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Entertainment Earth Gareth Edwards' Rogue One: A Star Wars Story continues to dominate the box office in the days post-Christmas, and as the film continues to take audiences back to a galaxy far, far away, there's more fun to be had in action figure form. The third wave of Hasbro's Rogue One 3 ¾" action figures is starting to make its way to retail, and while it's often difficult to find the full assortment just hanging on the pegs at your local store, my allies at Entertainment Earth (one of my sponsors) have just received a shipment of the new wave - "Hot Off the Truck!" These are sold as case packs, so you get two of each figure (split it with a friend?), and this assortment is a good one - evenly balanced, and featuring new characters from Rogue One, along with a pair of fan favorites from Disney XD's Star Wars Rebels. Check it out...

A Special Thank You to Mitsubishi Motors & the DriveShop Chicago Office...

As I type these words, it is literally "the night before Christmas." Right now, at this very moment, the sounds of A Christmas Story can be heard emitting from the television in our family room. Both my wife and our youngest daughter are asleep on the couch (our oldest is finally asleep upstairs after a bit of Xmas Eve naughtiness), as the twinkle of lights has placed a magical, very comfortable vibe on the house. I finished prepping tomorrow's turkey, and now here I am - in my office, typing away while awaiting the arrival of Santa Claus, and reflecting on what a busy holiday season this has been - one capping another busy year. While my family is always on my mind, tonight I'm also thinking of others, hoping that the third annual "Rock Father Santa" program was able to do some good. A few weeks back, our family hit the road once more, making our annual toy delivery in one of my favorite new vehicles serving as this year's "sleigh" - the 2017 Mitsubishi Outlander. I know we've done good, but I can't help but think that we could've done better... and that bothers me.

Presented in Partnership with Nintendo of America #3DSKidForADay

Last month, our oldest daughter, Addie, accompanied me on a special trip to the North American Headquarters of Nintendo, nestled into the wooded Seattle suburb of Redmond, Washington. While Addie loved it and made memories that will last a lifetime, for me the visit rekindled some feelings from the past - a kid who grew up a Nintendo loyalist and had a few different Nintendo Christmases. The original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and it's successor, the Super NES (SNES) were both Christmas gifts... and in 1997, my future wife and I both presented each other with wrapped Nintendo 64 (N64) systems under the tree. This year, nostalgia is mighty, and as Nintendo looks ahead to the 2017 release of their new Switch gaming system, there's much fun to be had, with plenty of Nintendo goodness available right now, and perfect for last-minute gifting. And it all swings back to the beginning...

After being so into the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles myself back when the original cartoon series aired in the late 80s, and the subsequent movies hit screens, I'm regularly reminded at how awesome it is to have two little girls that are so into Ninja Turtles nearly 30 years later. The TMNT resurgence shows no signs of stopping, with the hit animated series on Nickelodeon bringing new adventure on a regular basis, and Paramount Pictures' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows keeping the live-action adventure alive. Since the beginning, the folks at Playmates Toys have been releasing a fantastic assortment of action figures, vehicles, and playsets, and at the pinnacle of each collection has been the Ninja Turtles Sewer Lair. Like their go-to vehicle (whether it be a Party Wagon, Shellraiser or the recent "Turtle Tactical Truck"), their home base has gone through many evolutions, the latest of which is a reworked version of their Sewer Lair Playset, this one themed for Out of the Shadows

PJ Masks AmbassadorWhen PJ Masks made its debut on Disney Junior back in the Fall of 2015, everyone was caught off-guard not just by how popular it became, but how quickly it happened. Making up for a lack of PJ Masks merchandise last year, kids with Owlette, Catboy and Gekko on their lists this year have a lot to choose from... provided that the grownups (and Santa) can get their hands on some of 2016's most sought-after toys. Since sharing two PJ Masks features as part of my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here and here, it's time for one more - the "Grand Finale," if you will. At the top of every PJ Masks fan's wish list are the Toys "R" Us Exclusive action figures, playsets and vehicles by Just Play... including my Toy Insider Parent Pick - the PJ Masks HQ. But that's not all! Just in-time for holiday giving, there's some new PJ Masks clothing available at Kohl's, including some ultra-comfy pajamas for girls and boys alike, and the new Super City Run PJ Masks App!

This Fall, the "Mane 6" from Hasbro's My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic television series returned to the digital realm in Backflip Studios' new high-definition match-3 puzzle game, MY LITTLE PONY: PUZZLE PARTY. Available for both iOS and Android, the game features hundreds of pony puzzle adventures and the real voices of the "Mane 6." In the game, players join Twilight Sparkle, Fluttershy, Applejack, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Pinkie Pie as they use their unique “pony power-ups” to master magical levels throughout Equestria. To celebrate the game and the holiday season, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine and Hasbro have teamed-up for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway in which three readers will receive some fantastic MY LITTLE PONY: PUZZLE PARTY Prize Packs!

When it comes to play kitchens, The Step2 Company has been the go-to source for fun and innovated models for years. This year they upped the game, releasing the modern Grand Luxe Kitchen to the assortment, but they've also done something completely different... and it's inspired by the sewers of New York City. The TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES Pizza Kitchen is the kind of pizzeria that Michelangelo, Leonardo, Donatello and Raphael would consider totally rad! There's a pizza oven, a "pop" (or "soda," depending on where you live) machine, electronic stove top burner, mini-fridge and more - along with all the accessories a kid could possibly need to serve up some TMNT-style pie. As a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I've teamed up with my friends at Step2 to give you a shot at winning one!

As both a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board and an official PJ Masks Ambassador, I'm excited to announce that this Friday, December 9, 2016, I'll be co-hosting the #PJMasksHoliday Twitter Party! From 11am-12pm ET, we'll be talking holiday fun, toys, and all about the hit series from eOne Entertainment that airs daily on Disney Junior. This holiday season, PJ Masks toys from Just Play are available exclusively at Toys "R" Us, and we'll be giving you a chance to win one of five (5) collectible figure sets, while one (1) grand prize winner will receive the highly sought-after PJ Masks Headquarters Playset! RSVP here.

With my wife and I being the parents of two girls, the world of 18" dolls and accessories has been a growing one here at Rock Father HQ. We've discovered over the years that there's some huge variance in quality, price and style between all the different brands that are out there, and as I've written about here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine in the past, there is no other brand that hits the mark more perfectly than Our Generation when it comes to the right balance. Available exclusively at Target stores here in the U.S., Battat's line of Our Generation Dolls and Accessories offers high quality toys that kids love, and a price that doesn't break the bank. After selling the dolls for more than a decade and finding them consistently among their best-selling toys, Target partnered with Battat to place expanded Our Generation Shops within 19 Target Stores this Fall - a trial run (which I covered here) that is likely a sign of big things to come. To celebrate the new shops and in-store events on December 10, along with Our Generation's inclusion as a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide, THE ROCK FATHER and Battat have teamed-up to give you a shot at winning a $100 Target Gift Card to help with your holiday shopping! First, we'll take a look at some of the latest items from Our Generation...

It was earlier this year at The Toy Insider's HoliDAY of Play where I got my first-hand look at what would become the most sought-after toy for the 2016 Holiday season - Spin Master's Hatchimals. With a Global public unveiling scheduled for October 7 (dubbed "Hatchimals Day"), I'd been invited to take part in the action - something that travel prevented, but with a pair of Hatchimals having arrived at Rock Father HQ for review, I still prepped our own "Hatching Party." With supplies allegedly dwindling, I've held off on posting our video until now - a hands-on example of just what Hatchimals are all about, capturing the excitement of the Hatching, but also taking a look at the craze... and how to find your very own Hatchimal! First-off, let's take a look at what Hatchimals are all about...

PJ Masks Ambassador'Tis the season for PJ Masks! With the Disney Junior hit picking up steam as we head toward Christmas, it's time for yet another look at some great potential gift items for your budding superheroes. I've already touched on some of the fantastic toys that my friends at Just Play have been releasing (and will have more on those soon), with the sought-after HQ playset becoming my Toy Insider Parent's Pick for the Best of 2016. Then, last month I featured some great books, games and activities,  but as the saying goes, "Wait! There's more!" Here's four more fun items for the little PJ Masks fans in the house...

Wednesday, November 30 2016 08:06

Holiday Wish Guide: PAW Patrol Zoomer Skye & Marshall

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There's a new way for kids to save the day in Adventure Bay, with the PAW Patrol Zoomer Pups from Spin Master! While many folks have seen Zoomer Marshall out there, as I previously reported here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, Spin Master also produced a pair of exclusives - with Zoomer Skye available at Toys "R" Us, and Zoomer Everest available at Target.  We had Marshall and Skye sent to us for review here at Rock Father HQ, and what better way is there to show-off some of 2016's hottest holiday toys than to show them in-action - being played with? Take a look...

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