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When it comes to radio-controlled vehicles, 2015 is already off to an exciting start with the arrival of the HOT WHEELS R/C High Jump Frenzy vehicle from Toy State. The latest entry into Toy State's growing Hot Wheels line (produced under license from Mattel) actually hit the streets just before Christmas last year, but it's taken a little time to get back up-to-speed here in our state-of-the-art Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ  (our house) to present an accurate review.

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Wednesday, January 21 2015 07:50

Hot Wheels Holiday Hot Rods - 2014

'Issued as a Walmart Exclusive in the United States for the 2014 Holiday Shopping Season, the Hot Wheels Holiday Hot Rods were a series of eight diecast vehicles produced by Mattel in limited quantities. Sold for an original retail price of just $0.97 each, the Holiday Hot Rods carried on the tradition of previous years, each with custom card artwork featuring a Hot Rod Santa Claus taking a turn on a Christmas-themed speedway, giving a "thumbs-up" as he throws the car into the curve.

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Hot Wheels logoOver the past few weeks, some vehicles inspired by a galaxy far, far away have been landing in the diecast aisles of retailers everywhere, with Walmart and Target being particularly infested by Imperial and Rebel forces. The first-ever partnership between Mattel and STAR WARS has given birth to the HOT WHEELS STAR WARS Collection, one component of which is the new line of "character cars" - vehicles that could be considered as being from an alternate reality - custom rides that take their design cues from the characters that generations have come to know and love. While the first wave has been out for a bit (and I will cover in-depth shortly), the two newest cars to hit the pegs come from the "B" assortment - the TUSKEN RAIDER and 501st CLONE TROOPER. Both of these vehicles have rolled into Rock Father HQ this past week, so let's take a look...

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IndyCar LogoAs racing enthusiasts checked out the 17-race 2015 Verizon IndyCar Series schedule as it was just revealed this morning. the folks over at Greenlight Collectibles rolled out an announcement of their own, serving up a preview of their 1:18-scale 2015 IndyCar® Indianapolis 500® Event Car. The limited-edition vehicle should be available in January, and a 1:64 edition will hit the streets as well. Check out some preview images below that just rolled into Rock Father HQ...

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2014 Holiday Gift GuideTHE ROCK FATHER has partnered with Lunchbox and Mattel for this high-octane sponsored post...

It's no secret that we're big fans of HOT WHEELS here at Rock Father HQ. In fact, I've often thrown down some virtual ink about Mattel's iconic line of diecast vehicles and playsets over in the "Rides" section of site, and if you've seen my Instagram, you've seen new additions to our collection on a regular basis. Now comes HOT WHEELS RACE REWARDS exclusively at Walmart. Quite simply, you can earn cool rewards on the HOT WHEELS you're already buying for the little ones (or yourself) - rewards like the brand-new Exclusive MONSTER JAM MONSTER MUTT that you can only get through HOT WHEELS RACE REWARDS. Buy, scan and earn. HOT WHEELS 1:64 scale diecast vehicles are a perfect stocking stuffer!

When I was a kid, I had a couple of slot car sets along the way, and while I can't remember what the brands were, I sure remember the TYCO commercials that used to run each and every Christmas season, always teasing some new kind of fast-paced action, sometimes with added flair like glow-in-the-dark or up-the-wall action. At some point, slot racing seemed to die off, but it's never gone away - and in large part, I think it's a marketing thing: new generations would get into it, if only they knew it was something that exists. In fact, when I take my girls to Bass Pro Shops during the holiday season, they always want to play with the big slot car track they have set-up. So what if you're say, a bigger kid... one with a lot of money to spend? Neiman-Marcus is tapping into the wealthy slot enthusiasts in their 88th Annual Christmas Book, presenting a $300,000 slot track, hand-crafted by the folks at Michigan-based Slot Mods USA. Their tracks are so cool, I just had to show them here on THE ROCK FATHER...

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