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Tuesday, June 25 2013 10:31

GREMLINS appropriate for a 3-year-old? Probably not, but check out the Spider-Gremlin Toy!

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You know how you always see these parenting blogs that ask questions like "What is the appropriate age for...?" Yes, like that STAR WARS piece I took part in. So what's the appropriate age to expose your children to Joe Dante's 1984 masterpiece, GREMLINS? Am I seriously asking this question? Not really, but I do know that when it originally was released, I wasn't quite 8, and my sister had just turned four. We saw it on the big screen at the late Lincoln Mall Cinema in Matteson, Illinois, and after the destruction of Stripe at the end [oops, SPOILER!], I didn't eat American Cheese for awhile.

Now I'm a parent, and I may have already exposed my 3 ½-year-old to GREMLINS, and it's quite possible that my wife wasn't pleased. How did she find out? Addie told on me. But, I only let her watch it up until the point where the "bad" Gremlins hatched, so I think we're cool. Let's talk toys.

NECA has long-been releasing a fantastic line of GREMLINS toys and action figures (I still need a life-sized prop for my office), and lately they've been cranking out figures based on 1990's GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH. Last June (wow, a year ago already?), I posted news about an "Electric Gremlin," but this year there's something even cooler: THE SPIDER GREMLIN. This new figure is MASSIVE, LIMITED-EDITION (one production run), and it's headed your way in November (pre-order it now from my partner, Entertainment Earth).

GREMLINS 2 Spider Gremlin Action Figure:

SPIDER GREMLIN vs. GIZMO!

Fans of the Gremlins and Gremlins 2: The New Batch movies will not want to miss out on this incredible action figure! An incredible action figure recreation of the creepy Gremlin that gets turned into an arachnid, the Gremlins 2 The New Batch Spider Gremlin Action Figure is not only enormous, but it's absolutely filled with tons of detail as well. The Spider Gremlin Action Figure measures nearly 15-inches wide x 12-inches long x 10-inches tall and would be a massive addition to your collection of Gremlins action figures. Complete with over 30 points of articulation, this fantastic figure features a hinged jaw, ball-jointed shoulders, elbows, and wrists, along with 8 massive spider legs that are each articulated in 3 places each! Plus, this great figure even includes a support stand to help balance and display him in whatever poses that you'd like! This great figure will be the centerpiece of every Gremlins action figure collection - don't miss out! Pre-Order now.

What do you think? Get one for your kids? Get one for yourself? Too creepy to play with? Share your thoughts below...

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James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group 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. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 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.

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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