Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is one of the most anticipated films of 2017, and a welcome return to where we last saw Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and Luke Skywalker at the end of 2015's STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS. Launching on Force Friday II - September 1, 2017 - and rolling out well into the winter months, a new collection of STAR WARS toys based on THE LAST JEDI will hit retail, and while countless licensees will be in on the action, here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine we're presenting a series of STAR WARS Checklists, this one focusing on Hasbro's classic 3¾" action figures, vehicles and playsets (carrying on the tradition that Kenner started 40 years ago)- along with the ever-popular "Black Series" of collector-focused 6" figures and accessories. If you'd like to keep track of what's available or coming soon from these lines, this is the place to be!
Officially announced at the 2017 Star Wars Celebration Orlando, Star Wars Forces of Destiny is a new, multi-faceted movement featuring an original series of animated shorts (each 2-3 minutes in length) that will explore exciting, all-new adventures of key characters in the Star Wars Saga, including Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and others. 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. Additionally, there will be other extensions of the line including bedding, apparel, books and more. Having two daughters, our family is very excited for the Forces of Destiny, and early reaction shows that many of you are too! With that in mind, The Rock Father is pleased to present the Star Wars Forces of Destiny Checklist. Here you'll find a list of current, upcoming and rumored toys from Hasbro, plus information on series episodes and other products as I have it. Products from Star Wars Forces of Destiny will be available for sale beginning August 1, 2017. Additional characters will hit stores this Fall, with more scheduled for 2018.
'Tis the Season once more!
THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is back with another edition of our annual Holiday Wish Guide - one of the premiere sources for gift inspiration during the festive season. Kid-focused, but including ideas for the entire family (grownups, too), THE ROCK FATHER and his little elves have hand-picked a selection of items, each grouped by category. There's some of 2015's Hot Holiday Toys, but also some off-the-radar picks, too, along with a pop culture-heavy assortment of gifts for the older kids (adults) as well. What's even more unique is that the Wish Guide is both branching, and evolving. Check back, as there will be new items added up until Xmas!
To learn more about an item, simply click the image and you'll be taken either to a full feature or review right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, or to one of our trusted retail partners. Happy Gifting and Ho, Ho, Ho!
What new Holiday Music and Movies are on the way for 2015? I've looked at all the new releases and reissues on the books for this season and have hand-picked a collection to showcase here on THE ROCK FATHER. Are there other titles for this year? Yes, but they won't all make my list, and I will be adding some late additions before December 25th arrives.
For a new generation of STAR WARS fans, Disney XD's animated series, STAR WARS REBELS has been "a first step into a larger world." While The Rock Daughters were already familiar with the original STAR WARS Trilogy thanks to their parents (quite strong in The Force, we are), it's was REBELS that really threw the doors wide open and created a pair of hardcore STAR WARS fans. Set in the years between REVENGE OF THE SITH and A NEW HOPE, STAR WARS REBELS has provided new adventures with a new cast of characters - often interacting with some fan favorites from the live-action films that have been delighting audiences for the past forty years. While there has been quite a bit of different merchandise released featuring characters from STAR WARS REBELS, this checklist focuses on Hasbro's classic 3¾" action figures, vehicles and playsets (carrying on the tradition that Kenner started 40 years ago)- along with the ever-popular "Black Series" of collector-focused 6" figures and accessories (and a few extras). Look for this list to be updated frequently with new items (and soon pictures) as the collection continues to grow.
Lucasfilm's ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY is one of the most anticipated films of 2016, and one of the most interesting trips that fans have ever take to a galaxy far, far away. The first live-action theatrical film to take place outside of the numeric "Saga," Gareth Edwards' ROGUE ONE is a straight-up "war" movie set in the time period immediately preceding 1977's STAR WARS: A NEW HOPE, presenting for the first time, the tale of the Rebels who stole the plans for the Imperial Death Star. Launched September 30, 2016 and rolling out well into the winter months, a new collection of STAR WARS toys based on ROGUE ONE will hit retail, and while countless licensees will be in on the action, here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine we're presenting a series of STAR WARS Checklists, this one focusing on Hasbro's classic 3¾" action figures, vehicles and playsets (carrying on the tradition that Kenner started 40 years ago)- along with the ever-popular "Black Series" of collector-focused 6" figures and accessories. If you'd like to keep track of what's available or coming soon from these lines, this is the place to be!
Mattel's collaboration with Lucasfilm to create diecast vehicles with roots in a galaxy far, far away dates back to 2014, and without a doubt the major success has been the line of Hot Wheels STAR WARS Character Cars (view the checklist here). Now comes the next chapter, with the summer 2016 SDCC debut of Hot Wheels STAR WARS Carships! Launched with the release of an exclusive set for SDCC, more Carships have been racing into retailers and flying off the pegs. For the spring of 2017, new packaging featuring the STAR WARS 40th Anniversary branding began hitting stores.
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What new Holiday Music and Movies are on the way for 2016? I'm looking at all the new releases and reissues on the books for this season and will be choosing a hand-picked a collection to showcase here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. Are there other titles hitting shelves this year? Yes, but they won't all make my list, and I will be checking it more than twice - adding some late additions before December 25th arrives.
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There's also a TON of classic Christmas albums getting vinyl reissues this year, many of which get almost yearly variants with special covers and artwork.
THE ROCK FATHER's TOP PICKS for 2016 Holiday Blu-ray & DVD New Releases & Reissues:
'Tis the Season once more!
THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine is back with another edition of our annual Holiday Wish Guide™ - one of the premiere sources for gift inspiration during the festive season. Kid-focused, but including ideas for the entire family (grownups, too), THE ROCK FATHER and his little elves have hand-picked a selection of items, each grouped by category. There's some of 2016's Hot Holiday Toys, but also some off-the-radar picks, too, along with a pop culture-heavy assortment of gifts for the older kids (adults) as well. What's even more unique is that the Wish Guide is both branching, and evolving. Check back, as there will be new items added up until Xmas!
To learn more about an item, simply click the image and you'll be taken either to a full feature or review right here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine, or to one of our trusted retail partners. Scroll down to start your journey! Happy Gifting and Ho, Ho, Ho!
NEW! Looking for STAR WARS Carships? Checklist for those is here!
STAR WARS fans of all ages got excited in 2014 when it was first revealed that Mattel would get to dabble with the STAR WARS license for the very first time under their flagship HOT WHEELS brand. Jumping in heavy, the announcement came with the debut of a life-sized, functional Darth Vader character car, along with the slow roll-out of a variety of STAR WARS-inspired rides across several different assortments, pack sizes and retailer exclusives, keeping up has quickly become a difficult pursuit. That's why created a checklist, complete with all the details I can wrangle for this exciting collection. This list will continue to be updated regularly...
PRODUCT OF HATE in the media? Yes, we sometimes make the news. This is a collection of news items, interviews, features, reviews and more from around the Globe. We'll be updating this on a (hopefully) frequent basis...
Metal Hammer: One of 12 Bands to Watch in 2016 - "After cutting their teeth supporting the likes of Lamb Of God and Meshuggah, these head-swivellingly aggressive Wisconsin metallers tear onto the 2016 landscape with a cranium-flattening debut in February. Euphorically violent acolytes of the NWOAHM, Product Of Hate fuel their ambitiously-conceived song structures with paint-stripping riffage and rubberised machine gun tempos. Once the wild-eyed masses get a taste, they could effortlessly slingshot into the next tier by year’s end."
Amps & Green Screens (10/10): "[PRODUCT OF HATE] have made an album that is perfect in every way. And with this record PRODUCT OF HATE have now challenged every other band in the Thrash/NWOAHM genre to step their fucking game up in 2016 and beyond. Get to know these boys because they’re gonna be a household name in metal, and probably on many year end Top 10 lists."
Target Audience Magazine: "[PRODUCT OF HATE} does a fine job melding the complexity of thrash with the dynamics of hardcore, something many American metal bands struggle with. BURIED IN VIOLENCE is modern thrash done right and it is refreshing to hear a metal band not emulating metal bands from 1985. PRODUCT OF HATE brings the violence and the mosh..."
Right to Rock (4/4) "CD of the Month": "Their debut album Buried In Violence is a thrash tour de force and no mistake. Their particular sound appeals to metalheads that thrill to the Swiss clock precision of classic thrash and speed metal, but filters it through a melodic, groove-oriented sensibility that modern 'bangers dig."
Dead Rhetoric (9/10): "Product of Hate is a promising act that balances aggressive thrash with hooky melodies with the care of a much more veteran act. An album like Buried in Violence is best served with windows down and volume cranked to max. Just don’t complain about your sore neck the next day."
The Metal Gods Meltdown: "...aggressive, brutal maelstrom of killer sounds that tear down anything and everything in their way... [PRODUCT OF HATE] have the intensity and vicious hostility to become a huge household name!"
Two Guys Metal Reviews: "One of the cool things about Product Of Hate is how simply immaculate they sound... this is a band who understand their own distinctive style and play music that will last for generations."
Metal Asylum (7/10): "A scorching, relentless, swaggering runaway bullet train of an album... If you want well-executed, visceral hyperthrash, then these guys will be happy to deliver it to your chin - - on the heels of their boots."
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel/TAP Milwaukee: "As the band and album names would attest, the fellas in Product of Hate aren't the happy-go-lucky type. But there's a lot to like from Hate's debut, released by revered metal label Napalm Records. The kick drums hit so fast and furious on "Kill. You. Now." you'll think your ears are being pummeled by Bruce Lee's flying fists. "Monster" features guitar riffs that live up to the name." -- Piet Levy
Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel (2): "From its band name to its album title, from its label to its twin-guitar frenzy, this five-man Kenosha group deftly smashes old-school metal dexterity into new-school metal rage."
Wormwood Chronicles: “Revolution of Destruction” is not just a song on “Buried in Violence,” it’s an apt description of Product of Hate itself. Keep an eye out for this band..."
Metal Gods TV (9/10): "fierce, ferocious and rampant thrash metal oozing brutality with every twang and thump.."
DemonZone (8/10): "...these guys have just proven to be an impressive force in metal... sounds magnificent."
That's Not Real Music!: "...they mean business... pounding riffs from start to finish."
Five Albums with Chris Nee: "...groove metal has the classic metal attitude but modern extremity, fused with big, rolling riffs and aggression on tap... Yes please."
Ghost Cult Magazine: "...A punishing blend of modern groove and classic thrash... PRODUCT OF HATE's tight musicianship and youthful exuberance proves that they should be a killer live act."
Ave Noctum (7/10): "While this quintet from Wisconsin have been around for 9 or so years, this is their first full length album and delivers 11 fast paced tracks with little remorse..."
Glacially Musical: "...these fellows have a larger vocabulary on guitar than Sheldon Cooper does on physics. BURIED IN VIOLENCE is built from the ground up to knock buildings back to it."
GetMetal.com: "..heaviness, aggression, glowing guitars, thundering bass lines and pounding drums."
Decibel Geek: "The band are as tight as a duck’s bottom and the old school thrash influences are worn as a badge of honour.."
NeuFutur: "...the heavy and technically ferocious kick in the teeth the thrash metal world has been longing for."
Rockway (Greece): "...Smart and Powerful, BURIED IN VIOLENCE will leave you with a smile. Absolutely recommended."
Whiplash.net (Portugal) (9/10): "Powerful... fierce and heavy. A promise for the future..."
French-Metal (France) (16/20): "An incredible talent... the technique is impeccable."
Metal Chronicles (France): "solid technical mastery with a volcanic aggressiveness... the Americans did a good job and can be proud."
Soil Chronicles (France) (8.5/10): "Amazing... explosive... the first album is a success."
Rock in Spain (Spain): "A statement on how to make a great thrash record in the first quarter of the 21st century. "
Metal & Metal Forever Man (Czech) (7/10): "Anyone who likes hardcore thrash should not miss this album."
Revolution Music (Denmark): "good at playing the game -- violently with both technical and thundering drums, technically great riffs and lead guitar attacks."
Nemesis-Rocks (Germany): "Cunning domination of an elegant game. Don't pass this up."
Metal Imperium (Portugal) (7.6/10): "Such strength and good taste... will appeal to all who like thrash."
Metal Underground (Austria) (4.5/5): "Refreshing... lives up to the hype, and these guys are really great."
Crossfire Metal (Germany) (7/10): "Modern day old-school!"
Metallized (Italy): The hyper voice of Adam Gilley stands out like a monster from hell, strafed by brothers Cody and Gene Rathbone on guitars, and the impeccable rhythm section formed by Mark Campbell on bass and Mike McGuire on drums.
Fleurs du Mal (Italy) (7/10): "...turn up the volume as much as possible, open wide the windows and scream along: the result can be therapeutic and liberating."
United Rock Nations (France) (3/5): "Like PANTERA... these guys must've been cradled in the VULGAR DISPLAY OF POWER sauce! Executed to perfection."
Metal.de (Germany): "A good debut - ideal for training the muscles of the neck."
White Room Reviews (Netherlands): "Everything a good metal band in 2016 should be."
Wings of Death (Netherlands): "A treasure... brutal and ruthless."
Metal Blast (3.5/5): On BURIED IN VIOLENCE, they demonstrate over and over again their ability to crush skulls and rattle bones... "
Highlights: "Product of Hate was really the wild card going in and ended up tipping the scales even further on the plus side."
"Going into Product of Hate’s set with some light knowledge of one song (their debut comes out late summer on Napalm Records), curiosity was peaked to see how they’d sound. They immediately made an impression with some killer thrashy metal. The guitar and bass section was rather engaging, as was vocalist Adam Gilley, who frequently interacted with the group of us in the front who were headbanging away like mad (including my wife and I). The band’s high-impact thrash is seemingly a perfect fit for the live venue, and the band seem dead set on converting everyone over to them, one fan at a time. It’s the kind of attitude that’s sure to continue to gain them more momentum once their album is released."
Highlights: "Napalm Records’ Product of Hate, a band I am incredibly glad I saw live – really set the bar high for Allegaeon. My main appraise of this band is Adam Gilley, the band’s frontman and guitarists Gene and Cody Rathbone (best name ever). A theme I noticed throughout the whole night was the amount of insane guitar playing. SO many solos.
Adam Gilley also totally looks the way a rock star should. All he needed was the bright red leather pants. I noticed his white Right Hook Microphone, as well – so that made them even more stellar."
Highlights: "The quality levels were kept high with thrash metal outfit PRODUCT OF HATE, currently signed to Napalm Records. PRODUCT OF HATE laid down a brutal and relentless set of break neck thrash... full of confidence and enthusiasm that filtered into the crowd. PRODUCT OF HATE had the stage presence and the songs to shine through and delivered a brutal set. Check them out immediately. Product of Hate took the gold medal tonight so be sure to look them up and pick up their latest releases on Napalm Records!"
Highlights: "Main support act Product Of Hate went about their mission of destroying this stage with much conviction. This is the first band I’ve heard of from Kenosha, Wisconsin since the emergence and subsequent disappearance of Lazarus A.D., and Product Of Hate did not do their town’s reputation any harm at all, playing a fiercely energetic set filled to the brim with quintessential modern metal and decorated by grooves galore."
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