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Preview: ABC's THE TOY BOX Season Two, Week Six

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It's week six for the second season of ABC's THE TOY BOX and this coming Sunday we'll get a look at new batch of toys from a fresh crop of hopeful toy inventors. As we've seen before, not all of the toys being showcased are truly "new," and several of them have crossed my path here at Rock Father HQ in recent years. This week sees a game that launched at the Chicago Toy & Game Fair back in 2012 - Ninja Cards. Sound familiar? They might, as they already made a failed run at Shark Tank back in 2014. Five years in, how will this one fare against the judges on The Toy Box? We'll find out this Sunday, but first check out the full rundown on all eight toys competing this week...

The Toy Box #206

THE TOY BOX – “Episode 206” – A new concept for wheeled sports, a tabletop party game, a knightly take on “rock, paper, scissors,” and more fun inventions make their debut this week when amateur inventors enthusiastically present their toys to a panel of kid judges, on an all-new episode of ABC’s “The Toy Box,” airing SUNDAY, NOV. 5 (7:00-8:00 p.m. EST), on The ABC Television Network. (ABC/Richard Cartwright) NOAH RITTER, EMMA SOBEL, JOACHIM POWELL, PAXTON BOOTH, MADISON STEVENS, STEPHANIE BOYNTON (EARTH WURM WORKS), ERIC STONESTREET

THE TOY BOX Week Six (#206) Airdate 11/05/2017

  • Ninja Cards – a fast-paced and competitive target throwing game with collectible cards. Inventors: Dustin from Irvine, California, and Ken from Chicago, Illinois

  • Orbitwheels – a cross between a skateboard and a pair of inline skates, combining the best features of each. Inventor: Ywanne from Camas, Washington

  • Look Who’s President – a multiplayer, election-themed board game where players hit the campaign trail and explore politics. Inventor: Edgar from Chicago, Illinois

  • Earth Wurm Works – finger-puppet kits with different worm characters that raise awareness for recycling. Inventor: Stephanie from Simi Valley, California

  • Huck Hopper – a versatile tabletop party game with a focus on education, motor skills, silly challenges and rewards. Inventor: Jesse from Fairmount, West Virginia

  • Eardorables – a variety of stuffed animals with enlarged, zippered ears that act as secret pockets in which to store belongings. Inventor: Kelly from San Diego, California

  • Putty Pets – tiny stuffed animals filled with clay that can be squeezed, shaped and rolled. Inventor: Jerrett from Aurora, Colorado

  • RPS Revolution – a new spin on “rock, paper, scissors” that uses collectible figurines. Inventor: Kathy from Wheaton, Illinois

At the end of the eight-week competition series, one grand prize winner (who will also score a cool $100K) will see their toy manufactured by Mattel to be sold exclusively at Toys "R' Us. As noted in season one, there's some fine print in which Mattel has the option to produce other worthy toys along the way. Last season, the Artsplash took the top prize, yet the Sweet Shaper and Noisy Persons also popped up on Toys "R" Us shelves. And, as I'm sure some will note, Toys "R" Us recently filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy protection, it's currently "business as usual" in their stores, and that will likely not have any impact on availability of these toys as they move through restructuring. 

THE TOY BOX airs Sunday nights at 7/6c on ABC.

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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