Sunday, November 09 2014 15:23

Holiday Wish Guide: DOC McSTUFFINS Get Better Talking Mobile (and more)...

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Holiday 2014There is only DOC McSTUFFINS, or so said the wise Ron Swanson once upon a time... a oft-quoted meme around these parts. As much as the kids love Doc McStuffins, it's quite parent-approved here at Rock Father HQ as well, and as such, the girls have a full collection of items that could easily be found in Doc's clinic. Last Christmas, the Get Better Checkup Center was the hot item of the season, with scalpers hoarding them and re-selling as if it was the Cabbage Patch Kids craze of 1983. Luckily for us, "Santa" was scoping out the local Walmarts in the weeks preceding Christmas, and after visiting countless remote stores, he happened to stop by the closest to HQ around 11pm one night just as two were being stocked on the shelves. While the odds of lightning striking twice are slim, Just Play Toys is back with another must-have Doc McStuffins toy this Holiday Season, with the Get Better Talking Mobile - which I'm calling my #1 Holiday Wish Guide toy of the year.


When Doc went "McMobile" last year, it was pretty much a given that the "Doc Mobile" - a portable clinic created by her Dad using a vacuum and other spare parts - would eventually become a toy. Now that's happened, and Just Play has delivered a terrific replica that packs a ton of play features into a kid-sized version of Doc's Mobile. Like an ambulance, the rear doors open to reveal a gurney and side-out ramp. There's a seat on the side to allow any of Doc's friends to be strapped-in for a ride, while there's plenty of space for tools and storage. The CB activates a variety of sounds, there's a working light on the top, and the EKG monitor lights up and makes noise, while a roll of boo-boo stickers is available for bandaging those injuries. The whole thing runs about $50, and no figures are included (see below for some additional info on that).


While "Santa" didn't have to hunt for ours this year (thanks to the crew at Just Play for sending this one our way), I'm highly advising readers to get this one early... while you still can.

Rock Father-approved.

Available at Amazon | Walmart | Target | Disney Store and more.

How to build a good collection of Doc's friends and patients? Surprisingly, there's no simple way to buy all of Doc's friends in one spot, so my girls have a collection that is mixed between characters from Just Play that are available at most retailers (Lambie, Stuffy, Squeakers, Hallie) along with some Disney Store Exclusives (Chilly, Gabby, Boppy, Melinda Mermaid, Bubble Monkey, and the sadly discontinued Glo-Bo). The number one character that needs a toy? THE WICKED KING! Hopefully 2015 will bring some additional friends for Doc fans everywhere. 

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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