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Revell to Release Six New Chip Foose Model Kits...

Funny enough, the girls and I were just at Hobby Lobby earlier today picking up some Revell products for a Pinewood project I'm doing (#DriveShopPineBlock - stay tuned!), and then we returned home to find some cool news from Revell sitting in my inbox. The Illinois-based model company has entered into a three-year partnership with car builder Chip Foose for six new model kits that will join Revell's existing Foose collection. Here's what they have to say about the new kits...

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BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES Toys Arrive at Toys "R" Us, DRAGON ISLAND DUEL Heads for Nickelodeon...

One of the biggest stories here on THE ROCK FATHER in the past few months was the news that toys based on NickJr's BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES were headed for Toys "R" Us. Reaction to that first-look at the new, high-octane vehicles from Mattel's Fisher-Price (especially on Facebook & Instagram) just solidified how much kids are loving the excitement of the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) infused series. Now it's official - the BLAZE AND THE MONSTER MACHINES Toys have arrived in-store and online exclusively through Toys "R" Us - a launch perfectly-timed to the debut of DRAGON ISLAND DUEL, airing Monday, May 25th at 11am ET/PT on Nickelodeon. While we have not yet had a chance to check out any of the toys personally (our eyes are on the Die-Cast collection), I've heard from a few readers that have, and the folks at Nick did provide us with an early look at DRAGON ISLAND DUEL, which is officially Rock Father-approved!

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Seat Belt Safety: Getting Tweens to Buckle Up...

Seat Belt SafetyWhile our girls are still pretty young, we already face some occasional issues with getting them strapped-in and making sure that they stay buckled-up whenever we're in the car - even when parked at the bus stop. Word on the street is that tweens (ages 8-14) can be the worst when it comes to this, and the bottom line is that being buckled-up is a non-negotiable. In fact, I can tell you from experience that one of my best friends was killed five years ago when he was thrown from a vehicle after failing to wear his seat belt. I think about that every day, and as a parent, it's extremely frustrating when the little ones don't listen, and that's why the Ad Council is reminding families that parents and grownups are the #1 influence for children when it comes to seat belt safety. Regardless of how bad they may want to fight you, never give up until they buckle up.

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Rides: #FreeTheSoul with Turtle Wax for a Chance to Win a Summer Adventure...

If you've got Spring Fever and are ready to start showing a little bit of love to your ride, the folks at Turtle Wax have served-up a little bit of a challenge - to #FreeTheSoul of your ride... particularly those special ones that have been sitting in the garage collecting dust all winter. This is your chance to win a personalized summer adventure* from Turtle Wax, and you have until June 30th to make it happen.

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The Shellraiser Just Got an Upgrade: Michael Bay Reveals TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES 2 Vehicles...

The folks over at Playmates Toys have some work to do. Last year, the girls and I were thrilled to add the TMNT "Turtle Assault Van" to our collection here at Rock Father HQ. Whatever you call it - The Party Wagon, the Battle Shell, the Shellraiser, or even the "Cowabunga Carl Party Van" - the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES have had many variations on the vehicle they use to get around, and at the end of last year's Michael Bay-produced live-action film, the Turtles got the "Assault Van." While it was only in one scene, it made for a cool toy - one that's still used daily (and often becomes an argument with the neighbor kids). For next year's TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES sequel, the boys are going a little bit "bigger," and their new ride has appeared in pictures on Bay's website. Based on a garbage truck with the words "TARTARUGA BROTHERS" emblazoned on its side, the new TMNT truck looks to be borrowing a lot from the "New Battle Shell" from a decade ago, which featured a logo that said "Tortuga Bros. Moving." We're gonna need an action figure-scale version of this as soon as possible, ok?

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