The late 80s and early 90s were a fun time for Disney television animation, and as the forthcoming Disney XD reboot of DuckTales should indicate, audiences are ready for a throwback. At the same time those classic cartoons were delighting kids after school, the age of 8-bit and 16-bit gaming was hitting hard, and titles based on the television series were being released on a regular basis. Now, those looking for a new burst of retro gaming goodness can delve into Capcom's The Disney Afternoon Collection - a value-priced bundle of six classic games, perfect for parents like me to introduce a new generation to some NES classics via PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4. Check out a preview below...
After some early details leaked a few days ago, those attending EA has officially dropped the curtain on Star Wars Battlefront II, making the reveal at Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Personally, I just started playing the first Battlefront last month (late to the Xbox One party), but after seeing what's coming down the road, I can't wait to get my hands on Battlefront II. Not only does the game pack a ton of action from "all eras of Star Wars," but there's a new story to be told, with a new type of trooper at the center of it - the Inferno Squadron Pilot. Hasbro will release a Star Wars The Black Series Inferno Squadron Pilot as a Gamestop Exclusive along with the release of the game for Xbox One and Playstation 4. See details on everything below!
Being a massive fan of Star Wars, it's been a real privilege to have deepened my personal connection to it over the years, something that has been an unexpected benefit of running this website. I've been able to work on some projects spun from various licenses; had my own home movies used in Target's promotional commercials leading up to the release of The Force Awakens; and I was able to take part in the Global Media Event for that very film - the first-ever Star Wars film to be released under Disney's ownership of Lucasfilm. That said, there is one big connection that I do not have, and one that I've been asked about more times than I can remember - and it's gone back to the early 1990s. No, I am not related to Star Wars author Timothy Zahn, creator of Grand Admiral Thrawn. In fact, we'd never actually met until he made an appearance at Count-I-Con in Lake County, Illinois last year. To make it completely official, he signed a copy of his Heir to the Empire 20th Anniversary Edition hardcover to our entire family with "no relation" tacked on the end. So why bring this up now? At Star Wars Celebration Orlando, there was a whole lot of Grand Admiral Thrawn action happening, and you're going to be seeing a lot more of the blue-faced Imperial in the months ahead.
Spring is a great time for new toys, and as parents and kids are hitting the stores looking for the latest offerings from their favorite characters, right now you can find some fresh gear from Equestria. Perfect for Easter Baskets and imaginative play comes thew new My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic Rarity Fashion Runway Playset from Hasbro. With the seventh season of the hit series kicking-off on Discovery Family, plus My Little Pony: The Movie on the way, The Rock Father™ and Hasbro are going to spread some magic by getting two (2) lucky readers hooked-up with playsets of their own! It's a playset we have here at HQ, and my youngest daughter loves it!
It's always a weird thing with Star Wars - the tendency to read too much into things, but aside from decades of separation and the 40th Anniversary of the franchise, I have to wonder if there's a connection between the two big Hasbro reveals today. Just hours after unveiling details on their Star Wars The Black Series Rey and Speeder (see it here), now comes news of The Black Series X-34 Landspeeder and 6-Inch Luke Skywalker figure. On display at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, this new set will be at retail this fall, with a suggested retail price of $59.99. See more below...
Star Wars Celebration Orlando is getting underway this week, and thus we're preparing for an onslaught of fresh news from around the Star Wars Galaxy to come rolling into Rock Father HQ... probably faster than I can keep up. One of the first reveals hit yesterday, with the debut of a new set from Hasbro - STAR WARS: THE BLACK SERIES REY’S SPEEDER (JAKKU) & REY (SCAVENGER) Figure. Set to hit retail this fall with a suggested price of $59.99, this gorgeous set features an all-new, highly-articulated figure of Daisy Ridley's Rey, alongside a detailed version of her speeder from JJ Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
When the first two Skylanders games were released, I played them both (and reviewed the first, Spyro's Adventure, six years ago), but our girls were too young to get in on the action. When the sixth installment of the franchise, Skylanders Imaginators, was announced last year, I thought that the craze had passed us by, but then two things happened: The Netflix Original Series Skylanders Academy, and the release of the Nintendo Switch. The former introduced the kids to a world that they became enamored with, and the latter offered up a new platform to use - one where I was able to go hands-on thanks to some preview events. Then the folks at Activision hooked us up with a Starter Pack for Xbox One, and enthusiasm for Skylanders officially took hold, just in-time for the release of the latest expansion, the Cursed Tiki Temple Level Pack.
Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels just wrapped its third season, and with season four coming this fall, we haven't seen the last from the crew of the Ghost. The latest installment of Funko's Smuggler's Bounty Subscription box started arriving in mailboxes and on porches a few weeks back, and it's the perfect way to close out the season - perfectly-themed with Star Wars Rebels. Rather than just do a standard unboxing and review, this time we're mixing it up a bit... I put the camera and directorial duties in the hands of 7-year-old Adalyn, who helms the action as 4-year-old Finley does the honors in cracking the box and showing off the goods. Watch the video below!
Sony Pictures' Smurfs: The Lost Village hits theaters this weekend, and just in-time for the latest cinematic release (a CGI reboot of sorts), Sony Pictures Television Games has release Smurfs Bubble Story. Available now for iOS and Android, the new mobile game was developed by Tic Toc Games in Burbank, and I've had a chance to go hands-on with it over the past week or so here at Rock Father HQ. A freemium title (free-to-play with in-app purchases), I made it up to around level 15 or so (I'm currently on level 23) before it asked me to buy credits. Adding a story and "collectible" digital Smurfs to the mix, it's exactly the type of smooth, quick-play experience that you'd want from a bubble popper. Check out the launch trailer below...
Disney•Pixar's Cars 3 will race into theaters on June 16, but a few days prior (June 13), Warner Bros. Games will unleash Cars 3: Driven to Win, an all-new video game for Xbox One, Xbox 360, Sony PlayStation 4, Sony PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Wii U. Your road to becoming a champion starts with this first look of Cars 3: Driven to Win as you gear-up to speed into the world of Lightning McQueen, Cruz Ramirez, Jackson Storm and other beloved characters as you determine your path to racing mastery! Check out the preview below, and stay tuned for some exclusive coverage from the #Cars3Event, coming soon to The Rock Father™ Magazine.
eOne's PJ Masks has been a massive hit ever since it made its debut on Disney Junior, and after a launch at Toys "R" Us last year, the full line of PJ Masks toys from Just Play are now available everywhere! With new offerings like Deluxe Vehicles and Action Figures hitting stores, The Toy Insider and Just Play have teamed-up for another Twitter Party, and as a member of The Toy Insider Parent Panel, The Rock Father will be taking part! Want to WIN some fantastic PJ Masks prizes? Join us on Friday, April 7, 2017 from 11-12pm ET for the #PJMasks Twitter Party! You must RSVP to take part.
My girls keep telling me that I "have a big belly like Daddy Pig," so I'm very aware of the world of Peppa Pig. I can dig it, and I'm a big fan of some of the supporting characters like Mr. Potato. Indeed, Peppa is among the icons here at Rock Father HQ, and our family has enjoyed the show, the toys, the clothing, and even a visit to Peppa Pig Live! With that in mind, I think I can claim to be well-versed in all-things-Peppa, and that's why I'm inviting you to join eOne and The Toy Insider this Friday, March 31 at 11am ET for the #AroundtheWorldPeppa Twitter Party. You have to RSVP to be eligible for prizes, and we've got some fun ones in the mix!