Friday, October 30 2015 22:27

Holiday Wish Guide: TONKA Metal Diecast Vehicles

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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.

It's no secret that we're big fans of Hot Wheels here at Rock Father HQ. We're also big fans of Feld Motorsports' MONSTER JAM, and the marriage of both with the 1:64-scale Hot Wheels Monster Jam vehicles by Mattel. Last year, Feld got into the seasonal spirit with a limited-edition Halloween Grave Digger release, one that I featured here on the site (it was later featured on Hot Wheels' official social networks) as part of my 31 Days of Halloween. Like all good  creepy things, the only way to keep it going is with a sequel, and for 2015 it's arrived in the form of a Hot Wheels Monster Jam Halloween Edition ZOMBIE Truck! Just like last year, up to 5,000 of these will be made, and that's it! Driver Sean Duhon's fan-favorite truck has been reissued in a Halloween paint-scheme and an accompanying package filled with pumpkin-y goodness. Here it is rockin' the road in front of our "graveyard" here at HQ...

News of what's headed for the 2015 Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) Show in Las Vegas is picking up. I'm a big fan of the Mopar brand, and today comes a sneak-preview of production and concept Mopar products that have been bolted-on to transform Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and FIAT vehicles, demonstrating how the Mopar brand can help owners personalize their rides.

I've been missing the fully-loaded 2016 Kia Sorento that I drove through the mountains around Lake Tahoe during its National Press Introduction last year. It's still on a short list of "might buy" vehicles for us when the time comes, and while the factory options are certainly fantastic, seeing what customizers can pull off is equally exciting. Kia is known for rolling into the annual SEMA Show each November with some sweet rides, and this year is no exception, with the 2015 SEMA PacWest Adventure Sorento on display from November 3-6, 2015.

Back in June, I took some of the then-just-released ANT-MAN toys from my personal collection to the press junket for MARVEL's ANT-MAN in Los Angeles. It was there that many of the cast members (including Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Corey StollMichael Douglas, T.I., Michael Pena and David Dastmalchian) got their first look at they toys from their debut entry into the MARVEL Cinematic Universe. One of the biggest hits was my Funko Pop! Vinyl Yellowjacket, which put a huge smile on Corey Stoll's face before the interviews got started. What I didn't find until after the junket was a Pop! Vinyl Ant-Man, and now the little guy is back with one of the film's most unexpectedly-popular co-stars... ANT-THONY. This December, Funko will release an ANT-MAN and ANT-THONY Pop! RIDES 2-Pack, available for pre-order now via my friends at Entertainment Earth.

Saturday, October 17 2015 11:01

Review: NIKKO R/C WWE John Cena Rolling Ring

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The very first radio controlled car I ever owned was a 1986 NIKKO R/C Ferrari Testarossa. I wanted that car so bad, I remember asking Santa for it after seeing it in the Sears Wish Book. I'm sure my parents would've never expected that 29 years later, I'd still be playing with NIKKO R/C vehicles - much less be writing about them. Yet here we are, and I'm excited to bring you my hands-on report on one of the latest members of the NIKKO fleet - the first vehicle produced under the recent licensing partnership between WWE and NIKKO parent, TOY STATE. The WWE Rolling Ring is a 1:16-scale 27MHz tri-band truck (allowing for three players) with a top speed of 6.2 mph, and a range of 82 feet.  Available with graphic schemes based on WWE Superstars Sheamus, The Rock and John Cena - we received the latter for review in THE ROCK FATHER's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house), and this time we did something different: We strapped a GoPro to it!

When you're thinking about children's Halloween costumes, a bicycle probably isn't even a remote thought for an accessory. I figure that aside from a few Pinterest-centric creatives that use a bike as the base for something else, it would be a longshot... but then the folks at Strider Bikes (the makers of the balance bike that taught Addie to ride!) sent over some ideas - complete with photos - that show that a bike could absolutely set a costume off.  Check out these adorable Strider Bikes costume ideas as today's entry into my annual 31 Days of Halloween here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

The big news in the racing world today arrived here via press release early this morning - word that after 17 years competing at NASCAR’s highest level, Tony Stewart has declared that his 18th year in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series will be his last. Stewart, a three-time series champion, will retire following the 2016 season, passing the torch to Clint Bowyer, who will take the wheel of the No. 14 machine beginning in 2017.

Tuesday, September 29 2015 08:40

Preview: Tanner Foust on The Dave Despain Show

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Tanner Foust is a high-octane driving talent in so many differing and highly expert related automotive performances that's it's hard to categorize him. But this Sunday, October 4, at 8:30pm ET, Dave Despain tries to unravel the mystique behind the legend on an all-new episode of THE DAVE DESPAIN SHOW on MAVTV. Foust will be in Despain's hot seat and reveals his uncanny talent for driving almost anything on wheels propelling him to an elite status among the world's best in rally, drift, and stunts.

The December 18 release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS is fast-approaching, and it was "Force Friday" that ushered-in a new era of STAR WARS toys and collectibles. Over the past two years, Mattel has been releasing an ever-expanding and impressive fleet of STAR WARS vehicles - from "Character Cars" to screen-accurate Starships, from limited-edition high-end collectibles to retailer-exclusive rides that are simply "inspired by" the Saga we all know and love. Today I'm sharing the latter by giving readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a shot at winning one (1) complete set of 2015 Hot Wheels STAR WARS Faction Series Vehicles by Mattel! There's eight vehicles in all, each packaged in matching artwork inspired by a Faction from a galaxy far, far away. Check this out...

Today (if you're reading this on September 26) is BATMAN DAY, an International Holiday created by DC Comics to celebrate The Dark Knight, The Caped Crusader... whatever you want to call BATMAN in any and all of his many forms. Growing up, SUPERMAN was always my #1 hero until the "summer of Batman" happened in 1989 and proceeded to give Bruce Wayne's alter-ego a nudge to the forefront. Over the years, I've had some cool BATMAN experiences - from seeing The Tumbler in-action on the set of Christopher Nolan's BATMAN BEGINS in 2004, to putting on the cape and cowl for Halloween last year. This year, I'm celebrating BATMAN DAY by giving readers of THE ROCK FATHER Magazine a shot at winning one (1) of two (2) complete sets of 2015 Hot Wheels BATMAN Series Vehicles by Mattel! There's six iconic vehicles in all, each packaged in matching artwork. Check this out...

Holiday Wish GuideWhen "Force Friday" arrived on September 4th, families couldn't wait to get their hands on some of the latest STAR WARS toys, many of which are inspired by or based upon J.J. Abrams' forthcoming STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (opening December 18). With mostly radio silence leading into release day, many had questions about some of the more unique, and in some cases higher-dollar toys that had arrived on-shelves - things well beyond the usual realm of action figures. Spin Master jumped into a galaxy far, far away with a host of new items - their first run as a STAR WARS licensee. From their Air Hogs line came two of the most talked-about - a Millennium Falcon Quad, and a Remote Control X-Wing Starfighter. With both of those having been sent to Rock Father HQ for review, we've spent some time with them and are ready to file a report. Up first is the X-Wing Fighter that's unmistakably based on Luke Skywalker's "Red Five" from 1977's STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE.

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