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James Zahn

James Zahn

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, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also 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.

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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The unboxing phenomenon continues to grow and with no signs of slowing down, toymakers are becoming more innovative in finding new ways to bring the elements of surprise and discovery home. From Moose Toys, makers of Shopkins and The Grossery Gang, comes Treasure X, - "the ultimate unboxing experience!" Combining several play patterns into one all-new experience, Treasure X gives kids the opportunity to rip, dig and fizz their way through 10 layers to discover the secrets hidden within - and there's a chance to find real gold-dipped treasure! It's excavation, unboxing, sensory stimulation, action figures and surprise play all in one, and ahead of the national debut of Treasure X in the U.S., The Rock Father™ and Moose Toys have teamed-up to premiere the Treasure X movie trailer! A great toy lends itself to a great story, and today we've got your first-look!

One of the highlights of my visit to the 115th North American International Toy Fair this past February was a meeting at the DC Collectibles booth. If you haven't seen what they're doing, the folks at DC are offering up some stellar toys and collectibles "direct from the source" - meaning their in-house team. First-announced back in May of 2017, the DC Collectibles Artists Alley collection was on-display at Toy Fair and this summer they're finally hitting the streets. These PVC figures are inspired by the Artists Alley experience of a comic convention, in which fans can ask their favorite artists to craft reimaginings of popular characters infused with their own unique style. Among the figures in the first wave, the DC Trinity - Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman as designed by artist Chris Uminga and sculpted by Joe Menna. At Toy Fair, I was presented with an early sample - one of just 300 exclusive Batman figures created just for the event. Now they're available to the masses, but just like their comic counterparts, the Artists Alley collection is being offered in variant form, with wave one available now in Standard Edition, Black & White Variants and the Hot Topic-Exclusive Zombie Variants - the latter of which I received for review here at Rock Father HQ. Let's take a look...

The 2018 edition of Comic-Con International (SDCC) is getting underway in San Diego this week, and Moose Toys has revealed the launch of their first-EVER boy Shopkins Shoppies Doll, Chip Choc! The Double Scoop Delight Exclusive pack will be sold during SDCC at the UCC booth #5610 for $39.99. The pack will include an exclusive Peppa Mint with her long-lost brother Chip Choc. Only 1500 units of this item will be available for purchase for the ultimate Shopkins super fans!

The word had quietly slipped out there in recent days, but now it's officially official - Lucasfilm’s “Solo: A Star Wars Story,” will be available to view at home beginning Sept. 14th as the Millennium Falcon sets course digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ and on Movies Anywhere. The adventure also comes home on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On-Demand on September 25. Packed with bonus features, check out the new trailer and all the specs below!

Sure, the calendar that most people use might say its summer, but the official Rock Father HQ seasonal calendar (noted in detail here) says that Fall/Autumn will run August 15-October 31 with the overlapping Halloween Season taking place September 15-October 31... so change is coming. Fall and Halloween are my favorites, so when the trailer for Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween (in theaters October 12) hit my inbox while I was traveling last week, I had to take note. I'm a bit belated on sharing this, but it's filling me with seasonal warmth on this summer morning - not the kind brought on by the heat of the sun, but that of pumpkin spice. Take a look...

This Back to School feature is brought to you in collaboration with pediped footwear.

It seems like the kids just got out of school (and really, they did), and while we've had a busy summer that's been filled with adventure, we're now staring down back-to-school season. The summer's seem shorter all the time, and soon the school bell will ring and the kids will be rockin' the halls once more. This also means that it's time for back-to-school (BTS) shopping, an experience that can be both fun and daunting for kids and parents alike. BTS shopping is an investment in our kids, and in just a few short years of having little ones in elementary school, we've learned the importance and occasional disappointment in what we buy. Shoes are a big part of that investment, especially for families with more than one child. You want your kids to have shoes that are comfortable, healthy, stylish and you want them to last. pediped has a mission of comfort, quality and style - and in that order, and for 2018 they're a #RockFatherBTS pick! 

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