The holiday season? My brain is so not yet there. I still need to get through Halloween and Thanksgiving before I start to think about Christmas. But big box stores, blogs, and some parents are already knee-deep in the holiday season, speculating on what the season’s hot new toys will be.
Toys R Us has already put together their top 50 toy list (along with, as our own Meredith Carroll says, “inconvenience and false demand” with their “hot toy reservation program.” We still have months to go and the predictions are aplenty. One of the new ones for the season’s top toys is from CNN Money. What did they include on their “hot list?”
Illumivor Mecha-Shark 1 of 5For some glow-in-the-dark fun comes the Illumivor collection by new toy company Skyrocket Toys. The collection includes a 18-inch long shark as well as the smaller 8-inch characters; Electro Piranha, Hydro Jaw and the Shock Angler. Each one lights up and moves across the floor to the "sound of ominous music." The biggie retails for $69.99 and is aimed at the 6 and up crowd.
Wearables 2 of 5Kids love to play with cardboard, and here is a new way they can decorate, wear, and play with cardboard creations: Wearables from Kid Constructions. After children decorate the items (starting at $24.99) with crayons, markers or stickers, they can put on the cardboard object and zoom off.
The Orb 3 of 5Is it a bird? Is it a plane? Nope; it the Orb, a new flying toy from EB Brands. Retailing at $49.99, the UFO-inspired toy flies around the room and can bounce off the walls.
"The whole concept, and the green glow with the lights, is to give kids the feeling that this is alien technology that's been captured," EB Brands' Chris Wilson said.
The Digi Fruit 4 of 5Okay, this one looks pretty delicious, literally. The Digi Fruit by Gamenamics is a digital alarm clock that kids put together themselves using the kit as well as fruit to run the clock. "The clock will continue to tell time for the life of each fruit you try," Gamenamics president Cathy Burton said. "They are fun to put together, and kids also learn about how toys are assembled and wired." But I would hate to see what happens when the clock is forgotten with fruit still attached! It's a good deal at $9.99.
Perplexus Twist 5 of 5The Perplexus Twist is a brainteaser that challenges your kids to navigate a marble through different tracks and obstacles. This is the fourth version of the maze-like game.
"There's a fourth dimension that requires a player to twist the two halves of the sphere to realign the tracks to escape traps, decoys, and cliffhangers," Andrew Wagar (who represents PlaSmart) said. The toy retails for $29.99.
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