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Tuesday, July 23 2013 21:40

Review: ShtankOut! Odor Eliminator Plush Toys for a Cause...

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Earlier this year, a package arrived here at Rock Father HQ containing two ShtankOut! Plush Toys. But were they really "toys," or are they a deodorizer? It's a strange concept that brings a few different elements into a new product, self-described as an "adorable plush clip-on toy that doubles as an odor eliminator – Perfect for smelly sports bags, lockers, backpacks and more." So what's the reality as experienced here in The Rock Father's State-of-the-Art Toy Testing Facility (our house)?

WP 20130317 016ShtankOut! is interesting for sure, but not necessarily fun, which makes calling this a "toy" a problem for me. They are a cute odor eliminator, each carrying a pretty powerful, fruit-infused scent, but the problem is, it feels like you're letting your kids play with an air freshener, and that's weird. Hanging these in a locker or backpack is indeed a great use - still not a toy. I also think that ShtankOut! carries an unfortunate name. 

While it might not be fun for the kids, ShtankOut! does support a great cause, with a portion of all proceeds from the sale of ShtankOut! being donated to the Muscular Dystrophy Association to provide research funding for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).  The founders of ShtankOut's 10-year old son, Ryan was diagnosed with the degenerative disease in 2008. DMD affects about one in 3,500 boys, and is the most common lethal genetic disease of children worldwide.  

For more details on ShtankOut! or where to buy your own, check out  http://shtankout.com

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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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