Hatchimals Take Over Christmas

Hatchimals are about to take this Christmas by storm – we believe it will become the hottest must-have interactive toy for 2016.  Never heard of Hatchimals before?  You’re not alone, but if you will be buying gifts and toys for kids in 2016 you need to know what they are.  Maybe you remember the Tamagotchi toys of the 1990’s – those little interactive digital “pets” that were a big craze for a few years.  Hatchimals are very similar to Tamagotchi pets and even Furbys, but exhibit more advanced behaviors due to the advanced technologies around today.

UPDATE:  Hatchimals are selling out everywhere.  Why not check out our Hatchimal Alternatives.

Hatchimals by Spin Master

Hatchimals by Spin Master

At its beginning a Hatchimal pet starts out in its own plastic egg.  After a bit of playtime (about 30 minutes) the figure starts pecking its way out of the egg.  After this initial “hatching” the toys will react and respond to a child’s play – when you tap on it, the Hatchimal taps back. When you stroke the top or bottom, it lights up and makes sounds.

This toy is designed to grow up and mature the more it is played with over the course of days and weeks.  This way children will not give up on the toy too quickly (at least that’s the hope anyway).   After its hatchling phase the pet becomes a toddler and eventually an adult Hatchimal.  As a baby you feed it by touching its beak to the floor. It becomes more interactive as a toddler (dancing and speaking) and then it will play games as it matures to adulthood.

The price is not too high for a toy like this, and we recommend that if you are interested in buying them don’t wait.  Hatchimals may sell out quickly and may not be available closer to Christmas.

Recommended for aged 5-10 years.

There are two variations of Hatchimals:  Draggles and Penguala (click image to find more information on Amazon):

Hatchimals - Draggles

Hatchimals – DRAGGLES

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Hatchimals – PENGUALA


 

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Animated Movie Toys – 2016

It is now autumn of 2016 and many of the popular animated movies have come and gone, but their merchandising will live on for months or years to come.  Disney does not have a stranglehold on animation these days.  The other prominent movie studios are churning out blockbusters that compete with and often beat Disney at their own game.  The age of fantastic animation is here, and it will only get better.

Here is a rundown of some of the hottest animated movies of 2016 and a representative sample of toys spun off from those movies.

Finding Dory

At this point in the year Disney’s Finding Dory is the #1 grossing movie of 2016.  This Finding Nemo sequel focuses on the forgetful fish Dory and has become a good example of a sequel that can be as good as the original.

Finding Dory Educational Kit

Finding Dory Educational Kit

For kids this Finding Dory 4-in-1 Educational Kit looks like it will be a blast.  Designed for kids 3-8 years old this kit has games that help children develop their observational skills as well as their memory.  It might just be a great gift for fans of Dory.

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The Secret Life of Pets

Using a very original premise for a movie Universal Studios created the widely popular Secret Life of Pets.  The animation in this movie is superb, which made a lot of the action in the movie almost believable. The movie was filled with many fun-loving characters, each with his or her own personality.

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Secret Life of Pets Apartment Playset

The Secret Life of Pets 3-Story Apartment playset just looks so darned cute.  It includes three pet figures (Max, Gidget and Snowball) and kids will have fun pretending they are playing with the real pets themselves.  The apartments are separate and can connect together in different ways.  Recommended for ages 4 and up.

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Ty Beanie Baby Chloe Plush

Ty Beanie Baby Chloe Plush

There are many adorable Secret Life of Pets figures and plushes.  We just love the attitude of Chloe – typical cat all the way.  The Chloe plush is appropriate for ages 3 years and older.

buy-amazon-button2Zootopia

Zootopia is yet another Disney animated hit movie.  Following the theme of animal-based animated moves Zootopia follows the unlikely teamwork between a rabbit police officer and a red fox con artist as they investigate the disappearance of predator civilians within their metropolis.

Zootopia Police Station Playset

The Zootopia Police Station playset puts you right into the action of this animated movie.  This set is over 31 inches wide and 13 inches tall, and includes the Clawhauser figure, and a mini-helicopter with mini-Safety Squirrel figure.  There is also a mini-projector that simulates a computer monitor with 3 different images.  There is a moving elevator, working jail cell, and lots of other fun things to play with.  Recommended for ages 3-6 years.

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The Angry Birds Movie

The hugely popular gaming app has been transformed into a blockbuster movie.  Usually it’s the movie that spawns other consumer products, but in this case the Angry Birds mobile game clearly spawned the movie, and fans of the game are eating it up.

LEGO Angry Birds Set

LEGO Angry Birds Building Set

This LEGO Angry Birds building set offers hours of fun.  It includes 859 pieces which includes a wide array of movie-specific accessories and figures.  It is highly-rated on Amazon, as are most LEGO building sets, and we think most kids will get a real kick out of this set.  Recommended for ages 8-14.

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Fun Christmas Toys for Girls

We’ve found some neat and fun toys that we think your little girl would just love.  This includes some of the most popular lines of toys in recent years including FurReal Friends, My Little Pony, and Barbie.  Take a look and see if you can find something your girl would flip over.

FurReal Friends Torch – My Blazin’ Dragon

FurReal Friends Torch

FurReal Friends Torch

We love this addition to the FurReal Friends family.  The FurReal Friends Torch – My Blazin’ Dragon is very interactive and fun to play with.  This pet responds to touch with 50+ sound and motion combinations.  He breathes flame-colored mist, and well as burps, when his “tank” is filled with water.  This set includes the pet, a color-changing treat, water-filling crystal and filter.

buy-amazon-button2My Little Pony Explore Equestria Castle

My Little Pony Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

My Little Pony Equestria Crystal Empire Castle

Your girl will just adore this translucent My Little Pony Equestria Crystal Empire Castle.  This castle lights up and features a variety of play areas.  It comes with 16 accessories including a throne, crystal vanity, dress, jewelry as well as other things.  The My Little Pony franchise is alive and well, and this set is a great example of it.

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Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck

Num Noms Lipgloss Truck

The Num Noms Lipgloss Truck includes everything your girl needs to make her very own flavored lip gloss.  She gets to pick her own flavor, adds some sprinkles, and mixes it up to create her lip gloss creation.  It can be a little messy, so this may be better for girls that are a little older.

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LEGO Disney Princess Castle

LEGO Disney Princess Castle

For the girls that like to get hands-on with their toys this LEGO Disney Princess Elsa’s Sparkling Ice Castle is just the thing.  There are 292 pieces in this building set, and it comes with the castle and many other accessories like an icicle tree, sleigh, ice skates, and many others.  It has a lot of great online reviews, and we’re sure the girl (or boy) who receives it will have hours of fun playing with this set.

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The Secret Life of Pets – Hot Toys

The Secret Life of Pets is one the most widely anticipated movies of 2016.  Trailers and commercials have been playing for months, raising the excitement level in both kids and parents alike.  The premise is fantastic: What do your pets do when you leave the house for the day?  Plus add the wonderful animation and personality-filled characters, then you have a laugh-a-minute movie.

At this time the movie has just been released and has had a great opening weekend.  So although the movie is hot the hotness of the toys are not yet established, but we’ll highlight some toys we think your kids would love and adore.

Chloe Plush (and others)

(Links take you to Amazon product listings)

There are so many cute plushes, but we love the Chloe plush, the Buddy plush, and the Gidget plush.

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Chloe Plush

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Buddy Plush

Gidget Plush

Gidget Plush


Movie Posters

Don’t want or need a plush? Then how about a reproduction Secret Life of Pets movie poster.  These posters are not huge, but they’ll add a spice to any kid’s room. (again, links take you to Amazon)

Duke Movie Poster

Duke Movie Poster

Max Poster

Max Movie Poster

 


Large Wall Decal

Secret Life of Pets Decal

Secret Life of Pets Decal

This is a neat wall decal from the Secret Life of Pets.  It’s a pretty large size – about 39 inches wide.  And it has many of the characters from the movie. The decal is removable and repositionable.

Secret Life of Pets Lunch Kit

Secret Life of Pets Lunch Kit

Secret Life of Pets Lunch Kit

This Chloe lunch kit is really cute and would be a welcome gift for any Secret Life of Pets fan.

 

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