It's that time of year again…We run down the hot holiday toys that little ones will be putting on their wish lists!
Christopher Bryne -- "The Toy Guy" -- joined us on Channel 3 News to highlight some of the "gotta have" toys of the season.
Byrne is with Time to Play Mag.com and not affiliated with any toy manufacturer, so his opinions are not biased of influenced.
ROLL AND LEARN ACTIVITY SUITCASE
Pack for a learning adventure with Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase. Little travelers will discover a world of fun as they hear greetings in English and Spanish and learn about famous places with imaginative phrases. Numbered rollers and light-up piano keys play cheerful melodies and teach colors and numbers. The easy-to-pull handle and rolling wheels help toddlers take pretend travel accessories on the go. Now your little one can play around the world every day. The Roll & Learn Activity Suitcase encourages language development through numbers, songs, and multi-language greetings. Moving suitcase design, sliders, and shape sorters develop motor skills. Real pack-n-play design with cell phone and other travel accessories foster imaginative play. Sounds, lights and manipulative features encourage discovery and exploration.
PHOTO GUIDE to 2013's hottest holiday toys:
WORLD'S SOFTEST PLUSH line
Ages newborn and up
$4.99 (8"); $9.99 (12"); $19.99 (20")
Introducing The Original World's Softest Brand of the softest, cuddliest, most huggable, loveable, light-as-a-cloud plush toys. Taking classic plush to a level of softness never before achieved, babies and kids can collect a plush menagerie that includes three different sized teddy bears, puppies, unicorns, monkeys and horses.
TWILIGHT TURTLE TUNES
Ages newborn and up
An upgraded version of the original sleep aid for baby, The new Twilight Turtle Tunes (T3) features three modes, which you can rotate through by pressing the turtle-shell-shaped button. Turn the T3 on by locating the on/off switch on the turtle's belly then press the shell-shaped button.
Mode one is classic mode and features the simple nightlight and star projection. As with the original Twilight Turtle, T3 will project anywhere in a room to light up a soothing display of stars is an array of three colors: amber, blue, and green.
CHATTER PHONE TALKING GAME
The Chatter Phone Talking Game is based on Fisher-Price's iconic Chatter Phone toy. It has been reimagined as an electronic interactive matching and memory game that guides children to learn about animals, animal sounds, and numbers and counting. When the phone rings, pick up the receiver, and the Chatter Phone will ask you to dial a game: 1, 2, 3, or 4.Game 1 is a numbers game where kids are asked to dial numbers on the phone; Game 2 is a sounds game; Game 3 is a mix and match game; Game 4 is a countdown game where players work together to beat the clock and pick the right answer. The Chatter Phone will prompt kids to insert a numbers card or an animal card. Then the countdown clock will start to tick, and players have 15 seconds to make their selection. If the card inserted is correct, the players keep the card. Once five cards have been collected or three incorrect guesses have been made, the game is over.
JAKE & THE NEVERLAND PIRATES BEACH SHIPWRECK GAME
Yo ho, let's go! Captain Hook has buried pirate booty all over Shipwreck Beach. Flip over the gold doubloons and use Jake's spyglass to decode the secret clues. When you get a match, get up and go! Snag the correct treasure with the foam sword and hurry back to score! For two or more players this game for the young set promotes matching, memory, and physical dexterity.
CRAYOLA MARKER MAKER
With the new Crayola Marker Maker, kids can make their own custom markers. To get started, flip down the mixing tray, which also detaches if you want to spread out your work area. Then place your measuring tubes on the trap. Twist them to make sure they are latched into place. Use the included color mixing guide to decide which color you want to make. There are 18 different colors featured in the color mixing guide to choose from. Following the guide, add however much of the blue, yellow, or red ink is needed to make that color. Then, using the crayola tweezers, dip a marker core into the measuring tube's mixture. Let it sit there until all the ink is absorbed, which takes a minute or two. Next, drop your core into a marker barrel and use the tweezers to press it in. Insert the plug and marker tip into the barrel and place the marker tip down into the center of the Marker Maker caddy. Push down the handle and the plug will snap all the way into place. Pop on the cap and stand the marker upright for one to two minutes and your marker will be ready for use. Use the included labels to make up unique color names to apply to your markers.
DINO CONSTRUCTION COMPANY WRECKER THE T-REX SKID LOADER
Dino Construction Company Wrecker the T-Rex Skid Loader combines dinosaurs and construction play. Wrecker rolls onto the scene with dino track treads that leave dino prints in the sand or dirt. Wrecker has a large movable jaw that opens to showcase white teeth. The dino's segmented, swinging tail moves in multiple directions. Kids can scoop up water, sand, and toys in Wrecker's mouth. This toy is all about imaginative play that will appeal to preschoolers who like dinosaurs and construction play. It's great for the sandbox, the beach, or the playroom.
AIR STORM Z-TEK BOW
The Air Storm Z-Tek Bow comes with three soft foam Zarts. Two will make a whistling noise as they fly and bounce off the walls. The third Zart will stick to any smooth surface. The bow includes storage for all three Zarts. This is really easy to use. This bow has the same construction as other Zing bows, where there's no bow-string, but rather you hook an arrow onto the two elastic loops, pull back, and fire. The Zarts can fly up to 100 feet. The Air Storm Z-Tek Bow is available in orange or green. When we tested out our Air Storm Z-Tek Bow, we got the Zarts to fly more than 100 feet. They actually flew closer to 120-125 feet. Kids will really be impressed with how easy it is to load and launch the Zarts and the great distance they can get.
Tenkai Knights is an animated series about the Tenkai, who are living, shape-shifting bricks. There are two groups of Tenkai–the good guys known as The Corekai and the evil, The Corrupted–who are locked in an epic battle. The toys come in multi-piece sets and come with instructions to build one or another of each SKU.
SHIMMER N SPARKLE CRA-Z-LOOM BRACELET MAKER
Friendship bracelets have long been a fun and favorite pastime for kids. Cra-Z-Art's new Shimmer N Sparkle Cra-Z-Loom Bracelet Maker builds on this trend and offers kids the chance to create their own personalized rubber band bracelets in a fun new way. Making the bracelets is alot like crocheting with a single hook. To make the basic single loop rainbow bracelet, start by placing the bands on the pegs that make up the loom shown in the guide. Then turn your loom around and use the hook to pick and loop it over in the pattern, which is indicated by the guide. The loom's pegs make it easy to guide you under each band. Continue picking and looping until you reach the end of the loom, tie a slip-knot with a loose band, slide the bracelet off, attach an s- clip, and your bracelet is complete. The trend of wearing and trading rubber band bracelets is one that isn't going away anytime soon. So we think the ability to make and personalize bracelets with the Cra-Z-Loom adds a fun new element to their collectability.
LeapFrog is expanding its line of children's learning tablets with the latest release, the LeapPad Ultra. What makes it ultra? Here are a few of its "ultra" features:
This kid-tough tablet has a bigger seven-inch, high-resolution touchscreen that is designed to help children write using a stylus while also supporting interactive touch experiences. The included stylus is tethered to the tablet so that you don't lose it. It also features a rechargeable lithium ion battery that gives kids up to nine hours of play. It can be charged using a USB cable or AC adapter, both of which are included. And the LeapPad Ultra features 8GB of memory, more than on previous LeapPad tablets.
Disney Infinity is the most ambitious gaming initiative that Disney has ever launched and the whole thing revolves around character figures from different Disney and Pixar movies. When any of the figures are placed on the Disney Infinity Base, they pop into the game and become the playable characters. Infinity literally begins with a single spark that you control. As you move around, you light up a world and bring it to life. In the distance, there's an arch and without any instructions, you know to head towards it. You will find Mickey Mouse waiting and the words, "Imagination becomes reality" appear. All of this is the game's prelude and happens before you even place a figure on the base. It's enough to show you that this is going to be a huge game.
TEK RECON HAMMER HEAD
Tech 4 Kids
The Tek Recon Hammer Head is a new kind of battle system for kids. This basic blaster shoots reusable rings, which Tech 4 Kids calls NRG Rounds. Fill up the clip with the NRG Rounds and insert the clip into the handle. There are several options for firing. The blaster has a torque adjustment that allows you to vary the force with which the ammo is fired. Changing this setting will also change the amount of pressure needed to fire the rounds. At the higher end, the trigger is definitely much harder to pull, and you'll need both hands, especially for kids. There's also a rapid-fire pump-action option that is also controlled by the torque lever.
BATTROBORG 3-in-1 BATTLE ARENA
Nearly half a century ago, a pair of battling robots created a toy industry sensation, and Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots became a memorable part of many Baby Boomers childhoods. Now this classic play concept gets a 21st century upgrade with Battroborg from Tomy. The charger doubles as a controller that attaches to a Battroborg battling robot. Before battling, kids must use the controller to charge up their robot for about 20 minutes. Then, kids and their robots are ready to battle. Set your robots in the ring arena and go to it. Turn on the controller and pair it with the robot. The robot will flash blue until it's paired, and then it will flash green. As you punch with your hands, the robot will punch, too. Punch with the left hand to move forward and turn clockwise. Punch with your right hand to move forward and turn counter-clockwise. The elastic cords on the sides can be used to configure the ring for different play modes. Practice with the ring set up with four drones on the side. Then, challenge an opponent to a dual in the gauntlet by moving around the elastic cords. When you've got the hang of it, open up the arena fully for complete battle action. There are five levels of play in each battle, and you'll know how you're doing by the light on the back of the robot. The lights will count down from green to blue to white to yellow to red. When the light flashes red and your robot won't move, well, you've been KO'd. But just press the robot's face mask to start again. There are also other modes of play that are great for solo play when you don't have an opponent.
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