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Growing up in the 80s, kids like me were practically raised with the idea that a cool new cartoon would have an equally (if not more) awesome toy line to accompany it... and the most awesome toy lines had an equally (if not more) awesome cartoon or movie to support them. In a lot of ways it was a "chicken and the egg" scenario where we didn't know which came first, and that really didn't matter. Years later, those little kids grew into big kids, and we now know that many of those cartoons (G.I. Joe, He-Man and The Masters of The Universe, etc.) were designed specifically to get kids excited for the toys. Now we've entered the era where YouTube has taken the place of television for a whole bunch of kids, and that means that toymakers are crafting new worlds from the ground-up that take all those screens into account - placing awesome content wherever the audience may be. One of the latest and most exciting new launches for Fall 2018 is Little Tikes' Kingdom Builders, and they've hit the ground running with an original series of cartoon webisodes ahead of launching a full range of toys, exclusively at Target! It's a little bit like Game of Thrones with a dash of Clash of Clans but in a totally kid-friendly way. Check out a preview...

As we continue to fly through 2018, toys with a "surprise" or "reveal" are still proving to be a massive success. With more hitting the shelves each and every month, we're starting to see some new spins on things, and from Zuru Toys comes an action-packed take on the genre: Smashers. With an assortment sent here for review in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father™ HQ, we had a chance to go hands-on with Series One, fully embracing the tagline - "Smash the Ball & Collect 'Em All!" as each new Smash Ball was cracked open to reveal a micro-collectible figure inside. Take a look at the video below to see how the action unfolded...

With most of October now behind us, more folks are seeking frights in the final days leading up to Halloween. The crew over at YouTube has seen an uptick in searches for terrifying content, and tonight they sent over a list of the Top 10 horror films that people have been searching for and watching on YouTube. Some, like 2013's The Conjouring, are surprising, while the return of the SAW franchise to theaters with Jigsaw is no doubt fueling interest in the earlier installments. Also, 1988's Child's Play makes the list, right alongside Cult of Chucky, which hit Netflix, Blu-ray and AMC this month. And did you think that Pennywise would be left out? Check out the full list below!

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"Fear does not exist in this dojo." - It's been 33 years since Kreese (Martin Kove) lead the Cobra Kai, a group whose most famous battle found Johnny Lawrence (William Zabka) facing off against Daniel LaRusso (Ralph Macchio) at the 1984 All Valley Karate Championship. While our first real hint as to what happened to these characters in the years since arrived a decade ago in No More Kings' excellent "Sweep the Leg" music video, now we'll have an official continuation of the KARATE KID saga in COBRA KAI, a new original series coming to YouTube Red in 2018. THR reports that the series landed at YouTube following bidding by Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and AMC - getting an immediate order of 10 episodes.

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Back in December, I first shared news of Elton John: The Cut, a contest in which filmmakers would compete via YouTube for a shot at directing official music videos for three iconic songs that had never had proper videos. In celebration of Elton John and Bernie Taupin’s 50th anniversary of their songwriting partnership, Elton John, supported by YouTube, launched their search for directors to helm “Rocket Man,” “Tiny Dancer,” and “Bennie and the Jets.” After receiving entries from more than 50 countries, the winners have been determined - winners that Bernie Taupin says “are all too talented to fail.” Check out the reveal of the three winners below...

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When I was a kid growing up in the 1980s, I used to ramble thoughts into a cassette recorder - something that by 1992 would lead to me (at age 15) conducting interviews with bands on cable access, all captured by low-res VHS. After seeing my daughters do similar rambling on video, I realized that this is the 2017 version of what I used to do circa 1983 with that tape deck. The raw video embedded below inspired our latest YouTube series, "Finley's Thoughts on Things." She'll be telling you about all kinds of stuff that interests an almost five-year-old, starting with why Daddy (me - "The Rock Father") hates Snapchat, Facebook Stories, Instagram Stories and any other use of vertical video. Seriously, Vertical Video Syndrome (VVS) is a terrible plague that needs to be completely eradicated. Finn is much cuter in how she explains it, though. Take a look...

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