Holiday Central

15 toys that will be a hit with your kids this holiday


Hottest holiday toys for 2015

Source: Sphero

With the toy industry on track to post its best year in more than a decade, the 2015 holiday season will not be all about one hot item. 

Instead, with toys inspired by movies including "Star Wars" and "Jurassic World," as well as advancements in robotics and voice-activated technologies, the wealth is being spread across different categories and franchises.

As a result, sales in the category were up 7 percent through the third week of October, setting it up for 6.2 percent growth this calendar year, according to NPD Group. That includes growth in every subcategory, with the exception of arts and crafts.

"What's really interesting to me this year is that there isn't one or two really nice-selling properties," said Juli Lennett, senior vice president of the U.S. toys division at NPD. "[That's] probably why the industry's up 7 percent." 

That's not to say several toys haven't emerged as standouts. Those based on the "Star Wars" franchise — namely Sphero's BB-8 and Spin Master's Millenium Falcon — have already been identified by analysts as likely to sell out.

To see which toys are expected to be the most fought-over this holiday season, click ahead.

— By CNBC's Krystina Gustafson
Posted 9 Nov. 2016

Meccanoid G15 Personal Robot

Source: Meccano

Manufacturer: Spin Master
Price: $179.99

Assembling this hot toy is not for the faint of heart. With 671 parts, six motors and standing 2 feet tall when built, part of the robot's appeal is what kids can learn by putting it together. 

Once assembled, the G15 can be programmed by moving its body around — whether in person or via a smart device — or turning on a motion-capture feature that allows it to mimic your movements. It can also respond to voice commands.

A 4-foot tall version is also available for $399.99.

Collectible Robotic Edition Zoomer Dino, Indominus Rex

Source: Spin Master

Manufacturer: Spin Master
Price: $119.99

For parents in the market for a roving toy that's a little less labor-intensive, there's the Indominus Rex. This collector's edition update to the popular Zoomer Dino is Spin Master's take on NBC Universal's "Jurassic World," down to the growls and roars it pulled from the movie.

By using a remote control, users can launch the beast into patrol or attack mode. The toy also includes nose sensors, meaning it can respond to a user's hand gestures. 

Disclosure: NBCUniversal is the parent company of Universal Studios and CNBC.

Dareway Revolution 12 Volt Powered Ride-On

Source: Toys R Us

Manufacturer: Feber
Price: $249.99

Dareway's Ride-on scooter has gotten a makeover. Now designed to go 40 percent faster, this "Segway" for kids includes an iPhone/MP3 holder, audio jack connection and speakers, so riders can listen to music as they move around. 

Exclusive to Toys R Us, the revamped Dareway still allows riders to spin 360 degrees.

View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack

Source: View Master

Manufacturer: Mattel
Price: $29.99

Forget the basic viewfinder you had growing up. With this virtual reality version, users download the View-Master app, scan the "Pass Card" that comes with the starter kit (this unlocks the scene they want to view), and place their smartphone inside the viewer. 

From there, they pull the viewer's lever for the space they want to explore, and are taken there virtually. 


Source: Sphero

Manufacturer: Sphero 
Price: $149.99

Billed as the must-have toy of the holidays when it debuted in September, the BB-8 robot is activated and controlled via a user's smartphone. The Droid responds to voice commands, but can also set out to explore on its own — making noises and showing expressions based on its encounters.

The BB-8 will be far from the only hit "Star Wars" toy this holiday, with Jedi light sabers, the Millenium Falcon flying spaceship and Yoda dolls also expected to appear on many kids' — and adults' — wish lists.

Lego Ninjago Temple of Airjitzu

Source: Lego

Manufacturer: Lego
Price: $199.99

With Lego recently surpassing Mattel as the world's largest toymaker, it's no surprise that the brand will be a staple on many kids' wish lists. 

This new addition to Lego's lineup provides kids ages 14 and up with more than 2,000 pieces to create the Oriental temple and its surrounding village.

Paw Patrol Paw Patroller

Source: Spin Master

Manufacturer: Spin Master
Price: $59.99

"Paw Patrol," an animated program that sends a boy and his dogs on a series of adventures, is once again expected to be a hot property this holiday. 

Toy experts including NPD have called this Paw Patroller rescue vehicle as its standout offering for the season.

Shopkins Fashion Spree Boutique Playset

Source: Toys R Us

Manufacturer: Moose Toys
Price: $34.99

Similar to "Paw Patrol," the Shopkins property is another recurring hit. The small vinyl toys are easy to collect and inexpensive, similar to Polly Pocket in its heyday. 

The Fashion Boutique playset, pictured here, and others like it give collectors a place to act out their imagined stories.

Happy Dance Snoopy

Source: Just Play

Manufacturer: Just Play
Price: $29.99

Dancing toys are nothing new, but this one has two things in its favor. For one, hype surrounding the just-released "Peanuts" movie is driving renewed interest in the property, from moms and kids alike. 

For another, the way he flaps his ears and scoots around is pretty adorable.

Fisher-Price Bright Beats Smart Touch Play Space

Source: Fisher Price

Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Price: $60

For the youngest kids on your list, Fisher-Price's new interactive play space responds to a baby's touch by playing music and flashing lights. 

With three modes — piano play, dance party and learning and games — the toy is designed to stimulate different parts of your baby's brain as he or she grows.

Imaginext Ultra T-Rex

Source: Fisher Price

Manufacturer: Fisher-Price
Price: $100

For kids who might be too young to enjoy the "Jurassic World" dino, this Imaginext Ultra T-Rex might be more their speed. 

Built for children ages 3 to 8, this dinosaur can walk forward, chomp and fire projectiles. By turning a piece above his left hip, he grows as high as 2½ feet.

Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

Source: VTech

Manufacturer: VTech
Price: $64.99

Sick of the kids playing with your Apple Watch? Here's a model custom-built just for them.

Features include a photo and video camera with built-in frames and filters, and a customizable clock face. It also includes eight games, a voice recorder, an alarm and a calculator.

Playmation Marvel Avengers Starter Pack Repulsor

Source: Hasbro

Manufacturer: Disney's Playmation
Price: $119.99 

This interactive kit makes playing with action figures a lot more actionable. By strapping on wearable technology — in this case, a piece designed to replicate Iron Man's arm — users can battle against smart action figures, which blast back. Players will feel vibrations from the wearable technology as they shoot and move around. 

The starter pack includes the arm piece, 25 missions and two smart figures.

Pie Face Game

Source: Hasbro

Manufacturer: Hasbro
Price: $19.99

This one is pretty self-explanatory. Players squirt some whipped cream onto a pie-throwing arm, then use a spinner to see how many times they have to turn the connected handle. 

As the tension in the arm builds, it will eventually snap, sending the whipped cream straight into an unlucky player's face.

Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center

Source: Just Play

Manufacturer: Just Play
Price: $79.99 

Doc McStuffins is another television franchise that shows up on kids' wish lists year after year. Kids can pretend to be the doctor via this playset, which includes a scale and pretend X-ray machine.

The series is based on a young girl who heals stuffed animals and other toys at her playhouse clinic.