‘Tis the Season to Be Merry! | Source: Jakks Pacific/the Pop Insider

Merry Christmas in July! It’s time to start thinking about some must-have (merry) merch that’s a whole lot better than a one-year subscription to the Jelly of the Month Club!

If you happened to be in attendance at the Jakks Pacific and Disguise panel at Comic-Con International: San Diego (SDCC) this weekend, you may have caught a very early sneak peek at what we’re about to share with you today.

For the third year in a row, all three Adventure Media & Events publications — the Pop Insider, the Toy Book, and the Toy Insider — have teamed up with Jakks Pacific to celebrate Christmas in July with an exclusive look at upcoming holiday products. Jakks’ 2022 holiday lineup is spreading the holiday cheer in the months ahead with some new for ’22 collectibles and the return of some sought-after favorites from the past two years. Check ’em out!

Start a new tradition with Clark! | Source: Jakks Pacific/the Pop Insider


‘Tis the season to be merry with the National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation-inspired Clark Griswold Talking Plush. This 12-inch scale pull-string plush character has a rotocast plastic head in the likeness of actor Chevy Chase and features 16 classic lines from the film. Clark will be available this fall and can be preordered via Amazon.

The Blue Blur is speeding home for the holidays. | Source: Jakks Pacific/the Pop Insider


Celebrate the holiday season with Sonic the Hedgehog and friends. A total of 24 figures and accessories are included in the set, with three unique holiday figures and one holiday accessory available exclusively with the Advent Calendar. The box opens up to create a holiday scene. The Sonic Advent Calendar is available at Amazon.

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If you missed this last year, collect it now! | Source: Jakks Pacific/the Pop Insider


Last year, Jakk’s Super Mario Advent Calendar was a massive hit, so it’s back early. The holiday-themed calendar includes a total of 24 2.5-inch scale figures and accessories, such as Ice Luigi, Princess Peach, Light Blue Yoshi, and the first releases of a special Santa Mario, Snowman Mario, Snowman Luigi, and more. The package folds down to create a holiday scene. Available now at Amazon.

Source: Jakks Pacific/the Pop Insider


A quartet of popular items from Jakks Pacific’s 2020 and 2021 holiday programs is returning to retail this fall.

  • Elf Buddy the Elf Talking Plush with Will Ferrell likeness (originally released in 2020)
  • Elf Advent Calendar (originally released in 2020)
  • Gremlins Countdown Calendar (originally released in 2020)
  • A Christmas Story Advent Calendar (originally released in 2021)

Over the past few years, Jakks has really been ramping things up in the collectibles space with its Super Mario and Sonic the Hedgehog lines joined by Apex Legends and more. Will YOU be getting into the holiday spirit with some of these new seasonal offerings? We sure will be!

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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.