Toys'R'Us Shares Annual Stocking Stuffer List of Tiny Treasures to Brighten Christmas Morning
Whether Stuffing a Stocking or Shoe, Toys'R'Us Offers Parents 12 Special Ways To Delight Children
WAYNE, N.J., Nov. 28, 2007 -- Today, Toys"R"Us has announced its list of the small treasures sure to find themselves at the bottom of kids' stockings on Christmas morning. As a global toy retailer with stores in 35 countries, Toys"R"Us understands the importance of the stocking stuffer tradition and the various ways it manifests itself for children and parents around the world. Instead of stockings, children in the Netherlands fill their shoes with treats for reindeer to eat, with Santa leaving presents in return. In Italy, gifts come from a fairy queen who places presents in a jar, while in Puerto Rico and Spain children put boxes filled with flowers and food under their beds for the camels of the Three Kings to eat.
The American tradition of stocking stuffers began with a Dutch story of a poor nobleman who could not afford to pay for his daughters' weddings. Knowing that the nobleman would never accept charity, St. Nicholas tossed money into the daughters' stockings as they hung by the chimney to dry. Just as St. Nick assisted a parent in the original stocking stuffer tale, the annual list released today by Toys"R"Us is designed to help parents fill their kids' stockings with the perfect gifts. Each of the 12 items on the list is available at Toys"R"Us stores nationwide.
"When kids rush down the stairs after a sleepless Christmas Eve, parents know they are headed for their stockings," said Karen Dodge, Senior Vice President, Chief Merchandising Officer, Toys"R"Us, U.S. "Watching a child's face light up when they take each special item out of their stocking is what every parent looks forward to on Christmas morning. Our stocking stuffer list is designed to help parents put big smiles on little faces."
The 12 tiny treasures that Toys"R"Us has identified as the perfect stocking stuffers for 2007 include:
BEN 10 Deluxe Omnitrix from Bandai®
Now kids can pretend they're transforming into an awesome, super-powered alien with the new Deluxe Omnitrix based on the hit Cartoon Network series Ben 10. This role-play device is packed with power in the form of a fun LCD game screen that tests kids' ability to transform into one of several alien heroes. Designed to the same scale as the Omnitrix featured in Ben 10, kids can wear this toy on their wrist as a cuff, just like the show's star, Ben Tennyson. As an added bonus, flashing lights and sound effects alert kids to alien menaces. 2 "AAA" batteries required (not included). Ages 4 and up. This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
BIONICLE® Toa Mahri from LEGO®
Now, kids can continue the adventures of the Bionicles as the benevolent Toa are transformed into undersea warriors. Armed with new weapons and masks, the Toa Mahri attempt to protect their home of Mata Nui from the evil Barraki. Featuring more than 50 pieces each, children can build six different Toa Mahri characters including Kongu, Jaller, Matoro, Hahli, Nuparu, and Hewkii. No batteries required. Ages 7 to 16 years. This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
Cabbage Patch Kids® Lil' Sprouts from Play Along®
Lil' Sprouts, the new pint-sized additions to the Cabbage Patch Kids line, are tiny enough to travel everywhere with children! Even though they're small in stature, these five-inch Cabbage Patch Kids are big on style. With six different themes to choose from, kids can choose the Lil' Sprout that best matches their style - whether they're sporty, glamorous or love sleepovers! No batteries required. Ages 3 and up. This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
CARS Movie Doubles™ from Mattel®
Disney/Pixar's CARS characters speed out of the screen and into living rooms everywhere with twice the fun in these two-car packs available only at Toys"R"Us. Each combo features two different versions of the same character, including Lightning McQueen and Tongue McQueen; Ramone and Hydraulic Ramone; Brand New Mater and Mater; and Doc Hudson and Fabulous Hudson Hornet. No batteries required. Ages 3 and up.
Decorate-Your-Own Porcelain Piggy Bank from Melissa & Doug®
Kids can create a unique keepsake and collect loose change with a piggy bank they can decorate themselves. The set comes complete with stickers, paint, paintbrush, and glitter pens that kids can use to customize the bank to fit their personality. Once the decorating is done, kids can start saving for the new year. No batteries required. Ages 8 and up.
High School Musical 2 DVD from Disney Home Video
The most-watched cable movie of all time is now available on DVD. Kids can rejoin Troy, Gabriella, Sharpay, Ryan, Chad and the rest of the cast of Disney Channel's smash hit High School Musical as they enjoy their summer break. In this new adventure, kids can find out if Sharpay succeeds in separating sweethearts Troy and Gabriella by making their summer jobs miserable! This new, two-disc set includes never-before-seen bonus features that will rock the house! No batteries required. This Film Is Not Rated. This item will be available on December 4. This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
MY LITTLE PONY® PONYVILLE™ Ponies from Hasbro®
The cute and colorful ponies of Ponyville are ready to play for hours of smiles and surprises! Found only at Toys"R"Us, this pack of six characters comes with Bay Breeze, Ribbon Wishes, Lavender Lake, Breezie Dreams, Sunset Sweetie and Flippity Flop. The wide-eyed, Ponyville ponies can be mixed and matched with any of MY LITTLE PONY's whimsical worlds, such as the Sweet Shoppe, Pinkie Pie's Balloon House, Birthday Afternoon, Teapot Palace and Fancy Fashions Boutique. No batteries required. Ages 4 and up. This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
SwypeOut™ Online Battle Racing™ Booster Pack from Spin Master™
Combining the fun of online gaming and the world of collectible trading cards, SwypeOut lets kids rev up their computers for virtual racecar battles. Once they start their engines with the SwypeOut Starter Pack that lets them customize their virtual car, children can enhance their battle cars with upgrades available in Booster Packs. Each Booster Pack comes with six collectible digital upgrade trading cards that kids can swipe through a special USB scanner to improve their abilities before competing to become the best battle racer in the world on www.Swypeout.com. No batteries required. Ages 8 and up. This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
Super Mario Galaxy™ from Nintendo®
The ultimate Nintendo hero, Mario takes one giant step for plummer-kind into outer space with the newest game in the Super Mario Brothers series. Created especially for the Wii, players are challenged to shake, tilt and point their Wii remote (aka. Wii-mote) and Nunchuk controller to unleash new moves and gravity-defying jumps. No batteries required. Rated "E" for "Everyone." This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
Tooth Tunes Toothbrush from Hasbro®
Kids can make brushing their teeth fun with Tooth Tunes! Now, children can brush their teeth squeaky clean as they rock out to their favorite music, including two-minute song clips from Ashley Tisdale, Miley Cyrus as Hannah Montana, Kelly Clarkson, the Cheetah Girls, Black Eyed Peas and more! This electronic toothbrush lets kids hear the tunes through sound vibrations that stream from the bristles, allowing them to hear music inside their head. 3 "AAA" batteries required (included). All ages. This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
TRANSFORMERS™ Robot Heroes™ Assortment from Hasbro®
Kids everywhere are playing with TRANSFORMERS, the Robots in Disguise™ that raced into movie theaters nationwide over the summer. Now, the stars of the hit movie are available as Robot Heroes, an assortment of 2-pack, miniature, chunky, collectible figures. While these TRANSFORMERS can't change form, they're great for smaller hands and are a fun addition to any TRANSFORMERS collection. Figures in the series include OPTIMUS PRIME and RAVAGE; GRIMLOCK and SHOCKWAVE; ULTRA MAGNUS and MEGATRON; and more. No batteries required. Ages 3 and up.
U.B. Funkeys™ from Radica®
Kids can collect new friends to add to the virtual world of U.B. Funkeys, an interactive game that combines vinyl toys with computer gaming. This PC based game allows players to explore virtual zones and play games while earning coins to buy items to customize their "crib." Children can collect 40 U.B. Funkeys™ characters, some more common than others. Each one has its own look and colorful personality and unlocks new zones to explore and new games to play when connected to a computer through the U.B. Funkeys hub, available with the U.B. Funkeys™ Starter Kit. No batteries required. Ages 8 and up. U.B. Funkeys™ are Windows XP and Vista compatible. This item is also available at www.Toysrus.com.
About Toys"R"Us, Inc.
Toys"R"Us is the world's leading specialty toy retailer. Currently it sells merchandise through more than 1,500 stores, including 587 stores in the U.S. and 709 international toy stores, which includes licensed and franchise stores, and through its Internet site at www.Toysrus.com. Babies"R"Us is the largest baby product specialty store chain in the world and a leader in the juvenile industry, and sells merchandise through 258 stores in the U.S. as well as on the Internet at www.Babiesrus.com.