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Thursday, November 12 2015 07:53

BLAZE and the MONSTER MACHINES: Race to the Top of the World heads for Primetime!

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Have your little ones been watching Nickelodeon’s Blaze and the Monster Machines? The Rock Daughters have, and they're loving the high-octane STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) goodness that's packed into every episode. Now comes word that Blaze and the crew will be speeding across the seven continents in “Race to the Top of the World,” an hour-long special featuring guest voice appearances by Emmy-nominated actors Anthony Anderson (Barbershop, Black-ish) as Pegwheel the Pirate and Mayim Bialik (Blossom, The Big Bang Theory) as the Sphinx. The special will be simulcast across Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App on Monday, Nov. 23, at 7 p.m. (ET/PT). 

In “Race to the Top of the World,” Blaze and his friends compete in the greatest race in history. However, when Crusher throws them off course, Blaze and his Monster Machine friends must persevere to make it to the finish line. Along the way, they encounter Pegwheel the Pirate, the cannonball-blasting captain of a scalawag crew of pirate trucks, and meet the mysterious but friendly Sphinx, who warns of ancient sand traps awaiting them in the desert. Blaze cranks up the power on his monster machine transformations by turning himself into a rocket, fire engine, catapult, cannon and more.

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Leading up to the premiere, NickJr.com and the Nick Jr. App will feature exclusive content, including a first-look at the episode starting Nov. 16, as well as three original pieces of short-form content featuring Blaze completing challenges using unique STEM concepts such as force, trajectory and acceleration.  NickJr.com will also have a brand new Blaze game, Race to the Top of the World.  The game features a collection of mini-games so kids can help Blaze overcome obstacles, including controlling a hot air balloon to ascend above the pyramids and racing down the Eiffel Tower to get back to the ground to win the race.

The Blaze and the Monster Machines App, available now, features a new “Top of the World” location and 15 new race levels. Users can build their very own Top of the World track, help Blaze and AJ compete against other monster trucks--Starla, Crusher, Stripes and Zeg--in one of five locations (The Badlands, Top of the World, Dragon Island, The Snowy Slopes or The Monster Dome) and use blazing speed and problem-solving to overcome obstacles along the way.

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In the toy aisle, Nickelodeon and Fisher-Price, a subsidiary of Mattel Inc., recently launched an all-new toy line based on Blaze and the Monster Machines. With strong online presales leading the way, the line debuted in May exclusive to Toys’R’Us and is now available at all major retailers. The complete introductory line includes die-cast (seen in the picture above in from of Rock Father HQ), talking and super stunt vehicles, playsets and more that bring the fun and dynamic characters from the show to life. Nickelodeon has expanded the Blaze license into new categories which include games and puzzles, outdoor sports and party goods.

In Blaze and the Monster Machines, the amazing monster truck Blaze and his eight-year-old driver AJ have adventures that explore the physics of how things move; tackle problems through scientific inquiry and mathematics; and discover the parts needed to make everyday technologies work. Each action-packed episode is filled with monster trucks, physical humor and upbeat original songs with lyrics that highlight a STEM concept such as adhesion, friction, force, trajectory and magnetism. Blaze and the Monster Machines is created by Jeff Borkin (Team Umizoomi head writer) and Ellen Martin (Bubble Guppies supervising producer).  

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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