7 Classic Cartoon Christmas Toys (Mania.com)

By:Robert T. Trate
Date: Friday, December 23, 2011

 

The watching of Christmas Cartoons is forever a holiday ritual. The whole family sits down and watches the likes of the Grinch and Charlie Brown year after year. This ritual has been passed from one generation to the next. To cash in on that collective nostalgia, the toy companies began producing toys of our favorite characters. Now not all Christmas Cartoons shine as bright as the next. Nor do most of their toys. Here is Mania’s 7Classic Cartoon Christmas Toys.
 
7. The Winter Warlock

Great Christmas Cartoon Toys to Buy

Santa Claus is Comin' to Townis one ofRankin-Bass specials that haunts us in our dreams. Of all those characters no one scared us more than the Winter Warlock. So what better holiday toy to be on the shelf than the Winter Warlock? Well perhaps only the smiling one by Memory Lane.
 
6. Heat Miser

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There will only be one cartoon on this list to make it twice. That cartoon is Rankin-Bass’ The Year Without a Santa Claus. The cartoon itself is pretty dull however the only charming parts are the Miser Brothers. Here is Mr. Green himself, Heat Miser by NECA. So life- like, it’s scary.
 
5. Snow Miser

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Did you know that his mother and Heat Miser’s was Mother Nature? Yet another one of the weird holiday items Rankin and Bass gave us. Personally, I like the figures (Heat and Snow) and their show tune numbers. The rest is best left forgotten.
 
4. Abominable Snowman, Bumble

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The Rankin-Bass duo in 1964 gave us a beloved classic that is now a holiday staple. There have been tons of figures and dolls made of the various characters. There are even box sets of all the characters. None of them compare to the deluxe Bumble by Playing Mantis. Complete with Christmas tree star.
 
3. Santa Jack Skellington

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This toy is really a no brainer and the one that many people have. NECA produced several of The Nightmare Before Christmas figures in the line. Personally, I like the Behemoth. However, I put him out at Easter since he comes with the Easter Bunny. 
 
2. The Simpsons Family Christmas Set

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Remember, it all began with that Holiday Special. Sure The Simpson’s had their shorts on the Tracy Ullman Show but from this point on they were their own entity. This Toys R Us exclusive is a great little piece to have out during the holidays.
 
1. How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Great Christmas Cartoon Toys to Buy

Forget the Jim Carrey version. There is only one Grinch and he was portrayed by the Boris Karloff. In 2007 McFarlane Toys commemorated the animated Grinch with 4 different scenes in playset form. Though a lot of playing probably wasn’t done with these toys they are nonetheless must have Classic Cartoon Christmas Toys.
 
Happy Holidays from Mania’s Toy Maniac. I hope you get at least one toy this holiday season.

Great Christmas Cartoon Toys to Buy

 
Robert Trate writes two weekly columns for Mania the DVD Shopping Bag and the Toy Maniac. Follow Robert on Twitter for his for Geek ramblings, Cosplay photos and film criticisms.
 


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