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Hottest Christmas Toys 2014

If you’re looking for the hottest Christmas toys 2014, you’re in the right place! Here we review the new Toys R Us Fabulous 15 list of top toys for the 2014 holiday season. There’s something for every child here!

Activity Toys

Fisher-Price Imaginext Supernova Battle Rover

Imaginext SupernovaOur rating: 5 stars

Fisher-Price have a great reputation and the Imaginext Supernova Battle Rover certainly lives up to the dream!
See our Imaginext Supernova review with video

It’s a formidable 2-in-1 vehicle with removable space shuttle that’s built to save the world, and it’s big enough that a small child can push it along and use all of the interactive play elements. Age 3-6.

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Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Clinic

Our rating: 4.5 stars
Doc McStuffins Mobile ClinicWith the Doc McStuffins ‘Get Better’ Mobile Clinic from Just Play, your child can play at being doctor on the move. It’s a pull-along toy that opens up to reveal everything needed in a mobile clinic, with sound and lights. See our Doc McStuffins Talking Mobile Clinic review with video

There’s a ladder to rescue trapped toys, a gurney and seat for patients, and a CB radio to call back to base – as well as the regular doctor tools you’d expect, like an EKG stethoscope and thermometer. Age 3-7.

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Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car

Our rating: 4.5 stars
Hot Wheels Street Hawk RC flying carRemote control vehicles are some of the most popular Christmas gifts every year – and so are Hot Wheels cars. Put the two together, and add the ability to fly, and you have a sure-fire hit toy for Christmas!
See our Hot Wheels Street Hawk Flying Car review
The Hot Wheels Street Hawk RC flying car is a lightweight remote controlled car that can also take to the skies. For kids age 5-15, this is a fun toy that could also become a collector’s item.

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Max Tow Truck

Our rating: 3.5 stars

Max Tow TruckThe Max Tow Truck is so much more than a regular toy truck. It actually pushes and pulls things, and they claim it can tow up to 200 pounds, including towing your child in a wagon!

See our Max Tow Truck review with video

This vehicle will be much in demand this Christmas for any child who likes trucks, although parents don’t always feel it lives up to the commercials. Age 4+

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Charmazing Color Me Up Heart Collection

Our rating: 3.5 stars
Charmazing Color Me UpArt and craft toys keep kids entertained for hours doing something creative, and they love to show off the results afterward. The Charmazing Color Me Up charm bracelet maker could be this year’s big seller in this category, allowing kids to make charm bracelets from a selection of bracelet bases and charms.
See our Charmazing Color Me Up review

This could be a lot of fun for kids who enjoy bracelet making, but compared with a rubber band bracelet maker we don’t think this offers so much potential for creativity in designing the bracelets. Age 8-12.

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Mutant Mania Mutant Masher

Mutant Mania Mutant Masher
Our rating: 4 stars

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans who have some of the Mutant Mania characters will love this vehicle for carrying them around and doing stuff with them. But note, it won’t fit bigger TMNT figures inside.

See our TMNT Mutant Mania Mutant Masher review

Age 5+

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Technology & Games

LeapFrog LeapTV Active Video Game System

Our rating: 5 stars

LeapTVLeap TV is the newest thing from kids’ technology giants LeapFrog, released October 24th. It’s an active, educational game system for the 3-8 age range, that will have them leaping around the room. You may think of it as a Wii for preschoolers, but it uses cameras as well as motion sensors to track kids’ movement. They’ll love seeing themselves on TV!

See our LeapFrog LeapTV review with video

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Lego Fusion Town Master

Lego Fusion Town MasterOur rating: 4.5 stars

This world-building Lego set is a huge hit with older kids, teens and even adults. First build your town – then bring it to life as a video game in an Apple, Google, Samsung or Amazon app.

See our Lego Town Master review

Set #21204 includes 256 Lego pieces, and a baseplate that connects up to your device to bring the town you build to electronic life for endless building and gaming fun. Age 7-14.

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Skylanders Trap Team

Our rating: 3 stars
Skylanders Trap TeamThe new Skylanders video game includes a Traptanium portal, 2 traps and 2 figures. You can get it for the Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation 3, Playstation 4 or tablets.

Kids will be demanding it, but we think it may not match up to previous Skylanders games. See why in our Skylanders Trap Team review.

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Zoomer Dino

Our rating: 4.5 stars
Zoomer DinoZoomer Dino is the ultimate interactive pet for dinosaur lovers. He’ll zoom around the house on his two wheeled legs, balancing impressively. He gets mad like you’d expect a dinosaur to do, but he can also be trained. Kids will love him!
See our Zoomer Dino review
Toys’R’Us are listing the ‘Onyx’ version in their hottest Christmas toys list but it comes in several colors and prices vary, so we’re showing them all if you follow the link below. Age 5+

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Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa

Disney Frozen Snow Glow ElsaOur rating: 4.5 stars

This bilingual Elsa doll will enchant any little girls who liked the Frozen movie. Unlike many Elsa dolls, she’s not a representation of the grownup Elsa but the child, which has extra appeal for kids.
See our Snow Glow Elsa review with video

Raise her arm and her necklace sings ‘Let It Go’, the hit song from the movie. She also talks, with 15 different phrases in either English or Spanish. A lovely Disney Princess movie doll. Age 3-6

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch N Shout Leonardo

TMNT Stretch Leonardo with childOur rating: 4 stars

Another one for TMNT fans, this 13-inch Leonardo figure can be stretched. Pull on his arms and hear him shout, with his voice getting higher as the stretch grows wider!

See our TMNT Stretch N Shout Leonardo review with video

He may not do much else, but he’s sure to be popular, especially with younger TMNT fans – a toy that puzzles parents, but wows kids. Age 4+.

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FurReal Friends Get Up and GoGo My Walkin Pup

Our rating: 4.5 stars
My Walkin Pup mainMy Walkin’ Pup is the latest in the hit range of plush toys from FurReal Friends and she’s cute as cute can be! See our FurReal Friends walking puppy review with video

She walks, sits, wags her tail, tilts her head and even responds with barks when your child talks to her. Kids are likely to want to take her wherever they go.

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Little Live Pets

Little Live Pets FrankieOur rating: 4 stars

These animated toy pets will never need feeding or cleaning out, but they’re cute and respond to your touch. You can record real bird noises for them to make, or record your own voice so they mimic what you say just like a parrot.

Most of the packs contain a single bird, or you can get a bird inside a cage (as pictured), and if you choose the Romeo and Juliet Little Live Pets with two lovebirds, they will cuddle up to each other inside their cage, too. Age 5+

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Transformers Stomp and Chomp Grimlock

Transformers Grimlock with boyOur rating: 4.5 stars

Kids will love the two-in-one Transformers ‘Age of Extinction’ Stomp & Chomp Grimlock figure. Use the one-step transformation to change it in seconds from a scary dinosaur-type monster into a massive robot figure for imaginative action play.

See our Stomp and Chomp Grimlock review

The dinosaur’s eyes light up and its jaws clamp down as if to chomp on anything that gets in its way. Comes with Optimus Prime figure that can ride it, a sword and other weapons, plus batteries. Not cheap, but it’s this year’s must-have Transformers toy for any fans. Age 5+

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So those are the Fabulous 15 hottest Christmas toys 2014 from Toys’R’Us.

And what are you buying your kids? Let us know by leaving a comment!

The Hottest Christmas Toys For 2013

Toys’R’Us have just released their list of the top 15 toys for Christmas 2013, which they’re calling the Fabulous 15. Here they all are, with our ratings. Check them out for yourself to see what you think!

Technology & Games

LeapPad Ultra

LeapPad Ultra square 250Our rating: 4 stars
The LeapPad Ultra is the latest version of this market-leading tablet for kids. It’s already a huge hit and is sure to be a big seller for the holiday season. Bigger than the LeapPad 2, it includes 11 apps and has a whole new range of additional apps and games to download from the store.

See more in our review of the LeapPad Ultra

Age: manufacturer says 4-9, we think 6-9

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Tabeo e2

Our rating: Coming Soon
Tabeo e2Released on November 1st, this kids’ tablet could finally be the one that will beat LeapPad this year.

Aimed at an older age range (6+) it’s more expensive than the LeapPad but also more powerful. It looks more grown up and comes with a generous 30 apps. See more in our review

Available in blue, pink or silver.

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Xbox One

Xbox OneOur rating: Coming Soon

The new Xbox One – Day One edition will be released on November 22nd, with the standard edition coming out on December 31st.

It’s likely to sell out right away in stores, but preorders through Amazon are guaranteed for shipping on November 22nd.

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See more in our Xbox One review

Skylanders SWAP Force

Skylanders SWAP Force GameOur rating: 5 stars

This year’s video game for the holidays! Get it for the Wii, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo 3DS, Playstation 3 or Playstation 4. Age 6+

A whole range of games and action figures based around Skylanders SWAP Force was released October 13th and looks like being a huge hit for the holidays for its age group. See more in our review

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Lego Chima Lion Chi Temple

Lego Chima Lion Chi Temple boxedOur rating: 5 stars

A huge new set from Lego featuring the Lion CHI Temple which has been the scene of a long-running tribal war. The tribes led by Razar, Crawley and Cragger struggle to reach the sacred CHI orb at the very top of the temple.

See our Legends of Chima Lion Temple review

Includes figures, weapons, eagle drone fighter, rotating tower cannon, drawbridge, lion gate and waterfall. Sure to be a hit with kids – a classic Lego play set for age 8+.

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Activity Toys

Razor Drift Crazy Cart

Razor Crazy CartOur rating: 4.5 stars

Drive forward, reverse, sideways, diagonally and every other way except up, in the new powered cart from Razor, with speeds of up to 12 mph.

Seats one child, age 9+ (maximum weight of child: 132 pounds). Razor Drift Crazy Cart review

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Doc McStuffins Checkup Center

Doc McStuffins Get Better CheckUp CenterOur rating: 4.5 stars

With the Doc McStuffins ‘Get Better’ Checkup Center from Just Play, your child can play at being doctor with all of the equipment. You get a plush Lambie to be inspected on the checkup table which lights up and makes sounds while Lambie is being treated.

There’s an electronic diagnosis tool, a portable scale, bandage dispenser and play X-ray machine – as well as all of the regular doctor tools you’d expect, like a syringe, otoscope and reflex hammer.

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Sofia The First Talking Vanity

Sofia the First Talking Vanity.

Our rating: 3 stars

Kids can sit at this enchanted talking vanity and pretend to be Sofia The First from the Disney show doing their face for the ball.

There’s a jewelry box, drawer and eight beauty accessories, and the vanity speaks six different lessons on how to be a princess – in case your child doesn’t already know!

See more in our review

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Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker

Our rating: 3.5 stars

Cra Z LoomThe best thing about art and craft toys is that they keep kids entertained for hours doing something productive where they can show off the results afterward. The Cra-Z-Loom Shimmer ‘n’ Sparkle Bracelet Maker from Cra-Z-Art could be this year’s big seller in this category.

You get 600 latex-free rubber bands in all the colors of the rainbow, onto which kids can weave different designs of shimmery and sparkly bracelets that they can wear. See more in our Cra-Z-Loom review

Instructions are a little difficult to follow but you’ll find how-to videos on YouTube.
Manufacturer’s recommended age range 6+; we think 8-12.

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Despicable Me 2 Talking Figures

Despicable Me Talking FiguresOur rating: 4.5 stars

These figures bring to life the characters of Minion Dave, Gru and Agnes from the movie Despicable Me 2 in realistic talking form. Press their buttons and they talk in their original voices and move at the same time. See more in our review of the Despicable Me 2 Talking Figures

The image is a montage of photos of the different characters and does not represent their relative sizes accurately. Age 4+.

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Ever After High Royal and Rebel Dolls

Ever After High dollsOur rating: 5 stars

The design and costumes of the Ever After dolls from Mattel are reminiscent of their ultra successful Monster High dolls but the theme here is fairy tales. They come in two groups, the Royal Ever After dolls who are the good girls, and the Rebels who are more edgy.

You get a free storybook with each doll, telling her tale. See more in our Ever After High Dolls review

Age: we think 6+

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Big Hugs Elmo

Big Hugs Elmo.
Our rating: 4.5 stars

The 22 inch Big Hugs Elmo from Sesame Street is a lot more than just a plush toy. He’s highly interactive and will hug back, sing songs and dance.

He also encourages your child to play at astronauts, rabbits, frogs or horses together.

Safe for age 18 months and up.

See more in our Big Hugs Elmo review

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Ugglys Pug Electronic Pet

Uggly PugOur rating: 4.5 stars

It’s time for all the cute plush electronic pets to move over – the Uggly Pugs are here!

Kids will laugh for hours at the 30 different disgusting noises of their Uggly Pug electronic pets. They burp, bark, growl and fart, and they can be “tuned” to play back recorded noises that kids make. Kids will love them – parents may not!

Age 6+ See more in our Ugglys Pug review

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Flutterbye Flying Fairy

Flutterbye Flying FairyOur rating: 2 stars for age 5-7,
3.5 stars for age 8+

The Flutterbye Flying Fairy will “magically” fly above your hand, twirling and dancing through the air.

A nice idea but a little hard to control – don’t try it outside or it may be “Bye bye Flutterbye” and you may never see your flying fairy again!

Age 5-9, but we think over 8’s will manage it better.

See more in our review of the Flutterbye Flying Fairy

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Cuddles My Giggly Monkey

Cuddles My Giggly MonkeyOur rating: 4 stars
Cuddles My Giggly Monkey from FurReal Friends seems to come to life when you play with her. She’ll giggle and make monkey sounds when she’s tickled or cuddled. She responds to being swung around and closes her eyes when you lay her down.

She has a banana-shaped bottle that fits in her hand and wears a diaper. A great toy for any child age 4 and over who likes cuddly stuffed animals and taking care of their toys.

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So that’s the Fabulous 15 hottest Christmas toys 2013 from Toys’R’Us. And here’s one more that we think should have made the list:

Furby Boom

Furby Boom Polka DotsOur rating: 5 stars

Furby Boom is an upgrade of last year’s smash hit new Furby.

With a choice of patterned coats, Boom has all of the interactive features plus a few more, including the ability to have virtual babies through an app.

A very cool addition to any Furby family for 2013!

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I hope your little ones will love all of their toys this Christmas – and have a “fabulous” holiday season!

Our Predicted 10 Hottest Christmas Toys 2013

It’s already almost Fall and the stores’ lists of the 10 hottest Christmas toys 2013 will be appearing right here! We’re expecting all of the following toys to make the list:

Furby Boom

Furby Boom Polka Dots.

Furby is a toy that appeals to all ages and there are new models due out in the fall of 2013.

Following on from the huge hit 2012 Furbies, these new Furby 2013 style toys will respond to interaction from your iPhone or iPad. They have new multicolored fur designs and best of all, they can lay eggs virtually, on an app!

See our Furby Boom review here

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LeapPad Ultra

LeapPad Ultra Green
There’s a new version of this market leading tablet for kids out right now, and it’s sure to be a big seller for the holiday season.


See our review of the LeapPad Ultra

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You can also get a great deal on the
LeapPad 2 Power right now.

Innotab 3

InnoTab 3
And if there’s a new LeapPad out, you can bet there’ll be a new Innotab too!

VTech have developed the Innotab 3, also out now and well positioned for Christmas sales.


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Lego Friends

Lego Friends Olivia HouseLego Friends was awarded Toy of the Year at the TOTY toy ceremony in New York, which is like the Oscars for toys.

As well as winning the overall top prize, it pulled in “Best Girl Toy” and “Activity Toy of the Year”.

So this is another surefire winner for the holiday season this year, or for any other occasion between now and December.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

TMNT ShellraiserAnd what about the best toys for boys?

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Shellraiser pulled in the prize for “Boy Toy of the Year” and the Turtles also won “Specialty Toy of the Year” and “Property of the Year”. So a TMNT toy is likely to be a big hit with your boys!

Up to 8 Turtle action figures can fit inside the Shellraiser vehicle and it has entrances top, front and side for them to burst out into action! There’s a spring-loaded cannon and fold down battle ramps too.

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Tranquil Turtle

Tranquil Turtle AquaIs your child too young for all of those? No problem.

Continuing the Turtle theme, the prize for the best baby toy 2013 was won by the Tranquil Turtle.

This restful-looking plush toy with a difference helps babies to sleep soundly with a nightlight and gentle music or wave sounds.

It’s a winner with parents too, who need all the help they can find getting baby to sleep!

See our Tranquil Turtle review

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We’ll have final lists of the 10 hottest Christmas toys 2013 for you soon. Most of the stores release their lists in the early fall, after the toy manufacturers confirm exactly what will be available this year. So please sign up to our newsletter at the top of the page on the right, and we’ll let you know as soon as the new lists are out!

Kids ‘Most Wanted’ Hot Toys For Christmas 2012

There are tons of lists of hot toys and best-sellers … but what do kids actually want? Walmart have taken the time to survey 1000 kids aged from 3 to 13 to find out what are the ‘most wanted’ top 20 toys for Christmas 2012. You’ll find them all on this page, with photos.
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Top 10 Christmas Toys 2012

They’re new – they’re hot – kids are screaming for them! Here are the top 10 Christmas toys 2012 as compiled by Toys’R’Us, with our ratings. Click through to our reviews of each toy. Most of them have videos showing the toys in action!
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