The retail life of Hasbro's Star Wars Forces of Destiny collection has been a strange one. Launched about a year and a half ago, Forces of Destiny hit the scene as a multi-faceted movement consisting of animated shorts on Disney Channel, a full range of "adventure figures" along with books, clothing and more. I've been told from some "folks who asked not to be named" that everything did very well... except for the toys. Very disappointing, since The Rock Daughters love the collection, but on the retail front it may have been too much too soon, with the wrong mix of characters, multiple styles right off the bat (Rey, Leia) and some that kids might not have been familiar enough with (sorry, Jyn Erso). Still, these dolls adventure figures are fantastic, and there is an audience that's been craving more, and that goes for kids and collectors alike. One figure we never found was Chewbacca, but he's back for Comic-Con this year, packed alongside some adorable Porgs for an SDCC exclusive inspired by Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Take a look!
Back in February, one of the most buzzed-about new products at the 115th North American International Toy Fair was being shown behind closed doors in a private viewing room. Wow! Stuff had created the most realistic Golden Snitch that anyone had ever seen, and a few folks were lucky enough to see it in-action, and some, like my colleagues at The Toy Insider, were able to catch some video. Today, The Rock Father™ can exclusively announce that the Mystery Flying Snitch will make its debut first from Entertainment Earth at Comic-Con this month where it will be offered alongside a few incredible Harry Potter products from Wow! Stuff. Available now for pre-order, check out all the details below... but stay tuned! I'll be catching up with the crew from Wow! Stuff at The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite 2018 in New York City later this week and will be sharing more. This new collection of must-have Harry Pottter items is going to be hot, and you can get them first from Entertainment Earth!
When I was out in L.A. working with Disney and Marvel Studios on the premiere weekend of Avengers: Infinity War, I had a chance to check out a showroom at Disney Consumer Products and Interactive with a whole bunch of new action figures for Marvel Studios: The First Ten Years - many of which that weren't shown back in February at Toy Fair in New York. Now they're rolling out, and one of the hottest comes from Captain America: The First Avenger, and it's making its debut at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Check out the MARVEL LEGENDS SERIES RED SKULL & ELECTRONIC TESSERACT!
The SNK 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION is Coming to Nintendo Switch and It's Worth it for GUERRILLA WAR Alone..Written by James Zahn
Retro gaming is showing no signs of slowing down, and as the archives continue to be mined, I keep being reminded of games that took up a lot of time during my youth. On November 13, the SNK 40th Anniversary Collection is coming to Nintendo Switch, bringing a host of classic games from SNK's early days into the new realm. So far, 13 games have been announced, and while more are to be revealed, one game does it for me: GUERRILLA WAR. It came out in 1987 as an arcade game, later being ported to the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) and I spent a ton of time playing it. I don't even care what other games are on it - I'm sold. Check out the trailer below, and pre-order now via GameStop or Amazon (both affiliates)
Let's Play President! Figures Toy Company Elects "World's Greatest Presidents" to Action Figure White House...Written by James Zahn
Now here's a new toy line that could stir up some serious debate. Announced a few weeks back, Figures Toy Company will soon roll out the first wave of their "World's Greatest Presidents" series of retro-styled action figures. So who are the "World's Greatest Presidents?" For starters, they're all American - having held the office of the President of the United States of America. And aside from Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, they're all of a pretty recent lineage. Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump all reporting for duty in that old-school cloth-outfitted style that was popular in the 60s and 70s, before the Kenner Star Wars collection hit the scene and made 3.75" action figures the norm.
Despite my massive love for Star Wars, I'm always a little bit glad that I don't cover all-Star Wars, all the time. In recent years, the hardcore fans have become a fickle bunch - particularly when it comes to collecting action figures and vehicles produced by Hasbro. With the much-requested relaunch of The Vintage Collection this year, even that has come with some gripes questions, and thus the folks at Hasbro have been attempting to keep an open conversation with fans, and the Hasbro Pulse Instagram account has been one way to do that. Last week, Hasbro's Steve Evans put out a call for questions, and today several have been answered. Check out the video below and stay tuned for more answers, now on Instagram TV (IGTV).
It won't even be released until 2019, and already, KINGDOM HEARTS III was awarded the Best RPG title at this year’s Game Critics Awards. This continues the critical reception of the title most notably at the E3 convention where it received over 30 awards from North and South American media publications.
For a series than began as a Frankenstein'd story crafted by combining several Japanese series' from Toei Animation, Voltron has certainly come a long way in the past 34 years. Already popular in Japan, Beast King GoLion is what most Americans would come to recognize as Voltron: Defender of the Universe, while the Armored Fleet Dairugger XV became the second iteration of Voltron to hit the 'States, though a vehicular version that's oft-forgotten in favor of the lion-based counterparts. Since the launch of the Netflix Original Series, DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender in 2016, renewed interest in the character and it's past (fueled largely by the reissued Voltron '84) has led to it becoming a staple of Comic-Con. For this year's Comic-Con International in San Diego, there's a huge amount of Voltron goodness coming into play - you could even say that it's an unusually large amount this year, packed with reveals and SDCC exclusives. It started with Playmates Toys' Voltron: Legendary Defender Hyperphase Voltron that Entertainment Earth will be selling, but now there's so much more...
#SDCC: The Hasbro Exclusives Keep Coming with the Marvel Legends Series Defenders Rail Authority 5-PackWritten by James Zahn
For the first-time ever, I will be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego - but for one day only (stay tuned for details). There's gonna be a lot to take in (though I won't be there just as a fan) and one must-visit booth will be from Hasbro. Today comes yet another exclusive announcement, this one coming from the Netflix Original Series, Marvel's Defenders. The Marvel Legends Series Defenders Rail Authority 5-Pack will be available first at booth #3329 at SDCC, followed by some being made available in select quantities at additional conventions at at HasbroToyShop.com. See the full piece below!
DC Collectibles Brings a New Collection of JUSTICE LEAGUE Figures to Life... Exclusively for the DC UniverseWritten by James Zahn
There was some big news from DC Comics this week as the full details on their DC UNIVERSE streaming service arrived. But it's not just a streaming service, but "a first-of-its kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. With membership, fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise." The latter piece is going to be a big one for toy fans and collectors, and the first piece of that will be a brand-new series of 6" Justice League Animated action figures. Here's what the folks at DC Collectibles had to say about that...
The Pokémon Company International announced today that Pokémon Quest is now available for download at no charge on the App Store and Google Play. The rambunctious action RPG first launched on Nintendo Switch™ console in May and has captivated players, achieving more than 2.5 million downloads on the system worldwide. Check out the launch trailer and details below, right here on The Rock Father™ Magazine...
One of my favorite things of 2018 so far has been Nintendo Labo. I first played it at the 115th North American International Toy Fair in NYC, and upon launch we had a set delivered direct to Rock Father HQ from my friends at Nintendo. Labo is something that's hard to really grasp without playing it hands-on, and as we now know, it's an experience that Nintendo intends to have around for a long time to come. The possibilities are unexpected, and perhaps endless, and this week one of the most popular games for the Switch just became Nintendo Labo compatible. Ready for a whole new way to play Mario Kart 8 Deluxe? Grab the Toy Con motorbike handlebars and get ready to race! Check out the video below...