US consumer title, the Toy Insider has announced its top toy picks for Christmas 2016, grouping the 42 items as Tech (drones, wearables, robotic pets, and more), STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths toys that make learning fun) or a classic Top 20.

According to the a statement from the Toy Insider team, the criteria used to evaluate the toys includes play value, originality, skill building, product integrity and, of course, fun.

“At The Toy Insider, we know play, and the toys in our holiday gift guide will have kids laughing, learning and playing in meaningful ways,” Laurie Schacht, Toy Insider co-publisher and chief toy officer said.

“Playtime is all about bringing the whole family together, and whether it's an engaging new board game, an interactive play set, or an adorable tech pet, the toys on our list will get everyone having fun all season long and well into 2017.”


The Toy Insider Hot 20:

Children aged 0-2 years

  • Laugh & Learn Crawl-Around Learning Center (Fisher-Price)

  • Go! Go! Smart Friends Enchanted Princess Palace (VTech)

Children aged 3-5 years

  • Disney Frozen Northern Lights Elsa (Jakks Pacific)

  • Disney My Time Singing Elena of Avalor (Hasbro)

  • FurReal Friends Torch My Blazin' Dragon (Hasbro)

  • Lion Guard Training Lair Playset (Just Play)

  • PAW Patrol Monkey Temple (Spin Master)

  • PJ Masks Headquarters Playset (Just Play)

  • Pokémon My Friend Pikachu (Tomy)

  • Talk-to-Me Mikey (Playmates Toys)

Children aged 6-8 years

  • Animal Jam—Club Geoz Dance Party Playset (Jazwares)

  • Hatchimals (Spin Master)

  • Hot Wheels AI (Mattel)

  • Shopkins Happy Places Happy Home (Moose Toys)

  • Snuggles, My Dream Puppy (Moose Toys)

  • Skylanders Imaginators (Activision)

Children aged over 9 years

  • Lego Star Wars Resistance X-Wing Fighter (Lego Group)

  • Nintendo MarioKart 8 Quadcopter (Carrera of America)

  • Pokémon Sun & Pokémon Moon (Nintendo)

  • Speak Out (Hasbro)

Toy Insider Disney My Time Singing Elena of Avalor Hasbro

The Toy Insider's Top Tech 12:

  • Air Hogs Helix Sentinel Drone (Spin Master)

  • Barbie Hello Dreamhouse (Mattel)

  • BOSEbuild Speaker Cube (Bose)

  • CHiP (WowWee)

  • CodeGamer (Thames & Kosmos)

  • Kurio Watch (KD Interactive)

  • LUMI (WowWee)

  • Mebo (Skyrocket Toys)

  • Meccano Meccasaur (Spin Master)

  • Sky Rover Voice Command Drone (Auldey Toys North America)

  • Sky Viper Hover Racer (Skyrocket Toys)

  • Zoomer Chimp (Spin Master)

Toy Insider Meccano Meccasaur Spin Master

The Toy Insider's STEM 10

  • 3Doodler Start Essentials Pen Set (WobbleWorks)

  • Barbie STEM Kit (Thames & Kosmos)

  • Bloxels (Mattel)

  • Code & Go Robot Mouse Coding Activity Set (Learning Resources)

  • Geckobot (Thames & Kosmos)

  • Mighty Makers Director's Cut Building Set (K'Nex)

  • Project MC2 We Heart Chemistry Kit (Alex Brands)

  • Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival (PlayMonster)

  • Think & Learn Code-A-Pillar (Fisher-Price)

  • VEX Robotics Zip Flyer (Hexbug)Toy Insider Roominate Cotton Candy Carnival PlayMonster

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