What will your little ones find under the tree this Christmas morning? While we don’t presume to know what the best toys of 2012 are – we are only mortgage bankers afterall – here are some of the most popular toys to consider (or not consider) for Christmas this year.
The Furby first appeared in 1998. This plush toy speaks Furbish and learns, responds, and changes its personaility the more you play with it. According to the Furby website, if you hug, pet and play with your Furby – it may become a sweetheart. If you shake, flip or pull Furby’s tail – you may have an imp on your hands. They also claim that your Furbey will joke, flirt, dance and sing with other Furbys.
Skylanders Giants is the follow up to last year’s successful Skylanders: Spyro’s Adventure. It is a video game that uses a “Portal of Power” to transport action figures into the video games. Each action figure is unique and allows you to save character data to the toy itself. This game can be played on Xbox 360 or Wii U and compared to most video games, is great to play with your kids. When you tire of the game, you can continue to use the action figures for imaginative play time. Read more about this innovative game in a recent article in Forbes.
Switch & Go Dinos
What do you get when you combine dinosaurs and cars? Switch and Go Dino – a talking robotic toy that kids love. Each Switch & Go Dino has its own quirks and capabilties, so be forewarned – if you get one your child will probably want more. According to the V-Tech website, these toys range in price from $15.99 for Tonn the Stegosaurus to $49.99 for Brok the Brachiosauraus. While we are on the subject of V-Tech, check out the Innotab learning tablet for kids 3-9 years of age. While we are on the subject of learning tablets – check out LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet.
Doc McStuffins – Time for Your Check Up Doll
This toy is straight from the Disney Channel series “Doc” which is about a six year old who fixes her toys. This toy is in hot demand and prices vary from store to store. Shop around a bit online to find what store has the best deal – or if you can still have the item shipped before Christmas.
Dream Lites Pillow Pets
This soft little companion projects stars and the pet’s face on the ceiling and walls for a magical glow – with the touch of a button. Dream Lites are the ultimate night light with four light options and a timer for auto shut off. Despite its status as an “As Seen on TV” item, it continues to be popular and it appeals to children of all ages.
Lala, what? Lalaloopsy is quite popular with little girls. These adorable little dolls hail from the whimsical land of Lala-oopsie where strawberry rivers flow and mushroom trees grow. Check out the Lalaoopsy website to learn more about characters such as Princess Anise (the Princess of Knickknacks) or Princess Nutmeg (the Princess of Silly). Lalaloopsies come in a variety of styles and sizes and there is always the Lalaloopsy accessory line if you really want to go Lala.
Hopefully you have your Christmas shopping under wraps – if not – we wish you all a Merry Christmas and the best of luck in your last minute shopping endeavors!
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