So what are your kids hounding you for this year?
My oldest wants all things Transformers. The youngest is obsessed with Paw Patrol – so mom is on the case!
There are just so many options. There are Hatchimals and Shopkins, Fingerlings and Oonies, and of course updates on classics like Lego and Nintendo. Some things are already sold out online and in stores.
They say the average shopper will spend about $967.13 this holiday season – more than last year.
1. Nintendo Switch
Costs $299 and it’s a portable home console that doubles as a handheld device for when you’re on the go. Games, which typically start at $59, include “Super Mario Odyssey,” “Mario Kart 8,” “Splatoon 2” and “The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild.”
2. ‘Big’ surprises
No surprise here, say toymakers: Kids love big reveals. And that’s exactly why two of the season’s most popular toys, the L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise and Hatchimals Surprise, both priced at $69.99, are flying off shelves.
The L.O.L. Big Surprise, by MGA Entertainment, is a glittery, dome-shaped plastic case filled with four dolls — along with dozens of accessories, clothing, charms and other knickknacks — that must be individually unwrapped. It can take hours to peel away the toy’s layers and figure out exactly what’s inside. Some dolls cry, spit or “tinkle.” Others change color in cold water.
Hatchimals Surprise, meanwhile, adds a twist to last year’s hit holiday toy. This time around, there are two Hatchimals — fuzzy creatures that sing, dance and interact with one another — inside each speckled egg. But first, users have to help the creatures hatch, which generally requires about 15 minutes of holding, tapping and cajoling the outer egg.
3. Women of NASA and Star Wars Lego sets
Women of NASA, which sells for $24.99, honors four female scientists and astronauts, including Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, and Mae Jemison, the first African American woman in space. The set, released Nov. 1, sold out on Amazon.com within 24 hours.
Still available, though, are the BB-8 building kit ($99.99) and First Order Star Destroyer ($159.99) from the upcoming movie, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” Also part of the line: The Millennium Falcon ($149.99), which comes with 7,541 pieces, making it Lego’s largest set to date.
And for those who can’t wait until Christmas: The Lego Star Wars Advent Calendar, which sells for $39.99, is currently the best-selling toy on Amazon.
4. Interactive animals
Meet the Fingerlings: A family of tiny monkeys, and the occasional unicorn and sloth, that latch onto your finger and respond to voice, movement and touch by blinking, babbling and blowing kisses. The animatronic toys, which sell for $14.99 apiece, are already sold out online at Walmart, Target and Toys R Us.
Tap their heads, and they’ll burp. Hang them upside down, and they’ll laugh hysterically. The critters — which are about the size of fingerling potatoes — also coo when cuddled, and doze off when rocked. And if you run out of ways to keep them entertained, the toy company WowWee also sells pint-size jungle gyms and playground sets for $25 to $40.
“Fingerlings,” said brand manager Sydney Wiseman, “are like having an interactive friend at your fingertips.”
Another animal that’s being marketed as a friend: FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, a plush tiger that blinks, roars and wags its tail. Tyler, which costs $129.99, comes with his own squeaky chicken toy and is among Amazon’s best-selling toys.
What are Oonies? According to Moose Toys, they’re “air-filled balls of amazing fun.”
The bubbles — part-balloon, part-bubble — are made of a latex-free plastic material. Once inflated, Oonies can be stuck together and decorated to create animals, monsters, even elaborate games. But the fun is temporary: Oonies typically deflate within a matter of days.
The Oonies Mega Starter Pack, on the Toys R Us “hot toy” list, costs $29.99 and comes with 90 pellets and an “inflator.”
Moose Toys, the company behind other hits like Shopkins and Pikmi Pops, says Oonies is on track to become the company’s most popular craft toy.
SOURCE: The Washington Post