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Friday, November 27 2015 10:33

THE ROCK FATHER presents the Step2 & Mattel Ultimate Hot Wheels Holiday Giveaway!

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Since becoming parents for the first time 6½ years ago, my wife and I have spent a lot of time indulging our little girls' interest in cars. Actually, vehicles in general are a big thing - and the faster, the better! When it comes to fast vehicles with a ton of flair, Hot Wheels has that market on lock, and it was Addie's playtime that first rekindled my own love for those little 1:64-scale diecast rides a few years back. Now, little sister Finley is in on the action as well, and with the girls now 3 and 6, it's interesting to see two distinct types of play taking place. Finn likes speed, imagination and adventure - while Addie has shifted into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) elements of track construction and building unique structures with the pieces we have available. Over the years, we've discovered that our girls are hardly alone in their love of Hot Wheels - and some gigs of my own have led us to today... when it all comes full circle with something very special we've put together with my friends at The Step2 Company and Mattel. We're giving readers a chance to win The Ultimate Hot Wheels Holiday Giveaway - complete with an assortment of vehicles, tracksets, an Ultimate Garage, and something that you can't buy anywhere: A "Rock Daughter Edition" Hot Wheels Toddler-to-Twin Race Car Bed produced exclusively for this promotion! Only two were made - one of which is here at Rock Father HQ, the other awaiting shipment to one of you!

During my last visit to The Step2 Company's headquarters in Streetsboro, Ohio (I've been a paid Brand Ambassador for a few years), I got a sneak-preview of their latest collaboration with Mattel - the race car bed that every kid (including grownup ones) have always wanted... an official Hot Wheels edition. I dropped the first-look at the Hot Wheels Toddler-to-Twin Race Car Bed right here on the site back in July, and news spread quickly. Offered in iconic Hot Wheels Orange & Blue standard edition, the bed was also issued in a sweet Red version as a Walmart Exclusive. Knowing very well that my girls would love one of these, Finn became the obvious choice since she was ready to move into a "Big Kid" bed from the toddler conversion of her crib. Thing is, neither available version of the Hot Wheels bed would've been a color match for her bedroom... and that's where The Rock Daughter Edition began to take shape. 

Rock Daughter Edition Hot Wheels Bed

My friends at Step2 and Mattel invited my 3½-year-old daughter to collaborate with them on its design. We did a Skype Call with Finley going face-to-face with members of the Step2 team in Ohio, and the Mattel team in Southern California.

Hot Wheels Bed!

Using inspiration from the color pallette present in her room, Finley's version of the Hot Wheels bed would be a sleek ride molded in yellow and purple - accented with a pink rear spoiler. All of the thoughtful design of the production version would stay intact, from the working LED headlights (that double as nightlights with a 15-minute auto shutoff feature), to the molded-in tracks along three sides of the bed. The spoiler allows for storage and display of several Hot Wheels vehicles (including her "Winning Race Car" - a Hot Wheels Racing model that she's just been obsessed with for ages and calls "my Winning Race Car"), as do the Air Intakes on the each side of the bed. At the end of each track run, connectors allow for the addition of additional Hot Wheels tracksets - taking the race to endless locales fueled by imagination!

Finley at Play...

Two of the beds were produced, and one of them could be headed for you... but that's certainly not all: We're going to get some little girl hooked-up with a fantastic collection to start (or continue) their Hot Wheels adventure!

SEE A FULL GALLERY OF IMAGES on THE ROCK FATHER Facebook Page!

One of the hottest toys of this Holiday Season is the Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage, and my friends at Mattel are including one! We've actually had one for a couple of months now and it's fantastic - the biggest Hot Wheels Garage ever - with multiple levels and play zones, 36 parking spots and numerous elements of lights and sounds. You'll also get the Track Builder Volcano Blast Trackset, Track Builder Spiral Stack-up Starter Set, 36 Mainline/Basic Vehicles, and a full case of my personal favorites - the Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Collection... something grownups will enjoy, with vehicles based on BACK TO THE FUTURE, BACK TO THE FUTURE II, FAST & FURIOUS, CHRISTINE and James Bond 007!

Finley's Room at Rock Father HQ

The Step2 & Mattel Ultimate Hot Wheels Holiday Prize Pack includes:
  • The Rock Daughter Edition Hot Wheels Toddler-to-Twin Race Car Bed(MSRP of Standard Edition is $350, but this one is priceless!)
  • Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage(MSRP: $99.99)
  • Hot Wheels Track Builder Volcano Blast Trackset (MSRP $44.99)
  • Hot Wheels Track Builder Spiral Stack-up Starter Set(MSRP: $24.99)
  • Hot Wheels Retro Entertainment Assortment "H" Case(Full Case of 16 vehicles, MSRP $4.99 each or $79.84)
  • 36 Assorted Hot Wheels Mainline Vehicles(MSRP: $0.99 each or $35.64)

This could be yours...

Enter to Win The Ultimate Hot Wheels Prize Pack:

Use the Rafflecopter Widget below (it will guide you), starting with the first (mandatory) entry method - Leave a Disqus comment on this post that shares your answer to the following: 

QUESTION: What do you (or your little ones) love about Hot Wheels?

After that, you can complete social actions for additional, completely optional entries. Please Note: By entering giveaways on The Rock Father, you agree to comply with my fairness policy. 

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The Fine Print: 

Promotion open to residents of the 48 Contiguous United States only (due to shipping restrictions), ages 18+, void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen on, about, or after December 17, 2015, and will be notified via email to confirm. If no response within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Prizing provided by The Step2 Company and Mattel. Winner agrees to share photos of the prize pack after delivery for sharing in The Rock Father's "Winner's Circle" Photo Gallery.

As noted above, the "Rock Daughter Edition" Hot Wheels Toddler-to-Twin Race Car Bed is not a production model, and is not available for sale. It was designed in collaboration with The Step2 Company, Mattel and THE ROCK FATHER Magazine specifically for this promotion. Mattress and Bedding not included. Holiday Delivery will be attempted, but cannot be guaranteed. Due to the nature of case assortments, vehicles shipped will include some duplicates, so build a fleet or share with friends!

1980s-style Disclaimer: Many will enter, few will win! Please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery of prizing (seriously, probably not that long), The Rock Father is not responsible for any lost or misdirected packages. In the rare occasion that a prize does not arrive (which, sadly, has happened), you have no remedy other than moving on.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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