Status-Whoa: Old favorites and new technology highlight popular holiday toys

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s time for parents to start making your lists and checking them twice.  So what’s hot this year and should be right at the top of your list?

Barbie is back in a big way with her 3 Story Townhouse, one of the more popular picks for girls.  It features a fully stocked kitchen, luxury bathroom, hot tub, and outdoor balcony.  Additional features that give it flare include sounds like a kitchen timer, doorbell, crackling fireplace, and a flushing toilet and running shower water.

Virtual pets are all the craze in 2016 as well.  Some of the top items include WowWee Chip the Robot Dog.  It makes noises.  It dances.  And it also has a smart wristband so it can follow your child around as well.

The Furby Connect Pink also fits the virtual pet mode. It is Bluetooth enabled and can be connected to your iPad.  It features the ability to display over 150 animations and comes with a light up antenna which makes it glow whenever something new has been added to its app.  Staying with the virtual pet theme is the FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazing Dragon.  This baby dragon responds to touch, and produces over 50 motion and sound combinations.  He can move his head, giggle, and even breathe a flame mist.

For your little man who’s looking for something with a little more action, there’s the Nerf Modulus Tri Strike Blaster.  Kids can build their own Blaster using the kit, and it can be customized by being able to be assembled three different ways.  It comes with a missile launcher, mega dart barrel extension, four mega darts, ten elite darts, ten dart clips, and one missile.

For the singer in your group, there is the Vtech Kidi Super Star.  This is an interactive karaoke machine that allows kids to sing any song from an MP3 player or iPod.  Kids can record their voice and it also has a wide range of sound effects to enhance their performance as well.

You can’t overlook traditional toys, either, this season, such as Thomas & Friends Jump Train Set.  This motorized train set comes with a full track layout, a bridge jump, and a ramp.  The Lego Nexo Knights Construction Set is also a popular item along the more traditional lines.  It features six large wheels, dual catapults, monster teeth, and a disc shooter.

So if you’re looking to be the perfect gift giver this holiday season, anything from this list should leave those good little boys and girls in your household more than content with what’s available and deemed popular this year.


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