Tis the season of brotherly love, brightly colored decorations and wrapping paper, crazy crowds and parents fighting over that must have toy on their child’s Christmas list. In case your child hasn’t let you know yet what they hope to see under the tree this year, here is a list of the top 10 most popular toys for Christmas 2011.
Animal Planet Air Swimmers: Set to be a popular toy this holiday, these extremely cool helium filled radio controlled fish swim through the air at your command. They are easily controlled and move in three dimensions with realistic fins and tails that move fluidly. This toy currently come in two styles; shark and clownfish. Both measure 4.5 feet from end to end. The radio controller has a range of up to 50 feet and its signal can penetrate walls. It\’s no wonder this is a popular toy. And if Santa happens to be reading this, I want the shark.
Fijit Friends: According to the product description, Fijit Friends are, “adorable little soft plastic robot friends for girls that move or interact in fun and surprising ways.” I’ve played with these toys and let me just say that I believe that’s code for ‘creepy little toy that’s going to scare the crap out of you when you walk through the living room at 3 a.m.’ Yes parents, another one of those.
The problem is, this really is one of the most popular toys of 2011 and is going to be a toy your child wants for Christmas so you’re stuck with it. Kind of like the 2011 version of a Furby. Fijits interact with their owners by learning and understanding what your child says and responding accordingly. Each Fijit can respond to over 30 verbal cues and has a selection of over 150 built in phrases and jokes. They dance to their own or outside music and respond to being handled. There are four different Fijit friends, each with its own individual personality.
Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Dolls: Last year’s must have doll for girls, Lalaloopsy, has gotten an upgrade for the 2011 holiday season. Now Sugar Cookie and Jewel Sparkles are available with bendable ‘silly hair.’ Both dolls come with hair accessories and their pets- a mouse and cat respectively- who also have silly hair tails.
LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet: The LeapFrog LeapPad Learning Tablet is an educational electronic gaming system for children ages 4 to 9. Always a popular toy, this is LeapFrog\’s newest tablet for Christmas 2011. Parents can monitor their children’s progress while kids can enjoy over 100 activities in the form of applications, cartridge games, videos, flash cards, digital books and downloadable content.
The tablet features a five inch touch screen, camera and two gigabytes of memory and a motion sensor which makes game play more interactive.
LEGO Ninjago Limited Edition Lightning Dragon Battle: This LEGO set comes complete with backstory. It contains 645 individual pieces to be assembled. It features a wide range of vehicles, weapons and figures including four LEGO mini figures and nine weapons, among them the “nunchucks of lightning.” There is also a helicopter with hand crank rotor spinning action and the Lightning Dragon with bendable limbs, tail and wings and snapping jaw.
It is touted as the most popular LEGO toy for Christmas 2011.
Moshi Monsters Moshlings: Based on the internet phenomenon for children ages 6-12, these Moshlings mirror the online characters your child loves in the virtual world. Mini Moshlings come in three packs with one Moshling carrying a hidden surprise. Each package also includes a special code your child can use to unlock special bonuses for online play.
It stands to be one of the runaway hits of the 2011 holiday season from a price and popularity perspective
My Keepon: This toy falls under the category of ‘creepy’ as well, but the Fijit still take the overall prize. My Keepon looks sort of like a little yellow chick on a black base. It reacts to any kind of music or rhythmic noise and dances to it. It also has its own personality and reacts to its surroundings accordingly. When it gets bored, it jabbers and tries to catch your attention. It also has motion sensors and reacts to touch and movement.
Poppin Park Elefun Busy Ball Popper: This is the newest Elephant in the popular Elefun line of toys. This colorful ball popper stores five different colored balls in its tummy. Drop a ball into Elefun’s left ear and it will shout out its trunk. Elefun’s different settings allow it to shoot balls from its trunk to the left or right ear.
Sesame Street Let\’s Rock Elmo: The latest edition to the yearly interactive Elmo parade is the Let’s Rock Elmo. Elmo comes with a microphone, drum set and tambourine. Your child can choose which instrument Elmo should play, hand it to him and Elmo will recognize the instrument and react accordingly. The instruments are playable so kids can use the instrument Elmo isn’t playing to accompany him. Elmo plays six songs and will encourage children to play along with him. Other instruments sold separately.
As always, Elmos is set to be one of the most popular toys of the 2011 season.
Xbox Kinect: The Xbox Kinect remains one of the most popular items out there and this holds true for the holiday season. Use your whole body to control the on screen action without need of any controller.