Last month, The Rock Daughters™ and I kicked-off the holiday season with our second visit to Nintendo of America HQ in Redmond, Washington. There, inside a notoriously-secretive complex outside of Seattle, the girls and I went hands-on with some of 2017's hottest games and gifts. It's no secret that we're big fans of Nintendo here at Rock Father HQ, a love that dates back to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and it's successor, the Super NES (SNES), which were both Christmas gifts. Funny enough, twenty years ago, in 1997, my then-future wife and I both presented each other with wrapped Nintendo 64 (N64) systems under the tree. The GameCube followed, and now we're parents in 2017, and our house has a Nintendo Switch and a pair of the "New" 2DS XL systems, and with that I've curated a collection of "Rock Father Picks" for the Nintendo fan in your life - from budding gamers to experienced players! Take a look...
2017 has been a great year for movies, but now that December is here, the one I've been anticipating the most is finally here! Rian Johnson's STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI is the second chapter of the modern Star Wars Trilogy, picking up the story right where we left off at the close of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS back in 2015. With Luke Skywalker back in action as Rey, Finn, Poe Dameron and the crew continue their fight against Kylo Ren, Supreme Leader Snoke and the sinister First Order. Since the release of the original Star Wars back in 1977, The Force has been a fixture in the holiday season for our family, and with a new era of adventures from a galaxy far, far away, we're always on the hunt for the coolest Star Wars gear, and this year GameStop and ThinkGeek are stepping-up as a one-stop shop for some stellar gifts, many of which are exclusive and available Only @ GameStop!. As an extension of my annual Holiday Wish Guide™, here's some Rock Father Picks available at GameStop... but that's not all! Thanks to our friends at Spin Master, we're giving all of you the chance to win a Star Wars: The Last Jedi Hero Droid BB-8 - one of this year's hottest Star Wars toys!
As we race toward the end of 2017, one gift that always does well is the gift of entertainment. Movies always make a great stocking stuffer, and DESPICABLE ME 3 is one that'll be a hit with the entire family. The #1 animated comedy of the year is available now on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital HD, packed with bonus features and a new original Mini-Movie, The Secret Life of Kyle. There's also a Best Buy Exclusive Steelbook that puts all the great features into a limited-edition collectible package.
We've had an unusually great season for Holiday Music this year - a welcome flood of new tunes that follow a bit of a drought in the festive fare. The Rock Father's 2017 Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music and Movies continues to grow as we approach Christmas, and today there's a new addition - a rocked-up version of "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," as performed by Pennsylvania's SMALL TOWN TITANS. See the video below and crank it up!
It seems that I can't escape HANSON this week. Just yesterday, I was at O'Hare airport in Chicago, catching an early morning American Airlines flight to Los Angeles. On that flight were three familiar brothers and their band - fresh from a pair of shows at Chicago's House of Blues. In fact, I noted on Twitter that we'd even taken what was essentially the same picture - something you just have to do at O'Hare during the holidays, a Chicago tradition that recalls Home Alone. Today the first press release to hit my inbox was from HANSON's camp, spreading the word of their new music video and upcoming appearances. "Finally It's Christmas" is the title track from the group's second holiday album, one that's featured on my 2017 Ultimate Guide to New Release Holiday Music. See it below!
At our house, it seems like JoJo Siwa came out of nowhere, and that was evident on a recent trip to Walmart when The Rock Daughters™ were scoping her merch and telling us "that's the girl we watch on YouTube." Indeed, her power is mighty, and that's backed by 20 million social media followers (her dog even has a million followers on Instagram). Now, the newest Nickelodeon star is bursting onto DVD with the Walmart exclusive special release of JoJo Siwa: My World. This special DVD release from Nickelodeon Home Entertainment contains JoJo’s first-ever concert special as well as behind-the-scenes content with JoJo herself. JoJo takes fans on a journey through all of the moments of her life that have led her to her very own concert performance at Mall of America. As part of my Holiday Wish Guide™ Giveaway series here on The Rock Father™ Magazine, I've teamed-up with Nickelodeon to give you a shot at winning JoJo's new DVD!