I've written about the Hess Toy Truck several times here on THE ROCK FATHER, but since it's been an East Coast tradition, we never owned one until earlier this year when we were out in Pennsylvania and managed to score a Hess Miniature Truck at a Hess Express location. The Hess Toy Trucks have always been fascinating to me since they're a true American classic - launched in 1964 as an affordable, high-quality toy - and one that's become a phenomenon loved by families and collectors alike. This year, they've taken the trucks online, and in honor of the Hess Toy Truck’s 50th anniversary, Hess Corporation has released the first-ever Collector’s Edition Hess Toy Truck, an individually numbered tanker truck with a replica of the original 1964 tanker trailer inside. Thanks to the folks at Hess, we now have one - and I'm including this as a must-have in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide. Just look at how beautiful this is... packed with play features and more than 100 working LED lights...
As the Holiday Season officially kicks-off this week, it's only right to start spreading some holiday cheer tied into my most-anticipated holiday film of the year - WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox's JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 (I was on-set in Vancouver for the filming of it earlier this year). Larry the Cable Guy stars alongside WWE's Santino Marella in the sequel to the 1996 Holiday classic (my favorite Christmas movie of all-time), and we're gonna give all of you a chance to win a copy on Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD Combo Pack!
With the Holiday Season officially upon us. it's time to start thinking of those "big" gifts - the ones that kids will remember and talk about for the rest of their lives. One cool item is a ride-on toy, and Long Island, New York-based GiGGo Toys is producing some new rides that will have the kids rockin' the road (sidewalk) in style. Hot off the release of their Little Indian Vintage Motorcycles comes a new ride-on for kids ages 2-4: The NYPD Motorbike! To help roll it out, my friends Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy have partnered with THE ROCK FATHER and a few other friends to get one lucky reader hooked-up with one of these for their own little ones. If I were a kid, I'd want one of these to play CHiPs (but then Ponch and Jon would probably be pursuing me). Ready for a shot at glory?
Having two car-obsessed girls here at home, I've written at length in the past about girls being underserved when it comes to toy cars. Back in November of 2012 (can't believe it's been two years already), I did a guest post for TTPM entitled "Time to Play: An Octane-Obsessed Little Girl," then writing about Addie since Little Finn was just four months old at the time. Our journey into the world of toy cars had just begun, rekindling a passion of my own youth in the process. In the time that's passed, we've both bought and received countless toy cars, trucks and vehicles, many of which have been reviewed here at Rock Father HQ and shared with all of you. Now comes what is perhaps the first instance of a company addressing girls directly, with Jada Toys' introduction of their Girlmazing line of R/C vehicles.
Ready for something really cool? The Ubisoft's RABBIDS are bustin' out of your TV screen and jumping into their own graphic novel series from Papercutz, and to celebrate, they've teamed with THE ROCK FATHER and some other cool pop-culture websites to help spread the word with the Rabbids #1: Bwaaaaaaaaaah! Sweepstakes! Just in-time for the Holidays (Rabbids are a great gift idea), we're giving readers a chance to win BIG with one (1) lucky family scoring a $500 Toy Store Shopping Spree + a copy of the Rabbids #1: Bwaaaaaaaaaah! Graphic Novel, and twenty (20) runners-up receiving a copy of the book! Enter using the widget below!
With so many cool entries so far in the 2014 Holiday Wish Guide on THE ROCK FATHER, it's only appropriate to think of some of the youngest members of our families and any new parents and parents-to-be that may be on your holiday shopping list. What better gift can you give than one of the safest car seats on the market, that just so happens to be the only seat they'll ever need?! That's why THE ROCK FATHER is excited to be teaming up with Viva Veltoro & Thrifty Nifty Mommy to offer a Diono Radian RXT giveaway - just in time for the holidays!
If you have a little "Mousekedoer" at home, then they probably need some cool Mousketools to help get the job done... whatever that may be. For some cute DIY-action infused with the colorful vibe of Disney Junior's MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE comes a new line of tools and accessories from Just Play Toys that make great, and surprisingly affordable gifts.* We received the Handy Helper Tool Box, Handy Helper Workbench and Mousekedoer Deluxe Tool Set, all of which I'm including in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.
Since adding the VTech InnoTab MAX Android Tablet (sent here for for review) to my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide a few weeks back, I've had a number of friends inquire about our personal experiences with it - me being overly cautious, perhaps even being considered a "party pooper" when it comes to letting my girls run wild with the "screens." What do I think? Quite simply, at $109 (and I've seen them on-sale for under $100), it's a very good tablet. This 7" high-resolution 1020x600 unit is sturdy, responsive and has some great parental control features, but that does not mean it's 100% perfect. Here's some thoughts...
With the Holiday Season upon us, there is no doubt that millions of children will be seeing their dreams come true through the gifting of some wonderful toys. But where should those toys be put? A timeless wooden toy box is a great place to start, and this year the folks at WoodToyBox.com have partnered with my friends Viva Veltoro and Thrifty Nifty Mommy for a giveaway - one that I'm sharing, too! These gorgeous toy boxes are sold for $295, and a custom box is being offered to one lucky winner!
If you missed the big reveal the other day, then it's time to catch up - as one of this season's hottest toys has arrived: The Step2 Spin & Go Xtreme Cruiser! Available exclusively from Walmart.com, this rockin' ride for kids 4-8 is one of my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide Items this year, reviewed here on THE ROCK FATHER as part of my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador. Now, in the spirit of giving and to kick things off with style, my friends and fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy & Viva Veltoro have teamed-up for a giveaway in which one of you will score one of these awesome new vehicles for your little one(s)!
I've been promising some new gifts from WWE Studios and Twentieth Century Fox's JINGLE ALL THE WAY 2 (I was on-set in Vancouver for the filming of it earlier this year), and while they're coming to THE ROCK FATHER very soon, tonight I'm helping to spread a little early cheer. Next Monday, November 24 at 8/7c on the USA Network, Larry the Cable Guy will Guest Star on WWE's Monday Night Raw to get the season kicked-off right. Larry stars alongside WWE's Santino Marella in the upcoming sequel to the 1996 Holiday classic (my favorite Christmas movie of all-time).
If you're reading this, then it's probably no surprise to you that I'm a little bit more than a casual fan of these festive weeks of the year. Instead of getting mad and putting on the Grumpy Cat face when the Holiday Music starts rolling out in October each year, I tend to get mad at the people who get mad about the music. After all, despite what those stock articles that sites like HuffPo seemingly break out each year like clockwork say, "Christmas Creep" as they call it is not a new thing (ELVIS' first Christmas album was released on October 15, 1957), and I say "bring it on!" Even as I write this, it's mid-November and not only is our tree up, but all of Rock Father HQ has been decorated inside and out, right down to my girls' Step2 playhouse. It almost goes without saying that my #Griswolding has been soundtracked, and this year it's gotten a big boost with the JBL Charge 2 Bluetooth Speaker - one of the finest portable speakers that I've ever had the pleasure of owning (and I've had a few). But, this is the Season of Giving, and #GiftingAudio is a can't-lose affair for those special people on your list. Not only does JBL have a great Gift Guide of their own, they've teamed-up with THE ROCK FATHER and some other great sites for a Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway in which thirty (yes, 30!) winners will receive some fantastic speakers just-in time for the Holiday Season.