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1997 was a pretty good year. It was the year I met (and was soon engaged to) the girl who would eventually become my wife, and it was also a big year for toys. I was actually working for Walmart at the time, and I remember the original Tamagotchi craze like it was yesterday. It came in an era when Tickle Me Elmo and Pokemon were also possible subjects to the infamous "Do you have _____?" that retail workers were getting slammed with on a daily basis. Now, in an era where toys like Hatchimals encourage kids to nurture electronic pets, the return of 1997's digital pet looms, with the 20th Anniversary Edition of the original Tamagotchi set for release on November 5, 2017 in limited quantities via Bandai America. But, like other recent retro comebacks (NES Classic and such), this Tamagotchi is a miniature version of the original device.

If you have yet to see MIRACULOUS: TALES OF LADYBUG & CAT NOIR, now is the time to to get on-board - especially for those with kids ages 4-12. The French animated series was a from-out-of-nowhere hit that we stumbled upon by accident some months ago here at Rock Father HQ, soon setting it to "series record" on the DVR, and later checking out some of the original episodes (in French) online. The Rock Daughters™ are not alone in their love of MIRACULOUS, with the show already becoming a Top 5 hit for girls on Nickelodeon here in the U.S. (it airs on other networks in a total of 79 countries thus far), and on the cusp over a major breakthrough... and it's starting at Comic-Con International (SDCC) in San Diego this week.

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After more than two decades of saving the world from all manner of evildoer or fantastic beast, Saban's POWER RANGERS are closing out 2015 on a high note, and will enter 2016 with the promise of new adventures and tidbits about the all-new live-action movie that will arrive in 2017. Over the years, the POWER RANGERS have been known for embracing the holidays, with special episodes based around Halloween and Christmas, and appearances at events like Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, which again this year featured the MIGHTY MORPHIN POWER RANGERS' Red Ranger working his way through the streets of New York as a massive balloon. With Christmas just two weeks away, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine's 2015 Holiday Wish Guide is presenting to you some ideas for how to enjoy A Very POWER RANGERS Christmas & A DINO CHARGE'd New Year!

It feels like it really crept up on us this year, but the annual Comic-Con International is set to take place in San Diego from July 9-12, and the crew over at Toys "R" Us has unveiled their full lineup of exclusive items, which they've once again partnered with the folks from Entertainment Earth to make available on-site. It's a Hasbro-heavy collection, but Mattel, Bandai, Mezco and Schleich are also in the mix this year, with toys also being made available online on July 9th as part of Toys "R" Us' all-new #CollectorVector - a store-within-a-store that will focus on the "mature collector." This announcement was made a few days back, but since I've been traveling, I'm a little late with the news, but I do have some thoughts on these. The Batgirl, G.I. Joe and STAR WARS sets are items I'd love to have here at Rock Father HQ, while I should probably avoid showing the girls the MLP offerings...

"It's just the funniest thing. I think people think when you do movies this, they just throw a bunch of action figures your way," explains actor Daniel Henney with a smile. Casually chatting at the W Hotel in Los Angeles, Henney is with fellow actor Ryan Potter doing press for this week's in-home release of the Academy Award-winning BIG HERO 6 on Blu-ray and DVD. Funny enough, we're talking about action figures... while I sit with a Funko Pop! Vinyl Baymax peeking out of my North Face Surge Backpack - though neither Henney, nor Potter seems to notice as the voice of BH6's Tadashi continues his tale...  

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