Minecraft Toys

Mincecraft toys can be a real winner for any kid (or adult) who loves the massively popular Lego-style adventure game.  If you know a boy that loves video games then you likely know a boy that also has played Minecraft at some point in his young life.  For those that don’t know Minecraft it is a PC-based video game that allows the player to immerse themselves in a 3D world in which is constructed block-by-block by the players themselves, where they can create their own structures and contraptions out of textured cubes.

You likely have already seen people wearing T-shirts with Minecraft themes on them.  But now Minecraft-themed toys are branching out beyond T-shirts.  In fact they have crossed-over to Lego, which of course is another popular line of toys on their own.

The hottest Minecraft toys right now are the newest LEGO playsets:

lego-the-caveLEGO Minecraft – The Cave 21113

minecraft-lego-villageLEGO Minecraft – The Village 21105

lego-the-farmLEGO Minecraft – The Farm 21114

lego-first-nightLEGO Minecraft – The First Night 21115

lego-crafting-boxLEGO Minecraft – Crafting Box 21116

 

 

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Yes, Furbys are Still Popular Toys

The Furby line of toys was first introduced in 1998 and that first line sold for only 3 years.  I say “only” because during that short time over 40 million of these popular toys were sold.  There have been several iterations of Furbys since then, and they are still fairly popular toys, although I don’t think I would exactly call them hot.

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If you are unfamiliar with Furbys then these are small furry toys that are essentially small toy robots that are designed to be trained to become domesticated, such as “learning” English.  They also sing and dance, and react to interaction from humans.  One of the most interesting (and frustrating) aspect of these toys is the difficulty of turning them off.  There are actually a few ways to turn them off, but the involve doing something special with the toy (e.g. pulling its tail for 10 seconds).  There is no on/off switch on these toys, which adds to the frustration.  Most people are unaware of these “trick” procedures.

In addition there is extreme motion sensitivity that can cause them to “wake up” in response to the slightest movement.  Once woken up it is difficult to silence them again unless they are left alone to return to “sleep”.

Despite these unusual features Furbys continue to be refreshed every few years, and they continue to sell well.  Children apparently enjoy their behavior, and are highly entertained by the silly songs and dance. The current line of toys is called Furby Boom, and they are produced by the Hasbro company.

 

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2014 – The Year of Lego

star-wars-wiiThe Lego company is having a banner year so far, and it is destined to last for months to come. If you can think of any major action movie there is usually at least one Lego set to go along with it.

The Lego company was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Christiansen. The first Lego bricks were made of wood, which was consistent with the toys at the time. In 1947 they started producing their toys in plastic.

For many years their bread-and-butter was general building sets, leaving much to the imagination of the child. Many of us can remember digging into a large pile of assorted Lego bricks, building whatever came to our mind. Often the colors didn’t matter, unless we were going for a particularly eye-catching design.

But in more recent years Lego has created a lot more engineered sets, with a single purpose. These are building sets that are designed to be built into a single item or items, such as a Batman car, or a Star Wars tie fighter. They have often created sets in association with popular TV shows or hit movies.

UPDATE for 2015: Hot Lego Sets for 2015

In the 2000’s Lego created a very popular line of sets called Bionicle. Over the course of a decade the sets became large and more complex, and many children received and enjoyed the Bionicle series. it was hugely popular for Lego. But after a decade this line was replaced with Hero Factory.

Lego Movie Playsets

In 2014 the story changes a little. Lego now has a major motion picture, which is raking in the money at the box office. Now they have sets tied to their own hit movie, rather than for some other company. Here are some of those LEGO Movie-themed sets:

Top Selling Sets – Updated November 2014

Here are some top-selling sets directly from Amazon. You’ll notice that the top 5 sets are all Minecraft sets.

lego-the-caveLEGO Minecraft – The Cave 21113

minecraft-lego-villageLEGO Minecraft – The Village 21105

lego-the-farmLEGO Minecraft – The Farm 21114

lego-first-nightLEGO Minecraft – The First Night 21115

lego-crafting-boxLEGO Minecraft – Crafting Box 21116

lego-31010LEGO Creator Treehouse 31010

lego-76011LEGO Superheroes Batman 76011

 

Finally, since there are so many Lego sets available here are some shortcut links to Amazon search pages featuring the most popular kinds of sets:

For more reading visit the Lego Wikipedia Page

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Top Toys for Boys 2014

There is an endless selection of toys for boys. 2014 is no different than any other year. And it is no surprise that Lego ranks very highly in toy rankings this year.

So without further ado here are some of the hottest toys for boys in 2014.

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