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6am on a Sunday Morning and I hop on the evil site known as Facebook to check messages while the rest of the family sleeps. While checking out The Rock Father page (give me a 'LIKE'), a story from Cool Mom Picks crossed my feed announcing that a company called CITIZEN BRICK has started making custom (unauthorized) LEGO Minifigure-sized Babies. While that's cool and all, something else caught my eye over on the Citizen Brick site. This guy...

Diamond Select hit me with a few updates this week, much of which are largely aimed at Dads like myself instead of the toy-playing kiddies. First up is a pair of new items from the STAR WARS saga...

The crew over at Diamond Select Toys sent a quick update to inform the masses that their movie-themed wave of MARVEL MINIMATES has begun hitting TOYS R US stores. While THE AVENGERS doesn't hit U.S. screens for a few more days, you can certainly track down a ton of cool merch for kids of all ages. Here's what they say about the Minimates.

Diamond Select Toys hit The Rock Father™ with details on their 47th series of MARVEL Minimates. Set for release to specialty stores and comic shops only, pre-orders for series 47 are now open. Check out the full details below.

Wednesday, February 22 2012 23:51

IKEA MÅLA Easel - Art Station on a Budget

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After being given an IKEA MÅLA Easel by my friend Scott last year (passed onto us after being used by his two kids), I recently set it up for my little one for the very first time. With a dry-erase whiteboard on one side and a blackboard on the other, my daughter loves it - particularly the blackboard. What I was surprised to learn is that the MÅLA is available new from IKEA for only $14.99, which is why I felt compelled to share my thoughts here on The Rock Father™.

Friday, February 17 2012 22:40

Review: Pacific Play Tents' SUPER ENORMOUS I Tunnel

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When my little one and I visit the local park district for ''parent-tot playtime'' during the week, one of the simplest, yet always hot play items are the fabric tents and tunnels. In fact, they're so popular that fellow parents often get caught up in discussion about getting one for their own home. Since last summer, I've probably led more than a few parents in the direction of the ENORMOUS I TUNNEL from Pacific Play Tents. Special-ordered by Grandma for my daughter's 2nd birthday from TOYS R US ($59.99), the item was drop-shipped to our home from Pacific Play Tents' warehouse in Indiana.

Update at the bottom of the post - 1/6/2012

If you've been reading this site for a bit, then you already know that Caillou and friends are a fixture here inThe Rock Father™ house - something that I also noted in my recent review of Famosa ToysCaillou Treehouse. For those wondering the fate of the infamous toy, we still have it, though it continues breaking down piece by piece in under a month of play. I had my Dad send me the Toys R Us receipt in case we decided to return it, but we just can't bear to take it away from the little one. Junk or not, she loves it. But now we have another problem, this time with the Caillou ''Classic'' 14.5 inch doll. Who made this one? Famosa Toys, of course. For whatever reason, the Spanish toymaker just can't seem to get their Caillou products right.

Sunday, December 11 2011 00:01

CALL OF DUTY: Modern Warfare 3 (Video Game Review)

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Definitely from the 'Games for Dad' Department... not family-friendly...

When my review copy of the latest CALL OF DUTY game arrived here at Rock Father HQ last month (a day after the release), I couldn't wait to jump into it. Rather than rush through the game just to crank out a quick review, I wanted to ''live'' it for a bit and really get some true feelings for the game. After all, this is the third to bear the MODERN WARFARE name, and having experienced both WORLD AT WAR and BLACK OPS since the first MW hit the streets, the bar had been set pretty high. So what do I think of CALL OF DUTY: MODERN WARFARE 3? 

Saturday, December 10 2011 18:00

SKYLANDERS: SPYRO'S ADVENTURES - (Game Review)

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I'm a little late to the SKYLANDERS party, but when I was asked to give the new cross-platform game from Activision a spin - I couldn't really resist. Geared toward kids a little older than mine (she's only 28-months), the SKYLANDERS: SPYRO'S ADVENTURE starter pack arrived here at The Rock Father™ house to be played with by the big kid - me.

Fisher-Price is already a popular name here in The Rock Father™ house, so when the UPS man showed up here late one evening last week with a brown box bearing the F-P name, I'm pretty sure that the little one knew immediately that it was for her. Before she even knew what was inside, she was giving the box a hug, so that was a pretty good indicator. What was inside was the new Fisher-Price Little People Zoo Talkers Animal Sounds Zoo.

Sunday, December 04 2011 18:00

Caillou Tree House (2011, Famosa Toys) Review

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If you've been following along here, then you may already know that CAILLOU has been somewhat of an obsession for my daughter since she was only a few months old. Now, at 28 months - the little one is fully immersed in all-things-Caillou, so she's been getting some of the toys here and there, and loves to have the little guy hanging around as she follows his adventures on Sprout and PBS Kids. Having just come from an early Christmas with Grandma & Grandpa in Michigan, it pains me to have to share with you this review of the new Caillou Tree House by Spain's Famosa Toys. Knowing that a lot of kids are going to be asking for or getting one of these very soon, there's some things you need to watch out for.

Friday, November 26 2010 03:51

POWER GIG: RISE OF THE SIX STRING

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powergiglogoUPDATE/NOTE: After posting this review, it was brought to my attention that much of the staff from Seven45 Studios have been let go, and that the promised DLC has been "postponed" indefinitely, and their full-sized guitar appears to be cancelled. My Adjusted rating is below, and those looking for future expansion on this title need not hold their breath.

When I first came across POWER GIG: RISE OF THE SIXSTRING at E3 earlier this year, the initial reaction was that it was a cool concept, though the guitar itself didn't seem to want to stay in-tune. Regardless, interest was piqued as to seeing the fleshed-out version of the game - the first to offer an actual guitar as a music gaming peripheral.

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