We’ve already seen quite a number of hot toys in 2015, with most of the new toys stemming from movie licensing for 2015’s hottest movies. Already this year, we’ve seen kids go crazy for Jurassic World, Inside Out, Minions, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and Ant-Man — all of which have resulted in some cool new toys for our little ones (okay, and us) to play with. And what’s more, there are still a few potentially great upcoming animated movies that should spawn some new toys as well, including The Peanuts Movie, Hotel Transylvania 2, and The Good Dinosaur. It’s doubtful that The Peanuts Movie or Hotel Transylvania 2 will have any good merchandising, but given the popularity of dinosaur toys this year already (thanks to Jurassic World), we’re expecting The Good Dinosaur to bring us some hot new toys as well.
Of course, not all toys have to be licensed from a movie, and there are a ton of other great ones for your kid to play with, especially by the time Christmas rolls around.
So without further ado, here are the top 25 best new toys of 2015: (Note: If you’re looking for the best toddler toys, click the link, as this list does not contain toys for toddlers).
1. Jurassic World Chomping Indominus Rex Figure
Jurassic World’s biggest star is the Indominus Rex, and you can bring her home right now (yes, she’s a she). This chomping Indominus Rex will bring a bit of excitement to your child’s playtime, and it is one of the best new cool toys for boys and girls of 2015. Undoubtedly, she will rule all of your other toys.
2. Syma X5C 4 Quadcopter Drone with Camera
RC drones have seen a meteoric rise this year, and your kids are going to be looking for a flying drone under their tree this Christmas. The Syma X5C 4 is the best-selling of the toy drones available, and comes in at a fantastic price point under $50. You can also check out more camera drones before making a decision, as picking the right drone depends on what it’s intended for.
Price: $48.90 (24 percent off MSRP)
3. Fire HD Kids Tablet
The Fire HD kids tablet is the best kids tablet on the market, and it is only for one reason: the 2-year worry-free guarantee — it’s unheard of in the industry. Basically, if your kid drops it, throws it, chews on it, puts it in the bathtub, or anything else, Amazon will replace it. And the fact that there are tons of books, apps, movies and games available adds fuel to the fire.
4. Xbox One Forza 6 Limited Edition 1TB Bundle
If they’ve yet to upgrade to the next generation of consoles, video game-loving kids are going to be looking for a console under their tree this year. The Xbox One has a great bundle for the new 1TB edition which includes the hotly anticipated Forza Motorsport 6.
5. Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII 25-Key USB Keyboard & Pad Controller
At first glance, the Akai Professional MPK Mini MKII might be intimidating. But, if you want to get your child’s creative juices flowing, this is the best selling computer recording midi controller system on the market today, and Akai’s quality is second to none. Basically, the MPK is a tool that helps create electronic music with a computer. Not only is it one of the best music-making tools available, it’s also a ton of fun to use. And if they don’t have any idea what they’re doing at first — and trust me, they won’t — there are a ton of YouTube videos with how-tos and best practices.
6. New Nintendo 3DS XL
The newly announced Nintendo 3DS XL adds a C Stick for enhanced controls and is faster than the one that was on the market previously, and most importantly, it has a bigger screen. It’s also NFC enabled for their amiibo. If your child loves Nintendo — and let’s be honest, who doesn’t? — they’ll love the brand new version of the Nintendo 3DS XL.
7. LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack
LEGO Dimensions is basically like Disney Infinity or Skylanders, but it uses the incredibly large catalogue of LEGO franchises instead. Think Back to the Future meets Batman.
8. Fluxx 5.0 Card Game
The new Fluxx 5.0 card game is the card game that everyone is talking about. Games last anywhere from 5-30 minutes, and it’s easy to learn. Rules change as you go, so the game always feels different.
Price: $13.68 (14 percent off MSRP)
9. Compose Yourself Music Card Game
We love the idea of encouraging music-making and creativity, and Compose Yourself does just that. Users use pre-made musical phrases that can be rearranged in any way, and is then uploaded to a computer to see how their compositions sound. Further editing can be done using the computer program, and it’ll surely help get your children interested in learning about music.
Price: $14.99 (25 percent off MSRP)
10. Mini Squigz
Mini Squigz help encourage building and tinkering, and your children will have fun every time they set their hands on these cool little guys. If your children love building toys, Mini Squigz are a great choice.
11. Nintendo amiibo
Whether you love them or hate them, Nintendo’s marketing plan for Amiibo is rather genius. Basically, make kids want these “functional” action figures for their Wii U or new 3DS because they look cool. Well, kudos to Nintendo, because kids are craving for more Amiibo. Amiibo are going to be THE hot toys of 2015 this Christmas.
Price: Starting at $12.99
12. Redcat Racing Brushless Electric Tornado EPX RC Buggy Car
One of the best-selling RC cars is Redcat Racing’s electric tornado EPX RC buggy. It’s fast, affordable, and hits speeds of up to 30mph (which is an impressive speed for car toys). The Tornado EPX is also durable and looks great. Most importantly, of course, is that it is an incredibly fun toy (which is why we also included it in our list of cool toys for boys). And, RC cars are always hot toys come Christmas. See our list of the best RC cars for sale here.
Price: $199.99 (23 percent off MSRP)
13. Funko Pop Figures
Funko Pop figures are everywhere. They’re taking over cubicles, desks, backpacks, bedrooms and dorm rooms. Funko has created a multi-million dollar toy company by just taking the best movie, TV and video game franchises and creating cute-ified action figure toys for them. The result? Hundreds and hundreds of uniquely designed action figures we can’t get enough of.
Price: Starting at $6.69
14. Star Wars Anakin to Darth Vader Color Change Lightsaber Toy
Star Wars: Episode VII comes out later this year, and it’s easily the most anticipated movie of the year. Undoubtedly, it means we’ll get some cool new Star Wars toys. But for now, there’s a color changing lightsaber available (don’t worry, it’s made of plastic not plasma) that changes from Anakin’s cool blue glow to Darth Vader’s evil red with the click of a button. It also makes the sound-effects from the movie.
Price: $35.75 (11 percent off MSRP)
15. ‘Inside Out’ Disgust Talking Action Figure
Disgust is one of the most amusing characters in the movie, and her talking action figure is one of the best Inside Out toys available. She speaks 11 different phrases from the biggest animated movie of the summer. Her face lights up when she talks, too.
16. LEGO Jurassic World Indominus Rex Breakout Buildling Kit
LEGO has its hand on every major movie blockbuster. The LEGO Jurassic World Indominus Rex Breakout Building Kit is just one of the examples of that, as there are many more LEGO Jurassic World sets to choose from. But our pick for the best new LEGO kit of the year is the Indominus Rex Breakout set, since you get an awesome 8″ x 12″ impound, helicopter, and a 6″ tall Indominus Rex.
17. SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body
SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body definitely looks pretty gross at first, but kids think it’s a cool-looking toy. It’s also a great educational tool for your kid’s curious mind, as it contains a visual human body tool and an informative and well-designed fact book about the human body and how it works. Kids are able to remove nine squishy vital organs as well as see skeletal, vascular and muscular systems. The SmartLab Toys Squishy Human Body is one of the best educational toys available to help to teach your kids the basics about the human body.
Price: $19.99 (29 percent off MSRP)
18. Hot Wheels RC Street Hawk – Flying Cars are Finally here!
Unfortunately, there aren’t any actual flying cars available just yet, but that doesn’t mean that there can’t be toy flying cars! Hot Wheels has realized a vision that has combined RC cars and RC planes. Whether your kids want to drive on land or fly in the air, the Hot Wheels RC Street Hawk is one cool gadget they’ll absolutely want to play with. It’s durable and lightweight, allowing your child to perform difficult aerial maneuvers with ease at up to 200 feet in the air. And, because of its unique radio, kids can play with up to 5 other RC Street Hawk vehicles in one single location without interference.
Price: $52.99 (12 percent off MSRP)
19. MindWare KEVA Contraptions
Kids are all about building things, and the KEVA Contraptions set will get them interested in engineering, architect and design. This educational toy teaches kids how to create ramps, funnels, chutes, bridges, and crazy contraptions. There’s no glue or connectors, either. The kit includes 200 identical wooden planks and 2 specially designed light weight balls (like ping pong balls) for your kids to create a track for. It works sort of like an erector set, but it’s more about the teaching and learning. Your kids will have a blast not only creating new contraptions but destroying them as well.
20. LEGO Superheroes Marvel’s Ant-Man Building Kit
Ant-Man is a tough cookie to crack when it comes to toys, because any toy you make has to be bigger than an ant for kids to play with. Oh well, while it’s not to scale, the LEGO Superheroes Ant-Man Building Kit is one of the best Ant-Man toys available.
21. Marvel Avengers Age of Ultron Iron Man Arc FX Armor
Sighhhh Where were these when I was a kid? These Iron Man FX Armor gloves will empower your kids to hand blast his/her enemies. It makes power-up, power-down and repulsor battle sounds, is motion-activated, and lights up. It’s one of the hottest new toys of 2015, for sure.
Price: $16.00 (27 percent off MSRP)
22. Nerf Zombie Strike FlipFury Blaster
While there is also a super cool Nerf zombie strike water blaster, the FlipFury blaster can be used indoors and year-round. Toy nerf guns are always a hot seller come Christmas time, but the design of the FlipFury is incredibly cool. We also spoke about its bigger brother in our post of the best toy guns of 2015.
23. Disney Frozen Fever Elsa Doll
Let’s not forget that Frozen Fever was also released in 2015, although it came in the first half of the year. This Frozen Fever Elsa Doll looks exactly like the onscreen Elsa, as she’s dressed in her spring-inspired fashions.
Price: $12.23 (18 percent off MSRP)
24. Marvel Avengers Hawkeye Longshot Bow
This is the best kids toy bow I’ve ever seen, certainly beating out those bows with suction cup arrows I had as a kid. This Hawkeye Longshot Bow will make them feel like Marvel’s Hawkeye. it comes with six foam arrows and fires up to 40 feet.
25. Minions Toys – Jumbo Talking Dave
And finally, we have Minions. While there aren’t a ton of Minions toys out there just yet, the ones that are out are pretty cool. This Jumbo Talking Dave has light up eyes, says over 10 Minion sayings, and he’s super soft and huggable (just like you’d imagine a minion would really be like).