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First revealed at New York Toy Fair back in 2016, the collaboration between Funko and Playmobil was a bit of an unexpected one. Playmobil is one of my favorite toy lines of all-time, producing quality, German-designed toys since 1974. Funko is a more recent success story, the Washington-based maker of Pop! Vinyl ever-expanding their footprint into the pop culture world and beyond. For Funko x Playmobil, the two toymakers have partnered for a series of 6" collectible figures that are scaled more in-line with what Funko is known for, but with the iconic Playmobil look and feel. What makes these special is that they're the first-ever pop culture licenses to appear in Playmobil form, and while they're bigger than the norm, they also serve as a preview for Playmobil Ghostbusters, which launches in May of 2017. With the first wave of Funko x Playmobil officially released, my friends at Entertainment Earth sent over an assortment of figures for review here at Rock Father HQ, and one duo that I was really excited to see was Doctor Emmett Brown and Marty McFly from Back to the Future!

With New York Toy Fair behind us, we now have a pretty good idea of what lies in store for the rest of 2017 when it comes to toys and collectibles. But what have pop culture collectors been buying recently? My allies and affiliates at Entertainment Earth have some data to share, taking a look at sales figures from mid-October 2016 to mid-January 2017. The Force is still strong, but there's "significant consumer interest" rising for items based on the Netflix Original Series, Stranger Things, and Marvel's forthcoming Guardians of the Galaxy 2. Check out the details below...

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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 battle to "catch 'em all!" is getting hardcore. The inaugural 2017 Pokémon North American International Championships will take place June 30–July 2 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, followed by the 2017 Pokémon World Championships in Anaheim, California in August. It's the ultimate challenge for players of both the Pokémon Trading Card Game and video game series. Check out the details below...

Can you become the biggest snake? That's the question posited by the massively-popular mobile game, Slither.io. With over 150 million downloads, and over 120 million plays per day, Slither.io has been consistently been Google Play's #1 free game, and now it's making the jump to toys. Revealed this month at Toy Fair 2017 in New York, Bonkers Toys is bringing Slither.io to life as a line of blind bag collectibles, and later, plush. While we're not at Toy Fair in-person, some of the first samples of the Slither.io blind bags made their way to Rock Father HQ in Illinois, and The Rock Daughters™ (already familiar with the game) were more than happy to crack into four of them. Check out the video below!

It was January of 2016 when I declared that "Sprout's FLOOGALS is the next great space-based program for kids." In that article, I noted that our youngest daughter, Finley, immediately began asking us, "When are Floogals toys coming out?" At the time, there was no licensee for Floogals, but that changed last summer when the folks at Just Play picked up the ball. In the time since, a weird thing has happened... Finn has asked for Floogals toys every single time a package has arrived. We're talking over a year, folks. With each delivery by FedEx or UPS to Rock Father HQ, she always sees the boxes and asks, "Is it Floogals toys?" Of all the many diverse interests that our girls have, I have never seen such an obsession over one thing that until now, simply didn't exist. Today, that changes. Thanks to my friend Lindsay at Ren Beanie, I have for you a first-look at Just Play's first batch of Floogals Toys! This is straight from the product showroom at the in-progress North American International Toy Fair in New York City. Check it out...

The North American International Toy Fair continues to roll on in New York City, and the TRANSFORMERS continue to roll out! Among to new toy announcements from Hasbro comes a new trailer for Transformers: Forged to Fight, the new mobile game from Kabam Games. Arriving in the App Store and Google Play this Spring, Transformers: Forged to Fight will give players access to nearly every phase of the Transformers franchise history, challenging fans and players to assemble the ultimate team of Transformers. Players will be able to collect iconic characters from every Transformers generation, including Autobots and Decepticons from the animated series and Paramount’s blockbuster films, as well as fan-favorites from the Transformers comic book series and Hasbro’s massive catalog of figures. The Transformers PR Team just hit The Rock Father with the new trailer, and I've got it for you below. Check it out!

The North American International Toy Fair is officially underway in New York City, and this particular reveal comes to you thanks to my friends at Entertainment Earth! Arriving this August, Hasbro's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Marvel Legends Star-Lord and Ego Action Figures 2-Pack comes to Entertainment Earth first! They'll be getting the first shipment - a full month ahead of mass retail - which means those who pre-order now will get their hands on Chris Pratt and Kurt Russell as father and son before many of their friends. Take a look at these fantastic figures below, both just-revealed in NYC...

Saturday, February 18 2017 08:26

#TFNY: First-Look at Spin Master's Rusty Rivets Toys!

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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!

The return of MADBALLS has been a big hit for the folks at Just Play, and with Series 1 (reviewed here) flying off of store shelves, kids and collectors have been eager to learn more about Series 2. In fact, we just cracked a box of MadBalls Blind Bags on YouTube Live (see it here), and the kids were immediately wondering, "where's the rest?" Well, as New York Toy Fair gets underway, my friends at Just Play have partnered with The Rock Father to give you a first-look at some of the new characters that will be hitting stores this Fall! There's new 3" Foam Balls, plus a new assortment of Blind Packs - including new characters and grotesque Mix-Ups! Details and photo gallery below!

Loot Crate has been serving-up a popular line of curated subscription boxes for quite awhile now, and today comes new out of New York Toy Fair that they're set to start making some of their own toys. Loot Crate's officially licensed collectible toys will be included in select subscription lines as limited edition series as a new way of "delivering an unexpected, one-of-a-kind product for the most passionate collectors and fans."

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