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Following today's big reveal of the much-anticipated launch of Funko's new line of FORTNITE Pop! Vinyl figures comes a quick follow-up on retailer exclusives. Following the recent trend of Holiday Funko Pops, a trio of characters decked-out in seasonal flair will be hitting stores in time for the holidays. The Red-Nosed Raider will be available only at GameStop (pre-order), with the Crackshot nutcracker (throwing up the horns!) headed for Walmart and Codename E.L.F. only at Target. Let the hunt begin!

Mickey Mouse is timeless, and as the iconic mouse prepares to celebrate his 90th birthday this November, a fantastic array of new products and collectibles keep rolling out. Funko has been rolling out a ton of items created in collaboration with the team at Disney Consumer Products, and one of the latest reveals is an exclusive with my friends at GameStop (affiliate). The Gamer Mickey Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure will hit stores on October 13th, presenting the main mouse in a familiar form for anyone who's ever spent some time playing console games online. With his backward baseball cap, gaming headset and controller in-hand, he's ready to rock! So what would Mickey be playing... Kingdom Hearts, perhaps?

The retro gaming category just got a new player this morning with Sony announcing the launch of the PlayStation Classic. Like other competitors in the classic console space (NES Classic/SNES Classic, etc.), Sony's first foray into this brings forth a miniature console that's 45% smaller than the original, and it arrives packed with 20 classic games. If history has taught us anything, it's BUY EARLY! This will be one of 2018's hottest holiday gifts, and it's already secured a spot on my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide here at The Rock Father™ Magazine. Pre-orders are available now (while supplies last) via my affiliate, GameStop.

It's time to game for good, and for the sixth year in a row, GameStop has teamed up with Make-A-Wish to help make more wishes come true for children with critical illnesses. Adding even more power to the mix for 2018, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) has joined the collaborative effort to help local kids get back to being kids. So now it's our turn to help make some wishes happen! I invite you to join me, The Rock Father™, in helping to spread the word about this awesome effort. In return, you can earn chances to win a $100 GameStop Gift Card, right here from The Rock Father Magazine! While the entire month of September supports this initiative, Wednesday, September 12 is a very important and special day... in honor of National Video Games Day, GameStop will match its donation to Make-A-Wish when they hit the $10,000 mark on that day only! If you want to pick up some awesome games and help grant wishes at the same time, September 12th is the prime day to do it!

In the interest of full disclosure, GameStop has been a great promotional partner and ally of The Rock Father™ Magazine over the past few years, as has their sister company, ThinkGeek. I feature their content often (I was even wearing ThinkGeek-supplied Marvel High-Tops to the World Premiere of Avengers: Infinity War) and do so not just because of our relationship, but because I'm a fan first and I like their stores. I hope I can continue working with them for a long time to come, but then there's some occasional rumblings... word that things on the business end aren't as sunny as they could be. They're facing some challenges, but I don't think it's beyond fixing - in fact, quite the opposite. They could be on the cusp of an evolution that could set them up for years of success, or they can bow to investor pressure and wind up in a leveraged buyout situation with private equity involved. If GameStop is playing with private equity (which they confirmed this morning), they might add a few extra credits to gain a few more lives temporarily, but the debt they may incur could have them facing a "boss" they can't beat, ultimately leading to a premature "game over."

Updated 5/21/2018 - Hopefully you were there for GameStop's most recent Pro Day Event, which took place on May 19 - another momentous occasion for Pros to buy games, gear, accessories, collectibles and more for super-low prices that are even lower than the low prices that they enjoy every day. You could say that Pro Day offers "heroic savings" during a single epic one-day event, and if the folks at GameStop were to go any lower they'd risk fracturing Earth's tectonic lithosphere plates. If you missed it, fear not! This is a perfect opportunity to become a PowerUp Rewards Pro or Elite Member and then keep an eye on the Pro Day site for when the next one will go down. In the meantime, The Rock Father™ and GameStop are teaming-up like Mario and Luigi to give YOU a chance to score a PowerUp Prize Pack right here! It's a chance to gear-up for summer with a sampling of items from some of the awesome companies that make Pro Day happen with brands you love like PDP Gaming, Funko, PowerA, Gunner Optiks and more. Ready to rock? Let's take a look at the latest installment of GameStop TV for a preview of some much-anticipated upcoming games, then enter for your chance to win below...

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