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Heat Miser Returns; Shows Value in Rankin Bass Animation Brand

December 8th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Heat Miser

ABC Family has brought back the Rankin Bass character Heat Miser in “A Miser Brothers’ Christmas.” The show, the first animated feature for the channel, premieres Saturday, December 13 at 8 p.m. ET and is based upon the characters Heat Miser and Snow Miser originally appearing in the Rankin-Bass classic “The Year Without a Santa […]

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The Christmas List of Surviving U.S. Downtown Department Stores

December 7th, 2008 · 39 Comments

OH COME ALL YE FAITHFUL DOWNTOWN, USA – It’s the Christmas shopping season. Not less than a decade ago, most parents had a nearby downtown department store. The visit would usually entail seeing Santa, buying some presents, and in general, picking up some civic spirit and sense of community. That is all gone. Almost. Thankfully, […]

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Mrs. Beasley Returns This Christmas

November 25th, 2008 · No Comments

By Alice Pollard Mrs. Beasley was my favorite doll. Just like Buffy on Family Affair. (Above, Mrs. Beasley sits on a chair as Uncle Bill explains the birds and bees.) I don’t know if Mrs. Beasley was created for the show or if she was a popular doll made more popular by the TV show, […]

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Muppetational Fall F.A.O. Schwarz Catalog

October 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Hope for New York is in the mail. Christmas comes. NEW YORK – The FAO catalog is out. Christmas is coming. Sure as the turn of leaves along the Taconic Parkway, the iconic New York toy retailer FAO Schwarz has released its fall offerings, this year with the Muppets on the cover. No matter the […]

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Tags: Retail · Toys

Life Savers Hang on For Life

September 22nd, 2008 · 5 Comments

A reader writes: “I remember Fancy Fruit Life Savers being my favorites as a boy and I cannot seem to find them anywhere … Discontinued? What’s the story? I’ve seen Tropical Fruits available but rarely … Hmmm” Yes,  you are not imagining things, dear BrandlandUSA Reader. Life Savers are a declining brand, and it has […]

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