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As someone who writes about toys often (both here at The Rock Father™ Magazine and also over at The Toy Insider), I see a lot of new stuff. It's also very common for toymakers to send me pitches either for feedback, or in hopes that I will review them or cover their crowdfunding efforts. Tonight marks the second time that something once pitched to me shows up on ABC's THE TOY BOX, with Emotiplush (emailed to me during a crowdfunding run in 2014) vying for the attention of the judges in hopes of being crowned champion. At the end of the 8-week series, the winning toy will be produced by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us. Check out all of the week three toys below...

Fact: I have never placed a bet on a sporting event, and unless I happen to pull a Marty McFly and head back to the future for a copy of the Grays Sports Almanac, I never will. I'll also never place a bet on a pop culture event, but as recent years have shown, handicapping movies and tv has become a big business, and people will throw their money at anything. That said, I do love to speculate when it comes to the events of a galaxy far, far away, and this morning an email landed here at Rock Father HQ with some predictions from Jim Murphy - an oddsmaker, sportsbook consultant and handicapping theorist - who had some thoughts on STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI... specifically, who will become "one with The Force" first.

Netflix Stream TeamOn May 5, the latest Netflix Original Series from DreamWorks Animation Television begins streaming with the debut of Spirit Riding Free. Inspired by the Oscar-nominated film Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron the trailer for the series has just arrived and looks to enchant a whole new generation. Check it out below...

Earlier today at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, fans were treated to the brand-new trailer for season four of Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels. As some had already been anticipating, the fourth season has been confirmed to be the final season - something that certainly saddens me, but hopefully means that the door will open for something else. As Star Wars Rebels keeps moving toward the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, we see the return of Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) and the appearance of Rebel U-Wing Fighters, Imperial Death Troopers (recently glimpsed at the end of season 3) and more, as executive producer Dave Filoni delivered news of the show's must-see conclusion alongside the voice cast of the entire Ghost crew including Freddie Prinze Jr., Tiya Sircar, Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall and Steve Blum. Check out the trailer...

Since the official announcement earlier this week, interest has been building in what I believe is a truly monumental event for Star Wars fandom - the launch of Star Wars Forces of Destiny. In fact, with so much information rolling out, I've added to my popular Star Wars Checklists, with the complete Star Wars Forces of Destiny Toy Checklist, which will be updated as new information arrives. This afternoon, fans at Star Wars Celebration Orlando were treated to a HEROINES OF STAR WARS + FORCES OF DESTINY Panel, moderated by Amy Ratcliffe (host of “Lattes with Leia” podcast). What followed was a conversation about strong female characters central to the Star Wars universe and how they have inspired generations of fans; panelists included: Dave Filioni (executive producer Star Wars Rebels), Ashley Eckstein (“Ahsoka Tano”), Tiya Sircar (“Sabine Wren”) and surprise guest Daisy Ridley (“Rey”). The three actresses were surprised on stage with the reveal of their new Adventure Figures by Hasbro from the just-announced Star Wars Forces of Destiny. As part of the reveal, fans were treated to a sneak peek at the first animated Forces of Destiny short, which will launch on Disney YouTube in July 2017. If you missed the panel, you can catch it on the archived live stream at the 53:35 mark, or in the player below.

Friday, April 14 2017 11:07

First Teaser Trailer - STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI!

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It's finally here. After ending JJ Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with a cliffhanger (literally, they were on a cliff), Rian Johnson's STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI finally has a trailer, and it's incredible. If THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK is the gold standard in trilogies with a dark second chapter, THE LAST JEDI just might be it's thematic companion. Luke Skywalker just may have finally...

For Christmas last year, Santa delivered to my wife The Princess Diarist, the latest novel from Carrie Fisher. Coincidentally, our girls also received the Hasbro action figure of young Princess Leia from Star Wars Rebels. Without knowing that Fisher had suffered a heart attack, our youngest had placed her Leia figure into a bed within the Playmobil Hospital. It was an odd mirror of real life at the time, and sadly, Fisher would not pull through. As thousands of Star Wars fans are currently gathered at Star Wars Celebration Orlando to honor the 40th Anniversary of the franchise, audiences got a look at a touching tribute to a true "Rebel," one which is now available for all to enjoy. Check it out below...

This look at Puppy Dog Pals is presented in collaboration with Disney Junior and The Rock Father™.

It is entirely possible to be a 40-year-old grownup that is eyed with envy by young children. This is something that I've known for awhile, but it was recently solidified when I found myself in a theater near San Francisco, settling-in to check out the first screening of Disney Junior's new preschool series, PUPPY DOG PALS. With Producer Sean Coyle and Disney Junior's Director of Original Programming, Diane Ikemiyashiro having flown up from Los Angeles to join us for the evening, our group was presented with Puppy Dog Pals cookies as we got our first look at the network's next big hit. Knowing that daddy was 2,000 miles away and getting to see Puppy Dog Pals early, my girls were a tad jealous.

This special look at #TheToyBox is presented in collaboration with ABC and The Rock Father™.

Last week, ABC's newest unscripted series, THE TOY BOX, made it's debut, and I gave you the inside scoop (read it here). It's week two for the 8-week first season, and Friday night will see another round of hopeful toy inventors make their way in front of the mentors with hopes of making it into The Toy Box, and ultimately to the final round in which one lucky winner will see their toy produced by Mattel, and sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us. Since many of you loved The Toy Box in its premiere, ABC and The Rock Father™ are giving you a sneak-peek at this week's episode in this shared exclusive clip that's premiering on select site as part of the recent #ABCTVEvent and #Cars3Event. See the "Piñata Backpack Chase" and get the details on this weeks toys below!

Star Wars: Forces of DestinyThere was some buzz awhile back that Star Wars: Episode VIII would be called "Forces of Destiny," after some astute internet sleuths dug up some fairly recent trademark registrations on that name. After the announcement came for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a few folks were left scratching their heads, but now it's all revealed! STAR WARS: FORCES OF DESTINY was just announced by Disney and Lucasfilm as "a new initiative celebrating the inspiring stories of iconic heroes from across the Star Wars universe." The movement features "an original series of animated shorts (each 2-3 minutes in length) that will explore exciting, all new adventures of key characters including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others, ahead of books and a TV special later in the year. The stories will also be supported by a line of toys from Hasbro, including new ‘Adventure Figures’ – a fusion between traditional dolls and action figures, creating a whole new way to play Star Wars." Check out an early preview and the full announcement below!

Disney's Descendants was a big hit here at Rock Father HQ, and now that we're just a few months out from the release of Descendants 2, our girls have been getting more excited with each little tidbit of info. Now comes a big reveal - full details on the film's soundtrack, and the pending release of "Ways to Be Wicked," the first single. The new track featuring Dove Cameron, Sofia Carson, Cameron Boyce and Booboo Stewart, will debut on Radio Disney tomorrow, THURSDAY, APRIL 13 (3:00 p.m. PDT). Additionally, the single will be available for download, and the pre-order for the full Descendants 2 soundtrack will be available from Walt Disney Records wherever digital music is sold and streamed on FRIDAY, APRIL 14

Star Wars 40th AnniversaryFrom an office far, far away from Star Wars Celebration Orlando, I'm still rockin' the pre-show updates remotely as thousands of Star Wars fans prepare to spend the next few days rubbing elbows with the folks who make the saga happen. Since it's Wednesday, that means a new episode of The Star Wars Show has hit the web, and they're pregaming, too. In fact, it's a much better pre-show than I could give you, as they've got the real scoop on what's coming up involving the Star Wars 40th Anniversary panel, The Last Jedi, Star Wars Rebels and much, much more. Check it out...

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