It’s clear that this year is going to be a banner year for the toy industry. Already in 2018, we’ve seen the death of the biggest toy retailer, Toys R’ Us, and that means online shopping is going to be the go-to for toys.
So many great brands have cool new toys out or on the way very soon, and that is enough to excite kids and parents alike (especially if they have a child with a special birthday coming up soon).
Whether you’re buying for your kids, or buying for yourself, it’s now easier than ever to find THE hottest toys for any budget. Of course, kids only want the best of the best and the newest of the new, as anything else would be considered subpar in their eyes.
Luckily, Nerf, Hasbro, Melissa & Doug, Play-Doh and more of our favorite toy brands have made it their goal to make 2018 a memorable year in the industry.
With that in mind, here is our list of the top 101 hottest Christmas toys for 2018 birthdays and holidays (and keep this list bookmarked, as we’re going to be updating/swapping out toys as new toys are announced/released).
Did we miss any of the year’s hottest Christmas toys? Let us know in the comments! (Pin This For Later here)
Top 5 Hottest Toys for Christmas 2018
- Nerf Laser Ops Pro (2-Pack) | $40.49 | Buy it on Amazon
- Ready 2 Robot Figures | $19.99 | Buy it on Amazon
- Hatchimals Mystery | $59.97 | Pre-order it on Amazon
- Don’t Step in It Game | $18.99 | Buy it on Amazon.
- Power Wheels Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler | $299.99 | Buy it on Amazon
1. Nerf Laser Ops Pro (2-Pack) – $40.49
Nerf is taking toy guns a step further in 2018 with their introduction of Nerf Laser Ops Pro – essentially, laser tag at home that uses an app to add stat tracking and amplifications.
It comes with wrist straps so that they can strap the app right to their wrists, and it adds other cool features like leaderboards (essentially turning every match into a kid-friendly Call of Duty multiplayer match that you play in real-life).
The Nerf Laser Ops Pro comes with 2 blasters, 2 armbands, and instructions on how to play, how to download the app to play, and everything you need to get started.
It’s one of our favorite Nerf products so far, especially since we don’t have to walk around the backyard picking up various darts of different sizes to figure out which dart goes with which gun. The Laser Ops Pro takes that nuisance away!
Recommended Ages: 14+
2. Harry Potter Kano Kit – $99.99
You might remember that the original Kano Coding Kit was a wildly popular Christmas toy in 2017, and now, the company is back with an update for the magic-lovers out there — the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit.
It allows your kids to use an actual wand (along with a tablet) to code spells and make things appear and happen on-screen. It’s super cool! With the wave of his/her wand, he/she will see instant effects on screen like new creatures created, sweets, spells, over 200 sounds, and more.
If they love Harry Potter or just magic in general — and, honestly, what kid doesn’t — the Harry Potter Kano Coding Kit is for them.
Recommended Ages: 6 years and up
3. The Incredibles 2 Jack-Jack Attacks Figure
This Incredibles 2 Jack-Jack Attacks Figure is easily one of the hottest toys of 2018, with Disney’s upcoming animated film undeniably going to be the biggest animated movie of the year. The figure comes with an 11-inch Jack-Jack, whose head lights up a fiery red, has glowing eyes, and comes with a raccoon (which will likely make sense once we actually get a chance to watch the film.
It’s a great-looking toy that does some pretty cool things, and that’s why it’s on our list of the year’s best.
4. Don’t Step in It Game – $18.99
At this point, you’ll just have to accept it – kids love poop jokes and fart jokes and all things gross. The sooner you can accept that as a parent, the easier your life is going to be. In 2018, we’ve reached peak toilet humor with the Don’t Step in it Game from Hasbro Gaming.
That’s right, Don’t Step in it tasks your kids with…not…stepping…in…it. Don’t worry – the poo isn’t real, and the compound used to make it is included in the packaging. Whoever steps in the fewest poops wins the game.
5. Ready 2 Robot Mystery Toys – $19.99
Think those L.O.L. Surprise toys, but with robots and slime.
Seriously, despite being a little pricey for what you’re getting at $19.99, these Ready 2 Robot toys are super cool. Your child will open it, put it together, and make some slime for it.
But if they have more than one (here’s how they get you to buy more!!), they can mix and match the robot pieces, making their own sort of Frankenbot.
There are 18 different styles per wave, and each pod has a 1 in 1000 chance to contain the rare Chase figure.
In my opinion, Ready 2 Robot toys are much more formidable and layered than just the L.O.L. Surprise toys. And, I’ll also note that they include a display stand that can be connected to other display stands.
Recommended Ages: 6+
6. LEGO Make Your Own Movie – $19.63
Klutz is probably best known for their Make Clay Charms Craft Kit form a few years ago (it’s still a hot seller). This year, the company has introduced the LEGO Make Your Own Movie kit, which provides what your kids need to make their own stop-motion LEGO movie!
It comes with 36 LEGO elements, including figures, faces, props, and scenery. Of course, they’ll also be able to use their own LEGOs with this, but the kit above is enough to get them started.
Recommended Ages: 8+
Price: $19.63 (21 percent off MSRP)
7. Fingerlings Hugs by WowWee – $29.99
Fingerlings were so popular in 2017 that by late October they were out of stock, and remained that way through the entire Christmas shopping season. The company behind those popular toys, WowWee, returns in 2018 with yet another Fingerlings-themed thing: the Fingerlings Hugs.
Fingerlings Hugs are much larger plush toys based on the Fingerlings brand, and they’re going to be super popular this holiday season. They’re not available yet, but you can pre-order them here.
Recommended Ages: 5-10 years
8. Power Wheels Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler – $299.99
Power Wheels’s latest new ride-on is one of their best ride-on toys yet, in my expert opinion: the Power Wheels Jurassic World Jeep Wrangler.
Best of all? That light bar in the back ACTUALLY works! It has a max speed of 5mph forward, so your kids will be cruisin’ in no-time.
9. Hatchimals Mystery – $59.97
Collectathon toys are nothing new, and by now, we’ve all heard of Hatchimals (mostly from Spin Master’s problems with keeping them in stock during the holiday 2016 season).
Now, in 2018, the company is looking to recreate the magic and mystery that surrounded their original Hatchimals product line. This year’s big must-have toy is going to be the Hatchimals Mystery.
There are four Hatchimals available, each of which sports a pastel look.
10. Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K – $199.85
Nerf’s new Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K fires 8 rounds per second, thanks to its advanced acceleration system. It holds 200 rounds per clip, and it comes with a rechargeable battery.
It’s held from the top as opposed to held by handles on the bottom, letting Nerf-lovers spray and pray! It gives it a sort of video gamey feel, and that’s why kids are going to LOVE it in 2018.
In fact, we included it on our list of the best Nerf guns of all-time.
Recommended Ages: 14+
11. Jurassic World Thrash n’ Throw T-Rex – $39.95
If there’s one type of toy that our kids will never get tired of, it’s easily dinosaur toys. Nothing beats destroying your other unsuspecting toys with a giant T-Rex, which is why we absolutely LOVE the Jurassic World Thrash n’ Throw T-Rex that’s new for 2018.
This baby not only looks great with a high level of detail, but it’s also near 2-feet long! It has chomping and stomping action, so your kids will absolutely love it.
Regardless of whatever you think of the latest Jurassic World movie that released earlier this year, chances are that your kids loved it, which is one of the reasons we think this is going to be one of the hottest toys of 2018.
12. Sculptapalooza Game – $19.99
Sculptapalooza is the newest game from Educational Insights, and it’s BY FAR our favorite product of theirs to date. It’s a fast paced family game that has teams racing against the clock to sculpt whatever item they’re tasked to sculpt.
To find out what item that is, there are cards and die (you have to roll to determine which item on any given card you’re supposed to sculpt). Your teammate has to guess what you’ve sculpted before the timer finishes.
It’s a LOT of fun, and requires at least four players.
Recommended Ages: 10 Years+
13. Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise – $55.00
Zuru, the company that created Bunch of Balloons, X-Shot, and Hamsters in a House, now has a brand new line that they just introduced earlier this year. They’re called Rainbocorns Sequin Surprise!
Rainbocorns are new cute plush toys that have sequin hearts on their chests. Behind those sequins lies a surprise.
14. Otrio Game – $39.99
Otrio is a board game of sorts that tasks your kids with racing to build a 3-in-a-row pattern. It’s unique, and challenging, and has tons of replayability. Players can win by getting the same color pieces in all 3 spaces in a block, descending or ascending order on one side, or by having three of the same color pieces in a row across the board.
It’s a LOT of fun, as there’s a lot to keep track of all at once, and it’s great for testing memory skills!
Recommended Ages: 8+
See Also: Best Dinosaur Toys
15. Creative Roots Unicorn Garden – $22
The Unicorn Garden by Creative Roots is definitely going to be one of the hottest toys of 2018 around Christmas time, as kids LOVE unicorn toys.
With this, they can create and decorate a magical unicorn garden, complete with 5 hand-painted figurines. It really grows flowers, using real soil. It’s great for both indoor and outdoor display.
Recommended Ages: 8+
Price: $22.00 (12 percent off MSRP)
16. Kuroba Toys (and the Kuroba Klash Arena) – $19.99
Read more about Kuroba Toys and where to find them in-stock here.
Recommended Ages: 6 years+
17. Morfboard – $99.99
The Morfboard is a super cool skateboard-looking deck with two big holes in it. In those holes, you place various extensions like skateboard wheels and a scooter extension. Or, giant bouncing balls. Or use the board with a balance extension for a balance board.
Morfboard provides year-round fun with just a single board. The initial pack comes with the skate and scooter extension, and the rest are sold separately. Still, it’s an incredibly cool and easy-to-use (no tools required!) board that can go from skateboard to scooter to bounce board to balance in board in just seconds.
Recommended Ages: 8+
18. Barbie Beekeeper Playset – $19.99
Barbie’s newest profession? Beekeeper! What a brilliant addition to the Barbie line.
19. Connect 4 Shots – $19.99
Hasbro has a new take on the classic Connect 4 game, this time mixing it with pong. With Connect 4 Shots, you don’t just drop the red and black discs into the top and hope for the best. Instead, you’re bouncing ping pong balls on a table to try and land them onto the right spot.
Basically, Connect 4 Shots takes the classic Connect 4 formula and makes it 10x more fun! It’s perfect for rainy days, especially.
Recommended Ages: 8+
20. Pokemon Power Action Pikachu – $34.99
The new Power Action Pikachu is, hands-down, THE best Pikachu toy available in 2018. It brings our little yellow friend to life in new ways by not only including flashing red cheeks but also an illuminating tail, which lights up when you shake Pikachu.
He’s cute, soft, and cuddly on the outside, but becomes cute, soft, and ferocious when he’s ready for his Static Charge ability!
Recommended Ages: 3+
21. My Little Pony Singing Rainbow Dash – $26.99
We had the pleasure of exclusively revealing the MLP Singing Rainbow Dash way back in February, and we loved it so much that we’re including it on this year’s list of the best new toys.
It has three modes: listen, sing solo, or duet, and she says 15 phrases from the series. She’s super cute, and your kid will love to sing her little heart out with Rainbow Dash!
Recommended Ages: 3 years and up
22. Pomsies – $14.99
Pomsies are one of this year’s hottest new Christmas toys, and they’re being called the next Fingerlings.
They hail from Skyrocket Toys, makers of mebo and Skyviper drones, and they’re growing in popularity exponentially since hitting the market earlier this year.
So, what are Pomsies? They’re essentially cute stuffed animals that react when you touch or pet them, with eyes that change color based on their different feelings.
On top of that, they have tails that are able to wrap around just about anything, meaning they can be your child’s next fashion accessory, too.
23. Treasure X Toys – $9.99
Now, here’s a new toy in 2018 that I’m especially excited about: Treasure X toys! Why the excitement?
First, it tasks your kids with digging out their collectible toys instead of just opening them from some dumb box. Obviously, kids love to dig.
Second, the story that Moose toys is interjecting into their Treasure X marketing has been brilliant, and it’s one thing that helps to set them apart from other collectible toys.
Finally, the toys, themselves, look super cool. They’re variations of different weapon-toting skeletal humanoids, each with unique accessories. There are 24 of them in total, and I wouldn’t be too surprised to see more added in a second wave.
24. LEGO City Arctic Explorer – $119.95
New from LEGO this year is the LEGO City Arctic Explorer set (#60195), and it’s one of our favorites. It gives your kids what they need to build an arctic mobile exploration base and a lab, complete with a working crane, a snow bike, and an ice saw. It also comes with an awesome frozen mammoth figure for them to break open with the ice saw.
Recommended Ages: 7-12 years
25. Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck – $59.97
This Marshall’s Fire Truck from Paw Patrol is easily one of the best Paw Patrol toys of 2018. It has a wicked-cool extendable ladder that’s 2-feet tall, and it has water cannons that launch on the front and back. It also comes with a mini vehicle and Marshall figure.
26. Boxer (Interactive A.I. Robot) – $79.99
I know, I know — how many robot toys do they actually need? Last year, there was Anki Cozmo, the intelligent robot with a little emotion. This year, there’s Boxer from Spin Master toys, which is a quirky little bot that’s sort of the same idea. It comes with 10 game cards and can express its emotions, and there are even more games available on the Boxer app.
Your kids can play games like Bow Bowling, Go Kart, or Paddle Bot, or they can use the remote control to do tricks.
Honestly, my kids have both the Cozmo and Boxer, and they had more uproarious fun when playing with Boxer. So, that’s worth noting. Plus, it’s 1/2 the price. It’s a better option for kids who are more interested in playing than programming.
Recommended Ages: 6+
27. Nintendo Switch
Somehow, my Nintendo Switch has become my favorite console that I own (and I own the PS4 Pro, Xbox One S, and gaming PC). There’s just something so unique about Nintendo’s handheld/console hybrid that gives it an undeniable charm. And with its growing catalog or both old and new games, it has become much formidable than it was at launch.
What’s more, we already know about some super exciting games on the way, including the Splatoon 2 and Super Mario Odyssey. The Switch can be played on both a television and on the go in handheld form, and in both ways, graphical fidelity is impressive (although, of course not quite PS4 Pro-level graphics). Still, it’s well-worth it, and its worth grows every day.
28. Gravitrax Marble Run – $57.65
The Gravitrax marble run set feels like an updated marble run kit that’s perfect for new age kids. It comes with 122 pieces, and comes with clear instructions so that your child is able to start building and having fun immediately.
It’s one of the best new STEM toys of 2018, and it was recently featured on Live with Kelly and Ryan.
Recommended Ages: 8 Years+
29. My Little Pony Cutie Mark Crew – $12.99
If you (or your kids) follow My Little Pony, you’ve definitely heard the term “Cutie Marks” before. It’s a play on beauty marks.
Soon (a little later this year), Hasbro will release these awesomely cute new figures into the wild. Each super cute figure is roughly 2-inches in size, and they come in blind packs (so you don’t know which one you’re getting until you actually open it!).
Each comes with a collector card that includes the character’s story, as well as a matching accessory and stackable case. Both My Little Pony and My Little Pony Equestria Girls characters are available in the My Little Pony Cutie Mark Crew, which you can pre-order on Amazon now.
Recommended Ages: 4 years and up
30. ALEX Toys Craft Rock Pets – $10.99
Pet rocks are nothing new, but ALEX Toys has put their own spin on things by making the rocks shaped into different animals (turtle, frog, owl, fox, butterfly) and providing paint and a brush to decorate them with.
It’s one of the best new cheap toys this year, and for under $20, you can pick it up for a special birthday or Christmas.
Recommended Ages: 8+
31. Scruff a Luvs by Little Live Pets – $19.99
Little Live Pets Scruff a Luvs are a brand new toy that tasks your kids with rescuing animals, cleaning them up, and grooming them. They’re super cute, and they’re selling out fast!
Recommended Ages: 5 Years and up
32. Hairdorables – $14.99
Based on the YouTube series of the same name, these collectible dolls called Hairdorables have long hair and are packed in a blind box so your kids never know which one they’re going to get. There are 36 Hairdorables in total, including two rare (a 1 in 40 chance) and one ultra rare (a 1 in 400 chance). Each doll also comes with different fashions, hairstyle options, and accessories.
33. Air Hogs Supernova – Hand-Controlled Orb – $39.99
The Air Hogs Supernova is essentially a small drone with a cage around it that’s controlled with their hands. There’s no need to control it with a remote control like you would a typical drone, and getting it to hover on its own is super easy — just toss it into the air and it’ll automatically start flying.
The Air Hogs Supernova only responds to the motion of your hands, thanks to small censors on every side of it. These censors allow you to push, spin, and launch the Supernova with your hands, giving you the ability to learn over 30+ moves and 9 Super tricks.
recommended Ages: 4+
34. WowWee Untamed T-Rex Fingerlings – $14.99
The same company behind last year’s hot Fingerlings comes Untamed T-Rex Fingerlings. They’re the same idea as the monkeys, but they’re dinosaurs. Ferocious!
There are currently four of these little guys available: Ironjaw, Ripsaw, Scratch, and Tracker.
Recommended Ages: 5 to 15 years
35. Bruder Man Cement Mixer – $49.78
You won’t find better quality toy trucks than Bruder toys, a company based in Germany who makes high-quality replica trucks. Their new Bruder Cement Mixer is one of our favorites, because you can actually mix things up in the water tank and watch it come out the chute in the back.
36. Mega Construx Pokemon Jumbo Pikachu – $49.99
Mega Construx is a Lego-like product, and they have some Pokemon licensing that they’ve been playing with for the past two years. Now, they have a JUMBO Pikachu that looks great and is fun to put together.
The finished product measures just over a foot tall, and it’s fully poseable, thanks to its articulated legs, arms, tail, and ears.
37. LEGO Whomping Willow Building Kit – $59.68
This is easily one of my favorite LEGO Harry Potter kits to date: the Hogwarts Whomping Willow. It’s 753 pieces, and it comes with not only the willow that sits outside of Hogwarts, but also the flying Ford Anglia that gets stuck in it and a big section of the Hogwarts castle.
It also comes with Harry Potter minifigs, including Ron, Hermione, Harry, Seamus, Snape, and Argus.
It’s a truly great-looking set that any little muggle will appreciate this Christmas.
Recommended Ages: 8-14 years
38. Fisher Price Think & Learn Rocktopus – $55.64
The Think & Learn Rocktopus is the hottest toy for stimulating toddlers this Christmas! Read more about it here.
Recommended Ages: 3-6 years old
Price: $55.64 (10 percent off MSRP)
39. Little Tikes Sports Zone – $49.44
You WON’T find a better new toddler toy than the Little Tikes 3-in-1 Sports Center. This playcenter will introduce your toddler to basketball, soccer, and bowling with fun activities. It has three different modes: learn, move, and games. The backboard lights up and makes sounds when shots are made, and your toddler will absolutely love it.
Best of all, it folds up to 1/3 its size for easy storage. Woo! No living room clutter!
Price: $49.44 (10 percent off MSRP)
40. Project MC2 Smart Pixel Purse
We’re living in the digital age, so why not digitalize your accessories, too? Check out the Project Mc2 Pixel Purse, which comes with 10 pre-programmed animations so that they can play right out of the box. It also comes with an app (both Android and iOS) that allows your kids to program the LED Lights. Super. Cool. Trust me when I tell you that once they see this, they’re going to add it to their Christmas list.
41. Paw Patrol Sea Patroller
Paw Patrol is one of the most popular kids shows on TV, and Nickelodeon has introduced us to a few brand new Paw Patrol toys in 2018. The best new Paw Patrol Christmas toy this year is the Sea Patroller Transforming Vehicle with Lights and Sounds. It uses drop-down wheels to go from sea to land, taking pups on all sorts of new and exciting missions. It also comes with a few accessories, including Ryder, an octopus, and a cool-looking ATV.
42. Cool Maker Tidy Dye Station Activity Kit
Whether you think tye dye looks are out of style or not, they’ll never go out of fun. Kids LOVE to make tye dye stuff, and with the Cool Maker Tidy Dye Station, they can make shirts, pillow cases, bags, headbands, and more.
It’s a great way for them to make their own colorful designs mess-free, as it uses strings to transfer colors. That means their hands stay clean, and you don’t have to worry about finding dye everywhere for the rest of the day.
Recommended Ages: 8+
43. Little Tikes Stem Jr. Wonder Lab – $119
It’s no secret that STEM toys are HUGE in 2018, and it really takes a lot to actually impress me when showing me something STEM-related (a lot of them are super samey).
But Little Tikes’ Stem Jr. Wonder Lab does things a little differently by combining 20 STEM activities into one awesome playset. It’s actually one of the most interactive toys we’ve EVER seen!
There’s a tray table that you can use to make slime, bubbles, fake snow, and more! It also has over 40 sounds. It’s BRILLIANT, and there’s so much for your kids to do that they’ll certainly want to use it a lot.
Recommended Ages: 2-5 years
44. Melissa & Doug Giant Unicorn Stuffed Animal
I’ve already raved about the quality standards of Melissa & Doug toys, and the Melissa & Doug Giant Unicorn Stuffed Animal is certainly no exception. It stands at 32″ high x 45″ long x 12″ wide, and it’ll make the perfect addition to your child’s bedroom. It’s super soft and cuddly, yet stands on its own, thanks to its sturdy wireframe. It’s white and pink with colorful stars on its hindquarters and a giant pink unicorn horn.
Price: $84.44 (16 percent off MSRP)
45. CozyPhones Kids Headphones – $19.97
CozyPhones may not be a toy they play with exactly, but they’ll use it with many of their toys. CozyPhones are cute, soft headbands based on many different animals (and a unicorn!) that makes listening to their music/apps and games more comfortable. Inside each of the headbands are ultra-thin 1/8″ speakers that provide sound.
Best of all, perhaps, is that each speaker has a volume limiter in it that keeps the sound below 90db, meaning your child’s hearing is protected.
So, your kids will love it because it gives them a comfortable solution to listening to their apps and music, and you’ll love it because it’s safe (and extra cute!).
Recommended Ages: 4+
46. LeapFrog Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart – $29.95
Who doesn’t love ice cream? LeapFrog’s new Scoop & Learn Ice Cream Cart is a brilliantly designed toy for kids. It has an ice cream scoop that grips the ice cream and allows your kid to put it on the cone to give to someone. The cart’s playful phrases will introduce colors, numbers, flavors, and more, and pushing the cart around helps build gross motor skills. It’s super cute, and your child will love it.
Price: $29.99 (25 percent off MSRP)
47. Fisher-Price Zoom ‘n Crawl Monster
Fisher-Price’s hot new toy of 2017 is the Zoom ‘n Crawl Monster, and although it isn’t exactly a new concept, it’s going to make a great Christmas gift this year.
It’s a colorful, playful monster that will feel like a friend to your toddler, and it has two ways to play with it. It has Sit & Play, which tasks your child with filling the monster’s mouth with balls to watch them spin. And there’s also Crawl & Chase, which will spill balls out as the monster zooms around the living room, encouraging your baby to get moving.
48. Spider-Man Mega City Playset
Looking to keep your kids busy all-day when Christmas comes around later this year? Check out the Spider-Man Mega City Playset — the busiest superhero playset we’ve ever seen. It stands at roughly 4 feet tall and it comes with over 20 different play features. It’s intended for use with their current collection of 6 inch figures. It’s one of the more detailed sets we’ve seen Marvel and Hasbro come out with. It’s one of the best Spider-Man toys we’ve gotten our hands on, and we can’t wait for your kids to play with it later this year.
49. Jurassic World Pterano-Drone – $99.99
There are all sorts of cool new dinosaur toys available this year, thanks to the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. But, one of the coolest ideas is this Pterano drone, which puts a flying dinosaur atop an “invisible” drone, complete with flapping wings.
It’s super fun, and kids love it. There’s also an “auto circle” option!
Recommend Ages: 8+
50. Bonk Board Game
Target is known for having quite an impressive board game selection, and this year, they’ve added an exclusive to their lineup by the name of Bonk. The Bonk Board Game tasks up to four players with rolling steel balls onto the board to knock the wooden ball into your opponents goal. It requires a good eye, timing, reaction, and teamwork. Most importantly, it’s incredibly fun!
51. Rise Vusion House Racer FPV
Indoor FPV is tricky, because there are a lot of factors at play (mostly, the physical constraints on flying around your home, around corners and doors, etc). The Rise Vusion House Racer is a good, all-inclusive solution that works both indoor and outdoor, and it will allow them to see what their drone sees, even if they can’t physically see the drone, itself. It comes with the drone, LCD monitor, goggles, batteries, and the versatile 600TVL FPV camera that will give them the gift of sight.
52. Simon Star Wars Darth Vader Game
Simon is a classic game that puts its player’s memory to the test. Now, Hasbro is back with a Simon Star Wars Darth Vader Game that works similarly to the original, but with a Darth Vader shell and using the first four different notes from The Imperial March theme. Your kids will have their memory tested, all while trying to avoid converting to the Dark Side. It’s a great option for your little Star Wars fan.
See more of the best toys for 7 year olds here.
Recommended Ages: 7+
Price: $21.19 (15 percent off MSRP)
53. Alex Toys Craft Sk8 Deck Wall Art Street Sk8ter
Bring out their creative side with Alex Toys’ Craft Sk8 Deck Wall Art, which allows them to color their very own skateboard deck for display on their bedroom wall. It comes with a wooden skate deck and 6 markers, as well as a hanging bracket. The board has pre-drawn cool graffiti themed art on it, and they’ll love coloring it and putting it on their wall when they’re done.
Price: $19.51 (19 percent off MSRP)
54. Last Jedi Porg Plush
Cuteness overload, as The Last Jedi will bring us these brand new porg creatures. Funko, of course, will celebrate the new beings with their own galactic plushies, like this Porg Plush Figure.
55. Alex Spa Deluxe Hair Chalk Salon
Do your kids express interest in coloring their hair, but you don’t want to let them do something permanent that they’ll likely regret? Check out the Alex Spa Deluxe Hair Chalk Salon, which comes with 12 bright colors and glittery metallics in the form of hair chalk. They’re entirely washable, so they can temporarily put some color in their hair and wash it out easily. It also comes with 30 beads, a beading tool, a comb, and 30 elastics to keep those beads in place.
56. Step2 Disney Chariot Princess Wagon
Step2 has a lot of great ride-on toys, and this year, they’ve introduced the Step2 Disney Chariot Princess Wagon. It’s large enough for two kids, complete with seat belts and two drink holders. It has a large and easy to pull handle that folds and locks into place.
57. Hearing Things Game
Hearing Things is Hasbro’s newest family game, and it’s one of their best ideas yet. Basically, you’re challenged to read the lips of your partner while wearing speech-cancelling electronic headphones. It comes with 150 cards that have 600 phrases, and your job is to guess the phrases that your partner is speaking without being able to hear them.
58. Marvel Titan Hero Series Mega Collection 11-Pack
Sure, one superhero action figure is great, but what about 11? Check out this awesome collection of Marvel action figures, which comes with 11 12-inch figures that have 5-points of articulation. It comes with Ant -Man, Captain America, Thor, Gamora, Iron Man, Black Panther, and more. They’re great for pretend play, and they’ll also look great on display in his/her bedroom.
59. Hot Wheels Track Builder Stunt Bridge Kit
One of Hot Wheels’ popular new toys of 2018 is the Builder Stunt Bridge Kit. It lets kids test their timing skills by aiming and launching a car into an epic jump across the bridge gap. You can send two cars down the ramp at a time, allowing you to race your friends.
Price: $43.88 (58 percent off MSRP)
60. Hot Wheels Roto Revolution Track Playset
Another new Hot Wheels product launched this year, and it’s going to be a huge seller. It’s the Roto Revolution Track Playset, which sends cars into a rotating platform. Your kids have to aim their cars so that they slide right into the platform perfectly, which is tough to do because it’s constantly spinning. If they miss their opportunity, then they’ll crash and burn trying. Either way — fun!
61. Hot Wheels Ballistik Racer
Here’s something we haven’t seen from Hot Wheels before: the Hot Wheels Ballistik Racer. This RC car has a unique body that’s dual-sided, so you’re always right side-up and ready to run. The wheels are large and allow it to be easily controlled on any terrain.
Price: $94.00 ($5.99 off MSRP)
62. Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Zombinator
There are so many great water guns coming in 2017 that we don’t know what to do with ourselves. Of course, Nerf is leading the way with its new additions, and one of our favorite is the brand new Nerf Super Soaker Zombie Strike Revenge Zombinator. Now, we have no idea why this is branded as their Zombie Strike brand, as water has literally zero effect on a zombie horde (unless it’s from a firehose. See: The Walking Dead for more info on that).
But the Zombinator has a really cool look to it, with a slate blue, lime green and bright orange colorway. On top, it has a scope — an entirely useless scope that’s just there for show, but a scope, nonetheless. It blasts water up to 30 feet, and it has 3 different types of water streams.
Check out more of the best water guns here.
Recommended Ages: 6+
63. Luke Skywalker’s Landspeeder Ride-On
Star Wars-lovers will be excited when they see the brand new Landspeeder Ride-on toy by Radio Flyer. They’ll be less excited when they see the hefty price tag, though.
It cruises at a top speed of 5 mph, and it’s modeled after Luke’s craft from Star Wars: A New Hope It seats two riders, and it has an interactive dashboard with lights and actual sounds from the movie.
It was previously only available at Toys R Us, but now it’s available on Amazon, instead. You know, because R.I.P. Toys R Us.
64. Dance Code Princess Bell
The Dance Code toy gives kids the ability to choreograph Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast using coding. They’ll use an app to create dance routines and watch as Belle does the moves that the app tells her to do. It can also be used without the app, as it can perform 10 dances with the single touch of her necklace. She also plays over 100 phrases and has 7 songs in her memory bank.
It’s an Amazon Exclusive, so you’ll only find it there.
65. Matchbox Stinky Dump Truck
If you don’t smile when you say Stinky Dump Truck, then you’re not living the right life. This is Matchbox’s big new toy of the year, and it’s a hit with the younger crowd. In fact, it currently holds a 4.0 out of 5.0 review rating on Amazon from over 350 reviewers.
Stinky says over 90 different phrases and sounds, and he’s able to “eat” and dump out small toys. It’s motorized, so Stinky can stand up and even get some exercise in.
Price: $46.00 (23 percent off MSRP)
66. Interactive Power Rangers Megazord
Go Go Power Rangers! The Power Rangers are just as popular as ever, and thanks to this year’s new Power Rangers Movie, there’s a new line of toys from Bandai. One of the best new Power Rangers toys on the market is the Interactive Power Rangers Megazord, which features lights and sounds.
It has expandable wings, a sword and cannon, a light-up Morphin Grid, and five individual cockpits for each of the Rangers (all five figures are included). It requires 3 AAA batteries, which are also included, so it’s ready to go right out of the box.
67. Playmobil Porsche 911 Carrera S
A Porsche 911 specifically modeled for kids? Check out the Playmobil Porsche 911 Carrera S. It’s a stunning red and has an interchangeable front bumper, rear spoiler, rims, and other accessories. It also has fully functioning headlights, tail lights, and interior dashboard lights. It’s recommended for ages 4 and up.
68. Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard
These “hoverboards” were super popular last year, but there were all sorts of horrific reports of them catching on fire. This year, well-known (and, most importantly here, TRUSTED) scooter brand Razor has crafted the best one we’ve seen yet with the Razor Hovertrax 2.0 Hoverboard, the world’s smartest self-balancing electric scooter.
It cruises at speeds up to 8mph, and it uses 360-watts to push it to that speed for up to 60 minutes on a single charge. Weight limit is 220 pounds. It uses a quick charger as well, so charging doesn’t take a decade like it does with most kid’s ride-ons.
The refined 2.0 version also has a cool blue LED light bar, fender bumpers, an LED battery power indicator, and two riding modes (one for training and one for normal use).
It’s one of our top picks for the best Christmas toys for tweens this year.
Price: $298 (35 percent off MSRP)
69. Barbie Dreamhouse
You should always expect Barbie toys to be on a list of the best new toys of the year, since year after year Mattel puts out great new additions to the Barbie line. This year, check out the Barbie Dreamhouse, a large scale dollhouse that comes with three floors, seven rooms, and over 70 accessories. What’s more, it also has a working elevator.
Price: $164.00 (18 percent off MSRP)
70. Air Hogs FPV High Speed Race Car
While FPV drone racing is huge in 2017, Air Hogs brings things to the ground with the Air Hogs FPV High Speed Race Car. This baby allows the user to see what their remote control car sees, and they can record it and share it easily. It comes with the RC Car, the FPV headset (which uses your smartphone), a controller, and a charging cable.
71. Air Hogs Robo Trax All Terrain Tank
You’ve probably seen the commercial for the Air Hogs Robo Trax All Terrain Tank on TV already, and so far, it’s getting great reviews. This all terrain tank transformers into a shooting robot that’s armed with six missiles. It has a 100ft. range, and charges via USB.
Price: $55.99 (25 percent off MSRP)
72. Lalaloopsy Jewel Sparkles Doll
The Netflix original series Lalaloopsy is one of the most popular kids shows around, and this year, the company has introduced a large Jewel Sparkles Doll. It’s wholly adorable and it comes with Jewel’s pet cat, a gold brush, and a pink polka dot dress with a gold tiara. It’s one of the cutest new dolls of the year.
73. Super Mario Odyssey
Mario with a sentient hat? Count us in! Super Mario Odyssey releases for the Nintendo Switch on October 27th, and it’s going to be THE most requested video game of the Christmas season. It’s said to bring back the spirit of Super Mario 64 and Mario Sunshine — two of the most highly-regarded Mario games of all-time.
74. Monster High Deluxe School Bus & Spa Playset
Let’s not forget about the popular Monster High TV series, as this year there’s a new Monster High Deluxe School Bus & Spa Playset. The roof of the bus becomes a spa tub, and the bus comes complete with a multi-treatment spa. If your child loves Monster High, she/he will love this School Bus/Spa Playset. We are monsters, say it loud!
Price: $64.99 (13 percent off MSRP)
75. LEGO Technic Extreme Adventure Building Kit
If your child loves putting things together, LEGO has quite a few new toys available this year. Our FAVORITE new LEGO set has to be the Technic Extreme Adventure Building Kit — just look at this thing! It’s one of their coolest designs yet, presenting a hybrid adventure vehicle that also turns into a mobile base. It also has a great purple colorway that you don’t typically see in the LEGO line.
Price: $154.94 (14 percent off MSRP)
76. Ninja Ghostbusters
These Ninja Ghostbusters by Playmates Toys are an absolutely BRILLIANT mash-up between TMNT and the ’80s Ghostbusters, based on the IDW comic mash-up from a few years ago (and the new one that’s on the way in November). There are four figures in total, and each figure has one of the turtles dressing up as one of the Ghostbusters. Check out that stellar mustache on Raphael! Each comes with a ghost and some accessories as well.
77. WeCool Bobble Bitz Creation Station
Kids love to make stuff — it’s the reason that Play Doh is such a popular brand. New this year is Bobble Bitz’ Creation Station, which unleashes a world of creativity for your child. Best of all, these Bobble Bitz really only stick to themselves; not clothes, not furniture, or anything else. It’s a molding compound that can be used as just slime or as a base for crafting.
78. Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush and Drawing Pad
Inject some more creativity into their lives with the Crayola Color Wonder Magic Light Brush and Drawing Pad Set, providing entirely mess free coloring. The colors will only appear on the special paper, and that means you won’t have a kid covered with marker or a couch covered with colors.
79. HABA Symphony Croc
HABA is well-known for its quality toys, and this year, they’ve introduced a few new great additions. However, the best of the bunch is the HABA Symphony Croc, intended for ages 2 and up. This whimsical croc-shaped instrument set has a xylophone, drum, and a bell. Best of all, it’s entirely wooden, so you know it’s safe for kids. It’s a cute design that your kids will love.
80. Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope
The Educational Insights GeoSafari Jr. Talking Microscope comes with 60 full-color slide images and over 100 facts and quiz questions about animals, plants, and everyday items. It has a double-eye viewer, and a slide holder to hold all of the slides. It’s one of the best new STEM toys of the year.
81. Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower
Paw Patrol toys are always huge come the holiday season, and this year’s coolest new addition is the Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower. It stands at over two and a half feet tall, and it has interactive lights and sounds recognizable by those who watch the Nickelodeon show. It’s recommended for ages 3+, and it requires 2 AAA batteries.
Price: $94.00 (6 percent off MSRP)
82. LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Building and Coding Kit
The LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox Building and Coding Kit (#17101) is a masterful set that comes with over 840 LEGO pieces, a LEGO move hub, an interactive motor, and a color and distance sensor. Using a tablet (Including Amazon Kindle, by the way), your kids will be able to learn how to build their person.
The companion app shows your kids how to build five different models using just this one set, and each model has its own cool features and commands.
83. Sphero Lightning McQueen
Sphero is quickly becoming one of my favorite toy brands, as they have a lot of super cool tech toys aimed at the nerdy crowd. This year, one of their additions includes the Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle. It drives like any RC car would, but it has expressive eyes, an emotive suspension, can drift, and it has reactive touch.
It’s controlled with a smartphone, and it has a moving mouth like the movie counterpart.
Price: $282.30 (6 percent off MSRP)
84. Lightseekers Starter Pack
While other toys to life brands are struggling, the new Lightseekers augmented toy brand is super interesting. Not only do the figures look great, but you don’t need an expensive gaming system to play it on (as long as they already have a tablet). The awesome-looking 7-inch figures are called ‘smart action figures’ because as soon as you insert the FusionCore into it the hero is brought to life in the video game. It lights up, speaks, vibrates and plays sounds in conjunction with the companion tablet game (available on iOS, Android, and Amazon FireOS).
There are also Tribute Cards that can be shared with friends to increase their character’s powers. The game, itself, plays like an action RPG, so stats are super important!
On top of the 100+ hours of video game content, it also comes with a trading card tabletop game. We can see Lightseekers catching on big-time this holiday season.
85. LEGO Star Wars The Last Jedi BB-8 Kit
The LEGO Star Wars BB-8 Building Kit comes with 1,106 pieces, and it features an incredible level of detail that the LEGO brand is becoming known for. It’s one of the best LEGO Star Wars sets available this year.
Price: $94.99 (5 percent off MSRP)
86. McFarlane Toys Destiny Lord Saladin 10-inch Deluxe Figure
If your child plays Destiny 2 frequently, than he/she is going to love this new Destiny action figure by McFarlane Toys. It’s a 10-inch Lord Saladin figure that’s ridiculously detailed, and it has an awesome look to it.
With Destiny 2 being one of the hottest games of the year, this makes a great toy for gamers.
87. Star Wars Poe Dameron Black Series Electronic Helmet
An awesome replica of Poe Dameron’s X-Wing Pilot Helmet. It’s electronic, and it has an internal microphone that activates battle sounds and interactions with BB-8. It’s a collector-grade quality helmet that not only looks great but it’s functional as well.
88. Star Wars Destiny Game
Star Wars Destiny is the latest 2-player dice and card game with a Star Wars theme. Each player will use a 23-card deck to control heroes and villains, and it comes with sixteen dice used to bring Star Wars-skinned duels to your tabletop. It’s also fully expandable, and there are tons of starter decks and booster packs available.
89. KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse
Looking for an immaculate-quality dollhouse? Look no further than the KidKraft Majestic Mansion Dollhouse. It has 8 rooms of open space ready to be decorated, and it comes with 34 furniture pieces and accessories. Beautifully designed wood construction with wide windows on both sides, a garage with working doors, and an elevator.
90. Hot Wheels 20 Car Gift Pack
91. Aura Drone w/ Glove Controller
There are so many toy drones in 2017 that you’ll definitely have trouble deciphering which are worth the money you’re paying for them and which are pieces of junk. The Aura Drone is a unique offering in that it’s the first toy drone that can be controlled by hand (with a glove controller). It’s a LOT of fun, and it’ll definitely impress their friends.
92. My Little Pony The Movie Songbird Serenade
These new My Little Pony The Movie Songbird Serenade Cuddly Plush toys are absolutely cuter than anyone can handle. If they loved the MLP movie that released in October, chances are they’ll want this Songbird Serenade plush.
93. Olaf’s Frozen Adventure Elsa 19-inch Plush Doll
A brilliantly designed Elsa doll from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure makes for the perfect Christmas gift for kids. This version of Elsa has an all-blue dress with a sheer blue cape. It’s based on the version of Elsa from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure which makes its debut November 22, 2017.
94. Kamigami Robots
Forget what you think you know about cool robot toys, because Mattel’s new Kamigami robots are ridiculously cool. Why? Because instead of moving on wheels, they move like actual bugs/scorpion. So, instead of rolling, their legs flop to create the similar motion to their bug/arachnid counterpart. There are a few different types available, including a Preying Mantis, a Scorpion, a Lina, and a Terrix.
95. Matchbox Rocky The Robot Truck
Matchbox toys don’t get nearly as much love as Hot Wheels, but they definitely have some cool playthings in their lineup. One of this year’s coolest new toys for ages 3-7 years old is the Matchbox Rocky “The Robot Truck”. This is an interactive truck with a personality as big as its tires. He speaks over 100 phrases and reacts to certain actions, thanks to sensors. He can also dance, has working headlights, and the bed tilts fully.
96. Mebo 2.0 RC Robot
We loved the original Mebo, but it undeniably needed a few tweaks, which is why the Mebo 2.0 RC Robot is here. It uses a track instead of wheels, has a much sleeker design, and a new red and black look. You can stream everything your Mebo is doing right to your smartphone, and he can be controlled from down the road or from the other side of the world. Want to check in on things at the house while you’re away? Turn on the Mebo and give it a stroll around the house.
97. Melissa & Doug Wooden Beauty Salon
Think about how often your child plays with plastic, mostly low-quality hair salon toys? Often, right? Throw the plastic away and get them this high quality wooden beauty salon from Melissa & Doug. It comes with 18 pieces, including a hair dryer, a brush, a comb, makeup, and more.
Price: $47.95 (3 percent off MSRP)
98. Le Toy Van Honeybake Cafe Machine
Another great wooden toy option this year is the Le Toy Van Honeybake Collection Cafe Machine. It’s made from all high quality wood and it has bold colors so that it’s even more appealing. Let your kids make mommy and daddy one of their favorite coffee drinks.
99. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo w/ Stealth Bike
TMNT will never go out of style, and it’s more popular now than ever before. Aside from the Ninja Ghostbusters above, there is also a new line of Turtle toys hitting the market this year, including this Leonardo with his cool-looking stealth bike. The motorcycle has a bullet-proof battle shell complete with a bug splattering transparent windshield, and it comes with a 4.8 inch Leonardo figure.
Price: $18.84 (35 percent off MSRP)
100. Playmobil Space Shuttle
Let your child adventure to space with the PLAYMOBIL Space Shuttle. It comes with an impressively designed space shuttle, a laser cannon, two astronauts, and a space harness to allow them to send an astronaut out into space. The thrusters light-up as well for an added touch.
Price: $21.97 (27 percent off MSRP)
101. Roominate Townhouse Building Kit
We were super impressed by what new brand Roominate had to present at this year’s Toy Fair. The Townhouse Building Kit caught our eye the most. It is a 121 piece set that has pluggable walls, furniture building pieces, wheels, axles, motor, doll, pet cat, screwdriver, stickers, wallpapers and more. It encourages open-ended play which creates unlimited possibilities. With the motor, your kids are able to make a spinning windmill, blender, pottery wheel, and other things.
The idea behind the brand is that there are tons and tons of STEM toys for boys, but girls don’t get the same sort of options. Roominate wants to give girls more options for STEM play.
Recommended Ages: 6-12 years
102. Chillafish BMXie-RS: BMX Balance Bike w/ Airless Tires
The Chillafish BMXie-RS is the best balance bike on the market, as it makes balance bikes feel simply cooler. This one has a seat that adjusts without tools, and because it uses entirely airless tires, you’ll never need to hunt down a replacement tire nor pump it up. Instead, it has rubber tires. The bike, itself, uses a high-quality, lightweight frame that’s durable, and the bike has a cool BMX look to it.
There are many colors available, and it’s recommended for ages 2-5, and it has a maximum weight of 77 pounds.
103. Lulu Jr. Illustory Book Making Kit
Similar to Lulu Jr’s Comic Book making kit from a couple of years ago is the Illustory Book Making Kit, which allows your kids to write and illustrate their very own full-color, 20 page, professionally printed hardcover book. It’s a great way to fuel their creativity, and they’ll love having the finished product to display proudly in their bedroom.
104. Easy Playhouse Castle
You know that phenomenon where kids of all ages just love playing with big cardboard boxes? What if those cardboard boxes were something cooler? Check out the Easy Playhouse Castle, which is a mega-size cardboard box that’s shaped like a castle, complete with two doors, four large windows, four turrets, and eight smaller windows.
Best of all, it’s made with the intent to be colored on, so your kids can design their own castle, coloring its walls however they see fit.
Price: $29.49 (34 percent off MSRP)
105. Melissa & Doug Food Truck Indoor Playhouse
Melissa & Doug also has their own cardboard playhouse, but this one is in the form of a food truck. The Mel & Doug Food Truck Indoor Playhouse is a roomy and well-made cardboard food truck, with one side being BBQ-themed and the other side being ice cream truck-themed. It’s loaded with cutesy details (like a sandwich board), and your kids will love to pretend to be a food truck worker. It’s recommended for ages 3 years and up.
106. VTECH Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe
VTECH’s hottest new toy of 2017 is the Touch and Learn Activity Desk Deluxe, an interactive desk that comes with five activity pages that are filled with fun (and yes, you can buy more). It features over 100 vocabulary words, 20 different activities, and 20 songs and melodies. It also transforms into an easel and chalkboard.
Batteries not included, and it’s recommended for ages 2 years and up.
Price: $39.82 (28 percent off MSRP)
107. L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise
The #1 best seller in dolls on Amazon and one of the top 3 toys of 2018 is the L.O.L. Surprise! Big Surprise ball. In each mega-size ball, you’ll find over 50 limited edition surprises with exclusive dolls and accessories. What will your child unwrap? No one knows — and that’s the fun. It might be a bit overpriced for what you get, but it’s one of the biggest sellers of the year so far, and they’re starting to sell out at major retailers.
108. Pikmi Pop Surprise Season 1 (3 Pack)
The trend of mystery collectible toys has been growing over the past two years, and this year, it’s at an all-time high in popularity. Check out these cute Pikmi Pop Surprises. Each Pop contains one scented mini plushie, one surprise message, a dangler string, a collector’s guide, and a lollipop stand. There are over 45 cute collectibles with 12 different yummy scents, and this 3 pack will get them started with collecting them all.
109. Little Sprouts BabyLand General Hospital
The Cabbage Patch Kits’ Little Sprouts BabyLand General Hospital is a play set that comes with fun features, including a real working elevator, a toy chest that opens, high chairs, rocking cribs, a bath tub, and more. It has three different floors, and it folds in half for travel. It’s recommended for ages 4 years and up.
Price: $33.03 (6 percent off MSRP)
110. SmartLab Toys Girls Only! Secret Message Lab
The SmartLab Toys Girls Only! Secret Message Lab kit comes with everything young girls need to create codes and write their own secret messages that no on else can see. It comes with enough materials for two girls to share and exchange messages. It uses invisible ink, and there are a total of 25 ways to share secrets using science. The included book not only shows how to create secret messages but also gives scientific information about how the codes are create and historical tidbits about how secret messages have been used in our history. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Price: $22.71 (9 percent off MSRP)
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