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There's been a fantastic trend over the past couple of years where the doll aisle has been receiving some action-packed upgrades. The recent successes of Mattel's DC Super Hero Girls and Hasbro's Star Wars: Forces of Destiny have fueled that, and now we have the WWE Fashion Superstars line. Also from Mattel, we have the same two-pronged approach that they've taken with the DC line - a collection of articulated 11-12" action dolls, along with a collection of 6" action figures. An assortment of these dolls recently arrived at Rock Father HQ, where they became an easy choice for a top pick in my annual Holiday Wish Guide™. Check out the video and review below...

UPDATED: Submissions for Holiday Wish Guide & 31 Days of Halloween are now CLOSED.

It's August as of this writing - the heart of Back-to-School season, but here at Rock Father™ HQ sights are currently set on Halloween and Christmas... or, the "Holiday Season" in general. Truth be told, behind-the-scenes at THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine, things run months in advance, much like the editorial calendar of print mags. I've actually been working on holiday content for months, and now comes the traditional open call for submissions. Opportunities for 31 Days of Halloween, Holiday Wish Guide™ and the Rock Father™ Santa Holiday Giving Program are now available.

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. 

Clicking on the cover art will take you direct to my partner, Amazon.com, where a portion of sales will help to support the operating cost of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine.

THE ROCK FATHER's TOP PICKS for 2016 Holiday Music New Releases & Reissues:

 Oak Ridge Boys My Little Pony Christmas Jukebox

 Jimmy Buffett Kacey Musgraves Chris Young

R. Kelly Jennifer Nettles She & Him

 A Capitol Christmas Loretta Lynn Amy Grant

Jordan Smith Neil Diamond Reba

NOW THAT'S WHAT I CALL A MERRY CHRISTMAS Jane Lynch Rascal Flatts

Sarah McLachlan Frankie Valli The Ventures

Peter Hollens Donny Most Kylie Minogue

Amazon's Acoustic Christmas Kidz Bop Christmas Leslie Odom Jr.

Disney Channel Holiday Hits Lacuna Coil - Naughty Christmas

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:

PAW Patrol Pups Save Christmas nickjr  mimim  pwdino
sheep  Beauty and the Beast: Enchanted Christmas  Back to the Future  Daniel Tiger
Northpole  TWILIGHT ZONE Christmas Episodes  Frank Sinatra & Bing Crosby Christmas  krampus 
barbie  Curious George  Munsters Christmas  Muppet Christmas
Thomas & Friends Christmas  Woody Woodpecker Christmas  snoopy  xmasclassic
carebears  kratts magoo  snowtime
 
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The latest addition to the "I wish they had this when I was a kid" department here at Rock Father HQ comes from Radio Flyer, who've just announced their Star Wars Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder Ride-on toy. Geared toward kids ages 4+, this two-seater hits a top speed of 5mph, and bears a weight limit of 130 lbs. Modeled after the iconic X-34 craft from 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope, this ride features an interactive dashboard with movie-accurate lights and sounds, and provides the perfect craft for chasing down your pesky run-away R2 unit. Just watch out for Sandpeople, though - the Jundland Wastes are not to be traveled lightly, and Tusken Raiders often travel single file to hide their numbers. See the Radio Flyer Landspeeder in action below!

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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!

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!

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