With Halloween 2014 under our belt, it’s time to start looking towards the holidays! There are a few toys this holiday season that will be off the shelf before you can say “Jingle Bells”. I wanted to give you guys a heads up on the hot toys of the season so you can grab ’em before they are gone!
1. Disney INFINITY: Marvel Super Heroes – ages 6 and up (Wii U, Playstation, X-Box, PC, IOS)
Disney has done it again and created the hot toy of the season. Building on their Infinity franchise, this season they have introduced Marvel Super Heroes into the mix. Elsa can now play along side Thor and Iron Man! With dozens of new figures including BayMax (from Big Hero 6) and Maleficent, even our pals from Guardians of the Galaxy, your kids will want to collect them all. If your twins are anything like mine, they will use the figures as action figures too and play offline with them for hours. THIS WILL FLY OFF THE SHELF! I can almost guarantee it. You should be able to find the system, but the figures will be hard to come by later in the season. If your kids love some characters, Elsa and Anna lets say, GRAB THEM NOW! Figures: $14.99 and up. Video Game Starter Pack: $74.99
For the preschool crowd, Disney Jr has created another hot toy of the season with this Mobile Cart. Part toy transport, part ambulance, your budding docs will go wild over the bells and whistles of this great toy. We covered this toy at the Time To Play Showcase and knew that this will be another hot toy this season. This would go perfectly with the Get Better Check Up Center which flew off the shelves last year. Retail $49.99. OH and don’t forget the batteries!
Get minds and bodies moving with LeapTV, the educational, active video gaming system, built just for kids ages 3-8 years. It teaches reading, mathematics, science and problem solving skills. (Games sold separately.) You can play 3 ways: body motion, pointer play and classic control. And you can use 2 controllers at once so your twins can play TOGETHER! (what???) The system works with 100+ LeapFrog educator-approved LeapTV cartridge games, game downloads and videos; kids will never run out of fun!
From action figures to Legos to stuffed animals to the video game that started it all — your kids are going to LOVE everything Minecraft! This all-ages game, where you build your own world from the ground up out of blocks, has branched out to offer tons of products based on characters and accessories from the world of the popular video game. Adults and kids alike will love this video game and it’s a great way for families to enjoy some down time together.
Makeup Barbie like never before – kids can curl her entire head of long, luxe hair! With three different types of no-heat curling tools (two irons and a set of traditional rollers) offer different curled looks and endless styling possibilities. Style even more with the two barrettes and included hairbands (with label art!). Then use the tools or included signature-style brush to straighten hair and start all over – just like in real life. Your budding stylist will just love all the looks that can be created with the Endless Curls set!
LEGO FUSION is a fun and creative way of combining real LEGO brick building with your smartphone or tablet! Your game. Your way. Rule your town and create it the way you want by building with real LEGO bricks that come alive in this virtual world! Find out what your mini citizens need in the LEGO Town Master App for your smartphone or tablet. Then build it with real LEGO bricks! Create restaurants, shops, fire stations, roads and more on the LEGO Fusion baseplate. Snap it into your virtual game with just a click and watch it come to life!
Boomer’s the interactive dinosaur who just loves to play. With real dinosaur movements, sounds, and dino-sense responsiveness, Boomer can detect when you’re interacting with him. He will react to being stroked and touched. Just like a real dinosaur, Boomer can get angry, spin around, chomp his massive reptile jaws, and roar. Your prehistoric pal responds to motion so use your hands to tame his Dino nature and build your friendship an make him your loyal pet. Make him perform tricks or follow you around. You can train Boomer to dance, chase, chomp, and roar. Boomer even comes with a remote handset if you prefer complete control.
If your little ones are big fans of Frozen, the gifting possibilities abound! How about an Elsa dress, tiara, musical snow wand, or doll? How about an Olaf cuddle pillow? From bed comforters to stick-on wall decals to the “Olaf’s in Trouble!” game, there are Frozen gifts to fit any budget and any age and gender. And you can always buy a copy of the movie for loved ones to help them entertain your kiddos when they come to visit! (Side note, is it me or can you see yourself making you and your pals a nice summer adult beverage with the Olaf Snow Cone Maker?)
Your pet bird will respond to touch, sing, record sounds and will talk back to you! It will also fit on your finger so you can take it anywhere. The Little Live Pets bird cage gives your pet bird their very own home to sit and swing in! Listen as your new pet talks back to you and repeats what you say. Pat your bird and hear it tweet happily as it respond to your touch. The more you play with your bird the happier it become, when your bird is super happy it will even whistle you a special tune!
Watch this and you’ll see why I fell in love with “Tweetels” (what I named my bird)
Your older kids will have a total blast in the backyard with the Nerf Elite 2-in-1 Demolisher! It fires darts, missiles, or both up to 90 feet. The Demolisher features motorized dart blasting and pump-action missile blasting, with upgraded distance and the revolutionary Elite dart. The Demolisher fires missles really, really far! The perfect toy for a large backyard or field. Don’t forget to buy two!!
I feel like my childhood is coming back to haunt me! Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, and Michaelangelo (yes, I remembered them all by heart!) are back and better than ever. From action toys and figurines to playsets to novelty clothing and costumes, and don’t forget the updated movie (or the classic 90s movie), the Ninja Turtles are the coolest “party dudes” around and they are here to stay. TURTLE POWER!
12. Kurio Tablet
The Kurio family of products are all electronic devices made just for kids! On the Kurio 7S tablet for $99, and the Kurio 10S for $199, the whole family can share this device with up to 8 individualize profiles for adults or kids. Parents can limit the amount of time the device is used in each profile (30 mins, 1 hour, etc.) and the time of day it’s used (i.e. 3-5 pm only) and when time’s up the device auto-locks — but you can always play music even if it’s locked! Access the internet, stream Netflix, Hulu and Google Play, and play tons of free games on the Android store, the Amazon store, or the Kurio site. Kurio also offers a kids cell phone and a handheld device called the Kurio Touch. Kurio just came out with a new tablet just for kids called the Kurio Xtreme, available only at Toys R Us, Target, and Best Buy.
Shopkins are the cutest, collectable characters from your favorite shops. There’s over 140 Shopkins to collect; from fun themes such as cute fruits, sweets, dairy and more. So grab your shopping cart and start – because once you shop, you can’t stop. Collect them all and build your Shopkins world. Start with the Shopkins figurines and add on a play set such as the supermarket, the bakery, and the vending machine storage kit.
#Obsessed! I can’t get enough of these little guys. Your kiddos are going to go nuts over them too!
Get ready to be a 3D designer with the DohVinci Deluxe Styler! This easy-to-use Styler comes with 3 Deco Pop tubes and 4 design tips so you can create all kinds of beautiful details in different colors. When you want to change colors, it’s a snap to push the tube backward out of the Styler and pop in a new one. Load up your Deluxe Styler, then just aim and squeeze when you start your masterpiece! Add on the DohVinci refills in a wide variety of colors and start your little crafter out with a design kit for his/her first project.
15. FurReal Friends
Are your kids clamoring for a dog or cat but you just can’t handle the extra responsibility? FurReal Friends would be PERFECT for you! Play with this sweet, soft puppy figure and she’ll play with you. Put your new little friend on the ground and she’ll jump and spin when you’re close! And how will you know when she’s as happy as can be? When you pick her up and pet her, she’ll make happy puppy sounds — just like a real puppy! Your Bouncy My Happy-to-See-Me figure will always be puppy-cute, and she’ll always be excited as can be when you come around! And you don’t have to feed, bathe, or take her out to poop! That sounds like a win to me. Available in various dog breeds as well as cats, bunnies, horses, and even a monkey!
Elmo has his very own segment on Sesame Street called Elmo the Musical where he loves to pretend. With Let’s Imagine Elmo, your little one can get in on some of his adventures! Each hat unlocks a different play mode for your child to join and start the fun! When your little one puts the crown on Elmo, he pretends to be Prince Elmo and plays a game of ‘Prince Elmo Says’. Put on the cowboy hat, and Cowboy Elmo counts up to 20 with your child and then sings a reward song when they reach 20. The sea captain’s hat lets Elmo imagine he’s an ocean-going captain, and he’ll start up a sounds-of-the-sea identification game. When Elmo isn’t wearing a hat, he still loves to interact with your child by getting bounced, tickled, and having his nose squeezed!
17. Paw Patrol
Nickelodeon’s hit show PAW PATROL has spawned a variety of action figures, plush dolls, and vehicles! PAW Patrol is a computer-generated, action-adventure preschool series starring a pack of six celebrity puppies who are led by a tech-savvy 10-year-old boy named Ryder. With a unique blend of problem-solving skills, cool vehicles and lots of cute doggy humor, the PAW Patrol works together on high-stakes rescue missions to protect the Adventure Bay community. From Marshall the firedog to Chase the police pup to Skye, who flies high in her copter, each pup brings unique personality and skill to the team, modeling the importance of teamwork and good citizenship.
Roominate is the ULTIMATE doll house! Roominate is the DIY wired dollhouse building kit that gets girls excited about science, technology, engineering and math. Through hands-on building and circuits, Roominate brings together creativity, engineering, and most importantly, fun! Roominate is designed by Alice and Bettina, two female engineers from Caltech, MIT, and Stanford with a mission to inspire the next generation of female technology innovators. Start with a basic Roominate kit and upgrade to the Roominate Chateau. Using the included building pieces that easily snap together, girls can tap into their imaginations to design two‐level structures, bunk beds, balconies, a house on wheels, and other endless possibilities. Electrical circuits enhance designs so girls can watch their creations come to life with real movement, including spinning windmills, carousels, lamps, and more. BONUS POINTS if you caught them on Shark Tank!
And now for the second blast from the past… OK, so the Transformers movies have been popular for quite some time now, but these toys just bring me back to the 80s! The only character I remember is Optimus Prime, but I’m sure you can’t go wrong with any of the dozen or so choices of robot-vehicle hybrids. I mean, every kid loves trucks and robots. This toy is 2-in-1. What twin mom doesn’t love a twofer???
Ever wonder what it would be like if cars could fly? Now kids can live that thrill and see a Hot Wheels RC take to the skies with the Street Hawk. This vehicle offers a cool combo of on-ground remote-controlled performance, like proportional ground steering, plus the aerial performance of a plane. The Flying Car RC is durable and lightweight, too, allowing it to perform impressive aerial maneuvers and fly up to 200 feet in the air. It’s 2-in-1 RC action right in your own two hands!
Did we leave anything out? What toys are your kids clamoring for already? Let us know in the comments! And happy shopping…
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