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TV franchises offer up last minute Christmas gift ideas

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 22nd 2009 1:01PM
Lucy audtions for Ricky's show as a Barbie doll for CBS Consumer Products.NORAD is already tracking Santa Claus and his airborne reindeer team as it heads south from the North Pole and ignores boring Canada to give delightful Christmas presents to all the good American boys and girls. Fortunately, the U.S. Air Force apologized for that anti-aircraft missile that almost nicked Dasher. They sent a fruit basket and everything.

The point is that you don't have much time to snag holiday toys for your TV fan friends and those few kids you actually like. Fortunately, there still some popular toys out there that can serve multiple gift giving purposes.

The I Love Lucy Barbie from Mattel (right) sells for $45, so it might be more appropriate for an adult toy collector (an adult who collects TV-related toys, I mean). But, a Barbie is a Barbie, and few girls would turn one down -- even if it features Lucy Ricardo auditioning for a part in Ricky's show at the Copa.

The G.I. Joe Pit Play Set brings the characters and battles of the classic 80s animated show to life with more wholesome joy than The Rise of Cobra movie from last summer. It would qualify as a kid's "big" gift with a price tag of $100, but it recreates the fortress headquarters for G.I. Joe comics and animated episodes. It even comes with a tiny Dennis Quaid.

If the little boy on your radar screen is more of a Transformers kid (which is understandable, considering its been reborn recently in animated form on TV following its emergence on the big screen), odds are he wants to be Optimus Prime or Bumblebee. If you're lucky enough to find the latter, go with the Transformers Bumblebee Voice Mixer Helmet for $40. The toy allows kids to mix their voice through a radio, while a couple buttons on the side play robot battle sounds. If your adult head is small enough, you should put it on and play with it yourself. It's not like you get the chance to be a Transformer every day.

So, I've done my duty and spent many a post over the last couple of weeks pumping out the gift ideas. You won't see one of these again from me again -- until after Christmas when you've got those gift cards to burn in stores.

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Good article - bit late for me though, done with xmas for this year!


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