Monday, July 22 2013 12:08

Review: DUB Garage BEAT MAKERZ DUB Edition Dl331

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This is a mean-looking ride. From Toy State's DUB Garage Collection (created with the crew from DUB Magazine) comes the BEAT MAKERZ Dub Edition l331 Muscle Car. One of these free-wheeling toy cars recently arrived for testing in in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house, yard, sidewalk), and now it's time to share some thoughts on it.  

Dub Garage BoxedI'm fairly certain that this is an original design, but there's definitely hints of some other things going on here - the Chrysler 300, Dodge Challenger, and Chevrolet Camaro all share some similar lines (the front view even carries a little of that Green Hornet "Black Beauty" vibe). While the car itself is designed for manual-play (i.e. - no motor), it has a sound system packed into the trunk that commands the "Beat Makerz" nameplate.


dubtrunkWith four buttons and four switches (that look like faders on a mixing board), the idea here is that kids can mix up their own hip-hop style beats, complete with the occasional punch or spike. The far-right fader brings some automotive sound into that mix (alarm, tires squeeling, engine revving, horn honking), while all eight controls light up in amber, as the head and tail lights dance in a deep red illumination. 

Advertised for Ages 6+, we're finding it appeals to younger kids as well, with the combo of lights/sounds/buttons/switches making for compelling play. MSRP is under $15, so this is one ride that won't break the bank, either.


The Rock Father Rating: 3/5 Stars

Disclosure: This vehicle was provided by Toy State for the purpose of possible review consideration. The Rock Father was recently announced to be a 2013-2014 Toy State Test Drive Blogger, though this vehicle was received prior to that engagement. 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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