Thanks to our friends at TTPM, a leading resource for expert reviews of toys, video games, books and more, I had an opportunity this weekend to preview some of 2014’s hottest toys at the TTPM Holiday Showcase. Besides being treated to a preview of TTPM’s Most Wanted List 2014, I was also able to learn about hundreds of hot new toys from dozens of leading brands and manufacturers. The day was fun and educational and by the time I left I had mentally finished all of my holiday shopping! Now I’m happy to share here with you some information about new or popular toys that will be on the shelves for the 2014 holiday season.
The day started off with the TTPM Most Wanted List 2014. It is definitely worthwhile to head over to the TTPM website and check it out. It includes some really amazing new toys from the Frozen, TMNT and Doc McStuffins lines, some awesome new tech and electronic toys, popular preschool toys and more. It’s a great way to see what will be popular this year and to get an idea of what will top the lists of kids on your list this year!
*Due to the enormous amount of awesome toys I was able to see at the Time To Play Holiday Showcase 2014, I decided to split this post into two parts, rather than leave anything out.*
My first stop was the Jazwares table, where they were showcasing the new Minecraft Series 2 Action Figures, Paper Craft and Plush Toys. The Series 2 toys expand on the Series 1 collection by offering characters and packs not previously available such as Minecraft Steve with White Horse Action Figure and the Minecraft Spider Jockey Action Figure Set. The new Minecraft Papercraft Sets allow fans to build creations in true game scale and include an Overworld, hostile mobs and animals pack.
$8.99 – $19.99
The Minecraft Series 2 plush toys now feature baby animals and limited edition styles!
Bungees are a hot new toy this year. Brightly colored aliens formed from the core of the Earth star in the exciting game, where players experience a fast paced game play. Aim your Bungees character at a scoring target and send it off with a flick of your finger! Bungees are magnetic and stick to the score tokens. With 32 Bungees characters to collect this game is sure to keep the kids interested!
$3.99 – $24.99
Of course the Disney Infinity 2.0 is at the top of everyone’s toy list this year. With all new Marvel Super Heroes characters, worlds and storylines, this game is impressive. Of course, the old characters will work with the new game, so it serves as more of an expansion to the Infinity world!
Starter Pack: $74.99, Figures: $13.99, Power Discs: $4.99
Two huge Disney items this year are the Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Clinic and Frozen Snow Glow Elsa from JAKKS Pacific.
Kids will love the Mobile clinic, equipped with a motion activated siren that lights up and plays the “Doc Mobile” song, a light and sound heart monitor, otoscope, thermometer and bandage sticker dispenser, this is the ultimate Doc McStuffins toy! $39.99
The Snow Glow Elsa sings “Let it Go” while children watch a magical light show appear on her dress. She comes along with her friend Olaf and speaks 15 sounds and phrases from the movie! $34.99
Disney continues to knock it out of the park with the new licensed Lego set: Star Wars Rebels he Ghost – The ship responsible for carrying around the motley crew of heroes and Jedi in the new Disney series Star Wars Rebels. $79.99
And Hasbro has beefed up their Marvel lineup with a Giant Web Slinging Spider Man Figure, standing 14 inches tall a button on Spidey’s back shoots web fluid or water. $29.99
Wowee really electrified the day with four awesome robotic toys! The MiP balancing robot gets around on two wheels, controlled by hand gestures or an app available for smartphones. MiP can carry up to his own weight on an included tray and comes with a variety of games to play! MSRP: $99.99
The Tipster is Wowee’s first Pre-school robot, allowing even younger children in on the fun. Tipster is controlled by remote and comes loaded with fun games to play!
Noomie is a colorful RC toy designed to appeal to girls everywhere. Noomie comes with six swappable accessories that personalize her style and personality! Available October 23, 2014!
It was no surprise to see Activision at the Holiday Showcase. The new Sylanders expansion, Skylanders Trap team, is set to be one of the hottest games this season. Trap Team opens up a whole new dimension of gameplay. Kids can now help the Skylanders find and trap some of Skylands most notorious villans. We got to preview the game, and I was most impressed by the new Portal of Power, which is now equipped with a speaker that plays sounds and voices from the trapped villans as you return to Skylands and have them fight along side you! MSRP: $74.99
Two of my favorite toys from Crayola this year are the Virtual Design Pro Car Collection and the Virtual Design Pro Fashion Collection! Kids design and color either cars or clothing, then scan their designs in to the free app available for smartphones and tablets. The designs are transported to a stunt course or runway for personalized game play! MSRP $39.99
Playmates Toys Half Shell Heroes is a new Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle line geared towards children ages 3 and up. My boys love TMNT and we’ve had our share of broken toys because the Bean is so rough with them. I was really excited to see toys marketed for his age.
The Secret Sewer HQ Playset features over 50 phrases and sounds, a T-Rawket vehicle and Mikey and Splinter figure, so preschooler can really let their imaginations soar! MSRP: $49.99
The 12″ Mega Mutant Leonardo features over 100 phrases and karate sounds. Kids can make Leo perform karate moves by holding the large, kid friendly handle on his back. MSRP: $39.99
I have to admit, I am really impressed with the toys I saw at the TTPM Holiday Showcase 2014. Stay tuned for part two of the recap!!