For the second year, Walmart turned to the real toy experts by gathering hundreds of kids, ages 18 months to 12 years, and turning them loose on the hottest new toys from suppliers like Hasbro, Mattel, Spin Master and Zing. The retailer's top 20 toy list revealed that kids are looking for toys that serve as an artistic outlet. Classics are also popular again this year, with toymakers refreshing retro toys to appeal to today's kids. Take a look. (These toys are also available from other retailers, and online as well.)
Editor's note: An earlier version of this list included Zing's Airstorm Firetek Bow, which has since been cited by the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., on its list of the worst toys of 2014 because of various hazards for children.
Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa
"Frozen" fans can experience the magic of their favorite film over and over again as Elsa sings the hit song, "Let It Go," and recites up to 15 sounds and phrases with the Disney Frozen Snow Glow Elsa from Tolly Tots. Touch her magical snowflake necklace and Elsa's dress lights up; ages 3 and older; $39.99 at walmart.com.
Zoomer Dino - Boomer
Kids can play with Zoomer Dino - Boomer from Spin Master in autonomous mode via the sensors in his nose, or pick up the control pod to send him on an attack. He shows his moods through his color-changing eyes and can even bust a move; ages 5 and older; $79.99 at walmart.com.
Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart
Little doctors in training can join Doc McStuffins in treating tiny “patients” with the Disney Jr. Doc McStuffins Get Better Talking Mobile Cart from Just Play. The cart has a siren, plays the “Doc Mobile” song and comes with an EKG monitor, a thermometer, an otoscope, bandage stickers and more; ages 3 and older; $49.99 at walmart.com.
Air Hogs RC Zero Gravity Laser Racer
The Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser Racer from Spin Master features special technology that allows this RC racecar to drive along the floor, up the walls and even upside down. Its five directional control and infrared sensors can chase a beam of light in any direction. Turn off the lights for maximum effect and watch the LED lights change color as you race along the wall; ages 5 and older; $39.99 at walmart.com.
With the Kidizoom Smartwatch from VTech, kids can take photos and videos and use the touchscreen to get creative with photo effects, frames and filters. It includes an alarm, a voice recorder and four learning games, with more available for download; ages 4 and older; $59.99 at walmart.com.
Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Fairy, Rainbow
The Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Fairy, Rainbow by Spin Master flies and lights up the sky. Just give the Flutterbye a gentle whirl to see rainbow lights and her skirt twirl. Press the button on the base and she will magically lift off. Lower your hand and she will follow your lead; ages 6 and older; $29.99 at walmart.com.
The LeapTV from LeapFrog features an unusual transforming controller that can configure from a traditional controller into a motion- and LED-pointer controller. It also features a motion-sensing camera so children can “magically” appear in the game and explore activities like dance and martial arts. LeapTV also helps boost skills in reading, mathematics, science and problem-solving, with more than 100 games; ages 3 and older; $149.99 at walmart.com.
Sew Cool Sewing Machine
With the Sew Cool Sewing Machine from Spin Master, with the press of a button, your little ones can start creating one of the nine projects included. Seam alignment allows your child to follow the dotted line to get great results. The set includes fabrics, buttons, ribbons and decorations; ages 6 and older; $34.99 at walmart.com.
Beados Quick-Dry Design Station
With the Beados Quick-Dry Design Station from Moose Toys, kids can create original designs easily with the scoop pen and 500 beads. Little ones can spray the beads with water and dry them out underneath the quick-dry fan for creations that last; ages 5 and older; $19.99 at walmart.com.
Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car
The Hot Wheels Street Hawk Remote Control Flying Car from Mattel offers dual terrain versatility with both on-ground remote-controlled performance and the aerial performance of a plane. It features 360-degree proportional ground steering and a flight height of about 200 feet; ages 8 and older; $59.99 at walmart.com.
Make Your Case Maker
Kids can customize their mobile device case with selfies, photos of their friends and celebrities and more with the Make Your Case Maker from The Maya Group. Just choose a mold and a color, then fill the mold with silicone to easily create a case; ages 8 and older; $24.99 at walmart.com.
Barbie Sisters Camper
The Barbie Sisters Camper from Mattel offers plenty of room for Barbie, her sisters and their friends. The cab detaches to transform into a pool and there's a kitchen with a lemonade dispenser, a grill, indoor and outdoor seating, a bathroom and more; ages 3 and older; $68 at walmart.com.
FurReal Friends Get Up and Go Go My Walkin' Pup
The FurReal Friends Get Up and Go Go My Walkin’ Pup from Hasbro allows kids to talk to her and she’ll bark back with sweet ruffs and other puppy sounds. Little ones can walk her with the included remote-control leash; ages 4 and older; $49.99 at walmart.com.
Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Set
Your child can design a new track layout every time he or she plays with the Hot Wheels Track Builder Total Turbo Takeover Set from Mattel. The two quick-kick loops add 360 degrees of action; ages 4 and older; $39.99 at walmart.com.
Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 Blaster
With the Nerf N-Strike Elite Demolisher 2-in-1 Blaster from Hasbro, kids can shoot a barrage of Elite darts up to 90 feet away with the motorized acceleration trigger, drop pump-action missiles or blast both kinds of projectiles at once; ages 8 and older; $39 at walmart.com.
Fisher-Price Little People Musical Preschool
The Little People Musical Preschool from Fisher-Price plays more than 35 sounds, phrases and songs. The set includes Little People friends, a table and four chairs; ages 12 months and older; $39.99 at walmart.com.
The Crazy Cart from Razor allows kids to drive, spin or drift like a pro. With the toy's ability to go forward, reverse, sideways, diagonally and spin in place, riders can cruise around like a go-kart or lift the Drift Bar to kick it into Crazy Cart mode; ages 9 and older; $399.99 at walmart.com.
Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Amaze-Ment Park Playset
The Go! Go! Smart Wheels Ultimate Amazement Park Playset (VTech) features three fun courses, including a ramp, loop and a spiral. The SmartPoint race car helps teach your child about colors and music, with more than 70 sing-along songs, melodies, sounds and phrases; ages 12 months and older; $59.99 at walmart.com.
With the Disney Princess Palace Pets: Magic Dance Pumpkin from Blip Toys, Cinderella's pet, Pumpkin, comes to life with an interactive, remote-controlled puppy. She can speak more than a dozen phrases and sounds, follows movement commands from the light-up magic wand controller and more; ages 3 and older; $49.99 at walmart.com.