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They say that "love is a new puppy," and that's something that I've experienced twice in my life - both within the last 15 years. No, I didn't have a pet until my teens, and even then, it was hamsters. I would've enjoyed having a dog running around,  but sometimes having a real-life canine companion just doesn't work - for a lot of reasons. That's where Peppy Pets can come in with their Peppy Pups - adorable puppies that are packed with personality! To celebrate the joy of puppy companionship on National Puppy Day and beyond, TPF Toys and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to get one family hooked-up with a Peppy Pup of their own!

A rising part of the micro-collectibles craze, TPF Toys' Splashlings made a, well, splash, last year, and now the second wave is swimming ashore. Arriving at Walmart in February, Sam Walton's former "five & dime" joins the ranks of other major retailers in stocking these fun, sea-dwelling friends. From Mike Bowling, creator of Pound Puppies, Splashlings are "An Ocean Full of Friends," and the new wave brings 100 new mermaids, ocean friends, gems, shells and treasures join the Splashlings family. We have a few Wave 1 sets here at HQ, and The Rock Daughters™ love 'em.

The "micro collectible" trend continues to grow of late with numerous new entries into a realm dominated by Shopkins. One of the latest entrants is Splashlings - "An Ocean Full of Friends" - a new line from Australian toymaker TPF Toys, available in the U.S. as a Toys "R" Us Exclusive. With over 100 seas-dwelling friends to collect, the folks at TPF sent one of their starter packs, along with five blind bags here to Rock Father HQ for review, and The Rock Daughters™ and I took to Facebook Live for a "Live Unboxing" (in this case, an unbagging). Now, despite the fact that our kids - and many friends and readers of this site - love the blind bags, capsules and boxes... I'm "Old Crankypants" since we tend to get so many duplicates. How did this assortment work out? Check out the video below!