From classic building toys to video games, superheroes and more, here's a round-up of the best toys for the little dudes on your list.
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Disney Pixar Coco Guitar
Inspired by the new Disney Pixar animated film "Coco," this interactive guitar features strummable strings, working lights and sheet music, so kids can learn hit songs from the movie. The skull at the top of the guitar makes a chomping sound when the first cord is pressed; $29.99 at toysrus.com.
Dusty the Super Duper Garbage Truck
Real Workin' Buddies Mr. Dusty will help kids to tidy up their play room with three ways to play with small toys -- he eats them up, sweeps them up and dumps them out. $39.95. More information: jakks.com.
Marvel Swing & Sling Spider-Man
This plush can swing in the air, hang upside down, tumble forward and backwards, and do a 360-degree back flip. He also says a handful of phrases, plays the "Spider-Man" theme song and more. $39.99. More information: justplayproducts.com.
Little Tikes My First Drone
My First Drone is a perfect toy for your little one who's interested in everything aerial. The RC Drone has a one-touch remote, protective propeller rings and auto-hover technology. It also has a cool design with lights and sounds. Recommended for ages 4 and older. $42.99. More information: littletikes.com.
Disney, Star Wars, Marvel vivofit jr. 2
This fitness band features kids' favorite characters such as Minnie Mouse, BB-8, Captain America and more. It's swim-friendly, customizable, tracks steps, sleep and 60 minutes of daily recommended activity. It also syncs up with a free mobile app. $99.99. More information: garmin.com.
With Ultra Dash, kids race to match the color of the flashing light on their tagger to the color of their targets. Ultra Dash has three game modes, including beat the clock, target tally, and relay race, which are randomized with each play. Recommended for age 6 and older. $19.99-$24.99. More information: playmonster.com.
Miss Bernard Is A Wild Card Game
Game night just got a lot weirder "Miss Bernard Is a Wild Card," based on the "My Weird School" books. The game is full of sentence combinations, where players compete to score the most points by collecting cards in five categories to finish a funny sentence about one of the teachers. It features math, reading and strategy skills. Recommended for age 6 and older. $19.99. More information: loadedquestions.com.
Slime board game
The Slime board game includes 14 ounces of slime and accessories to play with it. The set includes pieces for team and individual activities like Slime Ball, Slime-nastics and Slime Hoops. Recommended for ages 5 and older. $14.99. More information: target.com.
Mic Guy Bluetooth speaker
Let your kids sing their hearts out this holiday season with this portable 2 in 1 Bluetooth speaker with microphone. Just charge it to take the Singing Machine karaoke experience anywhere on the go. $29.99. More information: singingmachine.com.
First Order Stormtrooper Smartwatch
The First Order Stormtrooper Smartwatch can take pictures and videos and includes Star Wars-themed photo effects. The motion sensor triggers droid, space ship and Lightsaber sound effects. Kids can learn to tell time with digital and analog clock faces, and interact with activities such as blasting asteroids, escaping Stormtroopers and racing with BB-8. The smartwatch also includes a voice recorder, alarm, timer, stopwatch, calendar feature and a simple calculator. Recommended for ages five and older. $69.99. More information: vtechkids.com.
Cars 3 Mack's Mobile Tool Center
This set comes with 24 play tools and pieces, including a Lightning McQueen vehicle, eight wheels, eight Philips screws, a spanner, a tire air pump, a socket bit, a Philips head bit, a flat head bit, an interchangeable socket wrench and a sticker sheet. $59.99. More information: justplayproducts.com.
Nerf Nitro Motofury Rapid Rally Set
Load the foam car into the clip, pull the trigger and watch it fly. Hasbro's new Nerf set includes one blaster, one high-jump ramp, one long-jump ramp, nine Nerf Nitro foam cars and 12 obstacles. $49.99. More information: nerf.hasbro.com.
The Jetson Jupiter features 100-plus multicolor LED lights that are embedded in the handlebar, wheels and deck. Additionally, the kick scooter is lightweight at six pounds, has a slip-resistant deck, is built with an aluminum design and includes an adjustable handlebar as well as rear brakes. Exclusively at Target, $29.99 at target,com
Rusty Rivets Rivets Lab
Rusty Rivets from Spin Master is a 21st century kid hero who invents his way out of every jam by repurposing spare parts and objects into the wild contraption. The Rivet Lab comes with an exclusive Rusty figure, a vehicle lift, elevator and workshop full of accessories for all of Rusty's inventing needs. $39.99. More information: spinmaster.com.
Grossery Gang Horrid Hot Dog Playset
This Grossery Gang set from Moose Toys is even grosser than ever. The hot dog playset includes super sick features and two exclusive Grossery Gang figures. $16.99. More information: toysrus.com.
In the Sunk! game from Winning Moves Games, players must add drops one at a time to a cup floating in the water-filled Sunk tank while performing simultaneous tasks such as hopping on one foot. The player whose drop causes the cup to sink loses. $15.95. More information: winning-moves.com.
Marvel Spider-Man Mega City Playset
At nearly 4 feet tall, this Hasbro playset includes more than 20 features and five levels of play, from a subway to a bank vault to Peter Parker''s secret lab. Spider-Man can hook to the web zipline, kids can launch projectiles, and up to six villains can be locked up in the web jail. $99.99. More information: hasbro.com.
Chippies from WowWee are robot puppies that are always ready to play. Three different Chippies are available: light blue, light pink and black. $39.99. More information: wowwee.com/chippies.
Adventure Force Light Command Light-Up Motorized Blaster
The Adventure Force Light Command Light-Up Motorized Blaster, a Walmart exclusive, will make opponents dart for cover when it blasts out 20 darts in one round. $24.97. More information: walmart.com.
Radio Control DashCam
The Jeep Radio Control DashCam, a Walmart exclusive, allows players to be in full control of the vehicle from the dash cam inside the truck. It has all of the features of an all-wheel drive truck and a VR headset is included. $60. For information: newbright.com.
Monster Jam Grave Digger
The Monster Jam Grave Digger is the perfect toy for monster truck lovers. This Walmart exclusive has oversized tires and a real working suspension. $19.55. More information: walmart.com.
Billy and Mason Action Dolls
Billy and Mason Action Dolls from Boy Story are the first two in a line of 18-inch boy dolls. These plush and vinyl dolls have ball-jointed limbs. $99. More information: boystory.com.
'Ben 10' Rustbucket Transforming Alien Playset
This two-in-one vehicle that transforms into a three-level playset from Playmates Toys is based on Cartoon Network's relaunch of "Ben 10," an animated preschool series. It stands more than 2 feet tall and includes an alien transformation chamber, plasma blaster, grabbing claw, alien lab and more. $49.99. More information: playmatestoys.com.
Huffy Electric Green Machine Trike
The Huffy Electric Green Machine Trike travels up to 12 mph perfect for any kid looking for an exciting ride. Push the red button and get ready to glide. For ages 8 and older; $199. More information: huffybikes.com.
Disney/Pixar Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway
Based on the Disney Pixar movie Cars 3, this Ultimate Florida Speedway is the perfect track for Lightning McQueen and friends to race around; $99.99. More information: shop.mattel.com
Toilet Trouble Game
To play the Toilet Trouble Game from Hasbro, players take turns spinning the toilet roll spinner, flushing the handle the allotted number of times and avoiding getting sprayed. The last player to avoid the surprise toilet spray wins. $19.99. More information: hasbrotoyshop.com.
Slither.io Toy Line
The Slither.io app has been downloaded 150 million times. In the game, the worm-like creatures slide around in different colorful "skins" including rainbow, patriotic and more, while gobbling up glowing orbs. The Slither.io toy line from Bonkers Toys will bring those characters into the real world, starting with Slither.io Bendable Blind Bags, which will hold one of 15 different colored skins. The Slither.io product line also has small and large plushes, collector vinyl figures and more. $5.99 and up. bonkerstoys.com.
Polyester Food Truck
Food Trucks have entered mainstream culture so kids want to pretend they run one, too. The Polyester Food Truck from Pacific Play Tents lets them do just that. Head over to the order window and check out the menu. $119. More information: pacificplaytents.com.
Minion MiP Turbo Dave
This personal Minion from WowWee responds to hand gestures and can navigate around a room. To control him, download the Turbo Dave app and you can plan paths and even have him interact with other characters or props from the "Despicable Me" movies. A coding platform is also included. $79.99. More information: wowwee.com.
Fast & Furious Dom’'s Turn & Burn Dodge Charger
Inspired by the hero vehicle from the upcoming release of "Fast 8," this car from Mattel is a replica of Dom''s Ice Charger. The vehicle has full-function RC capabilities and even fires 'missiles.' $59.99. More information: shop.mattel.com.
LEGO Boost Creative Toolbox
Build and code the ultimate 847-piece robot using the step-by-step instructions in the free LEGO tablet app; $159.95 at amazon.com.
First Order Star Destroyer
Inspired by the upcoming movie "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," the First Order Star Destroyer includes five minifigures: Supreme Leader Snoke, a First Order Officer, First Order Stormtrooper Sergeant, First Order Stormtrooper and a First Order Shuttle Pilot, plus BB-9E and a medical Droid kids can build. The set also comes with two blasters, two blaster pistols and more; $159.99 at lego.com.
Lightseekers Starter Pack
This new gaming system, built for mobile devices, combines fantasy and reality, video games and action figures. A mini-computer is embedded within each figure, kids can add physical accessories to them and scan trading cards with the Lightseekers app; $69.99 at tomy.com/lightseekers.
Sphero Ultimate Lightning McQueen Vehicle
This "Cars 3"-themed vehicle features the iconic details and racing style as seen in the new movie and is the perfect item for fans to add to their Pixar Cars collection; $298.98 at amazon.com.
Power Rangers Ninja Steel Ultra Fire Fortress Zord
This Toys R Us exclusive playset features three modes of play: Megazord, Ultra Megazord and Fortress. It's compatible with select Power Rangers Action Hero figures, which are sold separately. It comes with dual cannons that fire, a helipad and a prison cell, as well as 20 battle sound effects; $99.99 at toysrus.com.
Nerf Nitro FlashFury Chaos
Perform car stunts with this Nerf Nitro set with pop-up targets and six obstacles. The set includes a long-jump ramp, three foam cars with plastic wheels, two targets (eight pieces), six obstacles and instructions; $29.99 at amazon.com
Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway Playset
Start your engines and cheer on Lightning McQueen and rival Jackson Storm while they race on the 5-foot long Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway Playset; $99.99 at amazon.com.
LEGO Ninjago Destiny's Bounty 70618
Help build Wu's ninja training base, Destiny's Bounty and join in on the Ninjago adventures. The set includes seven minifigures: Wu, Kai, Lloyd, Zane, Nya, Jay and Cole; $159.95 at amazon.com.
Star Wars Hero Droid BB-8
Standing more than 16-inches tall, the BB-8 Droid features built-in voice recognition, a two-stick remote and more. The "Follow Me" mode allows BB-8 to roll beside kids and he also comes when called and reacts to key phrases and "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" characters; $299.99 at spinmaster.com.
Escape in the Forest Playset
New Pokemon playsets geared toward girls include the Escape in the Forest Playset from TOMY. Comes with furniture and accessories, three Pokemon and an exclusive Serena figure. $24.99. More information: toysrus.com.
Power Wheels Boomerang 12 Volt Ride On
Kids can control, tilt and spin this ride-on toy, which features all-wheel drive that lets little ones navigate over grass, rough terrain and hard surfaces. This Toys R Us exclusive also includes power-lock brakes, a seat belt, high sides and an adjustable seat; $399.99 at toysrus.com.
These multi-piece kits from WowWee feature flexible magnetic strips in bright colors. They can easily bend, zip, connect or stack so kids can create 2-D or 3-D objects. $19.99-$49.99. More information: wowwee.com/magnaflex.
Fingerling Baby Monkey
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 at toysrus.com.
The Tumble Tree game from Blue Orange Games is a balancing card-placement game. Players add cards to the ever-growing canopy of the baobob tree, but if the branches get overburdened they will fall. $12.99. More information: store.blueorangegames.com.
Imaginext DC Super Friends Batbot Xtreme
Standing over 2-feet tall, the Batbot Xtreme comes with wings, punching fists, projectile launchers, a motorcycle and a voice changer; $99.99 at toysrus.com.
Paw Patrol Sea Patroller
This new set from the hit television series "Paw Patrol" features flashing lights, sounds, drop-down wheels and a moving crane. Kids can store up to two Paw Patrol vehicles on the deck. It comes with Ryder's Rescue ATV vehicle, a Ryder figure, an exploration platform, an octopus, two lifesavers and a detachable anchor; $59.99 at toysrus.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.
Sky Viper v2450 GPS
This GPS streaming video drone is lightweight and can maintain its coordinates in a hover without drifting away. It also features a "Return to Home" feature so the drone can fly back to its launch point; $149.99 at toysrus.com.
Aura Drone with Glove Controller
Aura is a gesture-controlled drone with a wearable glove controller. The flying robot is controlled by hand motions made inside the glove, and the rolling cage protects the robot from crashing; $99.99 at toysrus.com.
LeapFrog Epic Academy Edition
The new tablet from LeapFrog includes 20 educational games that incorporate spelling, reading, math, coding, science, music and more. It comes with a removable silicone bumper, stylus, LeapSearch Web browser, which allows kids to safely surf the internet, parental controls and more; $119 at leapfrog.com.
Nintendo Switch Console with Gray Joy-Con
This new home video game system provides single and multiplayer games, and can be taken on-the-go.The two new Joy-Con controllers allow the mobility of a handheld. Slip a set of Joy-Con into the Joy-Con grip to mimic a traditional controller. It features a Capture Button, motion control with a gyroscope and accelerometer, HD Rumble, IR Motion Camera, amiibo and Release Button; $299.99 at nintendo.com/switch.
Power & Play Motorized Building Set
With this unique building set, kids can construct 50 different things, such as cars, planes, robots and more. It comes with more than 500 pieces; $49.99 at knex.com.
The motion-activated device plays music and sound effects as kids move and dance. Using Bluetooth technology, download the free app and choose from more than 400 sounds, such as Robot, Karate, Instrumental and Musical. The set comes with two bands; $79.99 at cra-z-artshop.com.
Soggy Doggy Board Game
The Soggy Doggy is a shaking doggy-bathing game. Players race around the board washing Soggy Doggy, but watch out -- if he shakes, a player gets a little wet. For ages 4 and older; $18.99 at amazon.com.
Cozmo is a real-life robot that evolves the more you play with it. This robot has a one-of-a-kind personality and shows real life emotions. The robot requires a free app and upgrades, and new games are unlocked over time the more you play; $179.99 at amazon.com.
Mayka Toy Block Tape
Kids can decorate notebooks, pencil cases, lunchboxes and more with the Mayka Toy Block Tape. The toy construction brick tape features a bendable, flexible surface that is compatible with LEGO toys and other construction brands. The other side has a reusable adhesive backing to stick on objects, around corners and on curved surfaces to create 3D creations. Available in small, medium and large; $6.99. More information: maykaworld.com.
Roller Coaster Challenge Logic & Building Game
Build the ultimate roller coaster while attempting to solve 40 coaster challenges along the way. Once you think you have built a successful ride, test out your creation; $29.99 at amazon.com.
With this all-in-one VR gaming system, kids can play Jurassic World VRSE or Batman VRSE. Simply download an app onto a smartphone, which is then inserted into the headset to begin the VR experience; $59.99 at amazon.com.
Osmo Genius Kit
The award-winning game encourages problem-solving skills and elements of creativity. The kit includes five games: 1. Free form math: add, count, and multiply, 2. Tangram: expand visual thinking, 3. Words: puzzle form spelling, 4. Masterpiece: drawing, and 5. Newton: creative problem solving; $99.99 at amazon.com.
Automoblox Mini SC1 Chaos & HR5 Scorch
Build, collect and race vehicles with this two-pack set made of European beechwood and interchangeable parts; $23.99 at amazon.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.
Combining artificial intelligence (AI) and customizable programs, M.A.X. is the most-advanced Meccano robot. It also features Infrared Navigation (IR) and custom apps to bring M.A.X. to life, as well as a built-in gaming system; $149.99 at spinmaster.com.
R2-D2 App-Enabled Droid
Kids can control the droid with a smart device or watch it move on its own. R2-D2 also comes with front and rear LED lights, an integrated speaker for authentic sounds and can interact with other Star Wars App-Enabled Droids; $179.99 at store.sphero.com.
PJ Masks Rival Racers Track Playset
Disney Jr.'s popular nighttime heroes Catboy, Owlette and Gekko can zoom through the raceway to save the museum from Night Ninja. Launch the vehicles using one of the two built-in mega launchers and watch them loop around the curves. The playset comes with a Catboy figure, Cat-Car and Night Ninja Bus; $39.99 at justplayproducts.com.
Ultimate Justice League Batmobile
Using an app-enabled device, kids can take complete control of the Batmobile, which features smoke release from the exhaust pipe, moving missiles on the hood of the car, roaring engine sounds and four armored wheels. It also includes a camera in the cockpit so kids can drive from Batman's POV and the "jump mode" creates hydraulic-like movement. An included Batman figure can press the gas pedal, his arm shifts gear and his head turns; $249.99 at shop.mattel.com.
Rube Goldberg The Acrobat Challenge
Make the acrobat fly through a cannon using STEM-based principles of gravity and spring forces. Kids will build it, test it and complete the challenge until it's just right; $14.99 at spinmaster.com.
Droid Inventor Kit
"Star Wars" fans can create their own R2-D2 and take him on more than 20 missions with the free Droid Inventor app. The kit comes with littleBits motor, sensor, light, sticker and Droid parts. What's more, kids can create a variety of new Droids. It also features more than eight modes and 10 classic R2-D2 sounds; $99.95 at shop.littlebits.cc/starwars.
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 at hasbro.com.
Mickey Transforming Roadster Racer R/C
This R/C vehicle is based on Disney Jr.'s popular cartoon "Mickey and the Roadster Racers," which features two cars in one, lights, sound effects and even Mickey's voice. The car can move in multiple directions, honk its horn and transform using the remote; $39.99 at walmart.com.
VEX Robotics BattleBots Minotaur/Tombstone
Simply snap together the pieces to build the mythical Minotaur, from the "BattleBots" television show. The set comes with 345 pieces; $39.99 at hexbug.com.
Go! Go! Smart Wheels Race & Play Adventure Park
Kids can move the go-kart up the hill with the hand crank, pull back the lever and launch the vehicle to the top of the track. The go-kart can race down the track, through a 360-degree loop and out the jump ramp. It also includes a Ferris wheel, carnival game and swinging gate; $39 at vtechkids.com.
Wicked Cool Toys is bringing the iconic toy from the 1980s back. The 14-inch-tall Teddy Ruxpin will read stories with a motorized mouth and features LCD eyes with more than 40 expressions that are synched to the stories. The touch sensors in the hands and vest allow children to start, pause or fast-forward through the books and songs. It comes with three built-in stories and a free app; $99.99 at wickedcooltoys.com.
Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster
This motorized blaster holds up to 100 high-impact rounds with an easy-loading hopper that blasts rounds of 100 feet per second. The blaster is available in blue and red; $99.99 at hasbro.com.
Remote-Control Machines: Construction Vehicles
Build eight models of heavy-duty construction vehicles and control them with a remote. Step-by-step instructions help kids build a bulldozer, backhoe, dump truck, crane, skid-steer loader, road grader, forklift and a concrete mixer. The tools on the vehicles move, such as buckets, shovels, forks and cranes; $99.95 at thamesandkosmos.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.
In this video game, kids can create different environments and structures made of digital LEGO bricks. Use the landscaping tools to design mountain ranges or tropical islands, explore using helicopters, dragons, motorbikes and more. Keep a lookout for the hidden treasures, characters, vehicles, castles and weapons in each new world. Available on PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and more; $29.99 at warnerbros.com/videogame.
Pie Face Sky High Game
This newest version of the popular Pie Face game, called Pie Face Sky High Game is inspired by carnival games and features a three-foot-tall face mask and pie slammer hammer. To play, one player stands behind the mask and another player winds up, swings the hammer and hits the target, which triggers a whipped cream pie toward the opponents face. Whipped cream not included. $24.99. More information: hasbrotoyshop.com