Top Toys for the 2012 Christmas Holiday Season

Best Toys 2012: Retailers and Shoppers Help Choose the Most Popular Toys for Christmas

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN - For some, it's never too early to start Christmas shopping. While Black Friday 2012 is coming up next week - with Cyber Monday to follow - there are some people who are waiting for the deals.

Having an idea of what toys are going to be popular can help make the shopping experience a little bit easier. This is why we have compiled a list of some of the hottest new toys for Xmas 2012. One of the important things to remember is that you always want to get something that is age appropriate.

The good news is that there are quite a few gifts this year that are not very expensive. There are some that cost over $100 as well, but there are many great gifts for kids of all ages. No matter how much money you spend, it you take your time and select a toy carefully, you're going to be remembered as the one who gave the best gift.

Parenting Magazine Best New Toys of 2012

Parents looking for the best toys for Christmas 2012 should find something on the Parenting magazine list. They went to the Toy Fair International earlier this year and came back with a list of some of the Best New Toys of 2012.  

 

Kmart Fab Fifteen Top Toy List

Here is a look at the Fab Fifteen Toys from Kmart this year.

  1. Air Hogs Hover Assault by Spin Master
  2. Cinderella Enchanted Carriage Vanity by CDI Toys
  3. FURBY by Hasbro
  4. FurReal Friends Bouncy, My Happy-To-See-Me Pup by Hasbro (Kmart exclusive)
  5. Holiday Brunette Barbie 2012 Doll by Mattel (Kmart exclusive)
  6. Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle by Fisher-Price
  7. Johnny the Skull Electronic Game by Fotorama
  8. LeapFrog LeapPad2
  9. LEGO Monster Fighters Vampyre Hearse
  10. Master Moves Mickey by Fisher-Price
  11. Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze Gift Set
  12. Monsuno Strike Sector Combat Set by Jakks Pacific
  13. Power Wheels Hot Wheels Dune Racer (Kmart exclusive)
  14. TWISTER Dance Game by Hasbro
  15. WWE Brawlin Buddies by Mattel

"At Kmart, we understand the excitement holidays bring, and the budget concerns that come with them," said Jai Holtz, vice president, financial services, Sears Holdings. "By providing free layaway we want to help make holiday shopping less stressful."

Top 2012 Toys at Walmart

Walmart helps with saving money all year long, but when it comes to Christmas toys and gifts, they are one of the places a lot of parents count on to get the most for their money. Here are their top 20 toys for 2012.

  1. Furby
  2. LeapFrog LeapPad 2
  3. VTech InnoTab Learning App Tablet
  4. Little Tykes iTykes Map
  5. Playskool Rockyivity Walk N’ Roll Rider
  6. Monopoly Millionaires
  7. Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire Blaster
  8. Beyblade Destroyer Dome Play Set
  9. Hot Wheels Terrain Twister R/C Vehicle
  10. Air Hogs Hover Assault Radio-Controlled Helicopter
  11. Fisher-Price Imaginext Eagel Talon Castle Play Set
  12. Power Wheels Dune Racer 12-Volt Battery Powered Ride-on
  13. Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Star Melody B Sharp Interactive Doll
  14. Monster High High School Playset
  15. Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace Play Set
  16. Baby Alive Baby Wanna Walk Doll
  17. Barbie Sisters Cruise Ship
  18. Holiday Barbie 2012 Doll
  19. Novi Stars Doll
  20. Razor Pocket Mod Electric Scooter

Best Toys from Amazon

One of the best things about Amazon is that they pretty much have everything under the sun for sale. And you don't have to drive to a store and deal with all the other shoppers to get good deals. They do have great Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals most of the time, but being online only, their prices on toys are usually a lot tower.

  1. Nickelodeon Plush Bubble Guppies
  2. Playskool Sesame Street LOL Elmo
  3. Furby
  4. Angry Birds Star Wars Fighter Pods Jenga Death Star
  5. LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 3316 and Star Wars Advent Calendar
  6. Gund 2012 Amazon Collectible Bear
  7. Vtech InnoTab 2S Learning App Tablet
  8. LEGO Ninjago Slithraa 9573
  9. Monster High Dolls

2012 Top Toys According to Dr. Toy

"Products that do not meet safety standards can be dangerous and can cause harm to children. We want to avoid these problems and always strive for excellence. I
spend a great deal of time reviewing a large quantity of products created by myriad manufacturers and designers. I make sure my selections match the criteria for excellence," Stevanne Auerbach, PhD said in a statement.

  • Ten Best Active Products – Chicco (4-in-1 Ride On Car), First Act (WrapStar Mic), FirstBike Int'l (FirstBIKE), GeoPalz (GeoPalz Pedometer), Kinderfeets (Kinderfeets), OgoSport (OgoSport RAQ), Razor USA (Razor® FlashRider™), Sbyke (P-20 Rear-Steering Scooter), Smiletime Toys (Inflatable Pirate Ship), System Ent. (RingStix).
  • Ten Best Audio/Video Tapes/CDs - Brainetics (Brainetics), BrainFood Learning (Fascinating World of Birds), BrillKids Int'l (Little Musician Basic), Little Pim (Spanish Intro Gift Set with Book), Master Comm (Worlds Together Series), Moey's Music Party (Princess Revolution!), Music Together (She Sells Sea Shells), New Hope Records (WO!), ScienceAndMath.com (Amazing Science! Vol. DVD), Steps4Kids (Steps4Kids to Draw).
  • Ten Best Building Products – AroundSquare (Deconstruction Blocks), Bridge Street Toys (Hydrodynamic Deluxe Building Set), Citiblocs (CTBIN500C), K'NEX (K'NEX Classics 50 Model Building Set), LaQ USA (LaQ Dinosaur World T-REX), Laser Pegs Ventures (Laser Pegs The Dragon), LEGO Systems (Friends Olivia's House), MEGA Brands (Build ’n Learn 1-2-3 Count!), Smart Blocks (Smarcks Smart Blocks), Thinkplay/Morphun (Starter Tub) Ten Best Children’s Products - Ann Williams Group (Loopdedoo), Buckle Toy (Buddy the Backpack), Dress Up America (Black Fire Fighter Kids Costume), Gryphon House (Budding Builder), Innovation First (HEXBUG Warriors Battle Stadium), Klutz (Coin Blaster), Monkeying Around (Greatest Dot-to-Dot Adventure Book 1), Schoenhut Piano (My First Piano II), SeatPets (SeatPets®), Smart Trike (Smart Trike 4-in-1 Dream).
  • Ten Best Creative Products - ALEX (Ceramic Bead Sticker Party), Blue Orange (Tell Tale Fairy Tale), Colorforms/Univ. Games (Tinga Tinga Tales Create-A-Creature Game), Creativity for Kids (Stunt Squadron), Hero Arts Rubber Stamps (Ink 'n' Stamp Animal Prints), Kiwi Crate (Kiwi Crate), Red Hen (Kaleidograph), Tech 4 Kids (3D Magic Magna Color), Wowopolis (Colorgami Craft & Activity Kits), WowToyz (E-Z Crafts™ Paint-A-Bank Kits).
  • Ten Best Educational Educational Products – Creative Foundry Games (KerFlip!), Exploramania (Exploracise® Multiplication Football), Learning Journey (Match It! Mathematics Memory), Learning Resources (Multiplication Master Electronic Flash Card™), LittleBits Toys (littleBits Starter Kit), MathTwister (MathTwister), Peaceable Kingdom (Cooperative Preschool Skills-Builder Game), Shainsware (Notebook w/100 Elements), Style Paige (Shallie Starter), Whistlefritz (Cha, Cha, Cha).
  • Ten Best Games - Bag-O-Loot (Bag-O-Loot Junior), Edupress (That's Baloney Games), Flying Rabbit Enterprises (Baffle!), Game Chef (Rollick!), Gamewright (Big Fat Tomato Game), Hutter Trade (Talat), Indie Boards & Cards (Flash Point: Fire Rescue), Patch Products (You're Invited Game), Strikerz Gamez (STRIKERZ Soccer Card Game), ThinkFun (Distraction™). Ten Best High Technology Products – Bandai America (Omnitrix Touch), Diggin Active (Wobble Deck Extreme), Ganz (Amazing World), LeapFrog (LeapPad2), MGA (iTikes Map), Pixel Ent. (Global Game Changers [book app]), Scholastic (Storia), Small World Toys (Haute Couture Fashion Studio),
    SmartLab Toys (DJ Rock Dock), VTech (MobiGo® 2).
  • Socially Responsible Products – b. dazzle (Black Capped Chickadees Scramble Squares), Discover w/Dr. Cool (Shark Teeth Excavation Kit!), DuneCraft (Butterfly/Bird Mixture Seed Bombs), Easy Daysies (Easy Daysies Every Day Starter Kit), Metamorphic Toys (Mythical Creatures Silly Signs), Mudpuppy (Fruits & Veggies Wooden Magnetic Set), My1story (My1story Book Collection), Rubbabu (Shape Sorter Bus), Tiny Green Bee (Crunch a Color Conversation Starters), University Games (Very Hungry Caterpillar Match & Munch Game).
  • Ten Best Toys– 4D Cityscape (4D Time Puzzle), B. toys by Battat (Symphony in B. by B. toys), Build-A-Bear Workshop (Marine Midnight Teddy), Fisher-Price (Servin' Surprises Cook 'n Serve Kitchen & Table), Gibout Toys (Gibout Big Blocks), Jada Toys (Cutie Pops), Make It Mine (MIM Doll & Accessories), Ohio Art (Limited Edition Etch A Sketch), Sassy (Loopy Ball), World of EPI (Diva Abrielle).

There are a lot of different ideas on what the hottest toys will be in 2012, but we will not know until after the holiday shopping season is over. When it comes to the top toys of 2012, one of the places you can stay up to date on all the latest toy news, reviews and information is by visiting Top Toys Blog.

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