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.
"This holiday season has gotten off to an early start with some of this year's stars flying off the shelves already," said Laurie Schacht of The Toy Insider. "With prices under $20, toys like Fingerlings, Pikmi Pops and Cutie Cars are in demand, and while retailers are trying to keep these in stock the demand is higher than the anticipated inventory needed."
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.
Star Wars: The Last Jedi Porg Electronic Plush
This electronic plush was inspired by the creatures from Ahch-To Island in "Star Wars: The Last Jedi." The Porg chatters, chirps and makes sounds, flaps, waves, waddles and moves around. $39.99. More information: hasbro.com.
L.O.L Surprise! Big Surprise
This limited edition toy features 50 surprises, including exclusive dolls and accessories; $69.99 at lolsurprise.mgae.com.
This collectible is part of the super squishy, slow-rise surprise trend. The series includes one of eight assorted pets. Each set also comes with the pet's Bestie, What's your smooshy name game, a nametag, mini container, stickers and a poster. There are also 24 food-themed Smooshy Mushy Pets as well. $9.99. More information: smooshymushy.us.
Vampirina Scare Playset
Featuring three floors of fun, this playset was inspired by the new Disney Junior series, "Vampirina." There's a secret reveal telescoping bedroom tower with growing portraits, a bookcase that transforms into a guest day bed, magically rising food in the kitchen, a spinning TV in the living room and more. Vampirina and Poppy are included. $59.99. More information: justplayproducts.com.
This ready-made slime kit comes with add-ins such as beads, miniature figurines, glitter, pom poms, googly eyes and more. Choose from a variety of themes, like dragon, unicorn, galaxy, confetti and more. $4.99-$6.99. More information: horizongroupusa.com.
Hatchimals, the popular toy from last holiday season, is back. The speckled egg contains twins, who share a special bond, tell each other jokes, play games, says 'I love you' and more. They even feel sad when they are apart for too long.; $69.99. More information: hatchimals.com.
Cutie Cars Playset
Shopkins Cutie Cars from Moose Toys are inspired by fan-favorite Shopkins characters. Each car includes a removable mini-Shopkin placed inside as the driver. This Drive-In Diner allows kids to take their Cutie Cars through the diner, on the elevator and more. The set comes with a mini Shopkin and an exclusive Cutie Car. $19.99. More information: cutiecarsshopkins.com.
Fingerlings Baby Monkeys hang onto your finger and know when they're being touched and spoken to, and even hung upside down. They come to life with 40 ways to play and 50 sounds to let you know how they are feeling. They make realistic monkey sounds and have blinking eyes and a curly hanging tail. Six different Fingerlings to share and collect. $14.99. More information: fingerlings.wowwee.com.
Baby Alive Sweet Tears Baby
Baby Alive Sweet Tears acts like a real baby, showing emotions and lighting up when she doesn't feel well. The baby says 35 plus phrases in English or Spanish and the set includes: doll, outfit, stethoscope, thermometer, bandage, tissue, juice box, brush and instructions. $49.99 at amazon.com.
FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger
Make a noise or roar at Hasbro's new Furreal friend and he will roar back in response. He can also crouch, respond to squeaky toys, make 100-plus sounds and motions, and more; $129.99. More information: hasbro.com.
DropMix Music Gaming System
Create your own mixes while collecting and discovering new tracks with the DropMix Music Gaming System. With three ways to play: freestyle,clash and party, compete with friends to see who has the most interesting music mix. $99.99 at amazon.com
This life-like baby doll comes with interactive accessories, such as a spoon for feeding, play time with Lamby, nap time with a bottle and a pacifier. The boy or girl dolls laugh, blink, purse their lips, chew and more; $99.99 at spinmaster.com.
JoJo CD + G Karaoke Machine
Connect the karaoke machine and sing along to teen sensation JoJo Siwa with this Walmart exclusive. JoJo's song lyrics will appear on screen using the included CD and kids can access their music library, which can be streamed wirelessly through Bluetooth from any compatible device; $39.97 at walmart.com.
Vex Robotics BattleBots
Kids can construct their very own version of the robot Tombstone from the popular TV series "BattleBots." It comes with a spinning blade and more than 425 snap together pieces. $49.99. More information: hexbug.com.
The Merge Cube is the first holographic object kids can hold in their hands. Simply download the app to view the cube through the device's camera and watch it come to life; $14.99 at mergevr.com.
Pikmi Pops Surprise!
Unwrap surprises with Pikmi Pops, featuring sweet-scented plush animals including a dog, cat and bunny. Each pop comes with one, two or three charms with a surprise message and three dangler strings to attach to your charms; $10.99 at toysrus.com.
Thomas & Friends Super Station
This multisystem track set includes 10 Sodor locations (Tidmouth Sheds, Knapford Station and more), three engines and enough room to store more than 100 Thomas & Friends engines; $99.99 at fisher-price.mattel.com.