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Tuesday, June 19 2018 10:05

Uh Oh, GameStop Playing with Private Equity?

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In the interest of full disclosure, GameStop has been a great promotional partner and ally of The Rock Father™ Magazine over the past few years, as has their sister company, ThinkGeek. I feature their content often (I was even wearing ThinkGeek-supplied Marvel High-Tops to the World Premiere of Avengers: Infinity War) and do so not just because of our relationship, but because I'm a fan first and I like their stores. I hope I can continue working with them for a long time to come, but then there's some occasional rumblings... word that things on the business end aren't as sunny as they could be. They're facing some challenges, but I don't think it's beyond fixing - in fact, quite the opposite. They could be on the cusp of an evolution that could set them up for years of success, or they can bow to investor pressure and wind up in a leveraged buyout situation with private equity involved. If GameStop is playing with private equity (which they confirmed this morning), they might add a few extra credits to gain a few more lives temporarily, but the debt they may incur could have them facing a "boss" they can't beat, ultimately leading to a premature "game over."

This isn't a mistake - it's a happy little accident! My friends at Entertainment Earth (an affiliate partner) are rolling into San Diego Comic-Con International with a bunch of exclusives this year, and the latest they've teamed with The Rock Father™ Magazine to reveal is a shared exclusive from Royal Bobbles. You know him as the man who taught the world The Joy of Painting, and now Bob Ross is coming to life as a huge, 10¼" Bobblehead in a variant color scheme available first* at SDCC! 

As the saga of Toys "R" Us here in the United States just continues to drone along, it appears that the much-anticipated June 18th intellectual property auction has failed to happen. As filed on June 11, an extension was being sought that would place the auction on August 6, dragging things out for nearly two more months. Up north, however, things are looking bright for the folks at Toys "R" Us Canada, and they've wasted no time in getting things back to fun - welcoming customers with a message that they're "here to play, here to stay!"  With that comes a search for a "fun, energetic tween who loves to play with toys" as TRU Canada kicks off the search for its next Chief Play Officer (CPO). As the spokesperson for Canada's leading dedicated toy product retailer, the CPO is the toy expert for Toys "R" Us Canada and gets to share expert recommendations on the hottest toys and trends with parents and gift-givers from coast-to-coast.

I stand behind the fact that the late Palisades Toys' Muppets line was ahead of its time - one of the finest action figure lines of this century. I wish I'd picked up more than just a few, but what I did manage to get is played with regularly here at Rock Father™ HQ by our daughters - a fact that might appall a certain segment of collector. While there was a lull in Muppets goodness, the folks at Diamond Select Toys have picked up the torch with their own Muppets line, and now they're gearing up for the first-ever action figure gift set in the DST collection. Available for pre-order now via my affiliate, Entertainment Earth (and local Comic Shops), The Swedish Chef will hit the streets in early 2019, bringing with him a massive number of accessories!

If you happened to have seen the recent documentary, Making Fun: The Story of Funko (now on Netflix), you probably caught the fact that Betty Boop was a very important license for Funko early on. In the 90s, nearly a decade or so before the Pop! Vinyl craze would begin, Funko was known for their Wacky Wobblers, and Betty Boop was a big fixture in that line. Now Funko is launching a full line of Betty Boop Pop! Vinyl Figures, and my friends at Entertainment Earth (an affiliate partner) have an Exclusive version, Black & White Betty Boop. But that's not all, because there's also a rare Chase version of the figure with red highlights. Which one will you get?

10 years after the events of Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, a new and even more fearsome alien threat has been unleashed upon the world in Pacific Rim: Uprising! John Boyega (Star Wars Saga) stars as the rebellious Jake Pentecost, a once-promising Jaeger pilot whose legendary father gave his life to secure humanity's victory against the monstrous "Kaiju". Now Jake is called back into action by his former co-pilot, Lambert (Scott Eastwood), and a 15-year-old Jaeger hacker, Amara (Cailee Spaeny). Rising up to become the most powerful defense force to ever walk the earth, they will set course for a spectacular all-new adventure on a towering scale and now their adventure is coming home! The Rock Father™ and Universal Studios Home Entertainment have teamed-up to fight aliens to get five (5) lucky readers hooked up with Pacific Rim: Uprising on Blu-ray!

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