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Friday, November 14 2014 10:13

Holiday Wish Guide: Crashlings (Meteor Mutants from Outer Space)

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Holiday 2014The folks at Wicked Cool Toys have served-up a couple of oddities this year (see: CAT PAW), and today comes a Holiday Wish Guide feature on a toy line that I didn't even expect to like... much less see land a spot in the annual rundown of cool Holiday Gifts. CRASHLINGS (Meteor Mutants from Outer Space) are a collection of micro figures, vehicles and playsets that come with "poppable" meteors - the idea being that these little creatures from another world crashed into earth inside of said meteors. The poppable action sends these things flying, and in our experience has become dangerously-addictive - for the entire family. If you have father, mother and two daughters popping little meteors around the house... you get the picture.

While the concept didn't grab me on virtual paper, the execution did. In a lot of ways, the Crashlings figures remind me of M.U.S.C.L.E. figures from the 80s - tiny, collectible, sorta-plasticy, sorta-rubbery little guys that are different, yet sometimes the same (repaints of the same body = new character). They can ride in their "Meteor Missile Ship" (sent here in a review kit), or go flying via the poppable meteors or with the available Catapult City Playset. What's cool is that these are not only fun and collectible, but really reasonably-priced ahead of the holidays, making them a great gift item or stocking stuffer.

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Available at Amazon and other retailers. Learn more at Crashlings.com

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.

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