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

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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

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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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New Hatchimals Versions

Unless you were living under a rock in 2016 you should know about the smash toy hit known as Hatchimals, those cute little interactive toys that would hatch and mature as they are played with.  The problem was they sold out almost immediately after release and they were nearly impossible to find all the way through Christmas.

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Original Hatchimals – 2016

But now Spin Master, the company behind the craze, is release two new versions of their Hatchimals.  They are not available yet, but will likely hit stores in a few months.

The first is Hatchimals Glitter (priced at $59.99 each), which enhances the original Hatchimals concept with some sparkle. The new creatures’ names are “Sparkly Pengualas” and “Shimmering Draggles”, both of which sport sparkling fur, new sounds, songs and games. Hatchimals Glitter will hit stores in July.

Also new are Hatchimals Colleggtibles, which will hit stores in May.  The are smaller versions of the the original Hatchimals – mini plastic creatures that live inside a mini egg with a large purple heart on it.  These are self-hatching like the original version – kids have to help hatch their Colleggtibles by rubbing their hearts until they changes from purple to pink, which means it’s ready to hatch.  Manually crack open the egg and hidden inside are mystical animal-inspired creatures with glittery wings.

The first line of Colleggtibles will have 70 creatures, including severak limited editions. The Hatchimals Colleggtibles will be sold in packs ($2.99 for a single and $9.99 for a 4-pack).

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Hatchimal Alternatives

hatchimalsAs expected Hatchimals have turned out to be the hottest and hardest-to-find toy this Christmas season.  What is surprising is that they have completely sold out in early November and prices are sky-high (through 3rd-party sellers).  We don’t know when there will be more supply to satisfy the demand, but in the meantime if you would rather spend something like $40-$60 for a reasonable replacement toy, rather than spending $150 and up for a Hatchimal then we have some ideas for you to consider.

FurReal Friends – Interactive Animals

FurReal Friends Torch

FurReal Friends Torch

FurReal Friends has a few different animals that your child can interact with rather than just hold.  For example the FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon responds to touch with 50+ sound and motion combinations. Fill his tank with water and he breathes flame-colored mist (and burps).  He also give fun responses when you touch his nose.

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FurReal Friends Bootsie

FurReal Friends Bootsie

There’s also FurReal Friends Bootsie – a playful cat that looks and acts just like a real kitty. Wave at her or tap her mouth with included treat for fun expressions.  Pet her head to discover her current mood.

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Little Live Pets

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Little Live Pets – Snuggles

Another alternative to Hatchimals is Little Live Pets.  First up is the Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy.  This is a fun little interactive puppy that responds to hugging and feeding.  It is a very soft animal and kids seems to love it.

The only possible issue with this toy is reported quality issues.  If you absolutely must get this toy do so with the expectation that it might not work properly and might need to be replaced.

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Peppy Pets Dog

Peppey Pets Toy Dog

Peppy Pets Toy Dog

The Peppy Pets Kid Powered Dog can be a nice cuddly companion for little kids.  The dog is soft and can perform tricks like flipping.   The pet is not battery powered – it flips using the tug of the leash.  So it is not as advanced as the more technological interactive pets but it can be a fun friend for a younger child.

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Ozobot 2.0 Bit – The Programmable Robot

There is a wave of robotic toys on the market these days.  We have already highlighted a number of them already.  And this is a very good development for kids.  These educational bots both entertain kids and expose them to the type of technology that they may very well be designing themselves in future years. Video games merely entertain – educational robots prepare them for the future.

Ozobot 2.0

Ozobot 2.0

The Ozobot 2.0 Bit is a handy little programmable robot that can keep your kids occupied for hours.  Now first of all this device is a little on the small side – measuring in at just over an inch.  But the point of this bot is not its size but its capabilities.  You can program your Ozobot Bit to dance, race, and more.  There is a corresponding app that lets you play in-app games, download activities from the Ozobot website, and create your own challenges and games. 

One aspect that we find interesting is the various levels of programmability of this little device.  Younger kids can create simpler activities using basic OzoCodes, and they can command their Ozobot to do numerous actions with names like Nitro Boost, Zig-Zag, and Tornado.

Ozobot App Screenshot

Ozobot App Screenshot

Advanced Programming

As children grow they can advance on to more advanced skills in which they can fully program the Ozobot using a visual editor.  This is the real power of this toy – allowing kids to step beyond basic commands and activities and taking control with skills that they can master long before formal programming instruction in school.  The results of their efforts play out in 3D in the real world, not the virtual world like an app or a computer screen.  The Ozobot moves, races, and possibly crashes right in front of them.

The Ozobot 2.0 Bit is not very expensive, and for the potential it can offer your child we find it very attractive as an educational Robot, despite its small size.   This device is recommended for ages 8 and up.

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