Toys & Collectibles

Little Things Mean A Lot: Think Super Impulse Miniatures for Valentine and Beyond

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Super Impulse novelties will help you stay out from behind the 8 ball on Valentine’s Day.

My Tiny Valentine…

I’m not a prognosticator, but I can predict your future accurately if you manage to overlook Valentine’s Day. I know, I know! It seems like you just used all your brain cells picking out the perfect holiday gifts for your loved ones. Now V-Day has snuck up on you with an equally important task. If you’re still scratching your head for an answer at this moment, I suggest you think small. 

By that I mean, take the opportunity to power up your gift basket game with miniature collectibles from Super Impulse (SI). In addition to the traditional candy and champagne, SI’s array of “World’s Smallest” replicas will help you create a uniquely personalized present, and bring back a few special memories for a loved one.

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Just a few of the choices available from Super Impulse’s “World’s Smallest” toy line.

Big Love, Small Package…

As someone who hid his wife’s engagement ring in a trick-or-treat pumpkin, I believe that a little something out of the ordinary can elevate an occasion. So, if you bonded over a board game decades ago, are popping the question to a pop culture fan, or need a distinctive party favor for a wedding or anniversary, the range of licensees that Super Impulse is partnered with ensures you’ll find the appropriate memento.

SI products are notable for their attention to authenticity. Yes, the Mattel Magic 8 Ball replica will respond to your queries just like its full sized sibling. Yes, you can play the Trivial Pursuit game, though at my age it will require a magnifying glass. No, you can’t eat the candies. They’re collectibles, not edibles.

Need something quick? Check this Super Impulse Amazon search link for what’s currently available.

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SkeletonPete Says…

Over the course of many toy industry events it’s been impressive watching Super Impulse build a battalion of tiny novelties.

For me, the first grand slam was their minuscule, but fully working, reproduction of Ohio Art’s Etch-A-Sketch. The dial controlled art palette was one of my favorite toys as a kid.

Since then SI has launched a line of Micro-Figures. They stand approximately 1.25″, have 3 points of articulation, and come with their own smartly designed collector/display cases. They portray characters from fictional franchises (G.I. Joe, Masters of the Universe, Star Trek) to real life personages like TV painting guru Bob Ross

Love is in the Lab…

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We belong…Wed. Frankie and Elsa got off to a rocky start. She had a hissy fit when they first met. But the big lunk revealed his soft side and she realized they were made for each other. Literally.

As you can see I had some fun building a castle laboratory diorama for photographing the Series One Universal Monsters Micro Figures to illustrate this post.

With a little color wash and depth of field control, everything and the kitchen sink strainer can stand in for scientific apparatus.

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A behind-the-scenes shot of my truly table-top “studio” setting.
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Toys & Collectibles

Pop, Pop, Fizz, Fizz: Activision Skylanders In Love

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New Skylander, Love Potion Pop Fizz, is in the pink for Valentine’s Day.

Lovey Dovey, All the Time…
“The love bug will get you if you don’t watch out”, or so says the song. This Saint Valentine’s Day the Activision Skylanders Team wants to make sure you feel the love so they’ve designed a special edition character to spread some much needed amour in the ether of Skylands.

The punky pink Love Potion Pop Fizz joins the ranks of game piece collectibles that form the core of the Skylanders experience. His hypnotic eyes and heart shaped tongue will surely make him the game’s premiere Valentino.

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Pop Fizz in action on his home turf
Gonna Mix It Up, Right Here in the Sink…
The Activision folks reveal his origin, “When his latest attempt to concoct the ultimate raspberry soda totally backfired, Pop Fizz was caught in a blast that turned him pink and gave him an alluring aroma.  At least that’s how he tells it. But with Valentine’s Day right around the corner, the Skylanders are all wondering if Pop Fizz is telling the truth – or if there is a special someone that he’s trying to impress!” Hmmm… seems like he took some lessons from Leiber and Stoller’s Madame Rue.

Love Potion Pop Fizz is a non-exclusive, all retailers, item but limited to a short availability time frame. A neat rarity to add to your collection at $14.99. Seek him out.

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Just a few of the Skylanders themed Valentine’s Day Cards available this season.
Stuck On You…
Outside of game play, a line of Skylanders themed Stickers and Valentine’s Day cards will keep your kids busy – and off your iPad for a while – writing real script on real cards. What a concept.

SkeletonPete Says…
I had to chuckle when I read Pop Fizz’s backstory and saw his psychedelic pink continence. It immediately reminded of the day-glo colors of Fizzies, a do-it-yourself soda pop tablet that was extremely popular when I was a kid. Essentially flavored, sugared up, Bromo-Seltzer for youngsters. “In seven great flavors,” grape was my fave. The whole process definitely fueled my “monster kid” Dr Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde play scenarios. Had’a love the 1950’s.