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Tuesday, October 29 2013 18:28

Should the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES be inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame?

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Now this is a tough one. I have these four friends from New York City - Michelangelo, Leonardo, Raphael and Donatello - that I met for the first time back in the late 80s. We've had some good times, some great adventures, and yes, we shared more pizza than we probably should have. Problem is, they sorta went away for a little bit, making a retreat back into the shadows only to emerge every few years for another big adventure, often facing off against the same metal-faced samurai over-and-over-again. You see, they're ninjas... and they're turtles. Now they've got another adventure, and they need our help. They're trying to get into the NATIONAL TOY HALL OF FAME.

[ED Note]: I have to interrupt my own article to point out how awesome this TMNT Sewer Lair Playset looks...

Having burst back onto the scene with a Nickelodeon series and new line of Action Figures from Playmates Toys in 2012, the TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES have reclaimed their spot as the top action figure line in the country... but getting into that Toy Hall of Fame? Well, that's the challenge. The competition is steep... and I've got some other friends (some very good friends) up for the coveted induction as well. The difference is, my green friends actually reached out to THE ROCK FATHER for an assist. The others did not.

The following toys are nominated for 2013:

  1. TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES
  2. BUBBLES
  3. CHESS
  4. CLUE
  5. FISHER-PRICE LITTLE PEOPLE
  6. LITTLE GREEN ARMY MEN
  7. MAGIC 8 BALL
  8. MY LITTLE PONY
  9. NERF
  10. PAC-MAN
  11. RUBBER DUCK
  12. SCOOTER

The biggest problem that I have is that ALL OF THESE TOYS deserve a spot in the National Toy Hall of Fame, and I think that most of you will agree. But if you're a friend of the TMNT gang, you'll want to get those votes in ASAP, as the winner will be announced on November 7. 

Who do you think should be inducted this year? Hit this link to vote, and share your thoughts with me below... 

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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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