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Wednesday, November 21 2012 19:50

Holiday Gift Guide: Floppets (Rockin' Stocking Stuffers) #ChiTaG

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floppetsdisplayWhen FLOPPETS first hit my radar earlier this year, I'll be honest - I wasn't that interested. I'd only seen them online, but sometimes it takes first-hand experience to win someone over, and in this case, that's exactly what happened. I'd been expecting a package from a PR firm I deal with here at Rock Father HQ, and when it arrived, in the bottom of the box happened to be a handful of Floppets, probably tossed-in with hopes of catching my eye. They did - but they caught my daughter's eye first.

These highly-detailed little characters are certainly collectible, and you can literally take them with you anywhere. Attached to a piece of velcro-esque material, Floppets can be worn as a ring, strapped to a backpack, shoe laces, even worn in your hair. They're accessories made for boys and girls alike, with hundreds of characters available.

floppets1Beyond the physical Floppets, there's an entire online world of "Floptopia," a far away island said to be the home of the Floppets. There's various factions such as Petlets and Munchkin Monsters, along with many others inhabiting a transmedia world that is bound to expand. While the Flopedia is a source for knowledge for all-things Floppets, I've personally seen some new Floppets that aren't even shown online, such as the Flopjox (very similar to the 80s MADBALL line of sports-inspired characters) and a new collection of Holiday characters - all of which were on display and for sale at the recent Chicago Toy & Game Fair (#ChiTaG), which I attended this past weekend at Navy Pier. My little one has been wearing Floppets as rings since they first arrived here, and it was by sheer coincidence that Zydeco Studios, the makers of Floppets, happened to be based in the Chicago Suburbs, and had a display at #ChiTaG.

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While at #ChiTaG, I met Ilyse Brainin, the creator of the Floppets line, who along with her staff, did a fantastic job of working the crowd and introducing their line to the masses. Special for the event were 5,000 limited-edition Chicago Toy & Game Fair Floppets that were issued free to visitors. The well-thought design incorporates the logo of the event with iconic images from the Chicago skyline, all while representing the 10th Anniversary of #ChiTaG.

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My Mom accompanied me to the event, and she was hooked as well. She ended up purchasing an assortment of the new Holiday Floppets for a few kids in the family.

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Priced at just $1.99 MSRP, Floppets are a great stocking stuffer. For retail locations or to buy online, check out http://www.floppets.com/where-to-buy

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Could Floppets be on the verge of a mainstream breakthrough for 2013? Licensing may be the key, as STAR TREK Floppets are already being sold on Roddenberry.com, and a line based on the popular Felicia Day-starring webseries, THE GUILD, has already been issued.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade as Publisher of The Rock Father Magazine, he joined Adventure Publishing Group 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. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 25 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.

James and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, WGN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, BusinessWire, Babble, 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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