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THE ROCK FATHER™ is back with another edition of his annual Holiday Wish Guide™  - one of the premiere sources for gift inspiration during the festive season. Kid-focused, but including ideas for the entire family (grownups, too), THE ROCK FATHER and his little elves have been hand-picking a selection of items, each grouped by category. There's some of 2018's Hot Holiday Toys, but also some off-the-radar picks, too, along with a pop culture-heavy assortment of gifts for the older kids (adults) as well. What's even more unique is that the Wish Guide will be both branching, and evolving. Check back early and often, as there will be new items and expanded features added up until Xmas! Plus, we'll be giving you a chance to WIN select items from the Holiday Wish Guide!

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STAR WARS fans of all ages got excited in 2014 when it was first revealed that Mattel would get to dabble with the STAR WARS license for the very first time under their flagship HOT WHEELS brand. Jumping in heavy, the announcement came with the debut of a life-sized, functional Darth Vader character car, along with the slow roll-out of a variety of STAR WARS-inspired rides across several different assortments, pack sizes and retailer exclusives, keeping up has quickly become a difficult pursuit. That's why created a checklist, complete with all the details I can wrangle for this exciting collection. This list will continue to be updated regularly with the latest releases not only for the Hot Wheels Star Wars Character Cars, but also other Star Wars-themed Hot Wheels including special assortments and Pop Culture Series releases!

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Wednesday, April 01 2015 13:09

PRODUCT OF HATE | Press

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PRODUCT OF HATE in the media? Yes, we sometimes make the news. This is a collection of news items, interviews, features, reviews and more from around the Globe. We'll be updating this on a (hopefully) frequent basis...

2016 Live Reviews and Reports:
2016 - BURIED IN VIOLENCE Album Reviews:

Metal Hammer: One of 12 Bands to Watch in 2016 - "After cutting their teeth supporting the likes of Lamb Of God and Meshuggah, these head-swivellingly aggressive Wisconsin metallers tear onto the 2016 landscape with a cranium-flattening debut in February. Euphorically violent acolytes of the NWOAHM, Product Of Hate fuel their ambitiously-conceived song structures with paint-stripping riffage and rubberised machine gun tempos. Once the wild-eyed masses get a taste, they could effortlessly slingshot into the next tier by year’s end."

Amps & Green Screens (10/10): "[PRODUCT OF HATE] have made an album that is perfect in every way. And with this record PRODUCT OF HATE have now challenged every other band in the Thrash/NWOAHM genre to step their fucking game up in 2016 and beyond. Get to know these boys because they’re gonna be a household name in metal, and probably on many year end Top 10 lists."

Target Audience Magazine:  "[PRODUCT OF HATE} does a fine job melding the complexity of thrash with the dynamics of hardcore, something many American metal bands struggle with. BURIED IN VIOLENCE is modern thrash done right and it is refreshing to hear a metal band not emulating metal bands from 1985. PRODUCT OF HATE brings the violence and the mosh..."

Right to Rock (4/4) "CD of the Month": "Their debut album Buried In Violence is a thrash tour de force and no mistake. Their particular sound appeals to metalheads that thrill to the Swiss clock precision of classic thrash and speed metal, but filters it through a melodic, groove-oriented sensibility that modern 'bangers dig."

Dead Rhetoric (9/10): "Product of Hate is a promising act that balances aggressive thrash with hooky melodies with the care of a much more veteran act. An album like Buried in Violence is best served with windows down and volume cranked to max. Just don’t complain about your sore neck the next day."

The Metal Gods Meltdown: "...aggressive, brutal maelstrom of killer sounds that tear down anything and everything in their way... [PRODUCT OF HATE] have the intensity and vicious hostility to become a huge household name!"

Two Guys Metal Reviews:  "One of the cool things about Product Of Hate is how simply immaculate they sound... this is a band who understand their own distinctive style and play music that will last for generations."

Metal Asylum (7/10): "A scorching, relentless, swaggering runaway bullet train of an album... If you want well-executed, visceral hyperthrash, then these guys will be happy to deliver it to your chin - - on the heels of their boots."

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/TAP Milwaukee: "As the band and album names would attest, the fellas in Product of Hate aren't the happy-go-lucky type. But there's a lot to like from Hate's debut, released by revered metal label Napalm Records. The kick drums hit so fast and furious on "Kill. You. Now." you'll think your ears are being pummeled by Bruce Lee's flying fists. "Monster" features guitar riffs that live up to the name." -- Piet Levy

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (2): "From its band name to its album title, from its label to its twin-guitar frenzy, this five-man Kenosha group deftly smashes old-school metal dexterity into new-school metal rage."

Wormwood Chronicles:  “Revolution of Destruction” is not just a song on “Buried in Violence,” it’s an apt description of Product of Hate itself.  Keep an eye out for this band..."

Metal Gods TV (9/10): "fierce, ferocious and rampant thrash metal oozing brutality with every twang and thump.."

DemonZone (8/10): "...these guys have just proven to be an impressive force in metal... sounds magnificent."

That's Not Real Music!: "...they mean business... pounding riffs from start to finish."

Five Albums with Chris Nee: "...groove metal has the classic metal attitude but modern extremity, fused with big, rolling riffs and aggression on tap... Yes please."

Ghost Cult Magazine: "...A punishing blend of modern groove and classic thrash... PRODUCT OF HATE's tight musicianship and youthful exuberance proves that they should be a killer live act."

Ave Noctum (7/10): "While this quintet from Wisconsin have been around for 9 or so years, this is their first full length album and delivers 11 fast paced tracks with little remorse..."

Glacially Musical:  "...these fellows have a larger vocabulary on guitar than Sheldon Cooper does on physics. BURIED IN VIOLENCE is built from the ground up to knock buildings back to it."

GetMetal.com: "..heaviness, aggression, glowing guitars, thundering bass lines and pounding drums."

Decibel Geek: "The band are as tight as a duck’s bottom and the old school thrash influences are worn as a badge of honour.."

NeuFutur: "...the heavy and technically ferocious kick in the teeth the thrash metal world has been longing for."

Rockway (Greece): "...Smart and Powerful, BURIED IN VIOLENCE will leave you with a smile. Absolutely recommended."

Whiplash.net (Portugal) (9/10): "Powerful... fierce and heavy. A promise for the future..."

French-Metal (France) (16/20): "An incredible talent... the  technique is impeccable."

Metal Chronicles (France): "solid technical mastery with a volcanic aggressiveness... the Americans did a good job and can be proud."

Soil Chronicles (France) (8.5/10): "Amazing... explosive... the first album is a success."

Rock in Spain (Spain): "A statement on how to make a great thrash record in the first quarter of the 21st century. "

Metal & Metal Forever Man (Czech) (7/10): "Anyone who likes hardcore thrash should not miss this album."

Revolution Music (Denmark): "good at playing the game -- violently with both technical and thundering drums, technically great riffs and lead guitar attacks."

Nemesis-Rocks (Germany): "Cunning domination of an elegant game. Don't pass this up."

Metal Imperium (Portugal) (7.6/10): "Such strength and good taste... will appeal to all who like thrash."

Metal Underground (Austria) (4.5/5): "Refreshing... lives up to the hype, and these guys are really great."

Crossfire Metal (Germany) (7/10): "Modern day old-school!"

Metallized (Italy):  The hyper voice of Adam Gilley stands out like a monster from hell, strafed by brothers Cody and Gene Rathbone on guitars, and the impeccable rhythm section formed by Mark Campbell on bass and Mike McGuire on drums.

Fleurs du Mal (Italy) (7/10): "...turn up the volume as much as possible, open wide the windows and scream along: the result can be therapeutic and liberating."

United Rock Nations (France) (3/5): "Like PANTERA... these guys must've been cradled in the VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER sauce! Executed to perfection."

Metal.de (Germany): "A good debut - ideal for training the muscles of the neck."

White Room Reviews (Netherlands): "Everything a good metal band in 2016 should be."

Wings of Death (Netherlands): "A treasure... brutal and ruthless."

Metal Blast (3.5/5): On BURIED IN VIOLENCE, they demonstrate over and over again their ability to crush skulls and rattle bones... "

2016 - Interviews
2016 - "Monster" Video and Single Release"
2015 - BURIED IN VIOLENCE Album Announcement, Cover Art, Tracklist, Release Date Reveal

2015 - "...As Your Kingdom Falls" Lyric Video Premiere

2015 - Misc. Coverage and Interviews

2015 - Get Rekt Tour with Allegaeon, The Agonist and Product of Hate:

April 20, 2015: Dead Rhetoric - Live Review | The Agonist, Allegaeon & Product of Hate at Trick Shots, Clifton Park, NY

Highlights: "Product of Hate was really the wild card going in and ended up tipping the scales even further on the plus side."

"Going into Product of Hate’s set with some light knowledge of one song (their debut comes out late summer on Napalm Records), curiosity was peaked to see how they’d sound. They immediately made an impression with some killer thrashy metal. The guitar and bass section was rather engaging, as was vocalist Adam Gilley, who frequently interacted with the group of us in the front who were headbanging away like mad (including my wife and I). The band’s high-impact thrash is seemingly a perfect fit for the live venue, and the band seem dead set on converting everyone over to them, one fan at a time. It’s the kind of attitude that’s sure to continue to gain them more momentum once their album is released."

April 5, 2015: Ottawa Showbox - Live Review | Product of Hate at House of TARG, Ottawa, Canada

Highlights: "Napalm Records’ Product of Hate, a band I am incredibly glad I saw live – really set the bar high for Allegaeon. My main appraise of this band is Adam Gilley, the band’s frontman and guitarists Gene and Cody Rathbone (best name ever). A theme I noticed throughout the whole night was the amount of insane guitar playing. SO many solos.

Adam Gilley also totally looks the way a rock star should. All he needed was the bright red leather pants. I noticed his white Right Hook Microphone, as well – so that made them even more stellar."

April 1, 2015: SHREDLOAD - Live Review | Product of Hate at Jub Jub's in Reno, NV

Highlights: "The quality levels were kept high with thrash metal outfit PRODUCT OF HATE, currently signed to Napalm Records.  PRODUCT OF HATE laid down a brutal and relentless set of break neck thrash... full of confidence and enthusiasm that filtered into the crowd. PRODUCT OF HATE had the stage presence and the songs to shine through and delivered a brutal set. Check them out immediately. Product of Hate took the gold medal tonight so be sure to look them up and pick up their latest releases on Napalm Records!"

March 26, 2015: Live Performance of "Kill. You. Now" at The Boardwalk in Orangevale, CA vid Capital Chaos TV (YouTube)

March 26, 2015: Metal Assault - Live Review | Product of Hate at Complex in Glendale (Los Angeles), CA

Highlights: "Main support act Product Of Hate went about their mission of destroying this stage with much conviction. This is the first band I’ve heard of from Kenosha, Wisconsin since the emergence and subsequent disappearance of Lazarus A.D., and Product Of Hate did not do their town’s reputation any harm at all, playing a fiercely energetic set filled to the brim with quintessential modern metal and decorated by grooves galore."

 2014 - Announcement of Signing with NAPALM Records

2009 - I For An I (pre-PoH name) - Live in Kenosha (YouTube)

Wednesday, March 18 2015 20:41

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Wednesday, March 18 2015 20:40

PRODUCT OF HATE | Discography

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PRODUCT OF HATE - BURIED IN VIOLENCEPRODUCT OF HATE - "BURIED IN VIOLENCE" (Full-Length Debut Album) 
NAPALM Records | February 5, 2016
CD/LP/Digital
Recorded and Engineered by Scott Creekmore at Mercenary Digital Studios, Zion, Illinois. Mixed and Mastered by James Murphy, Safehouse Production, Florida. Artwork and Layout by Colin Marks, Rain Song Design.
Album Sampler: Listen Here

Tracklisting:

  1. Kill. You. Now. (Video)
  2. Annihilation
  3. ...As Your Kingdom Falls  (Live Video | Lyric Video)
  4. Blood Coated Concrete (Video)
  5. Monster (Video)
  6. Buried in Violence
  7. Vindicare
  8. Nemesis
  9. Revolution of Destruction (Video)
  10. Unholy Manipulator (Video)
  11. Perry Mason (Ozzy Osbourne Cover)
  12. Eyes of the Damned (Japanese Bonus Track)

Singles:

"Kill. You. Now.""Kill. You. Now."
Napalm Records | May 20, 2016
Watch Video: YouTube
From the Album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE. Mixed by James Murphy of Safehouse Production. Recorded by Scott Creekmore at Mercenary Digital Studios, Zion, Illinois
 
Monster"Monster" 
Napalm Records | January 15, 2016
Watch Video: YouTube
From the Album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE. Mixed by James Murphy of Safehouse Production. Recorded by Scott Creekmore at Mercenary Digital Studios, Zion, Illinois
 
POH BCC 100"Blood Coated Concrete" (2015 Edition)
Napalm Records | December 4, 2015
Watch Video: YouTube
From the Album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE. All-new mix by James Murphy of Safehouse Production. Recorded by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound, Racine, Wisconsin
 
POH UM 100"Unholy Manipulator" (2015 Edition)
Napalm Records | October 30, 2015
Watch Video: YouTube
From the Album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE. All-new mix by James Murphy of Safehouse Production. Recorded by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound, Racine, Wisconsin
 
POH AYKF 100"...As Your Kingdom Falls" 
Lyric Video Release - Napalm Records | April 10, 2015
Watch Video: YouTube
 Mixed by James Murphy of Safehouse Production. Recorded by Scott Creekmore at Mercenary Digital Studios, Zion, Illinois
Lyric Video edited by James Zahn (The Rock Father). Artwork by Colin Marks (Rain Song Design)
 
PRODUCT OF HATE - "A Well-Deserved Death"PRODUCT OF HATE - "A Well-Deserved Death" (Digital Single)
Independent Release | August 23, 2012
 
Debuted as a Noisecreep (then-AOL) Exclusive on 8/22/12. Recorded and Mixed by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound, Racine, Wisconsin.
 
PRODUCT OF HATE - "Revolution of Destruction"PRODUCT OF HATE - "Revolution of Destruction" (Digital Single)
Independent Release | May 22, 2012
 
Recorded and Mixed by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound, Racine, Wisconsin.
 

Compilations: 

Headbangers CompilationFOR THE HEADBANGERS: Brutal New Music - Volume 6
Track: "...As Your Kingdom Falls" | Spring 2015
A promotional CD released by Jamey Jasta's Hatewear, Inc. in partnership with Napalm Records, Nuclear Blast America and Monster Energy, this 16-track compilation marks the first physical release of a PRODUCT OF HATE song under the Napalm Records banner. This compilation was available at festivals during the Spring/Summer of 2015, and also features songs from Agnostic Front, Jasta, Cavalera Conspiracy, Coal Chamber, Soilwork and more.
 

Soundtracks:

normalcoverNORMAL | 2012
Track: "Blood Coated Concrete"
This 2012 Independent Comedy from filmmaker Nicolas P. Richards not only features an early mix of "Blood Coated Concrete" on its soundtrack, but appearances from the entire band. On the poster - that's PRODUCT OF HATE guitarist Geno Rathbone, who not only stars in the film, but also produced.
 
Bonus fact: Cinematographer Chuck Przbyl would regroup with POH four years later to shoot three videos to support the release of BURIED IN VIOLENCE.
 

EP's

PRODUCT OF HATE - THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR EPPRODUCT OF HATE - THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR EP
Independent Release | Summer 2010
 
Recorded by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound, Racine, Wisconsin. Mixed and Mastered by James Murphy at Safehouse Production, Florida
 
Tracklisting:
  1. "Start the March"
  2. "Your Last Chance"
  3. "Blood Coated Concrete" (Video released in 2012)
  4. "Embrace Your Escape"
  5. "Eyes of the Damned"
  6. "Unholy Manipulator" (Short Film released in 2012)
Monday, March 02 2015 08:47

PRODUCT OF HATE | Biography

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PRODUCT OF HATE was formed in Kenosha County, Wisconsin in 2007. A decade in, and the band holds the unique distinction of having the same lineup since the start - Vocalist Adam Gilley, Drummer Mike McGuire, Bassist Mark Campbell, and the lefty/righty guitar duo of brothers Geno (Lead) and Cody (Rhythm) Rathbone. 

The band developed it's crushing style of American metal while honing its skill, eventually landing support slots in front of bands such as  Lamb Of God, Meshuggah, Chimaira, Gwar, Hatebreed, Job For A Cowboy and more. 

The First EP...

In 2010, PRODUCT OF HATE independently released THE UNHOLY MANIPULATOR EP, a release hailed by underground audiences as a taste of bigger things to come.  Recorded by Chris Wisco at Belle City Sound in Racine, Wisconsin, the band called upon James Murphy, the legendary guitarist of Death, Testament and Obituary to handle the mixing and mastering duties.

2012-2013... Independent Videos and Singles...

The following years found the band gaining traction, self-producing a pair of music videos with Special FX legend Robert Kurtzman (Director of Wishmaster, Creator of From Dusk Till Dawn), filmed in Ohio at Precinct 13 Entertainment with production services provided by Robert Kurtzman's Creature Corps. Directed by James Zahn (The Rock Father), the crew would include several future cast members of SyFy's Face Off (David H. Greathouse, Beki Ingram, Eric Zapata), and the short film version of "Unholy Manipulator" would star Hellraiser's Ashley Laurence in the title role - a video that premiered online via leading horror site Bloody-Disgusting after a big-screen theatrical debut at the Terror in the Aisles film festival in Chicago. "Unholy" would become a Halloween-season favorite, featured at film festivals and special events.

A pair of self-release singles, "A Well-Deserved Death" and an very early arrangement of "Revolution of Destruction," would see the band getting placement on sites like AOL Noisecreep, MetalSucks, and Blabbermouth (among others), all while PRODUCT OF HATE remained an independent, unsigned, band.

2014 - In order to take the band to the next level, a decision was made to self-produce a fantastic album... and then find a suitable label partner...

In January of 2014, PRODUCT OF HATE entered Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, Illinois with Engineer Scott Creekmore for the first of two sessions that would eventually become the band's full-length debut album. Initially, a 13-track version of the record (Mixed by Creekmore) was shopped to labels, and in October of 2014, PRODUCT OF HATE would sign with Austrian Metal Titan, NAPALM RECORDS. Officially announced to the public in December of 2014, PRODUCT OF HATE was welcomed into the Napalm family as preparations began for the release of their debut album, BURIED IN VIOLENCE.

2015 - Mixing, Touring, Plotting...

With a wealth of material available, including older PRODUCT OF HATE music that would be "new" to the world at large, a decision was made to create a tracklisting for BURIED IN VIOLENCE that would pair nine songs recorded specifically for the album with two remixed tracks from the UNHOLY MANIPULATOR EP (Japanese editions would receive a third, added as a Bonus Track). The additional songs from the Creekmore sessions were not discarded, but set aside for the band's sophomore album, including a few that will surprise listeners when the time comes for album number two. After a North American Tour with Allegaeon (Metal Blade) and The Agonist (Century Media), PRODUCT OF HATE once again called upon James Murphy to handle final mixing and mastering at his SafeHouse Production in Florida. Artwork was commissioned by Colin Marks of Rain Song Design in the UK, and a new single, "...As Your Kingdom Falls," would see release alongside a lyric video. By year's end, "Unholy Manipulator" and "Blood Coated Concrete" had been issued as singles, complete with official Napalm editions of the previous music videos.

BURIED IN VIOLENCE was officially announced for a February 5, 2016 release date.

2016 - Album Release, Videos, and Touring...

PRODUCT OF HATE entered 2016 with their furious work ethic fired-up, the Napalm Records "machine" behind them. Renting a 40,000 sq ft. facility in Illinois, the band would spend an icy weekend filming three new music videos, once again helmed by The Rock Father, with Chuck Przybyl  of Most Visual serving as Director of Photography. New band photos and portraits were shot by David T. Kindler, and the first official radio single was released - with "Monster" arriving on SiriusXM Liquid Metal, followed by a video release on January 22nd.

Released by Napalm Records on CD/LP/Digital on February 5, 2016, PRODUCT OF HATE's BURIED IN VIOLENCE hit #9 on the Billboard Heatseekers - East North Central Chart, was CMJ's #3 most added at radio the week prior to release, and hit the #8 Bullet spot on the CMJ chart for release week. The album brought with it PRODUCT OF HATE's first in-store appearance at F.Y.E., and was celebrated with a pair of release weekend performances in Chicago, and a hometown throwdown in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

PRODUCT OF HATE hit the road for a Spring Tour with MUSHROOMHEAD, Sumo Cyco and Madame Mayhem from April 30-May 29, 2016. The U.S. trek hit mostly markets in the Eastern half of the country, putting the band in front of new audiences every night. On May 20, 2016, "Kill. You. Now" became the latest single and video from the band.

Although not released as an official single, PRODUCT OF HATE's album-closing cover of Ozzy Osbourne's "Perry Mason" started picking up steam on SiriusXM Liquid Metal thanks to an appearance of "Corridor of Covers." 

On September 21, using footage accumulated during the Mushroomhead Tour, the band revisited "...As Your Kingdom Falls" for a "Tour Edition" live music video.

A co-headling tour of small clubs would follow, as PRODUCT OF HATE and Napalm Records labelmates HAMMER FIGHT hit the road for the "Hammer Our the Hate Tour," spanning the U.S. during the fall months, closing out with a pair of shows headlined by Victory Records' Jungle Rot.

2016 was closed out with "Perry Mason" being hailed as one of the "Best of 2016" in a year-end Corridor of Covers show on Sirius XM.

2017 - The Hate Train Keeps Rolling...

To celebrate the one-year anniversary of BURIED IN VIOLENCE, the band released an official music video for "Revolution of Destruction" on February 3, 2017. 

After doing select dates throughout the spring, PRODUCT OF HATE hit the road with SKINLAB and IKILLYA for an East Coast run from May-June, after which PoH and IKILLYA continued across the U.S. for their longest tour yet as the first-ever "Summer Annihilation Tour" hit clubs from coast-to-coast.

Late 2017 started to signal the end of the album cycle for BURIED IN VIOLENCE as the band re-entered the studio to begin demoing material for their second full-length album. With more studio time as the focus, the band announced one-off dates with the likes of MOTOGRATER for fall as they began looking toward a fresh start and a new record in 2018.

2018 and Beyond -

PRODUCT OF HATE returned to Mercenary Digital Studios in Zion, Illinois to record their second full-length album with Scott Creekmore once again on the boards. In the midst of production, the band performed a few one-off live dates while focusing on trying new songs in front of a live audience for the first time.

As of May 2018, 14 songs have been recorded for what will ultimately become a 10-track album. Chris Collier (Prong, Korn, Lynch Mob) of CMC 21 Productions began mixing and mastering duties at his studio in Santa Clarita, California.

With the machine turning in prepping the release plans for the new album, a single is expected this summer as PRODUCT OF HATE begins announcing further live dates, including support for DevilDriver at a special show Friday the 13th of July at The Forge in Joliet, Illinois.

What does the future hold for PRODUCT OF HATE? Stay tuned...

Wednesday, January 21 2015 07:50

Hot Wheels Holiday Hot Rods - 2014

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'Issued as a Walmart Exclusive in the United States for the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season, the Hot Wheels Holiday Hot Rods were a series of eight diecast vehicles produced by Mattel in limited quantities. Sold for an original retail price of just $0.97 each, the Holiday Hot Rods carried on the tradition of previous years, each with custom card artwork featuring a Hot Rod Santa Claus taking a turn on a Christmas-themed speedway, giving a "thumbs-up" as he throws the car into the curve.

Thursday, October 16 2014 13:03

Shopping List: 2014 Holiday Music

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What new Holiday Music is on the way for 2014? I've looked at all the new releases and reissues on the books for this season and have hand-picked a collection to showcase here on THE ROCK FATHER. Are there other titles for this year? Yes, but they won't all make my list, and I will be adding some late additions before December 25th arrives. Want even more Holiday goodness? Check out www.therockfather.com/holiday

2014 Holiday Music - New Releases & Reissues:
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Seth MacFarlane

HOLIDAY FOR SWING!

Amazon | iTunes

The FAMILY GUY and TED creator brings his notable affection for big band tunes to this straight-up holiday album.

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HOME FOR CHRISTMAS

Amazon | iTunes

The stars of THE DUKES OF HAZZARD have had numerous hits on their own, but here they team for their first holiday album.

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Idina Menzel

HOLIDAY WISHES

Amazon | iTunes

The star of WICKED and voice of the iconic FROZEN queen Elsa presents her first collection of holiday music in what will no doubt be the season's big hit.

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MIDNIGHT CLEAR: A SOLID STATE CHRISTMAS COMPILATION

Solid State Records is proud to release their very first Christmas compilation titled Midnight Clear, which will be available in stores and online November 25th, 2014. Comprised of songs by metal greats August Burns Red, Memphis May Fire, For Today, Fit For A King, and others with total combined sales of over 1 million albums, Midnight Clearfeatures new original arrangements of both new and old Christmas songs alike.

Amazon

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RAGNAROK JULETIDE

Ragnarok Juletide will put headbangers in the most festive of moods, regardless of which metal subgenre he or she prefers, from speedy power metal to symphonic epics to dirgey doom. It's all here on this year's Ragnarok Juletide.

Marco Hietala (Nightwish, Tarot, Northern Kings), Tony Kakko (Sonata Arctica, Northern Kings), Elize Ryd ( Amaranthe), Jarkko Ahola ( Teräsbetoni, Northern Kings), Antti Railio (2013 Voice of Finland winner) and more lend their throats to the project.

Amazon | iTunes

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DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS 2014

Bob Geldof organized an all-star cast for the 1985 recording of "Do You Know It s Christmas?" to raise funds for famine-relief efforts in Ethiopia. On the
30th anniversary of the release, the musician/philanthropist reworked the song to support West African nations in their fight against the Ebola virus. The
2014 version features cover artwork by Tracey Emin and a stunning line-up of pop superstars, including Bono, Chris Martin, One Direction, Bastille, Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, Emeli Sande Ellie Goulding and more. All proceeds from the sales go to The Band Aid Charitable Trust.

Amazon | iTunes

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Pentatonix

THAT'S CHRISTMAS TO ME

Amazon | iTunes

The acappela group returns with another new collection of Holiday tunes.

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Heart & Friends

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Amazon | iTunes

The Wilson sisters rock out with Holiday tunes and some of their Greatest Hits in their first seasonal set.

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Dairus Rucker

HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Amazon

The former HOOTIE & THE BLOWFISH frontman breaks out his first collection of country-flavored seasonal jams for RCA.

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Various Artists

CHRISTMAS AT DOWNTON ABBEY

Christmas At Downton Abbey is the official festive collection from the much loved, award-winning television series, Downton Abbey. Transport yourself back to a simpler time and enjoy this two CD collection of well-known carols and hymns, which have been carefully curated to evoke the Christmas At Downton Abbey spirit. 

Amazon

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HO: A DAN BAND XMAS (Reissue)

The Dan Band first made their mark in the unforgettable college comedy hit film Old School. They went on to gain recognition for their covers of pop songs with added obscenities and swearing. Their debut release, The Dan Band Live, came out nearly ten years ago in 2005 and was followed two years later by HO: A Dan Band Christmas. Never before released on vinyl, HO features 11 original holiday songs including the impossible-to-forget “I Wanna Rock U Hard This Xmas,” the unofficial L.A. ode to warm winters “Christmas Time In California” and many more.

Amazon

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KIDZ BOP CHRISTMAS WISH LIST

Razor & Tie has the Kidz Bop Kids back with a new collection of 15 holiday songs sung by kids for kids.

From classic to contemporary, there's a lot here - including a reworking of the FROZEN hit, "Do You Want to Build A Snowman," included on the digital versions.

Amazon | iTunes

 

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Various Artists

AN AMERICANA CHRISTMAS

Amazon | iTunes

A collection of songs from the likes of Bob Dylan, Dwight Yoakam, Emmylou Harris, Johnny Cash, The Old 97's and others.

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Various Artists

JOLLY OLD CHRISTMAS

Amazon | iTunes

A collection of retro classics from the vaults, including tracks from Ella Fitzgerald, Bing Crosby, the Three Stooges, Spike Jones, Louis Prima, Rosemary Clooney and more.

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Various Artists

A MERRY FRIGGIN' CHRISTMAS

Amazon | iTunes

Rufus Wainwright, Ben Kweller, Aaron Tipton and more team for this Lakeshore Records release of the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack for the film featuring Joel McHale and the late Robin Williams.

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THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS HARD ROCK ALBUM

Amazon

Legacy Recordings continues their "Classic Christmas" series with a collection of songs from Ted Nugent, Alex Lifeson, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai,  and more

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THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS COUNTRY ALBUM

Amazon

Legacy Recordings continues their "Classic Christmas" series with a collection of songs from Kenny Chesney, Kelly Pickler, Brooks & Dunn, Martina McBride and more

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THE CLASSIC CHRISTMAS POP ALBUM

Amazon

Legacy Recordings continues their "Classic Christmas" series with a collection of songs from Karmin, Backstreet Boys, Phantom Planet, News Kids on the Block and more.

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Various Artists

A ROCK BY THE SEA CHRISTMAS

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A charity set benefitting the Childhood Cancer efforts of ROCK BY THE SEA, featuring Carbon Leaf, Flagship Romance, Dexter Freebish, Tony Lucca and more.

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Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) continues their popular reissue series of compilations.

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Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) continues their popular reissue series of compilations.

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Bing Crosby

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Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) continues their popular reissue series of compilations.

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Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) continues their popular reissue series of compilations.

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A Very Special Christmas

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Universal Music Enterprises (UMe) continues their popular reissue series of compilations.

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Charley Pride

CHRISTMAS IN MY HOME TOWN

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The 1970 classic is unearthed and remastered for this 2014 release, the only full-length Christmas album that Pride recorded. Additionally, three bonus tracks have been added.

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Various Artists

SOUL CHRISTMAS

Amazon | iTunes

This vinyl/digital re-issue of Rhino's 1991 compilation is a Rock Father Pick - a collection of groovy tunes from Otis Redding, Booker T. and the MG's, Clarence Carter and more.
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Michael Bublé

CHRISTMAS (Deluxe Special Edition)

Amazon | iTunes

I'm pretty sure that Michael Bublé's CHRISTMAS gets re-issued every holiday season in some kind of new or expanded package, or as some kind of retailer exclusive. He does Xmas well.

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Various Artists

MOTOWN CHRISTMAS

Amazon | iTunes

A classic collection of Gospel tracks from the likes of Babyface, Tasha Cobbs, Anita Wilson, Indie.Arie, Smokie Norful, Kem, and more.

 
 
New Release Holiday Singles:

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Thursday, September 04 2014 08:38

Holiday Wish Guide: The Master List

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The 2014 Holiday Wish Guide on THE ROCK FATHER is your source for hot toys and off-the-radar gift ideas for the kids... and with some ideas for grownups, too! Heavy on play, with a lot of pop culture spin, I hope you'll find some inspiration for that special someone on your list this year. Check out The Master List below, but we're not done yet! Hit the links for my full features and reviews where applicable, and look for more items to be added in the weeks leading up to December 25. Looking for 2014 Holiday Music? Click here for that list!

Dolls & More:
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DOC McSTUFFINS Get Better Talking Mobile

by Just Play Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

The Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile gives kids everything they need to provide on-the-go care! Kids can let friends know they're in a hurry with the motion-activated siren that lights-up and plays the Doc Mobile song.

Following-up the success of last year's Check-up Center, I'm calling this as the toy to get this year.

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target | Disney Store

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Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin

by Blip Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

Cinderella’s pet Pumpkin, comes to life with this adorable, interactive, remote-controlled puppy. The Disney Princess Palace Pets: Magic Dance Pumpkin can speak over a dozen phrases and sounds, follow movement commands from the light-up magic wand controller, and perform two pre-programmed dance sequences.

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target

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LOVE & CARE DELUXE NURSERY

by Step2

ROCK FATHER Review

Little ones will love playing mommy and daddy with Step2's Love & Care Deluxe Nursery™! This all-in-one nursery features everything toddlers will need to take care of their baby dolls. This toy nursery will be the perfect addition to any child’s playroom or bedroom!

Buy:Step2 | Target | Amazon

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LITTLEST PET SHOP Style Set

by Hasbro

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Design your LPS world your way! The Littlest Pet Shop Style Set comes with 135 pieces that let you design your world any way you want! Pieces include customizable wall panels, reversible scene backdrop, stickers, accessories, and Deco Bits pieces: unique plug-in pieces that add color and glam to your sets and your pets!

Set also includes three exclusive and adorable pets you can customize, Minka Mark (monkey), Sunil Nevla (mongoose), and Kitery Banter (cat).

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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MOOSHKA Goodnight Starlight

by MGA Entertainment

ROCK FATHER™ Review

One day a group of paper doll friends joined hands and through the power of friendship they sprung into sweet, huggable girls called Mooshka! Goodnight Starlight™ dolls light up and sing "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" when you hold her hands. Put her hands together and she sings and lights up. And her box becomes a bed! Dasha™ dreams that she has wings to fly high in the sky, through the clouds and over the rainbows. Her birthday is February 27. 

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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DANIEL TIGER'S NEIGHBORHOOD Assortment

by Jakks Pacific

ROCK FATHER™ Review

The characters from The Neighborhood of Make Believe come home as a collection of adorable toys from JAKKS Pacific.

A HUGE hit here at Rock Father HQ, Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood airs weekdays on PBS KIDS, continuing the legacy of Fred Rogers and his iconic creation, Mister Rogers Neighborhood.

Buy: Amazon | Target

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MOXIE GIRLS Ice Cream Bike

by MGA Entertainment

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Moxie Girlz have ice cream for sale! Come along for some bicycle fun, where ice cream treats stack sky high!

The Moxie Girlz Ice Cream Bike comes with Sophina, a exclusive articulated doll who really pedals. As you push her along, sweet, sugary tunes play as Sophina pedals, attracting friends to buy a cone!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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Disney's FROZEN Ice Castle & Palace Playset

by Mattel

This expandable play set lets kids re-create the adventures of the film's two lead characters, sisters Anna and Elsa (dolls sold separately), opening to feature two beautiful settings: the impressive manse in Arendelle that Anna calls home and the majestic ice palace Elsa creates high up in the mountains. Anna's half of the playset is the perfect place for the lovable character to call home.

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target

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MONSTER HIGH Gore-Geous Ghoul Anti-Styling Head

by Just Play

ROCK FATHER Review

Girls can create and customize scary cute looks with tons of accessories to style hair and make-up and creeptastic tattoos. You can monsterfy her even further to make her look like your favorite Monster High girl. Finish it off with lenticular eyes that follow you wherever you go and then put the head back in the jar to see it glow!

Buy: Amazon

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FROZEN Snow Glow Elsa Doll

by Jakks Pacific

Watch Elsa's power flurry with Snow Glow Elsa. With a touch of her magical snowflake necklace, hear Elsa talk to her Frozen friends and watch the magic as her dress lights up in a flurry of lights. Raise her arm and watch her snowflake necklace light up while it plays the award winning song "Let it Go" and her dress magically lights up to the beat. 

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target

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Hold My Hands Minnie Mouse

by Just Play

ROCK FATHER Review

Minnie Mouse magically comes to life when you hold both her hands! The more, the merrier — as long as you're all holding hands, Minnie sings a fun song to the tune of "Ring Around the Rosie," says cute phrases and her bow twinkles!

Buy:Amazon | Walmart | Target

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MY LITTLE PONY Pinkie Pie Styling Pony

by Cartwheel Kids

THE ROCK FATHER Review

Experience the fun of friendship with the My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Styling Pony. This 10" Pinkie Pie styling pony includes two hair extensions, fabric bow, two clamp clips, two rainbow star snap clips, two barrettes, three rubber bands, a brush and a wear and share necklace/bracelet for the girl. Enjoys tons of styling fun with your My Little Pony Pinkie Pie Styling Pony.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

LALALOOPSY: The Number 1 Collector Line for Girls
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LALALOOPSY Babies Diaper Surprise

by MGA Entertainment

ROCK FATHER™ Feature

With Lalaloopsy Diaper Surprise you can explore the magical world of Lalaloopsy™ and see your favorite Lalaloopsy™ characters when they were babies! And each Lalaloopsy Baby poops magical charms in reusable diapers! Just feed your Lalaloopsy Babies™ water, press their belly “button,” and check their diaper for a surprise! "Sew" many charms to collect!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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LALALOOPSY Baking Oven

by MGA Entertainment

ENTER FOR A CHANCE TO WIN!

Enjoy baking up much fun with the real-working Lalaloopsy Baking Oven! Bake sew many sweets in minutes; including cookies, mini-cakes and more! So yummy!

When the oven is not being used to bake, it becomes the perfect-sized play stove to use with your favorite Lalaloopsy dolls!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

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LALALOOPSY GIRLS

by MGA Entertainment

The Lalaloopsy are all grown up…sort of. And that means it's off to school! Best friends are now roommates as they live and learn and laugh at the silliest and funniest school in the land! The Lalaloopsy Academy for the Learning Arts (L.A.L.A)!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target

Big Dolls (18"-21") and Accessories:
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My Girl's Dollhouse by Good Toy/Wicked Cool Toys 

The premiere, high-quality wooden dollhouse for 18'' dolls (but other sizes work), furniture, clothing and accessories. My Girl's Dollhouse measures 6 feet tall, 5 feet wide with two styles - Country French and Sweet Bungalow. Both styles are built with the same high-quality, 100% pine wood frame built for continuous kid play but also beautiful for display. In addition, each house includes 5 spacious rooms, including a 3rd floor attic with a removable rod for clothing storage. 

Available from the official site, or on Amazon (choose from Country French or Sweet Bungalow)

AMERICAN GIRL 18" Dolls & Accessories

by Mattel/American Girl

American Girl

When it comes to 18" dolls, the undisputed leader is American Girl. "Devoted to celebrating girls ages 3 to 12 through age-appropriate, high-quality dolls and accessories, books, clothes, movies, and unforgettable experiences," American Girl and the "younger" Bitty Baby (for ages 3+) lines are modern classics.

Purchase: Official Site

GLOBAL GIRL 21" Dolls and Books

by Three Daughters International, LLC

Global Girl

Read THE ROCK FATHER Feature

A new entry into the world of larger-scale dolls, Global Girl is unique for a variety of reasons - starting with the 21" size, but that's only the surface. The dolls were inspired by children's curiosity about different cultures around the world, and rather than make the doll look similar to the child, each doll has it's own mold and traits indicative of the land from which it represents. Accompanying stories are meant to be "inspirational and empowering."

Purchase: Official Site

Ever After High Magic Mirror
 

Ever After High Magic Mirror by Cartwheel Kids - Read the Review

Action & Adventure Play:
STAR WARS: REBELS
STAR WARS REBELS by Hasbro, JAKKS Pacific and more...

Read THE ROCK FATHER Feature

STAR WARS REBELS is the first step into a larger world for a new generation of STAR WARS fans. With a hit series on Disney XD and a full line of toys, kids will be asking for it this Holiday season, just as they did back in 1977.

Purchase: Amazon | Walmart 

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BIG HERO 6

by Bandai

From the makers of FROZEN and WRECK-IT-RALPH, Disney's BIG HERO 6 marks the first time that Walt Disney Animation Studios has tapped into MARVEL for source material. The result is a new film with a complimentary line of toys from Bandai, and they've already started building demand.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

 

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WILD KRATTS Toy Collection

by Wicked Cool Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

The characters from the hit PBS KIDS series arrive in toy form to the delight of adventure-seeking girls and boys

Purchase: Official Store, Toys R Us

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TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES MOVIE FIGURE ASSORTMENT

by Playmates Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

The TMNT crew got some major upgrades for their latest big screen adventure, and they've become a sought-after collection for the holiday season.

Purchase: Amazon, Walmart

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The Home Depot Handyman Workbench

by Step2

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Kids will love building like Mommy and Daddy with this Toys R Us-exclusive addition to The Home Depot line.

Purchase: Toys R Us

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CRASHLINGS

by Wicked Cool Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

On of 2014's biggest surprises, these little aliens (many of which arrive in their own meteor) are collectible, and their poppable meteors are dangerously-addictive for the whole family.

Buy: Amazon

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TRANSFORMERS

by Hasbro

ROCK FATHER Coverage

It's been 30 years since TRANSFORMERS first made their debut in 1984, and now just as then - they're a sought-after toy for boys and girls alike. With a new movie in theaters this year, and new cartoons either airing or on the way, there's not many toy lines that have the age range of TF - from preschool to adult collector.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

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Mr. Potato Head Mixable, Mashable Heroes

by Hasbro

ROCK FATHER Review

Combining several favorite brands under the Hasbro umbrella, Mr. Potato Head gets infused with MARVEL Superheroes and TRANSFORMERS for a whole new world of mix-and-match fun.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart | Target 

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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Tools and Accessories

by Just Play Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

Do you have a little Mousekadoer at home? Do they need some Mousekatools to get the Clubhouse all fixed up and ready to rock? 

Just Play Toys has created a full line of affordably-priced tool sets, each packed with a host of cool tools for litte DIY'ers.

Buy Now:
Tool Box: Amazon
Deluxe Tool Set: Amazon
Workbench: Amazon
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GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY

by Hasbro

Enter to Win a Big Blastin Rocket Raccoon!

See our Hands-on with the Toys!

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.

Available Everywhere!

 

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Prince Lionheart Everywhere  playMAT

There's a ton of different playmats available these days, and while some of the bigger ones are pretty fantastic, they're not usually portable. From Prince Lionheart comes this double-sized Everywhere playMAT that features a Zoo scene on one side, with a City on the other. Complete with it's own carrying case, this soft-textured mat is for babies 0+, and bigger kids will enjoy it for playing with vehicles and figurines.

ROCK FATHER Review | Buy: Amazon, Prince Lionheart

Rides, Wheels & Things That Move:
The Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser by Step2

Read THE ROCK FATHER Review | Buy at Walmart.com

Little riders, get ready to kick up some dirt and rev up your engines with the Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser™ by Step2! This kid’s battery powered ride-on will encourage kids to play outside and use their imaginations. Move forward, move back, spin left, then spin right in this zero-turn, battery powered vehicle! Kids can drive through the grass, dirt or on hard surfaces as they pretend to race in the great outdoors. Recommended for Ages 4-8, weight limit 81lbs.

More information: Step2 | Buy Now: Walmart.com

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2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor

by Step2

ROCK FATHER Feature

Kids will love cruising in this detailed and officially-licensed Ford F-150 Raptor. With a removable handle and floor, toddlers and walkers alike with be riding in style!

Purchase: Step2 Direct

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HOT WHEELS Engine Power RC

by Toy State

ROCK FATHER Feature

Toy State knocked it out of the park with this one, a pair of radio controlled vehicles based on a couple of iconic Hot Wheels rides licensed by Mattel. Choose from Bone Shaker or Quicksand.

Buy: Amazon

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MONSTER 500

by Toys R Us

ROCK FATHER Feature

Indeed, this is more of a Halloween thing, and yes - I featured the Toys R Us exclusive Monster 500 line as one of my 31 Days of Halloween entries this year - but for kids that like monsters and cars - they're worth a look!

Buy: Toys R Us

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Girlmazing R/C Cars

by Jada Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

Have you always wanted a Lamborghini? Here’s your chance! Girlmazing is a fun, bright and colorful line of licensed, customizable R/C cars that girls will love. Choose a vehicle that best suits your personality and express your style with customizable stickers (20 stickers included).

Buy: Walmart Exclusive

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Greenlight Hollywood Series

by Greenlight Collectibles

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Now in their 7th series, Greenlight's Hollywood Collection presents highly-detailed 1:64 scale diecast replicas of vehicles seen in a host of television and film projects from ANCHORMAN to SUPERNATURAL, GONE IN 60 SECONDS to THE BLUES BROTHERS, GREMLINS and more.

Buy: Entertainment Earth | Amazon

Best selection found in-store at Walmart, Target, Meijer, Hot Topic and FYE.

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HyperChargers R/C Vehicles

by Jada Toys

ROCK FATHER Review

No more batteries! The new HyperCharger R/C line from Jada includes built-in, rechargeable batteries with a USB cable for multiple charging options. Simply plug the USB adapter into a desktop computer, laptop, gaming console, car charger, smart phone adapter or wall unit. A 90-minute quick-charge provides 20 minutes of run time. 

Buy: Target | Amazon | Walmart

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Matchbox Wrecky the Wrecking Buddy

by Mattel

Every kid needs a fun-loving pal to get the job done. This vehicle is the perfect blend of construction truck and hard-working companion. Interactive lights, sounds and moving parts bring Wrecky to life with five different play modes. 

Buy: Amazon

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HOT WHEELS Street Hawk

by Mattel

So, we don't yet have flying cars in real life, but Mattel created the next best thing in toy form. Yep, the Street Hawk is a radio-controlled flying car.

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

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Crayola Crayon Rider

by Step2

ROCK FATHER™ Review

A new spin on an old classic, Step2 partners with Crayola for this one - a basic ride-on toy (foot powered) shaped like the iconic Crayola Crayon.

Purchase: Step2 Direct

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50th Anniversary Hess Toy Truck

Building & Making:
MEGA BLOKS Despicable Me
MEGA BLOKS Despicable Me Building Sets by MEGA Brands

Did you hear the news? They might be hard to find right now, but just in-time for the holiday season, the Minions are coming to a retailer near you as collectible, easy-to-build, and totally customizable building sets from MEGA BLOKS. Even better? THE ROCK FATHER helped unveil the line as one of seven writers to become a part of the #MinionMontage.

Pre-Order right now from Entertainment Earth (they say January of 2015)

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LEGO Juniors

by LEGO

ROCK FATHER™ Feature

LEGO decided to bridge the gap between their DUPLO and LEGO sets by crafting easier-to-build sets using their basic-sized bricks. Freestyle building and themed collections compliment licensed sets from DC Comics and more.

Buy: Amazon | LEGO Shop

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MEGA BLOKS World Builders JEEP Off-Road Adventure Set

by MEGA Brands

ROCK FATHER™ Review

MEGA Bloks nailed this one by combining building with cool rides that kids love, namely JEEP. There's adventure here, too, with an outdoorsy vibe and cool scenery as well.

Buy: Amazon

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WWE Stackdown Universe Sets

by C3

ROCK FATHER™ Review

I've actually had readers hit me up on Facebook asking why none of the major brands were making WWE-themed building sets. No idea, but now C3 steps into the ring with officially-licensed building sets featuring kids' favorite WWE Superstars!

Buy: Amazon

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MEGA BLOKS Hello Kitty Fun at the Fair

by Mega Brands

Rock Father Review

It's time for an exciting day at the midway with the Fun at the Fair play set by Mega Blokes Hello Kitty. Step right up and get your Hello Kitty tickets for lots of whirls and twirls on the buildable and moveable merry-go-round and Ferris wheel. When the rides are done, Hello Kitty meets with friends for some fun at the Teddy Bear ball toss carnival game. Hello Kitty is even wearing a cute fair outfit with pretty balloons!

Buy: Amazon | Walmart

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MEGA BLOKS Spongebob Squarepants Krusty Krab Attack

by Mega Brands

Rock Father Review

Oh no! Evil Plankton is out to steal the Krabby Patty recipe yet again in the Krusty Krab Attack by Mega Bloks SpongeBob SquarePants. Build the famous dining establishment and use the launchers to help SpongeBob send plates and patties flying toward Plankton and his two buildable robot minions! Mr. Krabs and Squidward come to the rescue, knocking the Krusty Krab sign down to stop Plankton in his tracks. Build an exciting adventure in Bikini Bottom with this action playset! 

Buy: Amazon

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LEGO CITY Advent Calendar*

by LEGO

Make every day a festive building adventure as you count down to Christmas with the LEGO® City Advent Calendar! Take the boy to post a letter to Santa, build a snowman, visit the Christmas market and go ice-skating with his friend. Play with an early Christmas gift of a duck built from LEGO® bricks. Help the police to build an awesome sled to catch the crook who’s stolen the presents. Then it’s time for a celebration feast, exchanging gifts around the Christmas tree and a visit from a very special guest. Ho-ho-who could it be?! Includes 7 minifigures with assorted accessories: a boy, woman, girl, crook, 2 policemen and Santa.

*Also Available: LEGO Star Wars & LEGO Friends Advent Calendars

Purchase: Amazon | LEGO Shop

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LEGO Ghostbusters Ecto-1

by LEGO

I'm including this one because my girls bought me one for my birthday... and it rules. As an 80s kid, this perfectly arrives on the 30th Anniversary of the Ghostbusters, presenting the whole crew with the Ecto-1 from the 1984 film. Lots of fun details here - an item that was birthed by fan interested via Lego Ideas.

Buy: Amazon | LEGO Shop

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TMNT Blueprints Paper Craft

by Jazwares

THE ROCK FATHER Review

A late entry into the 2014 Holiday Wish Guide, the new Blueprints series from Jazwares combines the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles with the popular Paper Craft movement. Not the first time the TMNT crew has gone "paper," but definitely the best. Multiple sets available.

Buy: Birthday Express | Toys "R" Us

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HIGHLIGHTS MAGAZINE

by Highlights

The classic magazine that we all gre up on, Highlights is still a perfect gift for kids, and one that's heartily Rock Father-approved.

Subscribe: Official Site

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MEGA BLOKS 1-2-3 Learning Train

by MEGA Brands

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Kids love to build, and they also love trains. Here, Mega Bloks taps into that with a set geared toward preschoolers as part of their First Builders line. We've had this one here since Spring, and it's still loved and played-with on a very regular basis.

Purchase: Amazon

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Doodle Crate, Tinker Crate, Koala Crate

by Kiwi Crate

Kiwi Crate was the first monthly subscription project kit to ever cross my desk here at Rock Father HQ. 3 years later, and they're going strong with the addition of Koala Crate, Tinker Create and Doodle Crate - each containing everything kids and parents need to make an awesome project. Additionally, some special Kiwi Crate items recently landed at Target.

Buy: KiwiCrate.com

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LITE-BRITE Magic Screen

by Basic Fun

ROCK FATHER™ Review

The classic Lite-Brite got an upgrade this year, licensed by Hasbro to Basic Fun for an enhanced release.

We did a side-by-side comparison of the last two generations of Lite-Brite, and the new edition is pretty fantastic.

Purchase: Amazon | Ent. Earth

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DART ZONE: COVERT OPS Scorpion Gatling Blaster
by Prime Time International | Read THE ROCK FATHER Review
 
In the past year, a number of competitors have begun battling it out for blaster dominance. What was once a niche category of play has become a BIG thing - and there's more players getting into the market. Prime Time International enters with this almost bargain-priced blaster that brings incredible rapid-fire action into the soft dart realm.
 
Purchase: Available Exclusively at Walmart
Sports Fun:
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Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Hoop

by Step2

Looking for a basketball hoop system that will grow with your little ones? Step2 has the answer with the Shootin' Hoops Pro Basketball Hoop. It goes from 48" to 60" to 72"!

THE ROCK FATHER's in-action Video

Purchase: Step2 Direct | Amazon

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BLEACHER CREATURES

by Bleacher Creatures, LLC

One of my coolest discoveries this year are Bleacher Creatures - a series of 10" collectible plush figures that are officially-licensed, and feature likenesses of your favorite players from your favorite teams. MLB, NHL, NBA, NFL, WWE, and more - there's hundreds to choose from, and they make a rare and cool collectible.

Purchase: Official Site

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Sports Dress-up

by Bleacher Creatures, LLC

What if sports could be combined with dress-up play, with a dash of princesses and heroes placed into the mix? With Bleacher Creatures' new collection of sports-based superhero capes, princess tiaras and wands, your kids can have a lot of fun...

ROCK FATHER Feature

Purchase: Official Site

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2014 Topps High Tek Set

The cards all baseball fans came to know and love in the 1990’s and early 2000’s are back! The 2014 Topps High Tek Set showcases eye-popping color with some of the most unique cards ever featured in a Topps set. Each box guarantees one on-card autograph from an MLB® icon or current star. No two High Tek packs will be the same, making this a great gift for the avid baseball fan in your life, both young and old!

The 2014 Topps High Tek Set will be available in hobby shops November 2014 for a retail price of approximately $50. To find a hobby shop near you, visit Topps.com/holiday.

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Topps Baseball Complete Set

The ultimate collection includes both Series 1 and Series 2. That’s 660 cards featuring the Veterans, Rookies, more future stars, the 2013 Award Winners and your favorite All-Stars. This complete set includes parallel cards, commemorative relic cards, insert cards, autographed cards, relic cards, and strata cards.

The Topps 2014 Baseball Complete Set is available at hobby shops, Wal-Mart, Target, Toys “R” Us and Topps.com for a retail price of approximately $60. 

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Mountain Dew Skateboard - Untamed Edition

by JNJ International

A good entry-level board for budding extreme sports fans. A 31 inch maple skateboard complete with ABEC-5 bearings and 54x35 mm polyurethane wheels. A perfect holiday gift for action sports fans, the skateboard also features an aluminum base and trucks.

Purchase: Toys "R"Us Exclusive

Tech Play:
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ZOOMER INTERACTIVE DINO by Spin Master Toys

Read THE ROCK FATHER Review

Boomer’s the interactive dinosaur who just loves to play. With real dinosaur movements, sounds, and dino-sense responsiveness, Boomer can detect when you’re interacting with him. One of this season's hottest toys, you really have to see him in action to appreciate him and his appeal to kids.

Buy: Amazon

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VTEch KidiZoom Smartwatch

by VTech

VTech's first portable camera watch will create an entirely new play experience for kids 3 and older. Photo and video fun for little photographers on-the-go. Includes 3 mini learning games with the ability to download more, including a how to tell time game. Clock display, animated stopwatch/timer and alarm explore time concepts.

Buy: Amazon

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Chatsters Gabby

by Spin Master

ROCK FATHER Review (soon)

Meet Gabby – Your interactive BFF that chats, dances and plays with all her accessories. When she starts chatting her eyes light up and animate! What are you in the mood for? Tap the yellow hearts on her glasses to let her know what you’re thinking. She recognizes 6 super fun accessories that unlock special mini games, silly jokes and even make-overs! Whether it’s eye shadow, milkshakes or her adorable puppy Sprinkles, Gabby can’t wait to play!

Buy: Amazon

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VTech InnoTab MAX

by VTech

ROCK FATHER Review

InnoTab MAX gives your child the best of both learning worlds with an ever-expanding library of over 650 educator-supported learning cartridges and carefully-selected educational Android apps. 

Buy: Amazon

MY MAGICAL MERMAID by Zuru Toys

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Read THE ROCK FATHER Review

My Magical Mermaid is built with latest aquatic and micro-robotic technology, simply drop your Mermaid into water and watch her burst to life, she'll spiral and dance with beauty and grace! Collect all three amazing Mermaids (each sold separately) and begin the underwater adventure!

Buy: AmazonTargetWalmart 

CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE (17+ and Grownups Only)

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ENTER TO WIN A COPY on your choice of platform: Xbox One, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, PS3

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Envisions the powerful battlegrounds of the future, where both technology and tactic have evolved to usher in a new era of combat for the franchise. Delivering a stunning performance, Academy Award winning actor Kevin Spacey stars as Jonathan Irons – one of the most powerful men in the world – shaping this chilling vision of the future of war.

Power Changes Everything.
 
Disney Infinity 2.0 MARVEL Superheroes Edition

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Read THE ROCK FATHER Feature

In Disney Infinity: Marvel Super Heroes, players will use real-world interactive Marvel figures to activate original storylines (Play Sets) in the virtual game worlds of some of Marvel's most popular franchises, including The Avengers. In the Play Sets - penned by award-winning Marvel comic writer Brian Michael Bendis - players will be able to take on the role of more than 20 Marvel characters including Captain America, Iron Man, Black Widow, Thor, Hulk and Hawkeye to battle enemies, complete challenging missions, solve puzzles and ultimately save the world from destruction.

Buy: Amazon

Unique Gifts:
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VRUM Ride-On Toy Boxes

by Wicked Cool Toys

ROCK FATHER Review (soon)

Ride-on luggage? What a cool idea, and one well-executed here. Licensed items that could be a suitcase, a toy box, a carrying bag or a ride-on. Vrum is available for boys and girls in many styles including Disney Princess, Batman, Iron Man, TMNT and more.

Buy: Amazon

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SPLASH CARDS

by Winning Moves

ROCK FATHER™ Review

Cool, waterproof cards that teach while entertaining. The Splasanimals and Splash Pals are both big hits here.

Purchase: Amazon

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Cat Paw

by Wicked Cool Toys

ROCK FATHER™ Review

This novelty could be this year's biggest stocking stuffer. It's literally an articulated, noise-making cat paw. Let the pranks begin!

Purchase:  Toys R Us

Music for Beginners:
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CASIO CTK-2400 Keyboard

by Casio

ROCK FATHER Review

A good keyboard for entry-level players, there's a lot of features packed into this 61-key unit, available for under $100 at many retailers, despite a $169 list. Sampling functions and hundreds of tones add to the fun.

Buy: Amazon | Guitar Center

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Squier Affinity Jazz Bass Pack

by Fender

This Squier Affinity Precision Bass Guitar Pack is an all-in-one starter pack. Includes a Squier Affinity Series Precision Bass, Fender Rumble 15 Combo bass amp, bass strap, instrument cable, a gig bag and a pick sampler. New bassists simply open the box, plug in, and rock.

Buy: Guitar Center

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Epiphone Les Paul Pack

by Gibson

The Epiphone Les Paul Electric Guitar Performance Pack is a great way to save time and jump start a career in music. It includes an Epiphone Les Paul Special II guitar, Electar-15R amp with overdrive and reverb, gig bag, pinch-on tuner, strap, cable, guitar picks and free eMedia guitar lessons on-line.

Buy: Guitar Center

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Debutante Junior Miss Acoustic Guitar Pack

by Daisy Rock

The Daisy Rock Debutante Junior Miss is an acoustic guitar made exclusively for beginning female guitarists of all ages. The Debutante is designed to meet the needs of the budget conscious girl seeking the trademark light weight, thin neck design and smaller, easy-to-hold bodies for which Daisy Rock has earned so much acclaim.

Buy: AmazonGuitar Center 

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PDP 5-piece Junior Drum Set

by Pacific Drum & Percussion

This 5-piece junior drum kit includes a kick drum, two rack toms, a floor tom, and a snare. This kit also comes with a crash cymbal and a set of hi-hats. All necessary hardware, including a child-sized throne, is included.

The set is ideal for children from 3 to 7 years old.

Buy: Amazon | Guitar Center

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Gammon Percussion Junior 5-Piece Drum Set

by Gammon

Available in a variety of colors - including the oft-requested pink, this entry-level Junior set features everything young players need to get started.

Buy: Amazon

 

For Grownups Only:
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The Xtreme Xperience: Drive Real Supercars on Real Racetracks with Real Instruction

Read: THE ROCK FATHER Feature

For the car lover who has everything, why not opt for an "experience" this Holiday season, by booking a run at a local Xtreme Xperience event near them? Get behind the wheel of an exotic supercar from the likes of Lamborghini, McLaren, Porsche, Aston Martin, Audi and more, or do what I did - get behind the wheel of a Ferrari and take it into the triple-digits on a world class road course.

Book Your Experience: http://thextremexperience.com/

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Guitar Pick Necklace

by Isabelle Grace Jewelry

ROCK FATHER Review

A must-have for rock-minded parents, these hand-made custom guitar picks are crafted in Fine Silver.

Purchase: Isabelle Grace Jewelry

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Daddy Messenger Bag

by Daddy & Co

ROCK FATHER Review

The Daddy Diaper Bag gets an upgrade with this stylish new design.

Purchase: Daddy & Co

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American Born Moonshine

by Windy Hill Spirits, Inc

ROCK FATHER-APPROVED!

Spirits are always a part of holiday giving for grownups (Please Rock Responsibly), so this year maybe mix it up a bit. I received some of this fine Nashville Moonshine over the summer, and it became a fast favorite.

Buy: Official Site

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PUNK Speaker

ENTER TO WIN ONE!

Tiny, rugged, and ferociously loud, the deceptively small PUNK wireless speaker breaks all the rules. Crank up the volume and fill your room with sound or take the party outside. Your music will be heard.

Buy: SOL REPUBLICBest Buy | Amazon

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MARGARITAVILLE HEADPHONES
by MTX Audio

Rock Father Review

In a lot of ways, what Jimmy Buffett is doing with his Margaritaville Brand is like what Gene Simmons has done for KISS - putting it on everything.

But these MTX Studio Headphones were a real surprise.

Purchase: Amazon

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Relay Earbuds

Rock Father Feature

Relays In-Ear Headphones are built to keep up with you, no matter where the day takes you. Their low-profile design and SOL REPUBLIC's patented FreeFlex Technology offers a comfortable, flexible fit that won’t fall out. 

Buy: SOL REPUBLICRadio Shack | Amazon

Disclosure: Items in this Holiday Gift Guide have been hand-picked by James Zahn, aka THE ROCK FATHER. In some cases, product samples may have been provided for review, and nearly all external purchase links benefit the operation of this site through affiliate or associate relationships.

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