It was in the fall of 2016 that Whiffer Sniffers first hit my radar - scented, collectible backpack clips in fun character shapes. Taking their design cues from the scratch-n-sniff craze of the 1980s (they even released some stickers to go along with that), Whiffer Sniffers are still going strong and their fanbase is growing. With their Series 5 in stores now for holiday 2017, families can be on the hunt for a fresh assortment of awesome characters that make perfect stocking stuffers!
I first highlighted World's Smallest as a Holiday Wish Guide™ pick last year, and after seeing them continue using their mysterious shrink ray to zap other classic toys into miniature size, I'm also calling them out for 2017. After tackling more "simple" items like Mattel's Hot Wheels, the Fisher-Price Little People School Bus, Polaroid Camera and Hasbro's legendary G.I. Joe, now they're cranking up the shrink ray for a more difficult project... electronic games. If you recall the old Mattel Electronics handheld games of the late 1970's, you're on the right track. While their full-size counterparts were reproduced by The Bridge Direct not long ago, now the classic Electronic Football, Electronic Baseball and Electronic Basketball have been brought down to palm-size by Super Impulse under their "World's Coolest" moniker.
When it comes to the breakout toys of 2017, Fidget Spinners are serious business. What started as one thing expanded into an entire category of Fidgets - divisive as to whether they're toys, tools or just a fad that will eventually go the way of the Pog. For now, they're still hot, and the folks at Zuru Toys have some of the highest-quality offerings out there, and they recently sent us some for review. Bringing iconic superheroes into the mix, they've licensed characters from DC Comics and Marvel, bringing them together for a colorful collection of Fidget Spinners and Fidget Cubes - the original Fidget Cubes as developed by Antsy Labs!
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Just in time for the holiday season, the #1 animated comedy of the year is coming home. The DESPICABLE ME 3 Special Edition is available for pre-order now and will be available on Digital November 21st with the Blu-ray & DVD arriving on December 5th. A perfect stocking stuffer, the release includes nearly an hour of exclusive bonus features including an all-new mini-movie, The Secret Life of Kyle!
Laika's Kubo and the Two Strings is another beautiful film from the studio, and one that The Rock Daughters were immediately captivated by - simply by seeing the first trailer on the big screen almost a year ago. Released to rave reviews from audiences and critics alike, the film is home for the holidays on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, and makes its way into my Holiday Wish Guide as a great Stocking Stuffer!
Have you ever wondered why so many Super Villains set out to making a "Shrinking Ray?" The reason is simple - because it's fun! Look at the movie Ant-Man for example - remember when we found out that the military tank that was on Hank Pym's (Michael Douglas) keychain was actually a full-size tank that had been shrunk? Ponder the possibilities while thinking of World's Smallest, a new line of collectible toys (and suspiciously, key chains) by the folks at Super Impulse. They're working (to an extent) replicas (or are they?) of the real thing, now small enough that you can have toys for your toys. World's Smallest are a featured Stocking Stuffer in my 2016 Holiday Wish Guide here on THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine!