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Wednesday, February 21 2018 23:26

#TFNY: Jada Toys Rolls Out New Hollywood Rides, including KNIGHT RIDER, GHOSTBUSTERS and More...

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It's never fun to do a reveal that doesn't genuinely show the goods, but sometimes things just aren't quite ready yet. At Toy Fair there's always a lot of in-development product that's "pending licensor approval," and for some companies that means showing it privately, but not allowing pictures to get out there. The folks at Jada Toys have some fantastic offerings on the way, serving up new toys for kids and collectors alike, but unfortunately most of them are not ready to be seen. From new additions to their growing Nano Metalfigs line to all-new collections like a diecast line for girls (complete with licenses like Nickelodeon's Sunny Day) and expansion of their long-running Fast & Furious and supercar/tuners assortments, I'll be sharing much more very soon. For right now, though - there's one line in particular that really hit the sweet spot for me, and one property that really pushed it over the top. Hollywood Rides + KNIGHT RIDER? I'm in! Check out the video below...

Available in several scales, the new Hollywood Rides collection will feature iconic vehicles like the GHOSTBUSTERS' Ecto-1, the BACK TO THE FUTURE DeLorean Time Machine, THE BLUES BROTHERS' Bluesmobile, an assortment of vehicles from TRANSFORMERS (non-transforming) and Disney•Pixar CARS, but if you want to hook me, KNIGHT RIDER always does it. I had a chance to hold a hand-sample prototype of what will eventually become K.I.T.T. alongside a Michael Knight (David Hasselhoff) figure, but there's also something else. While all of these vehicles have been done by other makers in years past (Mattel has done some in Hot Wheels form, while Greenlight Collectibles is also big in the space), Nano Hollywood Rides will bring these cinematic icons into the micro-scale for the very first time... and they'll all be diecast. I held a few and they were like Micro Machines, but with some weight to them. Overall, very cool, and I look forward to going hands-on with a lot of new Jada product in the months ahead. Stay tuned!

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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