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Spring is a great time for new toys, and as parents and kids are hitting the stores looking for the latest offerings from their favorite characters, right now you can find some fresh gear from Equestria. Perfect for Easter Baskets and imaginative play comes thew new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Rarity Fashion Runway Playset from Hasbro. With the seventh season of the hit series kicking-off on Discovery Family, plus My Little Pony: The Movie on the way, The Rock Father™ and Hasbro are going to spread some magic by getting two (2) lucky readers hooked-up with playsets of their own! It's a playset we have here at HQ, and my youngest daughter loves it!

It's always a weird thing with Star Wars - the tendency to read too much into things, but aside from decades of separation and the 40th Anniversary of the franchise, I have to wonder if there's a connection between the two big Hasbro reveals today. Just hours after unveiling details on their Star Wars The Black Series Rey and Speeder (see it here), now comes news of The Black Series X-34 Landspeeder and 6-Inch Luke Skywalker figure. On display at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, this new set will be at retail this fall, with a suggested retail price of $59.99. See more below...

Wednesday, April 12 2017 10:27

#SWCO: Hasbro's Black Series Rey and Speeder

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Star Wars Celebration Orlando is getting underway this week, and thus we're preparing for an onslaught of fresh news from around the Star Wars Galaxy to come rolling into Rock Father HQ... probably faster than I can keep up. One of the first reveals hit yesterday, with the debut of a new set from Hasbro - STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES REY’S SPEEDER (JAKKU) & REY (SCAVENGER) Figure. Set to hit retail this fall with a suggested price of $59.99, this gorgeous set features an all-new, highly-articulated figure of Daisy Ridley's Rey, alongside a detailed version of her speeder from JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens. 

When the first two Skylanders games were released, I played them both (and reviewed the first, Spyro's Adventure, six years ago), but our girls were too young to get in on the action. When the sixth installment of the franchise, Skylanders Imaginators, was announced last year, I thought that the craze had passed us by, but then two things happened: The Netflix Original Series Skylanders Academy, and the release of the Nintendo Switch. The former introduced the kids to a world that they became enamored with, and the latter offered up a new platform to use - one where I was able to go hands-on thanks to some preview events. Then the folks at Activision hooked us up with a Starter Pack for Xbox One, and enthusiasm for Skylanders officially took hold, just in-time for the release of the latest expansion, the Cursed Tiki Temple Level Pack.

Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels just wrapped its third season, and with season four coming this fall, we haven't seen the last from the crew of the Ghost. The latest installment of Funko's Smuggler's Bounty Subscription box started arriving in mailboxes and on porches a few weeks back, and it's the perfect way to close out the season - perfectly-themed with Star Wars Rebels. Rather than just do a standard unboxing and review, this time we're mixing it up a bit... I put the camera and directorial duties in the hands of 7-year-old Adalyn, who helms the action as 4-year-old Finley does the honors in cracking the box and showing off the goods. Watch the video below!

Sony Pictures' Smurfs: The Lost Village hits theaters this weekend, and just in-time for the latest cinematic release (a CGI reboot of sorts), Sony Pictures Television Games has release Smurfs Bubble Story. Available now for iOS and Android, the new mobile game was developed by Tic Toc Games in Burbank, and I've had a chance to go hands-on with it over the past week or so here at Rock Father HQ. A freemium title (free-to-play with in-app purchases), I made it up to around  level 15 or so (I'm currently on level 23) before it asked me to buy credits. Adding a story and "collectible" digital Smurfs to the mix, it's exactly the type of smooth, quick-play experience that you'd want from a bubble popper. Check out the launch trailer below...

Wednesday, April 05 2017 08:39

First Look - Disney•Pixar Cars 3: Driven to Win!

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Disney•Pixar's Cars 3 will race into theaters on June 16, but a few days prior (June 13), Warner Bros. Games will unleash Cars 3: Driven to Win, an all-new video game for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U. Your road to becoming a champion starts with this first look of Cars 3: Driven to Win as you gear-up to speed into the world of Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Jackson Storm and other beloved characters as you determine your path to racing mastery! Check out the preview below, and stay tuned for some exclusive coverage from the #Cars3Event, coming soon to The Rock Father™ Magazine.

PJ Masks AmbassadoreOne's PJ Masks has been a massive hit ever since it made its debut on Disney Junior, and after a launch at Toys "R" Us last year, the full line of PJ Masks toys from Just Play are now available everywhere! With new offerings like Deluxe Vehicles and Action Figures hitting stores, The Toy Insider and Just Play have teamed-up for another Twitter Party, and as a member of The Toy Insider Parent Panel, The Rock Father will be taking part! Want to WIN some fantastic PJ Masks prizes? Join us on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 11-12pm ET for the #PJMasks Twitter Party! You must RSVP to take part.

My girls keep telling me that I "have a big belly like Daddy Pig," so I'm very aware of the world of Peppa Pig. I can dig it, and I'm a big fan of some of the supporting characters like Mr. Potato. Indeed, Peppa is among the icons here at Rock Father HQ, and our family has enjoyed the show, the toys, the clothing, and even a visit to Peppa Pig Live! With that in mind, I think I can claim to be well-versed in all-things-Peppa, and that's why I'm inviting you to join eOne and The Toy Insider this Friday, March 31 at 11am ET for the #AroundtheWorldPeppa Twitter Party. You have to RSVP to be eligible for prizes, and we've got some fun ones in the mix!

Netflix #StreamTeamOver thirty years before DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender became a breakout hit as a Netflix Original Series (read my feature on it here), there was Voltron: Defender of the Universe... or what kids like myself knew it as back in 1984, simply, Voltron. Now, with the new series already in its second season, a whole new generation has discovered an exciting world, but one worthy of a history lesson. Voltron '84 is a hand-picked collection of twelve episodes from the original series, enhanced by introductions by the creative team behind the current series. To celebrate the arrival of Voltron '84 on Netflix, the Voltron crew has teamed-up with The Rock Father™ to give you a chance to win a couple of new action figures from the folks at Playmates Toys!

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!

Collectors of Funko Pop! Vinyl got a surprise this week with the reveal of two new Entertainment Earth Exclusives - and they're from very different corners of the pop culture landscape. From Warner Bros.' upcoming Wonder Woman, there's a Diana Prince vinyl figure that features the character in her "civilian disguise" for the first-time ever. And for those into some serious horror action, there's a "Bloody" Ash from Starz' Ash vs Evil Dead. Check them out below, courtesy of my affiliate, Entertainment Earth.

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