Yesterday, Instagram user ulrichlulu posted what may have been the first-ever picture of the new Galen Erso action figure from Hasbro's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story collection. Reposted by actor Mads Mikkelsen on his official channels this morning, the folks at Hasbro got in touch with an official product shot that I'm excited to share with you today. Check out the new 3.75" action figure below!
Mass-market movie tie-in toys are an interesting beast. On one hand, you have the obvious ones (Star Wars, Power Rangers, TMNT) that are a hit with fans and do well for toymakers and retailers alike. On the other hand, you have ones that are a little more risky - for example, the Robocop reboot from a few years back. The stuff that lands in your local "big box" should ideally sell, and sell quickly due to the limited window of theatrical and home video releases and kid appeal. Warner Bros. Pictures' Kong: Skull Island doesn't scream "awesome toy line!," and that could well be the reason why the rights have landed with Lanard - a risk that could be a great breakthrough for them.
It's hard to believe that it's already been ten years since Michael Bay's first TRANSFORMERS film hit theaters, but this summer the adventure continues when Paramount Pictures releases Transformers: The Last Knight on June 23, 2017. A new film means spinning things back to where it all began with some new toys from Hasbro, and two of the new ones just made their debut at the Hong Kong Toy Fair. Check out two beautiful new versions of Optimus Prime and Bumblebee below!
Last year, one big story out of New York Toy Fair was that for the very first time, Playmobil would be issuing toys based on famous pop culture licenses. Promised to debut in 2017, this was exciting news on its own, but another component of the launch was revealed to be a collaboration with Funko on some larger figures presented in 6" scale. Today, Funko x Playmobil is a reality, and the first wave of 6" collectible figures is available for pre-order through my ally, Entertainment Earth! The first twelve figures are spread over five pop culture licenses including Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Back to the Future, Ghostbusters, Doctor Who and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory... and one of them is an Entertainment Earth Exclusive TMNT Black and White Raphael!
This morning, Hasbro has announced the MONOPOLY Token Madness Vote (#MonopolyVote), which leaves the fate of all eight current and classic MONOPOLY tokens - including the Scottie Dog- in the hands of the fans for the first time. From now through January 31, 2017, MONOPOLY fans can visit a special website to cast their vote for which eight tokens they’d like to see in the next MONOPOLY game. The field this year is a big one, with 64 tokens in the running (see them all on my Facebook page), including the current eight tokens and 50+ new contenders. This means, that for the first time ever, all eight current tokens could get voted out of the game. Since Charles Darrow first created MONOPOLY back in 1933, a total of 20 different tokens have appeared in standard editions of the game, but never before have they been completely voted out at once. As the original tokens were originally reflective of 1930s America, a 2017 edition of the game could reflect the modern world in which we now live.
There's not a lot of information to report just yet, but when Toy Fair New York takes place next month, one new product line set to make its debut is coming from NECA, set in the world of Blade Runner 2049. NECA revealed today that that have acquired the license to Warner Bros. Pictures' hotly anticipated sequel to the legendary 1982 sci-fi movie. The company promises a full range of action figures, diecast vehicles, replicas, games and more in 2017. Since there's no artwork to share just yet, here's a quick look at the upcoming film...
Something is coming to Entertainment Earth tomorrow... Tuesday, January 10, 2017. But what is it? Something totally NEW is coming, and as the teasers that have been released over the past few days indicate, it has something to do with the long-awaited Funko + Playmobil collaboration... but what could this exclusive be? Check out the teaser below, then be sure to check back here at The Rock Father™ Magazine tomorrow morning - or just hit up my friends at Entertainment Earth when the curtain drops!
Ready to have some fun this Friday the 13th? The Toy Insider and The Orb Factory are throwing the #HowDoYouMorphIt Twitter Party (RSVP Now!) from 11am-12pm ET, and The Rock Father is a co-host! We'll be talking toys, and sharing all the info about Morph - the new compound that you have to play with to believe... it's fluffy, it floats, it bounces and it holds it's shape! And of course, we're giving some Morph away. Just check out how cool this stuff is...
UPDATED WITH PACKAGING and UPC! There's been some rumors floating for a bit that as part of the Star Wars 40th Anniversary celebration, Funko would be releasing some Pop! Vinyl bobbleheads that feature Star Wars characters done in a color scheme to match their original Kenner action figures from the 1970s and 80s. Concept art has been trading the back channels leading some to speculate on its authenticity, but tonight comes confirmation of at least three characters that rank among my childhood favorites: Hammerhead, Greedo and Walrus Man.
It's a crisp 5° here at Rock Father HQ as I write this, but it's never too early to be thinking about spring (and summer) while the dead of winter continues to set in. A new year means new toys, and 2017 is already shaping up to be a big one - and we haven't even hit Toy Fair yet! One of the first items to become available is the PAW Patrol Water Table by The Step2 Company. Produced under license from Spin Master, this new table brings the excitement of Adventure Bay into the water play realm, complete with fun action features and a trio of included characters from the hit Nick Jr. series - Marshall, Skye and Zuma! The second PAW Patrol item from Step2 following the excellent Lookout Climber (reviewed here), to get a new year of toys kicked off right, Step2 and The Rock Father have teamed up to give readers a chance to win one of these great water tables for your house!
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is currently taking place in Las Vegas, and today the folks at the LEGO Group announced LEGO® BOOST, "a supercharged building and coding set that lets children bring their LEGO creations to life by adding movement, sound and personality." Expected to be available in August, these news sets take the STEM play that LEGO has long embraced into completely new levels. In fact, though it'll be awhile before I get to go hands-on with these, I'm going to say that LEGO BOOST is an early contender for my 2017 Holiday Wish Guide, launching in the Fall. Check out full details from the announcement below, and see some of what you can build - including an electronic guitar, and an awesome robot named "Vernie" that looks a lot like Short Circuit's Johnny 5!
As we enter 2017, we're now less than five months away from the 40th Anniversary of George Lucas' 1977 Star Wars: A New Hope. One of the looming, and most often-asked questions here at Rock Father HQ pertains to an area of my specialty, and that's toys. "What new toys are on the way for Star Wars' 40th Anniversary?" Quite simply, I don't know... yet - but I do have some ideas for how it'll all go down.