Every parent has been there — your kid is excited about the season's "it" toy, instantly puts it on his/her wish list and eagerly awaits the holiday. And then just like that, the toy is sold out (or nearly sold out), sometimes just as it hits the store shelves.
When you try to prepare them for the disappointment, they often respond: "Don't worry, Santa will bring it." Well, here are some toys even the big guy is going to have a hard time getting his hands on this holiday season.
"With a late Thanksgiving, parents really only have three solid shopping weeks leading up to Christmas, and when it comes to the hottest toys of the year, you do not want to wait until the last minute," says Laurie Schacht, chief toy officer of the Toy Insider. "Toys from kids' favorite shows and movies, like "Frozen 2," "PJ Masks" and "Ryan's World" are sure to sell out, so if you see them in the store, don't wait for a good deal, just get them while you can."
So, don't panic — yet! Retailers are restocking on a daily basis. Even if you don't see a great sale, you might grab them while you can.
Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Puppet with Tempo Control
To hear the full "Baby Shark" song, kids just have to move the puppet's mouth. Move the shark's mouth fast or slow and it will control the tempo of the song. The collection features Baby Shark, Mommy Shark and Daddy Shark, each sold separately. For ages 2 and older; $19.99; babyshark.wowwee.com.
Lego Star Wars: Millennium Falcon
This 1,351-piece construction set features spring-loaded shooters, a lowering ramp and seven minifigure characters, including Finn, Chewbacca, C-3PO, R2-D2 and more. For ages 9 and older; $159.99; lego.com.
Ryan’s World Cap’n Ryan’s Mega Mystery Treasure Chest
This Ryan's World pirate-themed chest features eight secret compartments containing mystery figures, Build-a-Ryan figures, gold coins, gem putty and skeleton keys to unlock the surprises. Kids can find the right key to unlock the top of the chest, which features pirate gear. For ages 3 and older; $79.99; bonkerstoys.com.
Juno Interactive Baby Elephant
Juno is a toy baby elephant loaded with more than 150 movements and sounds. Kids can teach her tricks with accessories, feed her a peanut or give her a mouse to play games with. She has a trunk that responds to touch and a personality that will grow. For ages 5 and older; $99; spinmaster.com.
Disney Frozen 2 Ultimate Arendelle Castle Playset
Standing five-feet-tall and four-feet-wide, this Arendelle castle playset has four floors, seven rooms, a moving balcony and 14 accessories, such as a piano, a throne, a vanity, sofa and more. Press a button to see a colorful light show inspired by the Northern Lights. For ages 3 and older; $199.99; shop.hasbro.com.
Fortnite Jumbo Loot Llama
This 100-piece pinata includes Frozen Raven and Ice King action figures, weapons, harvesting tools, back bling, metal building materials, exclusive sprays walls, a buildable clock tower and more. For ages 8 and older; $79.99; fortnite.jazwares.com.
K'Nex Pac-Man Roller Coaster Building Set
It's Pac-Man's 40th anniversary and kids can build a working roller coaster using more than 400 pieces and a battery-powered motor. For ages 9 and older; $29.97; Walmart exclusive.
Frozen 2 “Into the Unknown” Singing Elsa Doll
Wearing a dress from "Frozen 2," this 15-inch Elsa doll sings "Into the Unkown," a song from the new movie. Her dress lights up and she says 14 film-inspired phrases. For ages 3 and older; $34.99; jakks.com.
Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak
Kids can use the included Wow! Stuff app to recreate scenes from the Harry Potter movies with this Walmart exclusive toy. Simply cover friends, family or objects with the cloak, take a photo or video through the app to see the different creations. It comes with an with exclusive gift box package. For ages 8 and older; $59.99-$69.99; wowstuff.com.
PJ Masks PJ Seeker
The Seeker vehicle can fit up to four vehicles and up to three PJ Masks figures. It features a light-up searchlight, a disc launcher, a detachable cage, a pull-out ramp and a drop-down side door. The set also includes a Catboy figure and mini Cat-Car. For ages 3 and older; $59.99; justplayproducts.com.
Frozen 2 Water Nokk Ride-On
Little Frozen fans can ride on this Nokk, a mythical water spirit, inspired by the new movie. It has LED lights that give it a blue glow and features push button acceleration, Power Trax rubber traction tires and more. For ages 18 months and older; $79.99; kidtraxtoys.com.
Shopkins Real Littles Lil’ ShopperPack
Kids will find Shopkins inside tiny packaging made to look like popular household brands. There are more than 50 to collect, such as Welch's Concord Grape Jelly, Pringles and Cheez-Its. For ages 5 and older; $9.99; moosetoys.com.
Cry Babies Magic Tears
Open the bottle-shaped house to reveal a mini doll, dressed in animal onesies with eight accessories like a sippy bottle, a bow, pacifier, chair, blanket and more. Kids can decorate the house with the included stickers. Fill the doll with water, squeeze its tummy and it will cry real tears. There are 12 characters to collect. For ages 3 and older; $9.99; magictears.toys.
Pop Pops Snotz Slammer Hammer
Use the included hammer to smash the slime bubbles, some of which contain Pop Pop Snotz characters hidden inside. The hammer features compartments to store the characters and a syringe handle for shooting slime. For ages 4 and older; $14.99; poppops.com.
Blinger Diamond Collection
The Blinger kit helps make everything sparkle. It comes with high-quality rhinestones that can stick to clothes, hair, paper and much more. The rhinestones vary in size, color and shape to spice up any outfit and create one-of-a-kind looks. The set comes with 75 gems. For ages 6 and older; $19.99; wickedcooltoys.com.
Kids can head on an adventure with this plush ride-on, which features authentic Scooby-Doo sounds, easy foot pedal acceleration and more. It his a maximum speed of 2.5 MPH and comes inside a Mystery Machine crate that can be used for storage. For ages 2 and older; $149.99; dynacraftwheels.com.
Fisher-Price Imaginext DC Super Friends Transforming Batmobile
Using the remote control, kids can send the Batmobile forward, backward or spin it around. Turn the Power Pad to watch the vehicle transform into battle mode. It features lights, sounds and projectiles. A mini Batman figure is also included. For ages 3 and older; $79.99; fisher-price.com.
Scruff-A-Luv: My Real Rescue
The 'Real Rescue' Scruff-A-Luv reacts to how you care for it, and it will respond with a pulse, whimpering, eating, shivering and other things an actual rescued pet might do. It features more than 30 sounds, and there's a mystery animal (dog or cat) in each box. The set includes one pet, collar with an ID tag, bottle, comb and adoption certificate. For ages two and older; $39.97; moosetoys.com.
Create an arcade at home with these counter-top games, which feature full-size joysticks, controls, high-res sounds and displays. Classic games include Space Invaders, Pac-Man, Dig Dug and Centipede. For ages 14 and older; $199; arcade1up.com.