Hot Toys for the Holidays 2012

Parents, grandparents, as well as other family members and friends are always in search of the newest, best and hottest holiday toys for the children in their lives. For those in search of hot toys for this holiday, our advice is not to wait to buy them because stores often only stock a limited supply. We’ve compiled a list of our hottest toys for age specific groups as well as local toy stores to support during the holiday season.

Toys are not only for having fun, but can be educational as well as stimulating for a child’s mind. Imaginative play, fine motor development and social skills are all important aspects of development for children of all ages.

When shopping for any child, please keep the manufacture’s recommended age guidelines. This is not only important to avoid hazards such as choking, but also to insure the child is getting the maximum benefits from the toy.

Infants / Toddlers 

Alpha Zoo Spinner
With the Alpha Zoo spinner from LeapFrog, children can begin to learn letter names and sounds as well as animals and the sounds that they make. Parents can also personalize the learning with their child’s name and favorite animal. For ages 1-3 years. SRP: $21.99


Duplo Read and Build Sets
Children and parents can enjoy a quick and easy short story to read while building pictures from the book with the included Duplo blocks in the LEGO Duplo Read and Build sets. Visual and motor skills as well as verbal communication are all benefits of this toy for toddlers. Available in a variety of sets. For ages 1.5+ years. SRP: $12.99


Poppin Play Piano
While having fun playing the Poppin Play Piano from LeapFrog, children begin to learn to recognize colors as well as numbers. They will enjoy the music and sounds that the Poppin Play Piano plays while enhancing their fine motor skills when pushing the pianos keys. The toy also helps to enhance children’s visual skills as they watch and follow the balls pop up and down. For ages 1+ years. SRP: $24.99


Roll & Play
An amazing first game for toddlers, Roll & Play from ThinkFun is a simple game that teaches color recognition and supports verbal communication. It is a great beginner game to learn about turn taking and following rules. For ages 18+ months. SRP: $19.99


Stride to Ride Puppy
As children are learning to walk, the Stride to Ride Puppy from Fisher-Price is a great companion. It can be used as a push toy or a ride on toy. Children can fit the shaped blocks into the respective holes which can help enhance their manual dexterity. For ages 1+ years. SRP: $45.00


3-5 Years Old 

Baby Alive Wanna Walk Doll
Preschoolers will enjoy this Baby Alive Wanna Walk doll from Hasbro that is ready for them to help her walk. As the doll talks and walks, children will enjoy taking care of her if she falls and giving her hugs and love along the way. SRP: $56.99


Disney Bounce Bounce Tigger
Children will love dancing, singing and bouncing along with the Disney Bounce Bounce Tigger from Just Play as he hops around on his coiled tail. Physical skills are enhanced as children get on their feet to move around to his signature theme song. SRP: $34.99


Doc McStuffins Time For Your Checkup Doll
Children can use their imaginations making Doc take care of her “patients” with her numerous medical “tools” with the Doc McStuffins Time For Your Checkup Doll from Just Play. Doc sings everyone’s favorite song, “Time for your Check-Up” as well. SRP: $34.99


Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship
Jake’s beloved pirate ship, Bucky, is the main attraction when children play with this toy. With a hidden Tick Tock Croc as well as a crow’s nest look out, children will use their imaginations to help Jake and his crew battle Captain Hook and defend Neverland. SRP: $44.99


Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Star Doll
When one of six different hairstyles is placed on the Lalaloopsy doll’s head, children will hear different songs. When they put her on the stage she will sing and her hair will spin around. Children will have fun mix and matching different headpieces, hairstyles as well as a hat with the Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Star Doll from MGA Entertainment. SRP: $49.99.


5-7 Years Old 

Furby Collection
New and improved after at least a decade long hiatus, Furby from Hasbro is back and children will enjoy playing and interacting with them just as much as the original! Furby will prompt children to feed, talk to and tickle them. They speak their own “Furbish” language and will learn English the more children talk and interact with them. Furbys will also interact with each other if a child has more than one. SRP: $59.99


Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle
Children’s imaginations will soar when playing with the Eagle Talon Castle from Fisher-Price. The castle itself responds to different accessories and has many features to explore such as talons that lock the gate, shutters that barricade the windows and more. SRP: $50.00


LEGO Friends Collection
Children have a whole new world to explore with the new LEGO Friends Collection targeted to girls. With five main characters to start with, sets such as the Heartlake Stables are a great add-on to kids’ collections. SRP: $4.99-$54.99


Nickelodeon Winx Club Collection
Originally an Italian cartoon, Winx Club has expanded to the United States and encompasses video games, dolls, books, and more. Girls will enjoy the multiple ways they can play with these dolls and accessories and have fun with all that Winx Club Collection offers. SRP: $7.99-$39.99


Novi Stars Dolls
With each doll having a specific feature for children to enjoy, Novi Stars Dolls will have girls imagining new stories and playing for hours. Each doll has different features such as lighting up, glitter, talking, scented and more. SRP: $19.99-$39.99


8-11 Years Old 

Beyblade Metal Collection
What may look like a simple spinning top to adults is actually an interactive toy for children. The Beyblade Metal Collection from Hasbro lets children “battle” in the arena. Players will learn how different Be blades interact against each other, so strategy play is essential for an advantage against opponents. SRP: $8.99-$44.99


Easy Bake Ultimate Oven
Children will love baking tasty treats such as cupcakes and cookies with the Easy Bake Ultimate Oven from Hasbro. Their creativity will be able to show when decorating with frosting, sugar crystals and sprinkles. SRP: $54.99


Hot Wheels R/C Terrain Twister
This simple to use remote control Hot Wheels car from Mattel will have children occupied for hours. Able to twist forwards, backwards as well as side to side, this remote control car is sure to be a hit. SRP: $99.99

Similar to other building blocks already on the market, Nanoblock from The Ohio Art Company brings a different aspect.  Its smaller size lets children add more detail as well as build smoother looking models. Children’s creativity will soar and their fine motor skills will be tested with this toy. SRP: $9.99-$24.99


Featured Long Island Toy Stores

Einstein’s Attic Toys
79 Main Street, Northport, NY 11768
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e-magine toys
44 Atlantic Ave, Oceanside, NY 11572
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Funky Monkey Toys & Books
360 Wheatley Plaza, Greenvale, NY 11548
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Funky Monkey Toys & Books Facebook Page

Lainie’s Way
109 Main Street, Port Jefferson, NY 11777
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Learning Tower Toys
4747 Nesconset Highway #26, Port Jefferson Station, NY 11776
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Matty’s Toy Shop
Locations in Hewlett, Rockville Centre, Albertson, Merrick, Floral Park and Manhasset
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Please see website for specific location’s contact numbers

Toys on Main Street
282 Main Street, Huntington, NY 11743
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Read our other posts about Long Island toy stores:
Little Switzerland Dolls & Toys in Huntington
Independent Toy Stores on Long Island
Toys in Huntington Village


By Pamela Boccia

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