Hottest Holiday Toys Put to the Test by Real Kids (PHOTOS)

kids Christmas giftGet ready, get set, the hunt for the hot holiday toys of 2012 is on, Moms and Dads. Whether you're Black Friday shopping (good luck!) or hoping to get it all done online this year, chances are your kid has asked for something that made one of the "must buy" toy lists. But is it worth spending the cash or are you going to spend hours going from store to store to find that one toy only to have your kid abandon it 20 minutes after opening?

Sadly, there are no guarantees. But here at The Stir, we have the next best thing. We gathered 10 of the hottest toys of the various 2012 holiday toys, from the Wii U to the Furby. Then we gathered a group of real kids and let them loose with the whole pile. We wanted to know what they really thought. Are these toys worth the hunt? Are they worth the price?

We gathered one 3-year-old boy, one 5-year-old boy, two 7-year-old girls, one 7-year-old boy, and a 12-year-old girl. The products were all procured as samples from the manufacturers, and presented to the kids as is. Parents helped only in getting them out of boxes and/or with any set-up that required an adult's touch. They were asked questions about what they thought, but they weren't coached.

Remember, these are the honest opinions of the parents and the kids. The children were allowed to keep the toys they liked, but to protect the integrity of the test, they were not informed of this until after the entire test was over.

So here's what happened with all 10 of them!

Which toys on this list are your kids most excited about?


Image via Jeanne Sager

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Lovin... LovinJerseyMama

I got two Furbys for my daughters as soon as they came out. I think it was more a gift for me than for them lol, I loved them when I was younger. They are definitely cool little toys though. Their Christmas lists are full of disney princess items and animal toys this year. Luckily we hit up the big Disney sale online and I was able to get them a lot for really cheap :) no lines for me on Black Friday! 

zombi... zombiemommy916

Does anyone know anything about the new Crayola Airbrush Marker thingy? My kids are crazy about graffiti art and my daughter is taking an airbrush art enrichment course through school, so I know they would love this new toy (provided it actually does what the commercial shows!) So any advice or feedback would be fantastic! Thank you :)

Doomy234 Doomy234

That Ninjago Lego Dragon is all my nephew has been talking about since August. Pretty sure he is getting it from my parents, but he points it out to me in the Lego catalog everytime I visit him. Did I mention that he has every Lego set known to man except this dragon one? So yeah, he's excited. Lol.

Christina Huddle

You should also mention that the Furby works with Apple's iOS cloud storage system. Not everyone has a or apple account so that bears mentioning.


Tina Goff

While this list has a nice mix of different toys, I think it's pretty irrelevant as far as 'reviewing' where kids are concerned.  

What you really need to do is keep these toys for a week or two, then see what happens.  Which ones are still getting played with?  Which toys are broken or missing parts?  Which toys lost their newness first and are shoved in a corner never to be played with again?

Every toy is 'great' the first day a kid gets it.  It's only after a few days or weeks that it's worth really begins to show.

nonmember avatar Zuri

Sigh. I'm putting together my Christmas list now, and it kinda sucks. I feel too old for toys this year. Did the 12-year-old girl look at you like you were crazy when you asked her what she thought of the toys? I like the Wii U, but it's too expensive since I'm already asking for a phone, and I like the Furby, but, once again, I'm going to feel like the biggest moron ever. Plus, my brother would break that so fast.
What do you think of the new American Girl doll? I might get some funny looks when I say "Mom, I want a doll this year," but who cares?

fleur... fleurdelys3110

I had a Furby back when I was growing up in the 90's. That thing freaked me out. It would randomly come on in the middle of the night and talk and scare the crap out of me. 

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