I know you don't want to hear it, but here's some reality. As I type this, there are only 78 days until Christmas. Yes, as people may complain about the "Christmas Creep," make no mistakes, and don't let the holidays creep up on you. They're practically here, and once November hits, families will be hitting the road for Thanksgiving gatherings, Fall Harvest, and X-mas aside... Hanukkah actually starts on Thanksgiving this year! As someone that has had two separate auto malfunctions on Thanksgiving two years in a row (2010 and 2011), getting the cars ready for the holiday season with a little preventative maintenance is something I'm big on here at Rock Father HQ. That said, my friends at Hankook Tires and I have gotten together to dish out a few tips for getting your ride ready to rock the road this Fall... and into the Holiday Season.
When it was announced earlier this year that MEGA Brands had entered into a partnership with Mattel for some Hot Wheels-branded building sets, the Rock Father Radar immediately lit-up with some new rides planted firmly upon it. Now, just in time for Fall, the new line of MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels is hitting stores, and within the assortment is the SUPER BLITZEN MONSTER TRUCK Set. The folks at MEGA Bloks had one delivered to Rock Father HQ for evaluation in our State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house), and this is how it fared...
Earlier this summer, I was supposed to take the family out for a week in a 2013 KIA Soul. For some reason that didn't happen, and it might be due to the fact that the 2014 KIA Soul is almost here. During the MTV VMAs the other night, a new commercial made it's debut that features the newly-enhanced vehicle getting redesigned while the KIA Hamsters engage in an 80s-style personal makeover... all set to the new LADY GAGA single, "Applause" (from her forthcoming album, ARTPOP). I've got that new commercial for you right here on The Rock Father, so pay attention: KIA and I are giving YOU a chance to score a $25 iTunes Gift Card!
We know a thing or two about James Bond. Sure, my name sounds a bit like the famous spy of the Ian Fleming novels and twenty-plus films, but that's not it. I've just watched the movies a bit (though I still need to see SKYFALL), and I recently introduced my little ones to the vehicular side of Bond through a visit to the Volo Auto Museum. Addie took a liking to the Aston Martin Vanquish that was featured in DIE ANOTHER DAY, and not long ago, the folks from Toy State sent us one of their Aston Martin DBS QUANTUM OF SOLACE Editions to test drive here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house, yard, sidewalk). Truth be told, I'm sort of an Aston Martin fan in general, so this was a fun ride to check out.
Addie reminded me of something the other day: "Daddy, you need to watch KNIGHT RIDER again soon." She's right, and when your almost-four-year-old points out that you haven't been watching your favorite, 31-year-old TV series in awhile, you tend to pat yourself on the back because you know you're doing parenting right. I mean, that's what I did. But, little Addie is one smart cookie - ever since G4 (is it The Esquire Network yet?) stopped airing KNIGHT RIDER in the morning, we haven't watched it. Now I'm about to break out the DVDs, because that SUPER PURSUIT MODE K.I.T.T. that I first posted about on Christmas Eve of last year is finally coming out.
Last month, the crew over at Toy State dispatched a special assortment of vehicles to Rock Father HQ, with each to be subjected to a rigorous series of performance studies in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house, backyard and neighborhood). Strapping on our lab coats and racing suits, the octane-obsessed Addie and I carefully inspected the collection before deciding which would be the first our first subject. Her choice: The ROAD RIPPERS Hatchbacks and Come-Back Racers. We know that they roll (that's a given), but do they rock as well?