It only takes a couple of Christmas catalogs to fill our mailbox, and boom! We’re already thinking of holiday gift ideas. And with Hanukkah right on top of Thanksgiving this year, kids will be drawing up their wish lists faster than we can clear the dinner table! My 9-year-old is begging for her own iPod, but the jury is still out on whether Santa will deliver. One toy we’ve got our eyes (and ears) on this year is PopStars!, a super-cool playset line from Playmobil. If you’re already familiar with this company’s tremendous assortment of themed castles, pirate ships, farms and other adventure-packed settings, you’re no stranger to the tremendous play value…not to mention the multitude of miniscule accessories they come with! But don’t worry about adding another set of storage bins to your family room. The PopStars Stage comes with a manageable amount of stuff: four figures, a drum set, two guitars with stands, microphones and a few other accessories. And of course, don’t forget the spot where all the action happens: a stage with flashing lights and built-in speakers, so you can attach your MP3 player and really rock out. Hmmm…maybe we can hold off on that iPod for another year?
Walnut Special: Playmobil is hosting a “Battle of the Playmobil PopStars!” contest on Facebook. Fans will be asked to choose a favorite featured band and give it a fitting name. Two lucky winners will receive a $500 shopping spree online, and other prizes will include the PopStars line and Playmobil mystery figures. Visit popstars.playmobil.com now through November 15th. Good luck, and rock on!