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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also 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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, 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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The 1970s were a ridiculous time, and in the world of comics, things were known to go off the rails into new realms of crazy. Along with Spider-Man's Dune Buggy, the Mad Titan himself - Thanos - had a helicopter. Of course, it wasn't just enough that a 1979 comic gave the Infinity Stone-obsessed purple baddie a helicopter - no, it had to be bright yellow and actually say "THANOS" in bold black letters on the side. Where would Thanos go to have such a ride constructed? Was the place that 1966 Batman got his Batcopter taking orders? While it's a notoriously strange vehicle, my fingers are crossed that we see Josh Brolin piloting one of these when the sequel to Marvel Studios' Avengers: Infinity War arrives in theaters next year. In the meantime, Mattel is issuing a diecast version at Comic-Con International in San Diego this year, complete with comic-inspired packaging and the Hot Wheels 50th Anniversary logo!

For the first-time ever, I will be attending Comic-Con International in San Diego - but for one day only (stay tuned for details). There's gonna be a lot to take in (though I won't be there just as a fan) and one must-visit booth will be from Hasbro. Today comes yet another exclusive announcement, this one coming from the Netflix Original Series, Marvel's Defenders. The Marvel Legends Series Defenders Rail Authority 5-Pack will be available first at booth #3329 at SDCC, followed by some being made available in select quantities at additional conventions at at HasbroToyShop.com. See the full piece below!

There was some big news from DC Comics this week as the full details on their DC UNIVERSE streaming service arrived. But it's not just a streaming service, but "a first-of-its kind digital subscription service that gives fans access to exclusive content and experiences not available anywhere else. With membership, fans will enjoy all-new original live-action and animated series, classic TV series and films, a curated selection of digital comic books, breaking news, an expansive DC-centric encyclopedia, and access to exclusive merchandise." The latter piece is going to be a big one for toy fans and collectors, and the first piece of that will be a brand-new series of 6" Justice League Animated action figures. Here's what the folks at DC Collectibles had to say about that...

As announced back in April, 311 and The Offspring are hitting the road for the Never-Ending Summer Tour with Gym Class Heroes. Well, it looks like the tour hit a bit of a glitch. While 311's Nick Hexum and The Offspring's Dexter Holland were hanging with Adam Carolla for an interview, 311's P-Nut and The Offspring's Noodles got pulled over by none other than the Super Troopers. Check out the video evidence below!

Cartoon Network's Ben 10 is one thing that I'd thought I'd missed due to the age of my kids, and then it got rebooted and became a big hit here at Rock Father HQ with a great show on Cartoon Network, some awesome toys from Playmates Toys and a pretty entertaining video game.. Now comes news that the coolest alien-powered kid hero has a new DVD collection coming home, with Ben 10: Omni-Tricked arriving on September 18, 2018. Fans can revisit the adventures from Cartoon Network’s hit animated series with 16 action-packed episodes and a 44-minute special. Following Ben and his family as they go on a cross-country road trip, fans will embark on a fun, extraterrestrial animated journey. Officially, this is Season One, Volume Two.

There's a lot of General Lees out there, but few can lay claim to have actually be a part of the original Dukes of Hazzard series that ran on CBS from 1979-1985. From the crew over at the Volo Auto Museum comes news that one of the original 17 cars that were released by Warner Bros. back in 1991 has come up for sale. It's located in California, and is the last remaining 1969 Dodge Charger 440 R/T that was used in the show and has had only minor restoration. Since it's use in the television series, it's been owned by own buyer for the past 28 years and is the car that was used in the recent AutoTrader commercial in addition to making appearances on Showtime's Weeds and in an episode of Hollywood Treasures - appropriately being used to demonstrate how to tell if a General Lee is "real" or not. This one has been autographed by John Schneider and Tom Wopat, and is fully documented.

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