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Sam’s Club Debuts Shoppable Virtual Experience Based on ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’

It was 1989 when Clark W. Griswold (Chevy Chase) famously took a ride on high-speed sled that ended in a Walmart parking lot in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Later, Clark and Cousin Eddie (Randy Quaid) would shop the store, complete with a purchase of Sam Walton’s Ol’ Roy dog food. Now, 31 years later, Sam’s Club is getting in on the Griswold family action. For the holiday season, Sam’s Club partnered with Warner Bros. and Obsess to create the Christmas Vacation Virtual Shopping Experience. The Griswold’s famous home in the Chicago suburbs has been reimagined as a 360-degree virtual...

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Jazwares Adds ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas,’ X-Men to Zōteki Collectibles Line

Following its launch with an Avengers collection, Jazwares just expanded the Zōteki collectibles line with two new licenses: Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas and Marvel’s X-Men. Each Zōteki collectible features a 4-inch character (or characters) in an action pose, standing on a detailed base. When fans collect multiple characters, they can snap the bases together to form a diorama-style display. In the case of The Nightmare Before Christmas, the characters recreate the movie’s opening sequence (pictured above). The new X-Men collectibles will form a scene inspired by the cover of 1991’s “X-Men No. 1.” There are six base characters to...

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Exclusive: Jakks Pacific Celebrates Christmas in July with New ‘Elf,’ ‘Gremlins’ Toys

It’s been an interesting year, but as history has taught us, the holidays are still coming. To celebrate Christmas in July, Jakks Pacific and the Toy Book, the Toy Insider, and the Pop Insider are spreading a little holiday cheer by pulling back the curtain on three new seasonal products that are hitting retail this fall. Two are sure to be a hit with North Pole enthusiasts, while the third will bridge that delicate balance between Halloween, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve! Elf Talking Plush Straight from filmmaker Jon Favreau’s 2003 holiday classic, Elf, comes the Buddy the Elf...

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‘A Charlie Brown Christmas’ Live on Stage Returns this Holiday Season

The Peanuts gang is hitting the road again. A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage will tour North America this fall with two separate touring groups to reach more cities throughout November and December. Produced by Gershwin Entertainment, A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on Stage is “a fresh take on the timeless classic that gives the audience a completely new way of experiencing the story as portrayed by real actors who maintain the integrity and spirit of each Peanuts character.” The stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’ classic holiday tale is based on the television special by Bill Melendez and...

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Bachmann Trains Rolls into Sodor with Thomas’ Christmas Delivery

Bachmann Trains has revealed its second new train to be shown at Toy Fair New York, Thomas’ Christmas Delivery. Based upon the popular holiday episodes and films in the Thomas & Friends series, the new ready-to-run HO scale train set has everything families need to have some festive fun with Thomas. As the story goes, the forecast is for a snowy Christmas Eve, and Thomas has promised Sir Topham Hatt that he can safely deliver holiday gifts to all his friends on the Island of Sodor. With a festive hat for warmth and his snow plow at the ready, Thomas...

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Target’s Big Christmas: L.O.L. Surprise!, Barbie, Nintendo Noted as Comps Rise 5.7 Percent

Santa was good to Target this holiday season. Last week, the retail giant reported that comparable sales in the combined November/December period grew 5.7 percent, atop 3.4 percent growth in the same period last year. Foot traffic was strong, and the retailer reported comparable online sales growth of 29 percent. An aggressive and enthusiastic investment in the toy business is cited in part for the holiday season success. Chief Stores Officer Janna Potts notes that hot gift items such as MGA Entertainment‘s L.O.L. Surprise!, the Nintendo Switch, and Mattel‘s reimagined Barbie Dreamhouse were among the toys attracting shoppers. Chief Operating Officer John...

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Masha and the Bear, Samsung Launch Christmas Campaign

Animaccord, the producer and distributor of the animated series Masha and The Bear, partnered with Samsung for a joint communication campaign in Italy. The campaign will run for the entire Christmas period, from now until Feb. 28. Users who purchase one of 15 models of Samsung tablets, including the latest Samsung Galaxy Tab S4, can download the Masha and the Bear for Samsung app for free. The app includes 52 episodes of Masha and the Bear, 26 episodes of the spinoff series Masha’s Tales, and a variety of digital content such as e-books, games, and posters. A television campaign featuring Masha and the Bear...

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Spin Master, Liberty Entertainment Group Host 8th Annual Caring & Sharing Christmas Gala

Spin Master and the Liberty Entertainment Group hosted the 8th annual Caring & Sharing Christmas Gala in support of the Children’s Breakfast Clubs. The event involved more than 1,000 children and teachers from the Children’s Breakfast Clubs affiliated schools in the Greater Toronto Area and rural Ontario and featured a special address from Toronto Mayor John Tory. More than 200 volunteers from Spin Master, wearing glittering angel wings, helped each child select two toys – one for themselves and another to share with a friend. Following the toy selection, the event included face painting, toy and game demonstrations, a...

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Toy Sales Grew 26 Percent the Week Before Christmas

Dollar sales in the eighth week of the 2016 holiday shopping season were 16 percent higher than the same week last year, according to The NPD Group’s weekly point-of-sale results for key general merchandise categories across in-store and online channels. Toy sales grew 26 percent that week.  While the eighth week outperformed the historically peak week of Thanksgiving, dollar sales in the first eight weeks of the 2016 holiday shopping season were still one percent behind the first eight weeks of the 2015...

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