Disney, Hasbro and Target Launch MARVEL RISING product line Ahead of Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors!Written by James Zahn
The "action dolls" category just got a surprise addition - MARVEL RISING. Hasbro announced a new collaboration with Disney and Marvel for a nationwide rollout at Target stores for the new collection of 11" dolls and companion role play items. The animated Marvel Rising: Initiation shorts are currently available on Disney XD and Marvel HQ on Youtube, and the feature-length film Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors will premiere on Disney Channel and Disney XD on September 30th (see the new trailer here). The new toys feature Marvel’s next generation of Super Heroes including Ms. Marvel, Squirrel Girl, Quake, Patriot, American Chavez, Ghost-Spider, and more. These look great, and if you've seen Hasbro's recent line of Descendants dolls, these look very much in line with that... and there's also some fantastic apparel, Halloween costumes and walkie talkies in the mix. Check 'em out...
#NYCC: Mezco Opens the Portal for the One:12 Collective Dr. Strange - First Appearance Edition FigureWritten by Staff Contributor
"A brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange suffers irreparable damage to his hands from a car accident. Desperate and out of options, Strange winds up in the Himalayas as a disciple of the ‘Ancient One’. Mastering the mystical arts, Dr. Strange is now ready to fight the evil forces of the Dark Dimension..."
Mezco just opened one of those glowing portals, and through it comes their new One:12 Collective Dr. Strange - First Appearance Edition Figure. Launching at New York Comic-Con, this new figure captures the Master of the Mystic Arts at the very beginning of his path towards becoming Sorcerer Supreme. Inspired by Strange Tales issues 110-128, Dr. Strange comes complete with a magnetically attached cloak that has an integrated posing wire, a newly designed outfit inspired by his early appearances, and an array of mystifying accessories including an enchanted amulet, mystical cloak and a rotatable Orb of Agamotto with hinged lid. See it below...
I've been playing Zen Studios' Pinball FX3 for about a year now, and with each new table pack the fun just expands. Of all the pinball video games that I've played, Pinball FX3 is the one that most captures the arcade experience, and they've also expanded upon that with some very cool licensed tables. Star Wars has been a big brand, with sets based on The Force Awakens, The Last Jedi, Rogue One and Star Wars Rebels in the mix and now Solo: A Star Wars Story is in on the action as well! Ahead of the film's in-home release this month, the Star Wars Pinball - Solo Pack comes to Pinball FX3 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Steam, Windows 10, as well as Zen Pinball and the Star Wars Pinball apps on mobile. This pinball pack contains 3 new digital tables inspired by the film itself and beyond featuring “Star Wars Pinball: Solo”, “Star Wars Pinball: Calrissian Chronicles” and “Star Wars Pinball: Battle of Mimban.” Check out some previews below!
Watch a Bulldozer Crush Seized Counterfeit L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls as MGA Fights Back Against Bootleggers...Written by James Zahn
Counterfeit toys are a big problem. While there might be the occasional "funny" bootleg like the infamous Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace knockoffs that labeled Darth Maul as "Dennis" and Anakin Skywalker as "Little Girl," counterfeit toys are no laughing matter. They put kids at risk by preying on the parents and grandparents who may accidentally buy them. The hottest toys are the most heavily-bootlegged, and that means that L.O.L. Surprise! Dolls are not only the #1 toy right now, but also the most faked. Around the world, reports have been coming in about shipments being seized and counterfeiters being prosecuted as MGA Entertainment continues to protect their patents by taking legal action as they can - with the ultimate goal of stopping them at the source: the Chinese factories that are quickly pumping out these low-quality knockoffs that wouldn't pass safety tests. In fact, many bootlegs test positive for high levels of dangerous chemicals. So what happens to the counterfeit toys once they're found? They have to be destroyed, and that's just what happened to a shipment discovered by authorities in Chile. MGA Entertainment CEO Isaac Larian shared a video today via LinkedIn that I've been given permission with all of you...
Hasbro Enters the Battle Royale - NERF Fortnite Blasters and MONOPOLY: Fortnite Edition on the Way...Written by James Zahn
The Battle Royale just gained another major player. Hasbro has entered the arena, announcing a partnership with Epic Games to introduce a range of Fortnite inspired play experiences, including a line of officially licensed NERF Fortnite blasters, and a MONOPOLY: Fortnite Edition Game. They join the likes of Jazwares (action figures), Moose Toys (collectible figures under 3") and Funko (Pop! Vinyl) in getting a piece of the expanding Fortnite action!
Last fall, Bandai America relaunched Tamagotchi, proving once more that the 90s resurgence was picking up steam. Now, a year later, that movement continues and today comes news that Bandai is rolling out another release for Fall 2018. The original Tamagotchi device, which took the world by storm in 1997, returns this fall featuring eight original colors and eight brand new colors. This new release will be rolled out in two generations and will feature the same original programming that consumers came to adore from over two decades ago.
New Details & Nintendo Switch Bundles for "Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu!" & "Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!" Revealed...Written by Staff Contributor
Pokémon fans are going to have a lot to look forward to this holiday season. Releasing November 16 on Nintendo Switch, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! and Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee! are the hotly-anticipated next games from the franchise, and this morning The Pokémon Company International and Nintendo announced new details about exclusive Pokémon moves, Secret Techniques, and more in addition to officially revealing details on the new Pokémon: Nintendo Switch Bundle. Both of the new games are designed for players taking their first steps into the Pokémon video game world as well as for longtime fans that are seeking a new way to play Pokémon. Check out all the info below...
If you love board games and travel, then the ICECOOL Antarctica Challenge should be right up your alley. We see a lot of contests and sweepstakes getting pitched around these parts, but never before has a board game company served-up a chance for an adventure to Antarctica! With a "main prize fund of $18,000 USD," Brain Games will launch a global ICECOOL trickshot contest on October 1st, the winner of which will score a two-person voyage to Antarctica to meet real penguins.
Updated: Codes for Playstation 4 have been distributed. If you would like an Xbox One code, you have until 9/14 to enter!
How would you like to be among the very first players to experience the new Blackout mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4? Well, you could be, as Activision has hooked-up The Rock Father™ with a handful of codes that will allow you to take part in the excitement when the Private Beta launches first on Playstation 4 on Monday, September 10th, or on Xbox One beginning on September 14th. The Private Beta will provide valuable user feedback and data as Activision and developer Treyarch prepare to release what's been touted as "the deepest, most engaging Call of Duty game ever." Those who participated in the multiplayer beta automatically have access to the Blackout beta, and if you can't wait to see if you've won a code, pre-order the game for access!
It's time to game for good, and for the sixth year in a row, GameStop has teamed up with Make-A-Wish to help make more wishes come true for children with critical illnesses. Adding even more power to the mix for 2018, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals (CMN Hospitals) has joined the collaborative effort to help local kids get back to being kids. So now it's our turn to help make some wishes happen! I invite you to join me, The Rock Father™, in helping to spread the word about this awesome effort. In return, you can earn chances to win a $100 GameStop Gift Card, right here from The Rock Father Magazine! While the entire month of September supports this initiative, Wednesday, September 12 is a very important and special day... in honor of National Video Games Day, GameStop will match its donation to Make-A-Wish when they hit the $10,000 mark on that day only! If you want to pick up some awesome games and help grant wishes at the same time, September 12th is the prime day to do it!
As the 20th Anniversary of Harry Potter in the United States continues, the wizarding adventures continue to grow with an even broader assortment of fun products for kids and grownups of all ages. The folks at JAKKS Pacific are all about the magic, entering The Great Hall with a new collection of Harry Potter Wizard Training Wands (each casting 11 different spells across five modes of play) and an assortment of blind-bagged diecast wands. This Friday, you're invited to join The Toy Insider & JAKKS Pacific for a magical #JakksHarryPotter Twitter Party - an hour full of fun, trivia, and giveaways! The action happens on Sept. 14 from 11 a.m.-12 p.m. EDT. You MUST RSVP and participate in the party to be eligible for prizes, so hit this link to get your name into the sorting hat! Check out The Toy Insider's Play by Play video below to see these awesome Harry Potter wands in-action...
Can you feel it? Call of Duty Season is almost here, and as the October 12th release of Black Ops 4 approaches, there's a private Beta for the new Blackout mode on the way. Starting Monday, September 10th, players can get their first hands-on experience with Blackout in the Blackout Private Beta, beginning first on PlayStation 4 with Xbox and PC held until later in the week. The Private Beta will provide valuable user feedback and data as Activision and developer Treyarch prepare to release what's been touted as "the deepest, most engaging Call of Duty game ever." Those who participated in the multiplayer beta automatically have access to the Blackout beta. Check out the trailer below and be sure to check back soon - The Rock Father™ will be giving out Beta Codes shortly!