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Force Friday Countdown: 1982 Kenner STAR WARS Bespin World Micro Collection Playset - 110 Days to Go...Written by James Zahn
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Growing up with STAR WARS the first time around, my toy collection was completely based in the world of the 3 ¾" scale action figures, vehicles and playsets that Kenner pioneered. While my interest was in that segment, there was also a smaller option in the Kenner STAR WARS Micro Collection, and I played with those a few times with friends and cousins who had them. At the centerpiece of that line was the Bespin World series of playsets - three in all - that also featured sixteen diecast figures that pre-dated later small-scale brands like Galoob's Micro-Machines. For today's installment of the Force Friday Countdown Calendar, Hasbro is featuring the Bespin World Playset, which I'm sharing with all of you presented by a pair of ugnaughts from THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK. Dig that vintage commercial!
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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