Thursday, May 14 2015 11:30

Force Friday Countdown: STAR WARS Creator George Lucas in Disguise - 113 Days to Go...

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May 14th is an important day in the STAR WARS Universe - the one true day to "thank the maker," and celebrate the creator. It was on this day back in 1944 that GEORGE LUCAS was born, and as part of the #ForceFridayCountdown Calendar, Hasbro is showcasing the 2006 "George Lucas in Stormtrooper Disguise" action figure from The Saga Collection. Offered-up as an old-school mail-in that required a few bucks and some proofs-of-purchase, I missed out on this one, but George did have his own figure before... actually, twice.

Around the same time that he appeared in Stormtrooper Disguise (like Luke and Han before him), Lucas appeared in plastic as Baron Papanoida in the Lucas Family Collector's Set, which presented not only the father - but three of his real-life daughters as they appeared in their Prequel-era cameos. While that one also escaped my own collecting habits, as Master Yoda once said, "there is another..."

From STAR WARS CELEBRATION II (held May 3-5, 2002 at Indianapolis Convention Center), the Silver Anniversary of STAR WARS (1977-2002) honored George with the Commander Jorg Sacul action figure - presenting him as a "Force-sensitive Rebel Pilot" that "many say would have become a great Jedi... if only he had been born in a different time."

Keep your browser pointed toward THE ROCK FATHER as we continue the #ForceFridayCountdown en route to #ForceFriday, the day that new Hasbro toys for STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS arrive at retail! 113 Days to Go!

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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