

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Since adding the VTech InnoTab MAX Android Tablet (sent here for for review) to my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide a few weeks back, I've had a number of friends inquire about our personal experiences with it - me being overly cautious, perhaps even being considered a "party pooper" when it comes to letting my girls run wild with the "screens." What do I think? Quite simply, at $109 (and I've seen them on-sale for under $100), it's a very good tablet. This 7" high-resolution 1020x600 unit is sturdy, responsive and has some great parental control features, but that does not mean it's 100% perfect. Here's some thoughts...

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...

VTech KidsIt's taken exactly 32 years, but something I wanted as a child has now become a reality. You see, back in 1982 the best television program that the world will ever know made it's premiere on NBC. David Hasselhoff, a talking Trans-am, and a whole lotta awesome rolled into living rooms on KNIGHT RIDER, the adventures of Michael Knight and K.I.T.T. inspiring generations... but it started with kids like me. Much like the science fiction of STAR WARS and STAR TREK has become reality over the years, so has that of KNIGHT RIDER. Think of how many "gadgets" K.I.T.T. had that now come standard on new cars - GPS, DVD/Blu-ray screens, games, computer-aided driving, crash protection, hands-free calling and even voice recognition. But there was one other thing from KNIGHT RIDER that I wanted, something my own imagination would have me pretending to have as I spoke to my own wrist: Michael Knight's watch, or "comlink." Thanks to VTech, it's real, and they've partnered with THE ROCK FATHER to get one of you hooked up with the new Kidizoom Smartwatch for your kids!

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