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Friday, September 27 2013 10:43

Review: MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels Super Stunt Test Facility

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Over the past month or so, Addie and I have been spending a lot of time combining two of her favorite activities: Building things, and playing with cars. The folks at MEGA BLOKS sent us (in multiple shipments) their entire line of MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels, a new collection of building sets created in partnership with Mattel. Yes, The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility has been busy in recent weeks, and today we're looking at another "test facility": The MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels Super Stunt Test Facility. Let's get to work...

Hot Wheels MEGA BLOKS Super Stunt Test Facility

DSC 0662Boasting 382 pieces (recommended for ages 5+), this set is a challenge, and one that requires a good hour or two to complete. Right out of the box, you'll notice that there's quite a few bags of blocks, and as always, we started things off by sorting all of the pieces by color - something that I always point out as being an essential step for a decent-sized build like this one. 

In doing several sets, Addie's favorite part is building the drivers and vehicles themselves, really digging the included version of Bone Shaker with this set (a red/white/chrome variant of the classic black). If you haven't heard a four-year-old girl dance and wiggle while saying "Bone Shaker! It's a skeleton like Halloween!," you really should. I need to get video of that.

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In it's completed form, MEGA BLOKS states that this set can facilitate 30+ stunts, only a few of which are included with the instructions, with the rest to be found on the official site. There's several more we want to build, including the "Fire Jump" and "High Jump," both of which can be seen in the video below. Also, pay attention to the beginning of the clip, which features one of our favorite features, but one I didn't get a good photo of here at HQ - the "launcher." It's simplicity is fantastic, in that it's really just a monster truck tire on a spindle, but it can be used to manually send your cars flying with no batteries or mechanics. Pretty sweet.

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Rock Father Approved!The MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels Super Stunt Test Facility is Rock Father-Approved, and is available now from my affiliate, Target.com. We'll be playing with this one for quite awhile, as Addie needs to keep besting herself. "We need to make the cars jump higher, Daddy!" We sure do...

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The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

Disclosure: As noted above, this product was sent to The Rock Father for review consideration. All opinions are that of James Zahn with input from his children.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

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