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 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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Nickelodeon's new hit preschool series Top Wing is getting a toy line. The product line, which includes figures, vehicles and plush inspired by the show’s four best friend rescue birds, will launch in the U.S. this fall, followed by international markets in Spring 2019. These new toys will arrive courtesy of Hasbro, and will be released under the iconic PLAYSKOOL banner. News arrived today ahead of Toy Fair in New York...

The Netflix Original Series SUPER MONSTERS was an immediate hit upon its debut last fall, just in-time for Halloween. One looming question (and several of you have asked) is "will there be any Super Monsters toys?" As of today, I can answer that question with a hearty YES! Ahead of the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York, Hasbro today announced that it has reached "an agreement in principle" with Netflix to create play experiences for kids under its PLAYSKOOL brand, based on Netflix’s original preschool series, Super Monsters. I don't have pictures just yet (hopefully I'll see some of these toys this weekend), but for now here's the details via the official announcement...

The second season of eOne's PJ MASKS is airing on Disney Junior, and new adventures means new toys! Ahead of the 115th North American Toy Fair in New York, I already shared with you an early look at the upcoming Super Moon Adventure Rocket Ship, and now we have a look at Just Play's new Romeo's Lab Playset! Either Romeo got a larger lab, or there's a Doctor Who Tardis thing happening where the lab is "bigger on the inside." Either way, this is a proper playset for a proper villain! Take a look...

This spring, the long-awaited second season of eOne's PJ MASKS started airing on Disney Junior, taking our heroes to some new places... like space. This fall, kids will be able to blast-off with Owlette, Gekko and Catboy with a new collection of PJ Masks Super Moon toys from Just Play. Ahead of the 115th North American Toy Fair in New York, here's a sneak-preview of the new collection's flagship playset... the rocket ship!

Last year, I was one of the first to bring you news about Just Play's full line of toys based on Disney Junior's Vampirina. Now, ahead of the 115th North American International Toy Fair in New York, I'm giving you a sneak-peek at what's coming in the Fall of 2018! Kids are gonna go "batty" for the Disney Junior Vampirina Rock N’ Jam Touring Van. This new playset is affordably-priced, and will let kids rock out and jam - just like Vee and her favorite band, The Ghoul Girls! Check this out...

Some breaking news as we head into the 115th North American Toy Fair in New York - Hasbro and Saban Brands have just announced that Hasbro has been named the global master toy licensee for Saban’s Power Rangers! Under the terms of the agreement and in collaboration with Saban Brands, Hasbro will design, produce and bring to market a wide variety of toys, games and role-play items inspired by the franchise and its entertainment properties. Hasbro will hold the worldwide rights, excluding Japan and certain other Asian markets, effective as of April 1, 2019.

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