There's some new MONSTER competition coming to town next year. Earlier this summer, I was one of the first to highlight Mattel's new collection of Hot Wheels Monster Trucks, but in 2019 they're jumping from toys into arenas with Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live! Created in partnership between Raycom-Legacy Content Company and Mattel, this new nationwide tour will create an immersive experience for Monster Truck fans. This new live entertainment tour will visit arenas and stadiums throughout the U.S. beginning in January 2019 - with one of the first events scheduled for the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
There's a pretty good chance that you've seen Magic Tracks at some point in the past year or two - colorful, snap-together tracks with battery-operated cars that blaze along them. Now, just in-time for the 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™, there's Magic Tracks Turbo RC - the next evolution of the popular racers. The best part? These new sets work with all older Magic Tracks, allowing kids to grow and expand their raceways for endless fun! Just snap any track pieces together and create your customized speedway that moves like magic! Grab a remote and press go! The cars zoom around the neon colored track, and kids can slam on the brakes, shift into reverse, honk the horn and more as they navigate twists, turns, ramps and straightaways... even going into Turbo mode! Check out a preview and all the details below, along with a chance to win a set, brought to you in collaboration between OnTel Products Corporation and The Rock Father™!
Last month, more of Mattel's iconic Hot Wheels rides started to make appearances in Drive Ahead! - the action-packed gladiator-style car-battling mobile game. Downloaded over 100 million times, Drive Ahead! is available for iOS and Android devices and turns players into arena superstars, where they go to battle with off-road vehicles, garbage trucks, racing cars and more. Now the game is getting infused with more Hot Wheels action on a regular basis with Hot Wheels Wednesdays - a brand-new weekly event introducing collectible new Hot Wheels cars into the Drive Ahead! arena. During Hot Wheels Wednesday, players battle over 24 thrilling hours to beat the boss and fight for the chance to win exclusive Hot Wheels die-cast cars. This brand new feature introduces an exciting new way to play and progress in Drive Ahead! Use Hot Tickets to play events, win Hot Bolts to craft cars or purchase exclusive Hot Wheels items. During the October update (issued just before Halloween), players also got their first taste of the new Nemesis Arenas that will be introduced each month, and these are locations familiar to many kids... because they're based on real-world Hot Wheels City toys! Now, Drive Ahead! and Hot Wheels have teamed-up with The Rock Father™ to give you a chance to win the actual Spider Park Attack Play Set - the inspiration for the first new Nemesis Arena in Drive Ahead!
Holiday Wish Guide Giveaway: VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch & Chase Police Tower and Mickey Silly Slides Fire Station!Written by James Zahn
When it comes to Rides for the smaller kids, VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels® has been a go-to gift that my wife and I have given on several occasions. Geared towards children ages 1-5, these vehicles and playsets have been fostering imaginative play that's enhanced by VTech's award-winning technology, and this year Disney entered the mix! As part of my 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™, The Rock Father™ and VTech have teamed-up to highlight a couple of these great new toys - and we're also giving you a chance to win some! One (1) reader will receive a prize pack that includes the fan-favorite Go! Go! Smart Wheels Launch & Chase Police Tower and the all-new Go! Go! Smart Wheels Mickey Silly Slides Fire Station! Take a look...
Halloween will be behind us, but the MONSTERS will continue to roar as Feld Motorsports returns to the Chicagoland area with the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series, coming to the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois for a weekend of big thrills, November 2-4, 2018. This marks the first time that Monster Jam has made a November stop in Chicago, usually hitting the market in February. This year's action will feature eight of most intense athletes of Monster Jam as Chicago-area fans will witness a fierce battle for the championship with each competitor using customized high-powered vehicles: Monster Jam Speedsters, Monster Jam ATVs and the famous Monster Jam trucks. Want a preview of what the Monster Jam Triple Threat Series is all about? Check out the video below for some highlights of a recent show...
Over the past few years, Jada Toys has really been upping their game - slowly gaining space in the diecast aisle with some highly-detailed toy vehicles that are spread across a variety of licenses. In fact, the diecast category is a rare space in which you can find multiple licensees producing toys based on a shared property, with each company able to put their own spin on things. Marvel is a unique challenge in that the majority of heroes don't have (or need) a vehicle, and for the ones that do, it's generally Mattel's Hot Wheels line that brings them to life in the 1:64-scale. Still, there's a lot of room for creativity and other scales, and that's where Jada has come in, adding a few Marvel "inspired" vehicles to their 1:24-scale Hollywood Rides collection. Aimed at kids and collectors ages 8 and up (aside from Deadpool, who bears a 14+ mark), this new assortment presents some beautifully-designed, expertly-crafted vehicles that will appeal to a wide range of fans spanning comics and car culture. Plus, each ride comes with a diecast figure packed-in.
Auto show season is about to begin, and today the Chicago Auto Show has announced plans for their 2019 run at McCormick Place. The 2019 Chicago Auto Show will open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 9 and run through Monday, Feb. 18. The show is open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day, except for the final day of the show, Presidents Day, when it closes at 8 p.m. With over 1 million square feet of exhibit space including the famed test track experiences, visitors will enjoy access to nearly 1,000 of the newest cars, trucks and SUVs; demonstrations of the industry's latest technology; interactive exhibits; family-friendly activities; special appearances from celebrities and sports icons; and much more. Check out a teaser below...
There have been a lot of hard-to-find and limited-edition Hess Toy Trucks over the years, but none have been more limited than what's just been released today. After months of teasing it online, Hess Corporation today announced that the special limited Collector's Edition Truck, commemorating Hess Corporation’s 85th anniversary, is now on sale exclusively at www.hesstoytruck.com. This Collector's Edition First Hess Truck has been designed "as an enhanced replica of the original fuel oil delivery truck used by Leon Hess when he founded the company back in 1933." While the actual numbers are never revealed, Hess promises that this one is being offered at "the most limited quantity ever for any Hess Toy Truck." I have the honor of helping to debut this ultra-limited ride, having gone hands-on right here in my office at Rock Father HQ this past weekend - check it out!
This November, Magnolia Pictures will bring to theaters a story that's a familiar one for thousands of families across America, but a tale largely unknown or ignored by much of the general public. When the trailer for The Last Race first hit my inbox, I immediately thought of a place that I've mentioned a few times in the virtual pages of The Rock Father™ Magazine in years past... the late Santa Fe Speedway in Willow Springs, Illinois. If you've ever been around short track auto racing, it's a familiar situation - racing thrives, but as development closes in on the race track, eventually the owners get squeezed out in favor of strip malls and upscale housing, often headed-up by litigious individuals and organizations that seek to eliminate the "inconvenience" of what was there before them. In the case of The Last Race, the subject is Riverhead Raceway, the last remaining auto track in Metro New York - one now surrounded, where racing takes place in the shadows of a Dick's Sporting Goods and a lumber yard. Check out the trailer below for what looks to be one of this fall's must-see documentary films.
This Rock Father™ Rides Special Feature is presented in collaboration with Chevrolet, the Official Vehicle of Major League Baseball...
Every team wants to play October baseball. Thing is, if you want to hit the field during the month of pumpkins and hayrides, September baseball is where it's at - a month that can absolutely make or break a season. As the final stretch of the five-month regular season, it's entirely possible for strong teams to collapse while traditionally bad teams can score a spot in the playoffs... weird stuff happens, and rivalries often come into play. Living in Northern Illinois, we're surrounded by rival factions. Of course, the Chicago Cubs reign supreme, but we're almost the exact distance from Wrigley Field as we are from Milwaukee's Miller Park, and now we have a year where the Cubs and Brewers are fighting for the top spot in the National League Central Division (spoiler alert: Cubs will come out on top). That means we regularly hear about a Milwaukee/Chicago rivalry, but we seldom actually see it. Why? Go to a Brewers game and experience it... Cubs fans outnumber the hometown crowd about 5-1 (some say 2-1, but it's more). In fact, Miller Park has the unwelcome nickname of "Wrigley Field North" when the Cubs are in town, but the ball club takes full advantage of that fact, jacking rates on parking and the like to take advantage of their neighbors to the south (can't say I blame them). With September baseball getting good, my wife and I recently had a "grownups night out" with a couple of friends, hitting the road to experience Wrigley North for ourselves.
It's official: Edmunds, one of the top online resources for your car questions and more, has released its list of top 2019 car and truck models to watch out for. Considering that vehicle buyers spend roughly 59% of their time doing research online, this list is superbly helpful.
Highlighting styles like trucks and new electric vehicles, the automotive resource has predicted the top ten best vehicles on the market right now and coming soon across a number of different manufacturers. One of the cars to look out for? The comeback of the BMW 8 Series Coupe.
VTech's Go! Go! Smart Wheels have been something that my wife and I have regularly given as gifts over the past few years - some really cool vehicles and playsets that weren't quite on the scene yet when our girls were toddlers, but ones that arrived just in time for some other kids we know. Now the line is expanding again, with new sets like the Launch & Chase Police Tower, Tow & Go Garage and the Take Flight Airport. These sets can spark toddlers' imaginations and offer engaging play experiences while teaching first words, letters and more, and each features innovative SmartPoint technology. One of my favorite features is that they can all hook together for a large and immersive play environment. Check out the new sets below!