If you’re a parent, I’m sure your kids have already drafted a dozen lists in their clumsy, barely legible scrawls of what cool toys they want. But if you’re an aunt, uncle, grandparent, or if you have kids that want you to read their minds, here is a list of the top 10 cool new toys on the market this year.
1. Jurassic World Lego Set
I know, I know. Lego is a pain in the…pinky toe! But with the newest Jurassic World movie grossing over $1,606,859,356 worldwide, dinosaurs are sort of in again. Check out the Lego website to see if it’s on sale, but usually you’re looking at a $40.00 to $100.00 depending on which set you want.
2. Zoomer Dino
The Zoomer Dino was ridiculously hard to find especially before Christmas. They were never in stock and it was truly a Christmas miracle if you obtained one for your child. It’s a remote control dinosaur that sells for just over $100.00 that kids can tame if they master the remote control. The toy has dinosaur-like movements, sounds and incredible dino-sense abilities. I told you dinosaurs are in style again.
3. Nerf Mega ThunderBow
Anything Nerf related will be a hit. You’re buying your kid a weapon they can ping their siblings with or shoot at the walls. The new spin on Nerf is that they are going old school. No more guns. We are regressing to cross bows or the ThunderBow, which you can pick up at Wal-Mart for under 40 bucks. Warning though, make sure you are always wearing the safety glasses they provide. Take it from someone who suffered a bruised eyeball from a Nerf war gone wrong.
4. Anything Marvel
With all these remakes out there like Fantastic Four, Spiderman, not to mention all the Avengers movies, of course Marvel is crazy right now. Whether it be Halloween costumes, action figures, or the accessories and clothes, if your kid has it, they are certifiably cool. Browse the Disney store, they have a lot of new Marvel editions, but also check out Toys R Us and Wal-Mart. It’s really hard to escape it. Marvel is everywhere. Superheroes are everywhere…Let your kid be one.
5. Hot Wheels® Street Hawk™ Remote Control Flying Car
For some reason, a remote control is a fascinating phenomenon for kids. It gives them the chance to have a little bit of control. Of course, remote control cars are not enough anymore. Now, they must go frontward, backward, side to side, and obviously, they must fly. The Hot Wheels Flying Car is around $60.00 and while you and I don’t exactly like that price, it’s worth it for that look of awe on your child’s face when their car suddenly takes off into the air. Plus, it may be preparation for the future. Flying cars? No?
6. Disney Karaoke: Frozen
Frozen revolutionized Disney movies for kids in the past year. While I still enjoy the classics and think the young people of this generation should sit down and watch The Lion King, The Beauty and The Beast, Mulan, or Aladdin, I’m glad Frozen became a part of their generation in the same way. After the release of the movie, pretty much the entire nation hummed in unison to “Let It Go,” one of more popular songs on the soundtrack. Why hum when you can sing the words? Disney Karaoke: Frozen is $5-$10 and can be purchased at the Disney store or Wal-Mart. It’s interactive and fun for you and the kids!
7. Bounce Off
Bounce Off is a newer toy hitting the market that you can order off Amazon for around $15.00. It’s a competitive game that can be played as a head to head challenge or you can challenge yourself. The goal is to race the recreate the pattern on the challenge card by bouncing balls into the grid. The first colour to complete the pattern wins the card, and you need 3 cards to win the game. The set includes 9 challenge cards, 16 balls and a game grid.
8. Bop It
Bop It came out a few years ago, but it is still an incredibly popular game, especially with their newer, more challenging version, Bop It Xt Carabiner. The game is both fun and tests your skills. It actually helps with reaction time and making the connection with auditory senses to action. You can compete against yourself or play against others, but it is definitely an engaging game that requires your attention, otherwise the next thing you’ll hear is, “You’re Out!” Bop It can be purchased for around $15.00 online or in stores such as Wal-Mart.
9. Thinkfun: Compose Yourself
Created by world-famous composer and cellist, Maestro Philip Sheppard, Compose Yourself allows anyone to play with music and create a world-class composition. This game is incredibly intellectual and allows for creativity and imagination to be cultivated into something beautiful. How it works is that you purchase the cards, which your child can arrange into a visual pattern. Each card has a code on it that can be entered on the website and the code plays a different symphony. Kids can play around until they like how it sounds. Then, they are able to download their creation as an mp3 file to impress family and friends! It can be purchased on Amazon for roughly $15.00.
10. Knex Mighty Makers Going Green
Created by an all-female marketing and design team, the Mighty Makers building set line encourages girls ages 7+ to build big ideas. Each Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (“STEM”) based set includes colorful rods, connectors, panels, engaging story-based instructions that follow the life of the included female figure and an exploration card for additional educational fun. It’s fun and interactive, engaging both young girls and boys to do what they love. This is the newest edition, however there is a complete line of Mighty Makers that you and your kids can check out. Toys R Us is a great place to start, selling this unique toy for around $17.00.
Well, kids, looks like I’ve got your birthday and Christmas lists started for you! I’m sure you’ll want to add on though…