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Last month, the crew over at Toy State dispatched a special assortment of vehicles to Rock Father HQ, with each to be subjected to a rigorous series of performance studies in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house, backyard and neighborhood). Strapping on our lab coats and racing suits, the octane-obsessed Addie and I carefully inspected the collection before deciding which would be the first our first subject. Her choice: The ROAD RIPPERS Hatchbacks and Come-Back Racers. We know that they roll (that's a given), but do they rock as well?

Back in 2005, Mimoco launched at the famed San Diego Comic-Con International. Now, eight years later, the Boston-based makers of cool, pop culture-inspired USB flash drives that are not only functional storage devices, but sought-after collectibles, are returning to SDCC with some rockin' goods. As they continue to unveil eight limited-edition drives to celebrate their birthday, they've announced a new version of that famous Wookiee, CHEWBACCA, as a SDCC '13 Exclusive. But Chewy's not coming alone... he's bringing a Golden Protocol Droid as a friend...

Fisher PriceI'm thinking that Addie's Power Wheels selection needs an upgrade. Just as she's starting to outgrow her Power Wheels Barbie Volkswagen Beetle (little Finley will soon grow into it), Fisher-Price has announced the fastest Power Wheels vehicle in their line... a replica of the 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray - the Seventh Generation version of the iconic ride from General Motors. With speeds clocking in at a whopping 6mph forward, I could see my speed-obsessed little one rocking the neighborhood in style when this car hits the streets. My Dad used to have a Corvette... and my Step-Dad still does, but I think I dig the Power Wheels version more than the real thing. Check out full specs below, right here on The Rock Father...

I need to buy a grill. Even though I won't need one for the coming Fourth of July Weekend, that's what I'm thinking as I type this post right now. There is currently no grill here at Rock Father HQ, as my last gas grill was in need of replacement and ended up being snagged by a scrapper from the curb before the garbage man even got to it. That said, I have done zero grilling in 2013, and that needs to change. Why am I thinking grilling right now? Well, it's because Julianna and Natasha over at Yahoo!'s Cinema & Spice recently whipped-up some recipes inspired by THE LONE RANGER (out July 3 via Walt Disney Pictures), and I just finally opened the email that contained them. Is it wrong that when I hear "Hi-Ho Silver, Away!", I think of THE OAK RIDGE BOYS, and not THE LONE RANGER? Let's see what grilling goodness they've cooked-up... 

Back Seats. My #1 pet peeve when it comes to cars. Let's face it, what most vehicles consider to be a legitimate "back seat" is barely suitable for any human being to fit in comfortably... but regardless of size, they can be a place of adventure for kids. They can also be a place for little ones to rock and roll. The folks at Subaru kept "Life in the Backseat" in mind when designing the all-new 2014 Subaru Forester®, and they even hit The Rock Father with a video to prove it...

Not long ago, the folks at Contigo approached me about joining them as a "Road Warrior." While I'm just as much a fan of MAD MAX 2 as the next guy, this had nothing to do with zipping across a post-apocalyptic landscape in a highly-modified vehicle while rolling with the whole "One Man Can Make A Difference" motif. What it did have to do with is the type of Road Warrior that I really am: A Father of two, rockin' a Military Camouflage diaper bag while driving my little ones to and from preschool, gymnastics, swimming, and then onto all of our other daily adventures. It might not be glamorous, but it can be a battle - and I always have a drink along for the ride.

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