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Author: James Zahn

James Zahn aka The Rock Father is the founder and publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, and also serves as Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book, and Senior Editor of The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider. Zahn is an Illinois-based writer, media personality, commentator, director, actor, adventurer, raconteur, and overall pop culture and toy enthusiast. James is frequently called upon for expert commentary on the toy industry and has been seen on or quoted in Yahoo! Finance, CNN, FOX Business, MarketWatch, Forbes, NBC, ABC, CBS, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The NY Post, The Chicago Tribune, PopSugar, Fangoria, Starlog, and many more. He has been involved with business, entertainment, and media for more than 30 years, with a passion for music, film, retail, and publishing. Follow James on Twitter @TheRockFather. Email him: james@therockfather.com

Tales of Toys ‘R’ Us: The Toy King x The King of Kustoms – The Mystery of the Geoffreymobile Hot Rod!

Originally published July 1, 2018. Updated as a "Backstory" for The Toy Book magazine, July 17, 2023. The year was 1980. Charles Lazarus had been crowned “The...

Pills for Breakfast: Depression, Anxiety, and Keeping the Darkness at Bay…

This is the type of personal journal entry that I'm always hesitant to post — the kind that I wish that my family wouldn't...

Passing the Sword to a New Generation as THE LEGEND OF ZELDA Continues…

It was 1991 when THE LEGEND OF ZELDA: A LINK TO THE PAST arrived, the third game in the Zelda series, and first for...

The Indie Strikes Back! Long Awaited Film ‘5-25-77’ Comes to Theaters for the 40th Anniversary of STAR WARS…

15 years ago, Ain't It Cool News posted a story about an "investment trailer" being shot for a movie called 5-25-77 - a film later...

Rock Father Santa – Holiday Giving Toy Delivery Program

Updated 6/16/2022 The Holiday Season presents a tremendous opportunity to teach our children the joy of giving, in helping to provide much-needed cheer for those...

From the Archives: A 1996 Interview with PANTERA’s Vinnie Paul…

I've had some adventures over the years, and from those "past lives" comes a little backstory as to what I'm sharing here today. Back...

A Lesson in Consistency in Policy: Six Flags Great America

My wife is not a big fan of my fashion sense (or lack, thereof). In fact, she's long noted the fact that I "dress...

The Mystery of the Topper Toys Johnny Express Truck…

Last week, the girls and I did something that we rarely do - we stopped at a garage sale. Truth be told, we actually...

Bread that Rocks? Yep, Dave’s Killer Bread is no joke, but what a story behind it… (Food Review)

I've covered a lot of ground here on THE ROCK FATHER over the years, but I don't think I've ever brought you a review...

Rides: THE ROCK FATHER vs. The FERRARI F430 at The Xtreme Xperience

"When your friends ask you how fast you went, tell them 'I went as fast as I could.'" That was the final bit of...

Chasing Zombie: 2014 (ROB ZOMBIE) Rewound to 1994 (WHITE ZOMBIE)…

It was probably around 11:30 p.m. on the night of January 27, 1994. There I was, a seventeen-year-old headbanging television host, standing in the midst...

Let There Be Rock: WIIL Rock Presents Stone Sour, Theory of a Deadman, The Last Vegas, Wilson, and Cilver

Over the past 22+ years, I've had the privilege of photographing some of the biggest names in rock — among them, some of my...

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