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.

Road Rippers Dancing Car by Toy State

The freewheeling ride is kid powered when it comes to spinning the tires, but the "dance" was no doubt inspired by years of watching souped-up cars on hydraulics (typically of the low-rider variety) bounce humorously to thunderous beats and infectious grooves. Here, the multi-function vehicle beams with colorful interior lighting and working headlights, along with the ability to honk it's horn, set off an alarm, or provide the sound of ignition and speed-off in addition to it's club-thumping four-wheeled moves. In a lot of ways, the motion reminds me a lot of Herbie... you know, The Love Bug! The Rock Daughters didn't get the reference, as I realized they'd not seen the movie - all though they have seen a moving Herbie replica at the Volo Auto Museum.

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The Road Rippers Dancing Car collection is Rock Father-approved, and is available now at retailers Nationwide, with both the Mini Cooper S and Volkswagen Beetle ready to race home with you. Check out ToyState.com for more.

Road Rippers Dancing Car by Toy State

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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