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.
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.
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.