STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. — Fall may have just begun, but it’s never too early to get a head start on your holiday shopping, especially if you’re hoping to get your hands on one of this year’s most-coveted items.
Every year, new toys seem to appear out of the blue and quickly become a necessity.
Parents who wait until the last minute often have difficulty finding these toys, leaving their children disappointed that they didn’t get the same popular, new toy as all their friends.
Toy Insider already has the release for shoppers. An annual list of 20 of the most popular toys for this holiday seasonParents have three months to receive them before Christmas.
Toy Insider has divided products into four categories based on the age of the children for which they were created.
Here’s a look at this year’s 20 hottest toys.
INFANTS (AGES 1-2).
The toy gives future chefs the ability create five pretend meals with a cuttingboard, a play knife, or snap-apart vegetables. These interactive recipes are a great way for kids to learn numbers and colors while they begin their culinary careers.
This toy has music, lights, as well as Smart Stages learning technology. It can be used as one or more bots.
These bumper cars can be safely driven by children. They can travel up to 1 mph. The car can make 360-degree turn and flashing LED lights come as standard.
Youngster can climb through this toy’s fabric tunnel, drop multi-colored balls from the two drop towers and peek their head through the side windows.
PRE-SCHOOL (AGES 3-4)
This Batman action figure is 30 inches long and can transform into a 10-room Batcave. You will receive the exclusive four-inch Batman figurine. The Batcave features interactive sounds that accompany the elevator’s movement between levels.
This interactive playkit contains 19 accessories, an instructional guide, and sounds from Nickelodeon. “Blues Clues.”
This interactive doll is JJ. “CoComelon,” sings songs from the popular child’s television show, including “Yes, Yes, Vegetables” “Your Name.”
This dollhouse is four feet high. It has six rooms, 29 accessories and a light up display. All dolls can be bought separately.
This dollhouse measures two feet and mirrors the one featured on the popular children’s show. “Gabby’s Dollhouse,”With music and sounds, an elevator, and three play accessories.
This treasure chest is filled with a variety of goodies “Ryan’s World”Lover, with a six-inch golden figure, Lost CityMiniature figurines and figures with a theme, as well as accessories for adventuring gear and other accessories.
GRADE SCHOOL (AGES 5 – 7)
This electronic arena offers kids the opportunity to battle their Akedo Utila Warrior figurines. The arena includes two exclusive warrior figurines, two battle controllers, and two interchangeable backgrounds. The accessory for punching bags is also included.
Each Got2Glow Fairy Locator has over 30 virtual fairies that children can find while exploring the house or outside. Children can trade their fairies or collect all three containers to find over 100 fairies.
This toy allows children instantly to print photos with more than 110 different templates. To take fun selfies, kids can flip the lens up. The screen can also be used for previewing the images before printing.
This four-foot, 10-room dollhouse has plenty of space for all your kid’s LOL Surpise and LOL OMG fashion dolls (sold separately). The house features an elevator, garage and transforming furniture.
This toy comes with a magic wand, a cauldron, and potion ingredients. It can be used to create magical creatures that respond when touched by young wizards-in-training.
This limited-edition 25th anniversary trainer box includes 10 Pokemon Celebrations boosters packs and 25 remakes of iconic Pokemon cards from throughout the franchise’s storied history.
This jumbo-sized version lets kids pop bubbles three times more, flip the top, and then pop them all over again. This sensory-based toy is suitable for both children and adults. It can be used to relieve anxiety and stress.
These food-inspired plushes range in size from 3.5 to 24 inches, and feature various characters — including Carmelita the S’more and Bernardo the Burrito.
MSRP: $2.99 – $59.99
TWEENS (AGES 8+).
This motorized vortex, which can boost or redirect the spinning battletops, is a new twist on the Beyblade Arena.
Tamagotchi is another long-standing favorite — this time with a built in camera that allows children to take photos with virtual pets and engage in a variety of interactive activities.