The 2016 Holiday Wish Guide Archive

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'Tis the Season once more!

THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine is back with another edition of our annual Holiday Wish Guide™  - one of the premiere sources for gift inspiration during the festive season. Kid-focused, but including ideas for the entire family (grownups, too), THE ROCK FATHER and his little elves have hand-picked a selection of items, each grouped by category. There's some of 2016's Hot Holiday Toys, but also some off-the-radar picks, too, along with a pop culture-heavy assortment of gifts for the older kids (adults) as well. What's even more unique is that the Wish Guide is both branching, and evolving. Check back, as there will be new items added up until Xmas!

To learn more about an item, simply click the image and you'll be taken either to a full feature or review right here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine, or to one of our trusted retail partners. Scroll down to start your journey! Happy Gifting and Ho, Ho, Ho!

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Stocking Stuffers

When you want a little something that fits in a stocking and isn't coal (seriously, who wants coal?), there's a lot of options out there. These are just a few of them that we're digging this year.


The smallest TONKA vehicles EVER - so small that you can fit a few of them in the palm of your hand! Micro-collectibles, and blind-boxed!


Pocket-sized and ready for adventure, Emojiez bring new attitude to the characters that previously lived only in your phone.


In a lot of ways, these are toys that are scaled to be played with by other toys - miniature versions of classics from Fisher-Price, Duncan Yo-Yo, Etch-a-Sketch, Little Green Army Men and more!


Scented, collectible plush characters that come in clip-on, these are a throwback to scratch-and-sniff stickers (they have those too) and can be collected, traded and backpacked!

Holiday Fun

'Tis the Season for Holiday Fun! Looking for a gift with a genuine holiday theme? This collection of toys has been hand-picked by The Rock Father - an assortment of advent calendars and other fun items that capture the spirit of the season for hours of play and enjoyment.


This simple toy has provided hours of fun since Santa brought one to The Rock Daughters last year - a snowman who can be built, then melted again and again!

Little People

What's behind the door today? Little ones will love opening the door to find a new Little People friend or fun, holiday-themed accessory each day as Christmas comes closer! By December 24th, they'll have a whole new set of holiday toys to "make merry" with!

Crayola Advent

Keep crafty kids creatively engaged as Santa's big day approaches! The Crayola Toy Shop is a 24-Day Calendar of Surprises that offers craft projects, homemade gifts and coloring activities - a daily dose of creativity for each day of the holiday season.


JAKKS Pacific brings some Holiday Cheer with this festive advent calendar featuring an assortment of Holiday-themed Disney Tsum Tsums!


Christmas on the Isle of Sodor just got more fun with this Thomas & Friends MINI's Advent Calendar by Fisher-Price!

Lego City

Celebrate the holidays with LEGO® City, featuring 24 different surprises, one for each day of the season, including Santa's sleigh and presents, a snow scooter, Christmas tree, helicopter, shop, cookie stand and much more. Includes several different builds, 7 minifigures and a dog.

Lego Star Wars

Take a festive tour of the galaxy with the LEGO® Star Wars Advent Calendar. Open up a door each December day to reveal a Star Wars themed minifigure, starship, vehicle or other themed collectible. Once you've collected all 24 gifts, unfold the playmat and create your own epic Hoth, Tatooine, Naboo and space-based adventures. This is the perfect holiday gift for any life form. Includes 8 minifigures plus a Battle Droid.

Lego Friends

Open the LEGO® Friends Advent Calendar each day in December to add a piece to your Christmas party scene. Includes Emma and Naomi mini-doll figures in a calendar with 24 secret compartments, each containing its own buildable surprise.

Playmobil Xmas

Head outdoors into the winter wonderland for some festivities! The Advent Calendar "Christmas on the Farm" with lots of animals contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, create a festive animal gathering with Santa! Includes backdrop, Santa, angel, and child figure, tractor, cats, dog, cows, sheep, goats, chicken with chicks, birds, trough, and tons of other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten.

Playmobil Pirate

Endless treasure awaits on the next buccaneer adventure! The Advent Calendar "Pirate Treasure Island" with piles of pirate booty and glowing ghost pirate (1xAAA battery required) contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, create a festive tropical pirate haven! Includes backdrop, pirate figure, rowboat with oars, swords, functioning cannon, mice, fish, campfire, treasure map, food, treasure chest, and tons of other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten.

Playmobil Dress

Ring in the holidays with exciting new outfits! The Advent Calendar "Dress Up Party" contains twenty-four surprise items for each day leading up to Christmas. Once all the pieces are revealed, discover a lavish dressing room filled with stylish outfits! Includes backdrop, two figures, clothing racks, interchangeable dresses and skirts, vanity table with mirror, hats, presents, mannequins, full-length mirror, privacy screen, and tons of other accessories. Recommended for ages four to ten.

Playmobil Farm

Enjoy an outdoor Christmas with Santa and his forest friends. The 1.2.3 Advent Calendar "Christmas in the Forest" contains twenty-four surprise items for each day of Advent. With a bright and colorful design and large, rounded pieces, this PLAYMOBIL 1.2.3 set is ideal for toddlers. Includes Santa, elf, angel, reindeer, sleigh, gifts, dog, bunnies, fox, forest animals, and other accessories to help complete this woodland Christmas scene. Recommended for ages 18 months and up.

From Everyday Adventure to Worlds of Fantasy

If your kids are like ours, then they're into a wide array of play patterns that cross genres and interests - and sometimes they come together. "Boy" or "Girl" doesn't matter - what matters is FUN, and this section of the Holiday Wish Guide features everything from dolls and action figures to playsets and furry companions.

Torch, My Blazin' Dragon

One of the across-the-board picks for the "Hottest of 2016," Torch is a FurReal Friend with some fun, "fire" breathing action and life-like movement!


It's been over three decades since Cabbage Patch Madness, but there's never been a more life-like CPK doll before this one...

Wonder Crew

"Inspired by boys, meant for all!" is the mantra for Wonder Crew, an incredible new line of 15" soft-bodied dolls and accessories... that are boys. Their product and mission are both Rock Father-approved!


From Hasbro's MARVEL Legends series comes this three pack of Captain America, Iron Man, and the first-ever Tom Holland Spider-man!

Georgie - Interactive Puppy

From MGA Entertainment comes Georgie, a plush interactive puppy that kids can play with, talk to, dance with, take for a walk and more. The game has been upped for interactive robo-animals!


Six years ago, Sing-A-Ma-Jigs were all the rage, and now they're back as Sing-A-Ma-Lings - fun harmonizing characters with their own personalities and language.

DC Super Hero Girls

One of the best new collections for 2016, DC Super Hero Girls boasts a full line of girls action toys backed by books, games and animated content.


There's few things more exciting for a child than to see their own creations come to life, and Budsies can help make that happen. They're original plush characters created from your child's art!


From American Girl, Wellie Wishers are a collection of five new dolls that just remind me of my daughters. The 14.5" dolls are affordable, have a garden theme, and are all about being a good friend.

Hamsters in a House

From Zuru Toys comes Hamsters in a House - a new line that combines the fun of the micro collectible craze with tiny robot hamsters that move through a colorful world of connectable playsets.

TF Fortress

Hasbro's Transformers Generations Titans Return Fortress Maximus is the biggest Transformers hero of the year! Armed with loads of guns, the best Autobot stronghold since Metroplex can change from a city to a space ship to a giant robot

TF Bumblebee

From Hasbro comes this Entertainment Earth Exclusive Asia Kids Day Platinum Edition Robots in Disguise Bumblebee & Grimlock. They've got premium paint schemes and accessories, and are packed with articulation!

EE Batman

The Joker's Wild Batman Big Fig by JAKKS Pacific was an Entertainment Earth San Diego Comic-Con Exclusive that's now being made available in short supply. A cool display piece!


This incredible playset stands 4' tall, giving kids the opportunity to have adventures in Wayne Manor and the Batcave, straight outta Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Get this while you can, as it won't be available for long!

For the youngest kids in the crowd, the famed Weebles are back, full redesigned by Jazwares for 2016 under license from Hasbro. There's figures, vehicles and a playset, and yes, they still wobble but they won't fall down.

Each year, the Fisher-Price Imaginext line turns out what could be the "BIG" gift to top wish lists. Here at Rock Father HQ, the Imaginext collection is a huge hit, and this year the kids are eyeing the Ultra T-Rex. From past experience I can tell you - if your kids want this, get it now or you won't be able to find it!

Mattel's Monster High

Can kids learn from monsters? The answer is yes! This season, some new students are walking the halls of Monster High, and I'm pleased to feature them here in the Holiday Wish Guide in partnership with Mattel.

Can Our Children Learn from Monsters?

A special feature in which I look at how Monster High is more than just a toy line - but an important cultural movement with true teachable moments.

The Best of Monster High

What's hot from 2016's Welcome to Monster High toy collection? Check out these hand-picked dolls and playsets!

Monster High Deadluxe High School

The pinnacle of any Monster High collection! This epic playset stands 4' tall and opens to 5' wide, giving kids the perfect environment for adventure!

Friends from TV

We're currently living in what is quite possibly the best time ever for children's television programming. Never before has there been such a variety of shows from such a wide range of providers, many of which are infused with a genuine curriculum that teaches kids in an organic manner in addition to providing entertainment. While merchandising has always been a tie-in, it's pretty fitting that the on-screen content is also being matched by some great toys. While this is far from everything that's out there, these are our top "Friends from TV."

PJ Masks
PJ Masks

Kids have been asking for PJ Masks toys ever since the show made its debut last year, and this Holiday season they'll get their wish with a full assortment of action figures, playsets and vehicles from Just Play!


Disney Junior's THE LION GUARD is using the classic world of THE LION KING to teach kids about friendship, leadership and compassion - set against big adventures that can now be played out at home.


For the fourth season of Doc McStuffins, the young Doc became resident of her very own Toy Hospital. In support of the new locale - a town populated by toys - Just Play issued a whole new line of of toys for kids to have medical adventures in the real world.

Super Wings

Sprout's SUPER WINGS teaches kids about friendship and teamwork while exposing them to different countries and cultures from around the world. New for the holidays is the World Airport Playset!


Nickelodeon's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are everywhere, and in the toy aisle it's Playmates Toys that continues to lead the charge with fun action figures vehicles and Playsets.

PAW Patrol

Spin Master's PAW Patrol may well be the best new toy line of the past five years. A favorite here, even I like them - for many reasons. This Holiday Season, there's a lot of new additions...


Peppa Pig is in a renaissance right now, a resurgence that finds Peppa and her family deighting a whole new generation of kids. From Jazwares comes a new collection of action figures, vehicles and playsets to bring the fun home.

Miles From Tomorrowland

TOMY's MILES FROM TOMORROWLAND toys have been a favorite for space-obsessed Finley here at Rock Father HQ, but this season, a lot of kids are gonna want the all-new Mission Rover.


The French series MIRACULOUS - LADYBUG & CAT NOIR has been a new world of superhero adventure for kids watching here in the 'States thanks to Nick. With toys hitting shelves this Fall, expect its popularity to grow!


The adventures of 5-year-old Kate and her stuffed friend Mim-Mim are increasing in popularity, and this season brings a new collection of colorful toys from the team at Just Play.


Disney's First Latina Princess, Elena of Avalor, teaches girls about leadership qualities. From Disney Store comes a new line of clothing (our girls have a few of the outfits) and toys perfect for the holidays.


For kids looking for some Enchancian fun this season, the Magic Dancing Sofia doll is the hottest thing going from Sofia the First!


The Netflix Original Series Dinotrux continues to entertain kids while teaching about teamwork and friendship. This year, Mattel expanded their line of toys based on the series.


One of the first animated series' with a true STEM curriculum, Blaze and the Monster Machines is filled with high-octane fun, but also teaches kids about things like math and engineering... and Mattel's toys rock, too!


The genies-in-training on Shimmer & Shine got an upgrade this season, and while their on-screen versions got new animation, they also got their first-ever toy line, which hit stores this summer.

Friends from the Movies

From the big screen to the toy aisles, these are some of our picks for characters that have won at the box office and are winning at home as well.


From Jada Toys comes this new collection of diecast metal figures based on the classic Ghostbusters of 1984!

Secret Life of Pets

THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS was one of 2016's biggest surprises, winning audiences beyond expectations. As the film comes home for the holidays, don't miss these related toys from Spin Master!

Angry Birds

SONY's ANGRY BIRDS became a huge hit this year, and after jumping from smartphones to theaters, it came back to the toy aisle with these new items from Spin Master.

Finding Dory Robo Fish

From Disney-Pixar's FINDING DORY comes these lifer-like Robo Fish from Zuru Toys, now with Baby Dory!

Retro Pop Culture Icons

Recent years have been very kind to some iconic brands, with the likes of Strawberry Shortcake and Care Bears back in the pop culture spotlight, right alongside He-Man and Snoopy. The 90s resurgence is real, but when it comes to toys, the 80s are still fueling some timeless play.


The PEANUTS Movie helped put Snoopy and his friends back on the map for a new generation, and this collection of Snoopys - including the infamous "Joe Cool" - shows off the Beagle's multi-faceted personality.


Last year brought the reissue of the classic Strawberry Shortcake doll from the 1980s, but now she's back with friends! You can find Lime Chiffon, Lemon Meringue, or my personal favorite, Huckleberry Pie on shelves for 2016!


He-Man and the Masters of the Universe have been back on the scene through Mattel for a few years, but they haven't quite hit the mainstream again... yet. They're on the cusp, and always a great gift.

Care Bears

As a kid that saw the CARE BEARS & COUSINS make their big-screen debut in the 80s, I love that they're back as a Netflix Original Series and a toy line from Just Play

Little Chefs and Future Foodies

It seems like what was once "playing house" for my generation has become "playing kitchen" for youngsters today, and in an Instagram-fueled world of foodie parents showing off their latest culinary conquest, to entire television networks dedicated solely to the art of cooking, it's little wonder that more kids than ever have some kitchen-based aspirations. 

Grand Luxe

You've never seen a play kitchen like this before! From The Step2 Company comes the Grand Luxe Kitchen, a modern play kitchen that features all of the amenities any junior chef would want. Kids can whip up a delicious pretend meal with the over-sized oven and stove with upscale, extra-large range controls. There's lights and sounds, a granite style countertop, farmhouse sink and plenty of storage space. This extra-large kitchen is the ideal playset for multi-child play to enhance little sous chef's imaginative and social skills.

Made in the USA of US and imported parts. Sold Exclusively at Toys "R" Us.
Girl Scout
Girl Scouts Cookie Oven

Ever want to make Girl Scout Cookies at home? Thanks to Wicked Cool Toys, you now can (albeit in really tiny batches)!

Santa Cookies

Be sure to leave home made cookies for the big man! Handstand Kitchen's Cookies for Santa Set contains everything you need for kids to become a Christmas Cookie baking pro!

TMNT Pizza Oven

From Wicked Cool Toys, kids can cook up an actual, personal-pan pizza in this new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles working oven!

TMNT Kitchen

Cowabunga, dude! Pizza-loving little ones will have a blast with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle™ Pizza Kitchen by Step2 - just like the Turtles' Lair!

Little Gardeners

It's always rewarding to share a love of nature with kids, and gardening is a big part of that. Whether working on a Fairy Garden or cultivating a full crop as part of an Urban (or Suburban) Farming project, there's a lot of fun to be had and these potential gifts can nurture those interests.

Insect Lore Butterfly Garden

Kids will love watching their caterpillars transform into beautiful, live butterflies! Raise them, and set them free!

My Fairy Garden

Kids love Fairy Gardens, but usually they're not a toy... but this one is! My Fairy Garden™ is the first of its kind: a toy that’s also a real, live garden!

Matchbox Grow Pro Truck

A totally new idea that combines plant nurturing with vehicle play, this rugged truck includes a seed tray, greenhouse dome and more. Indoor/Outdoor awesome!


These raised garden beds come in two sizes, allowing siblings to grow together. Grow flowers or vegetables in beautiful wooden containers.

Builders, Makers & STEM

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) is a big deal these days, sometimes becoming STEAM (with Art) or STREAM (with Robotics) as new elements enter the mix. No matter what the variation, it's excellent to see so many offerings that meld learning and fun, from classics like Lincoln Logs and LEGO to new toys like the Fisher-Price Code-A-Pillar and Spin Master's Bunch 'Ems. This is a category that continues to grow, and at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine we're adding all of the little builders and makers into the mix.


Kids love playing with robots, but now they can BE a robot - or a Robotic Engineer - with this simple, fun dress-up set from the My First Career Gear Collection!

Project mc2
Project Mc2

The Netflix Original Series Project Mc2 teaches girls that "Smart is the New Cool," and with a fresh assortment of toys paired with science experiments, kids can experience the action at home.


Moving beyond the simple ABCs and 123s, the Code-a-pillar encourages little ones to practice critical thinking, problem solving, sequencing and planning - all in an easy-to-use, vibrant toy that's a lot of fun.

Lincoln Logs

I played with Lincoln Logs as a kid, and as the iconic wooden building sets turn 100 this year, it's fun to watch new generations of children experiencing one of the original engineering toys.

Step2 Bench

Featuring the realistic and authentic sounds of the workshop for hours of pretend play fun! Little ones can work together to create a color-changing birdhouse while working to develop their fine motor skills as they cut, drill and hammer. This kid's workshop is perfect for little handy men and women!


Attach'em, create'em, watch'em go! Bunchems are the colorful little balls that stick to each other and build like no other.

American Girl MEGA
American Girl MEGA Bloks

For girls that love American Girl AND love to build, the new collection from Mattel's MEGA Bloks makes that possible with sets that allow multiple building and re-building options, combining play patterns for unlimited fun.


Coming Soon


While the current-generation systems continue to evolve as we look toward the promise of new things on the horizon, 2016 is also continuing to ride the Retro wave with new versions of old favorites making their way into the game aisles, right alongside the genre-bending Toys-to-Life sector.

LEGO Dimensions

After a shake-up in the "Toys-to-Life" category that left one line shuttered and another slowing, LEGO Dimensions has emerged as a leader in the category. Blending pop culture icons from past and present, families have endless adventures on the horizon, with new expansion packs announced well into 2017 making this a great platform to get into.

Available for Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One and WiiU

Pac Man

Retro Gaming has become increasingly popular, and from The Bridge Direct comes this mini replica of a true classic, PAC-MAN!


One of 2016's hottest items is a throwback straight outta 1985... a mini replica of the classic Nintendo Entertainment System, loaded with 30 games!

Space Invaders

Take things back to the arcade glory days of the early 1980s with this miniature version of a true classic, SPACE INVADERS!

Gifts for Baby:

For the youngest members of the family, finding the right gift can either be super-easy or a bit of a trick. Hopefully you'll find some inspiration with these items...


Little Farmers can have some fun with these adorable electronic plush characters from TOMY. Johnny Tractor and Corey Combine are ready to snuggle!

Beat Bow

Little ones will love this interactive pup while watching his head bob side-to-side, his ears wiggle to the beat and his soft tail light up and wag back & forth!

Smart Home

A playhouse in baby-size, this "Smart House" grows with baby in stages, making for another one of those "Why didn't we have this a few years ago?" items!


Sure, we have smart devices, but when it comes to learning about the world, kids love to see a physical globe, and this new toy brings that to live with interactive fun!

Rock Father Rides

If it has wheels, treads, drives, floats or flies, chances are you can read about it in Rock Father Rides - and it doesn't matter if it's a real-life vehicle or a toy. For this section of the 2016 Holiday Wish Guide, we're looking at the latter - from diecast vehicles from Hot Wheels and Matchbox, to Drones and R/C, there will always be a place for some sweet rides during the holidays.


Disney-Pixar's CARS continues to fuel adventure for kids of many ages, and this new set from Mattel captures some 11 favorite characters as they appeared in The Piston Cup.


I'd seen a photo of this before seeing it first-hand at Sweet Suite '16, and after doing so, I can't believe it's taken this long to turn Cinderella's Carriage into a full-powered, four-wheeled ride-on. Travels at 5mph, for kids ages 3-11.

Air Hogs Trek
Air Hogs Star Trek Enterprise

The famous Starship Enterprise from STAR TREK comes to life with this indoor/outdoor quad from Air Hogs! Featuring lights and sounds, this is a must-have for any Trek fan!

Mc2 Car
Project Mc2 H2O Remote Control Car

From The Netflix Original Series Project Mc2 comes this Remote Controlled Car that teaches science in addition to speed, requiring water as "fuel" to create steam as it drives.

Fisher-Price Little People Sit and Stand Skyway

We have one of the original versions of this here at Rock Father HQ, and the girls still love it 5+ years later. Aimed at kids 18months-5 years, this new version boasts a ton of updated features for years or enjoyment - a gateway into a lifelong love of vehicles!

Xtreme Cycle Moto Cam

Wicked Cool Toys' Xtreme Cycle just got an upgrade, now with onboard video to give kids a riders-eye view of the action from this full-function R/C cycle.

Voice Command Drone

The Voice Command Drone from Sky Rover™ responds to 13 commands when spoken through the headset included. Fly your drone and watch it do amazing stunts like 3D flips, all in response to verbal commands like “Take-off”, “Double Flip”, “Smart Hovering” and many more

Air Hogs Vadrer
Air Hogs Darth Vader TIE Advanced

Will The Power of The Dark Side win with Darth Vader at the helm of his X1 TIE Advanced Fighter? Now you can find out with this high-flying vehicle from Air Hogs

Air Hogs Batmobile

Batman's latest ride is both sleek and menacing, and Spin Master brought it to life as a fantastic radio controlled car, read to rock the streets of Gotham...

Hot Wheels AI

Hot Wheels Ai puts YOU in control of the race! Epic innovation delivers the ultimate realistic racing set with enhanced A.i. SMART CARS that stay on track, or drive independently and compete with you!

The STAR WARS Galaxy

If a pop culture icon is big enough to have a dedicated year-round section here at THE ROCK FATHER Magazine, then you know it's gonna have its own cateogry in The Holiday Wish Guide as well! STAR WARS is very important to our family, and if yours is into it as well, then consider these items as some fantastic potential gifts that are strong in The Force.


PPW Toys has been bringing classic characters from a galaxy far, far away into their series of Russian Nesting Dolls, and they're a big hit...

LEGO Star Wars Droid Escape Pod

After the Rebels of ROGUE ONE stole the Death Star Plans from The Empire, we all know that they somehow wound up inside R2-D2 for a sandy landing on Tatooine. This LEGO set recreates the action!

EE Droids

The sextet of astromech droids comes to you in a specially designed R2-D2-shaped box featuring these six 3 3/4 -inch scale action figures. Exclusive to Entertainment Earth from Hasbro!


Hot rides made for the track, inspired by a galaxy far, far away!


Six times a year, Funko sends out the official Star Wars Subscription Box - and it makes a perfect gift!