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A whole bunch of new toys from Hasbro's Transformers: Bumblebee were revealed today, and many went up for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth. One of the hottest items in the bunch is Transformers Studio Series Deluxe Bumblebee and Charlie which was originally intended to be a Toys "R" Us Exclusive, prior to the retailer's sudden collapse. This new figure set is available for pre-order right now, but if you're at all wary of potential "spoilers," beware that the product description and photos might reveal a few surprises when it comes to 'Bee's alt modes...

It's a big day for Transformers as new toys from Paramount Pictures' Bumblebee Movie just hit pre-order (see them all here) and a whole bunch of new items from Cartoon Network's Transformers: Cyberverse just hit the streets. But that's not all - as some other items got into the mix including new plush keychains and an anticipated addition to the preschool-geared Rescue Bots line. My friends at Entertainment Earth just put them up for pre-order, so lets take a look...

We're just a few months out from the Christmas release of Paramount Pictures' new Bumbleebee film, and now Hasbro is gearing up to start rolling out the companion toys. A sizable assortment of Transformers just went up for pre-order via my friends at Entertainment Earth and among the new items are the following from the new Bumblebee line.  While the traditional transforming action figures are the core of the collection, Hasbro continues to emphasize role play, large-scale feature figures and their Vision AR line that first surfaced as an Iron Man helmet during the product launch for Avengers: Infinity War. Check out the new toys below, and note the character names alongside their pre-production code names (used to prevent potential spoilers during the pre-announcement stages). See a full gallery of photos on The Rock Father™ Facebook Page, and get all of the details below...

Thursday, September 13 2018 12:08

Kid CEO? Toys 'R' Us China has a New Army...

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While Toys "R" Us is currently dead here in the States, Geoffrey lives on in other parts of the world, including China. What's of concern right now is that a growing battle between a couple of the very companies responsible for the swift collapse of TRU here in the States (led by Solus Alternative Asset Management, because "Soulless" was too obvious a name) may put the entire Asian operation at risk due to a fight over the use of the Toys "R" Us name. In the meantime, it's business as usual in the Far East, and the folks at Toys "R" Us China just wrapped their hunt for a "small CEO." Actually, about 150 of them - children dubbed as Honorary "Chief Experience Officers."

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...

"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...

Wednesday, September 12 2018 12:49

Star Wars Pinball: Solo Arrives on Pinball FX3...

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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!

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...

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.

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.

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