Top Animated Movie Preview – 2017

Just as in previous years 2017 promises to be a huge year for popular movies, especially those that will spin-off a range of toys for kids and adults.  Let’s take a quick look at what you can expect in the Animated movie category for the coming year.

The Lego Batman Movie

lego-batman-movieThe Lego company is now pumping out movies that leverage their classic building toys.  This movie successfully mixes the action of the Batman franchise with the fun of the Lego toys.  Having been released earlier this year we already know that this movie is a big hit with kids and we can expect a range of related toys to appear in time for Christmas. (February Release)



An orphan girl dreams of becoming a ballerina.  She flees her rural Brittany and heads for Paris where she passes for someone else and rises to the position of pupil at the Grand Opera house.  The talented Elle Fanning voices the lead role in this beautifully-produced tale. (March Release)

The Boss Baby


Alec Baldwin takes a break from imitating Donald Trump and plays the suit-wearing briefcase-carrying boss baby who teams up with his seven-year old brother to stop the evil plot of the CEO of Puppy Co.  Other big stars can be heard in this movie such as Jimmy Kimmel, Lisa Kudrow, and Tobey McGuire.  This already-released movie is making waves and filling the theaters. (March Release)

Smurfs: The Lost Village


The Smurfs are up to their old tricks in this adventure movie where we find Smurfette and her friends using a mysterious map to race through the Forbidden Forest towards the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history.  Expect requests for lots of little blue toys this holiday season from the little ones. (April Release)

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie


The books series that has been cracking up kids for years is now hitting the big screen for the very first time.  The movie features two imaginative pranksters who hypnotize their principal into thinking he’s a enthusiastic yet dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.  Hilarity ensues.  Real-life funny-guys Jordan Peele and Kevin Hart lead the cast of this laughter. (June Release)

Cars 3


Kids are eagerly anticipating the third installment of the movie that spawned a whole “Land” in Disney California Adventures theme park.  Lightning McQueen returns to prove to a new generation of racers that he’s still the best race car in the world. (June Release)

Despicable Me 3


They’re baaaaack.  Gru meets his twin brother Dru he never knew about. (June Release)

Blazing Samurai


Expect to hear the voices of top stars in this fun-looking movie, with the likes of Samuel L Jackson, Michael Cera, and even the fan-favorites Mel Brooks and George Takei.  A samurai hopes to make his dreams come true but he must survive challenge after challenge to defeat his enemies. (August Release)

The Nut Job 2


Will Arnett reprises his role of Surly in this sequel about how the friends try to stop Oakton City’s mayor from destroying their home to make way for a unnecessary amusement park. (August Release)

Other Movies This Fall

The Lego Ninjago Movie – Six young ninjas are tasked with defending their island home, using their skills and awesome vehicles to fight villains and monsters. (September)

My Little Pony – Follow the ponies of Ponyville on an adventure to save their home. (October)

Coco – Highly anticipated Disney Pixar release. (November)

Ferdinand – A bull with a big heart is mistaken for a dangerous beast and is captured and torn from his home. He leads a misfit team on an adventure to help him return to his family. (December)



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New LEGO Sets for 2016

Year after year the LEGO company keeps kids enthralled and entertained by creating building sets that are relevant to the hottest trends.  2016 is no different – there are many new LEGO sets representing popular movies and other fun themes, as well as well-loved LEGO series like City and Friends.  Both kids and adults have a nice selection of sets to choose from this year.

Doctor Who LEGO Set

Doctor Who LEGO Set

Doctor Who LEGO Set

We absolutely love this Doctor Who LEGO set.  It is the perfect gift for Doctor Who fans of all ages, and great for parents to pass on that Doctor Who love to their kids.  The central element (of course) is the TARDIS which measures over 4 inches high.  The set is actually the control room and includes Clara, Daleks, and a Weeping Angel.  This set was designed by a Doctor Who fan-designer, which makes it even cooler.  Recommended for ages 10+.

LEGO Ghostbusters Set

LEGO Ghostbusters

LEGO Ghostbusters

One of the hottest movies of 2016 was the remake of the 1980’s classic Ghostbusters.  The Ghostbusters Ecto 1 & 2 LEGO Set features both the Ecto 1 vehicle as well as the Ecto 2 motorbike.  The vehicle has a removeable roof and seats for 4 Ghostbusters heroes.  There are also some weapons such as the 4 proton packs, a proton sidearm, and an ion shield gun.  5 mini-figures are included in this set. Recommended for ages 8-14 years.


LEGO Friends Amusement Park

LEGO Friends Amusement Park

LEGO Friends Amusement Park

The LEGO Friends Amusement Park set continues the hugely popular Friends line of building sets.  There are an amazing 1124 pieces, which are used to construct an amusement park with many different functional attractions including: roller coaster, ferris wheel, drop tower, entrance booth, and dining area.  Four mini-dolls are included as are other accessories.  This is a great set for kids in the 8-12 year old range.

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Batman Killer Croc Sewer Smash LEGO Set

Batman Killer Croc Sewer Smash LEGO set

Batman Killer Croc Sewer Smash LEGO set

Batman is always a popular topic for gift-giving.  Kids just love super heroes.  So this Batman: Killer Croc Sewer Smash building set should be a big hit.  There are 759 pieces, which combine to form a Bat-Tank and the killer croc’s Battle Chomper.  There are also weapons and mini-figures included.  This fun set is recommended for ages 8-14.


NINJAGO LEGO Set – Samurai X Cave Chaos



The NINJA and NINJAGO line of LEGO building sets may not be widely known, but many kids know the sets from the TV shows.  This Samurai X Cave Chaos building set is pretty cool.  It features 1253 pieces which are used to build an opening skull entrance, inventor launchpad, buildable jet and laser prison.  It comes with 8 mini-figures.  Recommended for ages 9-14.


LEGO Angry Birds

LEGO Angry Birds Set

LEGO Angry Birds Set

This LEGO Angry Birds King Pig’s Castle building set turns the hugely popular game app, and movie, into a really fun toy that kids can get their hands on.  It’s got 859 pieces and this includes 5 Angry Birds figures and tons of accessories.  It’s getting really good reviews, which we always love.


LEGO Star Wars TIE Fighter vs. A-Wing Starfighter

LEGO TIE Fighter vs A-Wing Starfighter

LEGO TIE Fighter vs A-Wing Starfighter

Finally any list of LEGO sets would be incomplete without a Star Wars set.  We are in the midst of a multi-year resurgence of Star Wars popularity around the globe.  Episode 7 was released in 2015, followed by Rogue One in 2016.

The LEGO TIE Fighter vs A-Wing set features Darth Vader’s TIE Fighter as well as an A-Wing Starfighter.  These fighters can battle using spring-loaded shooters, and the set also includes accessories such as Darth Vader’s helmet and 4 mini-figures.  The fighters are very detailed, and are great for role-playing by imaginative kids. Recommended for ages 9-14.


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Hot LEGO Sets in 2015

Every year brings us brand new LEGO sets to spend hours of fun playtime putting together and playing with.  The newer sets this year fall into the common categories as in previous years: Movies and TV shows.  In fact most of the top selling sets right now are new Star Wars LEGO playsets.

Since there are so many new sets every year, we selected the hottest sellers at this time.  This gives us a fresh, active list of great LEGO sets.  Note: We have tried to filter the list a bit so that it is not completely filled with Star Wars sets.

darth-vader-legoLEGO Star Wars 75111 Darth Vader Building Kit

A very cool set that lets you build Darth Vader himself.

santas-workshop-legoLEGO Creator Expert Santa’s Workshop

This is a popular set year-after-year.  Great for Christmas.

lego-jedi-interceptor-legoLEGO Star Wars 75038 Jedi Interceptor

A cool set from Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

general-grievous-legoLEGO Star Wars 75112 General Grievous Building Kit

minecraft-snow-hideout-legoLEGO Minecraft 21120 the Snow Hideout Building Kit

Minecraft appears in toy lists every year.


LEGO Star Wars Imperial Troop Transport

star-wars-lego-poes-fighterStar Wars Poe’s X-Wing Fighter

This is a hot set from The Force Awakens.

lego-friends-stephanies-beach-houseFriends – Stephanie’s Beach House

This is a huge set with 369 pieces!


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