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Saturday, December 17 2016 09:51

Stocking Stuffer: Kubo and the Two Strings

Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings is another beautiful film from the studio, and one that The Rock Daughters were immediately captivated by - simply by seeing the first trailer on the big screen almost a year ago. Released to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, the film is home for the holidays on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and makes its way into my Holiday Wish Guide as a great Stocking Stuffer! 

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After being so into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles myself back when the original cartoon series aired in the late 80s, and the subsequent movies hit screens, I'm regularly reminded at how awesome it is to have two little girls that are so into Ninja Turtles nearly 30 years later. The TMNT resurgence shows no signs of stopping, with the hit animated series on Nickelodeon bringing new adventure on a regular basis, and Paramount Pictures' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows keeping the live-action adventure alive. Since the beginning, the folks at Playmates Toys have been releasing a fantastic assortment of action figures, vehicles, and playsets, and at the pinnacle of each collection has been the Ninja Turtles Sewer Lair. Like their go-to vehicle (whether it be a Party Wagon, Shellraiser or the recent "Turtle Tactical Truck"), their home base has gone through many evolutions, the latest of which is a reworked version of their Sewer Lair Playset, this one themed for Out of the Shadows

Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are back! If you'd have told me twenty years ago that I'd be writing about Teletubbies two decades in the future, I wouldn't have believed it, as I was working in a store back when the Teletubbies craze first hit. It was something that I didn't understand back then, but as a parent now, it's something I can appreciate. With new episodes airing daily on Nick Jr. and new toys hitting the 'States via Spin Master right now, the folks at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have just released TELETUBBIES: SNOWBALL on DVD, and we've teamed-up to offer readers a shot at a prize pack! One (1) lucky reader of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine will receive TELETUBBIES: SNOWBALL on DVD, plus the new Lullaby Laa-Laa Musical Night Light Plush Toy!

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PJ Masks AmbassadorWhen PJ Masks made its debut on Disney Junior back in the Fall of 2015, everyone was caught off-guard not just by how popular it became, but how quickly it happened. Making up for a lack of PJ Masks merchandise last year, kids with Owlette, Catboy and Gekko on their lists this year have a lot to choose from... provided that the grownups (and Santa) can get their hands on some of 2016's most sought-after toys. Since sharing two PJ Masks features as part of my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here and here, it's time for one more - the "Grand Finale," if you will. At the top of every PJ Masks fan's wish list are the Toys "R" Us Exclusive action figures, playsets and vehicles by Just Play... including my Toy Insider Parent Pick - the PJ Masks HQ. But that's not all! Just in-time for holiday giving, there's some new PJ Masks clothing available at Kohl's, including some ultra-comfy pajamas for girls and boys alike, and the new Super City Run PJ Masks App!

When it comes to classic holiday specials, you can't get much more "classic" than the old Rankin/Bass specials of the 60s and 70s - ones like Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman and Santa Claus is Comin' to Town - tales that are now passed along from generation to generation. Collectively known as the "Original Christmas Classics," several of these stories are out on Digital HD (iTunes) for the very first time through DreamWorks Classics (Classic Media), along with an Original Christmas Classics Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Collection. In celebration of the season, DreamWorks Classics and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are giving you a chance to win the Blu-ray set so that you can share the tradition with your family.

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I wasn't expecting my favorite new holiday song of 2016 to come from LACUNA COIL, but that just changed with the surprise release of "Naughty Christmas," a digital single (Amazon | iTunes) released by Century Media this morning. It's a cautionary tale about why kids should want to be good, with Santa delivering presents for those with good behavior, and Krampus coming for the naughty ones. My wife and I have a differing opinion on Krampus (she gets very annoyed at his mere mention - leading me to believe he may have come for her as a child), but I get excited. Perhaps it's my German roots, but I think that more children should know and respect the Krampus. Crank this one up!

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