Monday, October 12 2015 09:35

31 Days of Halloween: PPW Toys' Horror PopTaters - Freddy Krueger & Jason Voorhees!

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Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees are hands-down two of the horror genre's true cinematic icons. From the adventures that began in Sean S. Cunningham's FRIDAY THE 13th (1980) and Wes Craven's A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984), these two titans of terror quickly achieved legendary status, moving far beyond their "slasher" roots, and into a realm of superheroic Gods. It was in 2003 that the duo would come face-to-face in FREDDY VS. JASON, and that's where I'm drawing inspiration for today's entry into my annual 31 Days of Halloween here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine... in sort of a spudly form. My friends at PPW Toys have recently issued the first horror additions to their ever-growing PopTaters collection of officially-licensed Mr. Potato Head characters (created under license from Hasbro). So which one of these PopTaters is going to get mashed first?

Freddy vs Jason in MR. POTATO HEAD form!

Freddy Krueger: One, two, Mr. Potato Head is Coming for You...  Do you like your potatoes well done?  Our favorite spud got a little “overcooked” and became Freddy Krueger!  This scary-cute figure stands 6" tall and includes the iconic hat, sweater and bladed glove of everyone’s favorite nightmare. The “Fried-dy” Krueger PopTater is great for playing or displaying, just don’t fall asleep with him around!


Jason Voorhees: "Don’t press your luck on “Fry-day the 13th”.  Mr. Potato Head takes on the guise of Camp Crystal Lake’s most infamous resident, Jason Voorhees!  This 6” figure was designed with collectors in mind and includes the iconic hockey mask and machete made famous in the "Friday the 13th" films."


PPW Toys' PopTaters Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees are available now from my friends at Entertainment Earth, the PPWToys website, or at comic and specialty retailers Nationwide.

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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