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What’s Hot: Toys for holiday season 2010

Like it or not, the holiday shopping season is upon us.  Latest reports say that times may be tough, but shoppers will be buying toys and clothes for kids this holiday season, and only a few things for themselves.  They’ll also be looking for a good value and lower priced items.  Says Lisa Harnisch, Toys R Us VP, there are continued concerns about the economy, but toys for kids are “the last thing they [parents and caregivers] will cut from their budgets”.

Our family is no exception.  While we are fortunate to have income coming in, we’re watching every penny, nickel, and dime.  Christmas in the past usually meant a wii, Nintendo DSi, or iPod, along with a bunch of toys.  Last year, and this year, we are spending much less. 

Every gift has to count – it’s a delicate balance between bringing joy to your child’s heart, and not overtaxing your wallet.  Since we’ll be buying less toys overall, getting the “right” toy – one your child is wishing for, and that you can afford – is important.

With that in mind, and to give you a few ideas, here’s a look at the top and bestselling toys lists from Toys R Us, eBayAmazon, and CNNMoney.

Toys R Us Fabulous 15 – best new toys of the holiday 2010 season:

  1. Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse
  2. Cuponk
  3. Disney Princess & Me dolls
  4. Toys Story 3 Imaginext Tri County Landfill
  5. Fast Land Wild Fire RC
  6. Fisher Price Imaginext Bigfoot Monster
  7. Leapster Explorer
  8. Loopz
  9. Lego Minotaurus
  10. Monster High dolls
  11. Nerf Stampede
  12. Pillow Pets
  13. Sing-a-ma-jigs!
  14. Squinkies Cupcake Surpise! Bake Shop
  15. TOMY Tomica Hypercity Mega Station Set

Toys R Us Holiday Hot Toys List 2010 – by age group:

Baby’s First Christmas

  1. Go Baby Go™ Stride-to-Ride™ Dino from Fisher-Price®
  2. Ocean Wonders™ Deep Blue Sea™ Table from Fisher-Price®

13 months to 2 years

  1. 1-2-3 Large Zoo from Playmobil®
  2. Disney Dance Star Mickey from Fisher-Price®
  3. Lil’ Zoomers™ Spinnin’ Sounds Speedway™ from Fisher-Price®
  4. Ladybug Smart Trike

2 to 4 years

  1. Baby Alive Bouncin’ Babbles from Hasbro®
  2. Calico Critters Luxury Townhouse from International Playthings
  3. Disney-Pixar® “Toy Story 3” Imaginext™ Tri-County Landfill from Fisher-Price®
  4. Geotrax™ Transportation System Christmas in Toy Town RC Set from Fisher-Price®
  5. Imaginext™ Bigfoot the Monster from Fisher-Price®
  6. Lalaloopsy™ from MGA Entertainment®
  7. Pillow Pets™ from Ontel Products Corp.
  8. Small Schoolhouse from Playmobil®
  9. Sing-a-ma-jigs!™ from Mattel®
  10. Squinkies™ Cupcake Surprise! Bake Shop from blip® toys
  11. Thomas & Friends® Thomas’ Mountain Adventure by MEGA Bloks ®
  12. Tomica Hypercity Mega Station Set from TOMY®

5 to 7 years

  1. Disney-Pixar® “Toy Story 3” U-COMMAND Buzz Lightyear from Thinkway®
  2. Disney® Princess & Me™ dolls from JAKKS Pacific®
  3. Fan’s Choice City Public Transport from LEGO® Systems, Inc.
  4. Fast Lane® Wild Fire RC from Toys”R”Us®
  5. Leapster Explorer™ from LeapFrog®
  6. Loopz™ from Mattel®
  7. Monster High™ Cleo DeNile™ and Deuce Gorgon™ doll set from Mattel®
  8. Magic Orbeez Maker from Maya Group
  9. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back AT-AT™ in vintage packaging from Hasbro®

8 – 11 years

  1. Air Hogs® Pocket Copter™ from Spin Master™
  2. CSI Junior Investigator Kit from Toys”R”Us®
  3. Cuponk™ from Hasbro® Games
  4. Ground Force® Drifter from Razor®
  5. Minotaurus from LEGO® Systems, Inc.
  6. NERF N-Strike™ Stampede ECS™ from Hasbro®

Big Kids

  1. Kinect for Xbox 360 from Microsoft®  
  2. PlayStation® Move Bundle with Sports Champions™ from Sony PlayStation®
  3. SCRABBLE FLASH from Hasbro® Games

eBay, Most Popular Searches, Toys:

  1. Transformers
  2. Lego
  3. Lego Star Wars
  4. Star Wars
  5. Nerf
  6. Wonder Woman invisible jet (a Comic Con 2010 inside joke)
  7. Hot wheels
  8. Predator
  9. Power Wheels
  10. Bakugan

Amazon bestselling toys:

  1. Vulli Sophie the Giraffe Teether
  2. Disney’s Toy Story Buzz Lightyear inflatable Jet Pack
  3. Baby Einstein Take Along Tunes
  4. Syma R/C Helicopter
  5. Bananagrams
  6. Uncle Milton Moon In My Room
  7. Baby Einstein Bendy Ball
  8. Playskool Alphie
  9. Fisher Price Sesame Street Silly Sounds Remote
  10. Fisher Price Brilliant Basics Baby’s First Blocks
  11. Multi Voice Changer by Toysmith
  12. Lego Ultimate Building Set – 6166
  13. Melissa & Doug Deluxe Standing Easel
  14. Stomp Rocket Jr. Glow Kit
  15. Alex Toys Friends 4 Ever Bracelet Making Kit
  16. Lego Hogwarts game – 3862
  17. LeapFrog Learn & Groove Musical Table
  18. LeapFrog Scribble and Write
  19. Buddy Bands
  20. Silly Bandz (sea creatures, princess, pets)
  21. Loopz Game
  22. Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle – 4842
  23. Melissa & Doug See & Spell
  24. Qwirkle Board Game
  25. Lego Hagrid’s Hut – 4738
  26. Nerf N-Strike Stampede
  27. Scrabble Flash Cubes
  28. Uncle Milton Rainbow in My Room
  29. Lego Quidditch match – 4737
  30. Fisher-Price Sing-A-Ma-Jigs, Pink
  31. Melissa & Doug Wooden Shape Sorting Clock
  32. LeapFrog Leapster 2 Learning Game System
  33. Squinkies Cupcake Surprise Bakeshop
  34. Lego City Advent Calendar – 2824
  35. Settlers of Catan Board Game
  36. Lego Creationary Game – 3844
  37. Bakugan Dragonoid Colossus
  38. Yookidoo Flow ‘N’Fill Spout
  39. Squinkies Bubble Pack, Series 1

CNNMoney – Hottest toys of 2010:

  1. Air Hogs MotoFrenzy
  2. Hot Wheels Stealth Rides
  3. Paper Jamz
  4. Nerf N-Strike Stampede Blaster
  5. Sing-A-Ma-Jigs
  6. Monster High dolls
  7. Disney Princess & Me dolls
  8. Loopz game
  9. Scrabble Flash game
  10. Leapster Explorer
  11. V. Reader
  12. Real Construction
  13. Lego games
  14. Squinkies
  15. Zoobles
  16. Tonka Chuck & Friends Chuck’s Stunt Park

There you have it – lots of great gift ideas, lots of price ranges, and lots of boy or girl targeted items to choose from.  Start your planning!

Photo by plindberg.

P.S.  In the next week or so, I’ll be updating my What’s Hot:  E rated video games for kids list.  One recently released game sure to make the list is Kirby’s Epic Yarn – here’s a teaser:

 

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What’s Hot: Squinkies

Last year it was Zhu Zhu Pets – this year it’s Squinkies!

What’s a Squinkie?

Made by Blip Toys, Squinkies are small, soft and squishy plastic toys that come in a variety of characters, including miniature animals and people (kitties, puppies, babies, ponies, and friends) and themed accessories like birthday cakes and princess.  Cute and fun, each Squinkie comes in a small, hinged plastic bubble ball – sort of like a gumball machine toy.  Squinkies can be used as a pencil topper, and are portable, collectible, and tradeable,.  There are also a number of Squinkie playsets that are bubble dispensers, like a gumball machine, along with a tote case to carry your collection in.

There is also a Squinkies Surprize Inside website, where you can track your collection online, and find fun activities including coloring sheets, mazes, and dot to dots.

Reviews for Squinkies are very positive, most saying kids love to play with and collect them; some say due to Squinkies squishy nature, they can be delicate and parts can break off.  Also, for the bracelet and ring sets, the Squinkie figures don’t always mount securely, and can easily fall off and get lost.

Recommended for ages 4 and up.  Due to their small size, Squinkies are a choking hazard, and not recommended for kids under 3.  So, if your child still likes to put everything in their mouth, this is not the toy for you.

Sold out!

Squinkies are the likely to be the #1 toy for Christmas 2010.  Already selling out in stores, Squinkies are on the CNN Money Top 10 Toys for 2010 list, and on the Amazon bestselling list.  Hottest selling Squinkie sets are:  Bubble pack Series 1, Cupcake Surprise Bakeshop, Gumball Surprise Playhouse, Bubble pack Series 2, and Bubble pack Series 3.  

According to a recent article on Reuters:

“The hottest toy of the 2010 holiday season could be a cheap, small, squishy character packaged in a plastic bubble reminiscent of grocery store toy machines, said toy experts Jim Silver and Christopher Byrne.  ‘Never underestimate the power of cute,’ Byrne said, in explaining why he thinks “Squinkies,” the $7 collectible capsule toys which double as pencil-toppers, can emulate the success of last year’s runaway hit Zhu-Zhu pets.”

Also, according to CNBC:

“Time to Play magazine has taken a crack at what it suspects will be the hottest toys of the 2010 Christmas holiday season, and already, for at least two of them, we are hearing reports that supplies are scarce.   The two are: Squinkies from Blip and Zoobles from Spin Master. Both toys, which have made other hot toy lists, begin selling at extremely low prices. Sets of Squinkies start at as low as $6.99, while some Zoobles cost as little as $4.99. They are made to be collectible, which is great for parents on a budget, who can buy as many—or as little—as they see fit. Both companies said they were already looking for new ways to ramp up manufacturing and increase supply, but it looks like the hunt will be on for these items.”

Yes, I’ve gotten my Squinkies

My daughter has wanted Squinkies since her birthday in July, but they’re constantly sold out at our local Target.  When I read in CNN Money that Squinkies is predicted to be “the standout toy of the year and possible successor to last year’s Zhu Zhu pets craze”, I knew I wanted to get her some.  And, I wasn’t going to wait until the last minute, like I did last year with Zhu Zhu Pets.

I started looking for Squinkies online, and found they are entirely sold out at Toys R Us, and are sold out except for 1 bubble pack at Target.  All the different sets are available on Amazon, but for higher than retail – for example, the 6 bubble packs retail for $9.99 each, but on Amazon are priced from $15.96 – $19.98 each (although they are eligible for Super Saver free shipping).

Next I checked out eBay.  And found 22 piece lots going for almost $500!  Bubble pack series 1 – 6 lots were selling for around $100.  I was able to find a Buy It Now for $78, with free shipping, which I quickly purchased.  The funny thing was, I made a very early morning trip to Target the next day, and they actually had Squinkies in stock!  Ironic, I know!  I got a couple additional small sets for gifts, and another set of the 6 bubble packs to sell on eBay myself.  The lesson here being – keep checking the retail stores in your neighborhood, particularly just after opening, after restocking, and you might  just find yourself a set at retail price.  If you get tired of continually checking and coming up empty handed, your next best bet is eBay – but look carefully, as there is a wide variety of price ranges.  Good Luck!

PS:  Just FYI – according to the Squinkie website, new Squinkies are coming November 2010.

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