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Wednesday, January 08 2014 23:13

Modern Retro Toys: DUKES OF HAZZARD Action Figures on the Way...

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2014 marks the 35th Anniversary of the DUKES OF HAZZARD, a show very close to my heart, and one that falls right in there with KNIGHT RIDER as part of that "Retro Pop Culture" thing that I like to share with my kids. I have a couple of seasons on DVD, but since CMT just started running them remastered in HD for the first time, I figured I'd take a peek and see if anything new was in the pipeline on the toy front, and boy, was I surprised at what's coming...

This spring, the Figures Toy Company (known for retro-style figures of BATMAN and KISS) will release both 8-inch and 12-inch figures based on the DUKES OF HAZZARD. With styling that mirrors what MEGO may have (and actually had) done way back when, these characters come with real clothing and accessories. With both sizes labeled as "Series 1," it looks like we'll be seeing more that just the first wave of Bo Duke, Luke Duke, Boss Hogg, and Roscoe P. Coltrane if these do well.

They're up for pre-order right now via (my affiliate) Entertainment Earth, along with a carrying case

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Now, how about a GENERAL LEE that's built to scale for these? I used to have those little, STAR WARS-sized figures back in the early 80s. They were sweet.

BONUS: Stay tuned, as I will soon be revealing some recently unearthed and digitized (from Super 8mm film) footage of ME on my GENERAL LEE BIG WHEEL from the early 80s.

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.

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