Scene It? Disney Magical Moments
2010 has seen a surge in both games and movie-related items, according to Schacht.It’s no surprise, then, that Scene It? Disney Magical Moments is likely to be a hit this year. The game is suggested for children ages six and up, but as the expert points out, parents will love this too. It’s classic Disney Pixar, so even grown-ups will know the clips and music.Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Toy Story 3 Blast-Off Buzz Lightyear
According to Schact, the Toy Story toys are flying off the shelves – and this one literally flies. In fact, this version of Buzz Lightyear has all the bells and whistles: lights, sounds, movie phrases. At $39, it’s one of the more expensive items on the Toy Insider list.Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Hexbug Nano Set
These little robotic creatures will serve not only as entertainment for your youngster, but as a secret science lesson as well. Hexbug Nanos come in test tubes and run on vibrations. Schacht also mentioned the lesson-learning that comes with the trend of collectible toys we’re seeing in 2010. The collectible parts are between $5 and $10, so kids can earn and save up their allowance to keep their collection going.Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Hide and Seek JoJo Interactive Bunny
Technology and interactivity top the list of trends you’ll see in toy stores this year, and this high-tech pet is a prime example. JoJo can also serve as a babysitter to your toddler – he actually plays hide-and-seek! The bunny comes with a magic carrot, which attracts the bunny to its playmate. The child takes the carrot in his or her hand and turn on JoJo, who then counts to 10 and says “ready or not here I come!”Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
While the older children are more difficult to shop for, the same themes of technology and interactivity are behind the popular items for the kids entering double-digits. Paper Jamz earns it’s name because it’s a paper-thin guitar – but it’s not actually made of paper. It’s a stringless guitar where you can create your own music or play along to pre-downloaded songs. Under $24.Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Fast Lane Wild Fire RC from Toys
With tremendous, nine-inch tires that can drive on nearly every terrain, four-wheel drive and an engine that makes rumbling sounds, kids will instantly think they are at a monster truck rally when they take control of this super-sized radio-controlled vehicle. Measuring at over one-foot-tall and two-feet-long, this gigantic truck towers over other cars and is ready to roll over anything in its path. To bring the excitement to life, the Wild Fire even has light-up flames shooting out of its exhaust pipes. Ages 6 years and up. $89.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Imaginext Bigfoot The Monster From Fisher-Price
The legendary Bigfoot has left the forest and landed in homes, not as a mythical creature, but as a remote-controlled friend. Featuring over 80 actions and phrases, Bigfoot stomps around, throws tantrums, exercises, somersaults, naps and more when kids press buttons on a foot-shaped remote control. Each button on the included remote features a symbol, making it easy for kids to use, even before they learn how to read. Bigfoot also comes with a ball he can toss and food for munching. 2 AA (not included) and 1 7.2 V (included) batteries required. Ages 3 to 8 years. $109.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
123 Large Zoo from Playmobil
Young animal lovers will be delighted with this playset, which comes with everything needed to create an imaginary day at the zoo. The bright colors, chunky pieces and rounded animal figures, including a giraffe, monkey, elephant, zebra, horse, lamb and more, are easy for little ones to grab and place on display. Additional figures and pieces, including a family of four, zookeeper and bench for spectators, complete the set and make for hours of pretend zoo fun. No batteries required. Ages 1 ½ and up. $104.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Air Hogs Pocket Copter from Spin Master
Measuring less than 4-inches long, 2.56-inches high and less than one inch wide, the worlds smallest radio-controlled helicopter is packed with power and ready to take flight right from the palm of a hand. Offering stability during flight, this Toys R Us exclusive chopper features two rotors and trim control, while its hard-plastic, crash-resistant body provides durability even after the toughest landings. As an added bonus, the packaging converts into a charger and carrying case, letting micro-pilots prepare for takeoff while protecting their helicopter and controller. 6 A and 3 A batteries required (not included). Ages 10 years and up. $34.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
BABY ALIVE Bouncin Babbles From Hasbro
Little ones will love playing mommy to this energetic doll that that moves and makes babbling sounds, just like a real toddler. Kids grab hold of their baby hands to watch her spring to life, bouncing as she plays. Showing off her wide eyes and huge smile, BABY ALIVE BOUNCIN BABBLES is barely able to contain her excitement, chattering and chuckling as she bops up and down. 3 A batteries required (included). Ages 3 years and up. $24.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse from International Playthings
This four-room, two-story, spacious townhouse features enough space for an entire family of Calico Critters and their Cloverleaf Corner friends. Boasting a balcony and an outdoor patio, this luxury playset is the finest home in the Cloverleaf Corner Community. Measuring 12 x 12 inches, the house has many amenities, including chandelier fixtures and customizable dÃ©cor pieces to offer children hours of open-ended pretend play, as well as fun and easy storage for all of their Calico Critters. 2 A batteries required. Ages 4 to 6 years. $79.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Cuponk From Hasbro Games
Walls, tables, chairs, stairs and additional household objects combine with electronic cups and ping-pong like balls in this game that challenges players to master off-the-wall tricks. Kids start by selecting from 30 cards before bouncing a ball into a cup in an effort to perfect shots, such as featuring tricks such as Blind Hook, Karate Krane, Stairing Contestâ and more to be rewarded with lights and cool sounds. With three types of cups to choose from, including gorilla-themed Gorillanator, zombie-styled Let It R.I.P. or Luchador-decorated El Campe, kids will soon ricochet from standard tricks to creating their own miraculous maneuvers. 3 A batteries required (not included). Ages 9 years and up. $14.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Disney Dance Star Mickey from Fisher-Price
Kids can get into the groove with their fun-loving pal, Mickey Mouse as he takes over the dance floor. Just by pressing Mickey’s foot, the marvelous mouse comes to life as he dances along to one of six different songs in a variety of musical stylings, such as Disco, Techno and Latin he even does the Moonwalk Children can dance along or play interactive games with Mickey, including Mickey Says and Freeze Dance. 6 AA batteries required (included). Ages 2 years and up. This item will be available starting October 5. $69.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
CSI Junior Investigator Kit from Toys
Kids can take investigations into their own hands with this fully equipped kit that will help them learn how to evaluate and process crime scenes, as they dust for fingerprints, collect and store evidence and more. This set comes with everything junior investigators need to become super sleuths, including a field case, mini microscope, stamp pad, replacement ink, fingerprinting powders, fingerprinting brush, fingerprint lifters, plastic gloves, tweezer, magnifying glass, crime scene tape, goggles, string, a shaped ruler, faux evidence, bags, tags and logs, slides, flashlight, test tubes, stencils, plaster frame, activity book and more! No batteries required. Ages 10 years and up. $34.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Fans Choice City Public Transport from LEGO Systems, Inc.
Helping citizens travel around LEGO City is easy with this 864-piece set, which lets builders construct multiple modes of transportation out of their LEGO pieces, including a sports car, city bus, cable car, bicycle and even a street sweeper to keep the roadways clean. Developed in response to fans votes, which ranked this set as the most sought-after addition to LEGO City, this Toys R Us exclusive also comes with enough LEGO bricks to create a bus stop, train platform and a general store to ensure the six included minifigures are occupied while waiting to take their next ride. No batteries required. Ages 6 years and up. $99.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Leapster Explorerª from LeapFrog
Now kids can enjoy endless hours of play and learning with this electronic hand-held device that lets them customize experiences to fit the way they learn and play. In addition to a touch-screen and included stylus, the Explorer system features a library of more than 40 games and activities, downloadable games, e-books, videos and flash cards, which kids can use to enhance skills, such as reading, math, science and geography. Additionally, creativity and life skills, like music, health and problem solving are enhanced while using the system. Children can also go online with LeapWorld, a virtual space where they can find even more games and activities and where they can obtain virtual items, such as treats and shampoo for their onboard pet before uploading them to this on-the-go system. Parents can also check in on their child's progress with the LeapFrog Learning Path, so they can see how their little learner is playing and exploring, as well as how to help them succeed. 4 AA batteries required (not included). Ages 4 to 9 years. $69.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Go Baby Go Stride-to-Ride Dino
There to assist little ones as they begin to take their first steps, this friendly-faced prehistoric pal will have tiny tots stomping along in no time. Featuring a large wheel base and sturdy handlebar, this dino makes the perfect walker for little ones preparing to take their first steps. While in motion, three lights on the dino’s head will dance along as music plays, including three songs, two tunes and five fun sound effects. When a child is ready to ride their dinosaur, rather than walk behind it, moms can easily slide the two rear legs together to create a comfy seat. 3 AA batteries required (included). Ages 9 months to 3 years. $39.99.Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Ground Force Drifter from Razor
Riders can power slide through corners, throw fish tails or complete fast 360-degree spins to become the neighborhood drift king with this reinvention of the classic go kart! The Ground Force Drifter boasts speeds up to 12 mph and features a sturdy steel frame, molded aluminum front wheels with solid rubber tires, Super Slider POM rear wheels, high torque motor, hand-operated rear brake and a bucket seat with shoulder strap. Speedsters can ride for up to 40 minutes of continuous fun with each charge of this electric vehicle with classic go kart styling. Rechargeable 24 Volt battery required (included). Ages 8 years and up. Maximum weight 140 pounds. $299.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Disney Pixar Toy Story 3? Imaginext Tri-County Landfill
Kids can relive the climax of Toy Story 3 with this playset that recreates the Tri-County Landfill movie scene where everyones favorite toys were almost incinerated. Just like in the movie, the toys can be picked up in a giant scoop and then dropped into a sorter before landing on a conveyor belt that leads to an incinerator. Featuring two-inch scale versions of Buzz Lightyear, Lots-O-Huggin Bear and three Aliens, kids can plan a great escape using the claw or anything else that sparks their imagination. No batteries required. Ages 3 to 6 years. $49.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Kinect for Xbox 360 from Microsoft
Kinect for Xbox 360 brings games to life in extraordinary new ways with no controller required. Players simply step in front of the sensor and Kinect recognizes and responds to their gestures. Full-body tracking allows the Kinect sensor to capture movement from head-to-toe, immersing them in the experience. If players see a ball on the screen, they can kick it just like in real life. Batteries not required. Ages 6 years and up. This item will be available beginning November 4. $149.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Ladybug Smart Trike Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.
Lalaloopsy From MGA Entertainment
Once traditional rag dolls, each of these 13-inch dolls magically came to life when their very last stitch was sewn. With different personalities based on the fabrics used when they were created, kids will have fun choosing which Lalaloopsy's personality best matches their own. Kids can select Spot Splatter Splash, Pillow Featherbed, Crumbs Sugar Cookie, Bea Spells-a-Lot, Dot Starlight, Jewel Sparkles, Mittens Fluff n Stuff and Peanut Big Top before learning about each dolls unique personality. No batteries required. Ages 4 years and up. $29.99Photo Credit: Screen grab from toy ad.