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Wednesday, June 15 2016 00:25

Toy Review: Disney•Pixar's FINDING DORY Robo Fish

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With Disney•Pixar's FINDING DORY making its way into theaters, the folks at Zuru Toys have a full assortment of fun items from the long-awaited FINDING NEMO sequel swimming into toy stores and toy departments. Among the ones that will be at the top of many kids' wish lists this summer are the FINDING DORY Robo Fish - robotic fish with lifelike action, just as the name implies. Having already been familiar with some of Zuru's aquatic offerings over the years, we were excited when a trio of Robo Fish - Swimming Nemo, Swimming Marlin, and of course, Swimming Dory - arrived at Rock Father HQ for review in our State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility™ (in this case, our bathtub) by yours truly, and The Rock Daughters™. With something this unique, words only go so far, so we made a little video... taking the camera underwater to show you these things up-close and in-action! Take a look...

The Disney spin on the classic Robo Fish is very cool, and the video really shows you just how these play. Carbon switches on the side are water-activated or can be touched to start the action. When the fish stops swimming, a gentle tap should be all you need to "wake them up."

 Finding Dory Robo Fish Review

Bonus: Each Robo Fish comes with an extra set of the tiny batteries, and that's a plus. Of all the toys we have here, those "button cell" LR44 batteries are usually something I just don't have in my battery drawer. Kudos to Zuru for including extra!

What to watch out for: The one thing I need to recommend (and this goes for any Robo Fish, or the Swimming Mermaids) is that you makes sure the kids don't pull the tail off. The tail is the key to the swimming action, and so far so good here - but our youngest specifically has a bad habit of ripping off the tails and losing them, rendering the toy useless. From one parent to some others, just letting you know.

The FINDING DORY Robo Fish are Rock Father-approved, and available now at retailers such as Target, Walmart and Toys "R" Us, with a suggested retail price of just $11.99 each.

Additional toys in the Zuru FINDING DORY Robo Fish collection include Bailey the Whale, and the Dory Coffee Pot Tank 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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