While I was attempting to source some unrelated goods at London Drugs, I like to amuse myself by sliding down the toy aisle and peep in on just how many of the toy lines of my youth are still staggering along on fumes today. I also like to investigate just how completely video games are infiltrating even the lowest echelons of the toy biz, and the answer this year seems to be impressively a lot!
This specimen above seems like a misstep on a few levels. You can tell yourself that everything of a certain vintage is necessarily classic and in demand and children of all ages will thrill to it, but with the exception of Nintendo and a couple of other companies with deep histories and long memories (maybe Capcom and Konami?) I think most video game properties of the early '80s vintage are just old and played-out, unlikely to delight any child receiving its mascot in stuffed form in their stocking Yes, Namco, Pac-Man has "got it". But if you genuinely think that Galaga's Gyaraga has it too, you've drunk the Kool-Aid. (I prodded in vain trying to determine what kinds of noises the "Talking Plush"es made, presumably some classic sound fx.)