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!
Young fans of Dottie ‘Doc’ McStuffins from the TV show will love this ‘time for your check-up’ set. Includes Doc doll who talks and sings the ‘Time for your check-up’ theme song, cuddly plush Lambie for her to examine, and check-up tools. Doc can check Lambie’s heart, ears and temperature – and Lambie says some phrases too! Age 3-6.
More details in our Doc McStuffins Talking Doll review
Cute, cuddly and smart, how can anybody resist having a new-style Furby for a pet? The 2012 Furby has all the features of the traditional Furby that we knew and loved, plus new expressive eyes and the ability to learn English.
See the new Furby in action in the video in our Furby 2012 review
A super art/craft set that will keep kids busy for hours. Design stickers with the included pens, marbling tool and 3D effects. Then store and carry everything around in the portable studio case. Includes 30 stickers and you can get refill packs when those are used. Ideal for kids who like to draw and color. Age 5+.
More details in our Gelarti Studio review
This radio-controlled vehicle has corkscrew treads to handle any type of outdoor terrain: grass, dirt, sand – even water and snow. It can move sideways like a crab, as well as forward and back.
Kids age 8 and over will love being at the controls of the new Terrain Twister.
More details in our Hot Wheels RC Terrain Twister review
Young fans of the TV show Jake and the Neverland Pirates will adore this big, strong model of Jake’s ship Bucky that rolls along the floor like it’s rolling on the sea, plays the TV theme tune and speaks plenty of Jake’s pirate phrases. In fact, even kids age 3-6 who don’t know the show would love this toy. Jake and Skully the parrot are included along with the Tick Tock Crocodile who pops out of a trap door when you press a button. It’s hard to beat this toy for long-lasting happy play value for your preschooler.
More details in our review of Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship Bucky
Harmony can talk, sing, dance and twirl her hair – to a different song for every plug-in hairstyle. Hook her up to the included stage to have her dance. She comes with a rattling pet cat that keeps the beat. Little girls age 4+ will love this bright-colored active doll.
More details in our Lalaloopsy Harmony B Sharp review
#1 Best Seller in Amazon’s Electronic Learning Products category
Kids will love to play with the LeapPad 2 Explorer – and parents will love that they learn while they play!
The LeapPad 2 comes in two color choices – green or pink – and includes two cameras/video recorders, front and back. 5 apps are included and you can choose from over 300 more to download as extras. Age range: 3-9.
More details in our LeapPad 2 review
Take your places for the ultimate car racing experience with the Micro Chargers Time Track. Cars charge up in less than 10 seconds and zoom around the track at up to 600 mph scale speed. Then watch as the winner does a celebratory circuit alone!
Includes 2 cars, track with straight, curved and bridge pieces, 4-lane charger/launcher and timer mechanism. More cars and track extensions are available separately. For age 6+.
See it in action in the video in our Micro Chargers Time Track review
Our rating: for age 8+,
for age 4-7
Another new version of a retro toy! This set looks so good, it will probably be a great seller, and it’s an excellent toy for kids who enjoy a detailed assembly project.
The manufacturers say it’s suitable for age 4-17 but I would say over age 8. It’s too complex and too fragile for under 8’s in my opinion. The fun is in putting it together – which takes time – and if you buy it for a 4-7 year old you’re going to be assembling it yourself. But for older kids – a winner!
More details in our Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair review
With the Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle set, you can take part in an epic, ninja-themed battle between good and evil.
This enormous set transports you to a world filled with brave ninjas, giant serpents and mythical dragons. Building it is part of the fun! The set includes eight minifigures from the TV show and the massive four-headed Ultra Dragon. In all there are over 900 pieces.
Age 8-14 (kids under 8 may need help).
See detailed photos in our Lego Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle review
Amazingly there are only three toys in common with Walmart’s list of 20 Kids’ Most Wanted Toys for Christmas 2012. Which are they? I could make you figure it out, but as it’s Christmas … they are Furby, the Lalaloopsy Harmony B. Sharp doll and the LeapPad 2 Explorer.