Most Popular Toys for the 2014 Holiday Season
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"Frozen" dolls, toys and gifts
Surprised? Topping the list of predicted mega-toy sales this year stars the ever-popular Elsa, Anna, and Olaf with a range of tie-ins from the modern Disney classics this Christmas, including:
• Priced at $34.99, it has already hit stores worldwide and has become an instant sell-out, so watch for the Singing Elsa Doll to become the must-have toy on every girl's wish list this Christmas. Along with featuring 15 phrases from the movie, the interactive Elsa doll also sings (did you ever doubt it?) 32 seconds of "Let It Go".
• Of course, a little bit of Frozen is never enough, so Ice Skating Anna and Ice Skating Elsa dolls are also on the way. Dressed in colorful costumes, they come with moveable parts and can be posed in various graceful ice skating moves. Priced at $24.99, they will be available in August 2014.
• Not to be outdone, Olaf also gets the star treatment with "Mix 'Em Olaf" that lets kids assemble the famous snowman with 14 interchangeable pieces. Priced at $24.95, Mix 'Em Up Olaf is obviously inspired by the classic Mr. Potato Head and is on the 2014 holiday toy list of gender neutral gifts for boys and girls.
• More Olaf? Try the Frozen Olaf the Snowman Snow Cone Maker, It comes with 2 molded cups, 2 sugar-free flavor powder packets, and 1 scoop. Priced at $24.99, watch for Frozen Olaf the Snow Cone Maker to arrive on store shelves in September.
• And, just in time for the back-to-school crowd, Frozen-inspired backpacks arrive in August! Along with popular Frozen characters emblazoned on the back, motion activated LED lights will flash on and off every time the bag is touched.
Just when you thought the Minecraft and Lego crazes couldn't get any crazier, along comes LEGO MINECRAFT-- combining the Minecraft tools and characters from the highly popular video game with the real-world fun of Legos. Although this is certainly not the first Lego version of Minecraft, this one has the most authentic "look and feel" of Legos.
Due out in November, photos and information about the highly-anticipated new Christmas toy leaked online in October, setting off another round of buzz and excitement from the 8-year-old-and-up crowd.
And it's not one version of Lego Minecrat, but six unique sets -- including "Workbench" (with minifigure Steve) "Mine" (minifigure Steve and weapons, Creeper, skeleton, zombies and spiders); "Farm" (minifigures Steve, skeleton, cow and sheep) and more.
If there are any Minecraft/Lego fans in your household there will never be a better reason than this year to shop early. Come Christmas, watch for Lego Minecraft to fly off the shelves.
LeapPad 3 and LeapPad IDI Ultra
LeapPad 3 and LeapPad XDi Ultra
LeapPad, the popular kids tablet has been a consistent been a best seller since its first introduction in 2011. Now watch LeapFrog jump off the shelves again with a smaller version of its LeapPad Explorer tablet for kids, the LeapPad 3. The sleeker, faster LeapPad 3 kids tablet features a child-safe web browser, wi-fi, a 5-inch touchscreen, 4GB of internal storage, and a camera back and front. More importantly, LeapPad offers the same access to hundreds of top-quality educational apps, books, games and videos, not to mention its trademark high-durability construction.
The third generation LeapPad will be available in the fall at suggested retail price of $100. The LeapPad Ultra XDi is the pricier version at $130, featuring a 7-inch high-resolution touchscreen display with 8 GB of storage, along with the same cameras on the front and back.
Transformers Chomp and Stomp Grimlock
Have a Transformers fan in the family? Then check out the latest bad guy from the latest monster movie hit, Transformers: Age of Extinction.
With light up eyes, ferocious sounds, and life-like details, "Stomp and Chomp" Grimlock is a giant 20-inch action figure that transforms -- in one step -- into a dinosaur!
In one step, Chomp and Stomp Grimlock transforms into a ferocious dino-robot.
While in dinosaur mode, a small Optimus Prime figure (included) can ride on his back to activate his lights and sound effects. Predicted to be on most boys' wish-lists this Christmas, Grimlock also includes pop out weapons to fend off any challenger.
Chomp and Stomp Grimlock will be priced at $79.99 and arrives in stores in August. Requires 2 x "AAA" batteries, included.
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