For the third year in a row, Hatchimals are dominating the holiday toy scene. Adrienne Appell of the Toy Association has seen the large (about the size of a big grapefruit) speckled eggs that hatch baby animals skyrocket. “The new toy from Hatchimals is something that’s seeing a lot of buzz. We’ve seen a lot of interest from both boys and girls.” When you buy one of these HatchiBabies, the surprise is whether it will be a boy or a girl. So in addition to brushing, feeding, and petting your toy, you can host your own gender-reveal party.
Meet Fingerlings HUGS - theyre softies when it comes to affection! Their long arms are perfect for big hugs and these cuddle monkeys never want to let you go! It's all about that Main Squeeze Fingerlings feeling. Swing them, pet them, and rock them to sleep, or give them a kiss and watch them kiss you back!! Record what you say and watch them repeat it back in funny ways.

No two kids are the same—so it’s impossible for just one toy to stand out as the hottest toy of the season. Our Hot 20 list incorporates 20 different products that are sure to top kids’ wish lists, but it also includes something for kids of all ages. Every child has individual needs and passions, so please review each toy using our skill key, check out each age segment, and check out the rest of the guide for even more great gifts that will light up the holidays.
In a world where babies run everything, little rockers rebel against nap time and teacher's pets become class presidents with "Free Pizza Fridays!" In this world, all work is play and nothing is dull cuz it's all a lil' surprising and outrageous! L.O.L. Surprise dolls were on a top secret mission when their pet went missing! Find surprise clues across the Eye Spy Series to help find their pet! Discover 60+ never before seen surprises inside the L.O.L. Surprise Bigger Surprise with exclusive dolls and accessories!
It wouldn’t be a holiday without mass hysteria over the latest announcement from the Hatchimals folks.  Hot off the press (and already one of the most anticipated toys of the season) meet ‘HatchiBabies.’  That’s right.  They’re babies!  And this time you won’t know if you’re hatching a baby boy or a baby girl. It’s like a true gender reveal so get those cameras rolling! They also have a secret compartment (and companions) as an added bonus inside that famous speckled egg for extra fun this year.  They’re up for pre-order right now so you might as well get it while you can!  Learn more here.
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Experience a hatch! As you cuddle, rub and tap your HatchiBaby’s egg, they’ll really come to life! The more EGG-cited your HatchiBaby gets, the more it will rock back and forth – all on its own! Your HatchiBaby will even respond to you with sweet sounds. But don’t forget – they need your help to hatch! Play with them in-egg until you see rainbow eyes. That means it’s hatching time!
Eh. We bought into the hype and I thought this would be a cute idea since they’re twins, but... these hatchimals do not move around like the original. One twin has almost a bobble head and you can push its head down and the other twin is supposed to dance, but ours just kind of shakes and is extremely loud. Whatever components are inside that twin just make a really annoying buzzing sound, so playing with it is extremely frustrating because you can barely hear what it’s saying. These are a lot worse than the first hatchimal from last year and are a little confusing too. Each twin has its own set of rules to follow, so for children under 7-8, understanding what the eye color means will probably be difficult, if not frustrating. I can really only be disappointed with myself for ordering this
Some of these toys will make you nostalgic - like the updated version of Polly Pocket and Lego's enchanting Hogwarts Great Hall—both of which would make cool toys for Christmas. Others are updates on modern favorites, like the Hatchimals Mystery toys and Paw Patrol's Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck. The top toys for 2018 have something for everyone, whether your child is interested in STEM or wants a high-tech snuggle buddy.  
If you have a curious mind in your home, allow them to explore the wonders of science with this hands-on science lab. It’s designed for preschoolers who are just starting to explore the world around them, so everything is perfectly suited for small hands and curious minds. It will also introduce your little one to STEM concepts (the acronym stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics).
Kids love toys!  Whether it’s Christmas, Hanukkah, or a birthday celebration, we’re always searching for ideas – especially for the kid who seems to have everything.  It’s time to put on your Santa hat, and start checking items off your nice (naughty?) list.  To get ready for the gift-giving season, we’ve picked toys that run the gamut.  From toys that sync, to toys that don’t require batteries.  As always, we’ll clue you in on some of the hottest items of the season, but we’ve also chosen toys that aren’t on all the “hot lists.”  Because off the beaten path is nice, and we think old school toys – like pogo sticks, knee hockey, and bikes are cool too!  And let’s face it, sometimes the (stressful) hunt for the “it toy”  just doesn’t work out.  Check out our favorite new releases and, time-honored classics below.  
Fingerlings Hugs from WowWee have extra-long arms perfect for hugs and cuddling. Kids can also swing them, pet them and rock them to sleep. Give them a kiss and they'll kiss back. The recording feature allows kids to record their own voices then throw the toy in the air to hear a funny remix of what they said. For ages 5 and older. Price: $29.99 at fingerlings.com.
Yeah, it’s a neat idea that doesn’t always work. When some eggs failed to properly hatch on Christmas, angry parents swarmed Spin Master’s social media pages to complain; the company has since vowed to boost their customer service to address problems. Other customers said their newly hatched friends straight up died soon after pecking their way in the world. Or they wouldn’t turn on (read: refused to live).
Experience a hatch! As you cuddle, rub and tap your HatchiBaby’s egg, they’ll really come to life! The more EGG-cited your HatchiBaby gets, the more it will rock back and forth – all on its own! Your HatchiBaby will even respond to you with sweet sounds. But don’t forget – they need your help to hatch! Play with them in-egg until you see rainbow eyes. That means it’s hatching time!
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Introduce your kids to the satisfaction of rescuing animals, even if they aren't ready for a live pet. Scruff-a-Luvs arrive as a mysterious ball of matted fur that must be soaked in water to reveal the sweet puppy, kitten, or bunny underneath. Each one comes with a collar and tag you can use to name them, a brush to make them fluffy, a hair clip, and even an adoption certificate. 
Hatchimals only hatch once – and now they’re hatching in a whole new way! Use your love and care to help them along! Hold, rub and tap the shell of your egg and you’ll hear delightful sound and see glowing eyes! Once the eyes flash rainbow colors, it’s hatching time! Your first Hatchimal twin will push, push, push until it cracks the eggshell! Lift out your first Hatchimal, and reach into the egg to lift out their twin! They’re finally here!
Now this is one of the biggest surprises that’s most anticipated for the upcoming holiday season!  You can officially order it right now, since it’s finally been released to the public!  This one comes with over 60 new never-before-seen surprises, all with exclusive dolls and the cutest accessories ever!  This is the perfect one to add to their collection and, hopefully, you can get your hands on it before it’s gone! Learn more here!
The Fingerlings Hugs have the same names and colors as the original six Fingerlings Monkeys. Walmart has started to list the first WowWee Fingerlings Hugs on walmart.com. So far Walmart lists Boris and Usa. Select "Notify Me" on the Fingerlings Hugs stock tracker in the free online inventory tracking app The Tracker to get notified when the Fingerlings Hugs go on sale. The sale is expected to begin in August for $29.99.

Eh. We bought into the hype and I thought this would be a cute idea since they’re twins, but... these hatchimals do not move around like the original. One twin has almost a bobble head and you can push its head down and the other twin is supposed to dance, but ours just kind of shakes and is extremely loud. Whatever components are inside that twin just make a really annoying buzzing sound, so playing with it is extremely frustrating because you can barely hear what it’s saying. These are a lot worse than the first hatchimal from last year and are a little confusing too. Each twin has its own set of rules to follow, so for children under 7-8, understanding what the eye color means will probably be difficult, if not frustrating. I can really only be disappointed with myself for ordering this
Really liked this hatchimal! We did have to finally help it out of its shell because it didn’t crack all the way. Not sure if that was my child’s doing or the product so for that I still have it a 5 rating. We’ve had it almost a year and still going strong. Not played with as much after a couple months but still works and comes alive when my son comes across it
Hatch a whole word, wherever you go, with the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Deluxe Collector’s Case! Only available at Costco, this glittery purple Collector’s Case is the ultimate addition to any collEGGtion! Open up translucent doors and discover 26 Hatchimals CollEGGtibles! With 2 exclusive Hatchimals ready for immediate play and 24 eggs waiting to be hatched, there are so many new friends to discover! To start hatching, use your love and care to warm up each egg until the purple heart turns pink. Gently press down to crack the shell and meet your Hatchimal! Once you’ve hatched all your new friends, keep them cozy in the 6 flip-down nests! These nests are the sweetest way to display and play with your Hatchimals. When it’s time to pack up, simply place all your hatched friends back inside the case and take them with you! Featuring heart-shaped accents, flowery detailing and flecks of glitter, this case makes it easy to carry your Hatchimals with you. Hatch on the go with the Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Deluxe Collector’s Case!
Demand for Hatchimals has been extremely high, which have led to them being designated as the "hottest" toy of the 2016 Christmas shopping season; in late-October 2016, Hatchimals occupied multiple spots on NPD Group's top ten list of best-selling toys in the United States, including first, second, sixth, and ninth place. The firm compared the phenomenon to those surrounding Cabbage Patch Kids and Tickle Me Elmo[1][2]. The New York Times and The Globe and Mail documented the organization of raffles and waiting lists for the toys, and sellers on websites such as Amazon.com and eBay selling Hatchimals at over three times their suggested retail price of US$60, if not higher.[2]
They’re totally obsessed with PJ Masks on Disney Jr so you know they’re going to love one of the best-selling in the PJ Masks family right now!  This really fun play set comes with 1 Catboy play figure (and Cat-Car mobile), 3 levels of play, a zip line, a surprise ceiling trap, working elevators, a pop-out exit hatch, and so much more.  They’ll be ready to fight crime and look cute doing it all at the same time!
Poppy is one of a series of interactive doll trolls. Poppy comes with a bracelet, which interacts with Poppy – lighting up her hair to a musical beat and also lighting up her own bracelet. Press Poppy’s tummy and she’ll talk (OK, she’ll say 25 phrases), dance and sing. As you would expect from any self-respecting troll, you can brush her magnificent pink mane and style it.
Know when to change your baby’s diaper. This part won’t be too hard. If your baby’s diaper is filled, change it! If your baby’s diaper is wet, change it! A soiled diaper will smell, so it won’t be hard to tell when it’s time for a change. Wet diapers can be a little more challenging. Set a timer and be sure to at least check their diaper every two hours. If you notice it is wet before then, however, change it then.
That’s right folks, the people that brought you Hatchimals present, LuvaBella, an interactive baby doll that laughs when you tickle her, learns how to say certain words when you feed and play with her and, well, just about has the most life-like reactions and features we’ve ever seen on a doll.  Some say creepy, we say “futuristic.”   These were all the rage last year, but are much easier to get this year.
So here is where the 3 stars come in, my 6 year old loves it. Even with the less than fantastic start, once he started playing with her, he has thanked me for getting him a hatichamal about once an hour. He loves the little paper that tells you about it's mood by eye colors. He also adores that it comes with a rattle, a cuddle buddy, brush and a bottle. Each of them make Hatchy respond (he likes making it sing and dance). It's so very sweet watching him take care of it, and that 'juuust' makes it worth it to me.
I have wanted to get one of these for my niece for a long time, but I've hesitated because the fact is that they don't always work, and when they do, they don't always work correctly. I told her parents that it might not go right, and to explain this to her when we gave it to her. Fortunately she understands that things don't always happen the way we plan, and she can handle some disappointment. 

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If you want to get the biggest and best gift this holiday season the L.O.L. Surprise Biggers Surprise! is the thing to have. Surprise toys have become a major hit amongst the children 5-years-old and up and this set does not disappoint. Often you buy these gifts in single or smaller sized packages, but this one comes with over 60+ surprise that they'll unwrap—plus many of them are limited of time options.
There are a lot of different things you can do with your Fingerlings Hugs. It has Velcro paws that you can connect for a monkey hug. And when you press your Fingerlings Hugs' mouth to your skin, you'll hear a kiss. Throw the monkey in the air or spin it around for fun reactions. Give it a shake or pat its back for some silly and gross reactions. It will even repeat what you say in a monkey voice when you press and hold its left ear. Hold it upside down and shake it for more funny sounds and press your fingers against its mouth to hear it blow a raspberry. And if your Fingerlings is lying down, you can tickle it, hear it blow you a sleepy kiss, and rock it to sleep. 
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Meet Fingerlings HUGS - they’re softies when it comes to affection! Their long arms are perfect for big hugs and these cuddle monkeys never want to let you go! It's all about that Main Squeeze Fingerlings feeling. Swing them, pet them, and rock them to sleep, or give them a kiss and watch them kiss you back!! Record what you say and watch them repeat it back in funny ways.


Really liked this hatchimal! We did have to finally help it out of its shell because it didn’t crack all the way. Not sure if that was my child’s doing or the product so for that I still have it a 5 rating. We’ve had it almost a year and still going strong. Not played with as much after a couple months but still works and comes alive when my son comes across it
Yeah, it’s a neat idea that doesn’t always work. When some eggs failed to properly hatch on Christmas, angry parents swarmed Spin Master’s social media pages to complain; the company has since vowed to boost their customer service to address problems. Other customers said their newly hatched friends straight up died soon after pecking their way in the world. Or they wouldn’t turn on (read: refused to live).
Don't miss out on securing the hottest Holiday 2018 toys now, before they become hard to find. Amazon stocks and offers pre-order options on many of the new 2018 toys. Hairadorables, Nerf Laser Ops Pro, Mattel's Lil' Gleemerz, Ryan's World Toys, Fingerlings Hugs, Wrapples, Scruff-A-Fluvs, L.O.L Suprise! Biggie Pets, Pomsies, Ryan's World Giant Mystery Egg and Grumblies are already hot sellers now.
Not to stress you out or anything, but in the wake of hundreds of Toys ‘R’ Us store closures (we may see a comeback from the retailer in the future but sadly not in time for this holiday season), planning ahead this year is even more essential to holiday shopping success. You’re going to need all the help you can get. Note: We’ve also got gift guides for kids of all ages, including 1-year-olds, 2-year-olds, 3-year-olds, 4-year-olds, 5-year-olds, 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds, and 9-year-olds. Below, we talked to experts to find the toys you should know about — and what to stock up on before they’re all gone.

Introduce your kids to the satisfaction of rescuing animals, even if they aren't ready for a live pet. Scruff-a-Luvs arrive as a mysterious ball of matted fur that must be soaked in water to reveal the sweet puppy, kitten, or bunny underneath. Each one comes with a collar and tag you can use to name them, a brush to make them fluffy, a hair clip, and even an adoption certificate. 
These are really cute and interactive plush toys that will be fun for kids who are fans of the original Fingerlings. And because kids can swing them around, have their monkey hanging off their neck, and give their monkey lots of hugs, we think these might even be a little more fun than the originals. Kids will have a lot of fun monkeying around with these plush characters.
We think it’s safe to say, kids are obsessed with all things L.O.L Surprise and so another ‘must have’ has made our list.  This big one has over 15 amazing little surprises inside, two pet babies, and even one pet baby charm or food baby charm.  That’s just part of the fun surprise! There are even really cool accessories to wear like spy glasses, a necklace that becomes a bracelet and more!  You totally need to complete their LOL set with this one!
To celebrate the new release, Spin Master will be hosting a special event for Hatchimals Day in Los Angeles. From Oct. 5 to 7, LA locals can visit The Grove to see a pop-up Hatchery Nursery and be the first to meet some of the new HatchiBabies. Kids can also engage in some exciting Hatchimals-inspired activities with some special guests: two of Nickelodeon's biggest stars, Daniella Perkins and Lilimar Hernandez of Knight Squad.
Quadcopters and drones have been making the wish lists of kids for several years now, but they can tend to be pricey. So when you can find one with excellent reviews, some cool features and good price tag — then it’s a win. And the Holy Stone Predator Quadcopter is just that: priced right with all the fun features kids are looking for in a drone. The Predator has three different speed modes that can be set at beginner, advanced and super fast for micro quad. Colorful LED lights illuminate the body for fun night flights and just a flick of the control switch can have the Predator roll and flip mid-flight for ultimate tricks. Complete with a few replacement parts in case of mishaps, a USB charging cord, Li-Ion battery and small screwdriver for repairs, this quadcopter is sure to make kids 14 and up very happy this holiday season.      
It began in 2013, where Spin Master's head of robotic creations James Bartin explained that his team hated the popularity of unboxing videos on YouTube, and envisioned a concept for a toy that could "unbox" itself.[1] This idea evolved into a concept for a robotic creature that would hatch itself from an egg, necessitating the design of a mechanism for the hatching, and a material for the egg itself. Hatchimals was officially launched on October 7, 2016, backed by advertising on television and digital platforms, such as social networking services.[1][2]
Because if your kids are giving their Hatchimals a major eye-roll, they’re probably in the market for the new creepy Fuggler. These Fugglers (which stands for ‘Funny Ugly Monster’ but we don’t see how) are said to be one of the must-haves of the year.  There are dozens of these creepy little devils to choose from and they’re perfect for any kid who’s over the cute and cuddly stuffed animals that are being marketed to them all day long!  Learn more here.
Once the HatchiBaby breaks through its egg, it may need a bit of help clearing away the top shell. Then, after it gives a performance of “Hatchi-Birthday,” kids will discover two things about the HatchiBaby. First, they will learn whether they’ve hatched a boy or a girl based on its color (pink or blue). The HatchiBaby can also be one of two species, a Ponette or a Cheetree. A drawing on the box helps determine which type the HatchiBaby is.
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