Here are this year's hottest holiday toys, and where to buy them

When we release our 2018 gift guides, we make sure all prices are current. But, prices change frequently (yay, deals!), so there’s a chance the prices are now different than they were the day of publication.

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2018 holiday toys for kids: Take an early look at year's hottest picks

Yes, it's early. But you deserve first dibs on new Hatchimals, Fingerlings, Disney and "Star Wars" gear! So, here's a sneak peek at the latest toys and hottest finds, with a major assist from Toy Portfolio expert Stephanie Oppenheim and Toy Insider expert Laurie Schacht.

Our office's personal favorite has got to be these adorable Hatchibabies !

Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Awards

  • 1. Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home, $129, Walmart

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Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Smart Learning Home

Also available on Amazon and Target .

This is Oppenheim's pick for older infants and toddlers. The kid-sized playhouse is big enough for two kids to play together, and the interactive doors and windows are great for hours of exploring.

  • 2. Star Wars Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie, $130, Amazon

Star Wars FurReal Interactive Chewie

Also available at Walmart and Target .

This holiday season, ask Santa for your very own Wookiee sidekick! Make a noise and the Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie roars back.

  • 3. Very Hungry Caterpillar Jumbo Puzzle, $15, Amazon

Very Hungry Caterpillar Jumbo Jigsaw Puzzle

Puzzles and games for all ages continue to be a hit with the Toy Portfolio test families, said Oppenheim. This jumbo puzzle takes a little one's favorite story off the page for an activity that even preschoolers will be able to enjoy.

  • 4. Women's March Round Puzzle, $22, Amazon

Women March Round Puzzle, 500 Pieces

Also available at World Market and Barnes & Noble .

This 23-inch puzzle depicts images from the Women's March surrounded by a quote from Gloria Steinem. With 500 pieces, it certainly isn't an easy puzzle, but any budding feminist will be up to the challenge.

  • 4. Jenga Pass Challenge, $12, Walmart

Jenga Pass Challenge

Also available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble .

Jenga got a makeover! Take the classic block-stacking game off the table for an even wilder game of balance. Oppenheim said tweens and teens will enjoy the novelty of this silly activity.

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  • 5. Creativity for Kids Sweater Ornament Kit, $13, Amazon

Creativity for Kids Sweater Ornament Kit

Also available at Faber-Castell .

This craft kit is great for older kids and tweens because it allows them to express their creativity however they want. Plus, these ornaments offer some serious inspiration in the ugly sweater department.

  • 6. Harry Potter Wizard Training Wand, $25, Amazon

Harry Potter's Wizard Training Wand

Also available at Target .

Wingardium leviosa! This is Oppenheim's pick for the young wizards you know. The training wand can learn 11 spells and interact with other wands for a game of wizard tag.

  • 7. Avengers Hero Inventor Kit, $150, Amazon

Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

Also available at Little Bits .

This is an awesome alternate to a traditional action figure. "Rather than buy a ready-made prop from the "Avengers" movie — kids are challenged to build their own high-tech arm that they can program with their smart phone," said Oppenheim.

  • 8. Grand City Station, $130, Hape

Grand City Station

Train sets never go out of style, and this is Oppenheim's pick for a set that's great for preschoolers. The two-level station even has a recorder for making station announcements!

More Hot Holiday Toys We Love

  • 1. Hatchimals Hatchibabies, $49, Amazon

Hatchimals Hatchibabies - Ponette

Also available at Target .

Last Christmas, we got Hatchimals twins . Now, the newest version of the toy egg is here. Introducing — hatchibabies! Kids will find a boy or girl baby hatchimal inside the speckled egg.

  • 2. Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus, $49, Amazon

Fisher-Price Think & Learn Rocktopus

Also available at Walmart .

It features 15 unique instruments across five different genres of music, enabling a truly hands-on physical approach to learning as preschoolers mix (and remix) their own musical creations, said Schacht. Best of all, kids are in control of their very own compositions by adding or subtracting instruments, changing the tempo and layering in fun sound effects.

  • 3. Air Hogs Supernova, Gravity Defying Hand-Controlled Flying Orb, $30, Walmart

Air Hogs Supernova, Gravity Defying Hand-Controlled Flying Orb

Step into the future with the Air Hogs Supernova. Kids can control Supernova with the power of their hands! They can master more than 30 moves and nine "Super Tricks," perfecting maneuvers that range from simple to complex.

  • 4. Crayola Color Chemistry Set for Kids, $23, Amazon

Crayola Color Chemistry Set for Kids

Also available at Walmart .

With 50 different colorful experiments designed by Crayola scientists, this lab set teaches kids the magic of science, math and art through color. From an erupting volcano to glow worms and slime, kids can embark on experiments using core Crayola products and household items, stretching their imaginations while enhancing STEM skills.

  • 5. Hexbug VEX Robotics Boxing Bots RC Construction Kit, $150, Target

Hexbug VEX Robotics Boxing Bots RC Construction Kit

Kids can build battling robots with this motorized STEM construction kit. The kit comes with one Mock Rocker Bot, a Boxing Bot with more than 380 snap-together pieces. Once kids build and assemble their own robots, these smart-tech self-stabilizing boxers are ready for a match. The robots feature a smart-tech self-stabilizing feature that uses a gyroscope and an accelerometer.

  • 6. Hairdorables Collectible Surprise Dolls and Accessories, $13, Amazon

Hairdorables Collectible Surprise Dolls and Accessories

Also sold at Walmart .

These hot new surprise dolls combine fun, fashion and lots and lots of gorgeous colorful hair. Noah and her girl squad have “Big Hair Don’t Care” attitudes and love to share their passions with the world via the Hairdorables channel on YouTube.

  • 7. Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit, $70, Amazon

Nintendo Labo Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit

Nintendo Labo kits offer interactive build-and-play experiences that combine the fun of DIY creations with the magic of the Nintendo Switch system (sold separately). Players can build six Toy-Cons, including a car, plane, submarine, two keys, and a pedal.

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Boxy Girl Doll

Boxy Girls love shopping online for anything fashion — shoes, clothes, bags, makeup, jewelry and more! They can’t wait to receive their online orders in packages shipped right to the door. Unbox the packages with Boxy Girls to discover tons of fashion surprises. Each Boxy Girl comes with four packages to unbox.

  • 9. Treasure X Adventure Pack, 9, Amazon

Treasure X Adventure Pack

Also available at Target .

Treasure X combines classic “you dig it” play with the trends of collectible action figures and “extreme” unboxing. With 10 levels of discovery, opening every Treasure X package is an adventure! Every Treasure X pack includes a treasure map, X-Marks coin, X-Cavator digging tool, a buildable figure embedded in “stone” and a treasure chest.

  • 10. LEGO DC Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile, $100, Amazon

LEGO DC Super Heroes App-Controlled Batmobile

  • 11. Voice Originals When in Rome - Alexa Game, $30, Amazon

Voice Originals When in Rome - Alexa Game

Voice Originals is the first family board game to connect Amazon’s Alexa device (sold separately) for a voice-enhanced gaming experience. To play, simply set up the board, fire up the associated Alexa Skill and you're ready to go! Alexa teaches you how to play, keeps score and immerses you in the world of the game.

  • 12. Fingerlings Interactive Baby Dragon, $15, Walmart

Fingerlings Interactive Baby Dragon

Also available at Amazon .

Avoid a repeat of the 2017 Fingerlings sellout and stock up now! New robotic baby dragons are already on sale and baby pandas are available at Target .

Want something bigger? Try new, larger cuddle monkeys called Fingerlings Hugs .

  • 13. Lil' Gleemerz Doll, $20, Amazon

Lil' Gleemerz Doll, Pink

Also available at Walmart .

Watch out Fingerlings! These big-eyed lemurs promise to be a stocking stuffer winner. Watch Lil' Gleemerz light up, make cool sounds and play games.

  • 14. Disney Princess Horse and Carriage, $149 (originally $199), Walmart

Disney Princess Carriage

Any child will feel like royalty riding this new battery-powered horse and carriage. Go inside the Disney Princess Carriage and push the steering wheel buttons to hear princess music.

  • 15. Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck, $60, Amazon

PAW Patrol - Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck with Extendable 2 ft. Tall Ladder, for Ages 3 and Up

Also available at Walmart and Target .

Kids who love "Paw Patrol" on Nickelodeon will adore the rescue pups' new fire truck! The ladder extends and there are plenty of flashing lights and sounds.

  • 16. Yoda Electronic Mask, $35, Amazon

Star Wars Yoda Electronic Mask

Now, you can channel your inner Yoda with this electronic mask. Open your mouth while wearing the mask to activate Yoda sounds and some ear wiggling action.

  • 17. Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile, $50, Target

Doc McStuffins Pet Rescue Mobile

Doc McStuffins to the rescue! This pet rescue set is a must for Doc fans. Kids will spend hours giving Doc’s adorable pet friend Oliver a check up and diagnosing all those boo-boos.

  • 18. Disney’s Tangled Maximus, $89, Amazon

Disney Tangled Rapunzel Maximus Horse

Now, kids can have their own loyal friend, just like Disney’s Rapunzel! This lovable horse stands over 2-feet tall and younger kids can sit on it. The toy makes trotting and neighing sounds. Plus, the head moves when reigns are pulled.

  • 19. Barbie Dreamhouse, $179, Amazon

Barbie DreamHouse

Also available at Target and Walmart .

Does Barbie have a rooftop pool? You bet. This year, her dream home is even grander with three floors, eight rooms, and a working elevator. Swivel the dollhouse and let Barbie grill on the barbecue!

  • 20. KidKraft Farm To Table, $193, Amazon

KidKraft Farm to Table Play Kitchen Set

This play kitchen is stylish and fun. Kids can grab some veggies and fire up the cooktop. Farmhouse sink makes running water sounds and ice maker dispenses pretend ice cubes!

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Luciana Doll & Book

American Girl

Kids are over the moon for this aspiring astronaut from American Girl. The doll is decked out in a cosmic-print dress and holographic boots. And if you’re wondering when the 2019 Girl of The Year goes on sale, don’t worry. It won’t be released until after Christmas.

  • 22. Luke’s X-Wing, $65, Amazon

LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 75218

Lego doesn't disappoint this holiday season and this X-Wing is one of our favorites. Fly into action with Luke Skywalker in the cockpit.

And, if you want more Lego action, check out Lego Hogwarts Express , it's perfect for Harry Potter devotees!

  • 23. Marvel Rising Secret Warriors Dolls, $20, Target
Marvel Rising Secret Warriors


The Marvel Rising collection was announced to much fanfare and the figurines are sure to be popular with young superheroes.

  • 24. My Friend Fancy Nancy, $35, Target

My Friend Fancy Nancy

The new Disney Junior television series, "Fancy Nancy," is a hit, and now, Fancy Nancy dolls have arrived. Fans of the hit show may also like the Fancy Nancy Ultimate Dress Up Trunk .

  • 25. FurReal Ricky, The Trick Lovin’ Pup Set, $120, Amazon

furReal Ricky, the Trick-Lovin' Pup

Remember that popular FurReal Roarin’ Tiger ? Meet its new sidekick, Ricky, a talented dog who loves to perform cool tricks. He can even shake paws and flip a bone! Also, if you like interactive animals, check out WowWee's new Alive Baby Tiger .

  • 26. Imaginext DC Super Friends Wayne Manor Batcave, $35, Amazon

Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends, Wayne Manor Batcave

Also available at Walmart

Last year, the Imaginext Batman was a hit. Now, the Batcave has arrived. There’s also a smaller version for $25 at Walmart .

  • 27. Smooshy Mushy Baby Surprise, $15, Target

Smooshy Mushy Baby Surprise

Squishy toys are expected to stay trend-worthy this Christmas. These squishy babies are delivered inside a little baby bottle.

Fuggler Medium 9 inch Plush (ONE SUPPLIED AT RANDOM)

These dolls are the definition of "so ugly they're cute." They were previously only available in the U.K. but this year they've finally made their way across the pond.

  • 29. Sesame Street Feed Me Cookie Monster Toy, $30, Amazon

Sesame Street Feed Me Cookie Monster

C is for cookie! Sesame Street fans will be hungry for this new Cookie Monster.Sesame Street's Let’s Dance Elmo Toy is also a top pick.

  • 30. Nintendo Switch Bundle, $360, Walmart

Nintendo Switch Bundle

Nintendo Switch bundles are the ultimate starter kit for video game fanatics. The good news? There are plenty to choose from. This new bundle features the game Mario Tennis Aces and 12 Switch.

Nintendo isn’t coming out with a new unit this Christmas, but it will be releasing some software for the Nintendo Switch including Super Mario Party, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Eevee!, Pokémon: Let’s Go, Pikachu! Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and other fan-favorite titles.

  • 31. Nerf Laser Ops Pro Deltaburst Blaster, $40, Amazon

Nerf Laser Ops Burst Fire Combat Blaster

You can count on Nerf to always come up with a new blaster or two. This one is made for live-action laser battles.

Some of these items haven’t hit the shelves, but we'll let you know when you do. Keep checking here for updates.

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