Yo Gabba Gabba

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California fathers Christian Jacob and Scott Schultz--who had worked together since they were both teenagers--began brainstorming ideas for a new kids' TV show in the late '90s. Several years later, they produced a pilot called Yo Gabba Gabba, which drew inspiration from other popular stalwarts like Sesame Street, H.R. Pufnstuf, and Pee-Wee's Playhouse. The duo put videos up online and started to garner attention from both everyday viewers and industry executives, and they were eventually approached by Nickelodeon with plans to make a series. The show officially debuted as part of Nick Jr. in 2007.

The wacky premise for Yo Gabba Gabba includes a host and narrator named DJ Lance Rock, who is friends with costumed characters like Muno the cyclops, Foofa the flower bubble, Toodee the arctic cat-dragon, Plex the yellow robot, and Brobee the baby monster. The show melds live-action segments with animated shorts, and it features musical guests in most of its episodes--including a number of famous groups and solo artists. The series aired for four seasons from 2007 until 2015. It has won several awards for children's television and music, and the cast has gone on multiple international concert tours.

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The design of the characters in the Yo Gabba Gabba franchise made the decision to model toys after them an obvious one. The five Gabbas, in particular, are featured in many different forms--including action figures, plush toys, big figs, dolls, and more. Many of these toys are able to sing and dance, while others can be combined with accessories for kids to act out their favorite scenes. Since Yo Gabba Gabba appeals primarily to preschoolers, many of these toys are bigger and don't contain any dangerous small parts. Plenty of household items are also available, such as water bottles, food caddies, backpacks, lunchboxes, and kitchenware. Home décor items to decorate kids' rooms include bedding and bath sets.

Children who are obsessed with Yo Gabba Gabba love to show off their love of the show with clothing items that display the characters. You can find plenty of graphic tees for both boys and girls, as well as pajama sets, sweatshirts, hoodies, leggings, and more. For the youngest fans, bodysuits and onesies are available, as are bibs, socks, booties, and other accessories. Little ones can also enjoy reading books about the characters and watching their adventures on DVD.

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From the beginning, Yo Gabba Gabba was a hit among families because of its quirkiness and tendency toward good fun. Even critics have hailed it as one of the better shows produced recently for very young viewers. Though the mania surrounding the series has died down a bit in recent years, Nick Jr. continues to air reruns of the show to hook new fans all the time. Even some older teens and young adults have latched on to the franchise because its episodes feature such big-name musical guests. Kids will always love the toys and apparel associated with the lovable Gabba crew--whether they are bought brand new or acquired secondhand. We give Yo Gabba Gabba 4 stars out of 5.

Yo Gabba Gabba

About
  • Established 2007
  • Toys and apparel based on the TV show
Sold at:
Major retailers and online
Types of items:
Plush toys, dolls, action figures, big figs, playsets, books, CDs, DVDs, graphic tees, onesies, sweatshirts, bodysuits, leggings, socks, booties, bibs, home décor, kitchenware, bedding sets, bath accessories
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Our rating:
4/5