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Friday, November 07 2014 10:06

Holiday Wish Guide: Littlest Pet Shop Style Set (Hasbro) and DVD Collections (Shout! Factory)

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Holiday 2014LITTLEST PET SHOP has had quite the renaissance over the past few years, the Kenner toy line of the 80s re-imagined by Hasbro, entertaining new generations of kids through a cross-platform approach led by the Hasbro Studios-produced TV series that first aired on the late Hub Network, and now runs weekdays on The Discovery Family Channel. We've long had some of the toys here at Rock Father HQ, complimented by the Shout! Factory DVD collections, and for Holiday 2014 there's what just may be the ultimate LPS toy - the LITTLEST PET SHOP Style Set, the pet shop itself, presented in an interlocking form that allows kids to add additional buildings to create their own city block. That said, LPS takes it's place in my 2014 Holiday Wish Guide.

Sent to us early this Fall by Hasbro for review, the Style Set was a little daunting when I first opened the box, but looks can be deceiving since once I started putting this together (grownup assembly definitely recommended), I was surprised at how cool a playset this is. 

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The 135-piece set is customizable, with reversible backdrops, translucent mix-and-match side panels, decals and additional accessories (flowers, hairbows, bones, etc). Recommended for kids ages 6+, it's been a magnet here for my youngest as well, and parental supervision is required due to small parts (the aforementioned accessory pieces) not for children under 3. 

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With so much detail and room for fun, I even got into the action and lit this up to see what the LPS would look like at night for a bit of "Toyography" -

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The LITTLEST PET SHOP Style Set is Rock Father-approved, and available now from Amazon and other retailers, along with the recently-release PASSPORT TO FASHION and STRIKE A POSE! DVDs from Shout! Factory Kids.

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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