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Wednesday, November 22 2017 00:12

Stocking Stuffers: The Original Whiffer Sniffers

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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.

The holiday season is all about spending time with family, and what better way to do that than watching a movie together? From Illumination, the studio that brought you Sing, The Secret Life of Pets and the Despicable Me franchise, continues the adventures of Gru and his family in Despicable Me 3 - which is coming home for the holidays! Own it today on Digital HD, and look for it on Blu-ray & DVD on December 5! In celebration of the in-home release, Universal Studios Home Entertainment and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to give you a shot at winning it on Digital HD - redeemable at Vudu!

This Holiday Wish Guide™ Giveaway is brought to you by GameStop & ThinkGeek in collaboration with The Rock Father™.

With the holiday season in full-swing, kids and families are making their wish lists, and crossing their fingers in hopes of snagging the perfect gift. For Pokémon fans, 2017 has been a big year, with plenty of new games like Pokkén Tournament DX for Nintendo Switch and this month's Pokémon Ultra Sun and Ultra Moon for the 3DS family of systems. Beyond the games, there's always some cool Poké-merch to be had, and like the saying goes, fans just "gotta catch 'em all," and now there's a new place to do that. Pokémon Center has opened at GameStop and ThinkGeek, and it's the perfect place to find an awesome gift for the Pokémon fan on your list! Pokémon Center products come direct from The Pokémon Company, lovingly-designed in Japan and brought to the U.S. for the very first time, exclusively at GameStop and ThinkGeek. Your local store has a new Pokémon Center section—fully stocked with everything a budding Pokémon trainer could want! To celebrate the opening of Pokémon Center, GameStop and The Rock Father™ have teamed-up to give you a shot at winning a Pokémon Center Trainer Pack that features a few brand-new items!

Sunday, November 19 2017 19:06

THE TOY BOX Crowns a Second Season Winner...

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The second season of THE TOY BOX has come to a close on ABC, and now we know which new toy the judges have crowned champion. For the past eight weeks, the kid judges have come face-to-face with hopeful toy inventors, each competing for a shot at having their creation mass-produced by Mattel and made available for sale exclusively at Toys "R" Us. The winner this time around? Hydroshield aka Water Dodger! But that's not all, as Toys "R" Us chose Eardorables as a runner-up, and host Eric Stonestreet's personal favorite,  Wobb-Ball (seen as Flexxball) s a reality as well. See the winning toys below...

In doing what I do, I've been fortunate to see a lot of great toys cross my path over the past few years. For 2017, there's certainly been some highlights, but one of the best new toys was a late entry, and one that had escaped me until its makers hit me up earlier this fall and sent over one for review. When it comes to playsets, I grew up in an era that had a bunch of them - iconic sets from Star Wars, G.I. Joe and Masters of the Universe, to name a few. While there's no doubt that kids want the biggest and best, the grownup mentality is that there's a real problem with those awesome playsets... storage. Our girls have some incredible sets here, ranging from the Barbie Dream House to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Sewer Lair. They're massively fun, but also massive in size... big, bulky plastic sets that aren't easy to store in-between adventures. Now, the makers of ReadySetz have emerged with their first playset - one that both provides a fun environment for imaginative play and solves the space problem. It's one of 2017's coolest new toys, and one you've likely never heard of.

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