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Monday, May 06 2013 12:17

Watch: RECESS MONKEY - Tambourine Submarine

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RECESS MONKEY are just over a month out from the release of their new album, DEEP SEA DIVER (full details posted previously on The Rock Father), and today comes the fantastic first music video from the new, nautically-themed collection. The clip debuted a little bit ago via Red Tricycle (in a post written by Jeff from OWTK), but you can rock it right here, right now...

It's not every day that I get an offer to review something that's available exclusively in the UK and Ireland, but that's just what happened when the folks at Eaglemoss Collections asked me to check out the first couple installments of their new MARVEL FACT FILES collection. Back in March (I've been busy), a package arrived at Rock Father HQ near Chicago via Royal Airmail, and while it's taken me a bit to share some thoughts, I dug in right away. In fact, with FREE COMIC BOOK DAY having taken place this weekend, and IRON MAN 3 in theaters now, this might be the perfect time to discuss this.

A few weeks back, the folks at Hasbro asked if we'd like to check out some new offerings from their ANGRY BIRDS STAR WARS line here in the state-of-the-art Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ. Being quite the STAR WARS fan, there was no way to refuse the request of The Empire. A few days later, an Imperial Courier arrived at HQ in a large, brown speeder. His package? A box loaded with fresh toys and games to check out.

Let me make something very clear: The "Action Toy" aisle of your local retailer is not "the boys' aisle." Action figures are for everyone... just like superheroes... comic books... and a vast assortment of other things that often get assigned a gender by default. I've said it before and I'll say it again - kids should be able to like what they like, and be encouraged to explore whatever interests happen to catch their little eyes. My oldest daughter is pretty well-rounded. She's got quite the assortment of dolls and princess paraphernalia, but as documented here on The Rock Father, she also has a serious obsession with cars, and she digs superheroes. That said, she was pretty excited when a package from STARK INDUSTRIES (via Hasbro) arrived here at Rock Father HQ loaded with a sampling of new toys from IRON MAN 3. What was not exciting for me was watching her preschool teacher compliment all the girls on their dresses the other day, and then make a weird and silent pause when she looked at Addie's MARVEL Comics t-shirt (which she's been wearing on occasion for months). Hence the opening statement of this post.

Next week, the long-running children's series, ARTHUR, kicks off it's spring season with a full week of new episodes on PBS KIDS. Among the 10 new episodes are two devoted to the always-important subject of "bullying," with "The Last Tough Customer" airing Monday, May 6, and "So Funny I Forgot to Laugh" airing on Friday, May 10. Details on all the new episodes and a preview can be viewed below.

Those expecting the next installment of the popular CALL OF DUTY franchise to be MODERN WARFARE 4 are in for a shock: It's not happening. "Everyone was expecting us to make Modern Warfare 4, which would have been the safe thing to do. But we're not resting on our laurels," said Mark Rubin, executive producer of developer Infinity Ward. Instead, November 5 will usher in a new sub-brand with the release of CALL OF DUTY: GHOSTS - an "all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast of characters, all powered by a new, next generation Call of Duty engine that redefines the series for the next generation." Check out a live-action teaser below, right here on The Rock Father:

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