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The holiday season is a great time to gather with friends and break out the board games! While the old classics are great, there's a lot of new fun to be had this year, including some new games from SmartGames USA. Among their new titles are Sleeping Beauty (ages 3+), Cube Puzzler GO (8+) and the Cube Puzzler PRO (10+). These Holiday Wish Guide™ picks make for great gift ideas, and now The Rock Father™ and SmartGames have teamed-up to highlight these fun new games while also giving you a chance to win your choice! Check out the videos and details below...

When it comes to classic play, you just can't beat a great wooden train set. While there's a number of companies producing similar sets with interconnecting tracks, BRIO has been leading the charge by moving beyond the track with BRIO WORLD. While the trains are still at the center of the action, BRIO WORLD includes six themes that feature vehicles, figures and playsets as part of a "a playful interactive system so that you can ride, drive, run or fly between them!" Geared toward kids ages 3-99 (sorry to the older folks), BRIO WORLD now has Smart Tech, which adds interactive smart technology to select trains and accessories. The BRIO WORLD Smart Engine Set with Action Tunnels is a 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™ Pick, and now BRIO and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to showcase this great new set and give you a chance to win one! Two (2) lucky readers will receive a set, perfect for holiday giving! Welcome to BRIO WORLD...

There's no disputing that there's a lot of bricks and blocks on the market, "compatible" brands that all essentially do the same thing. So how do you build upon that without doing the same old thing? With E-Blox, that means bringing some real tech into a system of bricks and modules that are indeed compatible with many major brands of bricks and blocks, but with the additional plug-and-play ability to add lights, sounds, motion and more to their creations. An independent company based in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, this father and sons operation has gained major ground in just two years, and for 2018 their Story Blox sets are a Holiday Wish Guide™ pick. These new sets let kids learn by building as they build creations that are featured in a series of original books. The Rock Father™ and E-Blox have teamed-up to showcase these new sets and give you a chance to win the Story Blox set of your choice - a perfect holiday gift 

Do you have some curious creators in your house? We certainly do here at Rock Father HQ, and one of my Holiday Wish Guide™ picks is something that my oldest daughter first went hands-on with at The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite this past summer in New York City. Part of a new STEAM by Crayola Scientists collection, the Crayola Color Chemistry Lab Set is packed with 50 different color-riffic experiments and activities to test out, but the best part in my opinion is that it actually includes all the required supplies to do 16 of them... right out of the box! In the spirit of the season, Crayola and The Rock Father™ are giving you a shot at winning one for the little scientist at your lab, but first let's take a look at one of 2018's hottest holiday gift ideas...

There's a lot of newer holiday traditions that have hit the scene in recent years, some of which it could be argued have added some additional stress to what can already be a stressful season. But last year, Reindeer in Here arrived, bringing families a fun, new stress-free tradition. In early December, the Reindeer in Here plush and book "magically" arrive from Santa as a first gift for the season. Rather than send a mischievous minion to "spy" on kids, this loving reindeer is here to get to know each child better to learn their true Christmas wishes and to celebrate the differences of every child and each family. Last year, Reindeer in Here quickly sold-out, but for 2018 it's back for a second-edition - quickly becoming an Amazon Top Pick and #1 Bestseller! To celebrate, The Rock Father™ and Reindeer in Here have teamed-up to showcase the magic and give you a chance to win your own Reindeer in Here gift pack as part of the 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™!

Simple play. It's right there in the name, and with toys like the new Garden View Cottage children's playhouse from Simplay3, your little ones will experience countless hours of pure, unguided imaginative play! Made in America by American workers, the first playhouse from Simplay3 features a whimsical design with some fun nuances that you might not notice at first... such as some design cues inspired by classic gingerbread houses. A 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™ Pick, The Rock Father™ and Simplay3 have teamed-up to give readers a chance to win one of these beautiful playhouses. It's the perfect gift for any special little ones ages 1.5 and up!

It hasn't been officially announced by any of the involved parties just yet, but those awaiting news on where Geoffrey's Toy Box merchandise would show up now have an answer. Pallet shippers of Toys "R" Us house brand merchandise are now arriving at Kroger stores as part of the new Geoffrey's Toy Box collection from Geoffrey, LLC. The Ohio-based Kroger operates stores under several names in around 35 states, and there's no word yet on if all of their affiliated brands will be included in the Geoffrey's Toy Box program or not.

Today, SQUARE ENIX and Disney launch KINGDOM HEARTS –The Story So Far, a definitive collection that takes players through nine chapters of the beloved KINGDOM HEARTS series. Now available on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system, the complete compilation will provide fans with an encompassing experience through the world of KINGDOM HEARTS.

Back in September, a new player entered the ring for the growing retro gaming category - the Sony PlayStation Classic. Like other competitors in the classic console space (NES Classic/SNES Classic, etc.), Sony's first foray into this brings forth a miniature console that's 45% smaller than the original, and it arrives packed with 20 classic games. The big question: What games will be included? Today we have the answer as Sony just dropped the curtain on the full list of 20 games included in the Sony Playstation Classic - 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™ pick here at The Rock Father™ Magazine! See the details below and pre-orders now (while supplies last) via my affiliate, GameStop.

As we enter one of the most unusually competitive holiday seasons in recent memory, despite the closure of Toys "R" Us in the U.S., parents and other gift-givers have more options than ever for where to by toys. Local toy stores still exist, and one company that's been around for a few decades is Learning Express. While it might be a chain with around 110 locations, each store is a local, family-owned franchise that's catered to the communities that they serve. That means that while each store may be a little different, they're all focused on delivering what kids want. Staffed by toy experts that can demonstrate the latest toys as they stay on top of current trends, they also offer a personal touch with services like holiday and birthday registries, free gift-wrapping, in-store pick-up and a host of regular events (which I've taken my girls to on occasion). In addition to launching their 2018 Holiday Catalog, Learning Express has named their Holiday Hot Toys of 2018, so it's time to take a look...

Nintendo Labo is the innovation that just keeps on giving. After a surprise debut this spring was followed by new ways to play some old favorites, Nintendo Labo is coming to schools through a new partnership between Nintendo and the Institute of Play. The two have teamed-up to put Nintendo Labo kits in select elementary classrooms nationwide, "combining the innovative play of Nintendo Labo with the basic principles of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) to inspire kids and help make learning fun." Announced this week, Nintendo will provide Nintendo Labo: Variety Kits and Nintendo Switch systems to participating classrooms to reinforce skills such as communication, creativity and critical thinking. The program aims to reach approximately 2,000 students ages 8 to 11 during the 2018-2019 school year.

Monday, October 22 2018 09:21

Transformers Go Micro-Collectible with the BotBots!

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Over the years, Hasbro's Transformers have appeared in other forms well beyond the typical realm of vehicles and beasts. Almost since the beginning, we've seen these Cybertronian warriors become consumer electronics like radios and cassette tapes, microscopes and even tablets. In the Michael Bay Transformers films, we even got to see them adopt forms like vending machines and toy cars. So what if there was an entire sub-race of Transformers that's always been hiding in plain sight? That's where Hasbro's new collection of Transformers BotBots come in - they're "mischievous little robots who came to life from everyday objects inside a shopping mall!" Officially launched today with a first-wave of 61 unique 1-inch characters to collect, this marks new territory as the Transformers enter the micro-collectibles craze, but like all Transformers, the characters change from an ordinary object into a little robot in just 3-5 easy steps. Check out all the details below, and see a full product gallery on The Rock Father™ Facebook Page.

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