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Now, perhaps you're thinking to yourself, "Hey Rock Father! Didn't you already feature Halloween Grave Digger?" - and you'd actually be right... but not like this.  Last month, I posted news that Mattel was producing a Hot Wheels Monster Jam Halloween Edition Grave Digger monster truck, limited to a run of "up to 5,000 pieces" to be sold exclusively through Feld Motorsports' website. And, if you were looking closely, you may have even seen Grave Digger make a cameo appearance here, but it's only fitting that this glorious monster truck get a proper feature in 31 Days of Halloween, and what better way to do that than to show him in-action at a pumpkin patch?

Tuesday, October 07 2014 19:35

The HOT WHEELS STAR WARS Series is coming...

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As previously reported, there's a few different collections of STAR WARS HOT WHEELS headed for retail in the near future, and while the interestingly-shaped "character cars" may be the big draw, Walmart stores across the country will soon see STAR WARS-themed rides hitting the pegs (likely a dump bin, actually) sometime between now and Christmas. Following the tradition of exclusive, licensed sets (this past week saw a BATMAN 75th Anniversary collection, along with one based on THE FAST & THE FURIOUS movies hit stores), the HOT WHEELS STAR WARS Series will feature eight cars in deco and packaging representing The Original Trilogy, The Prequel Trilogy, The Clone Wars and the just-launched STAR WARS REBELS. Check out the packages below, as revealed on the HWC site...

I recently spent a year working with Toy State on a limited-time "Test Driver" initiative, and while that program has come to a close, I'm still happy to spread the word about some of their new offerings - many of which become some of the hottest rides in the toy aisles. Today a little bit of news hit the wires as a tease of what's to come from the company as they begin rolling out new vehicles under their ROAD RIPPERS and NIKKO brands - new logos for each. Personally, I'm really interested in where they take NIKKO as they recently acquired it, and my first-ever R/C car was a NIKKO Ferrari back in the 80s.

Now this is cool. On October 13 at 12pm ET/PT, Nickelodeon will introduce children viewers to the exciting world of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) with the hour-long premiere of the brand-new, interactive animated series, BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES. Touted as "the first preschool show on TV to comprehensively cover all areas of STEM in every episode," BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES follows a monster truck named Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ. Figure in a nine-year-old little girl named Gabby that serves as head mechanic, and you can count me in for my little monster truck-loving girls as the series explores the physics of how things move - tackling problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics, while discovering the parts needed to make everyday technologies work. Check out a few preview clips below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER...

The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorIf the past month has taught me anything, it's that most of you LOVE the Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor and want one for the special little one(s) in your life. As a Step2 Brand Ambassador, I recently gave readers a chance to win one, and the response was so overwhelming that Step2 has teamed-up with my fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy and Viva Veltoro (check out her review of the Raptor) to give away one more, and once again, THE ROCK FATHER is in on that action! We're getting one lucky reader (or, their kids) ready to roll in one of the coolest rides you'll ever see, and one of the most in-demand toys for this Fall season!

"When your friends ask you how fast you went, tell them 'I went as fast as I could.'" That was the final bit of advice given by Xtreme Xperience Chief Instructor Brad Pines at the close of an instructional session held in a classroom overlooking the pit area of the North Course of the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet, Illinois on Saturday. It was there that I, along with a handful of other early morning drivers received some brief, but important lessons prior to taking to the track in some of the World's finest vehicles - Supercars. For me, it would be the Ferrari F430 - a 483 horsepower hand-crafted vehicle with a top speed of 196 mph... but it wouldn't be the first time that I'd take to the track in Joliet. For that, we have to spin things back to 1978...

This adventure is brought to you by Walmart. THE ROCK FATHER is a Socialstars 2014 #WalmartAuto Ambassador. The Gumout products featured in this story are all available at your local store or at Walmart.com.

When we last checked-in from the garage here at Rock Father HQ, my oldest daughter and I were getting our cars clean after some summer travel that delivered thousands of miles worth of road grime. Now comes prep for Fall (and dare I say it, winter), and now is the prime time to take a look at some basic maintenance - especially for those with older cars, like the 2005 Scion xB that I still rock daily, about 160,000 miles into it's life. One of the most important systems to keep an eye on is the fuel system, and using Gumout All-In-One® Complete Fuel System Cleaner Ethanol Treatment and Friction Modifier is one inexpensive and easy way to improve your car's performance, while cutting down on some of the nasty stuff that can build up in the engine.

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Toyota's SCION division, having been an early-adopter who custom-ordered an original Scion xB back in 2004 (I'm driving it today, actually). Now, ten years into the game, Scion continues their support of all-things-metal with the announcement of a special  “Scion x Slayer Mobile Amp tC” for thrash titans SLAYER, which will debut along side the “Scion x Riley Hawk Skate Tour xB” at the SEMA Show in Las Vegas, November 4-7, 2014.

Real Supercars. Real Racetracks. Real Instruction. That's the mantra for the Xtreme Xperience, the premier touring supercar driving experience, which returns to the Chicago area this weekend for two days at the Autobahn Country Club in Joliet. There, car enthusiasts or budding racers can get behind the wheel of some of the world's finest vehicles, from a fleet that includes the Lamborghini LP560-4, Ferrari F430, Ferrari 458 Italia, Audi R8, Mercedes SLS AMG, Nissan GT-R, and McLaren MP4-12C, among others. Under the instruction and guidance of seasoned professionals, amateur drivers can learn racing fundamentals and safety procedures, all while having the the experience recorded through onboard cameras. While three-lap packages is where it began, this weekend, the action gets even bigger with the introduction of the half-day Supercar Academy, which compliments extended 10, 15, and 20-lap experiences.

Wednesday, September 10 2014 23:01

[CLOSED] Giveaway: The Step2 2-in-1 Ford F-150 SVT Raptor!

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The Rock Father is a 2014 Step2 Brand AmbassadorWhen I recently paid a visit to The Step2 Company's HQ out in Ohio, one of the highlights of the trip was checking out the new Step2 2-in-1 Ford® F-150 SVT Raptor. Since then, my girls now have one to call their own (more on that soon), but the response on social media has been so overwhelmingly positive, Step2 has teamed-up with my fellow Ambassadors Thrifty Nifty Mommy (check out her review of the Raptor) and Viva Veltoro to get a giveaway going, and now THE ROCK FATHER is in on that action! We're getting one lucky reader (or, their kids) ready to roll in one of the coolest rides you'll ever see!

Updated: The full webcast can now be viewed below.

I know that there's at least a few car enthusiast readers out there that will dig this, so I apologize for the short notice. TODAY (September 8, 2014) at 1:30pm Rock Father HQ time (that's Central Time), the all-new JAGUAR XE will be unveiled at a secret location somewhere in London along the Thames. The whole thing will be webcast LIVE via this link.  Here's more on what to expect, direct from the Jaguar crew...

I've really been getting into the art of "Toyography" lately - a love of toys and photography coming together for fun results. Many of my photos involve toy vehicles, and they're usually posted on Instagram and Facebook for immediate viewing. It's no secret that we have a big love of Mattel's Hot Wheels line here at Rock Father HQ, and one recent photo I snapped even snagged the attention of the Hot Wheels team themselves, getting reposted on all of their official social networks. Since people seem to enjoy viewing these just as much as I enjoy taking them, I think it's only proper to share them here on THE ROCK FATHER on occasion, and today I'm starting with this - The Hot Wheels Pop Culture Series Hanna-Barbera Scooby-Doo '70 Chevelle Delivery. This photo was taken this morning, with the full Mystery Inc. Gang present to stand guard...

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