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

by Jeanne Sager November 22, 2012 at 11:42 PM
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Micro Chargers Time Track

Of all the toys, the Micro Chargers Time Track is the one that seemed to attract the most kids regardless of gender and keep them occupied the longest (aside from putting together LEGO sets).

Pros: Although the directions were sparse, the track was relatively simple to assemble by a mom who admitted she's put together her fair share of race tracks in her day! Play was fairly simple. Just wind everything up, push a button, and the cars are off and ready. The ease of use and fact that things go fast seemed to be what attracted the kids most. They would have spent hours letting them fly around the track if we'd let them.

Cons: Even though there are four lanes to the track, the set only comes with two small cars, and I do mean SMALL. Unless you have a place to store them, be ready to have them get lost. Also frustrating? There's no way to turn these cars off!

Of all the toys, the Micro Chargers Time Track is the one that seemed to attract the most kids regardless of gender and keep them occupied the longest (aside from putting together LEGO sets).

Pros: Although the directions were sparse, the track was relatively simple to assemble by a mom who admitted she's put together her fair share of race tracks in her day! Play was fairly simple. Just wind everything up, push a button, and the cars are off and ready. The ease of use and fact that things go fast seemed to be what attracted the kids most. They would have spent hours letting them fly around the track if we'd let them.

Cons: Even though there are four lanes to the track, the set only comes with two small cars, and I do mean SMALL. Unless you have a place to store them, be ready to have them get lost. Also frustrating? There's no way to turn these cars off!

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writes articles for The Stir by day, slays closet monsters and bounds through bedtime stories with her elementary schooler by night. The Phineas and Ferb soundtrack reverberates through her brain.

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LovinJerseyMama
November 23, 2012 at 8:19 AM

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! 

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zombiemommy916
November 23, 2012 at 10:09 AM
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 :)
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Doomy234
November 23, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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.
Facebook comment from Christina Huddle
November 23, 2012 at 12:49 PM

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

 

Facebook comment from Tina Goff
November 23, 2012 at 1:10 PM

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.

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Nonmember comment from Zuri
November 23, 2012 at 10:09 PM
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?
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fleurdelys3110
November 24, 2012 at 10:47 PM

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. 

Facebook comment from Beth McCormack Bernitt
November 26, 2012 at 9:20 AM

 

This makes me want this even more!

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