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We've covered Hasbro's MARVEL Super Hero Mashers here on the site for well over a year now, going back to when they first launched. For the uninitiated, Hasbro's Hero Mashers line has been a runaway hit - moving beyond just "Super" Heroes, and into the realms of TRANSFORMERS, JURASSIC PARK and STAR WARS (and you can combine ALL OF THEM). It was a new play pattern (that's since been copied by other toymakers) that taps into kids' natural instinct to pull their figures apart and make their own, original, "Frankenstein" creations. Thing is, back in the day, that would equal a lot of broken toys. Not anymore. When I was working on Hasbro's #SummerOfMarvel promotion not long ago, the last thing we received was something I'd saved for my annual Holiday Wish Guide - the MARVEL Super Hero Mashers Ultimate Avengers Set. This 22-piece collection is fine starting off point, or a great addition to any kid's existing collection, offering little Avengers the opportunity to build a new hero from a variety of familiar pieces.

If the past few months have taught us anything, it's that people are really enjoying "unboxing" videos, and hence we have our Rock Father TV Original Series UNBOXED. This time we're doing things a little bit different, however, presenting a special #PlayLikeHasbro Edition under UNBOXED + PLAY, which is exactly what it sounds like: some raw play footage following the Unboxing. In this episode, The Rock Daughters check out the Playskool Heroes JURASSIC WORLD Tyrannosaurus Rex, the BABY ALIVE Sips 'N Cuddles doll, the TRANSFORMERS RESCUE BOTS Boulder the Construction Bot, and finally, the MARVEL Superhero Adventures 4-in-1 AVENGERS Helicarrier. Check it out...

Could MARVEL's ANT-MAN be this year's GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY? While it might not pull as crazy the box office numbers, I'm thinking so, as the MARVEL Cinematic Universe (MCU) continues to expand with some of the coolest, yet lesser-known superheroes making their way onto the big screen. These new additions to the MCU are also bringing new heroes to the toy and collectible worlds, and PPW Toys' line of PopTaters is no exception. Coming later this year to specialty retailers and websites only is the ANT-MAN MR. POTATO HEAD, the latest recruit to the Marvel Heroes collection of 6" PopTaters to be produced by PPW under license from Hasbro. While I'd fully expect to see more revealed at next month's Toy Fair in NYC (sadly, I will not be attending), the folks at PPW sent over the concept art. Check it out...

Now THIS is how you properly deal with a leak, folks. After someone snuck a relatively high-res bootleg copy of the AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON teaser trailer to the internet earlier today (it should've come out next week), MARVEL stepped up and gave their audience exactly what they want: A prompt, official release. Tweeting "Dammit, Hydra" in concession, get your first-look at 2015's epic-looking new entry into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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Superheroes are part of daily life here at Rock Father HQ. Most of you know that by now, but I live it daily, when my girls break out their Spider-man (which you will be corrected to acknowledge as "Spider-GIRL") or Rocket Racoon masks for an adventure in the yard, or when Iron Man and Captain America spend some time having tea with Rapunzel and Ariel in the Disney Princess Castle. Not long ago, I saw the Iron Patriot chilling out with Boba Fett on the sun deck of the Barbie Dream House, kicking back, completely lounging in a pair of purple adirondack chairs. What can I say? It happens, so when Elsa and Anna show up, the adventure is just beginning. I'm big on imaginative play, tending to go light on the "screens" and big on the physical realm, which is why I've always been intrigued by the Disney Infinity Games - an open-ended platform that manages to merge to physical and the virtual. It's actually the first video game that I've ever let my girls play.

Thursday, March 27 2014 00:41

Review: THE PIRATE FAIRY (Blu-ray)

I'm surprised that we don't have a copy of PETER PAN here in the archives of Rock Father HQ. While it was released as a Diamond Edition Blu-ray last summer, I haven't picked up a copy yet, and I should probably correct that before the film retreats into the Disney Vault once more. I still remember the first time that I saw the 1953 film - during a theatrical re-release in 1982. We'd gone to see it at the Park Forest Theater (then, a large, single-screen movie house that was a relic from 1950), and to me, the film seemed brand-new... and I probably thought that it was. It's been years since I've seen it, though the little ones and I caught RETURN TO NEVER LAND not long ago. My girls haven't seen where it all began, yet Never Land is a place that's oft-visited, through the tales spun in JAKE AND THE NEVER LAND PIRATES, and the Disney Fairies realm. With the release of THE PIRATE FAIRY, everything comes together, as the film is both a sequel to the Tinker Bell films, and a prequel to PETER PAN.

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