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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20 Top Christmas Toys For Kids
The hit toy of the late 1990s has had a major makeover for 2012. Now with the ability to learn English and express mood through their eyes, these interactive toys will appeal to kids age 6 and upward – and plenty of grownups too! Santa’s elves are going to have a hard time coming up with enough of the furry critturs to satisfy demand, so order early if you want one.
More details in our Furby Review (includes video of the new Furby in action)
2. Leapfrog LeapPad 2 Explorer Learning Tablet
Kids can learn while they play with the LeapPad 2 Explorer.
There are over 300 game cartridges and downloadable apps available. Includes two cameras/video recorders and comes in green or pink.
For age 3-9, this is Amazon’s #1 Best Seller in the Electronic Learning Products category.
More details in our LeapPad 2 Review (includes video)
3. VTech InnoTab 2 Learning Tablet
A little bigger than the LeapPad with a 5-inch touch screen, the InnoTab also has a camera/video recorder and comes in white with blue trim, or pink. Age 4-9.
More details in our InnoTab 2 Review (includes video)
InnoTab 2 Vs LeapPad 2: Which Should You Buy?
– we compare LeapPad 2 and InnoTab 2
4. iTikes Map
A learning tablet for kids that comes with 6 maps including dinosaur and pets maps. The toy reads aloud fun facts about each subject. For interactive learning, you hook it up to an iPhone or other Apple device and download an app. Then kids can answer quizzes and play games related to the different subjects. Age 4+.
More details in our iTikes Map Review (includes the video commercial)
5. Monopoly Millionaire
This latest variation on the classic board game is great for anybody who finds regular Monopoly a little l-o-n-g. In this version with high-roller game cards and high end property options, the winner is the first to make a million dollars. Age 8+.
I personally prefer the classic version. Find out why in our Monopoly Millionaire review
6. Playskool Rocktivity Walk ‘n’ Roll Rider
Little ones will love this walker/ride-on vehicle that grows with your child. It starts as a learner walker for kids age 9 months upward, playing music as it moves along to encourage kids to take more steps. Then it easily converts to a ride-on scooter (pictured) for more ways to move and play.
More details in our Playskool Rocktivity Walk ‘n’ Roll Rider review with video
7. Power Wheels Dune Racer 12-Volt Battery-Powered Ride-on
This electric-powered buggy has big rugged all-terrain wheels and there’s space for two kids to ride. Kids will love to drive a ‘real’ car off-road and take a passenger along. Max speed 5 mph, age 3+ (maximum weight 130 lb).
See it in action in the video in our Dune Racer Review
8. Razor Pocket Mod Electric Scooter
Recommended for kids age 12 and over, this is close to a real-size scooter but quiet, with a maximum speed of 15 mph. There’s a choice of colors and the seat is big enough to take a passenger.
More details in our Razor Pocket Mod Electric Scooter review with video
9. Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Star: Harmony B. Sharp Doll
She sings, dances, talks and twirls her hair – to a different song for every plug-in hairstyle. Her rattling pet cat keeps the beat. Little girls age 4+ will love her.
More details in our Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Harmony B Sharp Doll Review (includes video)
10. Monster High High School Playset
This Monster High school set features rooms that kids can recognize from the webisodes, including the mad science classroom, creepateria, casketball court and lockers. Accessories include desks, science cart, casketball hoop and tons more. Dolls are not included.
More details in our Monster High High School Review (includes video review)
11. Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace Play Set
Any little girl who sees the Disney Princess Songs Palace commercial will be clamoring for one this year! It’s the perfect playset to keep your little princess happy.
More details in our Disney Princess Songs Palace Review
12. Baby Alive Baby Wanna Walk Doll
Adorable interactive toddler doll that walks, talks and cuddles. Available in blonde, brunette and African-American. Age 3+.
More details in our Baby Wanna Walk Doll Review (includes video)
13. Barbie Sisters Cruise Ship
Take your Barbie dolls on a cruise in this big ship! There’s a pool, water slides, a swing, table and chairs, fold-down beds – everything the girls need for a cruise vacation. It all packs away inside the ship too. Age 3+.
More details in our Barbie Cruise Ship Review (includes video)
14. Holiday Barbie 2012 Doll
Our rating: for collectors
as a toy
The Holiday Barbie 2012 goes for full glamor in both blonde and African-American models. For kids age 6+ and of course, all Barbie collectors.
More details in our Holiday Barbie 2012 Review
15. Novi Stars Dolls
Anime-style alien dolls for age 6+. There’s Una Verse who glitters, Alie Lectric who lights up, Ari Roma who is scented and Mae Tallick who talks. Kids will want to collect the whole set.
More details in our Novi Stars Una Verse review (others coming soon)
16. Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster
Boys will love this latest blaster from Nerf. With the ability to store up to 144 darts in a rotating ammo rack and shoot at targets up to 75 feet away, it’s the most powerful Nerf blaster ever. There’s also a semi-automatic feature. Age 8+, but all the family will want to try it!
More details in our Nerf NStrike Elite Review (includes video)
17. Beyblade Destroyer Dome
Fight it out inside the Destroyer Dome. Game includes two Beyblade tops and launchers so you have all you need. Kids can practice on their own or battle it out with their friends inside the dome environment. Age 8+
Why only 2 stars? Find out in our Beyblade Destroyer Dome Review (includes video)
18. Hot Wheels Terrain Twister R/C Vehicle
Finally: a radio-controlled vehicle that will travel outside on almost all terrain including land, water and even snow. Instead of wheels it has corkscrew-shaped threads that power through the territory. For kids age 8 and over (and their dads). This thing can move!
More details in our Hot Wheels Terrain Twister Review (includes video)
19. Air Hogs Hover Assault Radio-Controlled Helicopter
Runs on the ground – jumps over obstacles – flies through the air – and fires missiles! All terrain wheels help it to navigate any surface. Carries 4 plastic missiles. Set up the targets, take turns and see who can score a hit!
More details in our Hover Assault Helicopter Review (includes video)
20. Fisher-Price Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle Play Set
Boys love imaginative play too – if they have the right setting. The Eagle Talon Castle will have them playing ‘let’s pretend’ for hours. Have the soldiers fight each other or fire missiles from the cannons and catapults. Ogres, knights, dragons and other accessories are available to buy, so you can keep adding to the castle for birthdays and treats. Age 3-8.
More details in our Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle Review (includes video)
Kids’ Most Wanted Hot Toys Christmas 2012
Published November 7th, 2012