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Uncle MiltonWith both of my girls really being in full-blown DOC McSTUFFINS mode (it's the first property that they've really connected with together) and our collection of DOC toys and clothing ever-expanding, I couldn't resist the offer posited by Uncle Milton to check out their new DOC McSTUFFINS room light from their WALL FRIENDS Collection. You see, when I was first introduced to the Wall Friends idea, I pegged it as something that kids and parents would absolutely love... provided they could actually see and find them. After a slow roll-out over the past year or so, Wall Friends have arrived at select Target Stores (list here), and are available online as well.

On May 27th, Ubisoft will unleash WATCH DOGS, the most pre-ordered new game in their history, and the most pre-ordered new IP in the entire gaming industry this far for 2014. While I haven't played it yet, WATCH DOGS (Pre-Order: Amazon | Gamestop) is a game that holds special interest for me - it's setting being Chicago, the general home base for all Rock Father Operations. This open-world adventure looks fantastic, and offers gameplay on a level that I don't believe has been seen before - where the multiplayer world can hack into your single player game, and everyone and everything is connected. Check out a couple of looks at the game below, along with all the details on the recently-announced partnerships for exclusive, real-world WATCH DOGS goods...

It's times like this that I actually wish I had an iOS device floating around. You see, Harmonix - makers of ROCK BAND (one of my favorite game franchises of all-time), and SuperVillain Studios have released a new, "Freemium" App (free to download, with paid, in-app purchases available) called RECORD RUN. The game uses songs from your music library to build levels in which you have to run through a city, collecting records and backstage passes while avoiding obstacles and racking up points. Check out a trailer below...

THE ROCK FATHER is a 2014 PBS KIDS VIP (Very Involved Parent)Earlier today, my friends as PBS KIDS launched a revolutionary, first-of-it's-kind App that gives parents a "super power" - the power to see what their kids are watching, learning and playing on pbskids.org, and to help parents guide and maximize their kids' PBS KIDS screen time. Get ready for imitators, because this is pretty cool...

logounclemiltonNot long ago, the folks at Uncle Milton Toys introduced me to something new they were whipping up called WALL FRIENDS. Together with their WILD WALLS, these new lines of licensed accessories are aiming to brighten the bedrooms, and enlighten the imaginations of a lot of kids as they begin rolling out to stores this year. After looking at the Wall Friends on virtual paper, I said that it was an idea that kids and parents were just gonna love... and later this week, I'll find out if that's true as a DOC McSTUFFINS Wall Friends set and LIGHTNING McQUEEN Wild Walls kit just arrived here at Rock Father HQ today... coincidentally, just as they've arrived in select Target stores. This is where you come in, and have a chance to brighten your wallet...

Each year, I avoid going to the annual Comic-Con International in San Diego, always sticking to my guns that I won't do conventions again until I have something new to promote personally. Then I queue Jack Nicholson in my head, and just ponder all of those "wonderful toys" that I'm missing out on, while contemplating a change in position. Some of this year's wonderful toys? The just-revealed STAR WARS Black Series JABBA THE HUTT Throne Room Set (SDCC-Exclusive) and YODA (from the 6" Black Series Line). Check 'em out below...

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2 swung into theaters this weekend, scoring some BIG box office receipts, with over $92M in the United States, and a $116M haul Internationally - not bad for the second "Amazing" big-screen incarnation of the titular web-slinger. While I haven't seen the film yet, we have checked out a couple of the toys from Hasbro's latest MARVEL-based offerings. Yes, the toy aisles are once again loaded with new Spider-goodies, and here's a quick look at a pair of items sent to us for review, along with a rundown of what else Hasbro has in-store...

There's that meme that always floats around - you know the one, with Fry from FUTURAMA, eagerly waving a stack of bills with the caption, "SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY!" That's sort of where I am with this - a longtime CALL OF DUTY and XBOX loyalist, taking a peek at the press release for CALL OF DUTY: ADVANCED WARFARE, that landed in my inbox from Activision yesterday. Available on November 4, and developed for "next gen" consoles (Xbox One, Playstation 4) and PC, the next installment of the storied CALL OF DUTY franchise looks like nothing that's come before it. And it's got Kevin Spacey playing the lead. Take a look at the reveal trailer below, and then I'll talk some more...

As my girls start to get older, it's interesting to take a look at the toy aisles to see what piques their interest in terms of the world around us. Addie (almost five) has started asking questions about other cultures and ethnicities, and while there's a few things here and there, with certain characters dropped into established brands, I hadn't really seen a toy line that is blatantly seeking to educate kids about other cultures outside the U.S.

Now comes Global Girl, a new collection of 21" Fashion Dolls and Companion Books, each representing one of six countries...

The headline just about says it all. After the recent announcement that filmmakers were prepping to do a legit archaeological excavation of the New Mexico landfill where it had long been rumored that Atari dumped copies of it's notorious failure, E.T. - The Extra-terrestrial, the mystery has been solved.

Step2With the warmer weather slowly taking hold here at Rock Father HQ, we've been spending more time outside, and hopefully all of you have been, too. One of the biggest, actually, THE BIGGEST, new Spring toy hat we've had the opportunity to check out is the Step2 Alpine Ridge Climber & Slide, which I featured here on the site earlier this month. Now comes your chance to win one - the perfect new climber and slide for the little one(s) in your life. Together with fellow Step2 Brand Ambassador, Thrifty Nifty Mommy (read her review) THE ROCK FATHER is giving you a shot at backyard glory, with a Toys "R" Us Exclusive Alpine Ridge Climber & Slide, graciously provided by Step2.

For all the Portal Masters out there, the fourth installment of Activision's smash hit SKYLANDERS has been officially announced. On October 5, 2014, SKYLANDERS TRAP TEAM "will reverse the magic of bringing toys to life - incredibly letting kids pull characters out of the digital world into the physical world." The game was officially announced earlier this evening, and an email hit my inbox with the first trailer, the announcement, and the pre-order details. Check 'em all out below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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