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Friday, February 16 2018 08:11

#TFNY: IAmElemental's Wisdom Warrior Revealed!

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As of this writing, the 115th North American International Toy Fair hasn't even opened its doors yet, but toymakers are getting out in front of things with a ton of pre-show reveals. One of the latest is from IAmElemental, dropping the curtain on their newest female action figure: the Series 2/Wisdom Warrior Core Power Figure, inspired by Alexandrian STEM pioneer Hypatia.  Announced earlier this month, the latest offering joins IAmElemental's groundbreaking line of female action figures designed specifically for children.  The strong, healthy female figures invite girls and boys to develop their character by playing with “The Elements of Power.”  The company’s Series 1/Courage figures, modeled on Joan of Arc, were launched on Kickstarter to worldwide acclaim in 2014.  Series 2/Wisdom followed in 2016, with ancient Alexandrian STEM pioneer Hypatia as the muse. 

The time has come - the much-anticipated eighteenth film in the ever-expanding Marvel Cinematic Universe has arrived! Marvel Studios' BLACK PANTHER is now playing in theaters everywhere, and for kids and families looking to bring the Kingdom of Wakanda to life at home, there's no better destination than Disney Store and ShopDisney.com. In addition to a full range of Black Panther toys and apparel from licensees such as Hasbro and Our Universe, they also have some exclusive offerings inspired by the King-turned-Avenger. The crew over at Disney just sent a surprise package to Rock Father HQ that contained a few of them for review - here's some highlights...

Thursday, February 15 2018 12:19

#TFNY: New Games from Winning Moves USA hit NYC...

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Winning Moves Games USA is rolling into the North American International Toy Fair with some new games that will be introduced February 17-20, 2018 in New York City. Among the latest offerings is the RUBIK'S TOWER puzzle.  Like the original RUBIK'S CUBE, the RUBIK'S TOWER is an intriguing mechanical puzzle. Imagine two 2x2 Rubik's Cubes on top of one another that are able to rotate around a central axis and you've got the RUBIK'S TOWER.

Based on the famed series of books, Disney Junior's  Fancy Nancy follows the adventures of a girl who brings the fancy to everything from her advanced vocabulary to her creative, elaborate attire, and so much more. The stories, geared towards kids ages 2-5, have an underlying theme of self-expression, originality, and love of family, and today there's some big news! Not only have Alyson Hannigan and Rob Riggle signed-on to voice Nancy's parents, Claire and Doug Clancy alongside Mia Sinclair Jenness in the title role, now JAKKS Pacific shares a preview of their new line of toys, set to debut at the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York this weekend.

The pre-Toy Fair news keeps rolling into Rock Father HQ as I countdown the hours to hopping on a plane bound for NYC to get in on the action myself. The 115th North American International Toy Fair runs February 17-21, 2018, and Moose Toys is about to break out their much-anticipated 2018 line. Having just announced the U.S. debut of Fur Babies World, they've got a few more pre-Toy Fair teasers, including the debut of Season Two and Three of Shopkins Cutie Cars and Happy Places, plus Shopkins Season 10 with what they're calling an "all-new exciting twist." They've also got a brand new never-before-seen line developed with a global partner... but that's not all.

After making a massive splash in the UK back in 2017 as "Brush Baby World," Moose Toys (the folks behind Shopkins) are bringing Fur Babies World to the U.S. Already  being touted as one of the hottest toys at this year's North American International Toy Fair in New York, the quirky plush characters have been selling out in Europe, and are expected to do the same when the hit the the U.S. and Canada. Personally, I think they look sorta like Popples, particularly in their animated form (shown in a series of YouTube webisodes).

I loved Lazer Tag as a kid, but even more so I loved Photon. There was actually an arena in Harvey, Illinois that I was able to visit once for a birthday party, and for over three decades I've been bummed that I never got a chance to go back. Why am I thinking of that tonight? Well, because Laser X has been bringing that action back for the past couple of years, and at the 2018 edition of the North American International Toy Fair in New York, they're adding Micro Blasters to their "ultimate high-tech game of tag." NYC-based NSI International Inc. says that "the new 5-inch blasters are super small, but deliver big fun."

At the 115th North American International Toy Fair in NYC, Little Kids Inc. will drop the curtain on a vast new line of new bubble and water products ahead of the spring season. Personally, I'm ready to be done with winter, and a look at some cool new bubble blasters will no doubt amp-up the cabin fever. New this year are items featuring the iconic Sesame Street and Entertainment One's sizzling hot PJ Masks property, including bubble blowing vehicles featuring the TV show's three heroes (Cat Boy, Owlette and Gekko) as well as Little Kids' popular Water Rescue Packs that shoot water up to 30 feet. The spring line will also include newly designed bubble products created specifically for pre-schooler's little hands that, in addition to blowing bubbles, feature age-appropriate play patterns for the youngest kids to learn while playing. Returning favorite properties including Nickelodeon's™ Paw Patrol™ and Shimmer and Shine™ and Jelly Belly® and Peeps® branded products in time for Easter baskets.

Today is THE day for big Star Wars news out of Hasbro, and it's surprisingly happening just a little bit earlier that expected. With the 115th North American International Toy Fair taking place February 17-21, 2018 (The Rock Father™ will be there!) Hasbro is serving-up some sneak previews of product that is expected to be on-display during a special event that they're holding this Saturday (I'll be in the house for that as well). Of particular interest here at Rock Father HQ is the continuation of the classic 3¾" Star Wars action figure collection, and the latest line refresh will be for Lucasfilm's Solo: A Star Wars Story. Revealed today are a handful of new action figures, along with the Force Link 2.0 technology, and the awesome Kessel Run Millennium Falcon. For the latter, there's a little bit of "spoiler" territory involved, which is both awesome, and yet not completely unexpected given the fact that the Falcon is a very old ship that tends to change in appearance based upon the tastes and care of its owner.

The 2018 edition of the annual North American International Toy Fair is about to get underway in New York, and ahead of that, Hasbro is rolling out some early reveals prior to dropping the curtain at the show. On Saturday, February 17, 2018, I will be in the house for Hasbro's fan media event in NYC, and while we await news from there, here's a look at the first four characters to officially be revealed from Solo: A Star Wars Story as presented as Star Wars: The Black Series super-articulated 6" action figures.

Poop Talk

Comedy Dynamics & Party of 7 Entertinment's new docu-comedy Poop Talk is an open and honest look at a taboo topic in today’s society. It's an inside look at all things poop — from uncensored, embarrassing moments to scientific explanations recounted by 50 experts and comedians including Kumail Nanjiani, Nicole Byer, Adam Carolla, Rob Corddry, Nikki Glaser, Pete Holmes, Eric Stonestreet, Randy and Jason Sklar, Nick Swardson, Dr. Drew Pinsky and many others. To celebrate its release in select theaters, VOD and Digital HD, as the second part of a two-part interview (read part one hereThe Rock Father™ invited The Sklar Brothers (executive producers of the film, in addition to cast and parents) to share some thoughts on some new offerings from one of 2018's hottest trends in play - poop toys. It's a rapid-fire look at some of the crappiest playthings that kids will want this year, and we mean that as a compliment.

Last summer, something strange began to occur here at Rock Father HQ. Addie, our oldest daughter, started spinning tales of some mythical creatures known as "Neonate Babies." There were other bits and pieces she would tell us - stories peppered with words like "Espongie" and "Nerlie," endearingly spoken in a somewhat-Spanish accent from a child that doesn't speak Spanish... especially when she'd say "Ksi-Meritos". For whatever reason, it took a few months for the entire story to come out, and it was when she started telling us about someone called "Nurse Tania," and that she'd come across her on the YouTube Kids app. While I try to keep the devices to a minimum, this is one example where YouTube videos managed to open up a whole new world, and it's one that I think is poised to be massive. Get ready to explore Neonatopia...

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