Sure, some parents are lining up at dawn to buy those scarce white Mighty Morphin Power Rangers and Golden Jubilee Barbies, but you can find lots of presents without any hassle at all. In the toy industry, these are known fondly as "stiffs." Some examples:
"Joe's been down all year," says an industry watcher. The Power Rangers have handed the veteran infantryman an unconditional defeat. All non-Power Ranger action figures have done badly -- "They're pretty much duds," says an analyst -- though Hasbro's Batman bucks the trend.
"Dead for sure," one insider put it. The dinosaur everyone...