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Netflix #StreamTeamOver thirty years before DreamWorks' Voltron: Legendary Defender became a breakout hit as a Netflix Original Series (read my feature on it here), there was Voltron: Defender of the Universe... or what kids like myself knew it as back in 1984, simply, Voltron. Now, with the new series already in its second season, a whole new generation has discovered an exciting world, but one worthy of a history lesson. Voltron '84 is a hand-picked collection of twelve episodes from the original series, enhanced by introductions by the creative team behind the current series. To celebrate the arrival of Voltron '84 on Netflix, the Voltron crew has teamed-up with The Rock Father™ to give you a chance to win a couple of new action figures from the folks at Playmates Toys!

They say that "love is a new puppy," and that's something that I've experienced twice in my life - both within the last 15 years. No, I didn't have a pet until my teens, and even then, it was hamsters. I would've enjoyed having a dog running around,  but sometimes having a real-life canine companion just doesn't work - for a lot of reasons. That's where Peppy Pets can come in with their Peppy Pups - adorable puppies that are packed with personality! To celebrate the joy of puppy companionship on National Puppy Day and beyond, TPF Toys and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to get one family hooked-up with a Peppy Pup of their own!

Collectors of Funko Pop! Vinyl got a surprise this week with the reveal of two new Entertainment Earth Exclusives - and they're from very different corners of the pop culture landscape. From Warner Bros.' upcoming Wonder Woman, there's a Diana Prince vinyl figure that features the character in her "civilian disguise" for the first-time ever. And for those into some serious horror action, there's a "Bloody" Ash from Starz' Ash vs Evil Dead. Check them out below, courtesy of my affiliate, Entertainment Earth.

Disney's live-action reimagining of the 1991 animated classic, Beauty and the Beast, is a huge hit, and with most big movies comes a line of great toys. As part of my gig with The Toy Insider, I recently took part in a Beauty and the Beast twitter party, and the folks at JAKKS Pacific sent us a couple of their new toys to play with here at Rock Father HQ. Ballroom Belle and the Enchanted Objects Tea Set are two of the most popular toys based on the new film, and ones right up The Rock Daughters' alley! Check out the video and details below...

The Rock Father™ has collaborated with Life of Dad and Marvel for the #WhoIsYourHero initiative.

If you're into Twitter Parties, by now I certainly hope that you know that there aren't many that are as vibrant and fun as a Life of Dad Twitter Party. Our next one is coming up, and this one is pretty exciting - brought to you by MARVEL! We'll be talking not only about the vast legion of legendary characters from Marvel, but also about the real-life heroes that inspire others each and every day. Of course, we will have some prizes to dish out within our chat as well! One (1) Grand Prize winner will receive a $175 Marvel Toy Pack, while five (5) runners-up will each receive a $50 Visa Gift Card.

If you watch the news, it's easy to feel down about a lot of things, and that's why I like to highlight some good news - like the occasions when an organization that I respect is making waves by doing good. The folks at Mattel are in the business of making children happy, and that extends well beyond simply making toys. One such initiative has been the UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, and this week, Mattel announced a $50 million gift to UCLA Health that will fund an expansion of the facility, and "help establish a world-class pediatric care center and research hub focused on improving children's health."

This Friday, Walt Disney Studios will bring "a tale as old as time" back to life as their live-action telling of Beauty and the Beast waltzes into theaters. Along with the beautiful new film comes a wide selection of new toys and collectibles, and JAKKS Pacific is among those leading the charge, with some fantastic new dolls and roleplay items. To celebrate, The Toy Insider and JAKKS Pacific are throwing the #BeJAKKSGuest Twitter Party from 11am-12pm ET on March 17, the very day that the film makes its cinematic debut! RSVP now to take part!

Last month at New York Toy Fair, countless toymakers rolled-out a preview of what's in-store for the rest of 2017 and beyond. Among the toys that we're most interested in here at Rock Father HQ are those in the new Vampirina collection by Just Play. On the surface, the ingredients for success are there in that it's the latest Disney Junior series from Doc McStuffins creator, Chris Nee, based on the hit Vampirina Ballerina books by Anne Marie Pace. For Disney, the characters have been updated with a look more in-line with what preschoolers and elementary-aged kids have come to expect. While I think that my girls are gonna be all over this, I see so much potential -- this coming from a guy that's Halloween-obsessed, and has written stories about supernatural beings a time (or two) in the past. With a storyline following an immigrant family (of vampires, no less) that has moved from Transylvania to Pennsylvania, there's some topical issues at hand (new kid in town, dealing with differences, etc.), but on the toy front, what's coming is just so cool...

When it comes to imaginative play, my friends at The Step2 Company are always on top of the game in coming up with new ways to expand the horizons of children. For 2017, one of the most unique new offerings is the All Around Playtime Patio with Canopy™, a new style of kid's playhouse that's wheelchair accessible, and exceptionally spacious in combining multiple play options into one affordable package. To celebrate the coming of warmer weather and getting kids back outside, The Rock Father™ and Step2 have teamed-up once again, and we're giving you the chance to win one of these for your yard! It's Made in the USA (Ohio!) of US and imported parts. Check it out...

It's another big year for the TRANSFORMERS franchise, with Transformers: The Last Knight heading to theaters this summer, and plenty of small-screen animated adventures yet to come. On the toy front, New York Toy Fair presented a host of new characters, but the reveals keep coming. At the Australian Toy Fair, Hasbro unleashed a first-look at their Transformers Generations Titans Return Misfire and Slugslinger, part of the Fall 2017 deluxe assortment. Take a look at the gallery below!

When it comes to "unboxings," I usually don't post them if it's not myself or The Rock Daughters™ doing the unboxing and reviewing. Exceptions are to be made, and this is one of those - just because the toys in question are just pretty cool. Here we have the team from DC Collectibles doing an unboxing via Facebook Live of two new sets - the Batman: The Animated Series "Expressions Pack," and the DC Rebirth Justice League DC Icons 7-pack set. Check out the video below...

Growing up, the original Nintendo Entertainment System (NES) was the big hook for me in terms of gaming, and a system that began a long history with the famed brand. From there, I had the Super Nintendo (SNES), Virtual Boy (first-day buyer, sadly), Game Boy Color, N64, GameCube and Wii. While we skipped the WiiU, The Rock Daughters™ have the 3DS XL and there's an NES Classic here in my office. With the latter two in mind, something I've mentioned before (most recently, here) really applies -  the trip I took with our oldest daughter last November to Nintendo's North American Headquarters in Redmond, Washington, has created another pair of lifelong fans. Addie spreads the Nintendo gospel daily, and little sister follows-suit. While we were able to see a short preview of the Nintendo Switch when we were visiting Nintendo HQ, we didn't get to go hands-on... something that changed recently as I headed into Chicago proper for a preview event ahead of the official launch. With the next chapter of Nintendo's legacy about to begin, here's some thoughts after experiencing the Nintendo Switch for myself. It should be noted that these are first impressions based on a few hours of play, as I have not received a review unit to thoroughly evaluate here at HQ

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