Sunday, November 06 2016 21:57

Holiday Wish Guide: Super Wings (Friends from TV)

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This past Spring, the first wave of Super Wings transforming toys arrived at Rock Father HQ (reviewed here), immediately becoming a hit. Fast-forward to Fall and the line has expanded, landing a spot on the 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER Magazine. From the moment that Auldey Toys first announced that they'd be making toys based on the Sprout Channel hit, families were excited to get their hands on Jett and the crew, but also the World Airport. Now that's possible, and just in-time for the Holiday Season.

Super Wings World Airport Playset Review

While there's a few different scales available for the Super Wings, it's the small-scale "Transform-A-Bots" that get the most play here at HQ, perfectly-scaled to the playsets. Something that I said in the Spring about their larger, transforming counterparts also applies to the miniatures: 

They're well-built, and really capture the look and feel of their on-screen counterparts, but what particularly impressed me is that the "transforming" action really reminds me of the TRANSFORMERS toys from my own youth - the "G1" versions circa 1984. That means that there's just the right amount of complexity there to equal a character that looks as it should, but it's also simple enough to be transformed by a child. A lot of "transforming" toys of this era tend to lose one or the other, most commonly ending up too complex and leading to frustration.

Super Wings

Ease-of-use is important for little hands, and these are perfect. 

If you have little ones (preschoolers in particular), be sure to let the Super Wings crew fly in some big fun for the Holidays! Here's some raw video of some hands-on play...

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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