Here Are The Most Talked About Toys Of The Year And Where To Get Them

The holidays may be a little subdued this year because of the Coronavirus pandemic, with social gatherings and interactions with our loved ones kept to a minimum. Our little ones are still looking forward to something though: toys. And, with everything that has happened in 2020, we think that giving kids a tiny bit of happiness through gift-giving is a joy unto itself.  

So what’s hot in 2020? Surprise toys are still in demand and so is Baby Yoda. (Who wouldn’t want to play with the cutest Force-sensitive baby this side of the galaxy?) Nintendo is making headlines with record Switch sales and their influence is even spilling over to the brick-building genre with the LEGO Super Mario set. Here are some of the most anticipated toys of the year and where to find them:

 

hottest-toys-2020-barbie-dreamplane Barbie Dreamplane playset. Photo: BestBuy

To many, Barbie is synonymous with fun and whimsy. It’s the ultimate brand when it comes to dolls and with the Barbie Dreamplane Playset, you can let your young storyteller’s imagination take flight. The two-seater cabin opens up to reveal over 15 in-flight elements, including luggage space, a dining cart and other passenger amenities. This Barbie Dreamplane playset includes a puppy figure for those who just can’t live without their precious pooch. With travel restricted this year, it would be nice to get your kids looking forward to traveling to other parts of the world again soon.

Order the Barbie Dreamplane Playset from Best Buy. 

 

hottest-toys-2020-myla-the-magic-unicorn Myla The Magic Unicorn. Photo: BestBuy

VTech has long been known as a maker of popular kid’s toys and they’ve certainly not disappointed this year. Its most popular character, Myla The Magical Unicorn, is one of the hottest toys of the year with it being sold out in many store shelves. The magical butterfly wand on Myla’s wings, horn and eyes come in a variety of colors, and she talks, sings and gives children positive reinforcement. Your kid can sing hours of duets with Myla by holding the microphone near her mouth. It certainly won’t hurt for your child to get a daily dose of encouragement after such a tough year. 

Order Myla The Magical Unicorn from Best Buy.

 

hottest-toys-2020-the-child Baby Yoda a.k.a. The Child. Photo: BestBuy

Disney’s hit show The Mandalorian is seen by many fans as a return to form for the franchise. It follows a lone warrior dubbed “Mando” in his exciting adventures across the galaxy. Along the way, he gains a cute sidekick in the form of an infant who is the same species as Jedi Grand Master Yoda. Referred to as The Child, but affectionately called Baby Yoda by the show’s fans, he has become one of the recognizable characters in the whole Star Wars universe. This plush figure has a sculpted vinyl head and a soft bean-filled body that measures 11 inches.

Order Star Wars: The Child plus toy from Best Buy.

 

hottest-toys-2020-lego-super-mario LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Starter Course. Photo: BestBuy

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Trends for a holiday shopping season like no other: Adult Play-Doh and Legos, YouTube-inspired toys

The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other.

Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift options for their new furry friend. And with more people shopping online, stores are doing double duty as shipping centers to try to get gifts to doorsteps as fast as possible.

Here’s what to expect:

Toys for adults

Kids aren’t the only ones who need some fun. Toy companies are targeting bored adults stuck at home during the pandemic. Need something to fidget during your next Zoom meeting? Hasbro has new moldable Play-Doh varieties that smell like stuff grown-ups would recognize: lattes, fresh cut grass and smoked meats.

Lego, meanwhile, wants adults to put on their headphones and “forget about the rest of the world” while turning the plastic pieces in their new kits into hangable art, like Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe portraits.

Marissa DiBartolo, editor in chief of toy review site The Toy Insider, says she’s seen more coloring books and challenging puzzles being designed with adults in mind.

From YouTube to the toy store

The canines on “Paw Patrol” better watch their tails. YouTube stars with millions of viewers are heading to the toy aisle, a place where TV cartoon characters used to rule.

It’s all because kids are spending so much time watching YouTube instead of cable TV, says DiBartolo. That’s made stars of the video-streaming site just as recognizable as those on Nickelodeon.

Figurines of Blippi, a man who wears orange suspenders and hosts educational kid videos on YouTube, are being sold at Target and Amazon. At Walmart, toys featuring Ryan Kaji, a kid who reviews toys on his Ryan’s World YouTube channel, have been hot sellers. Toy company VTech is playing into the trend in another way, selling a KidiZoom Creator camera that comes with a green screen so kids can add special effects and pretend to be YouTube influencers themselves.

And if you need another sign of just how big YouTube stars have become, a 42-foot-tall balloon based on Kaji from Ryan’s World appeared Thursday in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, floating next to TV icons like SpongeBob and, yes, Chase from “Paw Patrol.”

Stores as shipping hubs

Retailers including Walmart and Best Buy that were already using their locations as hubs to ship e-commerce orders are now coming up with new strategies to get even faster. The moves come as they face a holiday crunch expected to tax shipping networks and likely result in delivery delays.

Walmart this week launched a special program for the holidays. It has some of its online orders being fulfilled directly from stores using delivery services like Postmates and DoorDash instead of carriers like FedEx or UPS. The aim is to ensure customers will be able to get their orders quickly, even on the same day.

Meanwhile, Best Buy says that 340 of

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Holiday trends to watch: Adult latte-smelling Play-Doh, dog toys and less impulse shopping

The pandemic is turning this into a holiday shopping season like no other.

Toy companies are targeting stuck-at-home grown-ups with latte-smelling Play-Doh and Legos that turn into Warhols. Those who added a puppy to their family during the pandemic will see tons of gift options for their new furry friend. And with more people shopping online, stores are doing double duty as shipping centers to try to get gifts to doorsteps as fast as possible.

Here’s what to expect:

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TOYS FOR ADULTS

Kids aren’t the only ones who need some fun. Toy companies are targeting bored adults stuck at home during the pandemic. Need something to fidget during your next Zoom meeting? Hasbro has new moldable Play-Doh varieties that smell like stuff grown-ups would recognize: lattes, fresh cut grass and smoked meats.

Lego, meanwhile, wants adults to put on their headphones and “forget about the rest of the world” while turning the plastic pieces in their new kits into hangable art, like Andy Warhol’s famous Marilyn Monroe portraits.

Marissa DiBartolo, editor in chief of toy review site The Toy Insider, says she’s seen more coloring books and challenging puzzles being designed with adults in mind.

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FROM YOUTUBE TO THE TOY STORE

The canines on “Paw Patrol” better watch their tails. YouTube stars with millions of viewers are heading to the toy aisle, a place where TV cartoon characters used to rule.

It’s all because kids are spending so much time watching YouTube instead of cable TV, says DiBartolo. That’s made stars of the video-streaming site just as recognizable as those on Nickelodeon.

Figurines of Blippi, a man who wears orange suspenders and hosts educational kid videos on YouTube, are being sold at Target and Amazon. At Walmart, toys featuring Ryan Kaji, a kid who reviews toys on his Ryan’s World YouTube channel, have been hot sellers. Toy company VTech is playing into the trend in another way, selling a KidiZoom Creator camera that comes with a green screen so kids can add special effects and pretend to be YouTube influencers themselves.

And if you need another sign of just how big YouTube stars have become, a 42-foot-tall (13-meter-tall) balloon based on Kaji from Ryan’s World will appear in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade this year, floating next to TV icons like SpongeBob and, yes, Chase from “Paw Patrol.”

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STORES AS SHIPPING HUBS

Retailers including Walmart and Best Buy that were already using their locations as hubs to ship e-commerce orders are now coming up with new strategies to get even faster. The moves come as they face a holiday crunch expected to tax shipping networks and likely result in delivery delays.

Walmart this week launched a special program for the holidays. It has some of its online orders being fulfilled directly from stores using delivery services like Postmates and DoorDash instead of carriers like FedEx or UPS. The aim is to ensure customers will be able to get their orders quickly, even on the same day.

Meanwhile,

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Toys Holiday Gift Guide 2020: Retro gaming, robots, and bustin’ghosts

You’ve got all the games, consoles, and accessories wrapped and placed under the tree, but there still seems to be something missing. While video games are great, you’ll probably want to balance out your digital gift with some physical ones. Fortunately, we’ve put together a selection of several toys that would make great gifts for the children or adult collectors in your life.


Arcade Cabs

It’s getting easier and easier to own a home arcade nowadays, and the holidays are a great time to surprise a loved one with a cab featuring one of their favorite games of yesteryear. Arcade1Up came out with some fantastic new cabs for their ever-expanding lineup including a new ¾-sized Golden Axe cab and a Ms.Pac-Man cocktail cab. For folks seeking a full-sized cab, the AtGames Legends Ultimate is a great option and features a ton of classic arcade and home console games baked right into the machine already. If space is an issue, you can always snag one of New Wave Toys’ highly-detailed desktop cabs. Right now they’ve got a very cool Dragon’s Lair Replicade up for order that even comes with its own tiny little laserdisc player.


Transformers

Let’s face it: Robots are awesome and they always will be. That’s why you basically can’t go wrong with getting someone any sort of Transformers figure. This year there were some particularly cool collabs that came down the line, including a Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Transformer and a Top Gun jet fighter one as well. Along with the new licensed collabs, there were plenty of traditional Transformers that hit store shelves in 2020. The Transformers Generations War for Cybertron: Siege Deluxe Refraktor 3-Pack (which are in our featured pic for this article) can change from bots to hover tanks and all three can combine to make a fancy camera. I’m also personally really into the new Quintesson Judge as it was one of my favorite characters from the original animated Transformers movie back in the day. The rate at which Hasbro cranks out new Transformers is pretty impressive and that hard work guarantees that you’re most likely never going to be in short order for a new model, so be sure to check out Hasbro Pulse if you’re looking for a particular Autobot or Decepticon.


Ghostbusters Plasma Series Spengler’s Neutrona Wand

Before the world spiraled out of control during this year’s global pandemic, we were supposed to get a new Ghostbusters movie that would’ve featured a ton of nods and winks to the original film. While that movie has sadly been delayed, it would appear that some of the collector’s merchandise that was supposed to go along with it have still made it to store shelves in time for the holiday season. One product in particular really caught the eye of our own Greg “Burkleton” Burke: Egon Spengler’s Neutrona Wand. This prop replica is actually pretty affordable when put up against its contemporaries and features several audio and LED lighting effects

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Black Friday & Cyber Monday buybuy BABY Deals (2020): Car Seats, Clothing, Toys & Baby Gear Sales Listed by Deal Tomato

Save on buybuy BABY deals at the Black Friday & Cyber Monday 2020 sale, featuring strollers, cribs, carriers & more savings

Here’s our review of the top buybuy BABY deals for Black Friday & Cyber Monday, featuring discounts on baby and infant gear, furniture, travel bags & more. Links to the top deals are listed below.

Best buybuy BABY Deals:

  • Save up to $110 on a wide range of baby strollers, car seats, cribs & more at buybuyBABY.com – including deals on Fisher Price, Carter’s and Disney   
  • Save up to 50% on baby monitors from top brands like Infant Optics, VTech, Motorola, and more on buybuyBaby.com – click the link to see the latest deals on audio and video baby monitors including the Cocoon Cam with Breathing Monitoring device
  • Save up to $75 on Owlet Smart Sock 3 and Video Baby Monitor at buybuyBaby.com – check the latest prices on the best-selling Owlet Smart Sock wearable baby monitor including the Owlet Monitor Duo and the Dream Lab sleep program
  • Save up to $100 on top-brand car seats from Maxi-Cosi, UPPAbaby, Chicco & Graco at buybuyBABY.com – including Britax, Graco, Cybex, Chicco, and more  
  • Save up to $130 on a wide range of baby strollers at buybuyBaby.com – check the hottest deals on umbrella strollers, full size strollers, jogging strollers & stroller accessories 
  • Save up to $130 on UPPABaby strollers, accessories and more at buybuyBABY.com – get the latest prices on MESA car seats, CRUZ V2 strollers, VISTA V2 RumbleSeats, and more   
  • Save up to 40% on a wide range of Graco baby gear at buybuyBABY.com – find the latest deals on Graco Travel Systems, Playards, Booster Seats, Convertible Car Seats, and more
  • Save on Graco Tranzitions at buybuyBABY.com – get the best prices on 3-in-1 Harness Booster and SnugLock Car Seats from Graco  
  • Save up to $100 on the most trusted, high-quality Britax child travel gear at buybuyBaby.com – check the latest prices on a variety of best-selling items, including strollers, car seats, accessories, and top-value combo bundles 
  • Save on Ergobaby baby carriers, strollers, diaper bags, and more at buybuyBABY.com  – click the link to see live prices on Ergobaby Omni 360, 360 All Positions, and Original baby carrier models  
  • Save on mamaRoo infant seats, sleep bassinets, and more at buybuyBABY.com  – check live prices on top-rated mamaRoo items, including the mamaRoo Sleep Bassinet and mamaRoo4 infant seat models
  • Save on top-rated baby cribs at buybuyBaby.com – click the link for the hottest deals on baby cribs from brands like DaVinci, Westwood Design, Soho, Child Craft, Babyletto, Carter’s & more 

Best Baby Deals:

  • Save up to 40% off on a wide selection of baby gear at Walmart – find the latest deals on car seats, strollers, bassinets, activity centers, bouncers & rockers, carriers, playmats, and more  
  • Save up to 40% on Graco baby strollers, car seats & more baby gear at GracoBaby.com – click the link to see updated prices on best Pack ‘n Play® playards and other top-rated Graco
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Disney’s Black Friday sale has begun and there’s up to 50% off toys and clothing

Disney has kicked off its Black Friday sale event with discounts on heaps of products.

Customers can get up to 50% off clothing and toys in the sale, which includes popular lines like Toy Story and Mickey Mouse, perfect if you need to stock up on Christmas gifts.

The iconic retailer’s Black Friday sale is a one-week event running all the way through to Sunday, November 29th. But stocks might be limited, so it’s best to be quick.

The sale is running online only, meaning you’ll need to visit shopdisney.co.uk/offers to find the discounts.

Delivery is free if your order comes to £50 or more. For orders costing less, there’s a £3.95 charge.

We’ve picked out our favourite offers below.

Mickey Mouse Barcelona Hooded Sweatshirt For Kids, £9 (was £18)

Perfect for keeping little ones cosy during winter, this unisex Mickey Mouse hoodie has been slashed by 50%.

Disney Store Buzz Lightyear Interactive Talking Action Figure, £21 (was £30)

The interactive Buzz Lightyear will start speaking when he detects another interactive character nearby.

Built with more than ten phrases and laser lights, he’s sure to become your child’s new favourite toy.

Disney Store Frozen 2 Arendelle Castle Playset, £70 (was £90)

This fun-filled playset includes 18 pieces for little ones to recreate their favourite scenes from Frozen 2.

It comes complete with popular characters from the film, including Anna and Elsa, and even features lights and sounds.

Disney Store Minnie Mouse Dress For Kids, £19.60 (was £28)

Available in six sizes, this adorable Minnie Mouse dress is bound to sell out quickly.

It features a full skirt and an all-over character print.

Disney Store Lightning McQueen Build To Race Remote Control Car, £24.50 (was £35)

The Lightining Mqueen remote control car has 25 changeable parts, so is sure to keep little ones busy this winter.

The parts can be swapped for two different racing modes: race and off road.

If you’re planning to do some online shopping in the run up to, and during Black Friday, you can bag a £15 bonus towards your spend by ordering from through TopCashback.

The cashback site is giving all new members a £15 one-off bonus when they spend £15 or more at hundreds of retailers across all categories.

To claim the savings you must sign up to TopCashback by 23:59pm on 30th November, 2020.

TopCashback will then track the order and pay out the £15 bonus, which can then be transferred to a bank or Paypal account or redeemed as vouchers.

How to claim:

  1. Sign-up to TopCashback for free.

  2. Read the instructions on the Account Overview page.

  3. Select a retailer and shop as normal, making sure to spend £15 or more.

  4. TopCashback will then track your order and pay out the bonus to your account within 30 days of the transaction.

This offer applies to selected brands on the TopCashback website – including B&Q, ASOS, eBay and many more.

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