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Unlike the world I grew up in as a kid, military toys for kids in 2017 are a little bit hard to come by. Aside from an True Heroes at Toys "R" Us, Lanard Toys' The Corps at Walmart and maybe the occasional G.I. Joe release from Hasbro, there just isn't a huge presence for old-school military adventures, and with that in mind I was pretty surprised to come across a new collection called AWESOME LITTLE GREEN MEN. Featured on display at The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite '17, this new line of blind boxed figures and vehicles comes from MGA Entertainment, the folks behind LOL Surprise, Num Noms, Lalaloopsy, Project Mc2, Bratz and Little Tikes.  With a goal of "combining humor and battle play with a pop vinyl aesthetic," Awesome Little Green Men will begin hitting retail stores nationwide on August 1, 2017.

The 2017 edition of Comic-Con International is currently in-progress in San Diego, and while there's countless exclusive toys and collectibles available on the show floor, one that Despicable Me fans are gonna want to seek out can be found at the UCC Distributing Booth #5625. From Moose Toys, the leader in the micro-collectible scene (Shopkins!) comes the Despicable Me 3 Mineez Balthazar Bratt San Diego Comic Con 2017 Exclusive Figure Set. Limited to just 2,000 pieces, this is the only place to find Balthazar Bratt in Mineez form!

Ever since posting a sneak-preview of Spin Master's RUSTY RIVETS toy collection back in February, one of the most-often-asked questions I get is: "When are those Rusty Rivets toys coming out?" When I was at Sweet Suite in NYC with The Toy Insider earlier this month, I asked one of my friends at Spin Master and was presented with the cryptic "they've been pushed back slightly, but they're coming soon." Today we have the date...

At Sweet Suite '17, otherwise known as "The Biggest Night of Play," I had the opportunity to host a segment on The Toy Insider's live stream - straight from Chelsea Piers in New York City. The task at hand? Unboxing a few of the newest toys from K'NEX. Expected to be among 2017's hottest holiday toys, I took a live look at the Budding Builders Tub from Kid K'NEX, along with the Power & Play Motorized Building Set, and the all-new Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set from the K'NEX Thrill Rides Collection. Captured during the livestream, the full video can now be viewed below!

What happens when World of Dance meets Bunch O Balloons? With Zuru Toys' easy-to-use and water balloons already being a huge hit here at Rock Father HQ, the prospect is intriguing, and the answer to the question has been revealed in a new video presenting the first-ever #SplashMob! In Los Angeles, NBC World of Dance contestant and So You Think You Can Dance winner, Fik-Shun recently surprised unsuspecting pool party goers with an epic Splash Mob performance attended by over 50 World of Dance performers, including Autumn Miller (Spring Sisters World of Dance), the Miniotics Dance Crew (America’s Got Talent Season 11), Hall of Fame Dance Team and Soul Fresh to name a few. Captured using twelve cameras and more than 5,000 self-tying Bunch O Balloon water balloons, the video evidence was released today and can be seen below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine!

The premiere of Disney XD's reimagining of DuckTales is fast-approaching, and that's fueling nostalgia for the original series as well. Just before the recent D23 Expo kicked-off in Anaheim, California, the folks at Funko (who had a sizable presence at the event) revealed their first series of DuckTales Pop! Vinyl figures. Coming this fall, and available for pre-order via my allies at Entertainment Earth, the first series includes Scrooge McDuck, Huey, Dewey, Louie and Webby. There's even a GameStop Exclusive Magica De Spell. Check them all out below!

TWIN PEAKS on SHOWTIME® is a big deal right now, and my friends at Entertainment Earth are continuing to deliver some pretty fine collectibles for fans of the rebooted series. Following-up the announcement of their Exclusive Agent Cooper Bobblehead comes news that they're rolling into San Diego Comic-Con with another Exclusive - a Wooden Pin Mate set featuring the Log Lady! Check out all the details below, courtesy of Entertainment Earth!

I'm currently typing this from a hotel room in Manhattan, as I'm in New York City with The Toy Insider for the industry's "biggest night of play" - Sweet Suite 2017! As toymakers prep to unveil some of 2017's hottest holiday toys, things are already shaping up to be a little bit different this time around, and one big addition to the festivities is a live stream studio. I'll be hopping in front of the camera for a special Sweet Suite Live Broadcast in which I'll be unboxing some new toys from K'NEX, and the action begins at 5:10pm ET on July 12, 2017. To see the livestream, simply visit The Rock Father™ on YouTube or Facebook!

It was about a year and a half ago when Hasbro laid out their public plans to build a "cross-property interconnected onscreen universe featuring the brands G.I. JoeMicronautsVisionariesM.A.S.K. (Mobile Armored Strike Kommand) and ROM." In the comic world, IDW has already brought this to life with REVOLUTION, a crossover comic that also throws TRANSFORMERS into the mix, and at this year's San Diego Comic-Con, fans will be able to purchase the first toys based on the series in a massive "Mega-Set." This is right up my alley...

2017 marks the debut of HASCON - Hasbro’s first-ever family convention that’s taking place on September 8-10 at the Rhode Island Convention Center and Dunkin’ Donuts Center in Providence, RI. With the toymaker highlighting their own brands for the very first time in a convention atmosphere, many have been wondering what that will entail, in addition to how some of their licensed properties (Star Wars/Marvel) would be represented. In short, this event is looking to be massive. Heading into the weekend, Hasbro sent over the full details on their brand experience activities for Transformers, My Little Pony, Nerf, Magic: The Gathering, Dungeons & Dragons, G.I. Joe, Star Wars, Marvel and Play-Doh. Check them out below!

The Rock Father™ is a writer for The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board and the Netflix #StreamTeam

This Friday, July 7, 2017, join The Toy Insider for the #SpiritRidingFree Twitter Party! This will be your first chance to check out and WIN toys based on the Netflix Original Series SPIRIT RIDING FREE, which recently made its debut from the folks at DreamWorks Television Animation. Join us for an hour full of fun, trivia, and giveaways from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EST! RSVP to participate.

Spider-Man: Homecoming hits theaters this week, and to celebrate, Marvel Contest of Champions is welcoming Stark-Enhanced Spider-Man to the Battlerealm! The folks at Kabam Games just sent over he details on the new additions to the popular mobile game, including a new event quest - Battlerealm: Homecoming - and a series of "Stark Assignments."

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