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Wednesday, November 04 2015 21:06

POPPLES are Back with a Netflix Original Series & New Toys for the Holidays...

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Netflix Stream TeamWho could've predicted that Netflix - a company known for shipping movies on DVD in little red envelopes - would evolve into a streaming giant and bastion of original content that would proudly carry a flag for resurrecting retired pop culture icons? While it was probably never predicted, that's just what happened, and Netflix has become a home for reimaginings of DANGER MOUSE, FULL HOUSE (FULLER HOUSE), INSPECTOR GADGET and CARE BEARS (CARE BEARS & COUSINS). The latest characters from my youth to become a Netflix Original Series are the POPPLES, brought back by Saban Brands and launched with a five-episode inaugural season. I remember these little creatures fondly - cuddly little munchkins that could roll into a furball, and then "POP!" back open into upright-standing, long-tailed, brightly-colored bear-like creatures. Like all good fruits of the 80s, they once had an animated series and a robust toyline - originally spawned by American Greetings, the same folks that brought forth Strawberry Shortcake and the Care Bears. Three decades later, POPPLES are back, and thanks to Spin Master, they're back in the toy aisle as well - as a Walmart Exclusive for the Holiday Season.

A featured pick in my 2015 Holiday Wish Guide, POPPLES will be available at Walmart.com in Mid-November, with toys hitting the physical stores by December. The initial wave features Talk & Pop Plush ($19.99) with two characters available - Lulu and Bubbles. Each features 13 sounds and phrases from the show, with the action activated by a squeeze of the tummy. There's also a Pop Open Plush Assortment ($9.99 each) that features Bubbles, Sunny, Yikes, Izzy and Lulu as 8" pop-open characters (no batteries required).

POPPLES - LULU

As part of the launch, Saban Brands sent us the Talk & Pop Plush Lulu, and as expected, this science-loving Popple is already well-loved. In updating the series, the folks behind the POPPLES have given each of their core residents of Poppolopolis a unique personality and skill-set, with Lulu being the one with serious smarts. Colorful, snuggly and cute.

POPPLES by Spin Master Toys

Dig POPPLES? Word on the street is that 2016 will see an even bigger toy roll out, with small dolls, collectible figures and playsets on the way. Stay tuned!

For more Great Gift Ideas, check out THE ROCK FATHER's 2015 Holiday Wish Guide.
Looking for 2015's Best New Release Holiday Music & Movies? Check this out!
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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