The Hot Wheels Team is really firing on all cylinders this year! Seriously, the crew at Mattel has been on-fire with some fantastic new products and initiatives, and today, Hot Wheels rolled out something special to celebrate the 100th running of the Indianapolis 500 - a custom take on the classic Indy 500 Championship Trophy, unveiled by Ryan Hunter-Reay at the Indianapolis Children's Museum. This hand-made trophy celebrates the past 99 epic Indy races with 99 Hot Wheels cars.
It was 100 years ago this year that Bayerische Motoren Werke (German for Bavarian Motor Works) began, first creating aircraft engines, later following that success with motorcycles and cars. In celebrating 100 years of BMW and the modern luxury cars that they make today, Mattel released the Hot Wheels BMW Series as a Walmart Exclusive this spring. Featuring eight classic designs, these cars have been speeding in-and-out of stores in a flash, so I'm giving readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a chance to win a full set of eight! Ready to rock?
Have you seen these? Perhaps you haven't been looking hard enough, or perhaps their natural cloaking is just that good. Whatever the reason, The Hot Wheels Camouflage Series was in-and-out of Walmart stores last Fall, quite possibly hiding in plain sight, then speeding off into the realm of distant memory. I have a "thing" for camo as a whole... military fashion being part of it, my closet containing no less than six pairs of camo cargo shorts at any given time. Sometimes I get some grief for it, but I love camo - to the point in having a Washburn Dimebag Darrell Air Force Camo Guitar as part of my collection as well. That being said, I was pretty excited when the Hot Wheels Camo Series arrived - a set of six vehicles, each outfitted in a Camo paint scheme and matching card art. While you may not have seen these last Fall, I'm giving readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a chance to win a full set of six! Ready to rock?
Each year, the folks at Mattel release numerous special edition Hot Wheels collections, many of which land as retailer exclusives. A good majority of these limited-edition sets find their way into Walmart stores, and the availability tends to be sketchy - many times arriving in a one-and-done type of deal, usually a single shipment in a dump bin and they're done. This makes finding complete sets to be a daunting task at times, particularly for the collectors who keep these toys in their original packaging, unlike the routine here at Rock Father HQ where everything gets opened and played with. While I tend to lean toward the "open it!" mentality with most of our toys (there have been a few exceptions), there's one recent Hot Wheels collection that certainly does look mighty fine on-display in the retail packaging, and it's because they were intended to work together. In fact, I don't know that Hot Wheels has ever done this before - a set of ten individual vehicles that when displayed together form a glorious American Flag, complete with a pair of striking Bald Eagles. Take a look at the 2016 Hot Wheels Stars & Stripes Series...
We all know the big, iconic yellow TONKA trucks and vehicles - and while those might be the first thing to come to mind at the mention of TONKA, they also have something a bit smaller that makes for perfect stocking stuffers this holiday season. At roughly 1:55-scale, TONKA METAL Diecast vehicles are ready for adventure with series' that include First Responders, City Defenders, Construction Crew, and even Strike Force (Military). These free-wheeling specialty vehicles are built tough and a lot of fun for kids ages 3+, but they're also great for grownup collectors, too - a neat retro piece. Singles run less than $5, and there's multi-packs out there as well, on pegs at Walmart, Target, Toys "R" Us, Amazon and many other retailers Nationwide. They're a featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine.
When it comes to diecast rides, there's a lot that we love, and our fleet increases regularly here at Rock Father HQ. Among the latest to start rockin' the road with The Rock Daughters are the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES T-Machines - reviewed here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine earlier this Fall. Created by Playmates Toys and available in the diecast aisles of your favorite toy emporiums right now, these vehicles take inspiration from Nickelodeon's hit TMNT animated series, placing each character (heroes and villains alike) in vehicles that would be totally appropriate for "raising shell" on the streets of NYC. An official entry into The Rock Father's 2015 Holiday Wish Guide, the T-Machines are also the very first Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway for the season, with one lucky reader taking home a seriously Turtle-riffic prize pack that includes two (2) basic vehicles, two (2) vehicles with sound, and one (1) basic playset - all chosen at random from the available assortment!
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