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Monday, July 20 2015 09:44

Summer Fun: Nerf Rebelle FRS Walkie Talkies (Review)

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Growing up as a kid in the 80s, Walkie Talkies were a big part of backyard and neighborhood play. Back then, they were big, bulky rectangular bricks of plastic - each equipped with the dreaded tin antenna - like the smaller TVs of the day. I didn't know a single kid that didn't bend and/or snap-off their antennae at some point. It was a part of the job, and that job was simple: having fun. A technologically-advanced version of THE LITTLE RASCALS-style tin cans with string between them, we had hours of fun pretending to communicate as Rebel pilots from STAR WARS... members of G.I. JOE or COBRA... JAMES BOND-style spies... or just ourselves. The fun would usually only end when the batteries or the antennae died. Fast-forward a few decades and walkie talkie tech has come a long way. Now, they're not only a way for kids to have fun and adventure, but also a tool to help keep kids safe and families connected - but there's still differences out there in the varieties available. 

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We actually have a couple of sets of walkie talkies here at Rock Father HQ - one of which is still very much a "toy" rooted in the dated tech that I grew up with, and another that's more akin to the grownup models currently on the market: The Nerf Rebelle 10 Mile FRS Walkie Talkies. The latter are the new-school - sure, they cost a few bucks more than their toy counterparts, but they're totally worth it for the real functionality (and fun) that they provide.

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With 22 available channels, there's plenty of options available for keeping communication clear. And while I can't verify the claim, these are said to have up to a 10-mile radius for kids and families to stay in touch - making them perfect to have on-hand for events where families could easily become separated. Fairs, carnivals, theme parks, festivals, campgrounds - those are all places where these could come in handy, but for us they've become largely what mine were as a kid - a tool for backyard adventure and imaginative play.

Rock Father Approved!Manufactured by Sakar International under license by Hasbro (makers of the Nerf brand), Nerf Rebelle Walkie Talkies are available at retailers Nationwide, including Amazon and Toys "R" Us. Additionally, there's a blue-and-orange Nerf edition available as well.

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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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