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Christmas in Hollywood

Doctor Who K-9

Doctor Who Christmas Ornament
K-9
8 Inch Scale
By: BBC Licensing
$9.99 (Varies)

It’s Christmas day and that can only mean one thing… A Christmas ornament review! This year I thought it might be fun to combine two of our favorite things here at Infinite Hollywood, the holidays and Doctor Who! We’re taking a look at this special tin dog to put on your Christmas tree. With each passing year it seems like there’s more and more Doctor Who Christmas merchandise, but almost nobody is reviewing the stuff.

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So let’s see if we can’t rectify that a bit with this special holiday review! Continue reading

Mickey Mouse

Mickey’s Christmas Carol
Ghosts of Christmas: Past, Present & Future
5 Inch Scale
By: Memory Lane
$19.99 (Back in the day)
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My final review for the Toy Review Advent Calendar is a real doozy as it’s three figures in one set! And not only are these three different figures, but each figure is of a character playing another character! We’re getting into real “dude playin’ the dude, disguised as another dude” territory today.

I mentioned a few years ago in my Uncle Scrooge Review that as a youngster, I was blessed with a “taped off TV” VHS tape of Mickey’s Christmas Carol. This was the version that aired on ABC and had the little opening sequence with extra Disney Christmas cartoons on it. It was an annual tradition to watch that worn out old tape in my household, and I still have the tape to this day. Sadly it doesn’t play as well (plus my VCR is buried under other things I don’t use anymore) so I have to settle for the abridged DVD version.

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Even so, I love Mickey’s Christmas Carol and was elated to get the whole collection of figures a few years ago. I’ve reviewed pretty much everyone here on the website, except for the Ghosts of Christmas. At least until now! The Ghosts of Christmas set came out shortly after the figures and was the only “deluxe” set put out by Memory Lane. It included all three ghosts (past, present and future) as well as a smattering of accessories.

As with all the Mickey’s Christmas Carol figures, this is a top notch set that makes me miss not only my childhood, but the days when toys like this could be readily bought on the shelves. Continue reading

Old Man Winter

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
Winter Warlock
8 Inch Scale
By: Playing Mantis
$9.99 (Back in the day)
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It’s time for another Toy Advent Calendar review! Be sure to visit the Toy Advent Calendar each day for a new toy review from a ton of different contributors! I was sleeping at the wheel with this one, but it’s a long time coming!

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If you’re living anywhere like me, you’ve been hit by the frigid weather, icy conditions and a metric ton of snow this year. That must mean the old Winter Warlock is up to his tricks. Or at least, that’s how it seems. Back at the turn of the century, toy companies were able to crank out action figures of just about every property under the sun. That allowed Playing Mantis to create a line of figures devoted to the Rankin-Bass holiday classic, Santa Claus Is Coming To Town.

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The Winter Warlock is the crown jewel in that lineup. So let’s take a look at this frosty fiend and see if this is an older figure worth hunting down. Continue reading

Another year over and another Infinite Toys For Tots in the record books. Although we didn’t get as many donations this year, reaching only 25 single donations, we did get a lot of great stuff donated. In fact, we actually got much more quantity donated through the donations than in year’s past. So I’ll go ahead and say we more or less reached our goal. I found that folks were much more generous this year in both their actual toy and monetary donations (as some people sent money directly to Toys For Tots in lieu of a physical donation) and I couldn’t be happier. Here’s a little menagerie of kindness, with photos from people who were willing to let me use their photos.

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December was a rough month for me, so I was glad that so many were able to step up and donate this year. It gave me great pleasure, hectic as it can be at times, to go out and match donations from the great readers of Infinite Hollywood. Truly, you guys are the best. Sometimes you wonder if anyone is even hearing your pleas or reading your posts, but when you see people respond to your call to action and do some good by helping make less fortunate children have a better Christmas, it warms the cockles of my heart. Perhaps it warmed even the sub-cockle area, maybe in the liver… Maybe in the kidneys, maybe even in the colon, we don’t know.

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Vinyl Pop Holidays Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer
Santa Claus
3 3/4 Inch Scale
By: Funko
$5

Just the other day we reviewed Rudolph of the Funko Vinyl Pop figures and today we check in with Kris Kringle himself. If you’ve been good this year, ol’ Saint Nick is likely on his way to you later tonight.

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And if you’ve been bad… Well maybe you can just buy this Funko vinyl and hope for a better result next year!

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