The 9 hottest toys for the holidays — plus one you should wait on for a while.
Dogs and dolls and yet another version of Elmo.
Welcome to toy season.
It’s expected to be the grand finale of an already good year for the toy industry. Sales of toys are expected to be up 6.5 percent this year, similar to last year’s 6.7 percent increase — which was the biggest recorded boost in at least a decade, according to market research firm NPD Group.
Here’s a look at 9.5 of the season’s top toys. Why a half? Hatchimals are sold out everywhere, so wait a few months for the hubbub to die down. You need birthday toys, too, after all.
All are available at major retailers.
THINK AND LEARN CODE-A-PILLAR
The Think and Learn Code-a-Pillar by Fisher-Price is a first step to coding, allowing kids to change the direction of this roving caterpillar by attaching and reattaching its segments. Price: $50
PAW PATROL ZOOMER MARSHALL
Paw Patrol Zoomer Marshall is interactive firefighting dog who, according to the manufacturer, talks, moves and acts like a real pup. Price: $70
FURREAL FRIENDS: TORCH, MY BLAZIN’ DRAGON
FurReal Friends: Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon breathes fire-colored mist. Price: $80
He’s back! And Playskool’s Love2Learn Elmo is interactive for fun learning opportunities. Price: $60–$670
LITTLE LIVE PETS: SNUGGLES
Designed to feel and move like a real puppy, Little Live Pets: Snuggles blinks and seems to breathe. Price: $55
PIE FACE SHOWDOWN
While playing Pie Face Showdown by Hasbro, players try to avoid getting hit in the face with a sponge or whipped cream. Price: $25
‘STAR WARS’ ACTION FIGURES
The movie doesn’t open until Dec. 16 but all things from “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” — as well as from last year’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” — are in demand. Price: $8 and up
DREAMTOPIA RAINBOW COVE PRINCESS CASTLE
Princesses and rainbows collide in Barbie’s new Dreamtopia Rainbow Cove Princess Castle. Price: $49
Shopkins are tiny versions of items you’d shop for at a grocery or a mall and are really cute. A 12-pack of Shopkins was last year’s best-selling toy. Price: $3 for a two-pack, $15 for a 20-pack, accessories sold separately.
Hatchimals, interactive birdlike creatures that hatch and need lots of attention, are the season’s can’t-get toy. Retail they cost about $50, but are selling on secondary markets for upward of $300. Don’t spend that. Wait a few months and and pick one up for Easter or a birthday.