Whether it be for birthdays or holidays, parents have their hands full and their pockets empty as they try to research the latest hot toy to hit the market. They may find it hard to believe that “Tickle Me Elmo” is so out of fashion. Even in the high tech gadget world, things change so fast that the Sony PlayStation 2 is already a thing of the past.
So whether big or small, cheap or expensive, it is imperative to know what are the hottest toys in the market. Here is a list of the top 10 most popular toys for kids.
1. Nintendo Wii U
This is an eighth generation video game console released by Nintendo as the successor to the Wii. It was released only last November in North America, followed soon after by Europe, Australia and Japan. It supports high definition graphics with video output of up to 1080p. It also has two gigabytes of memory, half of which are for the operating system of the video game console. There is a basic version with eight gigabytes of internal flash storage and a de luxe version with 32 gigabytes of flash drive. The latter also has stands for the console, the game pad, charging dock and the Nintendo Land game. HDMI cable is already included. Believe it or not, all these actually matters to a five-year old kid.
2. Hasbro Furby
Those with teenaged kids probably remember when the Furby was the must-have toy back in 1998. Well, it has gone around and has come around because Furbys are hot again. This is an electronic robot toy that looks like an owl. When you buy it, it can only speak its own language of Furbish. Over time, it starts to learn how to use words and phrases in English. It thus resembles the process of learning English. Those with kids from eight months to eight years old will find this toy helpful for the child. Furby was actually already re-released in 2005 with voice recognition capabilities and more sophisticated facial movements. It was then called Emo-tronic Furbys. In September 2012, a new line of Furbys became available to the market.
3. Leapfrog LeapPad 2
This is a learning tablet specifically designed for children between the ages of three to nine years old. The device is like a talking book. It was first released in 1999 and since then, various models of this tablet computer has been released. The toy’s success has made Leapfrog Enterprises become one of the fastest-growing toy companies in the world. Just imagine how cool it would be for your kid, with all three of you holding tablet computers of different kinds. Your kid will now stop pestering you to borrow and play with your iPad because he now has his own LeapPad.
4. Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship Bucky
Fisher Price created this toy for kids between the ages of three to six years old. It has three push buttons that will activate the special features of the toy, including a cannon that is loaded up by a spring. It also has cute sound effects and phrases. The toy includes Jake and Scully figures. Your kid will not be prepared to sail the ocean with Bucky even as he remains fully equipped to handle the enemy named Captain Hook and his equally evil right hand man called Smee.
5. Lego Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle
For kids up to 14 years old, the set includes The Great Devourer and the snake prison. The Great Devourer has a flexible body and his mouth can be opened with enough space to devour a mini figure. The snake prison, meanwhile, has a gate that can be opened. The mini figure can also be placed in the snake venom trap. There are also weapons included, like the blue anti-venom capsule, Spinjitzu weapons and fang blade.
6. Hot Wheels RC Terrain Twister
This is for kids at least eight years old. The toy has twin screws that allow it to move on both land and water. It can conquer any environment as it is the ultimate all terrain vehicle. Rechargeable batteries and charger are included in the set.
7. Skylanders Giants Portal Pack
This one is for kids at least 10 years old. It is a video game that plays on the Nintendo platform. It is only an add on to another game, so be sure that your kid already has the Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure. Activision makes it and this proved to be one of the most popular games for kids.
8, Lalaloopsy Harmony B Sharp
It can talk, sing and dance, this doll is intended for girls at least eight years old. It has an articulated head, arms, legs and pigtails that all spin around when she sings and dances. Kitty rattles are included and there are six hairstyles that play different songs. Expect this toy to become a classic.
9. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset
The ninja turtles are back, though remember that the figures are not included here. This is just their lair consisting of three levels, namely the sewer, the street level and the building top. It has a zip line, projectile, floors that can collapse and an effigy of the enemy called Shredder. Suitable for kids at least four years old.
10. Micro Chargers Time Track
It comes with two quick charge micro cars, time racetrack and stats card. The track can be reconfigured and combined with other tracks to create more challenges and possibilities. The track has four lanes. Batteries are required and not included.
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