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Every time that CedarWorks hits me with some news, the same thing happens: I wish I had a bigger house. Their indoor play spaces are fantastic (so are their outdoor sets), and now they've expanded upon the Rhapsody line with the Rhapsody Solo, a pre-configured model (their products are normally highly customizable) perfect for playrooms. Check this out... 

Being musically-inclined, I have to say that I'm a sucker for toys that involve music. As I've noted in the past, my oldest daughter is already right there with me, always making "stages" and rocking out with her dolls and their accompanying instruments. Now, the folks at PLAYMOBIL are getting in on the action, launching a new line of PopStars! toys, which carry a "rock and roll theme." They're even trying to name their PopStars! bands, with a contest open right now. Since we don't have any of these here at Rock Father HQ, I can't comment on their quality, but I do have details on the full line to share below. There's even a tour bus...

Over the past couple of months, we've reviewed a lot of Mega Bloks here at Rock Father HQ. Seriously, there's even a dedicated tag for Mega Bloks right here on the site. While those sets have been aimed toward the whole family, I just got word today that the folks at MEGA Brands have launched a line of CALL OF DUTY Collector Construction Sets that are geared directly at me toward a slightly older audience. While the initial sets have already begun hitting retail, visitors to the New York Comic-Con this weekend (October 10-13) can stop by the Mega Bloks booth (Crystal Palace, Booth #102) to get a first-look at the buildable CALL OF DUTY Zombies (just in-time for Halloween!), and check out a life-sized CALL OF DUTY vehicle constructed from Mega Bloks.

While Fall might be is undoubtedly the best season of the year, it also brings with it some safety concerns for the kids as we move toward Halloween. With that, my friends at Step2 have teamed up with The Rock Father and some other great parenting blogs to get one lucky reader and their family hooked up with the wagon of their choice (really, what better way to trick-or-treat than in a wagon?) and a Safety Sam KidAlert! V.W.S. We certainly want all of the little ghouls and goblins to be safe as they walk the streets in search of tricks and treats, and this combo-pack could certainly assist.

What's going on in the House of Mouse? A lot, as news from the various divisions of Disney continues to hit Rock Father HQ at a rapid pace. Read on for updates on new Apps from Disney Interactive, the music of FROZEN, some freebies from THE LITTLE MERMAID, updates from Disney Junior and more.

On November 5, the latest game in the popular MOSHI MONSTERS series will hit the streets as Moshi Monsters: Katsuma Unleashed is released for Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS systems. The folks behind the game recently hit The Rock Father with some details on their new release, all of which can be found below...

With the Fall Season comes the cooler weather and shorter days, which often means that indoor projects start happening with increased frequency. While building sets are a regular fixture of playtime here at Rock Father HQ, it always seems that we do more in Fall and Winter. In the spirit of the season, the folks at LEGO have a couple of exclusive sets for 2013 that make The Rock Father's 31 Days of Halloween for Day 3.

When Mattel announced earlier this year that their Fisher-Price division would be giving the iconic Little People a makeover, I wondered what would happen with the seasonal exclusive toys that they'd been known to offer. The answer is that they've been revamped, with each scene now including the updated figures. I'm kicking off The Rock Father's 31 Days of Halloween 2013 with some new toys that feature a Hayride, a Pumpkin Party, and a Trick-or-Treat Surprise. I figure if you want these toys for your little one(s), you'll need to get them ordered right away.

My kids are very fortunate that we're in a position in which they get to try out a lot of cool toys at the start of each season. As part of my gig as a Step2 Test Drive Blogger, one of our favorite toys for Fall 2013 is the new Step2 Lil' Chef's Gourmet Kitchen, which I recently reviewed at length, right here on The Rock Father. Available as a Toys "R" Us Exclusive this season in both gender-neutral and pink color schemes, the folks at Step2 and The Rock Father are going to get one lucky reader hooked up with one of these great kitchens for their little one(s)... in their choice of color!

This should probably be in my "For Grownups" section here on The Rock Father, but since these are technically toys, I'm rolling with it right here. After announcing his autobiography for November, coinciding with the release of the second film about his life, Action 4 News Anchorman RON BURGUNDY has revealed that he will now be immortalized in action figure form, with a December release planned.

Monday, September 23 2013 23:36

Toy Review: VTech 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset

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When the folks at VTech sent us their new 2-in-1 Shop & Cook Playset for review in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house), I had some mixed feelings about it. We already have toy kitchens, and we already have toy shopping carts. But this one is different...  a transformer of sorts that combines two toys in one, while bringing into the mix the electronic learning element that VTech is famous for. After having ours for nearly a month, the time has come to share some thoughts with all of you.

Step2 Test Drive BloggerAs a Work-at-Home Dad (WAHD), I'm in a pretty cool position in that I have a dedicated "Command Center" here at the heart of Rock Father HQ - something I can thank my wife for, as it was her idea to place my home office on the ground floor. Periodically, four-year-old Addie has joined me at my desk - usually pulling up a chair to do some coloring or drawing, but she didn't have her own workspace... until now. As part of my gig as a 2013 Test Drive Blogger, the crew at Step2 sent us their new Creative Studio Art Desk, which is available now as a Sam's Club Exclusive

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