Mattel's WellieWishers (a spin-off from American Girl) have been a part of regular play here at Rock Father HQ since last year, when my friends at The Toy Insider sent the girls a couple of the dolls (Emerson and Camille) followed by Grandpa Dale giving The Rock Daughters some new outfits and the Garden Stage Playset. Like most toys these days, WellieWishers are getting some digital accompaniment, and this month brings the release of WellieWishers: Garden Fun, an all-new mobile game for iOS and Android. Check out the trailer for the game below...
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MEGA Bloks® have been a part of our family since day one. In fact, I think it was at the baby shower for the first of The Rock Daughters™ when we received our first set - a Big Building Bag filled with those classic blocks that preschoolers have been building with for decades. Fast-forward a few years, and just as our kids have grown up, so has MEGA™ - recently making a nod to the past as they look toward the future with their ever-expanding line of MEGA Construx™ building sets for the entire family. From developing builders to kids ages 4+, from tweens to adult collectors, MEGA™ has something for everyone, and there’s no better time than the present to spend some time with the family, getting together to “Build Beyond.”
Adolescence is always such an awkward time, and for years, American Girl has been helping girls and their parents to navigate those choppy waters. Now, American Girl is reaching out to boys and their parents, offering advice in a new book, Guy Stuff: The Body Book for Boys. Written by Dr. Cara Natterson, board-certified pediatrician and author of American Girl's famous The Care and Keeping of You: The Body Book for Girls series, this new book is geared toward boys ages 8+, and aims to help them prepare for body changes in the years ahead. This new book covers everything from hair care to healthy eating, bad breath to shaving, acne to voice cracking, pubic changes to moodiness, peer pressure to bullying, and more.
One of the hottest new toys of 2017 here at Rock Father HQ is the latest American Girl - Girl of the Year (GOTY), Gabriella McBride. For the first time ever, the folks at Mattel revealed that their GOTY would remain available for the foreseeable future, and that change in routine was just the first move in what's shaping up to be a very big year. Ahead of Toy Fair getting started in New York this weekend, news has come down that American Girl will be introducing "a new series of contemporary characters and stories designed to speak to even more girls' interests, backgrounds, and experiences." It begins very soon - February 16 with the release of Tenney Grant, "a rising star in the Nashville music scene," and her drummer - American Girl's first-ever boy character, Logan Everett.
As I type this, right now, at this very moment, my wife and our girls (The Rock Daughters™) are having a "girl's day out" with my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. They're at American Girl Place in Chicago for lunch today, so it's impeccable timing that Mattel just sent over the official details on the 2017 Girl of the Year doll from American Girl - Gabriela McBride™. Gabby is described as "a true creative talent who uses the power of poetry to help her break down barriers and overcome a personal challenge with stuttering." See the full details on this great new doll from the official announcement below!
Just as school's getting out, a new adventure is coming home for summer... AMERICAN GIRL: LEA TO THE RESCUE positions American Girl's 2016 Girl of the Year, Lea Clark as the company's first-ever action hero in a cinematic sequel to the original book series. The movie makes its debut on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD, and On Demand on June 14th, 2016, arriving on Digital HD two weeks early - May 31st - from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment.