Hands On With The New Merchandise: Christmas Edition 2013
by Mouseinphilly and RRabbit42
Yes, it's that most wonderful time of the year. There's a lot of nice holiday stuff if you haven't noticed by now. And the Boys of the Endless Summer and their crew are again represented on holiday merchandise. Mouseinphilly has the info on two ornaments for that Christmas tree of yours.
Back in July, we mentioned two ornaments that Hallmark and Disney Parks had with Perry the Platypus. Well, there's a lower-priced ornament for you if the money is an problem, also made by Hallmark. This one is based on the cover of the "A Very Perry Christmas" DVD, only Perry is wearing his OWCA fedora instead of a Santa hat. The price is about $8, but I've seen it on the interwebs lower ($5 at toysrus.com), but they were gone in a hurry. I was lucky enough to snag one at Walmart, as it was the last one available in that store.
Bringing us to this $15 set of our favorite junior imagineers in stockings with Santa hats. We found this one at the local Target, and it was on sale for $10 according to their web site. Phineas fills the green stocking, and Ferb is in the red stocking. Cute and... practical for your fir.
That's all from me, now I'll turn this over to the bunny and let him show and tell you what else is available.
Alright, here we go. RRabbit speaking. First, the snow platypus ornament can be found at Walmart and Toys R Us. The difference between the two is that the one from Walmart comes in a red box and a plastic cradle with a list price of $7.99. It's probably less in the store. The one from Toys R Us just has a tag attached to the string on Perry's hat so it can be hung from a standard metal pole while on display. The picture is more of an artist's rendering than a photograph. You can't see that the snowman's body that Perry's sitting in has glitter on it. Their website has it on sale for 50 cents off at $4.49.
Second, the Phineas and Ferb in stockings ornament from Target comes in a larger red box and was on display separate from the other ornaments. The store I went to had them on the "endcap" of the holiday candy isle. The original list price on the box is $15, but it was also $10 for me. Their website has it listed for $10.50.
The main part of Target's ornament section had several themed ornaments like Star Trek, The Simpsons, Turbo and Star Wars. There was a mix of the solid and heavy ornaments and some that are plastic. This "chibi" ornament of Agent P is the latter, but it feels solid, so it's not likely to crack or break unless normal circumstances. It's $7 and only sold in stores, but you can see it on the Target website.
To test those circumstances, I just dropped one of them onto a magazine on the floor a few times. It wasn't until I got it up to about 6 feet that a little bit of the plastic chipped off, which let me see that it's a Styrofoam core with plastic over the top of it. Don't worry, I bought two. I'll just touch up the edge of Perry's foot with some paint and call it a battle scar.
If you want to see if your local Target has either of the ornaments, use the "find in a store" link on their page. If it doesn't work, try another web browser. When you do buy them, take care of them so you'll have them for years to come. You don't have to test their impact resistance since I already did that, and don't let the cat or dog play with them.
Let's also not forget about the two ornaments Mouseinphilly told us about back in July in issue 96.
Many of Hallmark's ornaments like the ones above are available at different stores. But there's some that are exclusive to their stores as part of their Keepsake line. "Agent P Saves the Day!" is available for $15 in stores or on their website. Likewise, an ornament exclusive to the Disney Store is the "Agent P Ear Hat Ornament", for $23 in stores or on their website.
Two more items the Disney Store sells is the "Perry sketchbook" ornament which shows Perry sporting a Santa hat and hanging on a wreath for $12.95. They also have an 8" holiday plush of Agent P in a Santa hat for $9.95. Both are currently on sale for $8.00 and $7.46, respectively.
The next two items were available at Walmart last Christmas and they brought them back. The one on the right is an 8 ounce hand pump dispenser filled with tangerine scented foaming hand and body wash for $4.88. The second is a gift tin filled with three types of popcorn and a spy kit that contains an ID tag, binoculars, clipboard, activity booklet and a notepad with pencil. The website doesn't have a price for those. Both are only available in store and it's going to be hit or miss as to whether your local store has them or not.
New this year is another body wash kit. I don't know if it's made by the same company as the dispenser above, but it also has tangerine scented body wash. This one includes a mitt to use in the shower. $4.88. You can see it on the Walmart website but it's another in-store only product that will be gone once the holiday is over.
Let's wrap up this review with something you'll need for those presents: wrapping paper. The designs are similar but not exactly the same. I'm not sure where the red wrapping paper is from, but seeing Perry dressed up with antlers and a red nose is cute. The green paper was from Toys R Us for $4 per roll.
Though we will have another newsletter before Christmas, if you get something Christmas-related as a gift or you find it in a store before then, let us know in the comments so that others can see it too.