What's better than a Hatchimal? Two Hatchimals! Yes, before you go calling this toy "so 12 months ago," check out the adorable twin Hatchimals hidden inside the magical speckled egg. When it's time to hatch, you'll be welcoming two babies, each with their own unique personality. You'll raise them from babies to kids as they learn to talk, dance, sing, tell jokes, play games. All without a single diaper change. Winning!
To buy: Hatchimals Surprise, $69.99
Who wouldn't want to have a personal conversation with a superhero? Your child can tell this Super Sense Spider-Man figure, which measures 25 inches high, any of five key phrases and get more than 100 phrases and sounds in response. Other exciting features include emotive light-up eyes, motorized movement, missile firing and web blasting.
To buy: Marvel Spider-Man Homecoming—Super Sense Action Figure, $79.99
Robots are the hottest toy this holiday season! Your preschooler will love Movi, which will teach him how to follow directions and develop critical thinking skills. It will even break out some cool dance moves. Movi has 360 degrees of mobility and 60-plus different facial expressions that change during play.
To buy: Fisher-Price Think & Learn Teach 'n Tag Movi, $39.99
With this one-of-a-kind robot that kids can create themselves, little ones can have fun expanding their knowledge of programming and maybe even teach the guy to do their homework (just kidding, children). Once built, the 12-inch tall M.A.X. can be controlled using voice commands, buttons on the MeccaBrain or the free app.
To buy: Meccano Erector—M.A.X Robotic Interactive Toy with AI, $139.99
Don't we all want our own little BB-8? And now our favorite character from "Star Wars" comes with a new interactive play system called Force Link. Your little Wookie can wear Force Link gear to activate lights, sounds and phrases in Force Link-activated figures, accessories, vehicles and play sets. BB-8 also opens to reveal a multi-level play set that includes three activation areas with lights and sounds, as well as six areas of play and features including trap doors, firing projectiles and more. May the force be with you!
To buy: Star Wars Force Link BB-8 2-in-1 Mega Playset with Force Link, $159.99
While the "My Little Pony" theme song is running through your head, let me describe this amazing toy: My Magical Princess Twilight Sparkle has Pegasus wings, can move her head and hoof, can say 90+ phrases and has a responsive unicorn horn that lights up. If that isn't enough, she can flutter her wings. She also has poseable legs and comes with a tiara. Sing it with me, "My Little Pony, My Little Pony …"
To buy: My Little Pony, The Movie: My Magical Princess Twilight Sparkle, $97.99
It's the perfect thing to park in front of my Barbie Malibu Dream House (if it was the '70s and if I still had mine). This cool Barbie Dream Camper RV turns into a campsite play set—complete with a fire pit and two sticks with marshmallows. The signature-pink camper has rolling wheels and a surprise feature: a side panel that opens, pops up and expands to create a play space more than 2 feet long. It even has a pool with a water slide, and the interior has a dining area, kitchen and bathroom. Barbie is livin' large, even after all these years.
To buy: Barbie Dream Camper Play Set, $94.99
Because you can never have enough BB-8 (or Legos)! Build your favorite droid with this 1,106-piece set, and when you're finished you can turn one wheel at the side to rotate the detailed head, and another to open the access hatch and extend the "welding torch." It even comes with a display stand, decorative fact plaque and small BB-8 figure to complete your BB-8 shrine.
To buy: LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi BB-8, $79.99
Your little Shopkins fan is going to love this play set, the largest ever! The Shopville Super Mall has an elevator to take the toys to three levels of play and has a boutique with a fashion walk, a food court and even a movie theater. This fun play set has lots of moving features and comes with four exclusive Shopkins. Get ready to shop 'til you drop!
To buy: Shopkins Shoppies Shopville Super Mall Play Set, $74.99
Your animal lover or budding vet will love this play set that lets them run their own veterinarian clinic! They can use accessories like exam tables, pet food, file folders and elastic bandages to diagnose and treat all of their furry friends, without bringing a single flea into your home. This play set works with your child's Our Generation doll (not included).
To buy: Our Generation Vet Clinic, $89.99
Check out this vroooom with a view! This massive, 5-foot track features themed play areas, a motorized booster, a raised track, spectator stands and a diverter that allows cars to switch lanes. The Ultimate Florida Speedway also connects to the Florida Speedway and the Spiral Garage sets (sold separately) so your little "Cars 3" racers can drive for hours before their naps.
To buy: Disney-Pixar Cars 3—Ultimate Florida Speedway Track Set, $87.99
Ah, the memories! I remember fighting an angry mob 20 years ago to buy this toy for my 1-year-old. Hopefully you won't have to work so hard to get your own giggling, shaking Tickle Me Elmo. Your kid will love to press his tummy or squeeze his feet to hear his funny sayings and watch him explode into laughter. Might want to get your hands on one of these early to avoid the angry mobs.
To buy: Playskool Friends Sesame Street Tickle Me Elmo, $24.99
If you can't give your kid a puppy this holiday season, maybe this electronic one will do. (Maybe.) The Laugh & Learn First Words Smart Puppy can do something a real puppy can't: teach your little one first words with songs, sounds, phrases and hands-on activities, and entertain them with music and lights. As your baby grows, you can level-up the Smart Stages technology to fit your baby's age and stage. Bonus: He's completely house-trained!
To buy: Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn First Words Smart Puppy, $33.99
I admit the eyes are kind of creepy, but if your little one is into baby dolls, they might love the realistic qualities of Luvabella. She'll open her (kind of creepy) eyes, interact with her true-to-life facial expressions, and move, talk and play just like a real baby. Hear her giggle when you tickle her, feel her heartbeat and even see her chew her food. Teach her animal names and sounds with her special Lamby toy, and then put her to sleep with her bottle. Then, in 18 years, pack her little suitcase and send her off to college (just kidding).
To buy: Luvabella Responsive Baby Doll, $89.99
Since no holiday is complete without at least one video game gift, just give in already and get the kids the Nintendo Switch. This new home video game system provides single and multiplayer gaming at home, and can also be taken on the go (hello, hotel rooms and dentist's waiting rooms). This bundle also includes two Joy-Cons that can each act as a standalone controller with an analog stick, full face and shoulder buttons, built in motion-sensing technology and new HD Rumble.
To buy: Nintendo Switch, $299.99
If you want to get the kids off the couch and away from the video games, maybe send them outside to pelt each other with Nerf projectiles! They can pretend to be a part of the Nerf Rival Phantom Corps, a group of rogue specialists who join team red or team blue for some intense battles using this powerful blaster.
To buy: NERF Rival Phantom Corps Hera MXVII-1200, $54.99
Obviously inspired by those other bugs, The Beatles, this adorable toy even plays "Yellow Submarine," "All You Need Is Love" and "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." It includes the exclusive Jasper fab figure and will fit up to five Beat Bugs fab figures (sold separately). Baby, you can drive my car—er, submarine.
To buy: Beat Bugs Musical Submarine, $19.99
Your kid won't even care that you didn't get her a real cat when she opens this adorable Little Live Pet. Cuddles, My Dream Kitten, moves and acts just like a real kitten. It purrs when it's happy, cuddles with you and moves its tail. My Dream Kitten even comes with an adoption certificate to make the union complete. The best part: No litter box to clean!
To buy: Little Live Pets Cuddles My Dream Kitten, $49.99
We can all appreciate the low-tech charm of this beautifully designed game. Bonk is a fast-rolling ricochet game that has two to four players trying to roll steel balls down a chute to knock the wooden ball into your opponent's goal. Learn good hand/eye coordination, timing and teamwork the old-fashioned way. Remarkably, it requires absolutely no batteries or electricity!
To buy: Bonk Board Game, $49.99
Scooters are back! But these aren't your grandpa's wheels —this high-tech version is covered in more than 100 LED lights to make you stand out from the crowd. The Jetson Jupiter also features an extendable aluminum handlebar stem, a simple folding mechanism for easy storage and portability and an easy-to-access rear fender foot brake for a safe, secure full stop.
To buy: Jetson Jupiter Scooter with LED Lights, $29.99
Any aspiring chefs in your house? They'll want to get cooking in this cute two-sided diner play space. One side features a booth with a jukebox and the other side is a kitchen, complete with oven, stovetop and grill, refrigerator, drink dispenser and milkshake mixer. Bon appétit!
To buy: Melissa & Doug Deluxe Star Diner Restaurant, $189.99
Imagine your kids playing laser tag right in your house! Now, calm down and buy this toy anyway. Laser X includes everything you need for a two-player, real-life laser gaming experience. Full-color lighting effects let you keep track of shots and hits, an interactive voice coach gives feedback during the game, and you can plug in headphones to hear the Laser X soundtrack and sound effects.
To buy: Laser X Laser Tag Gaming Set, $44.99
Your little Hot Wheels collector will do doughnuts when they open this gift! The Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage—the single biggest Hot Wheels item ever—stands over three feet tall and stores more than 140 cars. Features include a motorized elevator that can transport up to 23 cars at a time, different play zones and a gorilla that climbs all the way up the tower to swipe fellow drivers out of the elevator. Cruise up to the penthouse, eat at the diner, stop by the police station, service your ride in the shop and take it through the car wash.
To buy: Hot Wheels Super Ultimate Garage Play Set, $174.99
Attention, Lego fans with wanderlust! The Lego Friends Sunshine Catamaran will take you away on this luxury craft that comes complete with sun deck, pool, bridge, slide, spiral stairs, garage and sliding doors. Lift the top off the boat for more play and easy access to the kitchen, bedrooms and lounge with a clear bottom. And the personal water craft can be used to pull the banana boat or inflatable ring. It even comes with a couple of dolphins to befriend.
To buy: LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran, $64.99
Calling all "Paw Patrol" fans to the deck: You're going to love this Sea Patroller that you can use to help Ryder save Baby Octopus! This rescue vehicle comes equipped with flashing lights, sounds, a detachable anchor, a crane and cage, and it even transforms into a land vehicle. For trickier rescue missions, it comes with Ryder's rescue ATV and a front-opening ramp. Ahoy!
To buy: Paw Patrol Sea Patrol—Sea Patroller Transforming Vehicle, $44.49
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