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Sometimes things just have a way of working out... like launching the 2018 installment of 31 Days of Halloween alongside Phase One of the annual Holiday Wish Guide™. And since that's happening, it's only fitting that the debut entry for this year's celebration of October's finest moment is something that's in both. From PLAYMOBIL comes the new Take Along Haunted House (9312), an upgrade and expansion of an idea presented by the discontinued Haunted House Play Box (5638) from a few years back.

The Battle Royale just saw another major player drop from the bus, with Funko unleashing a huge assortment of their much-anticipated FORTNITE Pop! Vinyl Figures! Created in collaboration with Epic Games, these colorful characters arrive just in time for the holiday season, making them a perfect gift for the gamer or collector on your shopping list. My friends at Entertainment Earth (affiliate) just opened pre-orders for a full range of figures, each of which is listed below. Put them on a shelf or use them to act-out real-life battles on your desk or floor, just avoid the storm!

Thursday, September 27 2018 16:16

First-Look at Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers...

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Following the success of the documentary film, Won't You Be My Neighbor?, Sony Pictures is rolling on an Untitled Mr. Rogers Project with Tom Hanks taking on the role of Fred Rogers. Two-time Oscar-winner Hanks portrays Mister Rogers in what's described as "a timely story of kindness triumphing over cynicism, based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod. After a jaded magazine writer (Emmy winner Matthew Rhys) is assigned a profile of Fred Rogers, he overcomes his skepticism, learning about empathy, kindness, and decency from America's most beloved neighbor."

It's almost Halloween, and finally those long-awaited Super Monsters toys are coming! I gave you your first-look at the prototypes from Toy Fair back in March, and now Hasbro's Playskool is getting ready to unleash these super-cute monsters ahead of the Season Two Premiere on Netflix, which arrives alongside a new mini movie - Super Monsters Save Halloween - on October 5th. On a recent visit to Target, my wife and I happened to find the first piece of Super Monsters merch in the wild - a Halloween-themed t-shirt that unfortunately only came in toddler sizes. The toys, however, are recommended for ages 3 and up, but I see a bigger audience here - not just for kids, but also grownups who love Halloween and all things spooky! Take a look at some of what's up for pre-order via my associate, Amazon, right now...

Love Hocus Pocus? If so, you're gonna want to see this... but if you live in Los Angeles, you could actually be a part of it!

Freeform announced today that it will air “Hocus Pocus 25th Anniversary Halloween Bash,” an all-star party in honor of the cult classic film’s milestone anniversary. The 90-minute special, filmed at the iconic Hollywood Forever Cemetery to celebrate the movie’s status as a Halloween staple, will premiere on SATURDAY, OCT. 20, at 8:15 PM EDT/PDT as part of Freeform’s “31 Nights of Halloween” programming event.  

With the premiere of Star Wars Resistance fast-approaching, the promotional efforts are growing, and that means some fresh new looks for fans. Today comes a brand-new extended sneak-preview from the team at Lucasfilm, and this one delivers our first look at some fan-favorite characters and some familiar locations. If that isn't Bossk and Salacious Crumb in there (and it probably isn't since I'm pretty sure they both perished on Jabba's Sail Barge), it's certainly great to see their species back in the mix as well. Star Wars Resistance debuts Sunday, October 7th on Disney Channel (10 p.m. ET/PT) along with DisneyNOW and VOD, allowing families to watch wherever and whenever they'd like.

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