Tuesday, October 04 2016 19:30

31 Days of Halloween: Fright Factory Creature Creator

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With the Halloween season being among my favorite events of the year, I'm always on the lookout for some new toys that bring some creepy fun back into playtime. This year, one new offering is the Fright Factory 3D Creature Creator from Tech 4 Kids, a set that feels both like a toy and a craft, allowing kids to be their own "Dr. Frankenstein" as they turn "EwwGoo" into three-dimensional creations. 


Sent to us for review in the Toy Testing Facility at Rock Father HQ™,  the Creature Creator really taps into a few things that are popular right now beyond the monster-goodness, hitting on maker culture and the growing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) movement, along with kids' curiosity about 3D printing - all things that completely appeal to our 7-year-old daughter (a little girl that feels quite comfortable in a lab coat and goggles).

Fright Factory Creature Creator Review

After kids inject their molds with colorful EwwGoo, they place them onto the Fright Factory stage and begin turning the hand-crank, moving a row of ultraviolet lights back and forth for several minutes. Powered by AA batteries, there is no heat, so no worries about kids getting hurt - the EwwGoo cures (hardens) simply thanks to the magic (science) of light!

Tech4Kids 3D Fright Factory Creature Creator Review 

The end result is a batch of cool critters that kids will love playing with. When the materials run out, refill packs of EwwGoo are available, as are new theme packs like “Gross Bugs,” “Creepy Creatures” and my personal favorite, “Beyond the Grave.” Rock Father-approved!

Want more Halloween Fun? Check out 31 Days of Halloween here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine!

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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