This year's Comic-Con International is about to go down in San Diego next week (July 23-27), and as usual - I will not be there. In keeping with my "maybe next year" responses, I've been standing firm in that I won't do another Comic-Con until I have something that I'm personally responsible for to promote. That said, I'm covering the show virtually again, and the folks at Prop Store just hit me with details on what they'll be showing off - a collection of movie memorabilia that will be auctioned off in the UK in October of 2014. They've got some great stuff, but it's all really unimportant next to what I found on their site. They're holding back on us...
We're gonna file this one under "Toys for Grownups," because these action figures aren't for the kids. In fact, while I tend to open the few figures I occasionally happen to buy, these would probably never be opened as they're 2014 made to look like... the 80s. I'm talking about the new ReAction Figures line from Funko and Super7, a collection that I'd been meaning to feature here on THE ROCK FATHER for ages, and now feel beyond obligated to - they're just that cool. What if BACK TO THE FUTURE and GOONIES had figures made by Kenner way back when? What if the Universal Monsters got in on the action, along with other Horror icons, or characters from PULP FICTION, THE NIGHTMARE BEFORE CHRISTMAS, or the famed players from Joss Whedon's BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, ANGEL and FIREFLY? The answer has arrived, and ReAction might be the hottest thing going this year for old-school pop culture aficionados like myself.
If you're like me, there's a solid chance that you've been raising your little ones right - peppering their modern-day pop culture with a sprinkling of retro-cool goodness. A quick glance at The Rock Father homepage will usually reveal at least one 2013 representation of something from my own childhood. How many times have I mentioned KNIGHT RIDER on this site? The show has been mentioned in at least 13 articles so far (14 counting this one), and my 3½-year-old loves it. Now comes a pair of toys that every child of the 80s who is now a parent themselves needs to own (for their kids, of course).
It's been buzzed about for ages, but today it's official - the folks from LEGO have fired up the DeLorean for an official BACK TO THE FUTURE LEGO set. Based on an idea sourced from their LEGO CUUSOO program, the BACK TO THE FUTURE TIME MACHINE was created by Team BTTF and is now being developed for sale. As posted in the official announcement video (see below), "this set is so new that pricing and availability information is not yet available." The follks from Team BTTF created prototypes for DeLorean Time Machine sets based on all three films in the BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy, along with associated minifigures. While the final production designs are not yet available to view, take a look at the impressive prototypes.
I fear that my daughters will not only miss out on growing up with some truly iconic films, but also the magic delivered by the marketing that my generation grew up with. Pre-internet overkill, there was a curiosity built by a well-crafted movie poster - a hand-drawn first gateway into a world yet to be experienced. Recently retired, artist DREW STRUZAN was one of - if not the most iconic artist in the game, bringing to life the images of BACK TO THE FUTURE, STAR WARS, INDIANA JONES, HARRY POTTER, and celebrating it's 30th Anniversary this year, E.T. Now a feature-length documentary on Struzan is on the way, and tonight I'm sharing the first trailer for DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER. Check it out.
If you're one of the folks that snagged a pair of NIKE's 2011 MAG shoes last year, there's a good chance that you'd like a MATTEL Hoverboard to go with them. After making a splash on the 'net a couple of months ago when word of the impending Hoverboard release got out, the hot pink skate deck is now up for pre-order. Just as NIKE copped out with the whole ''self-lacing'' feature in stating that ''the technology doesn't arrive until 2015,'' MATTEL is is stating that their non-hovering Hoverboard will only ''glide on most flat surfaces'' due to the technology not being available just yet. So what does a non-hovering Hoverboard cost?