If your house is anything like ours, then PAW Patrol is probably a huge deal. The tales of Ryder and the Pups saving the day in Adventure Bay have become legendary, with a symbiotic relationship between the Nick Jr. TV series and the expansive (and growing) line of toys from Spin Master. In fact, I think that the PAW Patrol line of figures, vehicles and playsets is one of the best toy lines of the past decade. In the summer of 2015, during my last visit to The Step2 Company's Ohio headquarters as a Brand Ambassador, I sat-in on a meeting in which some third-party licenses were presented as potential new toys - a few of which already had some hand-drawn mock-ups. One of them was PAW Patrol. Now, over a year later, the Step2 PAW Patrol Lookout Climber is a reality - released as a Toys "R" Us Exclusive for the fall of 2016, and an early pick for my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide!
From the response that I've received from my 2016 PAW Patrol Toy Fair Preview, I know just how much all of you love the residents of Adventure Bay (it's A LOT). As we roll into the 2016 Holiday Toy Season, the big event for Spin Master's PAW Patrol is the September 16th debut of "Tracker Joins the Pups!," a special one-hour PAW Patrol event on Nickelodeon - one backed by a full line of new toys, most of which were previewed here. While the new assortment of JUNGLE RESCUE toys is expansive, there's also the new ROLL PATROL collection and the much-anticipated ZOOMER MARSHALL... but that's not all. ZOOMER SKYE and ZOOMER EVEREST are coming to stores as retail exclusives, and the limited-edition JUNGLE PATROLLER is rolling into Sam's Club locations as we speak.
Sony Pictures' ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE is something that's escaped us thus far this summer. The Rock Daughters have seen (an been photographed with) the giant cardboard standees at the local movie theaters, have watched some of the cartoons on Netflix, and were quite hooked by the trailers for the film... but we just have't been able to see it just yet. To make things even a bit more taunting, a few weeks back, my friends at Spin Master sent us an assortment of ANGRY BIRDS movie toys that have been in my review queue here at Rock Father HQ, tempting the girls to crack them without me, if only because we were faced with an unusually busy June. That's changed now, as we did a nearly 40-minute "Live Unboxing" via Facebook Live, a version of which has been edited for YouTube, allowing a full look at a factory case of 12 bagged collectible ANGRY BIRDS figures, along with the Vinyl Knockout Playset and TNT Invasion Playset!
We have a sizable fleet of radio-controlled vehicles here at Rock Father HQ, and over the past few weeks it's become quite apparent that I just might have a new favorite. My love of Batman (yes, I do have a full bat-suit in my closet) and the Batmobile in general (I have many Hot Wheels versions) is fairly well-known, but having not seen BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE upon the arrival of our new Air Hogs Official Movie Replica from the folks at Spin Master (sent for review), there was no built-in affection for the ride driven by Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's superhero showdown. That changed as soon as The Rock Daughters and I took to the streets (sidewalk, mostly) with this new ride, strapping a GoPro to the top for a full in-action video!
The whole "blind" craze is a double-edged sword for me. On one hand, the kids love their blind bags, blind boxes, mystery eggs and capsules. On the other hand, I don't like duplication... and when you're buying blind, that can happen. As my wife is quick to note, that's really the point - get duplicates, and trade with friends... just as I did with baseball and trading cards back in the day. Really, The Rock Daughters love blind bags, the most popular of which here have been Playmobil and Fisher-Price Imaginext figures. But there's others... countless others, so it's interesting when we see something different like the new line of MASH'EMS and FASH'EMS from the folks at Tech4Kids. They're mashable, squishy, stretchy little characters based on numerous pop culture licenses, and for our first batch we received eight of them - two each from MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, PAW Patrol, Disney•Pixar and DC Comics. We jumped on YouTube and cracked them open for a fresh episode of UNBOXED...
If you like motorcycles, toys and building things, then take a look at what Spin Master has just released as part of their Meccano line... the Ducati Monster 1200 S Build and Play Set. The Canadian toymaker and the Italian motorcycle maker have teamed-up for a series of building sets based on the popular bikes, bringing two icons together for the very first time.