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Thursday, March 20 2014 21:23

Review: MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels Turbo Tubes Assortment 2!

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It's hard to believe, but it was over a year ago already that MEGA BLOKS announced a partnership with MATTEL to create a series of HOT WHEELS branded building sets (MATTEL recently announced that they've straight-up purchased MEGA Brands). They started rolling out to retailers last Fall, and in that initial wave, we received the first assortment of their Turbo Tubes Build & Collect Vehicles for review here in our State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house). Those rides were an immediate hit, so we were pretty excited when a trio of new rides rolled up to Rock Father HQ a few weeks ago, part of the 2014 Spring assortment. Up for review this time: BAD TO THE BLADE (Team Blue), FAST FISH (Team Green), and a new Team Yellow version of TWINDUCTION.

Much like the first wave, these reasonably-priced building sets range from 51-63 pieces, and each gives kids a vehicle and driver to construct. As I've noted previously, there's a nice "weight" to the finished product, and kids can really play with them. When the weather has been decent, we've had our growing MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels collection outside for some driveway and sidewalk adventures. This round is no exception, and while the sets themselves are cool for young builders (recommended for ages 5+), grownup Hot Wheels enthusiasts will recognize the 1:64 diecast cars from which these draw their inspiration.

TURBO TUBES

MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels is still just a winning combo straight across the board: Creative and imaginative building play (and kids can use these pieces to customize and build whatever their minds and hearts desire) infused with the power, styling and speed of toy cars. 

4

The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

MEGA BLOKS Hot Wheels are available now via (my affiliate) Amazon:

Disclosure: 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.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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