Monday, October 19 2015 08:50

Hands-On: STAR WARS Nesting Dolls by PPW Toys - The Rebellion

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Since the late 1800's, Nesting Dolls have been a staple of childhood play - dating back to early examples in Russia (Matryoshka Dolls). In recent years, these dolls that tuck one inside another from large to small, have been seeing renewed popularity not only as toys, but as collectibles. Produced in plastic in lieu of wood, they're affordable, space-saving, and with the right artwork - can capture pop culture icons in new and fun ways. From PPW Toys comes a new collection of STAR WARS Nesting Dolls - sets of five that are available in different themes. The Empire, The Rebellion, Jabba's Palace and a Jedi & Droids set are all out now (or coming soon), while other sets might be revealed in the months ahead. We went hands-on with The Rebellion (Han Solo, Chewbacca, Lando Calrissian, Princess Leia and an Ewok) here at Rock Father HQ, and I'm recommending them as an official pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide!

While I like placing our set on a shelf in my office, the Ages 3+ notation has proven true. Of The Rock Daughters, it's 3-year-old Finley that loves the Nesting Dolls. It's not been uncommon to see them interacting with other figures and dolls here at our house, being used just as Nesting Dolls were intended to be... as toys.

PPW Toys Nesting Dolls

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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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