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Sunday, July 03 2016 15:04

Unboxed + Review: Spin Master's ANGRY BIRDS Movie Toys

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Sony Pictures' ANGRY BIRDS MOVIE is something that's escaped us thus far this summer. The Rock Daughters have seen (an been photographed with) the giant cardboard standees at the local movie theaters, have watched some of the cartoons on Netflix, and were quite hooked by the trailers for the film... but we just have't been able to see it just yet. To make things even a bit more taunting, a few weeks back, my friends at Spin Master sent us an assortment of ANGRY BIRDS movie toys that have been in my review queue here at Rock Father HQ, tempting the girls to crack them without me, if only because we were faced with an unusually busy June. That's changed now, as we did a nearly 40-minute "Live Unboxing" via Facebook Live, a version of which has been edited for YouTube, allowing a full look at a factory case of 12 bagged collectible ANGRY BIRDS figures, along with the Vinyl Knockout Playset and TNT Invasion Playset!

So what are the big hits here? We have some differing opinions. For Finley, it's the collectible figures, which is no surprise since her #1 play pattern involved action figures and non-articulated figurines. For Adalyn, the TNT Invasion Playset reigns supreme, as she loves to build things up and knock them down - something most kids enjoy, and something I've seen her do with wooden blocks and LEGO bricks for years.

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As for me, I'm not a huge ANGRY BIRDS fan in general, though I have enjoyed Rovio's mobile games on occasion. I'm sort of indifferent on these, and they're well-made (Spin Master is known for quality) so no issues there, although the cardboard boxes on the Vinyl Knockout Playset could've been patterned a bit simpler for parental construction purposes.

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As we enter the second half of the year, I expect another wave of ANGRY BIRDS enthusiasm to strike when the film comes home on Blu-ray and Digital HD, so as the prices drop on these sets (on-sale at Amazon as of this writing), they're worth picking up for your little ANGRY BIRDS fans.

See the full collection of ANGRY BIRDS Movie Toys at Spin Master's official website.

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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