The MOST Wanted Holiday toys are…

On Friday I spent most of the day in New York City at the Time to Play Holiday Showcase. I had the opportunity to learn what the top toys are for the holidays and see lots of other great games and toys!

After lots of play, the team at Time to Play decided on the following most wanted toys!

1. Thomas & Friends Steam n Speed R/C Thomas from Fisher-Price

Full Steam Ahead! You control the action as Thomas puffs on his way with real cool to the touch steam. Send Thomas forwards or backwards with a spin, hear whistles, fun phrases and more. Thomas does 3 special moves and comes with an easy to use remote-control.

2. LeapPad2 Explorer from LeapFrog

The #1 Learning Tablet Just Got Better! (Ages 3-9 Years)
• Front-and-back cameras and video recorders• Leveled reading experiences to help reading skills grow
• Creative play for unlimited exploration and discovery• 4GB of memory• 325+ game cartridges & downloadable apps*

3. Doc McStuffins Time For Your Checkup Doll from JustPlay

It’s time for a checkup with everyone’s favorite doctor! With the Disney Doc McStuffins Time For Your Check Up Doll you can use Doc McStuffins magical check up tools to make Lambie talk! Check Lambie’s heart, ears and temperature. Doc also talks and sings the “time for Your Check-Up” song. Doc McStuffins is an American animated television series produced by Brown Bag Films, which premiered on March 23, 2012 on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. The series is about a six-year-old girl, Dottie “Doc” McStuffins, who can “fix” toys, with a little help from her stuffed animal friends, Stuffy, Hallie, Lambie and Chilly. During ending credits, Doc gives advice to viewers about staying healthy.

4. Little Tikes iTikes Canvas from MGA Entertainment

The iTikes Canvas allows kids to express their creativity through fun lights, sounds and digital interactivity.

5. Winx Club Believix Dolls from Jakks Pacific

The power of Believix! Girls will want to play out their favorite Believix moments from the show with these beautiful Winx Club Believix fairy dolls. With 11 points of articulation, girls can recreate any fashionable pose they want! The dolls come with a pair of sparkly Believix wings that plug into the Winx “X” on their back allowing for magical transformation from girl to fairy. These dolls also come with a magical membership card that unlocks exclusive content on Collect all six Winx Club Believix fairies: Bloom, Stella, Flora, Tecna, Musa, Aisha.

6. LeapsterGS Explorer from LeapFrog

The Ultimate Learning Game System (Ages 4-9 years)
• Fast-paced action for the ultimate gaming experience• Built-in motion sensor for multi-sensory learning
• Built-in camera and video recorder• 2GB of memory• 300+ game cartridges & downloadable apps*
*Three apps included. All additional games and apps sold separately

7. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Figures from Playmates Toys

With more than 12 points of articulation, these action figures are the most highly detailed and articulated Turtle figures ever made! Each Turtle figure is uniquely sculpted, with heights ranging from 4.25 inches to 5.25 inches, to capture the individual personalities of the characters from Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles TV show! Each Turtle is wearing his signature bandana and comes packed with their two core Ninja weapons and added weapons rack for hours of Ninja playing excitement!

8. Lalaloopsy Soft Dolls from MGA Entertainment

The Lalaloopsy were once rag dolls who magically came to life when their very last stitch was sewn, taking on the personalities of the fabrics that were used to make them. Lalaloopsy live in a colorful, silly world with surprises around every corner!Lalaloopsy Fluff N Stuff Soft Doll The Original Characters now in plush Doll and pet are made of soft material Totally collectable Doll is 10.25 tall

9. My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pony Princess Wedding Castle from Hasbro

PRINCESS CADANCE and SHINING ARMOR are getting married at the castle! Ponies from all over EQUESTRIA cant wait to go to the royal wedding.Your PRINCESS CADANCE and SHINING ARMOR pony friends are thrilled to share this special day with you. Help them into their clothes and crowns and prepare the beautiful castle for the party then open the castle door to welcome their guests! (Additional pony figures sold separately.)Castle playset comes with bride and groom pony figures, butterfly, comb, 2 teacups, teapot, wedding cake, table, bouquet, piano, purse, tuxedo, groom crown, bride crown, dress, 2 rings, necklace, chandelier and sticker labels.WARNING CHOKING HAZARD Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.

10. Monster High Ghouls Rule and Monster High High School from Mattel

Monster High Ghouls Rule Doll Collection The ghouls have always stayed home on Halloween but not this year. Theyve decided to come out of hiding to take back this haunting holiday in fangtastic, overthetop costumes. Clawdeen Wolf, Frankie Stein, Draculaura and Cleo De Nile dolls each featuring killer hairstyles, sparkles and accessories that pay homage to their famous monster heritages, revolt against tradition and restore Halloween to a day when monsters celebrate their individuality and show everyone that its okay to Be Yourself. Be Unique. Be a Monster. Each doll sold separately, collect them all.

Monster High High School Playset: The most iconic spots in Monster High are finally getting some freaky fabulous time in the spotlight. In response to fan demand, girls can now showcase their favorite student bodies in the very first Monster High playset. This two-story school features some of the most recognizable rooms from the webisodes including the iconic school entrance through the gargoyle statues, the mad science classroom, creepateria, casketball court and, of course, the ghouls’ creepy cool coffin-shaped lockers. Using the included stickers and decorations, girls can transform the creepateria into the perfect spot for the big school dance. When class is dismissed, the set folds up neatly for easy storage. Dolls not included.

11. MEGA Bloks Skylanders Giants from MEGA Brands

Skylanders is the hit video game from Activision where toys come to life. MEGA Brands’ has taken some of the iconic figures and vehicles from the new Skylanders Giants game and turned them into MEGA Bloks construction sets.

12. LEGO Friends from LEGO

This is a product line featuring the following toys: LEGO Friends Heartlake Stables, LEGO Friends City Park Cafe, LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop, LEGO Friends Adventure Camper and LEGO Friends Advent Calendar.

13. WWE Brawlin’ Buddies from Mattel

Mattel introduces a new way for kids to play with WWE® with Brawlin’ BuddiesTM. These 16-inch plush figures are soft enough to squeeze but bold enough to throw down. Kids can safely create action-packed storylines, competing against their favorite Superstars or unite to become the newest WWE® Tag Team Champions. Each figure features signature Superstar phrases recorded by the WWE® Superstars themselves and delivers battling sounds that encourage continued play with kids. Four popular Superstars including John Cena® and Rey Mysterio® will be introduced.

14. Barbie Photo Fashion Doll from Mattel

Barbie Photo Fashion Doll: Lights. Camera. Fashion. Barbie Photo Fashion Doll combines fashion and photos with a simple click. The Barbie doll is actually a digital camera and Barbie doll’s shirt is where the digital image will appear. Girls can select from pre-loaded graphics or take their own pictures to change the image on Barbie doll’s tee. With the ability to add frames and effects to photos and make your own slide show – see what happens when you play with Barbie. Once images are downloaded and saved to a computer, the camera memory is freed allowing for more photo fun. Website with Barbie imagery lets girls customize images taken with their Barbie Photo Fashion Doll. Barbie Photo Fashion Doll can hold more than 100 images and features an internal rechargeable battery. Includes Barbie doll with embedded digital camera and LCD screen, stand, USB cable, rechargeable battery and instructions. Ages 6+

15. Appfinity AppDrive from Spin Master

Get behind the wheel of the ultimate driving simulator! Using patented touch pad technology, the AppDrive puts you right in the race! Your iOS device’s gyroscope delivers 100% authentic steering control as you tilt, twist and turn your way through every race! 4 console buttons deliver shifting, breaking, drifting and more! Customize each one while your race through popular licensed and non-licensed games. Whether it’s stock cars, planes or motocross, AppDrive puts you behind the wheel!

16. Furby from Hasbro

FURBY is back and it has A MIND OF ITS OWN. Feed it, speak to it, tickle it, play music for it and shake, tilt or turn your FURBY upside down. It even interacts with other FURBYs (sold separately). But be warned – how you treat your FURBY will shape its personality. Who your FURBY becomes may surprise you! For additional interactive fun, you can download an optional free FURBY app that works with iPad, iPod touch and iPhone with iOS 4.2 or later for virtual feeding, accessing the FURBISH-English dictionary and the FURBISH translator. (Not all functions of the app work with older devices.) So, are you ready to handle a FURBY?

17. Air Hogs R/C Heli Replay from Spin Master

Fly, record and play back your flight path with the all-new Heli Replay. With 3 ways to fly, you control the aerial action. Choose between a remote control or download the free Flight Control App and start flying straight from your Smartphone. Use onscreen controls to fly the Replay, or activate the accelerometer and tilt your phone in the direction you want to fly. The onboard electronic control system automatically prevents unstable movement, resulting in an exceptionally smooth and precise flight experience. Master the art of flight and replay it time and time again with the Air Hogs Heli Replay.

18. Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire from Hasbro
It’s time to take your N-STRIKE battling to the next level with the HAIL-FIRE blaster! The HAIL-FIRE blaster’s unique rotating ammo rack gives it the highest capacity of any NERF blaster ever. The HAIL-FIRE blaster comes with 4 Quick Reload clips and 24 Elite Darts, but it can hold up to 4 more Quick Reload ammo clips and up to 144 darts! The blaster’s acceleration trigger powers up the motor for semi-auto blasting that lets you unleash a storm of revolutionary Elite Darts at your target. Fire at targets up to 75 feet away! The Quick Reload clips work with any Clip System blaster (sold separately) and the Elite Darts work with any Elite blaster and most original N-STRIKE blasters (sold separately). With 2 tactical rails that are compatible with most N-STRIKE accessories (sold separately) and an advance handle, this blaster gives you the ultimate in Elite customization and firepower!

most wanted toys

Me (of course) and just some of the toys I saw at the Holiday Showcase.

I can’t even begin to tell you about all of the amazing toys I saw! I’m hoping to give you some first hand feedback on some of them as well as a few of the most wanted! Trust me, if you see something on that list your kids are asking for, get it now. The scoop is that some of the retailers didn’t order enough! Yikes, right?

I know in our house, we’re pretty excited about the LeapPad2 and the My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Pony Princess Wedding Castle! What’s not to love, right?

Stay tuned for more toy news! It’s one of my favorite things about fall!

Disclosure: I received travel and accommodations to attend the Time to Play Holiday Showcase. Most wanted list provided by, product descriptions provided by and This post contains affiliate links. All opinions in this post are my own.

About Kerri Jablonski

Kerri Jablonski AKA The Maven lives in Seattle,WA with her 3 kids (2008, 2010, 2013), husband, cats and backyard chickens. Two of her children have special needs. Kerri enjoys cooking, travel, movies and spending time with her family.


  1. We recently won the My Little Pony Wedding Castle so glad to know we’re set on that one for Christmas! Will have to try and snag one of the Doc McStuffins dolls when we see them if they’re also potentially going to be short. Bubbles loves that show 🙂

  2. Wow! It looks like it was very interesting and lots of fun. I used to love my Furby. The Appfinity AppDrive sounds cool too.

  3. This collection looks absolutely amazing! The Leapster and the new Furby were already on my list but now I am thinking of adding a couple of the LEGO Friends sets as well! 🙂

  4. Cool, furby is back! I used to have a gizmo furby 🙂

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