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When you think of images that capture the essence of a "classic Christmas," few are as iconic as a toy train running beneath the tree. Since 1900, Lionel Trains has been helping to bring the magic of toy trains to families, and for this season they've got something new - the Disney Mickey Mouse Express Ready-to-Play Train Set. This battery-powered, G-scale train is ready-to-rock right from the box - the only thing missing is batteries. It's a festive way to bring some Disney magic home. Check out the video below to see it in-action here at Rock Father HQ...

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It was earlier this year at The Toy Insider's HoliDAY of Play where I got my first-hand look at what would become the most sought-after toy for the 2016 Holiday season - Spin Master's Hatchimals. With a Global public unveiling scheduled for October 7 (dubbed "Hatchimals Day"), I'd been invited to take part in the action - something that travel prevented, but with a pair of Hatchimals having arrived at Rock Father HQ for review, I still prepped our own "Hatching Party." With supplies allegedly dwindling, I've held off on posting our video until now - a hands-on example of just what Hatchimals are all about, capturing the excitement of the Hatching, but also taking a look at the craze... and how to find your very own Hatchimal! First-off, let's take a look at what Hatchimals are all about...

PJ Masks Ambassador'Tis the season for PJ Masks! With the Disney Junior hit picking up steam as we head toward Christmas, it's time for yet another look at some great potential gift items for your budding superheroes. I've already touched on some of the fantastic toys that my friends at Just Play have been releasing (and will have more on those soon), with the sought-after HQ playset becoming my Toy Insider Parent's Pick for the Best of 2016. Then, last month I featured some great books, games and activities,  but as the saying goes, "Wait! There's more!" Here's four more fun items for the little PJ Masks fans in the house...

Back when Barbie first started "moving in" here at Rock Father HQ a few years back, one of the first vehicles we bought the girls for their dolls was a "remote controlled" Barbie Corvette. For whatever reason, that car, along with nearly every RC car we've ever found made specifically for dolls has been what's known as "simple RC" - they go forward, but they only turn in reverse. Now comes what I believe is the first-ever full-function RC to be an official Barbie product. Created by Toy State under license from Mattel, the Barbie Cruisin' Convertible Corvette is available exclusively at Toys 'R' Us this holiday season, and is a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide!

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There's a new way for kids to save the day in Adventure Bay, with the PAW Patrol Zoomer Pups from Spin Master! While many folks have seen Zoomer Marshall out there, as I previously reported here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, Spin Master also produced a pair of exclusives - with Zoomer Skye available at Toys "R" Us, and Zoomer Everest available at Target.  We had Marshall and Skye sent to us for review here at Rock Father HQ, and what better way is there to show-off some of 2016's hottest holiday toys than to show them in-action - being played with? Take a look...

When it comes to R/C vehicles, Nikko's been in the game for a long time... since 1958, landing on kids' wish lists (including my own) for decades. One of their newest offerings to come since becoming a unit of Toy State is the "Elite Trucks"line, and with their all-new Ford F-150 SVT Raptor hitting the streets for the holidays, we were excited to receive one for review here in the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ.

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