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Tuesday, April 08 2014 16:46

Rides: The Hot Wheels "Extreme Action" Street Creeper hits the streets!

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Toy State Test DriverAs Aerosmith once said, we're "Back in the Saddle" again when it comes to new rides from Toy State (I'm one of their "Test Drivers"). With Spring here, the new models are hitting the streets, and this month brings the first vehicles that Toy State has created in partnership with Mattel under the Hot Wheels brand. One of the most exciting lines to be featured is the "Extreme Action" collection, a subset of three unique Hot Wheels that have been given a larger size, and infused with light, sound, music, and motorized functions. Included in the first wave are SCORPEDO, the SHARK CRUISER, and the iconic STREET CREEPER. The latter just arrived here for review in our State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house and neighborhood), and here's the lowdown...

Hot Wheels Street Creeper - BoxedThe Original Street Creeper first hit the streets in 2012 as a 1:64 scale diecast "mainline" Hot Wheels car, and it's that version that Toy State used as the basis for it's Extreme Action Model. As with most popular Hot Wheels, the 1:64 diecast has been reissued, most recently in a blue version that we have here at Rock Father HQ and have used to show you the difference in scale.

For the Extreme Action Street Creeper, the detailing is impressive for a vehicle that carries an MSRP of just $12.99 (though online retailers seem to be going quite a bit above that right now, as is often the case with new-to-market, potentially "collectible" vehicles). Lots of chrome, with spiderweb hubcaps, eight wiggly "legs," a skull on the engine block (with illuminated red eyes), rubber tires, and three buttons, each with their own set of functions. This is a Hot Rod that looks like something THE MUNSTERS would've been driving.

There's a saying in movies about "show, don't tell," and sometimes I find that to be accurate with reviews as well. In this case, how does the Street Creeper play? I'll let my girls show you in the highlight reel below...

Toy State's new collection of Hot Wheels Extreme Action vehicles should be rolling out to retailers right now, so keep an eye on the car aisles of your local Target, Walmart or Toys R Us Stores. Can't wait to get your hands on one? Order yours from (my affiliate) Amazon.

Check out more from Toy State on their official site, TwitterFacebook, and Instagram.

Further Disclosure: The Rock Father is participating in a sponsored brand ambassador program from Toy State. As a part of this program we have received paid compensation for placement of digital advertisements and specific postings related to Toy State. 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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