Tuesday, November 14 2017 08:27

#HolidayWishGuide: BEST BUY Unwraps "More Tech. More Toys." for the Holidays...

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This Special Feature is Sponsored by Best Buy in Collaboration with The Rock Father™

The 2017 Holiday Gifting Season is upon us, and this year my friends at Best Buy have unwrapped their biggest and best family-centric Gift Guide ever! MORE TECH. MORE TOYS. That's the mantra this year as Best Buy brings the Top Toys of 2017 into their stores (and online) to give families a wide selection that ranges from classics to state-of-the-art. The Best Buy Toy Gift Guide recently arrived in the mail here at Rock Father™ HQ, and with that I'm showcasing a few items hand-picked by yours truly (with help from The Rock Daughters™)

Best Buy Toy Catalog

Conveniently designed to shop online by age, price, franchise or brand, there's also a curated assortment of this year's Top 25 Gifts. For the pop culture minded, families can check out the latest action figures and dolls from Star Wars, Justice League, Frozen, Despicable Me 3, Marvel, Cars 3, DC Super Hero Girls and more. There's interactive options from the likes of Sphero (Droids!) and WowWee (Fingerlings!), plus STEM-based fun from top brands like Osmo and BOSEbuild. And from classic toys from FAO Schwarz, to iconic brands like Barbie and Sesame Street, the whole family is covered right up to hot trends like Spin Master's Hatchimals Surprise and MGA Entertainment's L.O.L Surprise! dolls.

Five Rock Father™ Picks from the 2017 Best Buy Toy Gift Guide:

PAW Patrol Sea Patroller

PAW Patrol Sea Patroller (Spin Master) - The pups from Adventure Bay have long saved the day in their Paw Patroller and Air Patroller, so it's only natural that they now have a vehicle to hit the water in! The Sea Patroller (which Spin Master sent us for review) is a fantastic next step for the characters from the hit Nick Jr. series, with plenty of action features! The ship has a movable crane and anchor, and transforms into a truck for land missions. It also includes a Baby Octopus along with Ryder and his ATV!

FAO Schwarz Piano

FAO Schwarz Electronic Piano Mat - Parents all remember seeing Tom Hanks and Robert Loggia famously tickling the ivories with their feet in the 1988 film, BIG. Now, that timeless fun comes home in a revamped version of FAO Schwarz's iconic Giant Dance Mat Piano! 

Parker the Bear

Parker the Bear (Seedling) - Kids will love taking care of this sweet augmented reality bear from the folks at Seedling. It can be used on its own, or alongside the interactive doctor app.

Osmo Hot Wheels MindRacers

Hot Wheels MindRacers (Osmo) - One of our most-anticipated toys for this fall (I have one on the way), MindRacers is the first-ever Hot Wheels product to actually say "for boys and girls" right on its packaging. Combining Osmo's innovative app play and dock with traditional cars and iconic Orange Track from Mattel's Hot Wheels line, this is a new way for kids and families to take their race to new places.

Anki Overdrive Fast & Furious

Anki OVERDRIVE Fast & Furious Edition (Anki) - The robotic cars from Anki have been HOT these past couple of years, and this year they've brought vehicles from Universal Studios' Fast & Furious franchise into the mix. Now kids can find Dom's Ice Charger and Hobbs' MXT ripping around the living room with this innovative new track system. We had one of these sent to us for review and it's fantastic.

These are just a few of the great toys available now at Best Buy! Click here to start shopping!

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

He is a member of The Toy Insider Parent Advisory Board, has contributed to The Toy Book and writes a regular Star Wars column - Transmissions from a Galaxy Far, Far Away for The Pop Insider. He also 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.

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