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It’s hard to believe, but we’re more than halfway through 2021 and the holiday shopping season will be here before we know it!

With that in mind, Jakks Pacific is celebrating Christmas in July with a pair of new collectible advent calendars that gamers and movie buffs will want to get their hands on! The Toy Insider, along with our sister publications, the Pop Insider and the Toy Book can exclusively reveal that A Christmas Story joins the licensed portfolio at Jakks with the debut of a 24-day advent calendar while Nintendo‘s Super Mario joins the holiday lineup with an advent calendar packed with exclusive new figures!

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A Christmas Story Advent Calendar

The classic tale of the countdown to Christmas in Cleveland in the 1940s gets reimagined in toy form for this 24-day advent calendar. Kids can open each day to discover exclusive figurines of 9-year-old Ralphie and his family along with an angry department store Santa, an irritated elf, the neighborhood kids, and an assortment of artifacts from the film, including a Little Orphan Annie Decoder Ring, a bar of soap, and a major award that may or may not be Italian.

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This set comes in a pop-up diorama that represents the famed Christmas Story House in Cleveland!

Ralphie and the gang are available for preorder at Amazon and will bring the holiday cheer to other retailers soon.

Related: Take Backyard Fun Anywhere with these Outdoor Games from Jakks Pacific

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Super Mario Advent Calendar (Amazon Exclusive)

The characters from Nintendo’s Super Mario video games have entered the Warp Zone for some holiday fun. This set includes 24 popular Super Mario characters and accessories, including Ice Luigi, Princess Peach, Light Blue Yoshi, and the very first releases of a special Santa Mario, Snowman Mario, Snowman Luigi, and more. The figures are in 2.5-inch scale and compatible with many other figures and playsets from Jakks Pacific’s extensive line of Super Mario toys!

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If you want this one, you better watch out for Bowser and get moving over to Amazon!

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James Zahn

James Zahn

James Zahn, AKA The Rock Father, is editor-in-chief of The Toy Book, a senior editor at The Toy Insider and The Pop Insider, and editor of the Toy Report, the Toy Book‘s weekly industry newsletter. As a pop culture and toy industry expert, Zahn has appeared as a panelist and guest at events including Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) Wizard World Chicago, and the ASTRA Marketplace & Academy. Zahn has more than 30 years of experience in the entertainment, retail, and publishing industries, and is frequently called upon to offer expert commentary for publications such as Forbes, Marketwatch, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, USA Today, Reuters, the Washington Post, and more. James has appeared on History Channel’s Modern Marvels, was interviewed by Larry King and Anderson Cooper, and has been seen on Yahoo! Finance, CNN, CNBC, FOX Business, NBC, ABC, CBS, WGN, The CW, and more. Zahn joined the Adventure Media & Events family in 2016, initially serving as a member of the Parent Advisory Board after penning articles for the Netflix Stream Team, Fandango Family, PBS KIDS, Sprout Parents (now Universal Kids), PopSugar, and Chicago Parent. He eventually joined the company full time as a senior editor and moved up the ranks to deputy editor and editor-in-chief.