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NBC UniversalIf you're surfing the 'net looking for some Cyber Monday savings on gifts for the whole family, The Rock Father might be able to help out! The deals keep landing in my inbox here at Rock Father HQ, so I'm sharing them with you below. Check out some one-day-only specials from VANS, Barnes & Noble, Walmart, CROCS, and more...

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If you grew up in the 1980's as did I, chances are you probably watched more than a few episodes of HE-MAN. In our house, we were big fans of both MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE and the later SHE-RA: PRINCESS OF POWER series. We had a pretty extensive collection of the now-classic Mattel toys (I wish I still had them), and the shows were after-school staples. While I've been trying to lure my oldest daughter into that world via reruns on Qubo and some DVD's we have, the folks over at 80sTees have the perfect holiday gift for the HE-MAN fan that now has grown up to have kids of their own... a Christmas "Faux Sweater" (alright, it's a sweatshirt) featuring HE-MAN & SHE-RA.

Delivering play, every day at Mattel Shop!The Official Mattel Shop has launched their Cyber Monday Sale. Today Only, they're offering 25% Off Sitewide, plus Free Shipping on orders over $25. That means big savings straight from the source for great holiday gifts for any kid on your shopping list. Save on brands like Barbie, Hot Wheels, Monster High, Matchbox, WWE, Disney Princesses, Little Mommy, DC Universe, The Dark Knight, Polly Pocket, and much more!

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It's 4pm on Black Friday here at Rock Father HQ, and despite an itch to go to Kohls last night, I did not brave the bargain-hungry hordes for some holiday shopping savings. Instead, I slept in, have spent much of the afternoon playing with my daughters, ate some Thanksgiving leftovers, and have been sifting through the countless Black Friday promotions that have been hitting my inbox in hopes of being posted here on The Rock Father. I like to save readers a few bucks while making a few in the process, so here's the roundup of deals that have landed here this afternoon. Don't forget, you can find even more great savings and coupon codes in the "Shopping Deals for Families" section right here on The Rock Father.

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gg barbie2Barbie - The Princess & The Popstar by Mattel

This Fall, my oldest daughter finally started getting into the world of Barbie. Growing up in a musical household, it's not surprising that she gravitated toward the recent PRINCESS & THE POPSTAR line of toys, along with the companion film (now on DVD). While she only has two Barbie dolls right now (both from this line), her collection will be expanding come Christmas morning. We've got some plans to jump-start her Barbie horizons with more items from this series and beyond.

Wednesday, November 07 2012 10:00

Time to Play: An Octane-Obsessed Little Girl

Originally written by James Zahn (The Rock Father) as a Guest Post at TTPM

Around the Blogosphere, there has been a lot of discussion regarding “gender-neutral” toys in recent months. There’s been a lot of finger-pointing at toymakers and retailers for allegedly embracing stereotypes, though more often then not, I tend to see parents making an attempt to guide their children toward or away from certain playthings – not some faceless, corporate overlords. I say, “let the kids play with what they’d like.”

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