Monday, October 06 2014 10:00

The Force is Strong with STAR WARS REBELS - Are You Prepared to #SparkRebellion?

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Star Wars Rebels

I'm an original STAR WARS fan. My relationship with George Lucas' saga dates back to my earliest days, fueling my childhood and helping to shape me into adulthood. I've worked on a movie about STAR WARS... recorded a song about STAR WARS... and at one point, had an entire room full of STAR WARS toys. I wish I'd never sold them, as I'm now a parent, and the next generation of STAR WARS fans is here. While many feared that the prequel trilogy would be STAR WARS for future audiences, the franchise is officially back on-track under the ownership of Disney, and while old folks like me eagerly await the 2015 release of J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: EPISODE VII, the newly-launched STAR WARS REBELS proves that our beloved saga is in good hands. After seeing an early screening of STAR WARS REBELS: SPARK OF REBELLION ahead of it's recent Disney Channel Premiere, I'm confident that this is my daughter's STAR WARS. And now, we've got it on DVD thanks to an Exclusive early release at Walmart.


By the time we left the theatre last week from our sneak-preview screening (where Addie made a new friend - a little Jedi boy), the girls were already asking when we could see it again. While SPARK OF REBELLION marked the STAR WARS REBELS debut on Disney Channel, the series moves to Disney XD later this month (10/13). With Addie at school the other day, Little Finn and I stopped by Walmart to snag the DVD and a few other goodies to accent the girls' fledgling REBELS toy collection (we had a few figures already).


We checked out the new offerings from Hasbro including the Inquisitor Lightsaber, STAR WARS COMMAND Star Destroyer, and looked for the Heroes Collection Millenium Falcon (available for pre-order). Ultimately, Finn grabbed a C-3PO & R2-D2 Dog Tag, and we ended up grabbing the massive Heroes Collection X-Wing Fighter.

Back at home, Addie was already excited as she went to school knowing that Finn and I were making a store run, and she was decked-out in some appropriate gear for the day. Moments later, she was racing around the house flying our new X-Wing, just before the kids and I sat down to enjoy SPARK OF REBELLION once more, this time over lunch.

Addie - STAR WARS Girl!

I still have a few items left over from when I had my huge collection, and from what I've seen this week, they'll be getting some play here very soon. Funny enough, the girls are already asking me for figures of Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla - the two female leads of STAR WARS REBELS, but I don't think those figures are out yet. They also want Chopper, the feisty little cousin of R2-D2. In the meantime, we built the Free 3D Papercraft model of the REBELS ship (The Ghost) and let Kanan Jarrus and Ezra Bridger have some adventures...


Are you ready to #SparkRebellion? We are. #StarWarsRebels Spark of Rebellion premieres tonight on @disneychannel. DVD of the premiere is available exclusively at @walmart right now, series moves to #DisneyXD on 10/13. And oh yes... Those #Hasbro toys are about to hit in a big way... #shop #cbias #starwars @starwars #toys #toyography #toysofinstagram #actionfigures #starwarstoys #lucasfilm #disney

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Like father, like daughters? Perhaps STAR WARS is a genetic thing... as Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi wisely said, "Trust in The Force..."

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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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