Hot Holiday Toys 2017

Toys are the most ubiquitous of all holiday gifts. Sure you come to BFAds to find deals on HDTVs, smart phones, and laptops, but nothing else tucked away under the tree captures the spirit of the season like a brand new toy. Although most images of trees decorated from top to bottom in lights and garland have traditional toys like train sets or teddy bears beneath them, even this seemingly innocent holiday staple cannot escape the fervor and mania of Black Friday. Rather, some of the most memorable images and depictions of Black Friday hysteria revolve around parents fighting both literally and figuratively to secure their child’s most wanted toy.

Of course, the best way to avoid having to come to fisticuffs in the toy department is to get your toys before the hype reaches a fever pitch, and with that in mind, is proud to bring you our list of the hottest holiday toys of 2017.

Ages 5 and Up

Hatchimals Surprise Twin - $69.99

Hatchimals Surprise Twin – Ages 5 and Up - $69.99

Last year’s runaway holiday hit captured the imagination of kids everywhere by combining interactive, animatronic push toys with the wonder of baby birds hatching from the egg. How could Hatchimals maker Spin Master possibly top such a popular and unique toy? By doubling it! Hatchimals Surprise Twin contains not one but two adorable Hatchimals inside, each with different individual personalities and behaviors. Of course just like the solitary Hatchimals, your child will raise these electronic wonders from baby to kid and along the way, the Hatchimals will sing, dance, and play games.

Ages 18 months – 4 years

Tickle Me Elmo – $29.99

Tickle Me Elmo – $29.99 – Ages 18 months – 4 years

Tickle Me Elmo is one of the most memorable holiday toy crazes of all time. What’s unique about Sesame Street’s most giggly denizen is how it’s managed to withstand the test of time, a feat that has eluded such other holiday crazes like Cabbage Patch Kids and Furby. Elmo is back again this year to bring delight to your infant with a laugh that is both joyous and contagious every time it’s squeezed or hugged.

Ages 5-10 years

Power Wheels Boomerang 12 Volt Ride On – $399.99 Pre-Order

Power Wheels Boomerang 12 Volt Ride On - $399.99 – Ages 5-10 years

Never has there been a better example of how kids these days have it easy than with the Toys R Us exclusive Power Wheels Boomerang. Forget the struggle you had as a child trying to figure out a way to power slide effectively in a vehicle only powered by a 12 volt battery, the Power Wheels Boomerang’s three-wheel design and built in slide assist make drifting a snap. Additional safety features like an adjustable seat, seatbelt, high sides, and power-lock brakes mean that parents of even the fastest and most furious can have some peace of mind knowing that their baby drivers will be safe in this sure to be holiday favorite from Fisher-Price.

Ages 9 and Up

Nintendo Switch - $299.99

Nintendo Switch - $299.99 - Ages 9 and Up

You'd be hard pressed to find anyone of video game playing age that doesn't want a Switch, and all signs point to Nintendo's console to be this winter's runaway hit. With entries from Nintendo's most celebrated franchises like The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe filling out the Switch's library alongside new and third-party hits like Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and Doom, the Switch has the perfect storm of innovative design and a killer library of hits that make this the hottest video game console of the holiday season.

Ages 4 and Up

FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger - $117.00

FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger - $129.99 – Ages 4 and Up

Birthed by the arrival of Sony's Aibo in 1998, the quest for the most lifelike animatronic home pet is one that continues to this day. Forget the plastic pooch that looks to have fallen out of an Asimov tale, Tyler the Tiger from FurReal delivers stunning lifelike movement and interaction in a furry and adorable package. The combination of a mic, touch sensors, and animatronic movement throughout Tyler's body means Tyler can react and to petting, hugs, toys, and will even respond back with a roar when he hears one.

Ages 14 and Up

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster - $78.00

Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster - $99.99 – Ages 14 and Up

Kids can finally lay siege to their friends, rivals, and unsuspecting household pets without ever stopping to reload thanks to the Nerf Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K Blaster. This fully automatic blaster from Nerf ditches the darts and instead packs a magazine filled with 100 foam balls that fly out of the Nemesis MXVII-10K at a blistering 100 feet per second. Available in both red and blue for team play and powered by 6 D-cell batteries or optional rechargeable battery pack, this blaster lets your kids escalate a fun and friendly Nerf battle into all-out war.

Ages 2 and Up

Teddy Ruxpin - $99.99

Teddy Ruxpin - $94.00 – Ages 2 and Up

Long before Trobo, Smart Toy Bear, or any of the litany of battery powered raconteurs that followed, there was Teddy Ruxpin, the original storytelling bear. Now the cuddly tale spinner is back for 2017, leaving behind the audio cassette in favor of some fun and interesting upgrades for a new generation of youngsters. The 2017 version of Teddy Ruxpin still sits and tell stories to your children with an animatronic mouth that moves along with the words of the story, but now Teddy’s eyes are made up of LED screens that allow this furry narrator to express a wide variety of emotions to add to the immersion of the story. That’s not all, sync Teddy Ruxpin up with your tablet and your child can view illustrations and read along with Teddy from start to finish with any of the 3 included stories.

Ages 4 and Up

Star Wars Black Series – The Last Jedi and 40th Anniversary - $12.99+

Star Wars Black Series – The Last Jedi and 40th Anniversary - $12.99+ - Ages 4 and Up

Not even Order 66 could grip kids and adults alike the way Star Wars mania has since the resurrection of the franchise with 2015’s The Force Awakens. For three years running, audiences are treated with an all-new big-budget Star Wars movie just in time for Christmas, and this year the fan favorite Black Series of Star Wars toys are not only available in two sizes, but in two varieties of figures. The first are, of course, tie-ins with the new movie Star Wars: The Last Jedi, featuring characters like Rey, Finn, First Order Storm Troopers, and Kylo Ren. The second, and perhaps most exciting line available this year is the 40th Anniversary set of figures that gives the Black Series treatment to the stars of the original 1970s Star Wars trilogy. Darth Vader, Princess Leia, Luke Skywalker, Darth Vader, and everyone’s favorite scruffy-looking nerfherder Han Solo are all here with retro-style packaging that harkens back to the original Kenner toys.

Final Thoughts

Shoppers that have toys on their holiday list are faced with a dilemma each year. Do you wait for a toy to go on sale, or do you secure your toy as soon as possible in case it becomes the must-have toy of the holiday season? If you feel the toy that needs to be under your tree this holiday may become a mega-hit, there is no harm in taking advantage of return periods for stores like Walmart and Target. You can pick the toy up and hang onto the receipt, which allows you to return the toy for a refund within 90 days, carries you well into the holiday season. This way, if a better price comes up, you can return or price match at your retailer, or if the toy sells out, you’ve already got yours ready to tuck away under your tree.

As we do every year, we will be bringing you the latest sales, price breaks, and doorbusters for these toys and everything else on your shopping list. Don’t forget to check back with, follow us on Twitter, and like us on Facebook so you won’t miss out on any of the Black Friday action.

October 20, 2017
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