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Friday, May 05 2017 11:09

Preview: ABC's THE TOY BOX - Week Five: Wiggies, Jumpstix, Dueling Wizards & more!

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As someone who writes about toys often (both here at The Rock Father™ Magazine and also over at The Toy Insider), I see a lot of new stuff. With that, I've been digging ABC's THE TOY BOX, in which independent toy creators find themselves vying for the attention of the judges in hopes of being crowned champion. At the end of the 8-week series, the winning toy will be produced by Mattel and sold exclusively at Toys "R" Us. Check out a preview of the week five toys below...

THE TOY BOX - Week Five – Amateur toy inventors get the opportunity of a lifetime to present their innovative concepts, such as a maze-building toy, a dueling wizard game, playful plush aliens and more, on an all-new episode of ABC’s “The Toy Box,” airing on FRIDAY, MAY 5 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EDT), on The ABC Television Network. Sorta like Shark Tank with kids, Modern Family's Eric Stonestreet hosts the 8-episode series, while Sophia Grace Brownlee (“The Ellen Degeneres Show”), Aalyrah Caldwell (“Uncle Buck”), Toby Grey (“The Unexpected John Cena Prank”) and Noah Ritter (“The Ellen Degeneres Show”) serve as judges.

This week’s toy inventions include:

  • Wiggies – dolls with interchangeable hair. Inventor: Kim from Los Angeles, California

  • Jumpstix – a scooter with a built-in pogo stick. Inventor: Peter from Camarillo, California

  • Maze-O – a maze-building toy. Inventor: Jessica and Daniel from Lino Lakes, Minnesota

  • Dueling Wizards – aspiring wizards use wands to toss spells at each other. Inventor: Joe from Dearborn, Michigan

  • Plaliens – playful plush aliens that inspire curiosity. Inventor: Melanie and Beth from Bakersfield, California

Who will make it to THE TOY BOX? Tune-in tonight to find out!

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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, 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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