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It was twenty years ago that the world first laid eyes on a quartet of colorful aliens with a childlike curiosity about the world around them. Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa-Laa and Po became an immediate hit, with little ones becoming enamored with the grassy world of the Teletubbies. I was working retail at the time, just two years shy of getting married, my future wife and I still a good twelve years off from having kids of our own. Still, I was on the front lines as the first wave (a tsunami, really) of Teletubbies popularity rolled in, with families eager to find the latest merchandise for their little fans. Two decades later, Teletubbies have been reinvigorated - revamped for their 20th Anniversary to delight new generations of kids. Having worked so well the first time around, the changes more like subtle upgrades, all meant to better connect with tech-savvy tots through a new series on, a fresh line of toys from the folks at Spin Master, and the new Big Hugs DVD from DHX Media.
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!
This past summer, Illumination Entertainment's The Secret Life of Pets proved to be one of the year's biggest surprises for us. A box office smash, we saw the film at the drive-in, enjoying it alongside hundreds of families under the stars, and the film took its spot as one of 2016's best in the eyes of The Rock Daughters. I loved it, too - more than I expected, if only for the prissy poodle Leonard rockin' out to System of a Down the second that his owner (voiced by Project Runway's Tim Gunn) was out the door. With the film home on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD just in-time for the holidays, this tale of what our pets do when we're not around has secured a spot in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide - a perfect last-minute gift, along with some fun toys as well!
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!