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Thursday, October 10 2013 21:52

Review: Road Rippers Maximum Boost (Toy State)

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Toy State Test DriverUpdate: STAY TUNED FOR ANOTHER LOOK AT THE MAXIMUM BOOST LINE IN THE NEAR FUTURE.

As an Official Toy State Test Driver, I get the opportunity to check out some fantastic new toys with my girls here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house and neighborhood). Being a toy tester means that we are, in fact, "testing" these rides, and unfortunately the results are on occasion, less-than-expected. Sadly, that's the case with the new ROAD RIPPERS MAXIMUM BOOST Vehicles, or at least the one that arrived here at HQ. Maybe it's not a reflection on the whole line, but we definitely got a dud.

Maximum Boost

In concept, the MAXIMUM BOOST cars are fantastic - combining motorized action with lights and sound, along with a "rocket boost" feature that sees a mechanical rocket expand and move out of the trunk as the car pops a wheelie and speed off. Here's a video of ours when it first arrived - we thought it was awesome:

Problem is, after about 10 minutes of real-world play, the mechanism just stopped working properly. Now, instead of expanding out of the trunk, the rocket barely pushes outward, as if it no longer has enough force to go through it's entire cycle. The thing that makes it pop a wheelie also gets hung up. Here's a close-up:

When we test motorized vehicles, we always do "the sidewalk test," and this is no exception. Watch here as the car goes into rocket mode and immediately stops instead of speeding forward and popping a wheelie:

Aside for the styling and concept, both of which are sound, there's unfortunately just nothing else good I can say about our experience with the Maximum Boost line thus far. Fingers-crossed that we just got a bad one from the batch, as we've had nothing but great experiences with Toy State products in the past. In fact, we'll try another vehicle from the Maximum Boost line just to be sure.

Here's a couple of great Toy State Vehicles that I've featured here on The Rock Father in the past:

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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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