I didn't realize it until after the fact, but our kids received a lot of Fisher-Price toys for Christmas this year. I bought quite a few myself, including some from the "Laugh & Learn" line, which has been a staple here at Rock Father HQ for the past 3+ years. Now, Fisher-Price is bringing some serious tech to their "Laugh & Learn" toys with their expanding line of Apptivity products.
You know what I just realized? ROCK BAND has 4,134 songs available for in-game play as of this writing. That's an insane amount of tracks available for a game series that's already over five years old. As always, they've got new DLC hitting this Tuesday, and those browsing the ROCK BAND Music Store can look forward to new tracks from MAROON 5 featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, and FOO FIGHTERS. I've got the full details right here on The Rock Father below, along with details on last weeks additions (ANDREW W.K., fun., PINK, etc.) since I missed them with the turn of the New Year.
TRANSFORMERS... oh how I love thee. As a child of the 80s, TRANSFORMERS were a staple of my youth and their influence continues. Sitting to my left as I type this is a one-of-a-kind OPTIMUS PRIME that I got for doing a little viral video for G4's ATTACK OF THE SHOW back in 2007. My point? There's always a TRANSFORMER nearby here at Rock Father HQ. My oldest daughter is just starting to recognize the primary characters in the TF universe, and while it's been a little G1 action peppered with some RESCUE BOTS, she's starting to know what's up. Hence, it was a lot of fun building the new "BATTLE FOR ENERGON" set from Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS Kre-O line.
My daughter thinks that "the Batcave" is the large hole on the sub-woofer next to my desk. Actually, she calls it "Batman's Cave," and though I don't recall doing so, I probably told her that it was awhile back and thus she just repeats it all the time. I like Batman a lot.
If you've been browsing toy departments looking for after-Christmas deals like we have this past week, you might've noticed some new additions to the LEGO aisles as the major retailers get reset for 2013. Among the new offerings available now is LEGO® Legends of Chima, a brand-new original LEGO property that is "set in a mythical land of magical animal tribes who compete for CHI, a valuable energy source which gives them extraordinary powers over one another."
PBS KIDS continues to expand their library of educational Apps on a regular basis, and to kick off 2013 they've reached out to The Rock Father to highlight a quartet of Apps that are FREE! Check out a selection of new Apps and old favorites below, then hit the App store to grab free downloads of each. Some are also available for Nook, Kindle, or Android Devices, with the full library available for viewing at PBSKIDS.org/mobile.
I've been on a real retro-kick lately, and while my wife hasn' been too keen on my thoughts of remodeling my office space into a retro-styled world of fun, I've still been recapturing some feelings of youth as my daughter and I continue rockin' the Hot Wheels. While I've mentioned my daughter's car-obsession regularly, I've really been catching the bug again myself. Case-in-point: I stopped at Dollar Tree today and picked up a pair of Hot Wheels' "The Hot Ones" funny cars that are re-tooled versions of ones I had growing up in the 1980s. From that same era came something that popped into my head tonight that I hadn't thought of in many years... the Hot Wheels Crack-Ups Crash Course!
Technically, it's Christmas Eve here at Rock Father HQ. I wasn't planning to update here on Xmas eve, but the folks over at Diamond Select Toys just hit Facebook with something I have to share. It's no secret that I'm a HUGE fan of KNIGHT RIDER, and thanks to DVD and morning re-runs on G4, my 3½ year-old daughter is now one as well. She'll tell you all about KNIGHT RIDER, K.I.T.T., and Michael Knight. In fact, we just caught the new Lifetime Movie THE CHRISTMAS CONSULTANT starring David Hasselhoff, and she told me that "Michael Knight was decorating the Christmas tree." He sure was...
It's been buzzed about for ages, but today it's official - the folks from LEGO have fired up the DeLorean for an official BACK TO THE FUTURE LEGO set. Based on an idea sourced from their LEGO CUUSOO program, the BACK TO THE FUTURE TIME MACHINE was created by Team BTTF and is now being developed for sale. As posted in the official announcement video (see below), "this set is so new that pricing and availability information is not yet available." The follks from Team BTTF created prototypes for DeLorean Time Machine sets based on all three films in the BACK TO THE FUTURE Trilogy, along with associated minifigures. While the final production designs are not yet available to view, take a look at the impressive prototypes.
When the folks over at ERECTOR (or MECCANO as it's known elsewhere in the world) approached me about checking out their new line of SONIC THE HEDGEHOG products for possible inclusion in my 2012 Holiday Gift Guide here on The Rock Father, I was excited. What was even more exciting was that they sent us the top-of-the-line offering from their collection, the "Sonic & Knuckles Chemical Plant Racing Tracks," which is a Toys "R" Us Exclusive here in the 'States. While we received the set and prepped it for review in early November, it didn't make the cut for my gift guide.
When I was at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair (#ChiTaG) at Navy Pier last month, I happened to run into the folks from SnuggleTime Toys. What they had that caught my eye was a line of "Petjamas" - which I initially thought were clothing for Pillow Pets. They are, but they're actually a little more: Petjamas are "changeable, washable covers" for Pillow Pets (and the knock-offs like the "Pillow Chums" and "Pillow Chaps" I see on kiosks in the mall). They give these popular plush pillows a fresh look, while also providing a sort of "guard" that's easy to clean.