Gayle Anderson was live in Santa Monica at Pacific Park to learn about the HOT HOLIDAY TOYS for 2016 according to TIME TO PLAY MAGAZINE toy expert Chris Byrne.
Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy, from TIME TO PLAY MAGAZINE, has selected some of the best new toys for this holiday season to help give you some ideas of what’s popular this year.
Here’s the 2016 list:
Always looking for new ways to engage and educate children, LeapFrog introduces its newest learning system, LeapStart. This interactive device is designed to help kids build key skills, both for school and for life. There are more than 400 activities across a library of 16 books, sold separately, divided into four levels with 50 key skills per level. Kids can progress from preschool to pre-K to kindergarten and then first grade with the four levels of LeapStart books.
MOODSTERS TALKING PLUSH AND ACTIVITY BOOK
The Moodsters are five lovable little detectives – Lolly, Snorf, Coz, Razzy and Quigly - who use special sleuthing skills to help their friends, Zach and Zoey, when they have a feelings emergency. The five Moodsters personify basic emotions that all children experience in their everyday lives - happiness, anger, love, sadness and fear. Each of The Moodsters toys focuses on teaching kids how to handle and express emotions through a storybook which is based on a research-backed Emotional Intelligence curriculum developed by Marc Brackett, Ph.D., of The Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
DISNEY MOANA FEATURE DOLL
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Find out how far you can go with the Disney Moana Feature Doll, which sings a snippet from the song “How Far I'll Go” when you press the doll's left hand. This 11-inch singing doll looks just like the character from the new Disney movie Moana, complete with dark, wavy hair and two movie-realistic outfits. The first is a cropped top with screen art print and a skirt with grass and tassel print. Moana wears armbands with molded feathers and puka shells. A molded headdress also goes with this outfit. The second outfit consists of a cropped top with tapa cloth print with scalloped hem and a tapa cloth print skirt. With both outfits, the doll can wear her necklace, and there is even a light-up version of the necklace for kids to wear. The Moana doll also comes with a paddle and figures of her two animal friends, Pua the pig and Hei Hei the rooster.
DISNEY FROZEN LITTLE KINGDOM ELSA'S MAGICAL RISING CASTLE
Frozen fans can embrace Elsa's powers to create her ice castle with Disney Frozen Little Kingdom Elsa's Magical Rising Castle Playset from Hasbro. Just like the name implies, this cool playset magically rises to 20-inches tall, allowing kids to pretend to have Elsa's powers. The set comes with the glossy white and blue, rising ice castle, a three-inch posable Elsa Little Kingdom doll, an Olaf doll, two dresses, a cape, and nine snap-ins, plus additional accessories to decorate the castle and engage in imaginative play. There's also a kid-sized cuff bracelet for girls to wear, themselves.
This new collection of Barbie Fashionistas dolls is devoted to the idea that there isn't one standard of beauty. Kids are all different...and now dolls are all different. Curvy Barbie is one of the three new body types in the Fashionista's Spring 2016 collection. She's pure Barbie at heart with a fashion-forward style and an attitude and spirit kids love. The Spring 2016 collection includes four different body types. Plus, they have 7 skin shades, over 20 different hair colors, 24 hairstyles and more. The entire collection includes 33 dolls.
JOHN DEERE MONSTER TREADS 2X SCOOP TRACTOR
TOMY's John Deere Monster Treads 2x Scoop Tractor, for ages 3 and up, is a monster-sized tractor that has monstrous cool features. To get to work, turn on the truck by flipping the switch located underneath the truck. Now it's time for action! Push the orange tractor lever forward to activate the front loader. Pull the lever back to activate the rear backhoe. As you push and pull the lever, watch in wonder as the tractor lights up and listen in excitement as the tractor makes different sounds. Both the lever and backhoe move up and down, which means you can experiment with picking up different objects and pretending like you're a hard-working farmer.
STIKBOT STUDIO PRO
Stikbot Studio Pro lets you make stop-motion green screen animated movies quickly and easily. Green screen is a process by which something is shot against a green screen (in this case your Stikbot figures) and the green background is replaced by another image. (Professionals call this chromo key, and say that the background has been "keyed out." Usually, this is a fairly complicated technical process requiring sophisticated and specialized equipment. However, Stikbot Studio Pro lets you do this easily and on the fly.
HEXBUG BATTLE BOTS BATTLE ARENA
Choose your robot warrior and send them into battle with the Hexbug BattleBots Arena. Modeled after fan favorites Witch Doctor and Tombstone from the BattleBotsseries on ABC, the bots have their own unique weapons and designs (such as Tombstone's coffin shape and rotating block) that help them crush the competition in style. Also available are Bronco and Bite Force, sold separately. These bots also feature tethered handles that activate unique weaponry.
SUPER WINGS WORLD AIRPORT
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The World Airport from the popular Super Wings TV series sets the stage for this ultimate playset for preschoolers. With electronic sounds and lights, plus tons of activities for kids to recreate their favorite Super Wings scenes with characters Jett and Donnie, it delivers loads of fun. Attach them to the fly-around balance bar and spin them to circle the World Airport; load Jeff into the elevator and lift him to the control tower; flip open the base compartments to reveal a rotating luggage carousel and cargo scale.
The Sing-A-Ma-Lings are silly little singing things. Each soft, singing character also talks and makes funny sounds when you give them a squeeze. There are six to collect, including Frankie, Sawyer, Blush, Noodle, Darcy, and Bo, and each one sings a different song. You can hold the squeeze to make them hold the note a little longer, or quickly squeeze to make them sing the song really fast. And as sing their mouth opens into an “O” shape and you'll be able to see their bright white teeth.
There are two other play modes you can switch to by pressing their hands. In Jibber Jabber mode, there’s silly sounds; in Harmonize mode, they sing different notes with every tummy squeeze. If you have other Sing-A-Ma-Lings, put them in Harmonize.
LIL LOCKITZ MEMORY STUDIO
Lil Lockitz Memory Studio comes with Memory Studio, Display, Locket Tops and Backs, Necklaces, Bracelets, Key Chain Clasps, Charms, Backgrounds, Tweezers, Photo Stencil, and instructions. To get started, set up the Memory Studio by clipping the two halves of the Locket Display together. Organize your supplies by spinning the studio cover. To make a locket, turn the knob to the left to lift the lid and place a Locket Back inside. Pick a colorful background and place it in the locket base. Then fill the locket with charms and gems.You can use the tweezers to pinch or scoop your favorite elements, or just use your hands. Choose a colored top for your locket, use a top with one loop for a necklace or key chain, and two loops for a bracelet and place it on the locket back. Turn the knob to the right to close the lid, seal your locket, and infuse it with Special Magic. When the music stops, turn the knob to the left to open the lid and reveal your Locket. Clip your key chain, tie your necklace, or strap your bracelet and there, you have a Locket with a special memory! If you want to add something to your necklace, just pop it open and add it, no biggie. You can show off your lockets by wearing them, of course, or displaying them in the Locket Display.
Whether you’re doing target practice during the day or at night, you’ll always be able to see with the Air Storm Firetek Crossbow. This toy crossbow comes with three light-up arrows with foam tips and a scope to help you get an accurate shot. But the arrows aren’t the only things that light up. The body of the crossbow lights up, too, when you press the button on the side of the handle. There are also two clips at the front of the crossbow to hold two arrows for easy reloading.To launch one of the arrows, turn it on so it lights up and then hook the arrow over the crossbow’s elastic loops. Pull the arrow all the way back until it hooks onto the tab on the crossbow’s shaft. Then, depress the safety button and pull the trigger to fire the arrow up to 45 feet.
The original Zyclone ring launcher was a personal favorite because it was both fun and elegant. With this new version, the Firetek Zyclone from Zing, you can light up the sky with your flying rings. The addition of a long-lasting LED light in the ring and on the launcher is totally cool, which means when it gets dark or when the lights go out, the fun goes on. Like the original Zyclone, this is easy to use. Just load the ring onto the handle, pull back and twist, and then let it fly. Like all Zing toys, the seemingly simplistic design is the result of savvy engineering that ensures great flights and lots of fun.
SEUSS THING TWO AND THING ONE WHIRLY FUN GAME
Classic Dr. Seuss characters come off the book pages and onto a game board in the Dr. Seuss Thing Two and Thing One Whirly Fun! Game. In this cooperative game, players work together to clean up the house before Mother gets home. The box actually becomes the playing space. Set up all the household items on each star symbol around the house, and then mess everything up by launching the Thing Top in the living room. Then take turns drawing cards and doing the action shown on the card. If the card shows a room, you get to clean up all of the knocked-over items in that room. If the card shows a color, clean up one knocked over item of the indicated color. But if the card shows Thing One or Thing Two, launch the Thing Top in the room that matches the background color on the card to create a mess. You might also draw The Cat in the Hat, which allows you to clean up any two knocked-over items. If you get a Net, you keep that card and use it later to prevent a Thing One or Thing Two card from being played. Drawing a Mother card moves the Mother figure along the path toward the front door. You may choose to move her one, two, or three spaces forward. If everything is tidy when Mother reaches the doormat, everybody wins. But if any items are still knocked over, you'll just have to try again.
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Hot Holiday Toys 2016 List
Time to Play Magazine
Chris Byrne, The Toy Guy
Pacific Park, Santa Monica Hot Holiday Specials:
- As a final gift in Pacific Park's yearlong 20th Birthday celebration, KTLA viewers can purchase Pacific Park's Unlimited Ride Wristbands for $20 each (savings of 33% off regular price) now through December 31, 2016, to entertain friends and family from out of town during the holidays. Pacific Park’s Unlimited Ride Wristbands make great stocking stuffers too. The Unlimited Ride Wristbands must be purchased online with the offer code: KTLAHOLIDAYS
- Pacific Park will serve up Pumpkin Pie flavor ice cream for Thanksgiving and Cookie for Santa flavor ice cream for Christmas. The ice cream flavors are created by Lappert’s Ice Cream.
- Pacific Park is open daily during the holidays, so once viewers finish their holiday shopping they can take a break and relax at Pacific Park. Enjoy a few rides, play a few games and treat the family and out of town guests to the best beach and ocean views in Southern California on our solar-powered Ferris wheel.
- Pacific Park’s Pacific Wheel Ferris wheel will feature the traditional holiday colors of red, white and green, and an assortment of dynamic patterns and images. Guests to the area and online at pacpark.com will enjoy the Ferris wheel’s nightly display during the holiday season from sunset through midnight.
If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com.