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Saturday, June 21 2014 23:24

Review: WWE StackDown Universe High Flyin Sin Cara and Damien Sandow's School of Hard Knocks

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#WWEDadsEarlier this month, when I took the family to a little big adventure called WWE PAYBACK, my girls were each treated to a little gift bag containing some fun new toys, all courtesy of the folks at WWE and their partners. Among the unexpected offerings were a pair of new building sets from The Bridge Direct under the WWE StackDown Universe brand. For quite awhile I've heard parents ask for WWE construction sets, but somehow it had flown under my radar that they'd actually happened - all done by C3 Construction with bricks and figures that are compatible with "major brands," as they say - which means they'll work with LEGO, MEGA BLOKS, KRE-O and the like. Addie and I built Damien Sandow's School of Hard Knocks and the High Flyin' Sin Cara sets... and how are they?

They're a lot of fun.

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We started these as we do all of our construction sets - separating the pieces by color for easy building. Now, these are smaller "starter" sets with just 71 & 73 pieces, respectively, so they're not a particularly time-consuming, nor challenging build (they have bigger sets for that), but the amount of reaction out of Addie - the sheer enjoyment she's been getting out of them - has been surprisingly above average.

High Flyin' Sin Cara was the big winner right out of the gate, with it's launching action able to make Sin Cara (or any other figure) go flying through a break-away "Ring of Rampage" with ease. While that set scored bigger that Sandrow's less-action-packed classroom of sorts, the 12-point articulation of the C3 figures makes them pretty unique in the construction category, complete with little "Snap-Fit" spots that let you connect the figures for some brawling action.

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Yes, it's fun for Dad, too.

Rock Father-Approved!We've had this pair of StackDown sets built for nearly three weeks now and there's no sign of tiring on them. These guys have been mixed and matched, customized and rebuilt quite a few times over. One magic question that I get asked almost without fail on the building sets is "how do the bricks compare" to that other outfit with the little yellow figures, and that's always a loaded question because no one can duplicate the famous, yet proprietary process that the big boy uses to make their bricks so accurate during production. So yes, there is a difference in their feel and performance, but it in no way hinders the enjoyment of the sets.

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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.

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