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Betty White Merchandise: Where's the Action Figure?

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 9th 2010 12:00PM
Betty WhiteIt's no secret that Betty White has taken over the world. Even if you don't have Facebook or watch TV, you've heard about her recent resurgence.

The latest move in her scheme for world domination is a wall calendar. Yes, that's right, you can stare at Betty White's face everyday in your cubicle. Proceeds from the calendar will go to the The Morris Animal Foundation.

There's no stopping her. 'Hot in Cleveland' is one of the summer's most buzzed about new shows -- mostly due to White's presence -- and people are tripping over themselves to honor the actress.

After all the awards, the next biggest honor Betty White deserves is an action figure. Yes, an action figure, not a doll. But, let's not stop there, check out these other products that would surely warm your heart.

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You can't go wrong with TV's SpongeBob gifts for kids

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Dec 3rd 2009 11:03AM
Hasbro's Spongebob Squarepants Kid Cranium mixes a game with artistic creativity."Who lives in a pineapple under the sea? Popularly licensed and profitable is he!"

That's not how the SpongeBob SquarePants theme song goes, but the statement is factually correct. The Nickelodeon yellow legend is still immensely popular across various age ranges. And that gives you some easy gift ideas for kids in and around your family.

Rather than merely give the kid in question a stuffed sponge for the holidays, you can dig a little deeper and offer up a couple Spongebob board games from Hasbro for less than $25 each.

The SpongeBob SquarePants Edition of "Kid Cranium" mixes up artistic activities with a trivia-based board game to let kids express themselves while they kick your grown-up butt.

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Holiday gift ideas keep coming from 'a galaxy far, far away'

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Nov 23rd 2009 1:03PM
The Remote Control R2-D2 should help your kids scare the cat this holiday.Black Friday is less than a week away, and if you're stumped for gift ideas for a boy anywhere in the family, you could do worse than going with Star Wars: The Clone Wars merchandise.

The show remains one of the highest rated programs for males aged 12-25. That's no surprise since boys have always been the cash cow of George Lucas' $3 billion empire (no pun intended).

Hasbro is the emperor of Star Wars toys (at least those for kids), and the company has a couple of new, higher end items for the 2009 holidays.

The Clone Wars Remote Control R2-D2 is pretty much as advertised. For about $30, you get a replica of a Death Star comm-link that controls the droid's movements, sounds and lights. A kid will have fun driving him around the house. But, the toy is more fun for adults if you imagine that every beep he makes is really a rude, digitized curse word.

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Star Trek merchandise goes all sexy and smelly

by John Scott Lewinski, posted Aug 31st 2009 1:07PM
PETA has already been called about this Star Trek-based crime.As the fall release date for the J.J. Abrams Star Trek DVD closes in, Star Trek merchandising is making a comeback.

Everything Trek made a huge bull rush earlier this summer when the first major run of merchandising took hold. Everything from bottle openers to iPod got the final frontier treatment. Now the DVD is shaking the space trees again.

The long-rumored Star Trek colognes beamed their way into stores last week -- immediately becoming a product that folks might want to try as curiosity without ever admitting they bought it.

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Tru Blood is now a true drink

by Brad Trechak, posted Jul 29th 2009 1:02PM
Tru BloodCome on. You knew it was going to happen. Tru Blood (the fictional vampire blood-substitute from the HBO series True Blood) is going to be offered as a novelty drink.

You have to wonder what the drink will actually taste like. Blood? Hi-C? Red Bull? It's described in the article as "a crisp, slightly tart and lightly sweet tang," and I am left wondering what the hell does that exactly mean.

Will people mix it with alcoholic beverages? Will there be Tru Blood with vodka (a real Bloody Mary)? Tru Blood martinis? Tru Blood chasers with beer?

You know that some kids are trying to be vampires. Admittedly, when it comes to vampires in media, I am far more True Blood than Twilight, so I'm likely going to pick up a bottle and try the stuff out when it's available. The bottle is even a cool-looking collectible.

The big question is: how is Buffy going to react when she hears the news of this beverage?

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The Simpsons is huge money for 7-Eleven

by Anna Johns, posted Jul 26th 2007 3:20PM
the simpsons movie7-Eleven stores are cleaning up on merchandising for The Simpsons Movie, which hits theaters on Friday. Since the beginning of this month, the convenience store chain has been selling millions of Simpsons items such as KrustyO's, Buzz Cola, Squishees, Radioactive Man comics, and Sprinklicious doughnuts. And 12 of its outlets have actually been transformed into Kwik-E-Marts, just like on the show.

The Simpsons merch, by the numbers:
  • 960,000 cans of Buzz Cola
  • 1.1 million Squishees
  • 880,400 Sprinklicious doughnuts
  • More than 3.4 million units of Simpsons swag
I joined the mass consumerism stampede and bought KrustyO's, Buzz Cola, a comic, and a Squishee (man, those things are pure sugar - blech!). I think it might've been the first time I ever went into a 7-Eleven. What did you buy?

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Crank up the creativity, Stella fans

by Adam Finley, posted Jan 28th 2007 2:03PM
stellaDo you love Stella, the odd little comedy trio featuring David Wain, Michael Showalter and Michael Ian Black? If so, you'll be interested to learn that the guys are looking for someone to design a logo for new Stella merchandise. It's time to get out your crayons and glitter and see what you can come up with. Just don't use anything from their Comedy Central series or any related promotional images, that's not allowed. You can submit as many times as you wish, as long as you get your entry in by February 16. The guys will vote on their favorite and announce the winner on February 23. More details can be found on Wain's MySpace blog and the Stella Merchandise MySpace page.

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Teri Hatcher rolling in money

by Anna Johns, posted Apr 11th 2006 10:33AM
teri hatcherTeri Hatcher reportedly got tough with Buena Vista Television, the company that produces Desperate Housewives. She demanded a cut from all the merchandise that is sold with the Desperate Housewives moniker and she got her way. According to various sources, the deal puts her among the highest paid actresses on television (a DH publicist contacted us to deny she's the "highest paid" actress on television, as we originally reported). She currently rakes in $315,000 per episode of DH and will make an extra $1 million for one week of work to pimp DH merchandise such as a new video game, a board game, and new ringtones.

Who do you think deserves to be the highest paid actress on television?

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