Star Wars fever hit our family hard this past year, and my son understandably freaked out when he saw this Star Wars-inspired ride-on rocking toy, designed in the shape of an X-Wing Starfighter. New Zealand-based toymaker Steve (of Steve's Wooden Toys) has been handcrafting toys for over twenty years, and this starfighter is beyond beautiful and amazingly detailed. Made from several different types of wood including two that are native to New Zealand (rimu and macrocarpa), the gently contrasting colors and grains add character and depth to this realistic-looking riding toy.
Steve’s Toys prides itself on using recycled and sustainable lumber sources whenever possible and also polishing off its handmade toys and furniture with a non-toxic finish. Your little Jedi or Rebel-in-training will be in good company as he rocks along since the X-wing also comes with a removable R2D2 who has his own custom seat in the back. While this rocker will undeniably cause some jealousy in parents or older siblings who also love Star Wars, they’ll have to remain zen like Yoda and live vicariously through the lucky little one who gets to pilot the starfighter: the seating area is only about 11 inches wide.