It’s Christmas time once again and that means Moms and Dads all over the country are going to try and find some toys for their kids. One of the most important elements of Christmas is to have a stocking full of goodies. Hopefully, we can shed some light on what’s out there this year. Let’s take a peek into the land of holiday shopping as it’s time for… TALES FROM THE TOY AISLE CHRISTMAS STOCKING STUFFER EDITION!
Right off the bat I’ve got to give props to Hipp-Oh toys who have got the best retro stocking stuffers around. These aren’t slightly retro, like 1980’s, but these are hardcore old school with 1950’s & 60’s toys! Check out this parachuting astronaut, just as much fun now as he was 40 years ago!
WHO IS THAT MASKED MAN? Well it could be you and it was probably your grandparents when they were kids. This “Lone Ranger” style set has been a staple of kid’s toys since plastic was first pedaled to children. Seriously, this is timeless stuff.
Speaking of timeless, how about good ol’ fashioned Cowboys & Indians!? Now that’s a bag of toys that will make any little kid happy. There’s something awesome about seeing these on the shelves and they’re very affordable too. I think they’re perfect stocking stuffers for the kids or even for that adult who likes to remember his good ol’ days.
Elsewhere I saw some new Charlie Brown figures. These aren’t the larger sets like Franklin and others, but they a offer a cheap alternative. The Snoopy figures would fit in fine with the larger sets, I think.
Forever Fun has put out some new large figures as well. Mostly repaints of sets that weren’t out before, but some have new tooling. The Snoopy, which was new last year, has been tweaked a bit. He now includes a Woodstock in a Zamboni!
Sadly not everything is as cool. Here’s a pooping dog, which looks conveniently like Max from the Grinch… He poops chocolates. I don’t really know what to say about this.
Speaking of chocolate, check this out. All of the old Rankin-Bass properties have become cash cows in recent years. You can get a Crunch bar that’s from Santa Claus is Coming to Town.
I was also able to find this set of Ninja Turtles ornaments. These are pre-Nickelodeon era, but they are out again this year. Not Raph though. You know what they say, all the good ones end in O!
I was pretty pleased to see these Alvin and the Chipmunks plush guys as well. No Theodore, I guess he was sold out, which is kinda odd. They say they’re ornaments, but they’re a bit big. I guess they could go either way.
What kid didn’t have one of these? Now they come in cool holiday themes. I liked the old metal ones best, though.
Target has some Star Wars Legos that they’re trying to pass off as stocking stuffers, but at $10 a pop, I’m not buying it. Cool Christmas toy for kids who are into that, though. Lego chicken walkers are groovy.
Now this is more like it! Imaginext’s Batman line is really into the Christmas stocking stuffer spirit. I love these sets. I do think at this point, however, that most kids probably have the regular versions of most of these characters and it’s time to do some clever repaints. I’d loved these guys in holiday colors.
Thomas the Tank Engine seems to have the right idea. A simple repaint for the holidays makes a great stocking stuffer.
I used to love getting things like these cars with candy in them. It’s two for one!
Even Bubbletape is getting in on the Christmas action, adorning Santa to the package. It’s 6 feet of bubblegum for you, not them!
Rounding out our journey is a couple of simple, but adorable stocking stuffers. Santa with a fuzzy beard and some peppermint sticks.
If Santa Claus isn’t your thing, this plush Snowman with candy canes will be right up your alley. He’s cute and made to fit right into a stocking. I can see a kid really enjoying these. I know I always loved the oddball stocking stuff.
That’s it for this time, but be sure to be on the lookout for more cool toys and obscure madness next time when we venture into TALES FROM THE TOY AISLE!