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It was nearly two years ago that I first mentioned  SUPER MONSTERS here in the virtual pages of The Rock Father™ Magazine, and last Halloween it came roaring onto Netflix, where it became a surprise hit of the spooky season. It's become a common thing that I've heard both here at Rock Father HQ and echoed among other parents when a show becomes a hit seemingly out of nowhere... "are there toys?" With Super Monsters, the answer is now a big YES, and thanks to Hasbro, a new collection of Super Monsters toys will be hitting retail just in-time for Halloween 2018. While these toys are bound to delight preschoolers and small children everywhere, I'm predicting that these will see some big crossover success with certain grownup collectors as well. Fans of the Universal Monsters, classic horror films, Halloween enthusiasts and even those who were big into Monster High are gonna dig these - and I've seen similar enthusiasm around another recent property, Disney Junior's Vampirina. At the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York City, I got a first-hand look at the prototypes for the new Super Monsters toys, including their School Bus (which was sculpted in clay)!

I've always been a big fan of LOST IN SPACE. The original series is one of the shows I used to watch in reruns as a kid - a staple of early 80s UHF broadcasts on WFLD-TV channel 32 here in Chicago. The John Williams theme song still gets stuck in my head at times, and there was something unusually appealing about the series as a whole that I can't quite put my finger on. Back in the 90s, they tried rebooting it with a movie that didn't do well, but now it's getting the modern update that it deserves courtesy of Netflix. I first mentioned the update back in 2016, and now it's almost ready for launch. Coming to Netflix on April 13, 2018, see the trailer for LOST IN SPACE below...

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If it feels like season one of DreamWorks' Trolls: The Beat Goes On! just hit Netflix, that's probably because it did... a month ago. But as I first promised you, indeed there is a season two (and three, if we're being honest), and today comes your first-look at the trailer for the next batch of episodes. Full details below, but get ready to head back to Troll Village on March 9, 2018!

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The Netflix Original Series SUPER MONSTERS was an immediate hit upon its debut last fall, just in-time for Halloween. One looming question (and several of you have asked) is "will there be any Super Monsters toys?" As of today, I can answer that question with a hearty YES! Ahead of the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro today announced that it has reached "an agreement in principle" with Netflix to create play experiences for kids under its PLAYSKOOL brand, based on Netflix’s original preschool series, Super Monsters. I don't have pictures just yet (hopefully I'll see some of these toys this weekend), but for now here's the details via the official announcement...

Last week, I took you inside DreamWorks Animation for a sneak-preview of DreamWorks' Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Now that the first season of the series (and yes, there will be a second - I can confirm that) has been released for streaming on Netflix, it's time to delve even deeper into the world of the Trolls, and that means going off-screen to look at the latest toys from my friends at Hasbro, who are bringing Troll Village to life with a whole new collection. DreamWorks and Hasbro recently sent us an assortment for review here in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ, but before we get going on that, lets first take a look at the new Trolls: The Beat Goes On! Season 1 Featurette, in which Skylar Astin (voice of Branch) and Amanda Leighton (voice of Poppy) throw down some details about their new adventures...

I am notoriously "anti-football." After enjoying the sport as a child, I completely lost interest in high school, and as an adult have come to largely despise the game and much of the culture that surrounds it. That said, I still find myself able to enjoy some football-based entertainment (movies like Wildcats, Necessary Roughness, Any Given Sunday), and now I'm intrigued by a documentary series that I had no idea was coming - despite my association with the Netflix Stream Team. Coach Snoop follows legendary rapper Snoop Dogg as he ventures outside the studio and onto the field as he coaches a team of teenagers in the Snoop Youth Football League. The eight-episode season offers an intimate look at Snoop and the players as they chase a championship and deal with adversity off the field. Check out the trailer below...

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