Thursday, February 02 2017 00:35

First-Look: The 2017 McLaren 570S Push Car from Step2!

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While New York Toy Fair is still a few weeks off, the action is heating up at the Spielwarenmesse Toy Fair in Nuremburg, Germany right now. Some big news comes from my friends at The Step2 Company, who have finally dropped the curtain on their latest collaboration - one with British luxury Sports and Supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive to launch the officially licensed Step2® McLaren 570S Push Sports Car, a toddler-sized push car version of the McLaren 570S sports car. While the grownup version of the McLaren 570S will set you back around $185,000, the Step2 version will only run $79.99.

If you happened to catch my latest column at The Toy Insider, then you've already seen a version of that image up-top: a pair of 1974 Dodge Monaco police cars operating on opposite sides of the law. Those 1:64-scale diecast replicas of vehicles from John Landis' 1980 film, The Blues Brothers, are among many produced over the past few years as part of the Greenlight Hollywood series from Greenlight Collectibles. While these have been out there for awhile, the few additional photos that I've shared on social media have piqued some interest, so I'm sharing more right here on the site.

Thursday, January 26 2017 10:10

Rewind: 38 Years Ago, The Dukes of Hazzard Arrived...

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Things have really changed over the course of the past few years. It was 2014 when I posted about the 35th Anniversary of The Dukes of Hazzard premiering on CBS. A year later, amid outcry due to events in South Carolina, Warner Bros. Consumer Products found itself under fire for licensing replicas of the show's most iconic "character" - the 1969 Dodge Charger known as "The General Lee." Now deemed "politically incorrect" due to the "stars and bars" atop its roof, licensing of the car with its signature feature - a Confederate flag - ceased, and soon after, even re-runs of the series on CMT came to an end. Regardless of what might be deemed (in)appropriate by some today, you cannot erase history, nor can you offer "alternate facts" to what came before.  It was January 26, 1979 that audiences first took a trip to Hazzard County, making today the 38th Anniversary of the series. Queue-up the Waylon...

Over the past few months, I've found Codemasters' Micro Machines mobile game for iOS to be highly entertaining. Bringing the classic idea of Hasbro's Micro Machines into the video game world with race tracks and courses based on the real world - playing Micro Machines on your kitchen table, floors, a pool table, and more - it's been big fun at small scale. Now comes news that the action is getting bigger, and in HD. Micro Machines World Series is racing onto Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC this April, and I've got the trailer and game details for you below...

Saturday, January 14 2017 20:49

Review: Hot Wheels PlayTape Track by InRoad Toys

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The folks at InRoad Toys have been making PlayTape for a few years now - innovative peel-and-stick road pieces and train tracks that allow kids to use their imagination for creating new layouts to use with their favorite toy cars or train sets. Last year, they partnered with Mattel for a licensed assortment of Hot Wheels Playtape Track, bringing the iconic "Orange Track" to the PlayTape realm for the very first time. Touting hours of open-ended play that kids can "unroll, stick & race," the folks at InRoad sent some samples to the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™, and The Rock Daughters™ were more than happy to go hands-on! Check out the video below...

I'm getting a real Days of Thunder vibe from a lot of what I've seen thus far from Disney•Pixar's Cars 3, and I'm digging it. I grew up on racing (a lot of people don't know that), and I'm known for wearing a Cars Radiator Springs racing jacket on a fairly regular basis. That said, Cars 3 is looking good, and this "Extended Sneak-Peek" shows a little more of what's going on, and it's still not even a proper trailer for the film! After making a splash at a special press conference at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit yesterday, you can bet the name "Lightning McQueen" is fresh in the minds of many car-lovers far and wide. An old racer back to the dirt track, and even some figure eight (a Tournament of Destruction, perhaps?) action in the mix - check this out!

It was two years ago this week that I first posted about the Kia GT4 Stinger concept, a bold sports car that made its debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. Now, Kia Motors America has delivered on the promise to deliver such a vehicle, rolling into the North American International Auto Show for the world debut of the all-new 2018 Kia Stinger. The legacy of this new vehicle dates back to the debut of Kia's first GT concept at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany, and is now realized with a vehicle that will go on-sale later in 2017 (price TBA)...

Disney•Pixar's Cars franchise is a longtime favorite here at Rock Father HQ, long-suspected as being the catalyst for The Rock Daughters™' love of all-things fast. On June 16, "everything changes" for Lightning McQueen, something drastically evident in the surprising first teaser that was released, one presenting #95 in a moment of genuine peril. Today comes a look at a couple of new characters, along with the upgraded McQueen, all done in marketing that recalls the very first Cars - presenting these anthropomorphic rides in true "automotive industry" fashion. Check out the video and photos below for more on Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) and Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo)

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Ever since I purchased my first car as a teen, I've loved spending time keeping my cars looking great. From the beginning, Armor All has been a fixture in that mission, and over the years I've been thrilled not only to receive an Armor All Car Care Gift Pack - but to gift them as well. It's a quick-and-easy gift that's great to give and receive - all the gear one needs to make it through another season. As a parent, it's also been awesome to see our girls get into it as well, always eager to help mommy and daddy keep the big cars clean, but also to wash their kid-rides as well. Since it's like -10° here at Rock Father HQ right now, let's think about warmer times...

Presented in partnership with TOMY...

It's been a big year for TOMY, celebrating 70 years as a John Deere licensee via ERTL, and continuing to reach new generations of kids, along with collectors of all-ages. Having written a little bit about John Deere toys in the past, my love of these iconic green-and-yellow farm machines goes back to my own youth, often playing with my cousins on some real-life family farms. As a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, TOMY presents a pair of John Deere Toy Box Bundles - exclusive holiday offers available only at TOMY.com, with savings of up to 40%. Check these out!

When it comes to sweet rides, Mattel's Hot Wheels brand is iconic - providing kids with countless hours of high-octane fun on the orange track since 1968. Like myself and the kids of many generations before, The Rock Daughters™ are well-versed in orange track adventures, often building elaborate course layouts anchored by Epic playsets like the incredible Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage. This year there's something new in the mix, and it comes to us from The Step2 Company, who under license from Mattel has created the Hot Wheels Car & Track Play Table. Available now as a Toys "R" Us Exclusive, this Play Table puts an automotive spin on Step2's famous Train Tables, re-working the play environment into signature Hot Wheels orange and blue, with a self-contained play space that kids absolutely love. As a featured pick in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, I'm thrilled to give you a chance to win one, presented in partnership with Step2!

When you think of images that capture the essence of a "classic Christmas," few are as iconic as a toy train running beneath the tree. Since 1900, Lionel Trains has been helping to bring the magic of toy trains to families, and for this season they've got something new - the Disney Mickey Mouse Express Ready-to-Play Train Set. This battery-powered, G-scale train is ready-to-rock right from the box - the only thing missing is batteries. It's a festive way to bring some Disney magic home. Check out the video below to see it in-action here at Rock Father HQ...

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