Saturday, July 12 2014 21:43

The Step2 Crayola Crayon Rider: A Modern Spin on a Classic Toy

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Step2An extraordinarily simple, yet modern spin on a classic toy, the Step2 Crayola Crayon Rider arrived here at Rock Father HQ back in April as part of my gig as a Step2 Brand Ambassador.

Combining the free-wheeling features of the classic ride-ons (usually a motorcycle or horse) with the iconic shape of the Crayola Crayons that we all have dozens of around the house, this ride-on is a ton of fun indoors and out.

Durable, with quick assembly (less than five minutes, hammer required), Little Finley has been rockin' this ride almost daily since the Spring, and now into Summer. The only problem we have comes not from the toy (which is perfect), but from the fact that Finn has become quite the daredevil. As with any two-year-old, she needs constant supervision, but with this it needs to be extremely hands-on... as our driveway can be quite the take-off ramp. While she's pictured in the video above sailing sans helmet a few times (just as I would've done 30+ years ago), I've really had to reel her in a bit. 


Vroom Vroom!

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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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