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Top Christmas Kids Toys

This list is the top or best Christmas toys of 2016. Sometimes it's tough finding the right gift, we've built an internal system that helps us figure out what's going to be hot this year. This is our predictions, we'll revisit it in Jan see if we are spot on. We will see what the holiday season has to say about these kids gifts and top kids toys.

VTech DigiArt Creative Easel

Learn to draw, write and more with the interactive DigiArt Creative Easel by VTech! This fun, interactive easel can be transformed from a light-up dry-erase board to a chalkboard and drawing table for more ways to play, combining learning and creativity. Explore the learning activities and learn to draw more than 100 objects and shapes step-by-step by following the lights using the magic pen. Then learn letter and number stroke order for uppercase letters A-Z and numbers 1-20 stroke-by-stroke. Children can also explore their creativity and draw anything they want while listening to 10 classic songs. Requires 4 AA batteries (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use). Intended for ages 3 years and up.

Hyper Toss Action Game

Put your skills to the test with Hyper Toss. The ultimate toy for fast, fun interactive play that really gets you moving. Kids will love trying to beat their scores by catching the ball quickly in one of the three colored cups- all by following audio instructions! Hyper Toss includes 4 game modes: Hyper Toss, Memory Toss, Free Style and Super Toss!.

Nerf Rival Khaos MXVI-4000 Blaster (Blue)

Experience intense head-to-head competition with the ultimate precision and power of the Nerf Rival Khaos MXVI-4000 blaster! Choose a blaster color and go into battle as the Red Team or the Blue Team. Unleash rapid-fire blasting with this fully motorized Nerf Rival blaster that fires 40 high-impact rounds at a velocity up to 100 fps (30 mps). The Khaos MXVI-4000 comes with 40 rounds and has a trigger lock, tactical rails, ambidextrous magazine release, easy-load magazine, and flip-up front and rear sights. Experience the intensity of Nerf Rival with the Khaos MXVI-4000 blaster!

Zuru Micro Boats Shark Attack Playset

"Take racing out of the traditional tracks with ZURU Micro Boats! A whole set of collectable miniature speedboats offer the perfect gameplay for kids and toddlers that enjoy speed, water and challenges! Micro Boats are fully motorized and automatically turn on when in contact with water, meaning even a filled bathtub for bath time or a pool party gathering family and friends can become the perfect racing world for these fast and stylish mini boats! Enter the stunt mode by setting the rudder sideways and watch as your Micro Boats performs awesome 360 degree donuts, or set the rudder straight to race against an opponent with over 200 miles per hour scale speed, and see who's the winning racer! The Shark Attack Playset offers a fun and easy to set track set that can be placed anywhere in the house or outside of it. Bite the competition off with a well timed Shark bite, or take them in and out of water in style with the Boat Crane! Be sure to use the Water Scoop included in the track set to scoop water in and out of the toy to avoid spilling water!"

Barbie Dreamhouse

Move right into the Barbie Dream house and discover a world of possibilities because with Barbie , anything is possible! Three floors, seven rooms and a working elevator provide the perfect setting for all kinds of stories, from a fun night in to getting ready for girls' night out. The built-in garage has a door that realistically opens and closes by sliding a tab. Attached to the garage is a beautiful atrium window -- flip the window down, and it converts into a swimming pool, perfect for a fun pool party for Barbie doll and her friends! A smart furniture piece -- designed to look like a living room cabinet or kitchen island on one side and a bathroom vanity on the other -- magically recognizes "smart" accessories that activate different lights, sounds and motions to bring stories to life. Get cooking in the kitchen with its sleek appliances and realistic cookware and groceries. On the second floor, dine in style in the dining room at the modern table set for two; in the bathroom, prepare for a big night out at the sink/vanity and luxe tub. The third floor offers another view into imagination with a beautiful bedroom, complete with a dramatic pink canopied bed; a walk-in closet where Barbie doll can check out her amazing outfits in the mirror and hang up her fashions (sold separately); and a gorgeous living room with a special twist of its own -- slide your own smartphone (not included) into the "flat screen" television and let Barbie get cozy on the couch with a movie or video that helps add to play. Have fun sending Barbie doll up and down the working elevator -- easily activated with a child-friendly sliding tab -- as one fabulous story is played out after another! Plus, this version comes in simple brown packaging to secure the secret and enhance the surprise. Dolls, pets and car sold separately. Dolls cannot stand alone. Smartphone not included. Colors and decorations may vary.

Twister Dance: Toys & Games

Rock the spots to today’s hottest music with the Twister Dance Game. Learn dances by following the Twister spots to songs like "Till the World Ends" by Britney Spears or "Whip My Hair" by Willow. Or dance to your own music by connecting the game to any MP3 player (sold separately). Practice by yourself or show off your moves with a friend. Rock it out with Twister Dance.

Zoomer Chimp

Go bananas over your very own interactive Chimp -- Zoomer Chimp! This unpredictable Chimp has a life of his own. Using True Balance Technology Zoomer Chimp moves just like a real Chimp: on all fours, flipping, standing, and rolling all on his own! Through his moving face, light up eyes and awesome Chimp sounds, he lets you know exactly how he’s feeling. He senses his surroundings and even follows your movements! Train him with one of his 10 easy-to-remember voice commands; tell him to “flip”, “Go Bananas!”, and more. Try “Chimp Talk”, he’ll repeat what you say in his own Chimpy way! Through Progressive Play, the more you train him, the more responses you’ll unlock! Zoomer Chimp is your PRIME-mate!

Roll over image to zoom in Monopoly Game: Ultimate Banking Edition

Introducing a modern banking version of the Monopoly game: the Ultimate Banking Edition. In this edition, Monopoly money is no more! The Monopoly Ultimate Banking game features an all-in-one Ultimate Banking unit with touch technology that makes the game fast and fun. Now players can instantly buy properties, set rent, and tap their way to fortune. Each player gets a bankcard and the Ultimate Banking unit keeps track of everyone's fortunes. It also scans the game's property cards and can boost or crash the market. Traditional Monopoly play gets amped up with this edition -- the game introduces Event cards and Location spaces instead of Chance cards and Community Chest cards. Land on an Event Space, and rents may be raised or lowered, a player may earn or lose money, or someone could get sent to Jail. Location Spaces allow players to pay and move to any property space on the gameboard. Challenge friends and family to win it all with the Monopoly Ultimate Banking game! The Hasbro Gaming and Monopoly names and logos, the distinctive design of the gameboard, the four corner squares, the Mr. Monopoly name and character, as well as each of the distinctive elements of the board and playing pieces are trademarks of Hasbro for its property trading game and game equipment.

Roll over image to zoom in Mega Bloks American Girl Isabelle's Ballet Recital Construction Set

Isabelle's Ballet Stage- It's time to draw back the curtain on Isabelle's Ballet Recital by Mega Bloks American Girl and put on the perfect performance! Help her get started by building the dress rehearsal area where Isabelle can design and create costumes at her buildable sewing station! Next it's time to build the ballet bar, where she and her friend Luisa can practice their plies! Now that they're ready to perform, build center stage and have the girls perform a dazzling dance duet! The stage also features a spinning floor so that you can display all of the girls' polished positions and poses! Bravo! Encore! Ideal for ages 8 years and older.

HEXBUG Battlebots Arena (IR) Playset

watch action-packed matches unfold inside this arena, a perfect place to pit a collection of the world's most destructive machines against one another! after the battle is over, easily rebuild the defeated party for round two, if they're up for the challenge!

Also, check: - Wage war on your opponents and take no prisoners. Now you can bring the action with you anywhere! after the battle is over, easily rebuild the defeated party for round two, if they're up for the challenge!

Star Wars BB-8 Droid

Over the years, the magic of Star Wars has always lived on screen and in our imaginations. Thanks to our advancements in technology, we’ve made it possible to bring a new part of Star Wars: The Force Awakens into your home.

Meet BB-8 - the app-enabled Droid that's as authentic as it is advanced. BB-8 has something unlike any other robot - an adaptive personality that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and even perk up when you give voice commands. Set it to patrol and watch your Droid explore autonomously, make up your own adventure and guide BB-8 yourself, or create and view holographic recordings.

It’s now possible to explore the galaxy with your own trusty Astromech Droid by your side. BB-8 is more than a toy - it’s your companion.

The Amazing Motorized Web Shooting Spider-Man Figure: Toys & Games

This incredible figure is going to be more than a match for whatever villains cross his path. This Motorized Web-Shooting Spider-Man has not one, but two web shooters for double web-blasting action. Set up the included target that looks like his arch-nemesis, The Lizard, and start the web-blasting. He's not just a hero, he's a two-shooter web-crawling dynamo.

Star Trek U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701-A, Remote Control Drone with Lights and Sounds

Boldly go where no one has gone before with the Star Trek U.S.S Enterprise NCC-1701-A RC from Air Hogs! Complete with a celebratory 50th Anniversary display stand, this limited edition RC spaceship is perfect for collectors and enthusiasts alike. Made with Trekkies in mind, the Air Hogs Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise RC features an authentic replica design with details that are sure to impress even the biggest fans! Plus this U.S.S. Enterprise Remote Control spaceship has real lights and 10 authentic Star Trek sounds, including a phaser sound effect!

Bruin Drum of Instruments - Bruin Drum of Instruments - Turn your child on to music. Everything to create your own band. Drum measures 10" diameter x 9" high. Made of plastic. All instruments fit inside drum for transport and storage. Lift the Lid to Store All Instruments in the Drum! NO Batteries

Spot It: Toys & Games

Put your visual perception skills to the test with Spot It, a fun, fast-paced, and simple card game that everyone aged 7 years and up can enjoy. In a group of two to eight players, you'll draw cards and match symbols, like light bulbs, snowmen, or puppies, but with one catch--only one matching symbol exists between any two cards. The first person to spot the matching symbol and call it out wins.

VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Blast-Off Space Station (Frustration Free Packaging)

It's all systems go for learning with the Go! Go! Smart Wheels Blast-Off Space Station by VTech! Your little astronaut will love helping the rocket lift-off from the launch pad for an outer space adventure. They can maneuver down the space ramp, spin the solar system or even pretend to escape from a black hole. This out-of-this-world playset includes a variety of features to strengthen motor skills and teach cause and effect. Along the way, they'll use the included SmartPoint rocket ship to zoom past five SmartPoint locations to hear fun phrases, music and more. Press the toy rocket ship's light-up button to hear sing-along songs and learn the letter R. Collect other SmartPoint vehicles and connect to other Go! Go! Smart Wheels playsets (sold separately) to encourage your child's creativity. Requires 2 AAA batteries (batteries included for demo purposes only; new batteries recommended for regular use). Intended for ages 1 to 5 years.

LEGO Duplo Creative Sorter 6784: Toys & Games

Learn and build with the Lego Duplo Creative Sorter - 6784 . This set contains 23 colour coded bricks, with three matching sorting plates to help your child build a parrot, elephant and giraffe. Kids will have great fun developing knowledge of matching, shapes and colours and when playtime's over, the sorting plates become the lid for the storage box, keeping everything tidy.

Paris, 1000-Pieces Augmented Reality Puzzle: Toys & Games

Paris, 1000-Pieces Augmented Reality Puzzle makes for one of the hottest Christmas toys 2012 has to offer. While it sounds like a regular puzzle, it has been produced with the world of technology in mind.

Alesis Recital 88-Key Beginner Digital Piano with Full-Size Semi-Weighted Keys and Included Power Supply

The Alesis Recital is a full-featured digital piano with 88 full-sized semi-weighted keys and adjustable touch response. Customize the voices by combining any two at once in Layer Mode for a full, rich tone. They can also be assigned to only the left or right hands in Split Mode. You can even add adjustable Reverb. Chorus, and Pedal Resonance FX to further tailor your sound.

With powerful 20-watt built-in speakers and a 128-note maximum note polyphony, Recital delivers realistic sound with a great playing experience.

Spin Master Hatchimals Interactive Creature Penguala Hatching Egg, Pink/Teal

Hatchimals are magical creatures that live inside of eggs. Who’s inside? It’s a surprise! Each egg contains one of two interactive Hatchimals. Love and care for yours inside the egg and its eyes will light up as it makes cute sounds, telling you how it’s feeling! Once you’ve played with it enough, you’ll see rainbow eyes—that means its time to hatch! Hatchimals can’t hatch on their own. Your touch encourages them to peck their way out of the egg! It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience! Now you get to raise your furry Hatchimal through 3 stages, from baby to toddler, to kid. Your Hatchimal sings “Hatchy Birthday” each time it enters a new stage! Teach yours to walk, dance, play games and more! It will even repeat what you say in its own voice! Hatchimals — who will you hatch?

Osmo Coding Set

Coding teaches logic skills and problem solving, and it helps kids succeed in an increasingly digital world. With Osmo, coding is approachable, creative, and fun. Just snap physical blocks together to create sequences of commands and easily learn computer programming fundamentals. *Osmo Coding includes coding blocks for use with the Osmo Coding app. Osmo Coding requires the Osmo base and reflector, which can be purchased as part of the Osmo Starter Kit or Osmo Genius Kit.

PlasmaCar Blue: Toys & Games

The streamlined and colorful PlasmaCar requires no batteries, gears, or pedals--simply hop on and go. Turning the steering wheel propels the vehicle forward and steers it as well. The easy operation will have your child driving, turning, and cruising all over the house in no time. Recommended for kids aged three to eight years, the car holds up to 220 pounds so older children and parents might be tempted to take it for a spin when no one is looking.

Thames and Kosmos Alternative Energy and Environmental Science Power House Green Essentials: Toys & Games

It’s a kit that helps kids ‘go green’ by learning about alternative energy, sustainable living by conducting experiments and building energy-related models. Don’t mistake this kit for the simple kits you can buy at local hobby stores. It is much more than that…

Winx 11.5" Deluxe Fashion Doll Believix - Stella: Toys & Games

Based on the character from Nickelodeon's animated series Winx Club, the Believix Stella doll brings the world of fairies, fashion, and Magix to playtime. Stella the fashionista comes with removable fairy wings, a trendy yellow-and-fuchsia outfit, and 11 points of articulation. Winx fans ages four and up will enjoy moving and posing Stella in many fashionable ways.

Vortex Pyragon Blaster: Toys & Games

It's time to take your Vortex battling to the next level with the Pyragon blaster. With a 40-Disc drum magazine, the Pyragon blaster is the highest-capacity Vortex blaster yet. Slide the blaster's Slam Fire handle repeatedly while you hold down the trigger to unleash an all-out multi-disc assault. The drum magazine works with other magazine-fed Vortex blasters (sold separately), and the blaster's revolutionary XLR Disc Tech hurls the bright orange Vortex discs an ultra-long distance. Attach Tactical Rail accessories (sold separately) to the tactical rail for awesome upgrades. For the final word in Vortex blaster technology, you need the rapid-fire power of the Pyragon blaster.