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Step2An extraordinarily simple, yet modern spin on a classic toy, the Step2 Crayola Crayon Rider arrived here at Rock Father HQ back in April as part of my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador.

It could be considered a very bold move to release a product and deem it "unbreakable." In fact, back in 1912 there was a little ship called TITANIC - one whose makers deemed it "unsinkable," and history knows how that turned out. Here we have a toy that arrived here at Rock Father HQ for testing in our state-of-the-art facility (our house), a toy that's technically been on the market for a couple of years now, the Hercules Unbreakable 3.2ch Radio Controlled Helicopter by World Tech Toys. Having a stable of licenses including DC Comics (a line including BATMAN and SUPERMAN has been released), the NBA (team-centric choppers), and most recently locking-in the folks at WWE (check out the John Cena helicopter), I was eager to dig in and get our Hercules ready for it's first flight. So how did it fare?

THE BOO HOO CREW are back again with the follow-up to last month's "Teddy Bear March." For June, this West Coast Kindie Crew is paying tribute to something a little more... rumbly. "Vroom!" is their sonic ode to muscle cars and American-made horsepower, and it's available on BandcampiTunes and Amazon right now. Stream the track below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

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 BENTLEY... and now we can all check out "After Hours." 

Back in March, I shared my thoughts on the Netflix Premiere of the 30-minute TEAM HOT WHEELS special.  Now comes some news that's a little on the short-notice side, but worth taking note of... This weekend - June 7 & 8 only - TEAM HOT WHEELS: THE ORIGIN OF AWESOME heads into theaters in a special big-screen presentation from Fathom Events and Mattel. Tickets are available now via Fandango and theater box offices, with screenings taking place both days at 11am local time in select theaters. Check out a preview and details below, right here on THE ROCK FATHER!

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...

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