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My friends and readers in the UK have hopefully been able to check out some of CARS THAT ROCK with BRIAN JOHNSON as it's been airing Thursdays at 9pm on Quest (Freeview 38, Sky 167, Virgin Media 172), in which the AC/DC frontman gets hands-on with some of the world's finest rides. While CARS THAT ROCK is not yet airing here in the 'States (hopefully it will later this year) the folks connected to the series have been sending me "After Hours" clips - each one focusing on the car line featured in the latest episode.  Tonight, viewers in the UK got a look at Italian icon, LAMBORGHINI... and now we can all check out "After Hours." Take a look...

If you don't live on the East Coast, there is a good chance that you've never been to, and probably have never even heard of Hess Express stores. While I've never actually been to one (we live near Chicago), I'm familiar with them... since I like toys. You see, Hess has an annual tradition each holiday season (which I've written about in the past) in which they release what has become known as "The Hess Toy Truck," and they've been doing it for fifty years - a tradition introduced by Leon Hess in 1964 as "a fun, high quality and affordable toy for families during the holiday season." This year, there will be a Hess Toy Truck unveiled for the holiday season, but it's also sort of the end of an era, as Hess announced this past week that they're selling their retail stores to Marathon/Speedway, and will becoming a purely-production company.

My friends and readers in the UK have hopefully been able to check out some of CARS THAT ROCK with BRIAN JOHNSON as it's been airing Thursdays at 9pm on Quest (Freeview 38, Sky 167, Virgin Media 172), in which the AC/DC frontman gets hands-on with some of the world's finest rides. Being in the 'States, I haven't been able to see a full episode yet, but the folks connected to the series just hit me with another "After Hours" clip today, one that focuses on ROLLS ROYCE - the car line featured in tonight's episode. Take a look...

Toy State AmbassadorThe crew over at Toy State has been continuing their partnership with Mattel by rolling out a ton of new lights and sounds vehicles based on the iconic Hot Wheels brand. Hitting stores right now is the Hot Wheels Stunt FX line, an assortment of three vehicles, each with a small, ramped playset. Now, kids can crush a house with a monster truck, blast through a wall of ice, or in our case, leap through a gate to set off a chain reaction with the "Explosive Ramp" playset. As a Toy State "Test Driver," my kids and I often get to check out a sampling of the latest offerings, and this set was in our last batch. Let's take a look...

If you thought you'd have to wait until Disney•Pixar releases CARS 3 for a new adventure with Lightning McQueen, think again! An all-new Disney•Pixar short has arrived, and it's the first in a new series called TALES FROM RADIATOR SPRINGS. Below the jump, you can get your first-look at the new adventure in a clip from THE RADIATOR SPRINGS 500 ½. The full six-minute short is available right now, for free, exclusively at Disney Movies Anywhere.

I'm not used to driving something as beefy as a full-size SUV on a regular basis, which ahead of the delivery of a 2015 GMC Yukon 4WD - SLT here at Rock Father HQ, was a bit of a concern in that there might be an element of "challenge" involved. In truth, the 2015 Yukon is packed with so many driver (and family) friendly features, that driving it is hardly a challenge, but an experience both enjoyable and exhilarating, despite it's size. What follows are my thoughts on this new ride after spending a full week with it and assimilating it into my daily routine as "The Rock Father."

Back in March, DreamWorks released NEED FOR SPEED, their big-screen adaptation of the popular video game series from Electronic Arts. I was able to catch an advance screening on my trip to Los Angeles earlier in the year, and eventually threw down some virtual ink about the film here on THE ROCK FATHER. While I was a little mixed on the film as a whole, it was fun, and I called it "exhilarating, yet at times, unsettling." In the few months since, I'd wanted to see it again, if only to re-live the impressive stunt work... and on August 5, I'll get that chance when NEED FOR SPEED arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand. I've got the specs on the home release below, but did you know that Mattel has also released some Hot Wheels based on cars featured in the NEED FOR SPEED film? Read on, friends...

My friends and readers in the UK have hopefully been able to check out some of CARS THAT ROCK with BRIAN JOHNSON as it's been airing Thursdays at 9pm on Quest (Freeview 38, Sky 167, Virgin Media 172), in which the AC/DC frontman gets hands-on with some of the world's finest rides. Being in the 'States, I haven't been able to see a full episode yet, but the folks connected to the series hit me with an "After Hours" clip today, one that focuses on Bugatti - the car line featured in last night's episode. Take a look...

I've always had a thing for licensed die-cast when they're done well, and the folks at Mattel are usually right there with some cool models based on hot trends. While MATCHBOX gets some on occasion (some BATMAN and DISNEY vehicles they've done come to mind), HOT WHEELS are always at the front of the pack. This week, a new assortment started hitting the streets as a Walmart Exclusive - The Hot Wheels Spider-Man Series - done in timing with the release of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2.

1994... what a great year that was. I graduated High School that year, checked out more than my fair share of great music, and saw quite a few memorable movies - one of which involved Ted "Theodore" Logan trying to protect the passengers of a bus that was tearing through the streets of Los Angeles at over 50 miles per hour. Indeed, SPEED was a surprise hit, and one that warrants the 20th Anniversary Blu-ray treatment... and that's just what my friends at 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have put together. In fact, we've teamed-up to give all of YOU the chance to win one of two (2) SPEED DUAL ACTION PACK Box Sets, each with SPEED and it's 1997 sequel, SPEED 2: CRUISE CONTROL on Blu-ray. And yes, normally I'd put this in my "For Grownups" section, but this is SPEED - a movie about a fast bus! So in Rock Father Rides it shall go!

Toy State Test DriverThe folks at Toy State have been producing licensed toys based on CAT (that's CATERPILLAR) for quite some time now, and in that time, they've made enough scale replicas of big machines to tackle any job site your little one could possibly imagine. The line-up is impressive, and we've got a few of them here, including some that I reviewed before I officially began working with Toy State as a "Test Driver" (like these), and some since (like this one). A recent entry is their new line of "Truck and Trailer" vehicles, which comes with a CAT Dump Truck, a Trailer, and either a Wheel Loader or Bulldozer. We received the Wheel Loader set.

I've covered and reviewed a ton of vehicles here in the "Rides" section of THE ROCK FATHER, but until today, I have never thrown down any virtual ink devoted to a helicopter. Truth is, until a few weeks ago, we'd never owned an R/C helicopter, though I've been tempted on occasion by those displays that tend to pop-up at the wholesale clubs and mall kiosks on occasion. The the folks at Silverlit Toys sent use their Nano Falcon - the world's smallest I/R model helicopter - a fact certified by Guinness World Records. Straight out of the box, this thing is fascinating.

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