Trends for a holiday shopping season like no other: Adult Play-Doh and Legos, YouTube-inspired toys

The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other.

Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift options for their new furry friend. And with more people shopping online, stores are doing double duty as shipping centers to try to get gifts to doorsteps as fast as possible.

Here’s what to expect:

Toys for adults

Kids aren’t the only ones who need some fun. Toy companies are targeting bored adults stuck at home during the pandemic. Need something to fidget during your next Zoom meeting? Hasbro has new moldable Play-Doh varieties that smell like stuff grown-ups would recognize: lattes, fresh cut grass and smoked meats.

Lego, meanwhile, wants adults to put on their headphones and “forget about the rest of the world” while turning the plastic pieces in their new kits into hangable art, like Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe portraits.

Marissa DiBartolo, editor in chief of toy review site The Toy Insider, says she’s seen more coloring books and challenging puzzles being designed with adults in mind.

From YouTube to the toy store

The canines on “Paw Patrol” better watch their tails. YouTube stars with millions of viewers are heading to the toy aisle, a place where TV cartoon characters used to rule.

It’s all because kids are spending so much time watching YouTube instead of cable TV, says DiBartolo. That’s made stars of the video-streaming site just as recognizable as those on Nickelodeon.

Figurines of Blippi, a man who wears orange suspenders and hosts educational kid videos on YouTube, are being sold at Target and Amazon. At Walmart, toys featuring Ryan Kaji, a kid who reviews toys on his Ryan’s World YouTube channel, have been hot sellers. Toy company VTech is playing into the trend in another way, selling a KidiZoom Creator camera that comes with a green screen so kids can add special effects and pretend to be YouTube influencers themselves.

And if you need another sign of just how big YouTube stars have become, a 42-foot-tall balloon based on Kaji from Ryan’s World appeared Thursday in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, floating next to TV icons like SpongeBob and, yes, Chase from “Paw Patrol.”

Stores as shipping hubs

Retailers including Walmart and Best Buy that were already using their locations as hubs to ship e-commerce orders are now coming up with new strategies to get even faster. The moves come as they face a holiday crunch expected to tax shipping networks and likely result in delivery delays.

Walmart this week launched a special program for the holidays. It has some of its online orders being fulfilled directly from stores using delivery services like Postmates and DoorDash instead of carriers like FedEx or UPS. The aim is to ensure customers will be able to get their orders quickly, even on the same day.

Meanwhile, Best Buy says that 340 of

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Holiday trends to watch: Adult latte-smelling Play-Doh, dog toys and less impulse shopping

The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other.

Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift options for their new furry friend. And with more people shopping online, stores are doing double duty as shipping centers to try to get gifts to doorsteps as fast as possible.

Here’s what to expect:

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TOYS FOR ADULTS

Kids aren’t the only ones who need some fun. Toy companies are targeting bored adults stuck at home during the pandemic. Need something to fidget during your next Zoom meeting? Hasbro has new moldable Play-Doh varieties that smell like stuff grown-ups would recognize: lattes, fresh cut grass and smoked meats.

Lego, meanwhile, wants adults to put on their headphones and “forget about the rest of the world” while turning the plastic pieces in their new kits into hangable art, like Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe portraits.

Marissa DiBartolo, editor in chief of toy review site The Toy Insider, says she’s seen more coloring books and challenging puzzles being designed with adults in mind.

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FROM YOUTUBE TO THE TOY STORE

The canines on “Paw Patrol” better watch their tails. YouTube stars with millions of viewers are heading to the toy aisle, a place where TV cartoon characters used to rule.

It’s all because kids are spending so much time watching YouTube instead of cable TV, says DiBartolo. That’s made stars of the video-streaming site just as recognizable as those on Nickelodeon.

Figurines of Blippi, a man who wears orange suspenders and hosts educational kid videos on YouTube, are being sold at Target and Amazon. At Walmart, toys featuring Ryan Kaji, a kid who reviews toys on his Ryan’s World YouTube channel, have been hot sellers. Toy company VTech is playing into the trend in another way, selling a KidiZoom Creator camera that comes with a green screen so kids can add special effects and pretend to be YouTube influencers themselves.

And if you need another sign of just how big YouTube stars have become, a 42-foot-tall (13-meter-tall) balloon based on Kaji from Ryan’s World will appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade this year, floating next to TV icons like SpongeBob and, yes, Chase from “Paw Patrol.”

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STORES AS SHIPPING HUBS

Retailers including Walmart and Best Buy that were already using their locations as hubs to ship e-commerce orders are now coming up with new strategies to get even faster. The moves come as they face a holiday crunch expected to tax shipping networks and likely result in delivery delays.

Walmart this week launched a special program for the holidays. It has some of its online orders being fulfilled directly from stores using delivery services like Postmates and DoorDash instead of carriers like FedEx or UPS. The aim is to ensure customers will be able to get their orders quickly, even on the same day.

Meanwhile,

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Wrangler and Adult Swim’s ‘Rick and Morty’ collaborate on custom clothing

Denim brand Wrangler has collaborated with the Adult Swim series “Rick and Morty” on a collection of custom clothing that includes a laser-etched jacket.

“With art never seen anywhere else in the multiverse, this collaboration includes a custom-designed laser etched jacket and an exclusive, episode-inspired T-shirt featuring the incomparable NX-5 Planet Remover.

The Wrangler x Rick and Morty Collection will be exclusive to Wrangler.com and goes live today in anticipation of the excitement around the upcoming virtual Adult Swim Festival, streaming this Friday and Saturday on Adult Swim’s YouTube channel,” Wrangler said in a press release.

Tricia Melton, chief marketing officer of Warner Bros. Kids, Young Adults and Classics, said, “Our fans often wear clothes and they love Rick and Morty, so they’re going to lose their minds over the new custom clothing launching today.”

The Season 4 finale brought Wrangler into the spotlight after a NX-5 laser destroyed everything but Wrangler jeans, Wrangler said.

“Wrangler has always embraced pop culture as a way to reach new fans, and when we were organically part of the season 4 finale episode, it was the perfect opportunity for us to explore a larger partnership with Adult Swim,” said Holly Wheeler, vice president of global brand marketing at Wrangler.

“The collection is a direct play on the finale and inspired by the laser that was fictionally ‘sponsored by Wrangler’ in the show. We loved the tongue-in-cheek joke since lasers are actually a big part of our denim production – from digital wash applications to onsite customer customization with our nano-laser.

The collaboration was a fun and natural way for us to do something authentic with our brand that joins in on the joke.”

  • The 100% cotton denim jacket comes in sizes from small to XXL. Price is $79. – “Got the Galactic Federation on your mind? Luckily, you’ve stumbled upon the only armor you’ll need against the NX-5 Planet Remover. This Wrangler x Rick and Morty jacket comes fully equipped with a custom, laser-etched design–proof that it cannot be destroyed by a laser.”
  • The T-shirt is black, has short sleeves and also 100% cotton. Sizes range from small to XXL. Price is $29.
  • Men’s Wrangler jeans. “Disclaimer: Wrangler jeans are indestructible against the NX-5 Planet Remover but have not been tested against vats of acid, portal guns, cloning machines, or shrink rays.”
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Wrangler and Adult Swim’s “Rick and Morty” have collaborated on a clothing collection.

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Australian beauty queen Kassandra Kashian, 25, reveals things she only learned as an adult

An Australian beauty queen grew up calling Pizza Hut ‘Pizza Heart’ and asking for ‘skin’ milk instead of skimmed – only realising her mistakes later in life.

Kassandra Kashian was 22 when she was crowned the 2017 Miss Grand Australia, which is one of the five ‘Grand Slam Beauty Pageants’ along with Miss Universe, Miss World, Miss International and Miss Supranational.

Now 25, the Sydney marketing executive revealed her amusing childhood misconceptions in a series of TikTok videos titled ‘Things I didn’t realise ’til I was an adult’.

Ms Kashian, who appeared on the 2013 season of Beauty and the Geek Australia, grew up thinking skimmed milk was called ‘skin’ milk because of the thin coating it leaves on the surface of tea and coffee.

She called the 1996 box office hit Space Jam ‘Space I Am’ and Pizza Hut ‘Pizza Heart’, because ‘everyone loves pizza and love comes from the heart’.

Sydney beauty queen Kassandra Kashian (pictured) revealed her amusing childhood misconceptions in a series of TikTok videos titled 'Things I didn't realise 'til I was an adult'

Sydney beauty queen Kassandra Kashian (pictured) revealed her amusing childhood misconceptions in a series of TikTok videos titled ‘Things I didn’t realise ’til I was an adult’

Skimmed/skim milk and ten-pin bowling

Growing up, Ms Kashian thought ten-pin bowling was ‘Tempin’ bowling.

She assumed it was named after a fictional family called the Tempins.

She also believed skimmed/skim milk was called ‘skin’ milk, because of the film it leaves on the top of hot drinks.

‘When you mix it with coffee or hot chocolate or something, it always has like a gross like, film in it, I feel,’ she said.

‘It’s probably because of the lack of fat or whatever, so I thought it was like, a skin, in the milk.’

The 25-year-old marketing executive (pictured) believed skimmed milk was called 'skin' milk, because of the film it leaves on the top of hot drinks

The 25-year-old marketing executive (pictured) believed skimmed milk was called ‘skin’ milk, because of the film it leaves on the top of hot drinks

'It's probably because of the lack of fat or whatever, so I thought it was like, a skin, in the milk,' she said in one video (stock image)

‘It’s probably because of the lack of fat or whatever, so I thought it was like, a skin, in the milk,’ she said in one video (stock image)

Fast food chains and blockbuster films

Ms Kashian missed the mark with international fast food chains, believing Pizza Hut was called ‘Pizza Heart’ because ‘everyone loves pizza’.

‘And love comes from the heart,’ she reasoned.

She also mixed up blockbuster films, referring to live action/animated sports comedy Space Jam as ‘Space I Am’ because of the font of the title which makes the ‘J’ look like a capital ‘I’.

She thought ten-pin bowling was 'Tempin', named after a fictional family called the Tempin (stock image)

She called Pizza Hut 'Pizza Heart' because 'everyone loves pizza and love comes from the heart' (stock image)

She thought ten-pin bowling (left) was ‘Tempin’, named after a fictional family called the Tempins, and called Pizza Hut (right) ‘Pizza Heart’ because ‘everyone loves pizza and love comes from the heart’ (both images are stock)

Chart-topping song lyrics 

Ms Kashian misheard the lyrics to some of the most iconic songs of the past two decades.

When Pitbull sings ‘swing your partner round and round’ in ‘Timber’, his 2013 collaboration with Kesha, Ms Kashian thought he was telling her to swing her vodka around instead.

The chorus of The Fray’s 2005 chart-topper ‘How To Save a Life’ goes: ‘Where did I go wrong, I lost a

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Ventana Sur’s Animation! Highlights Women, Edgier Adult Animation (EXCLUSIVE)

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Fernanda Frick’s “IRL Squad,” the Cinema Management Group-sold “Kayara” and Brazil’s “Bring on the Revolution!” are three of the 16 film and TV animation projects at Animation!, one of the industry highlights at the upcoming Ventana Sur, Latin America’s biggest film market.

Running Nov. 30 to Dec. 4, and available on Ventana Sur online, Animation!’s pitches, organized with the Annecy Animation Festival’s MIFA market, play off a building animation scene in Latin America. Animation!’s pitches received 241 submissions this year, an all-time record.

The projects look set as ever to frame some of the strongest movie market titles at Ventana Sur: A exceptional big animated feature production from Latin America, backed by a reputable sales agent, can now spark seven-figure dollar pre-sales.

An auteur of highly crafted character-driven animation tales, who was cherry-picked by Netflix for development of her last project, “Raise the Bar,” about a stereotype-smashing female weightlifter, Fernanda Frick will present video-game fantasy adventure “IRL Squad,” a less offbeat proposition.

A 3D stereoscopic family film that marks most probably the biggest commercial play at Animation!, “Kayara” is the latest Latin American feature to be picked up by Edward Noeltner’s Camera Management Group, after the L.A. and Paris-based sales agent first acquired banner Brazilian project “Noah’s Ark” off an Animation! presentation.

“Bring on the Revolution!” channels much of the political tensions polarizing Brazil, as many countries around the world.

Other buzz projects at this year’s event take in “3 Tickets,” groundbreaking for adult-skewing Chilean animation, and “Desechable,” from Colombia’s Carlos Salamanca, director of two celebrated animated shorts, “Carne” and “Lupus.”

In general, adult animation at this year’s selection is beginning to take on some of the irrelevant edge of its U.S. counterpart.

This year’s call for submissions also suggests a “trend that is still growing related to content more focused on gender equality, with main characters challenging stereotypes,” said Animation! co-ordinator Silvina Cornillon.

The lineup also highlights a clutch of projects from female first-time feature directors, which are made in exquisite 2D and play off, to varying degree, folklore or folk tales: Cynthia Fernández Trejo’s “The Language of Birds,” from Mexico; “Hain,” from Chile’s Alejandra Jaramillo; “Forest Girl,” from Argentina-based Aili Chen.

The projects:

FEATURE FILM PROJECTS

“Desechable,” (Carlos Salamanca, Colombia)

From the director of animated doc “Lupus,” whose first short, “Carne,” won at Cuba’s Havana Festival. A withering “pre-Apocalyptic” take on big city Latin America, shown in its brutal and poetic reality, homing in on inequality and violence. Winner of four project prizes at Colombia’s Cartagena Festival.

“The Language of the Birds,” (“El Lenguaje de los Pájaros” Cynthia Fernández Trejo, Mexico)

Mixing dainty 2D animation and stop motion, a fantasy suspense drama of a bird-loving girl who arrives at a town with no children. She sets out to find them. From writer-director Fernández Trejo, an alum of Mexico’s famed Centro de Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC) and co-writer of Amazon’s “How to Survive Being Single.”

“The Prince of the Fairies,” (“El Principe de

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