Transforming vehicles are hardly a new thing, nor are the kinds of things that said vehicles change into. From sentient humanoid robots to insects and animalistic beasts, we've seen a lot of transformations over the past 30+ years, but now there's a new entry into that realm that's putting some new twists on things. From Alpha Group (formerly Auldey Toys US) comes SCREECHERS WILD!, a new collection of vehicles that transform into creatures using "explosive 360-degree flip morphing action." They're definitely hitting on the retro marks with the launch, presenting a commercial that feels straight outta the 80s with its neon-grid patterns and action-packed visuals. They call it "fuel-injected feeding time" as the vehicles either pick up (or have launched to them) a plastic disc ("food") that activates the flip transformation. Take a look...
Auto Show season is upon us, with the big ones about to start rolling out here in North America this month, with #NAIAS in Detroit, followed by the Chicago International Auto Show in February. Up North, the Canadian International AutoShow rolls into the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Feb. 16-25, and this year Mattel is bringing Hot Wheels into the action! The number one selling toy in the world races into Canada with an explosion of activities to commemorate its 50th anniversary. This includes appearances by some of the iconic full-sized rides from the Hot Wheels garage, including the famed Star Wars Darth Vader character car and the Special Edition 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS!
Milestone, one of the leading racing game developers in the world, has just issued a new look behind the scenes of Monster Energy Supercross – The Official Videogame with a brand-new trailer. The game brings the excitement of Supercross to Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC/STEAM on February 13, with a launch on Nintendo Switch shortly thereafter. The new developer's diary is led by Ralph Sheheen, the official voice of Feld Motorsports' Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, and it showcases the four rules behind the creation of its visuals. Check it out below...
It's a new year, and as I write this right now, we're having extreme sub-zero temperatures here in northern Illinois. Pair that with the residue from the snow and salt, and our rides aren't looking too hot, and there's no good way to clean them until it warms up. Dreaming of warmer weather, I'm always thinking about shining up the cars, and there's always that goal of making them as "new car" fresh as possible. With that in mind, the folks at Meguiar's (check out their full product line on Amazon) have sent over a list of six helpful tips that can aid in keeping your new car looking and feeling like new longer, but are also great for freshening up an older ride as well. I've got the full rundown below, along with a quick look at the team that makes Meguiar's...
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When I was a kid, I was aware of NHRA Top Fuel dragsters and funny cars. At the time, I had some assorted Hot Wheels versions of them and they were played with quite often. While I had the general idea of what they did (go fast in a straight line!), I had no idea what kind of mechanics were involved, and even as an adult that got into racing, that world sort of escaped me until recently. I've written about the transition from the track to the street before, but I'd not thought much about the drag racing side of things until I met up with the crew from Pennzoil Performance to attend the recent NHRA Toyota Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. There are things that can apply to you, and I'm sharing that knowledge here, along with some facts about NHRA Top Fuel racing!
Over the past year, there have been a ton of PJ Masks toys released. While I love what Just Play has done with the line, I do think that there comes a point when "overkill" comes into play, and it happens to the best of toy lines. When there's duplication between characters and vehicles in different scales, it can become confusing for families - parents and kids alike. This has happened with PJ Masks, and earlier this year I shared a picture of four different scales of the Catcar, along with five variations of Catboy. Since that time, there's been four additional versions, and an equal collection of Owl Gliders and Gekko Mobiles. Now comes yet a different scale, but it's one that I don't mind at all. In fact, it's a whole new realm when it comes to PJ Masks, and these may be my personal favorites when it comes to this line... PJ Masks diecast. Launched as a Toys "R" Us exclusive to begin with, the first wave consists of five vehicles - the three heroes, alongside Romeo's Lab and the Night Ninja's Bus. I dig 'em.
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Last week, we finally saw the first substantial snowfall of the season here in northern Illinois. The two things to note are 1) that it arrived about a month later than it used to, and 2) that it's already melted. Overall, there was around 3" in the heaviest spots, and it was cold enough that the ice fishermen were already placing their huts out on the lakes. Today it was 46°, but the forecast shows next Monday as being 15°. The long-running unfunny joke here has always been that in the Chicagoland area, "you can see all four seasons in a day" - and to an extent, that's been true. As a driver, that makes it challenging when reacting to a mix of dry pavement, heavy snow, ice or wetness. With that in mind, Goodyear has unleashed their latest tire - the Goodyear Assurance WeatherReady, which they say is their best "for Mother Nature's worst." Rated for rain, snow, ice and sun, they're so confident in this tire, they're outright calling it "the best all-weather tire in company history." For the sake of perspective, Goodyear introduced their first all-weather tire back in 1908!
The 2018 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series is just around the corner, and there's no race more iconic in that scene than the Daytona 500. For the 60th running of the mighty race, the sound of 40 stock cars tearing up the 2.5-mile tri-oval will be accompanied by the cheers of 500 fans who will be brought to Florida by the folks at Busch Beer, and you could be one of them. Check out the details below, which arrived here at Rock Father HQ this morning...
Since 1964, the Hess Toy Truck has been an annual tradition of collectible holiday toys. For years, families on the east coast would look forward to the reveal of the annual Hess Toy Truck - which hasn't always been "a truck," but a high-quality vehicle offered at a great price and wrapped-up in signature green giftwrap, ready to roll for the holidays. Because it was an east coast thing, we'd missed out on it since we didn't have Hess Express gas stations here in the Midwest, but we really started getting into these around five years ago - ironically, just a year or so before Hess sold-off their gas stations. While the stores may be gone, the tradition of the truck lives on, and every year on November 1, a new Hess Toy Truck becomes available exclusively on HessToyTruck.com. We recently got our hands on the 2017 Hess Dump Truck and Loader (sent to us for review), and after seeing the girls eagerly crack it open, it's easy to see why it's a top pick in my annual Holiday Wish Guide™!
They say that "big boys love their big toys," and that's something I know very well here at Rock Father HQ. Another fine representation of that is ToyMakerz, which returns to Velocity for a second season this month. Presented in eight one-hour parts, the action will begin on November 10, 2017 at 8pm and 11pm ET with re-airs on Saturdays at 10am. Driven by the life and creations of David Ankin, owner of ToyMakerz, the series follows his team as they bring unrivaled ingenuity and a unique skill set to motorized builds. Check out a season 2 preview below!
A Holiday tradition continues with the release of the 2017 Hess Toy Truck! Officially launched at 10am ET on November 1, the 2017 Hess Dump Truck and Loader is available exclusively via HessToyTruck.com, continuing the pattern of the last few years following the sale of the Hess Express stores. With over 30 brilliant LED lights plus realistic sounds, the over-sized dump truck and 2-way motorized, track-driven loader are a versatile team, ready to tackle the toughest jobs! Check out all the details below!
It's been a few years since we've seen a real-world Hot Wheels Chevy Camaro available at dealers, but now it's happening again - and better than ever before. Chevrolet and Hot Wheels have announced the 2018 Camaro Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary Edition, "celebrating 50 years of partnership, performance innovation and design." Announced ahead of SEMA 2017 in Las Vegas, the special package will be available for sale in the first quarter of 2018, while diecast versions of the vehicle will also be rolling out to retailers as well. Check out the specs below!