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Article 3 (Nov 2017): According to retailers, the top toys for Christmas

November 29, 2017

The hottest toy in 2016 is coming your way again in 2017.  A new Hatchimal, the toy egg that hatches a magical creature, is expected to be on the top of shoppers' lists this year, according to Walmart. Order early if you want this item. The toy was quickly gone from shelves in December 2016.
Most popular again this year are toys based on movies and television.  The Star Wars franchise keeps pumping out toys. This year, Littlebit Company is introducing the Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit, featuring a very talented R2D2 robot. Shoppers will also find tons of Lego and other kits for Star Wars characters.  Barbie debuts for the holidays with the Dream Horse and Doll, a pricey toy pushing $90. For $298, two kids, up to age 7, can fit in the Disney Frozen 12-Volt Ride-On Sleigh with speeds up to 2.5 mph. Flashing lights and magical tune included.  If the family enjoyed the pie-in-the-face game last year, try Soggy Doggy board game. The game centers around a spongy toy dog that gets increasingly wet as players move around the game. The key is to avoid being the one to make him shake and, naturally, get everyone wet.  Disney Princess fans might like the Enchanted Cupcake Party game. Fans of the book Flight of the Jaquins can also buy the board game.  Fingerlings are supposedly hot items. These little characters hold onto fingers and other objects.

Toys for boys feature lots of the usual cars and blasters. Among them:

  • Adventure Force Light Command Light-up Motorized Blaster
  • Disney/Pixar Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway
  • Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII
  • Monster Jam Grave Digger

Fisher-Price Zoom 'n Crawl Monster leads crawlers on a merry chase, spitting balls and zig-zagging around.  FurReal takes stuffed animals a step further by making the toys interactive. The new Roarin' Tyler, the Playful Tiger responds to sounds and motions. It even has its own play toy. The tiger retails for $117.

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