Saturday, November 05 2016 20:49

Holiday Wish Guide: FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin' Dragon, Bootsie and Batteries!

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This post was sponsored by Duracell as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central. All opinions expressed are that of James Zahn, aka "The Rock Father."

If you look at all the "Hot Toy Lists" that are popping up for 2016 (including my own Holiday Wish Guide), you're no doubt seeing that there's a few items that are across-the-board hits with a lot of play experts. The right toys can help make the holidays magical, and among the companies that know a lot about holiday magic is Hasbro. The folks behind icons like Transformers, My Little Pony, G.I. Joe and Glo-Worm have been making magic for years, and to power that magic, the team at Duracell is always ready, supplying batteries like the ones included with the FurReal Friends Bootsie. One of the hottest toys of 2016 is no doubt the FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin' Dragon, and the place you can get him (along with the batteries) is Toys "R" Us! Check out Torch & Bootsie in-action in the video below...

My first hands-on look at these toys took place over the summer when I attended the Sweet Suite portion of Blogger Bash in New York City - and while I was pretty-much hooked at that point, seeing Torch again at The Toy Insider's HoliDAY of Play really locked it in as a featured pick for this year. Now, having Torch (and Bootsie) here at Rock Father HQ, I've seen the joy that they've brought to The Rock Daughters (and their friends), fast-becoming some of this Fall's most-recommended toys.

Addie and Torch

Torch features more than 50+ lights/sounds combinations, responding to touch. Filled with water via a special "crystal," Torch uses LED light to achieve a flame-like took to the mist that it "breathes" - pulling-off a very lifelike special effect, accented by lifelike movement, blinking eyes, and adorable sounds. Place the special color-change treat (a marshmallow on a stick) in front of Torch, and watch it "roast."

My Blazin' Dragon

Likewise, Bootsie acts much like a real cat (sans litter box, which is appreciated), purring and cuddling, bowing down and getting angry if you mess with her mouth too much. You can also feed her a "sushi" treat.

Check out the Toys“R”Us circular found in most Sunday newspapers for great offers the week of 11/6 - 11/12, which includes: buy 1 pack of Duracell batteries, get the 2nd 40% off, and Torch, My Blazin' Dragon on-sale for just $59.99 (reg $79.99)!

When you head out to Toys "R" Us to shop for this season's hottest holiday toy's, don't forget the batteries! Make sure to stock-up on all the popular sizes (AA, AAA, C, D, 9V) so that whatever the gift, there will be power ready to rock!


Perhaps we can help with your Holiday Shopping? Enter for a Chance to Win a $100 Toys "R" Us Gift Card + some Duracell Batteries!

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Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstakes, per household as a part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central and must reside in the United States - meaning that while multiple sites may be running similar or identical promotions, you may not win more than one (1).

Promotion open to residents of the U.S. only, ages 18+, void where prohibited. Winner will be chosen at random on, about, or after November 14, 2016, and will be notified via email to confirm. If no response within 24 hours, an alternate winner will be chosen. Prizing provided and shipped by Influence Central and Duracell. This is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook.

1980s-style Disclaimer: Many will enter, few will win! Please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery of prizing (seriously, probably not that long), The Rock Father is not responsible for any lost or misdirected packages. In the rare occasion that a prize does not arrive (which, sadly, has happened), you have no remedy other than moving on.

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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