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The North American International Toy Fair is underway in New York, and one of the companies rolling out the biggest assortment of new toys is Spin Master. Following their "License of the Year" win for PAW Patrol (a line we absolutely love - see the 2017 preview here), one of their most-anticipated new lines for Fall 2017 comes from another property set in that same "world" - RUSTY RIVETS. The recent debut of the series on Nick Jr. has introduced kids to the "maker movement," a fine companion to much of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) options out there, with kids encouraged to use the materials around them to craft new creations. If your kids are already into PAW Patrol, you'll notice that Rusty, Ruby and friends are in the same scale as Ryder, and these new toys will fit right in. Launching in Fall 2017, here's the Rusty Rivets toys that kids are gonna love!

I'm a firm believer that Spin Master's PAW Patrol is one of the best toy lines of the past decade. In fact, I'd even go as far as to say that their line of figures, vehicles and playsets is a future Hall of Famer - a collection that could easily hang with some favorites of my own youth back in the 80s. PAW Patrol is a toy line that the kids of today will be telling their kids about 30 years from now, and backed by a hit series on Nick Jr., the adventure just keeps getting bigger. Last year, I gave you a first-look at where the Pups would be headed, and now I'm back to give you another look into the future, with the full reveal of Spin Master's 2017 PAW Patrol line! Ryder and the crew have conquered land... and air... and now it's time to conquer the sea! Straight outta New York Toy Fair, here's what's next for PAW Patrol!

It's a crisp 5° here at Rock Father HQ as I write this, but it's never too early to be thinking about spring (and summer) while the dead of winter continues to set in. A new year means new toys, and 2017 is already shaping up to be a big one - and we haven't even hit Toy Fair yet! One of the first items to become available is the PAW Patrol Water Table by The Step2 Company. Produced under license from Spin Master, this new table brings the excitement of Adventure Bay into the water play realm, complete with fun action features and a trio of included characters from the hit Nick Jr. series - Marshall, Skye and Zuma! The second PAW Patrol item from Step2 following the excellent Lookout Climber (reviewed here), to get a new year of toys kicked off right, Step2 and The Rock Father have teamed up to give readers a chance to win one of these great water tables for your house!

Tinky Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po are back! If you'd have told me twenty years ago that I'd be writing about Teletubbies two decades in the future, I wouldn't have believed it, as I was working in a store back when the Teletubbies craze first hit. It was something that I didn't understand back then, but as a parent now, it's something I can appreciate. With new episodes airing daily on Nick Jr. and new toys hitting the 'States via Spin Master right now, the folks at Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have just released TELETUBBIES: SNOWBALL on DVD, and we've teamed-up to offer readers a shot at a prize pack! One (1) lucky reader of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine will receive TELETUBBIES: SNOWBALL on DVD, plus the new Lullaby Laa-Laa Musical Night Light Plush Toy!

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As the saying goes... it's the calm before the storm. It's a feeling that I've felt before, and over the past few years, I've become pretty good at picking out the the new shows and toys that kids are going to be all about in the months ahead. This week comes the official launch of what will likely become your kids' next obsession: Rusty Rivets.  From Spin Master Entertainment (the team behind PAW Patrol) comes a new series on Nick Jr., making its formal premiere at 1pm ET on Tuesday, November 8th - this following a special summer preview back in August (appropriately paired with a PAW Patrol special event) and a soft launch on the digital apps. Designed for preschoolers and beyond - Rusty Rivets teaches some STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts, but is inspired by the growing DIY "maker culture," as 10-year-old Rusty and best friend Ruby, "Combine It and Design It" - using imagination and creativity to help solve problems. Having watched a few episodes already, I feel confident in telling you that Rusty Rivets is about to be big. Check out a preview...

This Sunday, October 23, 2016, it's time for a "Pumpkin Party" with PEPPA PIG! A new Halloween episode of the kid-favorite show, coming to Nick Jr. at 7pm ET.  In this very special extended story, guests will be coming dressed in scary costumes – Peppa is a witch, George is a dinosaur and Rebecca Rabbit is a carrot...gone bad! Viewers will also join Peppa on exciting new adventures that include participating in a pumpkin competition, taking a trip to a castle and more! Plus, Peppa will meet a new friend at playgroup, Gerald Giraffe! Check out a preview below, and be sure to visit the grownups section of the Peppa Pig website for some Halloween FREE PRINTABLES!

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