The Hottest Holiday Toys of 2018
The holidays will be here before we know it, and if you have kids in your life, that means shopping for gifts. Get a jump on this year's hot toys and grab your child's picks before they're sold out!
We've rounded up a huge selection of the season's biggest toy releases so you can shop early. We predict some of the biggest sellers will be the L.O.L. Bigger Surprise and the HatchiBabies egg.
From big ticket items like an interactive Chewbacca to affordable smaller toys like a Polly Pocket, and everything in between, you can find what you're looking for on this list. The best part is, you can order online. Happy clicking!
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall
Little wizards and muggles alike will be amazed by the new LEGO Harry Potter series. The Hogwarts Great Hall set (best for ages 9-14) contains 878 pieces, including 10 minifigures. If you're going big this holiday season, the entire Hogwarts Castle can be yours for $399. Potter sets are available at a variety of price points.
Mattel has caught on to the resurgence of Polly Pocket's popularity, so they're re-releasing this nostalgic toy. The new playset comes complete with an itty bitty doll and accessories, just like the originals.
But where '90s Polly was sweet and pastel, the new ones are bright and bold. The dolls and other items are a bit larger and chunkier, but still just as fun to play with.
Mega Slime and Putty Lab
Slime-obsessed kids who have been good all year will no doubt request this lab kit. 8 types of slime and putty are included, plus storage tins, accessories, and a learning guide so curious kiddos can find out the science behind their favorite gooey compounds.
Included in the kit are Magnetic Putty, Fluffy Slime, Glow-in-the-Dark Putty, Snotty Slime, Bouncing Putty, DIY Slime Lab, Liquid Slime, and Color Changing Putty.
Barbie Dream House
This one has been a holiday wish list staple for years. But check out Mattel's brand new Barbie Dream House. This year's model might be even more popular thanks to the animated series Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures.
This giant doll house (3' tall and 4'wide), has room for a ton of fun features: an elevator to move about the 3 floors, a garage, rooftop pool, slide, and over 70 accessories. Best for ages 3+. Dolls sold separately.
Untamed T-Rex by Fingerlings
The latest Fingerlings are pretty fierce — they're feisty little dinosaurs. The interactive toy dinos perch on your finger and let out a variety of impressive reactions. These little guys roar, chomp their jaws, and pass gas (apparently dinosaurs are gassy?).
Untamed T-Rex responds to motion, touch, and sound and will "play" with your child. Batteries are included; best for ages 5-15. Choose from blue (Ironjaw), red (Ripsaw), orange (Scratch), or gray (Tracker) dinosaurs.
Luciana: American Girl Doll of the Year
American Girl dolls are always especially sought-after, and the 2018 Doll of the Year is no exception. The 18" Luciana Vega character loves space exploration so she comes with cool, galaxy-themed accessories.
This shiny red tram from the Town series is an adorable addition to the Calico Critters line, which has been going strong since 1985. Like all Calico Critters toys, every intricate detail has been thought through on the Ride Along Tram, from the gold detailing to the fold-open doors to the teeny tiny tickets.
The Ride Along Tram set includes the tram, sign, cab/ticket machine, bench seats, driver hat, and little paper accessories like a map and tickets. The two included benches can be configured within the tram, or one can attach to the top for a double-decker ride.
K'NEX Thrill Bionic Blast Roller Coaster
Older kids (ages 9-14) will have a blast building this K'NEX roller coaster, and there's a twist to this building kit: they can experience the ride! An app and a viewer are included in the set, so little architects can virtually "ride" their roller coaster. So cool.
The 808-piece set also includes track parts and a coaster car. The Bionic Blast Roller Coaster requires two AA batteries, not included.
Mattel's new interactive toy is Lil Gleemerz, a light-up furry creature. The lemur-like critter has a fluffy, glowing tail, which is at the center of its games. Play Catch the Kiss, Tail Tennis, and Stop on the Spot when in game mode. Or choose party mode, and put on some music, and Lil Gleemerz will pulse light to the beat. In hang out mode, your toy can interact with purring, growling, funny phrases, and of course, farting. Choose from Amiglow (teal), Loomur (purple), or Adorbrite (pink). Best for ages 5+.
PonyCycle Ride On
If you haven't seen one of these ride-on animals yet, 2018 might be the year. Children can really ride the PonyCycle, and no batteries are necessary; they run on kid power! Little ones use strength, coordination, and balance to ride their animal indoors or out (on flat surfaces).
PonyCycle comes in size small (ages 3-5) and medium (4-9) and the 2018 premium line includes a zebra, chocolate brown horse, unicorn, and brown horse. The Classic N Series starts at $219, and the new upgraded premium line (featuring an upgraded design with light-up wheels) will cost you $399. This is a big holiday gift that will look great under the tree.
A preschool favorite, the PBS show "PJ Masks" features Owlette, Gekko, and Catboy, three child superheroes who save the world at night. The latest surefire hit toy is the Super Moon Adventure HQ Rocket from Just Play. Just like the new rocket on the series, this one features cool lights and sounds (just push the button near the handle).
The cockpit fits all three heroes, and Gekko's Space Rover motorcycle (included) fits in the storage area below. The Super Moon Rocket is best for ages 3 and up, and two AAA batteries are included.
KumiKreator Bracelet Maker
Crafty kiddos 8 and up will love making their own friendship bracelets with this cool new craft kit from Spin Master. The KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker spins out up to 10 friendship bracelets with the included materials. Choose a design, load the machine with the spool colors you want, then turn the handle and your bracelet will almost weave itself.
Included are a design booklet, the machine, 88 string spools in 5 colors, clasps, and a storage case.
Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Epic Lair Playset
Parents will likely recognize the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles from their own childhoods, but these heroes in a half shell have been updated thanks to a new animated show, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The new toy series includes figures ($8.99 each), the Epic Lair, and the Turtle Tank ($34.99). The 43" tall Epic Sewer Lair provides a great backdrop for the Turtles' adventures.
Best for ages 4 and up, the Lair features 4 levels and includes a rotating skateboarding ramp, arcade, projectile launchers, and more.
This year's hot L.O.L. Surprise! Release is the Bigger Surprise. It's a sparkly suitcase filled with two limited edition L.O.L. dolls, a pet, a Lil Sister, accessories, and more. This year, it's all about WIGS. The two regular-size dolls boast short, molded hair to accommodate all the wigs that come in the Bigger Surprise.
Over 60 surprises are included, and as any L.O.L. fan knows, unwrapping is half the fun. Scoop up the Bigger Surprise for a holiday win. Best for ages 6 and up. Can't get enough L.O.L.? Check out the new Surprise House. Watch our exclusive unboxing video to get a better look at the goods -- which dolls did we unwrap?
Power Movers Dump Truck
Classic Tonka vehicles have a fresh new look! Power Movers will satisfy any kid who loves dump trucks, excavators, or cement mixers. They feature motion drive technology — push the vehicle and sounds are activated and lights flash. Hear the engine rev and more. Best for ages 3 and up. Batteries included!
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What's the spin on this year's new Hatchimals toy? It's been revealed: it's a baby! Now your cute creature never has to grow up. Kids who loved previous incarnations of the toy, Mystery and twin versions, are sure to put Hatchibabies on their holiday wish list.
Young Designers Architect Set
Do you have a kid who loves to build? This stylish STEM set will encourage learning and spark imagination. Everything a little architect needs to create a modern 3-D home is included: 46 pieces, plus an assembly guide featuring 7 different designs. Best for ages 4 and up.
Play-Doh Buzz 'n Cut
Kids are clamoring for this Play Doh set that lets them cut and shave "hair." Load dough into the 2 included figures, then squeeze it out to "grow" it. A buzzer, scissor, brush, and razor are included to style dough coifs and beards over and over again. 5 cans of Play-Doh and a barber chair are also included in the set.
Buzz n' Cut is best for ages 3 and up and requires 2 AA batteries, not included.
Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie
It's an interactive Chewbacca! Make little Star Wars dreams come true with this lifelike FurReal Chewie. He has over 100 reactions including roars, Wookie words, and facial expressions. He responds to both sound and motion, making him both adorable and super-cool.
Whether Chewbacca is enjoying a head scratch, snoring, or throwing up his arms and roaring, this will be one treasured toy. Best for ages 4 and up. 4 1.5v AA batteries required; demo batteries included.
If your child loves the surprise of unboxing, and little dolls with accessories, chances are they'll love these new collectible dolls from Just Play. Like L.O.L. Surprise dolls, peel and unwrap the package (this one is a cardboard box rather than a plastic ball) and find 11 accessories and a Hairdorables girl inside.
The packaging folds out into a play area for the doll. To add to the fun, there are two rare dolls and one ultra-rare doll kids can search for. Due to the tiny accessories this is best for ages 3 and up.
Creative Café Barista Bar
We found the perfect gift for aspiring caffeine aficionados! The Create Cafe Barista Bar makes real, coffee shop-inspired beverages. Baby baristas can froth and flavor real milk with a kid-safe machine (no heat!). Then create latte art with the included stencils and shakers.
The Rose Art set includes the frothing unit machine, pitcher, chocolate and strawberry flavor mixes, 2 shaker bottles, 2 spoons, 4 paper cups, and 4 recipe cards. Best for ages 6 and up.
LEGO DUPLO Steam Train
A train set is a great gift for a toddler or preschool. A DUPLO train set they can build is even better! Add a Push & Go motor and you have a perfect pick. Kids can push the train forward or backward and it will keep going until stopped. 5 action bricks along the track create a horn sound, light effects, and more. There's even a free download-able app with remote-control function.
Included in the 59-piece set are 2 DUPLO figures plus accessories. Best for ages 2-5.
Twisty Petz are sparkly animal figurines that transform into bracelets, and they're already a hit. Kids ages 4 and up will have fun twisting and manipulating these bejeweled toys from jewelry to animal and back again. Or connect them to make a necklace!
There are over 70 different Twisty Petz, in finishes from metallic, to pastel, to fuzzy. The 3-packs include 1 mystery bracelet.
Boxer A.I. Robot
A new robot in the world of interactive toys, Boxer is different because its moods evolve over time. Sensors allow this A.I. toy to interact with kids in fun ways: playing games like soccer, expressing emotions, and making noises (and like many hot toys right now, Boxer even farts). This little robot has big personality!
Available in black and blue, Boxer is best for kids ages 6 and up. Included in your box is a robot, plus 10 game cards, charging cable, interactive ball, and remote control.
The DreamWorks/Netflix original series "Spirit Riding Free" following the titular animated mustang and his girl, Lucky, is a big hit. On the show, Lucky and her stallion roam the Wild West with best pals Pru and Abigail.
The "Spirit Riding Free" Playmobil series includes horse sets featuring the main characters: Lucky and Spirit, Abigail and Boomerang, and Pru and Chica Linda. Some assembly is required (see our unboxing video for detail!) and all of the horse boxes can be combined. This playset is best for children ages 4 and up due to the tiny pieces.
We love this innovative baby toy. Dimpl is comprised of big bright buttons in a variety of satisfying sizes. Babies can poke, pop, and prod this fun sensory toy. Parents love that it's BPA-free — the silicone bubbles are set in an ABS plastic frame.
The latest interactive "pets" are Skyrocket's furry cat balls! Portable Pomsies have an adjustable tail so they can hang out anywhere — they can be wrapped around wrists or hung off backpacks, for instance.
When you touch Pomsies they react; there are up to 50 different sound responses to petting, cuddling, and tickling motions. The first litter of Pomsies come in various pastel colors and have adorable names (Blossom, Boots, Sherbert, Speckles, Snowball, Patches, and Pinky).
When you press a Pomsies' nose it comes to life thanks to the tester battery that's included (but you'll want to swap this out for a fresh AAA battery so it will work interactively).