I didn't realize it until after the fact, but our kids received a lot of Fisher-Price toys for Christmas this year. I bought quite a few myself, including some from the "Laugh & Learn" line, which has been a staple here at Rock Father HQ for the past 3+ years. Now, Fisher-Price is bringing some serious tech to their "Laugh & Learn" toys with their expanding line of Apptivity products.
You know what I just realized? ROCK BAND has 4,134 songs available for in-game play as of this writing. That's an insane amount of tracks available for a game series that's already over five years old. As always, they've got new DLC hitting this Tuesday, and those browsing the ROCK BAND Music Store can look forward to new tracks from MAROON 5 featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, and FOO FIGHTERS. I've got the full details right here on The Rock Father below, along with details on last weeks additions (ANDREW W.K., fun., PINK, etc.) since I missed them with the turn of the New Year.
TRANSFORMERS... oh how I love thee. As a child of the 80s, TRANSFORMERS were a staple of my youth and their influence continues. Sitting to my left as I type this is a one-of-a-kind OPTIMUS PRIME that I got for doing a little viral video for G4's ATTACK OF THE SHOW back in 2007. My point? There's always a TRANSFORMER nearby here at Rock Father HQ. My oldest daughter is just starting to recognize the primary characters in the TF universe, and while it's been a little G1 action peppered with some RESCUE BOTS, she's starting to know what's up. Hence, it was a lot of fun building the new "BATTLE FOR ENERGON" set from Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS Kre-O line.
My daughter thinks that "the Batcave" is the large hole on the sub-woofer next to my desk. Actually, she calls it "Batman's Cave," and though I don't recall doing so, I probably told her that it was awhile back and thus she just repeats it all the time. I like Batman a lot.
If you've been browsing toy departments looking for after-Christmas deals like we have this past week, you might've noticed some new additions to the LEGO aisles as the major retailers get reset for 2013. Among the new offerings available now is LEGO® Legends of Chima, a brand-new original LEGO property that is "set in a mythical land of magical animal tribes who compete for CHI, a valuable energy source which gives them extraordinary powers over one another."
PBS KIDS continues to expand their library of educational Apps on a regular basis, and to kick off 2013 they've reached out to The Rock Father to highlight a quartet of Apps that are FREE! Check out a selection of new Apps and old favorites below, then hit the App store to grab free downloads of each. Some are also available for Nook, Kindle, or Android Devices, with the full library available for viewing at PBSKIDS.org/mobile.