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I love SESAME STREET. Even better, my girls love Sesame Street. It's near-daily viewing via PBS KIDS and Sprout, and we have a ton of Sesame Street toys, books, and games. One of the first items I wrote about for The Rock Father back in 2011 was LET'S ROCK ELMO!, which I thought should've been a massive hit. Considering that I've seen it on clearance (I pre-ordered it at Toys "R" Us and paid full price), it seems it wasn't. But... It's a big hit here at Rock Father HQ, and that's what matters. Now, the details are out on the 2013 lineup of SESAME STREET items from PLAYSKOOL, and things are looking good. Here's the latest from TOY FAIR in New York...

Being The Rock Father, I'm big into toys that involve musical play. I might even go overboard at times (there's more than a few preschool "guitars" here at Rock Father HQ), but I just can't avoid it. With the American International Toy Fair going on in New York right now, there's a lot more musical toys being revealed, and a new spin comes courtesy of MEGA BLOKS and their FIRST BUILDERS line. Check out the BILLY BEATS DANCING PIANO below...

At the in-progress American International TOY FAIR in New York today, MEGA Brands revealed their new line of MEGA BLOKS HOT WHEELS Building Sets, created in partnership with Mattel. 

TFUPDATED with some prototype shots (2/11/13): Straight from the American International TOY FAIR in New York comes word that Sanrio and NECA have announced a licensing agreement "to produce games, collectibles, toys and novelty items featuring HELLO KITTY and other Sanrio characters." Translation: There's more Hello Kitty stuff bound to show up in my daughters' rooms here at Rock Father HQ in the months ahead.

PLAYSKOOL HEROES is a line that I wish existed when I was a little kid. Perfect for kids that are still too young for the "big kid" action figures, these chunky little toys are perfect for introducing the youngest members of your family to the worlds of STAR WARS, TRANSFORMERS, MARVEL COMICS, and more. We have a few floating around here at Rock Father HQ, and as Addie graduates into the regular action figures, Baby Finley will no doubt be getting in on the fun with some of these. What's new for 2013? Well, here's the lineup - fresh from the New York Toy Fair...

fpqw9cfhpfumoozfywqtWhile I don't have pictures of these just yet, the folks at Hasbro sent over details on a trio of exclusives headed for Toys "R"Us from the popular MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC series. The news comes from the American International TOY FAIR, which will get underway this morning in New York. Details below...

Step2As a 2013 Step2 Test Drive Blogger, I have the opportunity to try out some new toys right here at Rock Father HQ in our super-state-of-the-art testing facility. In this case, that means "family room," as we have a foot of snow on the ground and our yard looks more like Hoth from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK than an inviting play area. Our first assignment arrived here a couple weeks ago, and now it's time to reveal the details on a sweet new ride - and give YOU the opportunity to score one for your little one(s) while helping tiny hearts in the process.

The American International Toy Fair will begin this weekend in New York, and while The Rock Father won't be there in-person (maybe next year), the news continues rolling in here at Rock Father HQ. HASBRO will be rolling out a ton of new toys this weekend, and this morning I've got a preview of new offerings for kids of all-ages. With iconic brands like TRANSFORMERS, MY LITTLE PONY, STAR WARS, G.I. JOE, PLAY-DOH, FURBY, BABY ALIVE, TWISTER, and ANGRY BIRDS represented, there's a little something for everyone. Check out some highlights below.

You know what? Despite having building sets from several other makers, we have no K'NEX products here at Rock Father HQ. That might have to change soon, as the toymaker has announced new licensed sets involving KISS and THE BEATLES' YELLOW SUBMARINE. Personally, I'm really digging the KISS Tour Semi (the "Rock Stage Big Rig") that I'm about to show you below. The following new items will debut at Toy Fair in New York this weekend...

I'm bummed that I'm not going to Toy Fair. Eventually I'll figure out a good way to cover out-of-town events, but for now I'm pretty busy here at Rock Father HQ with The Rock Daughters. In the meantime, folks like the crew over at Disney Consumer Products are still kind enough to share some news with me, and tonight I've got a sneak-preview of Disney's Hot Toys of 2013... complete with pre-Toy Fair pictures. I already see a few items that are destined to arrive here later this year...

They're the self-proclaimed "Greatest Unknown Band in the Galaxy," and THE DIGITS just may be able to help your kids master some math skills. THE DIGITS: FRACTION BLAST was released last Fall as an iOS and Android App, and has now arrived on the Amazon for the Kindle (get it here). My little ones are too young for THE DIGITS, but if you have children ages 7-11, you might wanna check this out. Full details below...

I really need to get my ROCK BAND drums out and fire up ROCK BAND 3 again this week. The problem is, everytime I get them out, the oldest munchkin wants to take over on the sticks... and I can't blame her for doing so. That said, the folks from Harmonix hit The Rock Father with details on their ROCK BAND MUSIC STORE DLC for this week, and it's a good set - A collection of six career-spanning songs from AEROSMITH. Details below...

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