We may try to deny it. but come fall, we can’t help but think of the Holidays ahead and all the work we have to do planning, purchasing and preparing!
ToysRUs has a list of hot toys for the holidays, based upon sales and projected sales at local stores. Some of these are toys I predicted, others are new arrivals that have taken off and become instant classics. A few are toys that remain constant year after year. I had so much fun walking the aisles and talking to my friends who staff the Henderson store. They had a lot to say about the popularity of many of these toys and are steeling themselves for Season and all it brings.
Let’s Rock Elmo! You simply can’t beat Elmo for enduring charm! Year after year, this little monster has rocked children’s worlds with his giggles and personality. Now you can rock out with the Sesame Street Let’s Rock Elmo! Dressed in a concert-style tee, Elmo takes the stage singing and making music – and preschoolers can too! Elmo comes with his very own microphone and two instruments a tambourine and a drum set. Preschoolers can choose which instrument Elmo plays, and he “magically” recognizes which one you give him. For even more rockin fun, Elmo also interacts with other Let’s Rock instruments (each sold separately); he knows when youre playing the Let’s Rock Guitar, Keyboard or Microphone and plays along with you! The Let’s Rock Elmo toy sings six rockin’ songs, so grab an instrument and join Elmo’s band! Figure comes with microphone, tambourine, drums and instructions. Includes 6 AA batteries. Video
Rock Star Mickey! Here’s a tough choice: Elmo or Mickey? Both are adorable, enduring classics and both are real rock stars in their own right! Rock out with Fisher-Price Rock Star Mickey at his best show ever! Rock Star Mickey is warming up his six strings to rock this house and now you can jam along with him. Mickey features a ‘How to be a Rock Star’ mode and has three songs in his repertoire. His head bobs, kicks and he even has a signature move – the split! Special features: He plays with his nose! Rock Star Mickey is in his hip jam session attire and cool shades, ready to give his fans the best show ever. Now you can rock this one out together! Video
Moshi Monsters: I was taken with these little critters myself! Designed for kids aged 6-12yrs, Moshi Monsters is a free-to-play, fun-filled world of adoptable pet monsters. Players choose from one of six virtual pet monsters – Furi, Poppet, Diavlo, Zommer, Luvli and Katsuma – that they can create, name and nurture. Once their pet has been customized, players can navigate their way around Monstro City, taking the daily puzzle challenge to earn ‘Rox’ (virtual currency), playing games, solving Super Moshi Missions, personalizing their room, showing off their artwork, reading stories and communicating with friends in a safe environment. Over 50 million monsters have been created to date and over two million new players are joining each month making Moshi Monsters one of the world’s fastest growing children’s sites in the world! To date, more than 380m educational puzzles have been played and over one million virtual items are sold each day!
My Keepon Dancing Robot. I hadn’t heard of this little guy, but he’s adorable! I love how he reacts to touch, too. He’s on sale now, and portions of the proceeds go to a great cause – autism therapy. The Wow! Stuff My Keepon is the dancing robot that moves to any music. The tiny microphone in My Keepons nose allows him to hear the music you play or even the rhythms you make yourself. My Keepon listens for the tempo of the music and matches the beat with an uncanny sense of timing. Youll never get tired of watching My Keepon dance to any style of music, from slow ballads to pop music. Each performance is an original and unique interpretation. With an array of touch sensors underneath his playful textured skin, My Keepon responds to poking, patting, squeezing or tickling by looking around, showing his mood and making expressive sounds. As soon as My Keepon wakes up, he wants to play and will try to attract your attention. My Keepon sits on top of his very own performance stage, which contains most of the robotic mechanism, so My Keepon himself can be soft and squishy to touch. My Keepon even has his own non-verbal language, which he uses to express himself and try to grab your attention. Its not clear what he says, but he sure is cute. This little robot has big personality! My Keepon is based on his cousin Keepon Pro, a research robot created by two BeatBots scientists and used in playrooms to study social development and autism. When you buy My Keepon, a portion of the purchase is used to expand the Keepon Pro family of research robots, which will be distributed to researchers and practitioners investigating the use of robots in autism therapy. Take a look at the Video (or preorder here) and just see if he doesn’t remind you of a far more sophisticated version of those little push-on-the-bottom-to-dance wooden animal toys we used to get for Christmas.
Angry Birds: True confession: I wasn’t going to get involved with the hype and play the game, but I did, and now I am hooked! Whether online as a game, or in stores as a plush toy, Angry Birds are hot hot hot! Angry Birds originated as a puzzle video game where players use slingshots to toss birds at pigs to gain points. Angry Birds has been enjoyed by many because of it’s comical nature as well as enjoyable gameplay. Its popularity has led to multiple version of Angry Birds being created for gaming consoles, personal computers, and now plush toys that make noise when you squeeze them! I love that in a toy. “The survival of the Angry Birds is at stake. Dish out revenge on the green pigs who stole the Birds’ eggs. These wingless birds, based on the hit mobile game app from Rovio, are a little upset and need your support. Despite all their anger, they’re all just too cute to pass up. Pick your favorite character or collect them all!” I like the pig best. Just saying.
Cabbage Patch Kids Vintage Dolls: I remember jostling elbows with other parents to purchase these for my own kids, many years ago. They’re back, and you can even preorder them for store pick-up, or risk doing what so many of us have done throughout the decades and hope for the best. “The official Cabbage Patch Kids Vintage Dolls are here! These 16 inch Classic Cabbage Patch Kids bring you back to 1983 and all the Hype! Nostaigic, yet trendy, cuddly and nurturing. The Only Cabbage Patch Kid on the market with Yarn Hair. Iconic Window Box Packaging.” Preorder.
For a full list of ToysRUs Hot Sellers for this Christmas, please visit this site.