When it comes to the Holidays, there's certain gifts that just evoke that feeling of a classic Christmas. A kid coming downstairs to find a shiny new bike under the tree is one of those things, but as both Santa and parents know, kids grow (and outgrow) quickly, and families want to be sure that their children have a quality bike at a price that doesn't break the bank. The folks at Kent International have a full range of bikes for the whole family, but for my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide I'm focusing on the 2+, 5+ and 8+ range, including their 18" Sparkle Freestyle BMX Bike... the same one that our youngest daughter has been rockin' the sidewalk on, sent to us this Fall for review.
Despite my love of the TRANSFORMERS, there are some characters who are so obscure that their existence within the Transformers lore has escaped me. From the Generation 1-era comes Liokaiser - a Combiner who first appeared in the Japanese cartoon series, but eventually made its way into later iterations of the franchise. What this robot didn't have until now is a proper, U.S.-release as a toy, but Hasbro has taken care of that with this month's official release of the Transformers Generations Platinum Edition Combiner Wars Liokaiser - an Entertainment Earth Exclusive, and a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. This beautiful Boxed Set includes 6 evil Decepticons who merge into the mighty Liokaiser in order to throw down against the Autobots! My allies at EE sent an early sample to Rock Father HQ for review, and I'm giving you one of the first official in-hand looks at this great set...
We're truly living in a Golden Age of children's television, and while there's many great programming options for kids that provide valuable lessons for families, few will likely establish the kind of long-term lasting impact that Doc McStuffins has. I've written about the series many times over the past four years, and now, with its latest iteration - Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital - making a splash on Disney Junior, there's new adventures to be had on-screen and off. The series has inspired a generation, and our oldest daughter is a prime example - a seven-year-old who wishes to become a doctor and has taken what she's learned from little Dottie McStuffins and her friends, and has applied it to other areas of play. She wants to help people, and know the "how and why" to the way things are. For my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide™, I'm showing you the best of the latest Doc McStuffins toys - hand-picked by The Rock Daughters™
This past Spring, the first wave of Super Wings transforming toys arrived at Rock Father HQ (reviewed here), immediately becoming a hit. Fast-forward to Fall and the line has expanded, landing a spot on the 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. From the moment that Auldey Toys first announced that they'd be making toys based on the Sprout Channel hit, families were excited to get their hands on Jett and the crew, but also the World Airport. Now that's possible, and just in-time for the Holiday Season.
Peter Hollens might be best-known for his A Capella covers of popular songs - covers so well-received that he's racked-up 1.5 million subscribers on YouTube, with his videos reaching nearly a quarter of a billion views since 2011. Having collaborated and performed with artists including Brian Wilson, Jason Mraz, Hunter Hayes, Gladys Knight, Lindsey Stirling, George Watsky, Jackie Evancho, and ThePianoGuys, the next chapter is a Holiday Album for 2016 - A Hollens Family Christmas - an album forged by Hollens' community of fans and supporters, who together helped to shape the track selection. With a promise of new music videos every Friday through the Holiday Season, the first is here with "December Song." Check it out below, and for one of the most comprehensive guides of New Holiday Music & Movies for 2016, check out this feature here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine as part of my annual Holiday Wish Guide.
Have you ever wondered why so many Super Villains set out to making a "Shrinking Ray?" The reason is simple - because it's fun! Look at the movie Ant-Man for example - remember when we found out that the military tank that was on Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) keychain was actually a full-size tank that had been shrunk? Ponder the possibilities while thinking of World's Smallest, a new line of collectible toys (and suspiciously, key chains) by the folks at Super Impulse. They're working (to an extent) replicas (or are they?) of the real thing, now small enough that you can have toys for your toys. World's Smallest are a featured Stocking Stuffer in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine!