Tuesday, March 25 2014 09:00


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In a lot of ways, the TRANSFORMERS are like BATMAN. At the core, you know the basic gist, but they can be re-worked for different age groups and interests, from preschool to grownups, lighthearted to completely dark. I dig that, and TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS are a prime example of how the franchise can be molded - to get kids into that robotic action at a young age, with fun stories that help teach the virtues of safety and kindness. There are no battles with the Decepticons here, instead placing a team of Autobot Rescue Bots (at the request of Optimus Prime) on the island of Griffin Rock, Maine, where they work side-by-side with their human friends to learn valuable lessons each week. Airing on The Hub Network (where Season Two just began this month), Shout! Factory Kids has been handling the DVD side of things, and the latest collection, HEROES ON THE SCENE just hit the streets.


We pledge to heed the Prime Alert and help the people of Planet Earth.
We'll work together and act as one
Until the job at hand is done
We'll utilize our skills and might
To save the day, and do what's right.
We are a team of Bots and Men
Protectors, Rescuers and Friends.

With Chase (Police Car), Heatwave (Fire Engine), Blades (Helicopter) and Boulder (Bulldozer) partnered with human allies, I've always found the series to be charming in the mix of what the youngest kids love when it comes to their toy vehicles - and learning who the "helpers" are. HEROES ON THE SCENE (sent here for review) features five episodes: The Lost Bell, You've Been Squilshed, Little White Lies, Shake Up and Rescue Boy - and while they're all good, it's Little White Lies that stands out for me, especially since my oldest (four) is just starting to hit that point with her little friends where "fibbing" is becoming a thing and needs to be corrected.

Based on the Hasbro toy line which is celebrating it's 30th Anniversary this year, TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS are great for kids, but also for 30-something parents like me, who grew up with G1, and want to get their kids started off right. 


The Rock Father Rating: 4/5 Stars

TRANSFORMERS: RESCUE BOTS DVDs and Toys are available via (my affiliate) Amazon:
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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