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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. 

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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...

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There’s certain things that tend to appeal to children almost by default - things like dinosaurs, wide-eyed cartoon characters, sandboxes and large vehicles. For the latter, monster trucks are a big thing with cross-generational appeal. Once a side-show act at local motorsports events, monster trucks are now an arena-filling main event spectacle that is truly a global phenomenon - reaching families far beyond their roots in the garages and dirt tracks of the American Midwest. Kids have long held the desire to bring that excitement home, and for years the team at Mattel has been crafting diecast replicas that have become sought-after by kids and collectors alike. But just as the real-life monster trucks have evolved over the years, so have those in the toy world, and now comes the time to fire up the engines and raise the garage door on the next big thing from the crew in El Segundo… Hot Wheels Monster Trucks!

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When I first caught wind of ICE AGE director Chris Wedge's MONSTER TRUCKS a year or two ago, I thought it was going to be something entirely different than what it is - a fact that didn't hit me until the trailer arrived in my email earlier this afternoon. I'm completely on-board with this, and even my wife (always a hard sell) said she thought it looked cute. The trailer presents such a throwback vibe to the family films of decades past -- a big adventure with some of an E.T. feel (a creature being hunted by questionable humans) mixed with what I'd expect a CARS movie to look like in live-action. Take a look at the MONSTER TRUCKS trailer below, and get a taste for yourself...

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Oklahoma City's SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS are one of my favorite bands lighting up the Kindie Scene, providing some true family-friendly funk jams that legitimately ROCK. On April 2, SFAs' Boom! (aka Chris Wiser) and Dr. Rock (aka Rob Martin) are back with a new, self-titled album of fresh jams that draw inspiration from Parliament Funkadelic, early ‘80s Prince, old-school rap, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Dixieland, and even Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem... one of the greatest bands of all-time. In fact, SUGAR FREE ALLSTARS even break out their own (stellar) version of The Electric Mayhem's "Can You Picture That?" from 1979's THE MUPPET MOVIE. For a taste of what's to come, check out the first video from the new album, "Monster Truck." Actually, this song nearly had me filing this one under Rock Father Rides...

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It's no secret that we're big fans of Hot Wheels here at Rock Father HQ. We're also big fans of Feld Motorsports' MONSTER JAM, and the marriage of both with the 1:64-scale Hot Wheels Monster Jam vehicles by Mattel. Last year, Feld got into the seasonal spirit with a limited-edition Halloween Grave Digger release, one that I featured here on the site (it was later featured on Hot Wheels' official social networks) as part of my 31 Days of Halloween. Like all good  creepy things, the only way to keep it going is with a sequel, and for 2015 it's arrived in the form of a Hot Wheels Monster Jam Halloween Edition ZOMBIE Truck! Just like last year, up to 5,000 of these will be made, and that's it! Driver Sean Duhon's fan-favorite truck has been reissued in a Halloween paint-scheme and an accompanying package filled with pumpkin-y goodness. Here it is rockin' the road in front of our "graveyard" here at HQ...

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