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.”
It's the middle of October, and we've officially begun Christmas Shopping. While we're usually prepared, this is an unusually early start for us, lured by good deals and free layaway. Unlike a bunch of grumps that I often see floating around online, I have no problem with stores that start decking the halls before the Fall even starts. Heck, as long as Halloween still gets a proper department of it's own, I'm cool with it.
I've been trying to post about this all day, but with one munchkin running around and another requiring a bottle regularly, sometimes hitting the updates in a timely fashion isn't exactly up to me. That said, some cool news came out of SEGA today about a partnership with Mattel, specifically the Hot Wheels Brand. When SONIC & ALL-STARS RACING TRANSFORMED hits the streets later this Fall, those who choose to race as Danica Patrick will do so in a special "transforming" Hot Wheels car that will take to land, sea, and air with ease. But that's not all - the "Danicar" is being produced as a genuine Hot Wheel as well.
Since launching The Rock Father last year, I've had a few people ask me why I've never covered MONSTER HIGH. "You have daughters..." Yes. "You love monsters..." Yes. But quite simply, my daughters are a little young to fall into the target demographic for the popular line of Mattel toys, so not having them in the house (yet), they hadn't hit the site. That changes today with the release of MONSTER HIGH: GHOULS RULE, an original CGI movie released in partnership between Mattel and Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Earlier this year, I highlighted The Mattel Toy Store of Wilmot, Wisconsin in a "Rock Father Adventure" blog here on the site. It's been a few months since we've made the trip, but on Friday we went back - lured in by a phone call received here at HQ about a shipment of KNIGHT RIDER Hot Wheels they'd received. While I'm still on the hunt for their basic $1 Knight Industries 2000, what the folks at The Mattel Toy Store received was something a little more special: The Special Edition K.I.T.T. that was previously offered as a San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive this past July.
The folks over at AMERICAN GIRL have supplied The Rock Father with the full details on their newest historical character, Caroline Abbott. Set for release on September 4, Caroline's debut ''will inspire today's girls with stories of courage and kindness as she becomes a true hero by giving of herself without expecting anything in return. Caroline is a 9-year-old girl growing up near Lake Ontario (Sackets Harbor) during the War of 1812.'' As with all historical character releases, Caroline will be presented as an 18" doll, complete with accessories and a story told in a six-book set. Photos and more details on all six books below!