We're just a couple weeks out from Christmas as I write this, and as usual there's some surprising late-season entries hitting stores that could be holiday hits. I'm talking about toys and games, of course - and they're not so much "late" as they are early previews of new things yet to come. From Mattel comes news that they've partnered with Daymond John, Co-Star and Investor on ABC's Shark Tank, to launch a new game: Silicon Valley Startups. With hilarity in mind, this new card game pits "Entrepreneurs" against each other to pitch hysterical startup ideas to "Investors." With all pitch ideas decided through random card draws, players must use their best improvisation skills to win the game. The game is available now at Target (affiliate) with a national retail rollout planned for 2019.
In Walt Disney Animation Studios' Ralph Breaks the Internet, the Oh My Disney Princess scene (which I went behind-the-scenes of here) is one buzzed-about moment that's had people talking for months (SPOILER ALERT: The Disney Princesses are rather important in the grand scheme of things). Of course, many kids (and some grownups) have left the theater with a desire to own the Disney Princesses, and from Funko's Rock Candy line comes a collection of must-have vinyl figures that are going to be pretty well-wished-for this holiday season. Seven of them can be ordered via my friends at Entertainment Earth, while some of the others are retail exclusives to Target and others. Check this out...
The adoption process has been a part of play going back decades. From the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of 1983 to Build-A-Bear Workshop and the recent success of Distroller's Neonate Babies, kids have been loving the experience of becoming parents to a snuggly new friend. Now, just in-time for the holiday season comes some squishy new friends from Bulls-i-Toy. Squish 'Ums Pet Boutique Adoption Kits will hit stores as a Target Exclusive (avail: 11/22/18) in the U.S. Recommended for kids ages 6 and up, these new sets feature a trio of all-new super-soft slow-rise Squish 'Ums plus an Adoption Certificate!
Do have a Siwanator on your holiday shopping list? If so, you're gonna want to be on the lookout for the new JoJo Siwa Mini Myster Bow Box collection, set to hit Target stores beginning 11/19/2018. From Bulls-i-Toy, these new Bow Boxes each feature 1 Exclusive Mini Bow plus 4 Mini Mystery Bows for a total of five bows in each box for just $9.99. A 2018 Holiday Wish Guide™ Pick, the folks at Bulls-i-Toy sent us a couple of Bow Boxes to check out, and they've become wholeheartedly-approved by The Rock Daughters™!
If you have kids, there's a solid chance that slime is something of a fixture in your home at this point. Yes, every time I write about the slime craze I'm reminded of the fantastic He-Man and The Masters of the Universe Evil Horde Slime Pit that I once received as a kid but never got to play with (it was taken back to the store after a warning about staining was noted on the box). Decades later, my oldest daughter is all about the slime, from do-it-yourself kits to ready-made tubs. The consistency and texture varies greatly, but one regular purchase has been SLIMYGLOOP from Horizon Group USA. We just recently purchased a DIY Mermaid Slime Kit, but for the Halloween season they have something even better... ready-made Spooky SLIMYGLOOP MIX'EMS.
Following today's big reveal of the much-anticipated launch of Funko's new line of FORTNITE Pop! Vinyl figures comes a quick follow-up on retailer exclusives. Following the recent trend of Holiday Funko Pops, a trio of characters decked-out in seasonal flair will be hitting stores in time for the holidays. The Red-Nosed Raider will be available only at GameStop (pre-order), with the Crackshot nutcracker (throwing up the horns!) headed for Walmart and Codename E.L.F. only at Target. Let the hunt begin!