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Wednesday, October 09 2013 14:11

Playmobil brings the ROCK with their new PopStars! line of toys...

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Being musically-inclined, I have to say that I'm a sucker for toys that involve music. As I've noted in the past, my oldest daughter is already right there with me, always making "stages" and rocking out with her dolls and their accompanying instruments. Now, the folks at PLAYMOBIL are getting in on the action, launching a new line of PopStars! toys, which carry a "rock and roll theme." They're even trying to name their PopStars! bands, with a contest open right now. Since we don't have any of these here at Rock Father HQ, I can't comment on their quality, but I do have details on the full line to share below. There's even a tour bus...

"Our PopStars! playsets let fans take open-ended imaginative play to the next level with the combination of traditional play, tech and a rock 'n roll theme. With our new contest, fans can engage with PLAYMOBIL on another platform and even name the PopStars! bands."John Skrajewski, Vice President, Sales and Marketing.

5602 product box frontPopStars! Stage (5602): Play a sold out show featuring your own tunes with the PLAYMOBIL Pop Stars Stage. This MP3-compatible set allows young pop stars to belt out their favorite lyrics, drum up awesome beats, and wow crowds with radical guitar solos. Just hook up an MP3 player with the enclosed cable and choose your favorite chart topper. Set includes four figures, stage with flashing lights, drum set, two guitars with guitar stands, microphones, two preloaded tunes, built-in speakers, and other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99

5603 product box frontPopStars! Tour Bus (5603): Cruise from one gig to the next with the PLAYMOBIL Pop Stars Tour Bus. Equipped with two removable roof sections, kids can access the bus interior and interact with the musicians. Load instruments into the back of the bus via the hatchback or store band gear in the bus's side compartment. Then, climb aboard through the sliding side door and ride in style with the band. The bus with functioning wheels can accommodate up to twelve figures, including the driver. Set includes two figures with accessories and can be upgraded with the PLAYMOBIL RC Module Set Plus (#4856). Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $39.99

5604 product box frontPopStars! Keyboarder (5604): Harmonize with the band with the PLAYMOBIL Pop Stars Keyboarder. This set includes one figure, keyboard, microphone, and microphone stand. Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $6.99

5605 product box frontPopStars! Band (5605): Perform smash hits with the PLAYMOBIL Pop Stars Band. Set includes one girl and two boy figures, microphones, two guitars, and other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten. Suggested Retail Price: $6.99

For more on these, check out Playmobil's official site.

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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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