Every year, Toys R Us releases a list of sought-after toys and anticipated best sellers for the Christmas season. From the look of their recommendations, a number of items seem to highlight a trend for this year that incorporates electronics, technology, science and robotics. When you’re looking for a few gift ideas for kids this Christmas, consider browsing the items on the Toys R Us ‘Hot’ list – a few favorites that caught my eye are highlighted below:
1. Project MC 2 Doll
I was never really into Barbie, or dolls for that matter, but if the Project MC 2 Doll was around when I was in elementary school – she would have definitely been on my list. Why? Instead of dressing my doll in the latest fashions, I would have been conducting experiments and advancing my interest in science. This line of dolls features a fashionably dressed young lady who also serves as an educational guide.
Based on the Netflix Original Series of the same name, there are currently four different dolls/experiments to choose from:
- McKeyla’s LED Lava Light
- Adrienne’s Volcano Cake
- Bryden’s Glow Stick Necklace
- Camryn’s Blueprint Skateboard
Recommended for ages 6 and up.
2. Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Horse
If I had to choose a Barbie to play with, she would have been an active version of herself…one who played sports and other leisure pursuits, such as horseback riding like the Barbie Saddle ‘N Ride Horse that made the Toys R’ Us ‘hot toy’ list for 2015.
Ideal for horse lovers, the legs on the horse actually move with the push of a button – where Barbie (or Teresa) can ride atop a walking horse.
Three AAA batteries are required for this toy.
3. Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex
For children showing an interest in paleontology or who love Jurassic Park movies, Fisher Price’s Imaginext Ultra T-Rex is sure to impress with a toy that blends dinosaur fun with a little bit of Indiana Jones adventure. For starters, the dino stands 2 ½ feet tall, and comes with three Power Pads that enable movement and light-up features allowing him to 1) walk, 2) open and close his mouth with chomping sound effects and 3) activate LED lights in his spikes and eyes. The prehistoric creature also fires projectiles, and comes with characters and accessories to extend play. Recommended for ages 3-8 years.
4. FurReal Friends StarLily, My Magical Unicorn
Yes, I went through a unicorn phase, and if FurReal Friends StarLily, My Magical Unicorn existed, I would have wanted her. This toy is probably the closest thing an imaginative child will get having a mythical pet…and it responds to voice and touch. There are more than 100 sound and motion combinations to enjoy. The unicorn moves her head and hoof; makes unique sounds, and her horn lights up to a color that matches her mood. Her wings also flutter. Other movements include moving her front leg, sitting, standing, lying down, and moving when she hears music.
5. Meccano MeccaNoid G15 Personal Robot
Mostly for the mature kid to tween-teen crowd, the Meccano MeccaNoid G15 Personal Robot promises unlimited interactive fun for the tech- or science buff. With 600 parts, kids can create multiple designs which in the end are controlled by six different motors responsible for moving the head, arms and feet. With the Learned Intelligent Movement programming mode, users can record and play robotic arm movements, or have the robot track and mirror your own movements.
The MeccaNoid can tell jokes, recite facts, say names, begin a conversation, and respond to an unlimited amount of recorded voice commands – all stored within 64MB of flash memory. The robot works with iOS and Android smartphones and tablets, and requires four C batteries. Recommended for ages 8-14 years.
There is also the more expensive Meccano MeccaNoid G15 KS, which comes with 1,188 parts; over 1,000 pre-programmed phrases; and 10 motors for realistic body movement. From the looks of it, this might be a Christmas gift for an adult who really enjoys robots and technology.
6. XPV/Marvel Remote Control Hulk Smash Vehicle
Ideal for young comic book and superhero lovers, the Hulk is a favorite of many…and with this remote control toy, the strong flailing arms of the green giant looks like it will offer some pretty intense playtime.
Your child or young relative can make the Hulk smash, flip, spin and perform quick wheelies –all while listening to 10 different sounds and phrases. The arms are adjustable to eight different positions which can also knock over obstacles or send Hulk straight for them. If the vehicle tips over, the Hulk’s arms are strong enough to reposition back into driving mode once again. Recommended for ages 4 to 9 years.
To get the prices and direct links to any of the toys mentioned above, don’t forget to check out our extended PickUrGift gift list, which highlights additional hot toys for 2015.