Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Mattel's Holiday Toy Lineup: Toy Companies Don't Get Better Than This...


Mattel Creations was founded in 1945 by Harold "Matt" Matson and Elliot Handler. The company initially sold picture frames, then dollhouse furniture.  The Barbie doll was introduced in 1959, becoming the company's best selling toy ever. And the rest is history. Mattel is our favorite toy company ever, and that's saying a lot. They inspire the wonder of childhood. Their mission is to be the recognized leader in play, development, and learning worldwide, and we think that's been achieved. Mattel’s portfolio of global consumer brands includes American Girl, Barbie, Fisher-Price, Hot Wheels, Monster High and Thomas & Friends, among many others. Mattel also creates a wealth of lines and products made in collaboration with leading entertainment and technology companies. With a global workforce of approximately 31,000 people, Mattel operates in 40 countries and territories and sells products in more than 150 nations.

Here are some great gifts for this year:

Barbie Dreamtopia Portable Castle Dollhouse (8+).
Enter a world of dreams when imaginations step through the golden door of the Barbie Dreamtopia Castle! Inspired by the colorful land of Rainbow Cove, this castle playset sparks all kinds of storytelling – four magical play spaces transform rooms to expand play opportunity, and 15 pieces, that include a puppy, help design the fairytale home and spark fantastical stories. Open the Dreamtopia dollhouse to reveal the magic inside: the chest of drawers becomes a vanity, a pet seat flips down off the wall with a mirror for Honey™ puppy, a princess throne transforms into a bed (with soft rainbow-print blanket) for Barbie doll and her pet (doll sold separately) and an elevator can lift the puppy up to the rooftop on a cloud-shaped platform with child activation. On the roof, a puppy playground with slide for Honey figure lets animal lovers dive into pet play. In the house, kids can explore style and storytelling with a purple chaise, orange table and so many royally cool pieces. Serve up fun at teatime in the kitchen with a teapot, teacups and cake. Style a princess outfit in the bedroom with a tiara, necklace, hanger and perfume bottles. Play out pet bonding with a bone and accessory for Honey puppy, who looks adorable with a pink crown and collar. Bright colors, iconic details and fairytale decals decorate the Rainbow Cove castle both inside and out for multiple angles of play. A folding design and rainbow handle make it easy to pack up the Barbie® castle for portability or storage. Young imaginations can tell all kinds of tales with the Barbie Dreamtopia castle because when you enter Dreamtopia with sisters Barbie and Chelsea, you wake up to a world where dreams become reality! Collect all the Barbie Dreamtopia dolls and accessories and let your dreams take flight. Includes Barbie Dreamtopia castle, transforming throne/bed, sofa, table, themed accessories and puppy figure. Doll not included. Colors and decorations may vary.


Barbie Dreamplane Playset. (8+)
Imaginations take off with the Barbie dreamplane. It opens to let young explorers play out the journey! Simply lift the top and open the side to reveal space for three dolls (the seats recline!), overhead storage for the suitcase (included) and more than 15 storytelling pieces. Serve up fun with a dining cart and food pieces or catch some zzz's with an eye mask, headset and blanket. ​Push it on its rolling wheels to taxi on the runway (dolls sold separately). ​Additional pieces provide details to help stories soar -- there's a magazine, 2 blankets, a travel bag, an eye mask and headphones. ​Makes a great gift for kids, especially those who love travel, adventure and flying -- the sky is the limit because when a girl plays with Barbie, she imagines everything she can become!


Hot Wheels id Smart Track Set (4+).
Hot Wheels id takes vehicle play to a new level of pulse pounding excitement, offering a first-of-its kind mixed play experience. Hot Wheels id is a unique system of play that blends the exhilaration of Hot Wheels racing with a safe, connected platform of experimentation and competition. The more kids play with the physical car the more they level up digitally challenging them to break records they make on smart track. The Smart Track Kit features two exclusive Hot Wheels id racers, 16 assorted track pieces and the Smart Portal. Measure and record speed, laps and performance on specifically designed tracks, playsets and other vehicle accessories gamifying physical experiences through digital play.
Kids can measure insanely fast performance with the powerful booster that launches cars at speeds of up to 900-mph (at scale) -- scan id cars, track speed, count laps, and play mini-games on classic Hot Wheels track wirelessly! Track progress -- every mile driven, race won, stunts performed, and high speed reached is recorded. With every milestone conquered, kids' racing prowess is boosted. The smartest Hot Wheels track set ever with 2 exclusive Hot Wheels id cars and 16 track pieces, connectors, curves, straights, ramps, finish line, booster and an insane loop.

Polyville Mega Mall (4+).
Come hang out in Pollyville, the tiny hometown of Polly Pocket that's full of big surprises! What better way to spend the day than at the Pollyville Mega Mall inspired by Polly doll's tiny hometown! The Mega Mall features 6 floors of shopping fun, play pieces to customize the storytelling experience, a cool winding parking garage and vehicle to get home, too! There's so much to see and do! Polly and Lila dolls can enter the lobby with spinning doors by spinning the fountain; grab a bite at the food court; check out clothes at the boutique and walk the runway; skate on the skate ramp, score a goal or shoot a hoop at the sports center; check out the aquarium at the pet store with a fun puppy pet area for Peaches; hang out at the electronics store; and end the day with a movie and some popcorn (theater folds down and popcorn machine spins). And, Polly or Lila doll can ride the spinning elevator and visit all 6 floors! You can also customize the storytelling experience with 2 kiosks, cash register, table and 2 chairs and shopping bags for purchases! Now it's time to go home after a long day of fun and shopping! Micro Polly and Lila dolls hop in Polly's sporty pink vehicle (both dolls fit in seat) and zip down the ramp and out of the mall parking garage! Wow! What a fun day! Includes Mega Mall with 6 floors/play areas, play pieces, parking garage, vehicle, micro Polly and Lila dolls, Peaches the dog, sticker sheet and accessories. Create even more stories as you build out and customize your world with Pollyville tiny hangouts and vehicles! Collect them all! Each sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary.

Pictionary Air (8+).
Introducing Pictionary Air, a hysterical way to play the classic family drawing game! Draw in the air and see it on your device in this exciting take on the quick-draw classic. Download the Pictionary Air app to your smart phone or tablet to get started. Point the in-app camera at the illustrator and they'll appear, along with their sketch, on the screen of your smart device. For even bigger laughs, you can cast your drawings from your smart device to your TV using Apple TV, Chromecast or a similar streaming device. Compatible streaming device required. Please check the Pictionary Air support page (www.pictionary.com/support) for device compatibility. Contents: Includes one Pictionary Air pen, 112 double-sided clue cards, card box and instructions. This family game brings big fun to any game night or party.

Disney Pixar Toy Story Blast Off Buzz Lightyear (3+).
Take off to Infinity and Beyond with Disney•Pixar's Toy Story 4 Buzz Lightyear. When you squeeze the Space Ranger’s legs, his armor lights up, his wings pop out and he assumes his iconic flying pose with blast-off sound! Soar through the air with Buzz as he launches all-new movie missions to save his friends in this galaxy and beyond. Colors and decorations may vary. In movie-inspired relative scale for authentic flying and action play!


Mega Construx Large Bulk Tub - 790 Pieces (4+). Get creative with 790 building bricks and endless possibilities! Get their creative juices flowing with this big building tub filled with lively colors and classic shapes. Featuring a compatible brick fit, this tub includes an incredible 790 building bricks to inspire imagination, creative storytelling and anything else your avid builder can think up! This tub is perfect for builders of all skill levels, or for growing your brick collection. Let's get creative, let's get building! Features include: 790 building bricks and special pieces in 8 classic colors​; tub for easy storage.​ ​Includes tub for easy storage​.

Hot Wheels Colossal Crash track Set. This is the ultimate, show-stopping, top-of-the-list toy for the Hot Wheels Action Boy! New for 2019, the biggest boosted set Hot Wheels has ever made, this track's layout is over 5 feet wide. It's packed with speed and boosted action to get your cars crashing and smashing! Double figure-eight design offers multi-player fun, lets you race lots of cars at once, and ups the potential crash factor! Use the levers to control the action. You can send your cars zooming through the crash zone on the ground or into the air for spectacular aerial crashes! Set folds up in a couple easy steps for easy storage. Hours of competitive fun for Hot Wheels lovers! ​​Crash and smash action keeps kids engaged in fun, competitive play.

Jurassic World Bite 'N Fight Tyrannosaurus T-Rex.
Experience Jurassic World dinosaur battle play in a whole new way! This larger-scale Bite 'N Fight Tyrannosaurus Rex has articulation and dual-button activation for fierce battle action! Push the back button on the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the tail strikes; press the front button and its head lunges forward with biting action and turns approximately 90 degrees. The harder you press the front button, the stronger the bite force becomes! You can also press both buttons at the same time for dual tail and head-striking action! This fan-favorite character has movie-inspired sculpting, an articulated head and tail, authentic color and realistic texture. Recreate all the epic Jurassic World battle-action scenes with this Bite 'N Fight Tyrannosaurus Rex—but watch out—this Tyrannosaurus Rex has a huge BITE and swinging tail STRIKE! Comes with a cool Dino Rivals collector card detailing the dinosaur's key battle stats and attributes. For more dinosaur fun, download the Jurassic World Facts app (Android and iOS) to scan and watch your dinosaur come to life, learn attack facts, compare stats and more!

Disney Pixar's Race Around Radiator Springs Playset (4+). Put your pedal to the metal on this colorful Race Around Radiator Springs Playset! The figure 8 track is loaded with iconic movie locations and accessories that enhance the fun. Pass through the Cozy Cone tunnel and get a speed boost. Stop by Ramone's to get a cool custom look on his rotating car lift then Head to Flo's V8 Café for a fill up. Hit the track again, brave curves at top velocity then switch between the inside and outside tracks with the diverter. When your race is won, peel off this course with the external track diverter and on to the next adventure! This thrilling Radiator Springs movie play set comes with a 1:55 scale plastic Lightning McQueen vehicle to start the play right away. Add other movie vehicles and challenge your friends to a race through Lightning McQueen's hometown! Other diecasts sold separately, subject to availability.


Disney Pixar Toy Story Ultimate Walking Buzz Lightyear (3+).
Buzz Lightyear comes to life with lights, sounds and iconic action moves! Lead exciting, Toy Story 4 adventures to infinity and beyond with this walking, talking Buzz! Kids will love his animated effects as he walks forward and back and speaks lines like “Buzz Lightyear to the rescue!” and “We’re on a mission to find our friends!” Press the button under Buzz’s arm to switch him ON with sound effects. Press the big red button on his left side to deploy his wings and hear him say a series of phrases as he moves forward and sometimes backward, and swivels his hips in true character style! Other authentic sounds include a big jet, wing deployment and three blaster options. He also includes an Easter egg surprise to discover and make Buzz do the moon walk! With multiple animatronic features, Buzz Lightyear really comes to life!

Disney Pixar Toy Story Adventure Pack (3+).
Bring exciting Disney•Pixar Toy Story 4 scenes to life right out of the pack with four character figures and one tiny friend together! The larger Toy Story toys come in movie-inspired relative scale and include Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep and Forky. Each has iconic details and is highly posable for dynamic action. Bo’s best pal Officer Giggle McDimples comes in a special tiny size so she can ride on Bo’s shoulder like she does in the movie. A poster of the colorful new Carnival location lets you plan your adventures! This unique Toy Story figure set is offered at an excellent value price, too, and comes in specially designed packaging that makes it a perfect gift.

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