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Wednesday, May 13 2015 18:53

Force Friday Countdown: 1977 Kenner STAR WARS Lightsaber - 114 Days to Go...

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I have a couple of diehard lightsaber aficionados in this house right now. While we have a Luke (or Kanan) blue saber and a Darth Vader (though Finn calls it "Inquisitor") red, I'll never forget my first saber, Kenner's "The Force" saber that was initially released back in 1980. My version was the 1983 RETURN OF THE JEDI Luke Skywalker model (which I often used while wearing a 'Vader Halloween costume), but long before that came the 1977 Kenner STAR WARS Lightsaber - a simple, inflatable version that I personally never had. It's featured for May 13 in Hasbro's #ForceFridayCountdown Calendar, and I just found a commercial floating around on YouTube...

A few years back, I had one of the really expensive Master Replicas lightsabers. Thing is, the guy who gave it to me (one of my sister's ex-boyfriends) turned out to be a real a-hole, so I sold it on a garage sale just to get the bad vibes out of the house. I'm a man of principle.

There's just 114 Days until Force Friday, the day that new Hasbro toys for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrive at retail!

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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