Saturday, November 05 2016 22:41

Holiday Wish Guide: World's Smallest Toys

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Have you ever wondered why so many Super Villains set out to making a "Shrinking Ray?" The reason is simple - because it's fun! Look at the movie Ant-Man for example - remember when we found out that the military tank that was on Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) keychain was actually a full-size tank that had been shrunk? Ponder the possibilities while thinking of World's Smallest, a new line of collectible toys (and suspiciously, key chains) by the folks at Super Impulse. They're working (to an extent) replicas (or are they?) of the real thing, now small enough that you can have toys for your toys. World's Smallest are a featured Stocking Stuffer in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine!


With licensing deals in place to make "World's Smallest" versions of iconic toys like the Fisher-Price Chatter Telephone, Little People School Bus (70s style!) and Rock-A-Stack, alongside the Duncan Yo-Yo, Rubik's Cube, Etch-A-Sketch, Little Green Army Men, Polaroid Camera and more, there's a lot of fun to be had in a really small size.

World's Smallest Toys

While the fun factor makes this cool enough as-is, there's also an unexpected learning element at play. The Polaroid Land Camera opened up a discussion about photographic history, and the technological advances of the past century. I actually have some Polaroids here that my mom once snapped using her Instamatic Camera in the late 70s and early 80s. It's weird to think that our kids will never know a time when there's not a camera in your pocket - and that the idea of waiting minutes for a picture (much less weeks for film to develop) is now considered ancient history. 

World's Smallest Camera

Check out Super Impulse to find a retailer near you.

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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