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With the in-home release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS fast-approaching, the inaugural flights of ANA's BB-8 Boeing 777-300 took place this week. After unveiling the aircraft in a ceremony on March 27 at Osaka Japan's Itami Airport, the aircraft made a one-off domestic flight as ANA22 from Itami to Haneda before departing the airport as flight ANA106 to Los Angeles, marking the start of the aircraft's international service.

This edition of Rock Father Rides is brought to you by Collective Bias and #Pennzoil...

When you're a daily driver like me, chances are you're not giving a ton of thought to the motor oil in your engine. After all, as parents, the bulk of our driving is spent running kids to-and-from school and activities. Thing is, that stop-and-go can put a lot of stress on a car, and when you factor in my wife's 80-mile round-trip to-and-from work every day, then you've got a high-mileage vehicle in the mix as well. So what does that daily driving have to do with NASCAR? Well, if you use Pennzoil Platinum with PurePlus Technology (a full synthetic motor oil forged from Natural Gas), you're helping infuse your car with the same total protection that helps keep Team Penske, and Joey Logano's #22 Pennzoil-sponsored Ford racing in top shape every Sunday. I spent some time with Team Penske at the recent Kobalt 400 in Las Vegas to get the full details on the relationship between their team and the folks at Pennzoil and Shell, along with how that translates into knowledge we can all use in our everyday rides. Check out the latest video episode of Rock Father Rides below to learn more!

We have a sizable fleet of radio-controlled vehicles here at Rock Father HQ, and over the past few weeks it's become quite apparent that I just might have a new favorite. My love of Batman (yes, I do have a full bat-suit in my closet) and the Batmobile in general (I have many Hot Wheels versions) is fairly well-known, but having not seen BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE upon the arrival of our new Air Hogs Official Movie Replica from the folks at Spin Master (sent for review), there was no built-in affection for the ride driven by Ben Affleck in Zack Snyder's superhero showdown. That changed as soon as The Rock Daughters and I took to the streets (sidewalk, mostly) with this new ride, strapping a GoPro to the top for a full in-action video!

With BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE bringing forth an epic battle between "Son of Krypton" and "Bat of Gotham," we know that the streets of both Gotham and Metropolis will never be the same. While Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) and Clark Kent (Henry Cavill) will be throwing down, there's also Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) in the mix, better-known as Wonder Woman. To celebrate this "trinity" of heroes and the inevitable dawn of THE JUSTICE LEAGUE, Mattel has released the limited-edition Hot Wheels Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Series, exclusively at Walmart. This 8-car series features 7 numbered vehicles, and an 8th "Chase Car." Now, THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is giving readers a shot at winning a complete set of eight cars, all as part of #BatmanvSupermanWeek!

It's Batman (Dale Jr) vs Superman (Jimmie Johnson) on the NASCAR track - grab the gear at Store.NASCAR.comIt's BATMAN v SUPERMAN Week here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, and with Sunday being a day for NASCAR Racing, it's only appropriate that we get things started with what's going down at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, California this afternoon. At today's AUTO CLUB 400, Hendrick Motorsports teammates Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson will go head-to-head in cars decorated with paint schemes based on Warner Bros. Pictures' BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. Dale Jr. will be piloting his #88 Chevrolet as BATMAN, while Johnson will be taking on "Big Blue" as SUPERMAN. If you'd like to bring home what they're billing as the #HeroFaceOff, you can do just that with a line of toys and collectibles from companies like Lionel Racing, the official diecast of NASCAR. When it comes to our own interests here at Rock Father HQ, classic 1:64 scale diecast is where it's at, so I'm featuring those versions of Johnson and Jr's heroic rides...

If you like motorcycles, toys and building things, then take a look at what Spin Master has just released as part of their Meccano line... the Ducati Monster 1200 S Build and Play Set. The Canadian toymaker and the Italian motorcycle maker have teamed-up for a series of building sets based on the popular bikes, bringing two icons together for the very first time. 

THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is a #ShellCrowd #FuelRewards Brand Ambassador, taking part in a special content series with SocialStars and Shell.

The Great American Road Trip. It's a time-honored tradition to load up the family and hit the highways in search of fun and adventure. We've done a few of them in recent years, highlighting them right here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. In 2014 we hit the road and headed east toward Philadelphia, visiting the birthplace of America before hitting some other locales. In 2015 we headed northwest toward Minneapolis, visiting the Mall of America and Nickelodeon Universe, making some fun stops along the way as we chronicled the whole thing across my social networks. For 2016, I'm not entirely sure where the road will take us, but a few different smaller runs look likely, with Wisconsin Dells in the mix, and perhaps a jaunt across Florida. No matter where you happen to go, it's always best to be prepared, and that's why I'm serving up Five Essentials to Rock the Road!

As a kid growing up as part of the first MTV generation, one of my first elements of exposure to the world of hot rods came courtesy of ZZ TOP's ELIMINATOR and it's sorta-sequel, AFTERBURNER (Hot Rod Space Shuttle!). Both albums and their accompanying videos featured an iconic red 1933 Ford Coupe that would become instantly identifiable with the band. That car was owned by Billy Gibbons, the band's vocalist and guitarist, and this Monday, his love of hot rods is taking center stage when Discovery airs a new pilot called ROCKIN' ROADSTERS at 10pm ET/PT. Check out a couple of preview clips below...

THE ROCK FATHER Magazine is a #ShellCrowd #FuelRewards Brand Ambassador, taking part in a special content series with SocialStars and Shell.

There's certain things you occasionally come across that are just worth sharing (regardless of whether you're getting paid for it, #RockFatherStyle). Fuel Rewards is one such thing, and when I first shared some information on it, I focused on how easy it is to sign-up (for free!), and to start earning rewards that convert into legit savings at the pump. Easy steps like linking a credit card to your account (MasterCard preferred) earn bonuses, and new members get a 25¢ per gallon bonus on their 2nd fill-up. You use that same card for daily purchases and dining, and the points add up. Prime example - I took the Equniox to Shell the other night for a fill-up, and saved 30¢ per gallon. Check out the picture below... if you can see it, the pump says $1.39, while the sign at the road says $1.69. Fuel Rewards turned into real savings. But what do you do with the money that you save?

There are few car brands that I love as much as I do Aston Martin. While they're currently out of my price range, there was a strange time about a decade ago when it looked like I was very close to owning one (100% true), and perhaps one day that might still happen, but for now I'll have to admire them from afar, such as the recent DB10 appearance in SPECTRE, the latest James Bond adventure. Oddly enough, I still have not seen SPECTRE, but it's available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and today comes news of a little VR fun with Google Cardboard - a feature where you can go 360° inside of Q's Workshop° inside of Q's Workshop, and check out some of Mr. Bond's rides...

Sunday, February 21 2016 18:21

Review: Road Rippers Dancing Car by Toy State

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When it comes to toy cars and trucks with motorized lights and sounds, the folks at Toy State lead the pack, hands-down. While they've got several different lines to play with, their house-brand Road Rippers are usually the showcase for the more unique or off-the-wall functions - officially-licensed replicas with some interesting surprises packed under the hood, so to speak. One nameplate that's received the Road Rippers treatment on more than a few occasions is the Mini Cooper S., and one of the latest models to rock the road comes from the Road Rippers Dancing Car assortment.

It wouldn't be out-of-place if one where to arrive at 68 E. Wacker Place in a DeLorean. In fact, if I had access to one, that's just how I would've liked to roll-up to the Hampton Inn Chicago - one of the Windy City's newest downtown hotels, and one that fits perfectly with the high-octane spirit of adventure that I like to maintain. When you think of a Hampton Inn, you're probably not thinking of a boutique hotel - nor one steeped in history, but that's just what we have here - a property located just off of Michigan Ave., where classic-meets-modern in an impressive salute to Chicago's long history of motoring tradition.

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