Toy Stores – Top Toys

Many stores such as Walmart, Amazon and Target release their annual list of hot toys for the holiday shopping season.  The stores themselves are not just guessing – they have the ability to predict the hot toys based on early buying patterns, such as for birthdays and other holidays.  So you have to take these lists seriously if you want to make sure your kids find the top toys waiting for them this year.

We  took a look at various store-based toy lists and we’ve picked out some products that we think will rise to the top of many kids’ wish lists.

LEGO Ninjago Building Kit

LEGO Ninjago Green Mech

LEGO Ninjago Green Mech

The latest LEGO movie Ninjago extends the popular dragon-based characters from the Ninja series.  This Ninjago Green Ninja Mech building kit has a fantastic 544 pieces and it puts kids right into the middle of the action.  This large figure sports a minifigure cockpit, articulated snapping jaws, posable body, and a wheel-activated swooshing tail.

The kit include four additional mini-figures The Green Ninja, Wu, Garmadon and Charlie, as well as an array of weapons.

We really like these LEGO building kits that kids can actually play with, rather than static kits that you pretty much put on a shelf and stare at.

K’NEX Thrill Rides Web Weaver Roller Coaster Building Set

K’NEX Thrill Ride Roller Coaster Kit

There are over 430 pieces in this exciting K’NEX Thrill Rides Roller Coaster building set.  After you receive the satisfaction of completing your build you then get to actually run the air-powered car around the track.  This looks like a really fun set similar to other K’NEX building sets such as the giant Ferris Wheel.

LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox – Building and Coding

LEGO Creative Toolbox

With the LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox you and your child can build one of five multi-functional robots and control them with the easy-to-use coding blocks on your tablet.  LEGO has come a long way into creating a robotic building set that combines technology education with the fun of building and reaching the final creation.  

This set is recommended for ages 7-12 years old.

Nickelodeon – Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower

Nickelodeon – Paw Patrol – My Size Lookout Tower

The Nickelodeon Paw Patrol Lookout Tower is more than two and a half feet tall and features interactive lights and authentic sounds. Hear each character’s signature phrase with the press of a button.   There is also a rotating periscope and a central elevators that takes the mini-figures up and down.  And finally there are vehicle launchers along the base – ready for some exciting fun.

This set is recommended for ages 3 and up.

Lulu Jr. My Comic Book Making Kit

My Comic Book Building Kit

Enough with the high-tech toys and building kits.  This is the very unique My Comic Book Making Kit. Okay yes – it is technically a building kit, but in this case it gives you various tools to help you create your very own 18-page full-color comic book.  This kit will boost your child’s creativity and give them a sense of self-esteem when they’ve completed their book.

Recommended for ages 6 and up.

 

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10 Hot New Toys of 2017

Christmas is just a few short months away, and some really cool new toys are emerging as possible top-sellers that you’ll want to take a serious look at.  This list takes a different look at toys and games – not necessarily offerings from the huge toy franchises, but the unique and the cutting edge.

Fingerlings by Wowwee

Fingerlings

Fingerlings

Fingerlings are adorable baby monkeys that are curious about the world around them—starting with you! These interactive pets love to hang onto your finger, blink their eyes, turn their heads, blow kisses, swing by their tails, and talk in monkey babble!  Kids will just love to interact with them. There are a number of different Fingerlings to choose from – different names and different colors.  Check them all out.

Recommended For Ages 3 and up.

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Laser X Laser Gaming Set

Laser X Gaming Set

 

I haven’t met a kid (including my own) that doesn’t love to play laser tag.  With one of these Laser X gaming sets you can have the same laser fun at home.  Blast your opponent’s receiver vest from up to 200′ away. Full Color Lighting Effects let you keep track of shots and hits. Interactive voice coach gives tips, feedback during the game. Plug in headphones and hear the Laser X Soundtrack and Sound Effect.

Recommended For Ages 8 and up.

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Nerf Rival Artemis XVII-3000

Nerf Artemis Rival

Nerf Rival Artemis

Nerf has a long history of making fun and safe toys guns and blasters.  The Nerf Rival Artemis is a high capacity blaster that holds 30 high-impact rounds.  It has a rotating barrel and an easy-load integrated magazine. Just like its predecessors this blaster will yield hours and hours of great indoor and outdoor fun.

Recommended For Ages 14 and up

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Fisher-Price Think & Learn Tag ‘n Teach Movi

Think & Learn Tag 'n Teach Movi

Think & Learn Tag ‘n Teach Movi

The Fisher Price Think & Learn Teach ‘n Tag Movi is a really fun interactive toy for preschoolers.  It encourages kids to get their minds and bodies moving while teaching them how to follow directions and think critically about the world around them.  It has 3 game modes and 6 games to choose from.  Teach ‘n Tag Movi may be asking kids questions to engage their critical thinking skills, prompting them to follow directions to a fun game, or getting silly on the dance floor. Kids will have a blast with this toy.

Recommended For Ages 3-6 Years

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Power Wheels Wild Thing

Power Wheels Wild Thing

Power Wheels Wild Thing

The Power Wheel Wild Thing vehicle looks awesome!  It is a self-powered ride-on toy with 360 degree action.  It goes forward, reverse, and spins in place.  ALong with the motion possibilities it looks really cool with its exposed metal structure, extra-wide seat and oversized tires.  The rider uses the dual joysticks to control the steering forward and backward – and the exciting spinning action,

Recommended For Ages 5-10 Years

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Simon Star Wars Darth Vader Game

Simon - Darth Vader

Simon – Darth Vader

The Simon Darth Vader is the science fiction version of the classic Simon game.  Instead of boring buttons the elements of Darth Vader’s face light up to let you play the fun memory game that has been challenging generations of kids.  If you or your family loves Star Wars then this is a must-have toy.

Recommended Far Ages 8 and up (although kids of any age can give this toy a try)

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6 Electronic Toys for Kids

Get ready for an action-packed list of cool electronic toys for kids.   The choice of electronic interactive toys grows every year, and the toy makers grow more and more innovative along the way.

1. Miposaur

miposaur

Miposaur Dinosaur

Miposaur responds to the swipe of your hand! Miposaur has three different moods and ten different commands including things like Swipe, CLap, and Scare. Depending on what it’s in, Miposaur will react to gestures differently.

2. VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Garage

Vtech Go! Go! Garage

Vtech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Garage

This is a fun playset for the younger crowd – 1-5 year olds.  The VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Park and Learn Deluxe Garage has a ton a exciting things to do.  For example roll the SmartPoint tow truck over 9 SmartPoint locations to hear different phrases, music or fun sound effects. The set includes 7 interchangeable track pieces.  The track pieces connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels or Go! Go! Smart Animals playsets (each sold separately) to encourage creativity.

3. VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix

Kidizoom Camera Pix - Pink

Kidizoom Camera Pix – Pink

Kids can take real digital photographs with the VTech Kidizoom Camera Pix.  This kid-friendly camera includes all the tools budding photographers want to use.  Want to take a selfie? The automatic face detection lets you take great ones. Explore your creativity by using static and animated photo effects to enhance your pictures. The Camera Pix also has a video recorder, voice recorder, 4 built-in games and more that add to the fun. Intended for ages 3 to 8 years.

4. KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones

Kids love listening to music, but how to you protect them from damaging their hearing while wearing headphones?  The KidJamz 2 Safe Listening Headphones are designed to protect children’s hearing as they listen to movies, music, games, and more without compromising sound quality.  These headphones come in various colors.

5. Snap Circuits – Arcade

Snap Circuits Arcade Kit

Snap Circuits Arcade Kit

The Snap Circuits Arcade Kit follows in a long line of electronic kits that teach children the foundations of electronic design.  These innovative kits contain color-coded, real circuit components that snap together to create working electronic circuits and devices. In this Arcade you do the building and can even program some of your projects. Change the readout on the Programmable Fan module through the included U29 LED Display and Micro Controller. Recommended for children 8 and older.

6. LEGO Mindstorms Robot Kit

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit

LEGO MINDSTORMS EV3 31313 Robot Kit

The LEGO Mindstorms EV3 Robot Kit is one of the most advanced electronics kit you can find, and it has the well-established LEGO company behind it. At the heart of the product is the Intelligent EV3 Brick with powerful ARM9 processor, USB port for WiFi and Internet connectivity, Micro SD card reader, back-lit buttons and 4 motor ports. You can use the building App to help build your robots, or advance to the EV3 software for your PC or Mac to build more advanced designs. Building instructions for 5 robots included.

 

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5 Hot Toys for 2017 – Early Look

Summer is just starting but it’s a perfect time to start looking ahead at what might be the hottest toys for Christmas in 2017.  There are a lot of great candidates, toys and gadgets for for all ages.

1. Hatchimals – The Hottest Toy for 2016 is Back!

Hatchimals took the world by storm last year, and within days it they’re release they were sold out and were hard to find all the way through Christmas.  We expect availability to improve this year, but you can never be too sure.

A new type of Hatchimal this year is the Hatchimal Glittering Garden.  The Sparkly Penguala is one of the more popular Hatchimal creatures on the market.  Each Glittering Garden Hatchimal has sparkly fur and twinkly wings.  The process is simple:  Help them Hatch, Raise your Hatchimal, then play Interactive Games.  The quality has improved since 2016, so you shouldn’t let that bother you in 2017.

Another types of Hatchimals is the collectible series called Colleggtibles.  These are smaller creatures that your child can collect and use their imagination with.

2 – Fidget Spinners and Fidget Cubes

fidget-spinner

Fidget Spinner

Fidget spinners have experienced a roller coaster in 2016.  These stress-relieving toys have become a viral toy in the beginning part of the year, then quickly attracted some negative press because of some reports of dangers to small children.  So let’s put a disclaimer right up front:  Do not buy a fidget spinner for small children.

There are so many fidget spinners on the market, so use this link to view a selection of fidget spinners on Amazon.

Fidget Cube

Fidget Cube

An alternative to the fidget spinner is the fidget cube.  These are considered more socially acceptable, and give you a few more options to release your stress with.

3. Furreal Friends Flurry

Furreal Friends - Flurry

Furreal Friends – Flurry

Here is another repeat hot toy from 2016, but this is still a very popular item in 2017.  The electronics pets from Furreal Friends are widely popular with children as well as nursing homes.  Yes the elderly can actually benefit with an electronic toy they can interact with.  This cute pet named Flurry Pet coos, kicks, and walks to you when you shake her rattle – more than 45 sound combination.  Of course these pets are as soft as can be too.

4. Cozmo the Robot by Anki

Cozmo Robot

Cozmo Robot

Cozmo by Anki is a very highly rated robot toy, and we continue to recommend it year after year.  Cozmo learns more about you the longer you hang out with it.  He’s a real-life robot like you’ve only seen in movies, with a one-of-a-kind personality that evolves the more you interact with it.

5. Despicable Me Pie Face Game

Despicable Me Pie Face Game

Despicable Me Pie Face Game

The Despicable Me Pie Face Game is the marriage of the hottest kids game from last year and the hottest movie franchise over the past few years.  Kids will have a genuine blast with this game.

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