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Sunday, January 28 2018 17:11

Hamilton Fans: Rise Up! for the Lin-Manuel Miranda & Tobi Pin Mates Wooden Collectibles...

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A few weeks ago, my wife and I went to see Hamilton: An American Musical. It lives up to the hype, it's fantastic, and I'm a huge fan. Previously, I was more into the work of Lin-Manuel Miranda thanks to Moana and his contribution to Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Now, with Mary Poppins Returns and a host of other projects on the horizon, it's guaranteed that we'll have much entertainment from the multi-hyphenate (who I'm now calling a "fellow Rock Father" thanks to his rendition of the PAW Patrol theme) for years to come, so what's next? Collectibles, of course! While I've long-been expecting Hamilton Funko POP! Vinyls to get a proper release (people keep making custom versions), there is a Lin-Manuel Miranda figure on the way from my friends at Entertainment Earth. In partnership with TeeRico, the Lin-Manuel and Tobi Pin Mates Wooden Collectibles will be available this summer as part of the Pin Mates Silver Series. Available for pre-order right now, a portion of proceeds from each retro-styled figure set will go to charity.

Lin-Manuel Mirana

I'll be covering Pin Mates frequently in the weeks ahead as Entertainment Earth just sent me about 50 of them for review. If you're not familiar, they're very similar in style to the old Fisher-Price Little People of the 60s and 70s. I had a Sesame Street and McDonald's playsets that I wish I still had just to use with my Pin Mates. Actually, the Sesame Street one would be a cool In the Heights playset!

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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