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.

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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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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

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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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Hot Zootopia Toys in 2016

zootopiaZootopia is the 55th animated feature movie in the Walt Disney Animated Classics series.  The city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where animals live very productive lives. Judy Hopps becomes the first rabbit to join the police force, and she quickly learns how difficult it will be to enforce the law.  She jumps at the chance to solve a mysterious case, but that means working with Nick Wilde, a sly fox who makes her job even harder.

This was a very popular film for Disney, and it breaks from the traditional princess-centered fairy tales that Disney is known for.  You could compare it to Bug’s Life, but the animation is much more modern and incredibly sharp.

Here are a number of Zootopia toys to keep your child’s imagination churning.

Judy’s Police Cruiser and Nick’s Convertible

Check out these cars that will keep the action going.

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Zootopia – Judy’s Cruiser

The Judy Cruiser includes Judy’s Police Cruiser, an Officer Judy Hopps figure, and a Law Breaking Mouse Figure.  The wheels all turn, and the trunk even transforms into a jail cell.

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Zootopia – Nick’s Convertible

Nick’s convertible also comes with a Nick figure, and it comes with a parking meter.  The cars come with holes in the seats to fit the figures’ tail.  How neat!

These cars are recommended for ages 3-6 years of age (small parts warning – not for kids under 3).

Zootopia Walkie Talkies

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If you want some interactive play, but you don’t want to go all out on an expensive playset, this pair of Zootopia-themed walkie talkies might just fit the bill. They are pretty basic but they have the Zootopia look, and they have flexible antennas so they won’t be easily broken.  Single push-button operation is all it takes.

Recommended for ages 3-15 years.

Zootopia Playset

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Disney Zootopia Playset

This Zootopia playset has everything your kid needs.  This is an official DIsney playset, and it has 10 figures up to 4 inches tall.  The set includes:  Judy Hopps, Nick Wilde, Mayor Lionheart, Benjamin Clawhauser, Flash, Yak, Bellwether, Mr. Big,Baby, elephant with ice pop, and young bunny.

Recommended ages: 4 years and up

 

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Top Anticipated Movies of 2016

We’re here to look ahead to the big movies that are expected to hit theaters in 2016.  Why do we do this?  To see where the top toys might be coming from, of course (this is a toy site after all).

The past few years have seen the hottest toys come from the top movie releases.  2014 was simply known as the Frozen year of toys.  2015 was more diverse, but Star Wars toys took the lead.  The superhero movies were also popular last year, as well as the Minions.

So what do we have to look forward to in 2016?  Let’s run down the list of the kid- and teen-friendly movies where we might see the most popular licensed toys and games.

Kung Fu Panda 3

Po, the kung fu panda, is back.  This time he’s facing new challenges: a supernatural villain defeating all of the kung fu masters, and dealing with the return of his long-lost panda father. Hilarity ensues. (released Jan 29)

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Deadpool

Deadpool is a “new” breed of superhero movie, which (at this writing) has already been released and is doing very well in theaters.  It combines fun action with wit and humor.  Ryan Reynolds is quite the star in 2016. We anticipate some interesting toys spun off from this fun action movie.

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Zootopia

Another early-2016 release, Zootopia is an entertaining new movie from Disney is making some waves in the animation world.  In this movie we find a society where animals populate cities and towns, but of course there’s a mystery that drives the plot, which includes characters like a crafty fox (voiced by Jason Bateman) and office Judy Hopps (Ginnifer Goodwin).  We expect this movie to follow nicely in the footsteps of movies like Big Hero 6, Frozen, and Wreck it Ralph.

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View hot Zootopia toys.

Batman vs Superman

This March release takes us on yet another twist through the storylines of the famous superheros Batman and Superman.  This movie will help to launch the DC Cinematic Universe.  This movie will include Wonder Woman and we may see other Justice League members.  Expect a big result (moneywise) from this movie. (Release: March 26)

The Jungle Book

A re-make of the animated Disney movie of the same name.  We can’t wait to see how this classic movie translates into live action.  Be on the lookout for new Jungle Book toys in stores. (Release: April 15)

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Captain America: Civil War

Captain American vs. Iron Man (Tony Stark).  Wow.  This is a Marvel movie, and is the first installment of Marvel’s Phase 3 of films.  There has not been much in the way of trailers for this movie, so it will be a bit of a mystery what we’ll eventually get to see when the it hits theaters.  We will see some other superheroes though, such as the Black Panther and Spider-Man. (Release: May 6)

Warcraft

Now this is one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2016.  The movie has spawned from the hugely popular role playing game of the same name.  So many kids and teens play this game that we expect it to at least be well received, if not a blockbuster.  It will depend on how well the video game concept translates into movie form. (Release: June 10)

Finding Dory

This is the sequel that kids and parents have been waiting for since 2003!  Dory is back, voiced again by Ellen DeGeneres, and she is in a new adventure with her friends to find her family (if she can remember them). (June 17)

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The Secret Life of Pets

We all wonder what our pets do all day, and this movie will (kind of) show us what kind of fun they might be having.  Or you could set-up a webcam to watch them, but we’re sure this movie will be more entertaining. (release: July 8)

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Trolls

Who of us who grew up in the 70’s and 80’s are not familiar with the Troll doll?  They are quite iconic in our culture, with their crazy hair and all.  This movie brings the Trolls to life through state of the art animation. (Nov 4)

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Moana

This Disney movie sets off on an expedition across the South Pacific.  Here we have a musical animated movie with “The Rock” (aka Dwayne Johnson).  Yes that’s right.  We expect something really interesting here, we just hope Disney can pull off something so challenging. (Release: Nov 23)

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

This movie is set in a time between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope.  Here we are going to follow a band of Rebellion fighters who are supposed to steal the plans for the Death Star – you know the ones R2D2 was carrying in the first of the Star Wars blockbusters.  Sounds interesting, but let’s hope this prequel concept fares better than the other prequel trilogy. (Release: Dec 16)

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Other Movies to Watch Out For

Alice Through the Looking Glass (May 27)

Tarzan (July 1)

Ghostbusters (July 15)

Pete’s Dragon (Aug 12)

Doctor Strange (Nov 4)

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Nov 18)

Assassin’s Creed (December 21)

 

 

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