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It's odd for a new toy announcement to land in my inbox at 11:15 on a Friday night, but the folks at Diamond Select Toys hit me with a new product listing tonight that had a few things to pique my interest. The main one, however is the reveal of Muppets Minimates Series 2, set for release in the summer of 2016. Thing is, I somehow missed the announcement that there was a Series 1 slated for spring... or the fact that Muppets Action Figures should be arriving around May. Yes, ABC's MUPPETS is a growing hit at this point, but Kermit and the gang are timeless - and not since the fabled Palisades Toys line of the early 2000's (mine currently being played with by The Rock Daughters) has there been this much Muppets excitement in toy form.

The Force is Strong with Entertainment Earth as we move toward the December 18 release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Those seeking the perfect STAR WARS-themed gift can find many ideas in our 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, but now Entertainment Earth has bundled some of their exclusive items into some gift packages so desirable, even The First Order would be envious. Check out a trio of Entertainment Earth Exclusive STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS bundles - available for a limited time, or while supplies last! Which will you choose - The Ultimate, Action or Awesome bundle?

MARVEL's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY seemingly came from out of nowhere to become one of the most popular entries into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe when James Gunn's feature film hit theaters last year. Families fell in love with the crew of the Milano - Peter "Star-Lord" Quill, Gamora, Drax the Destroyer, Groot and Rocket Raccoon - and that excitement has led to the launch of a new animated series that's currently airing on Disney XD. Spinning things back a little further to the source material (comics!) is the Entertainment Earth-Exclusive GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY Comic Edition Marvel Legends Action Figure Set by Hasbro. Available now, this fantastic set is a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine.

Back in June, I took some of the then-just-released ANT-MAN toys from my personal collection to the press junket for MARVEL's ANT-MAN in Los Angeles. It was there that many of the cast members (including Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey StollMichael Douglas, T.I., Michael Pena and David Dastmalchian) got their first look at they toys from their debut entry into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. One of the biggest hits was my Funko Pop! Vinyl Yellowjacket, which put a huge smile on Corey Stoll's face before the interviews got started. What I didn't find until after the junket was a Pop! Vinyl Ant-Man, and now the little guy is back with one of the film's most unexpectedly-popular co-stars... ANT-THONY. This December, Funko will release an ANT-MAN and ANT-THONY Pop! RIDES 2-Pack, available for pre-order now via my friends at Entertainment Earth.

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Since the late 1800's, Nesting Dolls have been a staple of childhood play - dating back to early examples in Russia (Matryoshka Dolls). In recent years, these dolls that tuck one inside another from large to small, have been seeing renewed popularity not only as toys, but as collectibles. Produced in plastic in lieu of wood, they're affordable, space-saving, and with the right artwork - can capture pop culture icons in new and fun ways. From PPW Toys comes a new collection of STAR WARS Nesting Dolls - sets of five that are available in different themes. The Empire, The Rebellion, Jabba's Palace and a Jedi & Droids set are all out now (or coming soon), while other sets might be revealed in the months ahead. We went hands-on with The Rebellion (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia and an Ewok) here at Rock Father HQ, and I'm recommending them as an official pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide!

Are you ready for Mr. Potato Groot? Perhaps it's time for Daredevil to whip up some mashed justice in Hell's Kitchen? Could you be having a Vision of a spud? Is Star-Lord baking in that long leather trench coat? My friends at PPW Toys have just announced the latest additions to their ever-growing line of PopTaters - a collection of pop culture-inspired MR. POTATO HEAD figures created under license from Hasbro. After bringing forth popular characters like Ant-Man, Captain America, Thor and The Hulk, four more MARVEL icons are getting the Potato Head treatment, with the titular character from the Netflix Original Series DAREDEVIL joining THE VISION, and two GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY (Groot and Star-Lord) as 6" collectible figures. Each of these PopTaters will be available through comic and specialty shops, the PPW Website, or from my friends at Entertainment Earth. Check them out below...

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