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When it comes to the modern era of holiday music, Mariah Carey's 1994 hit "All I Want for Christmas is You" is about as close to a "standard" as you can get. It's become a staple that also hit the mark of the most-downloaded holiday single, and like all the songbook standards, it's been covered by a host of artists including Michael Bublé, Bowling for Soup, Lindsey Stirling and Idina Menzel among many others. It's also inspired a film and the success of the song led to further holiday albums in recent years. Now Carey is getting the Funko treatment, coming to life as a part of the Pop! Rocks line and her first figure is based upon her look on the cover of the album that spawned the hit - Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas. The Mariah Carey Funko Pop! Vinyl figure is available now via my affiliate, Entertainment Earth.

When The Rock Daughters™ and I paid a visit to The Toy Insider's Sweet Suite in New York City this summer, we saw that the folks at Kid Trax were upping the ride-on game with new offerings like Rideamals (more on those shortly). But now they've got some fresh product rolling into retailers for the Holidays and one for the younger crowd (ages 1-3) that stands out is a whole new spin on an old favorite. In partnership with Hasbro, the Kid Trax HUNGRY HUNGRY HIPPOS 3-in-1 Activity Rider is available now, exclusively at Walmart (an affiliate). Check out a video of it in action below!

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Believe me when I tell you this, because I say it at this same time every year... the Holiday toy rush is about to begin, so if you want to get the good stuff at list price, you have to start shopping now. For those of you with kids that are into L.O.L. Surprise! (or maybe you're into it yourself - that's cool too!), the long-rumored and much-anticipated L.O.L. Surprise Dollhouse is hitting retail right now. In fact, as of this writing, Amazon and Walmart (both affiliates) has the L.O.L. Surprise House in-stock and ready to ship! It's made of real wood and comes with over 85 surprises, including an exclusive family (other dolls sold separately). Check out all the details below...

WowWee's Fingerlings are adorable, but when it comes to the rapidly-expanding brand, I think a lot of the spin-off products are even better than the sought-after robotic animals. In fact, I'm looking at a glittery plush Fingerling right here in my office as I type this - and I love it! But now comes the next thing - the retail launch of Fingerlings HUGS, the first-ever special feature plush edition of the award-winning Bella and Boris Fingerlings Baby Monkeys. It's electronics + plush, and priced at just $29.99, we could be looking at another much-wished-for item as we roll into the holiday season. Here's what WowWee has to say about these...

The Nintendo Labo continues to be one of 2018's biggest surprises, and today comes news that there's yet another kit on the way. Starting September 14, kids can buckle up for a new adventure while sitting in the driver’s seat of a car, a submarine and a plane with the Nintendo Labo: Vehicle Kit. It's officially bringing Rides into the Labo experience, designed to work with the Nintendo Switch system (sold separately). The Toy-Con 03 kit contains materials to build a variety of customizable cardboard creations called Toy-Con, including a Car, a Submarine, a Plane, a Pedal, two Keys and more. By inserting one of the assembled Keys into any of the vehicles, players can enjoy a variety of fun games and activities. Changing between vehicles while adventuring is a cinch – simply pull the Key out of one and slot it into another to transform from an airplane pilot to a submarine captain! Check out the trailer below...

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The unboxing phenomenon continues to grow and with no signs of slowing down, toymakers are becoming more innovative in finding new ways to bring the elements of surprise and discovery home. From Moose Toys, makers of Shopkins and The Grossery Gang, comes Treasure X, - "the ultimate unboxing experience!" Combining several play patterns into one all-new experience, Treasure X gives kids the opportunity to rip, dig and fizz their way through 10 layers to discover the secrets hidden within - and there's a chance to find real gold-dipped treasure! It's excavation, unboxing, sensory stimulation, action figures and surprise play all in one, and ahead of the national debut of Treasure X in the U.S., The Rock Father™ and Moose Toys have teamed-up to premiere the Treasure X movie trailer! A great toy lends itself to a great story, and today we've got your first-look!

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