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It was January of 2016 when I declared that "Sprout's FLOOGALS is the next great space-based program for kids." In that article, I noted that our youngest daughter, Finley, immediately began asking us, "When are Floogals toys coming out?" At the time, there was no licensee for Floogals, but that changed last summer when the folks at Just Play picked up the ball. In the time since, a weird thing has happened... Finn has asked for Floogals toys every single time a package has arrived. We're talking over a year, folks. With each delivery by FedEx or UPS to Rock Father HQ, she always sees the boxes and asks, "Is it Floogals toys?" Of all the many diverse interests that our girls have, I have never seen such an obsession over one thing that until now, simply didn't exist. Today, that changes. Thanks to my friend Lindsay at Ren Beanie, I have for you a first-look at Just Play's first batch of Floogals Toys! This is straight from the product showroom at the in-progress North American International Toy Fair in New York City. Check it out...

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.

Thursday, July 07 2016 22:41

TERRIFIC TRUCKS Rolls Onto Sprout...

If my nearly-seven-years of parenting has taught me anything, it's that kids love trucks - especially anthropomorphic trucks. With The Rock Daughters being certified aficionados of most things vehicular in nature, I'm fairly certain that TERRIFIC TRUCKS will become a part of the viewing regimen when it makes its debut on July 9 at 9am ET on Sprout, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment's 24-hour preschool network. TERRIFIC TRUCKS is a half-hour series featuring five real trucks in a real world setting,  featuring cameo voices from celebrity parents Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard. Check out a preview and the official announcement below...

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Last month, a package arrived here at Rock Father HQ that was most-definitely well-received... a sampling of the new SUPER WINGS Transforming Characters from the folks at Auldey Toys. While The Rock Daughters™ were definitely excited to go hands-on with Jett, Dizzy, Donnie and Jerome - I knew that many of you would be excited to learn more about these as well, with my preview post out of New York Toy Fair being one of my most-read articles of the year thus far. If you have little ones in your home, chances are you've already seen the show on Sprout Channel or NBC Kids - but if you haven't, the idea is simple: Jett (the red jet) leads a crew of transforming robots that work for a delivery service based out of the World Airport. From there, a human named Jimbo dispatches the crew with special deliveries for kids around the Globe, sending them on their way with a little background on each country that they're planning to visit. Whenever the crew runs into a challenge, they work together while showcasing teamwork and friendship, all while learning about new places and cultures. Like many newer series', there weren't any toys at launch, but they're here now - and they're really good.

As I sit in my office working tonight, I can hear the GRAMMY telecast faintly emitting from the TV in the family room. I have no idea what's happening, but I do know that the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences got two things right tonight - GHOST took home their first GRAMMY, winning "Best Metal Performance" with "Cirice"; and Tim Kubart snagged his first statue as well, winning "Best Children's Album" with HOME. Sure, it's two completely opposite ends of the spectrum, but they're the ones I ride most! On one hand, you have a host of Sprout's SUNNY SIDE UP SHOW, and on the other... the act that's brought The Dark Lord back to the pop charts in a way we haven't seen in years. It's a win-win.

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When I first saw SUPER WINGS on Sprout a year or so ago, I imagined the pitch meeting for the show going something like "What if Disney's PLANES turned into sentient robots like the TRANSFORMERS... but taught quality lessons to kids ages 3-6?" That pretty much sums up yet another entry in our girls' regular viewing, with SUPER WINGS being a Rock Father-approved show with a catchy theme song and plenty of adventure. It particularly struck Little Finley's interest, a perfect companion to CARS, CHUGGINGTON, BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES, DINOTRUX and other vehicularly-themed programs that have made the jump into the off-screen world of toys. Yes, later this year, Auldey Toys will launch a full line of transformable figures and playsets, and they'll debut at Toy Fair in NYC next month. Here's an early preview!

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