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Sunday, September 06 2015 09:06

Own a Piece of History from STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (and me)!

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From International STAR WARS Day, May 4th (May the Fourth Be With You) until this past Friday, September 4th (Force Friday), I counted down the days until the release of new toys from J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS with daily posts that featured Hasbro's Force Friday Countdown Calendar. For months, people kept asking me "How did you get one?" (obvious - I work with Hasbro regularly and was helping promote the toy launch) and "How can I get one" (for the most part, you couldn't) - questions that became "What will you do with yours when the countdown is over?" I didn't have an answer for that last question until Friday night, but I decided... to sell it. Yes, you can now own my personal STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS "Force Friday Countdown" Calendar from Hasbro. As far as I know, this is only the second one to be offered for sale (the first sold for $112), and the only one with a known history of being seen by thousands of people each day for over four months.

These calendars were only sent to select members of the media, and were never offered for sale to the public. 

Generally, when it comes to STAR WARS, I tend to keep things - but with something like this that's not a toy, it would simply end up in a drawer or a box now that the countdown is over. If I still had the dedicated "STAR WARS room" that I had in the late 90s/early 00s, I might've kept this with some of the other oddball marketing pieces that I once owned. It's just a different time.

My days with the calendar have been well-documented - now it's your turn. You can place a bid on my calendar now through September 14th on eBay.

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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