As one of the Lalaloopsy SIP (Sew Important Person) Ambassadors, I tend to receive some cool packages from time to time - shipments for The Rock Daughters™ to go hands-on with here in our state-of-the-art Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ. This month, the theme was a celebration of Lalaloopsy's birthday, and with the Super Silly Party in full-effect, we did a new UNBOXED + Play video, and we're getting ready to giveaway some additional toys - new Lalaloopsy goodies that YOU just might win! First-up, it's the Lalaloopsy Minis Super Silly Party Musical Cake Playset - by far the biggest hit out of all the new offerings.
Spin Master's MECCANO (known in the U.S. as "Erector" Sets) has just scored a Guinness World Record. The Big Bridge Build, a year-long project, resulted in a massive bridge over Clarendon Dock in Belfast, Ireland, built entirely out of Meccano parts. Created by the Queen's University Belfast Civil Engineering Department with assistance from Spin Master, McLaughlin & Harvey and Aecom, Architecture and Civil Engineering faculty and students built the bridge, with the help of local school children, as part of the university's outreach program to encourage more children to think about careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics). Officials from Guinness World Records have confirmed that this bridge is the world's largest Meccano structure. Take a look at some stats!
For those who are familiar with my writings and photography as "The Rock Father," you already know that my affection for toys runs deep. Over the past few years, toys and the business of play have not only become one of the biggest coverage areas here on the site, but I've also been fortunate to work as a Brand Ambassador and consultant for a number of toymakers - both publicly, and privately. One area of the toy world that tends to get overlooked by the public is no doubt the most important - the inventors, and how their ideas and imagination evolve into the cherished toys that kids around the world get to enjoy. I hadn't seen this particular video until today, and I only discovered it after one of the featured inventors (Jim McCafferty of JMP Creative) followed me on twitter. From Spin Master (already one of our favorite toymakers here at Rock Father HQ) comes "Inventing the Future," a 3½-minute look at some of the creative minds behind some of their coolest toys. Take a look...
As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I've had the joy of bringing you a ton of news, reviews and features on new products from The Step2 Company over these past few years. For Fall 2015, we're going a little bit bigger, and I'm helping to drop the curtain on 11 new products (MADE IN THE USA*) destined to be sought-after by children, and almost certain to make several Hot Holiday Toy lists (a few will be in my own Holiday Wish Guide). The lineup is impressive, and we're inviting all of you to share in our excitement by taking part in a very special giveaway - one in which the winner will get their choice of which item they'll receive from the Fall 2015 reveals! Ready to rock?
Ready for the Wizard World Comic Con Chicago? It's getting underway, and the news keeps coming. This just into Rock Father HQ...
Wizard World, Inc. today announced that for the first time it has partnered with Bandai America Incorporated to offer an exclusive Wizard World Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Limited Edition GLOW-IN-THE-DARK Tokyo Vinyl® Green Ranger figures, Thursday through Sunday during Wizard World Comic Con Chicago at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center. With 1,500 total figures produced, only 500 will be available at Comic Con Chicago, exclusively at the Wizard World Store on the show floor, while supplies last.
I've been sort of obsessed with the idea of a life-sized TONKA truck ever since I saw one of the custom FORD TONKA's at the Chicago Auto Show a few years back. Then, someone that lives relatively close to me bought one - a fact I know since I see it on the road a few times a month, so there's a TONKA being stored somewhere new Rock Father HQ. But when it comes to life-sized TONKA trucks, the folks at Funrise Toys, who manufacture TONKA under license from Hasbro, have a long-running relationship with TOYOTA, and this week they've unveiled the life-sized TONKA 4Runner - a power-packed truck that joins a family of life-size TONKA marketing vehicles including the TONKA T-Rex, the TONKA Tundra and Off-road vehicles – Pro 2, Pro 4, Pro Lite and Pro Buggy, which compete in the Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Series.