Babble Best Toys of 2012
The New York Toy Fair is one of the biggest toy conventions in the world, with everyone from toy giants (like Hasbro and Fisher-Price) to innovative start-up companies (like Begin Again and iBuKu) sharing their newest designs and imaginative ideas for kids toys. We were the envy of every child this week, sorting through hundreds of thousands of new products to find the very best toys of 2012. And we have to say it was an impressive year, filled with tech innovations, toys made of unique eco-materials, and a few brand new companies that deserve serious recognition. If we missed one of your favorite new toys of 2012, nominate it here! - Michelle Horton
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Monster Fighters Collection & Friends Collection | LEGO
There were two main LEGO themes that stuck out to me – first being the Monster Fighters. Beyond the new, flashy licensed themes like Star Wars, The Hobbit, and The Lord of the Rings, these classic monsters (like The Mummy, The Werewolf, and The Vampire) span all generations and interests. They’re classic for a reason.
Another theme worth noting is LEGO’s new Friends collection. The girl-focused theme got a lot of flack from bloggers who thought it was too gender specific – even claiming that it waters down the building difficulty for girls. And even though there’s some pink sprinkled in there, the color palette is just softer (and more appealing to girls), with just as much building as the boy-focused versions. And there aren’t only fluffy themes, like shopping and dancing. The LEGO Friends collection includes an inventor’s workshop, design studio, pet rescue patrol, and veterinarian office.
Ages: Monsters 7 years+; Friends 6 years+
Price: $6.99 – $99.99
Available: August 2012 (some LEGO Friends are available now)