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Win Christmas with the hottest holiday toys of 2017

From toddlers to teens and even the occasional 30 something.


Jaime Carrillo

Dot Recs

Posted on Nov 13, 2017   Updated on May 22, 2021, 11:21 am CDT

We may be living in the touchscreen era, but most kids still swear by old-fashioned toys. Here are 20 of this years coolest and cutest toys that inspire, educate and most importantly, entertain.

1) Tsum Tsum Disney Figures, 12-pack

The toy so nice they named it twice. These stackable Disney toys don’t ever last on store shelves long, and this set is exclusive to Amazon.

Price on Amazon: $19.99

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2) Hatchimals Colleggtibles, 4-pack + bonus

Last year’s billion dollar seller is still going strong (check out our review!). Nurture these mystery toys like a momma bird and watch them hatch before your eyes.

Price on Amazon: $9.99

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3) LEGO Classic Creative Brick Box

This box contains almost 500 pieces to build anything and everything plucky young minds can think up. The only limit is their imagination.

Price on Amazon: $27.99 (regularly $34.99)

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4) The Last Jedi Talking Chewbacca and Porg

The only thing better than a Chewbacca you can snuggle is a talking Chewbacca you can snuggle. Chewy belts out three different sounds and comes with a companion Porg plush. D’aww.

Price on Amazon: $69.99

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5) My Little Pony the Movie Seapony Collection


Friendship truly is magic, even under the sea. Three precious ponies come with four adorable beachside accessories.

Price on Amazon: $24.99

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6) Singing Machine with Bluetooth and disco light show

This portable karaoke machine connects to any Bluetooth enabled device. Play any song from any soundtrack. Karaoke YouTube stardom will finally be within reach!

Price on Amazon: $49.99 (regularly $69.99)

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7) Tamagotchi Digital Friend

Before Digimon and Pokémon swept the world, there was Tamagotchi. Raise a baby from an egg and watch it grow. Get the same gratification as taking care of a real pet, only with much less poop. There’s poop involved here too, but it’s all digital, I assure you.

Price on Amazon: $34.99

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8) Minecraft sword & pickaxe action figure

For crafters, utility is everything. This awesome toy is two tools in one — sword and a pickaxe.

Price on Amazon: $24.99

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9) Despicable Me moving eyes Minion Tim plush

Yes, Tim talks. But he also has hypnotizing moving eyes that will charm even the most despicable ones among us.

Price on Amazon: $23.99 (regularly $34.99)

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10) Star Wars Path of the Force Lightsaber

Finally: a toy that allows you to be a Jedi or Sith. Go down the path of light or darkness. The lightsaber glows blue or red along with its corresponding connector pieces. But because the path of the force is fickle, you can jump from the dark to the light side at will.

Price on Amazon: $37 (regularly $49.99)

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11) Cozmo


Robots are getting smarter and smarter. They’re also getting more precious. Despite being completely mechanical, Cozmo will warm every heart it comes across. It plays games, teaches kids to code and feeds curiosity with its explorer mode. Runs through any iOS or Android smart device.

Price on Amazon: $179.99

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12) Star Wars Darth Vader voice changer mask

Not all of us can have a voice as menacing as a Sith Lord (or James Earl Jones for that matter). This mask turns even high-pitched falsettos into deep and totally menacing maniacs worthy of the name “Darth.”

Price on Amazon: $65

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13) Wonder Woman Barbie

Strike fear into the hearts of all action figures old and new. This Wonder Woman Barbie comes with all the accessories needed to ride straight into battle: her lasso, sword, shield, armored bracelets and even her cape.

Price on Amazon: $43

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14) Holy Stone RC Drone with HD camera

Anyone that’s played with a drone can tell you: these babies are way more fun than they should be. This remote controlled drone also comes with an HD camera to snap photos or shoot live video.

Price on Amazon: $89.99

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15) Play-Doh Mega Pack, 36-pack

There’s a reason Play-Doh ends up on wishlists year after year: it’s fun as heck to play with. This 36 can pack will satisfy any urge to mold, sculpt and create. It also makes for an excellent sugar-free stocking stuffer.

Price on Amazon: $24.99

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16) Transformers: The Last Knight, Optimus Prime

A truck that turns into a big fighting robot? What a concept! This is Autobot leader Optimus Prime’s latest and greatest iteration. His nemesis Megatron is also available if Decepticons are more your style.

Price on Amazon: $19.99

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17) Melissa & Doug Giant Unicorn

It doesn’t matter who you are, there’s a good chance you want to own a unicorn. This massive stuffed animal has magical glittery eyes and is big enough for smaller kids to ride. Whisper your dreams into its ears and pray they come true. That’s a unicorn thing, right?

Price on Amazon: $79 (regularly $99.99)

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18) LEGO Brick Headz

Every character under the sun has been LEGO-fied! These building kits span a handful of universes from Marvel to DC and even Disney.

Price on Amazon: $9

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19) Star Wars Droid inventor kit

With this kit, you can make your precocious little one into a fledging Droid engineer. It contains all they need to create their very own R2. Once built, they can get into all manner of adventures. As they build, they’ll learn some serious STEM fundamentals.

Price on Amazon: $95

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20) Fur Real Friends Roarin’ Tyler

There’s nothing like a stuffed animal that responds to your voice. Tyler is a just a young cub, but he makes more than 100 sounds responding to the way you move. He also responds to his little chicken squeaky toy.

Price on Amazon: $97 (regularly $129.99)

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*First Published: Nov 13, 2017, 10:35 am CST