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One of the biggest stories here on THE ROCK FATHER in the past few months was the news that toys based on NickJr's BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES were headed for Toys "R" Us. Reaction to that first-look at the new, high-octane vehicles from Mattel's Fisher-Price (especially on Facebook & Instagram) just solidified how much kids are loving the excitement of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) infused series. Now it's official - the BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES Toys have arrived in-store and online exclusively through Toys "R" Us - a launch perfectly-timed to the debut of DRAGON ISLAND DUEL, airing Monday, May 25th at 11am ET/PT on Nickelodeon. While we have not yet had a chance to check out any of the toys personally (our eyes are on the Die-Cast collection), I've heard from a few readers that have, and the folks at Nick did provide us with an early look at DRAGON ISLAND DUEL, which is officially Rock Father-approved!

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Since it's premiere last Fall, Nickelodeon's BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES has been one of the more surprising hits in educational programming. The high-octane series based on a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum has made it's way into the coveted spot of be a "requested" show here at Rock Father HQ, particularly snagging the attention of 5 ½-year-old Addie. Out of Toy Fair last weekend came news that Mattel would be producing a line of toys through their Fisher-Price division, and tonight I've got your first look at some highlights from the new collection. These will be rolling out to select retailers this May, with a full Nationwide launch to take place this Fall. Stay tuned...

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If you're like us, your house is probably loaded with toys from Fisher-Price. Coming out of Christmas, our girls (particularly Little Finley, whose favorite toys are Little People) have some new Fisher-Price toys to help fuel imaginative and adventure play, including the full run of the Magic of Disney collection, and the "Grand Finale" of the day - the FROZEN Power Wheels Ford Mustang. While my wife and I grew up on Fisher-Price toys ourselves (I still have my "Jolly Jalopy" from the 70s), our daughters' collection started at birth, and in that spirit comes a new short film from Fisher-Price called WISHES FOR BABY. Filmed in the earliest hours of 2015 and released within 24 hours, the film shows real parents in the US, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, Kenya, Bangladesh, and Poland as they hold their babies for the very first time, "showing that the best possible start in life begins with love." Check it out below...

Each year, the National Toy Hall of Fame opens up for public nominations for which toys should be considered as finalists for induction into the Hall of Fame. From those dozen finalists, just two will become official inductees, and for 2014 the field has been announced - and it's tough. In reality, all twelve of the finalists should be in the Hall of Fame, but since just two will make the cut, I'm curious which ones all of YOU think should be crowned...

Fisher PriceI'm thinking that Addie's Power Wheels selection needs an upgrade. Just as she's starting to outgrow her Power Wheels Barbie Volkswagen Beetle (little Finley will soon grow into it), Fisher-Price has announced the fastest Power Wheels vehicle in their line... a replica of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - the Seventh Generation version of the iconic ride from General Motors. With speeds clocking in at a whopping 6mph forward, I could see my speed-obsessed little one rocking the neighborhood in style when this car hits the streets. My Dad used to have a Corvette... and my Step-Dad still does, but I think I dig the Power Wheels version more than the real thing. Check out full specs below, right here on The Rock Father...

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Kids love trains. This is a fact I get to see in action on a daily basis, as over 50 trains pass by Rock Father HQ during each 24-hour period. Yes, there's a high-traffic set of tracks that runs right along our neighborhood, and with each passing train comes a familiar and comforting rumble. For awhile, my oldest would tell us that her "Silly Uncle" was on each passenger train - a side-effect of dropping him off at the train station once. At the local park, kids wave as the massive trains whiz by. In fact, as I'm getting to this sentence right here, another freighter is passing by and the coffee on my desk is vibrating like Jack Lemmon's in THE CHINA SYNDROME. For those that love trains, this Saturday (May 11, 2013) is NATIONAL TRAIN DAY, the sixth annual holiday that celebrates all the good that trains provide.

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