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When the teaser trailer for MARVEL's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 arrived back in December, I was one of the people quick to deem the new "Baby Groot" as "Toddler Groot." I also said that "toddler Groot is gonna be the toy that kids want," and behold, Hasbro is answering the call. With Toy Fair in New York happening shortly, new toys are starting to emerge, and the folks at Hasbro just sent over the full details on their MARVEL GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY: VOL. 2 DANCING GROOT Figure!

Tuesday, January 31 2017 21:43

Splashlings Wave 2 are Swimming into Walmart...

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A rising part of the micro-collectibles craze, TPF Toys' Splashlings made a, well, splash, last year, and now the second wave is swimming ashore. Arriving at Walmart in February, Sam Walton's former "five & dime" joins the ranks of other major retailers in stocking these fun, sea-dwelling friends. From Mike Bowling, creator of Pound Puppies, Splashlings are "An Ocean Full of Friends," and the new wave brings 100 new mermaids, ocean friends, gems, shells and treasures join the Splashlings family. We have a few Wave 1 sets here at HQ, and The Rock Daughters™ love 'em.

Tuesday, January 31 2017 15:59

Toy Review: The Return of Madballs! Series 1 (2017)

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When I was a kid, it was always interesting to hear how much the grownups of the day referenced the 1950s, and to a lesser extent, the 1960s. As a parent of this generation, I find myself constantly referencing the 1980s, and I don't know if it's all a part of the "Back in my day..." cycle, or if that decade just really was perfect when it came to pop culture and toys. Joining the multitude of icons that have returned, Madballs are back for another round this year, relaunched and ready to win the masses with their gross-out fun. 

Last week, once again filling the space between big sister heading off to school and me having to take the little one to Pre-K, Finley decided that she wanted to do some blind bags. Our friends at Just Play had sent over a full box of their PEANUTS Series 1 Collectible Mini-Figures, so the temptation was there. With 12 figures in all, PLUS the "Rare Snoopy" (complete with dog bowl in his mouth), it was time to crack the box and see exactly what we got. Check out the video below!

If the Nintendo bug hadn't already been firmly established in my girls thanks to genetics, the trip my oldest and I took to Nintendo of America outside of Seattle last November certainly brought it to the forefront. There, we met with the experts (including President and COO Reggie Fils-Aimé) to get an inside look on all the latest games for the 3DS, and what's coming soon (looking at you, Nintendo Switch). Now, despite the fact that it's one of Nintendo's biggest hits (and one I dealt with on the retail side circa '96-2000), Pokémon is still very foreign to me - as I expect it is for many parents. That's exactly why my friends at Nintendo are having a special YouTube Live session: Parents' Guide to Pokémon.

Yesterday morning, little Finley and I had some time to spare in the morning, and she wanted to open a few blind bags before heading off to school. We decided to crack open a trio of Fisher-Price Imaginext blind bags - two from the new DC Super Friends Series 2, and one from the standard Series 7. Check out our latest video below, and don't forget to subscribe to The Rock Father™ on YouTube for the latest videos, delivered direct to you as soon as they're posted!

Ah, the Corleone family has never been more adorable. In celebration of the 45th anniversary of Francis Ford Coppola's The Godfather, the folks at Funko have given some famed cinematic mobsters a POP! Vinyl overhaul. Coming in February, Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), Sonny Corleone (James Caan) and that poor fisherman, Fredo Corleone (John Cazale) get POP!'d, and they're all up for pre-order through my allies at Entertainment Earth.

Updated 1/23/2017 with the official commercial for the Dads Who Play Barbie campaign. This goes bigger than just "play kits": I didn't know it until becoming The Rock Father™, but there's few things better than father-daughter playtime. While our girls have many interests, the classics are always a part of things, and Barbie dolls have been a part of the mix for a few years now. I used to play Barbie with my sister as kids back in the 80s, so getting into it again as a dad wasn't a big stretch. A few years back, I even tracked-down a "new old stock" Barbie and the Rockers "Hot Rockin' Stage" to really bridge the generations (read about that here). Now comes news that for other dads like myself, Mattel just launched a collection of #DadsWhoPlayBarbie Play Kits - "curated to celebrate the special bond between a girl and her dad."

Friday, January 20 2017 08:36

Giveaway: Yoee Baby - 'Baby's First Toy'

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Nearly eight years into our parenting adventure here at Rock Father HQ and I still get excited when I see all the new baby products that are released each year - many times thinking "where was that a few years ago?" One new offering is the award-winning Yoee Baby Collection of interactive bonding toys - each combining the best aspects of a teether, rattle and plush into one, and it all started with a simple idea based upon a feather. Yoee Baby is geared toward being "Baby's First Toy," and it's one that helps forge a bond between parents and baby right from the start. Available in four styles - Monkey, Lion, Puppy, Kitty - The Rock Father™ and Yoee Baby have teamed-up to give you a shot at winning one for a special baby in your life. Three (3) lucky readers will receive the Yoee Baby toy of their choosing!

It was just a couple of weeks ago that I posted an announcement regarding Funko's plans to release POP! Vinyl Star Wars Cantina Aliens 3-Pack featuring Greedo, Hammerhead and Walrus Man, each presented in a color scheme matching their Kenner action figures from the late 1970s. Rumors of just such a pack had been circling for awhile, and with the Star Wars 40th Anniversary Celebration taking place this year, the time is right to bridge the gap between younger fans and old-schoolers like myself. Now, this 3-Pack is making its way out to retail as a Walmart Exclusive, and I got my hands on one right here at Rock Father HQ. Seeing the pictures online was one thing, but seeing these in-person is a complete flashback to my childhood... specifically, the 1978 Sears Cantina Adventure Set...

The floodgates have opened for the Nintendo Switch, and tonight, Activision Publishing, Inc., hit The Rock Father inbox with news that Skylanders® Imaginators  will be available to the next wave of gamers when the highly-anticipated Nintendo Switch launches March 2017.  This March also marks the debut of some of Skylanders Imaginators’ most anticipated characters, as well as a brand-new expansion pack. Now Portal Masters all over the world can engage in new content, toys and experiences with the award-winning Skylanders Imaginators this spring! Check out more from the official announcement below...

Earlier tonight, Nintendo presented a live-streamed presentation (see it here) direct from Tokyo with all of the official specs for their new system, the Nintendo Switch. The most pressing questions were on release date and price, and those have been answered. The Switch will be made available on March 3, 2017 (pre-order bundles available via Gamestop) for an MSRP of $299.99 for the starter unit. The combination at-home/portable system comes with two Joy-Con controllers, and plenty of extra accessories will be available come launch time. While we knew that portability and multiplayer (up to eight systems connected at a time) would be a big part of Switch, we now also know that nearly 80 games are in-development. In the player below you'll get your first look at some of the game titles, including Super Mario Odyssey, Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe, Splatoon 2, ARMS, Fire Emblem Warriors, Super Bomberman R, and more...

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