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Saturday, October 21 2017 23:27

#31DaysOfHalloween: Funko Horror 8-Bit Pops!

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Retro pop culture continues to be hot, and with that the folks at Funko are continuing their series of Pop! Vinyl figures that a crafted in pixel art. Presented in the style of the 8-Bit games of the 1980s, the next round of 8-Bit Pops are from the horror collection, with A Nightmare on Elm Street's Freddy Krueger, Friday the 13th's Jason Voorhees and a Xenomorph from Ridley Scott's Alien - all available for pre-order via my affiliates at Entertainment Earth.

In the trailer for Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Poe Dameron mentions that The Resistance has "a spark that will light the fire that will burn The First Order down." But thematically, what if the players on the other side feel the same way? Back it up around 30 years, and you're in the timeline just following the events of 1983's Return of the Jedi, and that's right where EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II lies. To avenge the death of The Emperor, they follow his instructions to "ignite the inferno" - making reference to The Inferno Squad, in an effort to burn The Rebellion down. See the new single-player trailer for the game below, and look for it on November 14, 2017. Exclusive pre-order deals available via my affiliate, GameStop.

The Rock Daughters™ are Nintendo Kid Reviewers. Product provided for review by Nintendo of America.

When I first played Splatoon 2 at a Nintendo Switch launch event earlier this year, I immediately pegged it as a game that my girls were gonna love. I jumped-in to a test run of local multiplayer against a full field of players, the interesting aspect being that I was the one player in the mix who hadn't played the original Splatoon. On the surface, I thought it was a simple paintball game - a shooter in which kids could splatter their digital world and have a fine time doing it. Thing is, it's actually so much more, with a world of "Inkling" shapeshifters who move between humanoid and squid forms, swimming in ink to refill their weapons as they navigate a well-thought world with real missions. After receiving a copy of the game for review from our friends at Nintendo this summer, I've had a chance to play it myself, but I've also had the opportunity to see just how much the kids like it - but also how the digital world of Inkopolis has come to life in the real world via new toys from JAKKS Pacific.

1997 was a pretty good year. It was the year I met (and was soon engaged to) the girl who would eventually become my wife, and it was also a big year for toys. I was actually working for Walmart at the time, and I remember the original Tamagotchi craze like it was yesterday. It came in an era when Tickle Me Elmo and Pokemon were also possible subjects to the infamous "Do you have _____?" that retail workers were getting slammed with on a daily basis. Now, in an era where toys like Hatchimals encourage kids to nurture electronic pets, the return of 1997's digital pet looms, with the 20th Anniversary Edition of the original Tamagotchi set for release on November 5, 2017 in limited quantities via Bandai America. But, like other recent retro comebacks (NES Classic and such), this Tamagotchi is a miniature version of the original device.

Despite being quite a fan of horror and the supernatural, I'm not well-versed in the works of H.P. Lovecraft. Of course, I am familiar with the mighty Cthulhu, who first landed on my radar not by his legend, but via Metallica. Indeed, it was Metallica's instrumental "Call of Ktulu" from 1984's Ride the Lightning that was my first exposure to this mythical beast, and some three+ decades later it seems that Cthulhu's fame is greater than ever as the tentacled one has risen to become a household name. With that in mind, The Rock Father™ and Entertainment Earth are giving readers a chance to win a new Funko Dorbz CTHULHU figure! As part of 31 Days of Halloween 2017, you could own this 3" version of Lovecraft's Great Old One, but which one will you get? Could it be the standard version, or the highly-limited Glow-in-the-Dark "Chase" version? The Master of R'Lyeh awaits!

Here's Johnny! Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING first hit theaters back in 1980, an iconic horror film that's also divisive based upon how accurately (or inaccurately) it served as an adaptation of Stephen King's 1977 novel. Nearly 40 years later, audiences still love it, and the film is a Halloween-season staple, which is why The Rock Father™ and Entertainment Earth are giving readers a chance to win a new Funko Dorbz THE SHINING Jack Torrance figure! As part of 31 Days of Halloween 2017, you could own this 3" version of Jack Torrance - but which one will you get? Could it be the standard Jack, or the frozen "Chase" version?

I've been talking-up Disney Junior's Vampirina for months, and now that the series is officially out, families have quickly fallen in love with The Hauntley family and their adventurous daughter, Vee (Vampirina). Perhaps learning from past experience in which fans of a hit series have to wait months (sometimes years) as their kids constantly ask "when are the toys coming out?," Vampirina launched with a full line of fun products, and at the center of that is a fantastic line of toys from Just Play. On October 13 - yes, Friday the 13th - I will be joining The Toy Insider for their first-ever #Vampirina Twitter Party! We'll be giving friends and followers chances to win some of these incredible new toys! To participate, you must RSVP, so be sure to do that now!

Friday, October 06 2017 09:12

Toy Review: Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush

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The Toy InsiderWe've all been there - a smiling child looking up at you, basking in the pride that comes with a job well-done as they show off their latest masterpiece. Then you see how much of the paint has made it not onto the paper, but onto the table, the floor, the wall, their clothes... and perhaps the family pet. It's adorable, yet maddening, and in the past the reaction has been to just shake it off while heading for the Magic Eraser and whatever spray cleaner might be nearby. Crayola Color Wonder has been tackling some of that mess for a bit, particularly with their markers and travel kits, which we've used often. Now there's the Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush & Drawing Pad - a painting set that refreshes an idea that painting doesn't have to be a huge mess. My colleagues at The Toy Insider sent us a set for review here at Rock Father HQ, and this is one of those things that I had to break into and try out before the girls even got a chance. 

It's been nearly three decades since CHILD'S PLAY gave audiences their first taste of Chucky, a killer doll that was once a "Good Guy." 29 years and seven movies in, CULT OF CHUCKY has arrived just in-time for Halloween, bringing a fresh dose of clever kills available on Blu-ray and streaming on Netflix. Now, The Rock Father™ and Entertainment Earth are getting in on the action by giving readers a chance to win a new Funko Dorbz Child's Play Chucky figure! As part of 31 Days of Halloween 2017, you could own this 3" version of Chucky that's so adorable, he might even become your buddy! Wanna play?

PBS KIDS have announced that this holiday season, they're expanding their partnership with Whole Foods Market through a new assortment of sustainable, educational wooden toys for children. Arriving just in-time for the gifting season, PBS KIDS EverEarth products (part of a licensing partnership between PBS KIDS and Maxim Enterprise, Inc) feature items for both indoor and outdoor play, encouraging families to explore and learn together. On top of that, PBS KIDS plush animals made by Aurora will arrive with eight new offerings. 100% of net proceeds from the sale of all PBS KIDS toys at Whole Foods Market will support PBS KIDS’ mission to help all children, especially those who need it most. Whole Foods Market will also donate one percent of total sales to Whole Kids Foundation®, an organization dedicated to improving wellness and nutrition across the country.

Mattel's WellieWishers (a spin-off from American Girl) have been a part of regular play here at Rock Father HQ since last year, when my friends at The Toy Insider sent the girls a couple of the dolls (Emerson and Camille) followed by Grandpa Dale giving The Rock Daughters some new outfits and the Garden Stage Playset. Like most toys these days, WellieWishers are getting some digital accompaniment, and this month brings the release of WellieWishers: Garden Fun, an all-new mobile game for iOS and Android. Check out the trailer for the game below...

DC Super Hero Girls is a line of been championing since it's announcement, and here at Rock Father HQ we're well-versed in the adventures of Wonder Woman, Supergirl, Harley Quinn and their friends. Part of the fun is playing dress-up, and while we're big on that any day, the Halloween season throws the door wide open for some junior cosplay fun. This year, DC Comics is encouraging your #GetYourCapeOn and share your kids' DC Superhero Girls costumes (yes, Beast Boy and Flash are also welcome). Parents can upload their child's picture, then customize it with frames and add it to a special Halloween gallery. I actually shared one of The Rock Daughters™ from the spring of 2016 when the DC Super Hero Girls first launched...

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