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Tuesday, October 27 2015 20:53

Holiday Wish Guide: STAR WARS PopTaters

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Over the past year, I've written at length about PPW Toys' line of PopTaters - licensed Mr. Potato Head figures that are based on some pop culture icons. In fact, one of their first appearances here on the site was in last year's Holiday Wish Guide. Now they're back for an encore as an official selection for my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide, and it's for good reason - STAR WARS. With the December release of STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS getting closer, kids and collectors alike are feeling The Power of The Force, and PopTaters keep serving up classic characters in new ways. From Darth Vader to Boba Fett, Princess Leia as Jabba's Captive to Jedi Master Yoda, there's PopTaters representing The Empire and The Rebellion... and no collection would be complete without C-3PO and R2-D2.

"No disintegrations," said Mr. Potato Head Darth Vader to an aloof Boba Fett...

PopTaters Darth Vader and Boba Fett

Yes, these are the spuds Droids you're looking for...

PopTaters R2-D2 and C-3PO

PPW Toys' PopTaters are available from Entertainment Earth, or direct from the PPW Toys website.

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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