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For years, tales of haunted toy stores have spread as urban legends, like the fabled Toys "R" Us in Sunnyvale, California - one said to be so frightening, it's inspired decades of theories and once appeared on an episode of Haunted Lives: True Ghost Stories, directed by Tobe Hooper (Poltergeist) and narrated by Star Trek's Leonard Nimoy. While the iconic retailer closed its doors here in the U.S. back in June, there is a chance for you to take a stroll through a Toys "R" Us once more, but not one of the many currently inhabited by pop-up stores like Spirit Halloween or Party City's Halloween City / Toy City combos... a haunted Toys "R" Us. For one month only, those who are brave enough have the opportunity to visit ZOMBIES 'R' US - "A New Haunted Experience" located inside the former Toys "R" Us location in College Point (aka Flushing, NY) Queens.
It's extremely short notice, but for those of you in New York City, you need to be on the lookout for something awesome today (4/28/16)... the Hasbro Heroes Bus! To get ready for the release of MARVEL's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR (in theaters May 6) Hasbro is hitting the streets of NYC and inviting fans to visit the #Hasbro Heroes Bus. There's fun #TeamCap and #TeamIronMan photo opps, and you can climb on board to play with the latest Marvel toys and games from Hasbro, and leave with tons of awesome, branded swag. Check out the schedule below, and know that THE ROCK FATHER will be with you in spirit...
As revealed earlier today, Toys "R" Us has announced a massive, Global initiative surrounding the September 4 #ForceFriday launch of toys from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Part of that initiative includes “Destination: Star Wars – The Experience” - a special exhibition running Wednesday, August 26 – Monday, September 7 at the flagship Times Square Toys "R" Us in New York City. It will feature a special exhibition featuring prototypes, originals and early editions of some of the best-known STAR WARS toys in the world, curated by Rancho Obi-Wan, Inc., a non-profit museum that houses the Guinness World Record-certified largest collection of STAR WARS memorabilia. Presented prominently throughout the store, “Destination: Star Wars – The Experience,” will showcase dozens of notable collectibles based on all six feature films from the STAR WARS Saga. The folks at TRU hit THE ROCK FATHER Magazine with photos and an extensive list of the products that will be featured. Check out the full list below, then head over to my Facebook Page for a full photo gallery of this Vintage STAR WARS Goodness!
I've long held that girls and racing are two things that are underserved when it comes to toys and playthings. With few exceptions, there haven't been a ton of racing products aimed firmly at young girls - surprising since there's profile drivers out there such as Leilani Münter and Milka Duno, youngsters like Johanna Long, and then the thousands of girls honing their skills in various youth programs and small track circuits around the globe. No doubt the most well-known right now is Danica Patrick, and she's been involved with most of the few merchandising exceptions, having made an appearance in a recent SONIC THE HEDGEHOG video game, for which Mattel produced a limited-edition Hot Wheels "Danicar" that was offered as a Gamestop Exclusive (one that my oldest daughter Addie proudly owns), and even getting her own halloween/role-play costume. Now, the folks at Madame Alexander are stepping-up to go a little bit bigger, teaming with NASCAR and driver Patrick for some new collections of play dolls featuring the driver of the No. 10 GoDaddy Chevrolet SS for Stewart-Haas Racing in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series. While my experience as a parent and observer has shown that girls love racing, Madame Alexander has some solid numbers to back it up...
Nickelodeon has ordered a 20-episode second season of the new preschool hit Dora and Friends: Into the City!, featuring global phenomenon Dora in all-new adventures, with new friends and a new curriculum. The newly imagined Latina heroine launched on TV Aug. 18 and is now set to make her debut in the 88th Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. Dora will make the journey to the Big Apple on Thursday, Nov. 27, with some of her new friends, Kate and Pablo, to sing and dance along the parade route on a brand-new float inspired by the series.
"To all the papa's out there. Enjoy every minute of your kids. Nothing is more important," says New York's RENE LOPEZ about "Here Comes Another Day," the new music video from his forthcoming album, PAINT THE MOON GOLD. Shot earlier this month, the clip features the Lopez Kids - Cosimo and Ara - in an appearance that happened spontaneously as Rene and Director Ehud Lazin set out for an afternoon of filming. Check it out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER.