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Monday, September 02 2013 12:25

Rides: Staging our own Wings Across the World Race with DISNEY PLANES and the #WorldOfCars...

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When Disney•Pixar released CARS in 2006, I had no idea that I'd one day be a parent... much less be The Rock Father. Fast-forward seven years, and I'm not only raising two octane-obsessed daughters, but CARS has become a permanent part of the pop culture landscape. Now, with the recent release of the animated spin-off, Disney PLANES, the girls and I have started to create our own adventures high above the World of Cars, recently expanding our toy collection with some new characters from Mattel's extensive line of CARS and PLANES vehicles. The area in and around Rock Father HQ is a big world to explore... and a fun one where the girls and I discovered Propwash Junction and staged our own Wings Across the World race.

Staging our own Disney PLANES Wings Across the World Race #shop #cbias

Fisher-Price Wheelies Lightning McQueen #WorldOfCars #shop #cbiasNo one will ever accuse me of not spoiling my girls, and our recent trip to Walmart (see photos and thoughts from our shop on my Google+ Page) is a prime example. "Is it someone's birthday?" Nope, just a Wednesday afternoon... but you wouldn't know it, with nine new additions to our garage and hanger. Fact is, I'd been keeping Addie at bay when it comes to PLANES. She's been asking for little Dusty Crophopper since he first started showing up in stores earlier this summer, but I hadn't caved in. CARS has grown with us, starting a couple of years back with some Fisher-Price Wheelies based on Lightning McQueen and Holly Shiftwell (pictured left), both of which are now favorites of little Finley since Addie has "graduated" into the world of Diecast. Taking to the skies above the World of Cars has opened up a whole new element of imaginative play. Kids love PLANES.

With a little bit of sidewalk chalk and imagination, the girls and I discovered Propwash Junction right here by Rock Father HQ... our driveway becoming the perfect place to have a Wings Across the World Race. Dusty and his pals had all checked-in, with El Chupacabra and Bulldog taking their place in Pit Row alongside their trusty little Pitty helpers. Skipper was there to lend his wisdom to Dusty, while Zed and Bravo hit the runway ready to rock. Looking closer into the pits, Lightning McQueen, Mater, and Holly Shiftwell were all present in the crowd, as was The King - Elvis RV himself. And last, but certainly not least, the ever-reliable Chug, ready to help the gang refuel in-between their acts of airborne acrobatics.
Pit Row in Propwash Junction at Rock Father HQ #WorldOfCars #shop #cbias
Bravo from Disney PLANES is ready for take-off! #WorldOfCars #shop #cbias
Mater shines with Lightning McQueen and Elvis RV #WorldOfCars #cbias #shop
Dusty Crophopper and Friends at Rock Father HQ #shop #cbias #worldofcars

The Rock Father #cbias #shop #WorldOfCarsNow, there's been some rumblings that since Disney PLANES are now encompassing half of the shelf space previously-occupied by Disney•Pixar CARS, that toys based on Lightning McQueen and friends might be nearing the end of their run. While I'd hate for that to be the case, I'm already thinking that Christmas is less than four months away... could another trip to Radiator Springs and Propwash Junction be in order? I think so. I'm ready to Rock... and Roll!

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group 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. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, 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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