2016 Toy Purchasing Guide

It’s that time of the year again. Santa’s checking his list to see who has been naughty or nice. If you’re not quite sure as to what’s hot or not this year, we’ve done all of the work for you. Here’s an extensive list of what will make your kiddos happy this year. These new toys are what all the boys and girls will be asking Santa for. Parents be prepared, some of these hot items may be quite familiar!

Jetson V6 Hoverboard with Bluetooth – This is one of the more pricey items on the list. This particular model has received great reviews and also has Bluetooth speakers and lights. The hoverboard is accessible through an app and also allows for customized lights, setting changes for speed, steering sensitivity, and acceleration. (Retails $399.99)

Star Wars BB-8 App Enabled Droid – With last year’s The Force Awakens movie and this year’s Rogue One, the Star Wars hype is really high. The BB-8 Droid reacts with expressions depending on the voice commands you give. Kids can watch as BB-8 explores autonomously or they can guide the Droid themselves. (Retails $149.99)

Simon Air Game – Parents, remember the classic memory game Simon? Well the Simon creators have revamped the game with touch-free technology. The Simon Air game recognizes when a player follows the color sequence by sensing their motions. (Retails $14.99)

Fisher Price Code a Pillar

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Fisher-Price® Code-a-Pillar™ – Don’t think you can teach code to little kid? Well, think again! Fisher Price’s Code-a-Pillar is made for ages three to six years old. The toy encourages preschoolers to arrange and rearrange the segments to build combinations that make the caterpillar move in different directions. And the great part is, there is no end to the different combinations children can make. (Retails $39.99)

Disney Frozen Little Kingdom Elsa’s Magical Rising Castle – This isn’t just any castle. Kids can wave their arm, while wearing a special cuff, and watch as the castle actually rises unveiling dazzling lights and sound. Included with the castle are Elsa and Olaf figurines, along with a few other items that help recreate fun scenes from the movie. (Retails $69.99)

FujiFilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Film – Do you remember the good old days when Polaroid cameras were all the rage? Well FugiFilm is throwing it back a bit with their new instant developing camera. This is a fun photo option for teens who like to take pictures. Refill packets of film come in ten sheet packets. (Retails $69.99)

Nintendo NES Classic Edition – This gaming system is not only perfect for the kids but also adults! The system comes with an HDMI cable, an AC adapter, one NES Classic Controller, and 30 preloaded games. Some of the games that are included are The Legend of Zelda, Super Mario Bros., and Mega Man 2just to name a few. (Retails $59.99)

LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack – The LEGO Dimensions Starter Pack is available on Xbox 360, Xbox One, Nintendo Wii U, and PlayStation 4. All of the games provide players with an unexpected journey through different worlds. The ESRB Rating is for everyone 10-years-old and older. (Retails 79.99 – 89.99)


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Hatchimals – These magical creatures live inside a special egg. Kids help them hatch, play with them, and even raise them. When the creature is still in its egg, kids can tap the egg and listen as the Hatchimal taps back. And the best part is the bird actually hatches! (Retails $49.99)

Hot Wheels Ultimate Garage Playset – This garage is equipped with a variety of things to do. There are 36 spots to park and showcase your favorite Hot Wheels cars. There are two elevators, two ramps, and a classic city scene that will keep kids entertained for hours. The garage can also be connected to other tracks and playsets to create an even larger world for your kids’ Hot Wheels! (Retails $78.99)

Air Hogs Star Wars RC Tie Fighter Drone – Use the remote control to fly the Star Wars RC Tie Fighter just about anywhere. The Drone features lights and sounds, four channel control, communication for up to 200 feet range and a gyro-stabilization that helps to assure a smooth flight. Have a friend that has the Star Wars Tie Fighter Drone? Friends can engage in epic battles. (Retails $79.99)

Magformers® Magnetic Power Magic Rainbow Set – Using squares and triangles, children can create 3D structures from 2D nets. Each geometric shape contains magnets that will never reject. In the kit kids will find step-by-step ideas to build their masterpieces. (Retails $34.99)

Imaginarium 6 Volt Express Train– Does your kid want to be a train conductor? This hot toy from Toys R Us Imaginarium allows them to actually ride on the train with working train tracks. The train is built for ages 2–5 and has a maximum weight of 45 lbs. The Stream Engine can move forward and reverse, has an LED headlight, makes realistic train sounds, and even emits smoke-like water vapor. (Retails $129.99)

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Pie Face! Game – Does your family need a game night? The Pie Face game is exactly what everyone needs. Players score a point for every time they turn the handle without getting pie-faced. Whoever scores 25 points first wins! (Retails $14.99)

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