PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – On Your Side talks about this year’s toy trends for the upcoming holiday gifting season all week long on Arizona’s Family!
If you haven’t started your holiday shopping yet, now is the time! This week, Susan Campbell spoke with the experts about how to get those special toys on a budget, as well as some fun and techy stocking stuffers your kids will really enjoy. James Zahn of Toy Insider said, “If there was one word to sum up the vibe we get across the board, it’s traditional.”
Zahn is an editor for The Toy Insider and evaluates thousands and thousands of toys each year alongside his team, checking their play value, real value and various qualities. Here are some of this year’s successes!
Monster Jam Monster Garage for $49.99. “We’re going to start by going big here,” he said. “Kids love monster trucks, and from Spinmaster they have the Monster Jam garage here. And this thing kids can play and display 20 of their favorite monster trucks.
Disney Junior’s Alice in Wonderland Bakery and Oven Set for $39.99. Zahn said: “She’s an awesome doll and she has her little oven here. Kids can press the front, get lights and sounds – you see the cake move on top. The oven actually lights up… super cute and comes with everything you need for cooking adventures.
K’nex Cyber-X for $17.99 to $59.99. “Kids will actually build this and learn the mechanics of it,” he said. “We can activate it here. You can even hear the motor turn on and you can turn them off! This is for slightly older children ages 8 and up.
For the little ones on your list, Zhan suggests the Go Tots Barnyard Tumble Set by Melissa and Doug at $34.99. This set is entirely made of wood. “All the little barnyard friends are on the wooden circles here, and we’re dropping them up top, and you’ll see them coming out of different places,” Zahn said.
An important feature that the whole family can enjoy is the Maxx Rocket at $39.99. This rocket includes a complete launch station as well as the rocket itself. “He’ll actually go forward and backward and do a full launch sequence,” Zahn said. “The voices are here and everything. And then, of course, the rocket has to come off so kids can have all kinds of space adventures.
Zahn suggested that if you and your family are considering any of these toys for the upcoming season, find them and buy them as they are all very likely to sell out before the big day! For the rest of this week, On Your Side will be talking about toy trends, so stay tuned!
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