Tuesday, July 25 2017 21:58

Toy Review: Fast & Furious Stunt Stars Collection

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Universal's Fast & Furious franchise roared back into theaters this year with THE FATE OF THE FURIOUS, the eighth feature film in the series. While there have been several different toy lines released based on the individual films, aside from the occasional Hot Wheels release, there hasn't been a really kid-focused collection of toys until now. Mattel's Fast & Furious collection includes several sub-lines of vehicles and playsets in different scales, one of which is the Stunt Stars assortment - 1:32-scale plastic vehicles, each paired with a small action figure and packed with special "stunt" features inspired by scenes from across the various films in the saga. Kids can now recreate their favorite Fast & Furious scenes, or create completely new adventures in small-scale.

Mattel Fast & Furious Stunt Stars Review

Ahead of the recent in-home release of The Fate of The Furious, Mattel sent over a few Stunt Stars for review: Dom + Ice Charger (The Fate of the Furious), Tej +Jeep Wrangler Rubicon (Furious 7), Hobbs + Navistar MXT (Fast & Furious 6), and a two pack featuring Hobbs + Navistar MXT & Owen Shaw + Flip Car (Fast & Furious 6). 

Mattel Fast & Furious Stunt Stars Review

Simple, yet durable, these vehicles feature magnetic action to hold the action figures to the hoods and trunks of each car, and with the push of a button, our heroes can be launched into the air. There's other features like ziplines and spring-loaded grappling hooks on certain rides, and the 2" figures fit inside of their vehicles thanks to working doors.

Mattel Fast & Furious Stunt Stars Review

Because these are relatively inexpensive, they're great for indoor/outdoor adventure, and they really recall the type of play I used to have with my cousins as a kid - racing the plastic Mego Dukes of Hazzard General Lee through all kinds of obstacles from across the landscape. 

Mattel Fast & Furious Stunt Stars Review

Fast & Furious Stunt Stars are great for both fans of the film series or just kids or collectors that love cars in general. Available now at retailers nationwide.

Mattel Fast & Furious Stunt Stars Review

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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