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The Battle Royale just saw another major player drop from the bus, with Funko unleashing a huge assortment of their much-anticipated FORTNITE Pop! Vinyl Figures! Created in collaboration with Epic Games, these colorful characters arrive just in time for the holiday season, making them a perfect gift for the gamer or collector on your shopping list. My friends at Entertainment Earth (affiliate) just opened pre-orders for a full range of figures, each of which is listed below. Put them on a shelf or use them to act-out real-life battles on your desk or floor, just avoid the storm!

It's almost Halloween, and finally those long-awaited Super Monsters toys are coming! I gave you your first-look at the prototypes from Toy Fair back in March, and now Hasbro's Playskool is getting ready to unleash these super-cute monsters ahead of the Season Two Premiere on Netflix, which arrives alongside a new mini movie - Super Monsters Save Halloween - on October 5th. On a recent visit to Target, my wife and I happened to find the first piece of Super Monsters merch in the wild - a Halloween-themed t-shirt that unfortunately only came in toddler sizes. The toys, however, are recommended for ages 3 and up, but I see a bigger audience here - not just for kids, but also grownups who love Halloween and all things spooky! Take a look at some of what's up for pre-order via my associate, Amazon, right now...

Thursday, September 27 2018 09:29

There's an L.O.L. Surprise Advent Calendar Now... Sort of

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Officially, it's not an "advent calendar," but MGA Entertainment's latest L.O.L. Surprise! offering certainly follows the pattern of a 25-day holiday countdown by offering kids a new surprise behind a different door each day. The L.O.L. Surprise! #OOTD Outfit of the Day box is exactly what it sounds like - a collection of new fashion pieces for your L.O.L Surprise! dolls, with a new one counting toward something. The packaging isn't seasonal in nature, but with LEGO, Hot Wheels, PAW Patrol, PLAYMOBIL and more getting in on the advent calendar action, it's easy to see what's happening here. As we move into the holiday shopping season, this is another addition to a growing list of "if you see it, buy it!" items, as the $29.99 MSRP toy is already being flipped on the secondary market for $60-$70. You can look for it via my affiliates at Amazon or Walmart, but just watch the price!

Wednesday, September 26 2018 12:12

New Details on "Star Wars Resistance" Emerge...

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Star Wars Resistance will make its debut on October 7th on Disney Channel (10 p.m. ET/PT) and DisneyNOW and this week the cast and creatives began making the media rounds, starting with a press conference in Burbank. While we can expect to start seeing interview features from that roll out shortly, the bigger news is that Lucasfilm has issued the official synopses for the first five episodes of the series. Check out all the details below...

As announced not long ago, Spin Master's Hatchimals HatchiBabies will become available on Hatchimals Day, October 5. Can the Hatchimals be a hit for a third year in a row? Had you asked me earlier this year, the cynical part of me would've said no... but having seen the toys (shhh!) and some early pre-order sales data, I'm saying yes! While the new arrivals to the Hatchery Nursery are available for pre-order now through October 4 (while supplies last) at retailers across the country including Target, Walmart and Amazon, getting one of these on launch day might be tricky, but now there's even more details on how it's all gonna go down. In addition to the previously-announced launch event at The Grove in Los Angeles, the Amazon Treasure Truck will be delivering HatchiBabies with a fleet of 28 trucks across 25 cities, and there's plenty of retailer events and exclusives. Check out all the details below and get those pre-orders in for the holidays!

Taking a look at the just-announced voice cast for the much-anticipated KINGDOM HEARTS III, you'd think that Square Enix was crafting a feature film instead of a video game. For the new game (out January 29, 2019), they've managed to bring together an all-star cast of talent to reprise the roles that they've made famous in films from Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney•Pixar. Check out the full list of talent below...

Mickey Mouse is timeless, and as the iconic mouse prepares to celebrate his 90th birthday this November, a fantastic array of new products and collectibles keep rolling out. Funko has been rolling out a ton of items created in collaboration with the team at Disney Consumer Products, and one of the latest reveals is an exclusive with my friends at GameStop (affiliate). The Gamer Mickey Funko Pop! Vinyl Figure will hit stores on October 13th, presenting the main mouse in a familiar form for anyone who's ever spent some time playing console games online. With his backward baseball cap, gaming headset and controller in-hand, he's ready to rock! So what would Mickey be playing... Kingdom Hearts, perhaps?

The retro gaming category just got a new player this morning with Sony announcing the launch of the 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. If history has taught us anything, it's BUY EARLY! This will be one of 2018's hottest holiday gifts, and it's already secured a spot on my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide here at The Rock Father™ Magazine. Pre-orders are available now (while supplies last) via my affiliate, GameStop.

It's actually been a little while since I've seen a Hasbro Star Wars collection commercial on television, but earlier today a new spot surfaced on YouTube in promotion of the Star Wars Bladebuilders Role Play Gear. Classic dress-up and old-school imaginative play continues to be big for Hasbro, and one of the latest offerings of note is The Empire Strikes Back Electronic Yoda Mask. Think along the lines of The Force Awakens Electronic Chewbacca Mask but avoiding when "Chewbacca Mom" swooped-in and made it creepy. 

What Hasbro says about their new Yoda mask:

Imagine training the Jedi like the legendary Jedi master Yoda with this Yoda Electronic Mask, with chin-activated sound effects and phrases, so when kids open their mouths while wearing the mask, they can imagine teaching the next generation of Jedi how to use the Force! Move mouth to activate effects and to wiggle the Yoda mask’s ears! Inspired by Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, this authentically detailed mask fits most head sizes. You can get it now at HasbroToyShop.com (affiliate), Amazon and more.

It's still strange to think that 2018 will mark the first year without The Great Big Toys "R" Us Book of Awesome here in the U.S. In fact, the name and multiple variations on it are part of the long-awaited TRU IP auction that will hopefully actually take place in October. But what if we did have a 2018 Big Toy Book? Chances are it wouldn't be that much different than our friends to the north, who've just unveiled the Toys "R" Us Top Toy Trends for families in Canada. As they say, "while it might seem early for adults to sing carols and sip eggnog, kids know that Christmas is less than 100 sleeps away!"  So what does Toys "R" Us Canada pick for the Hot Play Trends for the holidays? Let's take a look...

Monday, September 17 2018 08:00

Get Ready for a New Arrival: Hatchimals HatchiBabies!

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It's time to let you in on a little secret... about seven months ago, I had a chance to see the next evolution of Spin Master's Hatchimals: HatchiBabies! Available on Hatchimals Day, October 5, the new arrivals to the Hatchery Nursery are available for pre-order now through October 4 (while supplies last) at retailers across the country including Target, Walmart and Amazon. One of the biggest and most fun parts of the Hatchimals experience is the mystery and excitement of the hatching itself, so we're not going to tell you the species just yet - you'll have to wait until the due date to see what this year’s newest species looks like. What I can tell you is that there's a new surprise element at play: inside each speckled egg is either a boy or girl! Once hatched, kids will discover there are secret compartments, each adding even more play opportunities for playtime with the HatchiBaby once he or she is out of the egg.

Last month I previewed for you the L.O.L. Surprise! House, the long-awaited residence for MGA Entertainment's smash hit L.O.L. Surprise Dolls. Based on my own internal tracking (article views + reader search + the number sold thus far through affiliate links), as of September we have an early leader for 2018's hottest holiday toy. The activity is unusually high, and in that I mean that it's so far out in front right now, it's an absolute monster! While we don't have one here in The Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father™ HQ, the girls on MGA's L.O.L. Surprise! YouTube Channel have posted an official unboxing. This comes alongside the release of an official 30-second television spot, which I just added to The Rock Father Channel. This is an early reveal from my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™, so if you want one of these - and at list price - you have to get it now! Pre-order via Amazon or Walmart, both priced at $189 as of this writing. See the new videos below...

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