James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance. Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.
As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.
He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, a writer for the Netflix #StreamTeam, and 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. Current special projects include promotional campaigns for PJ Masks (eOne/Disney Junior) and Beat Bugs (Netflix).
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 Napalm Records' PRODUCT OF HATE.
James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, 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 Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.
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The surprise reveal of Disney TOYBOX Action Figures in the fall of 2017 quickly became one of the most popular articles of that timeframe. Based on artwork and assets from the now-shuttered Disney INFINITY video game, the Disney TOYBOX line brings to life characters from across the Disney family, including those from Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars. The new figures feature animated styling, 14 points of articulation, and a signature accessory. With the first wave very well-received, many have wondered what's next for the line, and now we have some answers! Presented here on The Rock Father™ Magazine is The Ultimate Disney TOYBOX Checklist - an up-to-date list of the latest confirmed figures for this exciting new line. We'll be updating this indefinitely as new figures join the fold. Disney TOYBOX action figures are available exclusively through ShopDisney.com (an affiliate of this site) and Disney Store locations.
Auto Show season is upon us, with the big ones about to start rolling out here in North America this month, with #NAIAS in Detroit, followed by the Chicago International Auto Show in February. Up North, the Canadian International AutoShow rolls into the downtown Metro Toronto Convention Centre from Feb. 16-25, and this year Mattel is bringing Hot Wheels into the action! The number one selling toy in the world races into Canada with an explosion of activities to commemorate its 50th anniversary. This includes appearances by some of the iconic full-sized rides from the Hot Wheels garage, including the famed Star Wars Darth Vader character car and the Special Edition 1967 Chevrolet Camaro SS!
Every time I think that the micro-collectibles bubble is about to burst, something comes along that reinforces the fact that there's no sign of that happening. In fact, the market is evolving and kids can't get enough of these small little toys. Evolution brings us to the launch of Cake Pop Cuties, a new line from Basic Fun that checks the boxes on several current trends, combining the brightly-colored blind box appeal of toys like L.O.L. Surprise with the strange appeal of the slow-rise squishes movement into a tiny little package that's appropriately shaped like... a cake pop. Available soon at most major retailers (Amazon is taking pre-orders), Cake Pop Cuties is backed by a CGI-animated webseries and boasts over 36 different Cuties and Sweeties to collect in the first wave. Check out a preview below...
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Kohl Children’s Museum of Greater Chicago has been a long-time favorite destination for our family, and today they've announced plans to host a month-long pop-up satellite museum at Urban Edge, a 5,000-sq.-ft. storefront gallery located in downtown Waukegan, IL at 220 W. Clayton Street. The pop-up Museum will operate during the month of February 2018 and will be free of charge to school and childcare groups during weekday hours and to families during evening and weekend hours. Opening day ceremonies that will include remarks from Museum and City of Waukegan leadership will take place on Saturday, February 3 beginning at 12 p.m.
News just hit Rock Father HQ from Saban Brands that Power Rangers Super Ninja Steel will premiere on Saturday, Jan. 27, at 12 p.m. (ET/PT) on Nickelodeon in the U.S. The 25th season of the series kicks of with the 886th episode to air, and the creators promise that the season will also feature a special anniversary episode that Power Rangers fans of all ages won’t want to miss. Check out the latest TV spot below!
Early news from New York Toy Fair 2018. The Rock Father™ will be in attendance for the show, which runs February 17-20, 2018.
After being teased on social media last summer ahead of a launch in Atlanta, Dream Pets will return in 2018 as a reimagined collection of plush toys inspired by their vintage counterparts. Originally created by R. Dakin & Company in the mid 1950’s, Dream Pets were initially sawdust (!) filled plush that were used as packing materials designed to protect a shipment of toy trains. After becoming unexpectedly popular, the line expanded into proper plush with thousands of characters available. By the mid-2000s, Dream Pets had been swept up in the usual pattern of toy company mergers and acquisitions, eventually falling dormant... until now.