Happy Black Friday! Were you one of the millions who stood in line this morning in search of the latest must haves for everyone on your list? If you’re still in search of the top toys for the kids (and adults) this season, you’ve come to the right place! Renowned toy expert Reyne Rice joined me once again, this time to chat about the hot new toys for the entire family, from those 18 months and up!
Candace Rose: What are some of the hot new toys this holiday season?
Reyne Rice: “Well, we’re going to start with one for the whole family. The Xbox 360 has a great all-in-one entertainment experience for everyone. You can sign up for the Xbox live gold subscription and you can enjoy TV, music, movies, sports, all in a very interactive way. And the hottest blockbuster games like Halo 4. What’s special for this holiday is they have a bundle. You can sign up for the two years at $14.99 a month and get a discounted console for only $99 or you can get the console and the Kinect for $149.”
Candace Rose: How can the family get involved this year?
Reyne Rice: “Well, for the youngest at 18 months old, you can get the always popular construction toys. They’re the building blocks for math and now literacy learning because Lego has a new Read and Build set, so the kids have this wonderful little cardboard book- it’s age appropriate reading. It comes with a DUPLO set in a sturdy storage case and parents can look at doing building, reading and storytelling together. They can also go to the website at ReadBuildPlay.com and download a parental guide that teaches original games, lots of ideas so they can keep on playing in different ways all year.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any advice for those who are on a budget this holiday season?
Reyne Rice: “Absolutely. There’s a lot of great trading card games, and other games that are stocking stuffer priced. For example the book with Lego that I just mentioned was $12.99. The Kaijudo: Rise of the Duel Masters trading card game starts at $3.99 or your can get a core set for $11.99. Kids develop really strong relationships with the characters and the creatures in the cards and there’s also a TV show, so there’s storyline that teaches is about friendship and also anti-bullying. And parents will also like that with the cards, kids are learning about reading and math skills, strategy, and also creative problem solving.”
Candace Rose: Do you have any additional tips or information you’d like to share?
Reyne Rice: “Yes, I have two more great products. One is we know that pop culture is always a theme during the holiday, and throughout the year for kids. And this year the Twilight movie was very popular which means vampires are popular. So we have the Mystixx Vampire Dolls by Playhut. These are beautiful 11.5 inch dolls, which by transforming them with their accessories and turning their head, you can actually transform them from a popular girl during the day to a powerful vampire at night. Kids love to role play. And each of these dolls personalities really focuses on a different characteristic that’s positive such as confidence, compassion, intelligence. And these are available exclusively at Toys’R’Us this year.
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