Toys of the Year 2014 – Activity Toys

We are getting to that point in the year where the media and other organizations select toys for that they think will be popular for the holidays, due to their trendiness or based on other criteria.  Here is a look at one such list.  This information is taken from the Toy Association Toys of the Year for 2014.

Glitzi Globes – Glitzi Showcase


Glitzi Globes – Glitzi Showcase

The Glitzi Globes™ Glitzi Showcase comes with materials for creating one mega globe, plus everything girls need to create up to four mini globes, including three large character pieces, seven small character pieces, four small domes, two sticks, twelve floating charms, five small glitter tablets, two big glitter tablets and instructions.

Recommended age: 5+ years

Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset


Hot Wheels Car Maker Playset

Hot Wheels® Car Maker lets kids mold and design their very own 1:64-scale Hot Wheels vehicles. Armed with colorful wax sticks, car body molds, wheels and sticker graphics, kids can create their custom cars that work with Hot Wheels track sets.

Recommended age: 8+ years

LEGO Minecraft Playsets


Lego Minecraft


LEGO® Minecraft sets inspire kids to build and play out their favorite scenes from the
popular virtual game. This collection of buildable toys combines the endless possibilities
of Minecraft with the hands-on creativity of LEGO bricks.

Recommended ages: 10+ years

PLAY-DOH Perfect Twist Ice Cream Playset


PLAY-DOH Perfect Twist Ice Cream Playset

Swirl up some fun and create PLAY-DOH PLUS soft serve ice cream treats with the
PERFECT TWIST ICE CREAM playset! With a twist of two vibrant PLAY-DOH PLUS colors, the magical SWIRLER enhances sweet shoppe play and creates the most realistic looking soft serve ice cream cones yet!

Recommended ages: 3+ years

Rainbow Loom


Rainbow Loom

The Rainbow Loom® is the original make-them-yourself rubber band jewelry kit. With over 600 pieces of rubber band included in the kit, one can make more than 20 customized, colorful rubber band bracelets. The kit includes a Rainbow Loom®, hook, bag of c-clips, mini Rainbow Loom® (hand tool), instruction manual, and 600 non-latex rubber bands in assorted colors.

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Top Selling Star Wars Toys

star-wars-wiiDecember 2015.  That’s when the hugely anticipated next installment of the Star Wars movie franchise hits theaters.  Episode VII should be much different than the previous 6 movies, mainly since George Lucas is not writing this one.

There will likely be many new Star Wars related toys being released in the next year, but for now let me highlight a bunch of highly rated, top selling Star Wars toys on Amazon.  All of these toys have a 4+ rating with at least 100 reviews.

Also don’t miss the NEW Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys.

LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter


X-Wing Starfighter

amazon-shopnowThis LEGO X-Wing Starfighter set if one of the top-selling Star Wars toy on Amazon, and rightly so.   This is a challenging set to build, but not overly so.  An older child could assemble it himself, or you could work with a younger child to complete it in even one sitting.  As you can tell from the photo on the box once the starfighter is complete it will remind you of all of the movie action.

Note: There are many, many Star Wars related LEGO sets that you can purchase (far too many to list here).  If you are so inclined you can use this link to bring up an Amazon search of Star Wars LEGO products:  Star Wars LEGO Toys.

Age range: 8-14 years

Disney Star Wars Toy Playset


Disney Star Wars Playset

amazon-shopnowThis is a nice-looking set of Star Wars collectible figures.  This set is old-school, featuring the figures from the original Star Wars trilogy (episodes 4-6).  Each figure is 3-4 inches tall.  They are “collectible” figure, and are not posable.  But that should not stop your child from playing out the fun they’ve seen in the movies.

Age Range: 3+ years

Angry Birds Star Wars Jenga Fighter Pods


Star Wars Jenga Death Star Game


This Star Wars Jenga Death Star Game is pretty cool.  You launch birds as you try to knock down the Darth Vader and Stormtrooper pigs.  So you’re actually playing a real-life Angry Birds game.  What could be wilder than that.

Age range: 8+ Years


Here are a few more Star Wars gift ideas:

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More Top Toys for Boys

I decided to take a look to see what toys for boys are rising in popularity this spring.  Theses are all highly-rated toys according to actual buyer reviews.

This toy called an Electronic Hyperslide is a fast-paced game where you have to slide the correct disc under the arch before time runs out.  There are various games to play for both single player and 2 players.  This looks like a fun game for children looking for something a little more exciting.

Recommended ages: 6-12 years

Electronic Hyperslide

Electronic Hyperslide


Now here are a couple of toys that I wish was available when I was a child.  It is from a series of toys called Snap Circuits, which allow children to create electrical circuits using easy-to-assemble components.  This is an award winning and extremely highly ranked series of toys, and they would be great for any child that has an interest in computers or engineering.

This one is called Snap Circuits Jr, and has over 100 projects.  It is recommended for ages 8-15 years.

Snap Circuits Toy

Snap Circuits Toy

This next set is the Snap Circuits SC-300 and has more parts and includes over 300 projects.

Recommended age: 8-15 years


Snap Circuits SC-300


tip-cartNow if you want a toy that does not involve electricity then this building set might fit the bill.  This is the Melissa and Doug Building Block set.  It is very highly rated, and fosters a child’s ingenuity and creativity.

Recommended age: 3 yrs and up

Melissa and Doug Blocks

Melissa and Doug Blocks

This next toy really lets boys be boys.  It’s the Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit by Hasbro.  This is a pretty large toys, and shoots nerf darts with more power than the smaller models.

Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit

Nerf N-Strike Elite Stryfe CS-18 Mission Kit


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For The Grown-ups: Game of Thrones Gifts

After a very long wait the 4th season of Game of Thrones has finally premiered.  We are huge GoT fans in our household even though neither of us had read the George R. R. Martin books.  We all love to hate Joffrey Baratheon, and we can’t wait to find out how and when “Khaleesi” will engage and hopefully sack King’s Landing.  Those dragons are getting restless.

Note: If you have read the books of course this post may sound ridiculous, since you already know what is going to happen.  But just humor us non-readers and let us have our fun 🙂

Most children up through their teenage years would very likely not see this show (can you say nudity, violence, language, and oh yes … nudity).  But that doesn’t mean us grown-ups can’t have some “toys” to help us enjoy the show a little more.  Here are some that I find pretty interesting:


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