STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Fall may have just begun, but it’s never too early to get a head start on your holiday shopping, especially if you’re hoping to get your hands on one of this year’s most-coveted items.
Every year, new toys appear out of nowhere. They quickly become a necessity and a complete unknown.
Parents who wait until the last minute often have difficulty finding these toys, leaving their children disappointed that they didn’t get the same popular, new toy as all their friends.
Toy Insider already has the release for shoppers. Annual list of the 20 most popular toys for the holiday seasonParents have three months to get them before Christmas.
According to a recent survey, although many people may think September is too early to start thinking about holiday gift ideas, the majority of consumers plan to shop for Christmas gifts before Thanksgiving.
Toy Insider sorted the products into four categories based upon the age of the children who were intended to use them.
Here’s a look at this year’s 20 hottest toys.
INFANTS (AGES 1-2).
This toy lets future chefs create five pretend meals using a knife, cutting board, and snap-apart vegetables. Interactive recipes are a great way of teaching kids colors and numbers as they start their culinary careers.
This toy includes music, lights and Smart Stages learning technology. You can enjoy it as four individual bots or combine them to create an interactive bot.
These bumper cars are small enough to be driven safely by children. They can travel at a maximum speed of 1 mph. The car can turn 360 degrees and flashing LED lights are available.
Youngster can climb through this toy’s fabric tunnel, drop multi-colored balls from the two drop towers and peek their head through the side windows.
PRE-SCHOOL (AGES 3-4)
This Batman action figure measures 30 inches in length and transforms into a 10-room Batcave. You will receive the exclusive four-inch Batman figurine. The Batcave features interactive sounds that accompany the elevator’s movement between levels.
This interactive playkit comes with 19 accessories, an instruction book, and sounds by Nickelodeon. “Blues Clues.”
This interactive doll is JJ. “CoComelon,” sings songs from the popular child’s television show, including “Yes, Yes, Vegetables” “Your Name.”
This dollhouse is four feet tall and includes six rooms, 29 accessories, and a light-up display. All dolls are available separately.
This dollhouse measures two feet and mirrors the one featured on the popular children’s show. “Gabby’s Dollhouse,”With music and sounds, an elevator, and three play accessories.
This treasure chest is filled with a variety of goodies “Ryan’s World”Lover, including a six-inch gold figure, Lost CityMiniature figurines and figures with a theme, as well as accessories for adventuring gear and other accessories.
GRADE SCHOOL (AGES 5 – 7)
This electronic arena gives kids the chance to battle their Akedo Ultimate Warrior figurines. Two exclusive warrior figurines are included in the arena, as well as two battle controllers. There are also two interchangeable backgrounds and two battle controllers. A punching bag accessory is also available.
Each Got2Glow Fairy Locator contains over 30 virtual fairies children can find outside and inside the house. Children can trade their fairies to collect all three boxes and find the over 100 total fairies.
This toy allows children instant printing photos using over 110 different templates. The lens can be flipped up by children to take fun selfies. The screen can also be used for previewing the images before printing.
This four-foot, 10-room dollhouse has plenty of space for all your kid’s LOL Surpise and LOL OMG fashion dolls (sold separately). The house features an elevator, garage and transforming furniture.
This toy comes with a cauldron and magic wafer, as well a potion ingredient. It can also be used by young wizards in training to create magical creatures that respond when touched.
This limited-edition 25th anniversary trainer box includes 10 Pokemon Celebrations boosters packs and 25 remakes of iconic Pokemon cards from throughout the franchise’s storied history.
This jumbo-sized version allows children to pop bubbles three more times, flip it over and then pop them again. This sensory-based toy can both be used by children and adults to alleviate stress and anxiety.
These food-inspired plushes range in size from 3.5 to 24 inches, and feature various characters — including Carmelita the S’more and Bernardo the Burrito.
MSRP: $2.99 – $59.99
TWEENS (AGES 8+).
The motorized vortex can boost and redirect spinning battletops, adding a new twist to the Beyblade arena.
Tamagotchi is another long-standing favorite — this time with a built in camera that allows children to take photos with virtual pets and engage in a variety of interactive activities.