It's feels a little weird posting this - the first news out of The Step2 Company to arrive here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine after my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador crossed the finish line at the end of a fantastic three-year run. While I'm no longer on the payroll, I'll still be sharing updates like this one - something right up my alley, and a product that I saw first-hand during my last visit to Step2 HQ in Streetsboro, Ohio last year: The Step2® Z06 Chevrolet Corvette Toddler-to-Twin Bed. Kicking off 2016 in style, the realistic looking bed will have children racing to sleep with a sleek design that even parents can enjoy, bringing a world-class American Supercar into kids' bedrooms.
With STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS blasting into theaters this weekend, a new generation of fans will soon be looking forward to re-living the adventure, and making new adventures of their own with some of the latest toys from a galaxy far, far away. Just in-time for the film's release and the holiday season, Thinkway Toys has released a full assortment of highly interactive figures and vehicles based on THE FORCE AWAKENS, and the classic Original Trilogy. While we don't yet have these here at Rock Father HQ, the girls and I did check them out a bit on a recent visit to Toys "R" Us, and believe me - the interest was piqued. Between my love for AT-AT and my girls' love of Droids and Kylo Ren, it certainly looks like Thinkway is onto something. Check out the preview videos in the player below, and look for these at your local TRU location, or online at ToysRUs.com.
One of The Rock Daughters' favorite new shows of 2015 became the subject of one of the most popular features on the site for the year, and spawned one of our most popular videos on YouTube. DreamWorks Animation's Dinotrux is a major hit with kids, and this Netflix Original Series is providing inspiration for hours of imaginative play through a companion toy line released by Mattel this Fall. Currently Toys "R" Us Exclusive, two of the hottest toys on our 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine are also topping kids' wish lists around the country - and they're sorta hard to come by. Sold-out online as of this writing, the Dinotrux Mega Chompin' Ty Rux and Dinotrux Revvit are worth making a trip to your local TRU to locate (they should have at least a full endcap of Dinotrux toys). We received both for review, and I can tell you from experiencing them with the girls first-hand, these Dinotrux toys completely live up to the expectations. How much do the girls love Dinotrux? Just look at the reaction in this video...
When it comes to the holidays, one of the most classic gifts you can possibly give is a baby doll. New York's Goldberger Toys has been making dolls since 1916, and their mission is to make "cherished playthings" and "treasured friends" that are high quality, yet affordable for all. One of their latest offerings is a new, yet still very classic spin on their Baby's First Doll - the Baby's First Classic Talking Bottle Baby. Kids often want a doll that features realistic sounds and features, but in a lot of cases (which my wife and I have experienced), those features can make the dolls cumbersome by adding in electronics. Goldberger solved that problem by giving kids what they want, but with the "feeding sounds" coming from the bottle... not the doll, meaning that the doll can still get wet and be snuggled without any of the risk involved with battery-powered electronics.
On my first visit to The Step2 Company's Ohio headquarters last year, there was a rather large mockup in the R&D department that immediately drew some attention from the entire group of Brand Ambassadors that I was there as a part of. While Step2 has long-been known for making some fantastic playhouses, we'd never seen one quite like the prototype we were looking at - something that the designers had been wanting to do for ages: one that was two stories. Fast-forward to the Fall of 2015 and The Step2 2-Story Playhouse & Slide is a reality, available exclusively at Toys "R" Us, and a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide.
As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I've had the joy of bringing you a ton of news, reviews and features on new products from The Step2 Company over these past few years. For Fall 2015, we're going a little bit bigger, and I'm helping to drop the curtain on 11 new products (MADE IN THE USA*) destined to be sought-after by children, and almost certain to make several Hot Holiday Toy lists (a few will be in my own Holiday Wish Guide). The lineup is impressive, and we're inviting all of you to share in our excitement by taking part in a very special giveaway - one in which the winner will get their choice of which item they'll receive from the Fall 2015 reveals! Ready to rock?