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CPSCThe folks at the Consumer Product Safety Commission hit The Rock Father with an email tonight regarding a voluntary recall of an Imaginarium Activity Walker sold exclusively through Toys "R" Us.  Full details on the recall have been copied below (courtesy CPSC), and as with all recalls I have to say: Can companies just stop making and selling crap?

As the final countdown continues leading up to the April 2 end of ROCK BAND DLC after an impressive run of more than five years, there's a few more songs yet to hit the platform. This Tuesday brings a pair of hits from the 1980s, with the OINGO BOINGO classic "Weird Science" along with the cheesy TOTO hit "Rosanna" coming to the platform. Full details below...

Entertainment Earth

If you're like me, there's a solid chance that you've been raising your little ones right - peppering their modern-day pop culture with a sprinkling of retro-cool goodness. A quick glance at The Rock Father homepage will usually reveal at least one 2013 representation of something from my own childhood. How many times have I mentioned KNIGHT RIDER on this site? The show has been mentioned in at least 13 articles so far (14 counting this one), and my 3½-year-old loves it. Now comes a pair of toys that every child of the 80s who is now a parent themselves needs to own (for their kids, of course).

I'm really kind of disturbed that I didn't know about this. Announced over a year ago... countless videos uploaded to YouTube (including some with Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes) racking up more than 12,000,000 plays... and starring my two favorite superheroes: SUPERMAN and BATMAN. How did I not find out about INJUSTICE: GODS AMONG US until tonight? The video game hits all the major consoles (XBOX 360, Playstation 3, Wii U) next month, and looks great.

The floodgates are really open for merchandise based on the classic, 1966 BATMAN television series now that the rights have been released and assigned to licensors. NECA has a nice piece coming out soon, and the assortment of action figures coming to MattyCollector looks phenomenal. Now comes the BARBIE COLLECTOR DOLLS for BATMAN and CATWOMAN. Both went up for pre-order today at Entertainment Earth, and full details can be found below. 

As posted last week, ROCK BAND is finally winding down, with weekly DLC coming to an end on April 2 after an impressive - and almost unheard of - five-year run. As the final countdown is upon us, there's still a few weeks left, and this week brings a trio of songs to the Rock Band Music Store, all of which were previously-included in last year's ROCK BAND BLITZ. Check out the details on the new-ish cuts from RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS, ALL-AMERICAN REJECTS, and BLINK-182 below.

Fisher Price

I'll be sad when my girls eventually outgrow their Fisher-Price Little People. I figure that I've got at least 4-5 years left since the baby is just about to start getting into them, but Little People have come a long way since I had them growing up. Now, they've even got seasonal exclusives for nearly every Holiday or special occasion. In fact, I've already got a Christmas-themed "Tree Lighting in Discovery Park" purchased and tucked away for Finley to receive in December... I like to plan ahead. Now, with St. Patrick's Day coming up (March 17, 2013) and Easter hitting early this year (March 31, 2013), Fisher-Price has some cute exclusives perfect for Spring play. Check these out...

No, TOY STORY 4 is not happening... yet, and any word otherwise is simply a rumor. But, Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the gang are back in a new iOS game called TOY STORY: SMASH IT!, that was just released this week. The folks at Disney Publishing Worldwide got in touch with The Rock Father with details on the new game, along with some crazy "March Madness" specials on a trio of classic Apps. Check 'em out below!

Times may change, but over the past sixty years, one constant has been the presence of MATCHBOX cars and toys, both on store shelves (and pegs), and in the homes of families everywhere. While the line has seen some ups-and-downs since it's launch in 1953, six decades of MATCHBOX memories have been created for parents and kids alike.

Since I didn't go to the recent American International Toy Fair in-person, I've digitally received a lot of official info on some great toys for 2013 that I'm still sorting through as time allows. One line I've been wanting to preview for you is the upcoming offerings from Hasbro's MY LITTLE PONY collection. Based on The Hub's hit series, MY LITTLE PONY: FRIENDSHIP IS MAGIC, there's a lot of new toys on the way in addition to the Toys "R" Us Exclusives that I previously posted here on The Rock Father.

Wednesday, February 27 2013 23:27

JENGA BOOM (Game Review)

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Until this month, I'd never owned a JENGA game. It's a classic that I've played in the past, but for some reason I just never had one to call my own. Well, the good folks over at Hasbro Games filled the void when they sent over their new version, JENGA BOOM. The "explosive" package arrived here at Rock Father HQ, immediately piquing the interest of Addie, who was curious why the box had a string on it. That "string," is actually a fuse, as the box is made to resemble four massive sticks of dynamite, bound together as a bomb. Most awesome disclaimer ever? "ACTUAL PRODUCT DOES NOT EXPLODE."

Wednesday, February 27 2013 14:52

Preview: MARVEL Minimates STRANGE TALES Box Set...

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Can Diamond Select do anything wrong? I'd have to say "no," as everything I'm seeing come out of there lately is pretty fantastic. With a habit of coming up with new toys perfect for 30-something parents like me to introduce some old-school things to our kids (KNIGHT RIDER), Diamond Select often hits my sweet spot. A MARVEL Minimates STRANGE TALES Box Set? Perfect, and it's coming soon. Featuring Dr. Strange, First Appearance Blade, Werewolf by Night and Morbius the Living Vampire, photos can be found below...

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