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As the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles have evolved over the past few decades, they've had a habit of stepping into their own version of the "monster mash" on more than a few occasions. Mikey, Leo, Donnie and Raph have not only battled all manor of supernatural beast, but they've also become them at times. In a tale that finds a quartet of reptiles mutated into humanoid form, few things are off-limits as the story sometimes becomes multi-dimensional. Have they really become monsters, or are they simply wearing costumes? Depends on the time, but years ago Playmates Toys issued some crossover figures in which The Universal Monsters were mashed-up with the Turtles themselves. Now, that general spirit is back with TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: MONSTERS + MUTANTS, a recent four-episode arc of the hit Nickelodeon series (now in its final season), and with that comes some fantastic new action figures from the folks at Playmates!

There's a new group of heroes hitting the scene this week in an urban fantasy that's been described as "Manhattan meets Middle Earth." Mysticons follows the tale of four girls - each from a different walk of life - as they're transformed into legendary warriors. Together, Arkayna, Zarya, Em and Piper take an oath to battle evil and protect a magical realm in a new hero brand that the creators hope will "showcase every girl's strength, confidence and character." The animated series debuts today on Nickelodeon (4pm EST) and I've got a sneak-preview for you below!

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The world of the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES has evolved numerous times throughout the past few decades, and through countless adventures that have sometimes jumped dimensions, the Turtles have occasionally crossed paths with a Ronin rabbit called Miyamoto Usagi, perhaps better-known as Usagi Yojimbo. Created in the 1980s by Stan Sakai, the character has appeared alongside the TMNT crew in several different versions, particularly becoming a cult favorite based on the original 1987 animated series. Now, in Nickelodeon's TALES OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, Usagi is back, and a recent three-part story arc found the Ninja Turtles transported to an alternate dimension in which they fight as samurai alongside the mysterious Ronin rabbit. Of course, being back on the radar for a new generation means the right time to be reintroduced to the toy line, and Playmates has stepped-up with a fantastic Samurai-themed collection of new TMNT action figures, a sampling of which arrived here at Rock Father™ HQ for review.

When Ben 10 launched the first time around, my wife and I were still some years off from becoming parents, and thus the multi-dimensional adventures escaped us for a bit. While the series has evolved over the past decade and a half, 2017 brought the opportunity for a fresh start and a new series of Ben 10 was born - the perfect opportunity for a new generation of kids to enjoy the adventures of 10-year-old Ben Tennyson, his cousin Gwen and their grandfather, Max. With the power of the Omnitrix on his wrist, Ben can transform himself into one of 10 different alien creatures as the family embarks on great adventures in their Rustbucket - a combination RV/laboratory. With a great new show comes some great new toys, and Ben 10 is being handled by Playmates Toys - the same team behind the long-running success of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the recent Voltron: Legendary Defender collections. 

Netflix #StreamTeamOver thirty years before DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender became a breakout hit as a Netflix Original Series (read my feature on it here), there was Voltron: Defender of the Universe... or what kids like myself knew it as back in 1984, simply, Voltron. Now, with the new series already in its second season, a whole new generation has discovered an exciting world, but one worthy of a history lesson. Voltron '84 is a hand-picked collection of twelve episodes from the original series, enhanced by introductions by the creative team behind the current series. To celebrate the arrival of Voltron '84 on Netflix, the Voltron crew has teamed-up with The Rock Father™ to give you a chance to win a couple of new action figures from the folks at Playmates Toys!

The crew at Playmates Toys is rolling into the North American International Toy Fair with an expanded portfolio this year, moving well-beyond the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles offerings that they're known for, and into the realm of DreamWorks Television Animation's Voltron Legendary Defender and Cartoon Network's refreshed Ben 10, Look for photos and details soon, but check out an initial overview of what will be shown at the Playmates Toys booth, #2469, at Toy Fair from February 18-21, 2017.

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