The Hottest Toys of the Year 2020

Have you figured out what to get the kids on your list this year yet? Here are the top toys of the year according to Walmart, Amazon and all the other big toy retailers. There's bound to be something on this list that will make their little hearts sing!

These are the toys that kids love to play with and really want to see under the tree on Christmas morning. They get the kids' votes for toy of the year and they are in high demand, so it's time to start shopping!

We have outdoor toys, indoor toys, educational toys, favourite characters and movie franchises, and everything in between.

Want to be the most popular parent, aunt, uncle, grandparent or Godparent around? Follow this list and you’ll find just the right gift for the kids you're buying for this year!

From the TV to the Toy Room

Children love having their favourite TV and movie characters to play with, so here are the best.

The Frozen 2 Musical Adventure Elsa Doll helps kids bring the Frozen 2 magic into their world. 

This favourite character continues the story from the first movie as she journeys with her sister and friends on new adventures.

Kids can join Elsa by singing along to "Show Yourself". The doll has long, blonde hair, befitting of a princess, just like the movie character, and wears a glittering white dress.

Next on the list is the adorable Blue’s Clues & You! Peek-A-Blue

This one made the list because, besides being adorable, who doesn’t love Blue’s Clues? Kids and adults alike both love this character.

This plush toy is so soft and squeezable, and at 10 inches in height, it’s just the right size for hugging. 

Because it’s soft, it’s the perfect gift for younger kids. The inside of the toy’s paw has the same paw print that delights kids when they see it on the show as Blue solves all the clues. 

Interacting with it during play is easy for children 3 and over. To play with the toy, all kids have to do is press Blue’s tummy to see her ears go up.

The ears won’t go up without this step, but when it’s pressed, she’ll start to bark at the same time that she lifts her ears. 

These actions always make kids laugh while they play game after game of peek-a-boo.  Children will also love having their plush friend along as they watch the show together and help to solve the clues.

Another great toy that made the hot list this year is the PAW Patrol Dino Patroller.

This toy leaps from the animated children’s show right into lots of playtime fun for kids.

This all terrain toy is motorized and can bring adventures to life. It has over-sized wheels that easily travel across carpet and any other type of flooring. 

It’s also durable enough to be used for outdoor play. The toy is spacious so that it can hold all the pups in the show, although these are sold separately.

The vehicle has a projectile launcher and 2 projectiles are included so that kids can jump right into rescue mode and save the day for the dinosaurs. 

Also included with the toy is the Chase figure, wearing the Dino Rescue uniform just like on the show, and a T-Rex figure. The Chase figure easily fits into the cab. 

The back of the vehicle can hold additional vehicles within the same line of toys. Operating the toy is simple for little kids. All they have to do is push a button and the toy will move. 

During play time, if kids want to see the T-Rex in action, all they have to do is press on the figure’s tail. His mouth is moveable. The toy comes with batteries included and is recommended for children 3 and over.

Toys that teach children how to use their motor skills in combination with their imagination are great gift ideas.

Plus, they’re just so fun. The LEGO Death Star Final Duel is a toy that children will love to play with time and again.
Now kids will be able to reimagine what it was like when Luke Skywalker battled Darth Vader. Once the set is built, kids will be able to recreate the fight between good and evil.

Designed after the Emperor’s throne room, this LEGO set has the same attention to detail, including the elevated platform, and also gives that cool vibe that was shown in the original command centre. 

The set has several engaging parts to it, including the minifigure force jump. The throne can rotate and the stairs, as well as the bridge, can give way.

The toy is created so that the parts that were in the movie, like where the Emperor meets his doom, can be played out. 

In this LEGO set, there are 5 different Star Wars figures kids can choose to play with. Besides Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, there’s the Emperor and 2 of the Royal Guards. 

Lightsabers and force pikes are included, too. As a bonus, the set has a code that kids can use to gain a character in the Skywalker Saga video game.

This set has a total of 775 pieces and is not only a great gift for children 9 and over, but for adult Star Wars fans, too.

Also featured in the Star Wars line of Christmas gift items is the Star Wars Mandalorian Darksaber

Lightsabers have been a staple in the Star Wars movies since the movie series first began years ago. The stories have evolved and grown, but the lightsabers continue to be a fan favorite.

Thisdarksaber is based around the world of Mandalore and features the Mandalorian bounty hunter nicknamed 'Mando'.

Kids love not only the armour of the character, but the helmet that conceals any facial features as well. The warrior in the story is instrumental in helping Baby Yoda, The Child.

Children will love using this toy and engaging in role playing fighting scenes and standing tall as a hero, a powerful Mandalorian warrior. 

The darksaber is electronic, so it has sounds that mimic the battle sounds that are heard in Star Wars during the Clone Wars story. As the child brandishes the saber to fight, it engages the battle sounds. 

The toy is designed with a black blade and is intended to be used for children who are 5 years old and up. In addition to the sounds, the darksaber also has lights.

When kids want to turn on the lights, they just have to press the button located on the hilt of the toy and hold it.

Interactive Play

Interactive play toys that are cute and cuddly are always a hit with kids. That’s just one of the many reasons that the FurReal Mama Josie Kangaroo Pet is a must-have Christmas gift this year. 

This mama toy comes with 3 little baby joeys. Kids will be delighted to discover that one of them is a girl, one is a boy and they’ll have to unbox the toy to discover what the last baby is. 

This toy interacts with kids with over 70 sound and motion features. The pet is able to move and will move both her head as well as her arms. She can also dance. 

When the music plays, just watch her hop. Because the pet is such a great mama, whenever she’s snuggling with one of her babies or giving them a kiss, she’ll make a sweet sound just for them. 

She can also make other sounds, too - such as when a child is feeding the pet.

As she’s eating the included smoothie snack, she’ll let out feeding related sounds, such as a little hiccup. 

Mama Josie not only watches out for her babies, but she’s always up for play.

The set comes with the mama kangaroo, the 3 little babies and accessories for the joeys. Because of the small nature of some of the parts, the toy isn’t recommended for children younger than 4. 

Batteries are included, but you might want to buy extra, since kids never get tired of playing with this pet.

Balloon animals have always been a thrill to play with, but once they pop, the fun is over. 

Now, however, thanks to Squeakee the Balloon Dog, the fun never has to stop.

This toy is created to look and act just like a balloon animal, but with much more fun. It has the ability to interact with your child in the same way a real life puppy can. 

It’s as playful as a live pet, too. When a child speaks to the pet, the animal will react with understanding to whatever is being said.

Squeakee has the ability to sit up as well as stand.

Children can pet the dog or tickle him and watch his antics. The dog delights in attention and reacts happily to the interaction.

When his legs rub across the floor, they can make a squeaking sound just like a balloon animal can. 

The dog can also make a noise like it’s barking or panting.

Through a special indentation on the back of the dog, kids can insert a pin and the dog will make a popping sound like a balloon bursting. 

The dog will then fall over with a squeak.

Kids can use the special inflating accessory that makes the sound of air being pumped back into the pet. The dog comes with a squeaky toy and can be taught tricks using it. 

He can roll over onto his back and much more.  Once the dog is fed, much to the delight and laughter of kids, he’ll either pee or pass gas.

Surprise Toys

Surprise toys have become one of the longest lasting trends in toys. Year after year, the demand for these toys grows.

Part of the reason for their popularity is the joy that kids get from unboxing what they’re getting. 

Most kids are familiar with the L.O.L Surprise line of dolls.

The initials stand for Little Outrageous Littles and the year that they were first released, they shot to the top of everyone’s shopping list because they were one of the most in-demand toys. 

The popularity continues with the newest in the line with the L.O.L. Surprise OMG REMIX Dolls with the O.M.G referring to Outrageous Millennial Girls.

These are dolls that have a strong vibe toward creativity and that’s what makes them stand out. 

These dolls are different from the originals in that they centre around music.

Each of the dolls stands at 24 cm tall and are designed with gorgeous, full hair done in bright colors, which is patterned in a rock star fashion for dolls that know how to rock a stage. 

Each of the dolls comes with a set of two outfits. The toys even have their own band known as The Super Sonix. The dolls come with their own musical instrument that really works. 

Just like with the smaller, original dolls, the fun and focus of the toy is on unpacking the dolls.

Part of that fun is found when kids discover that each of these dolls comes with a song couplet. 

To get the song in its entirety, the rest of the dolls will need to be collected.

Inside the package, you’ll get the clothes, a stand for the doll, and accessories - like a brush, shoes, a purse and more - all packed in a turntable box.

Next on the hottest toys list is the Hatchimals Crystal Flyers. This innovative toy is a doll that’s housed in a crystal egg. 

When the egg is opened, it reveals a pixie and you can choose from Krystalina Rose or Violet Onyx. 

Whichever one you choose, both of the dolls have sparkling, glittery wings just like fairies. 

These wings do work and help the pixie to be able to fly.

Once you turn the doll on, the wings will start spinning, and as she’s launched, she’ll start flying. 

Kids love their interaction with the doll.

If they raise or lower their hands, the doll will automatically sense where the child’s hands are and the doll will rise or lower in response thanks to the built-in sensors. 

The doll also has the ability to be able to change direction with a simple touch. During play, if the child wants to stop the pixie from flying, all they have to do is touch the wings and the doll immediately stops. 

When not in play, kids can display the pixie in her crystal egg case.

Another one of the toys that’s high on the must-have list this year is the Na! Na! Na! Ultimate Surprise. This is a toy that’s a teen fashion doll and is part of the trend of unboxing surprise gifts. 

When unboxing, the anticipation is part of the gift.

As kids open the box, they’re treated to a shower of confetti before they discover the doll and all the fun accessories.

There is a choice from a selection of two different dolls: Rainbow Kitty and Black Bunny.

Both dolls are named after the cute animal containers they come in.

Each of these eleven inch dolls is taller than the original ones and are fully posable. 

The surprise doll comes with an animal themed hat that can be removed.

This lets kids be able to not only brush but to also style the doll’s hair. A hairbrush is included with whatever doll the child gets. 

For the Rainbow Kitty doll, this one comes with a giant kitty pom. The pom is what can be used to store the doll as well as any of the accessories that she has.

These accessories will vary, depending on which doll is purchased. 

Some of the fashion accessories include things like a warm, fuzzy jacket, a glamourous skirt and a sparkly top. Every glamorous doll needs shoes and four pairs come with this surprise toy. 

If you’re looking for a cute and fun surprise toy for the child on your list, then check out the L.O.L. Surprise Clubhouse Playset. This is one of the coolest toys in the L.O.L. Surprise! franchise. 

It comes with more than 40 different surprises and in addition to that, it also includes two exclusive dolls.

When you first look at the toy, it looks like it’s just a couple of shipping containers. 

But then, as it’s unfolded, it turns into a three story clubhouse that kids love to create imaginary scenes with.

The clubhouse can be set up different, such as stacking the containers on top of each other. 

Or the clubhouse can be spread out so it’s more sprawling.

The toy is designed to be visually appealing, both on the outside and inside of the toy. This clubhouse comes fully furnished, too. 

When it’s set up, it has over six areas that your child can choose from to play with the dolls.

A few of these areas are things like a movie room or a game room. There’s also a patio as well as a skateboard zone. 

Also included in the clubhouse is an area known as the stargazing space.

Kids will also enjoy unboxing the furniture that makes the clubhouse the perfect doll hangout. Some of these accessories include things like a hammock and a bean bag chair. 

Other accessories are items that the dolls use to have fun with, such as the arcade games or foosball table.

Energy-Burning Outdoor Toys

It’s important for children to spend time in outdoor play. Not only does it help improve agility and build stamina, but it’s important for mental health as well.

The toys on our top toy list this year can help kids to be active as well as provide them with plenty of fun. 

The Jetson Jupiter Light Up Scooter is a great choice if you’re looking for a scooter. This is one that folds, so it’s easily portable. It can be used either indoors or out.

It’s built for use on hardwood as well as tougher surfaces, like concrete and asphalt. 

The scooter has good visibility for evening use due to the LED lights designed on the deck and stem. 

Because these lights are bright, it makes it easy for others to be able to see where the scooter is. 

This safety feature is why this scooter is one of the most popular ones. It has a rear foot brake, which is another safety feature that allows your child to stop immediately.

There are multiple lights and because they come in twenty different patterns, the scooters will be unique. 

When it’s in use, both the front and rear wheels light up. The faster the child goes, the brighter the lights will get.

Because the wheels are non-inflatable, parents will never have to worry about the child getting a flat while he or she is riding.

The scooter is very lightweight which makes it perfect for even younger kids to carry around.

The handlebar is height-adjustable so it’s great for kids of all ages.

Also making the list for outdoor toys is the Razor E100 Glow Electric Scooter. Kids and adults alike love electric scooters and this is the perfect gift for a child or a child at heart. 

It’s sturdy enough to hold up to 120 pounds on the all steel frame.

The scooter needs to be charged, but charges fast and can hold that charge for as long as thirty-five minutes. 

The scooter is easy to charge and small enough to fit in the corner when not being used. It’s a quiet machine when it’s running, so it’s great for riding indoors or outdoors.

One of the best features on this scooter is that it has a dual braking system. 

It has both a standard rear fender brake and a front brake. This allows for smoother stops that won’t throw the rider off balance.

The front tire is inflatable and designed for a smooth ride on uneven terrain. 

The rear tire allows more weight to the back end of the scooter and this is what improves traction when driving. It also allows you to steer easier.

The hub motor is high torque and allows you to obtain a top speed of up to ten mph. 

The throttle is thumb activated and the front brake is hand operated. This gives you a lot of control when you’re starting and stopping the scooter.

This scooter is designed for riders ages eight and up. 

The assembled product weighs just over twenty pounds, so it feels a lot sturdier than other scooters on the market.

Screen-Free Indoor Entertainment

We all know how important it is for kids to find ways to stay entertained without being glued to a screen. The best way to do that is with interactive toys.

On the hot list this year is Kinetic Sand Sandwhirlz playset. It’s popular with younger as well as older kids.

The soft and gritty texture can be relaxing to play with and has been known to also help calm anxiety. 

It’s also known to help relieve stress, thanks to the way it smoothly glides through your hands in a mesmerizing fashion.

This kind of sand never dries out - no matter how often it’s played with, so it can be kept for years to come. 

This toy is a great addition to your stash of kinetic sand or as a starter.

It comes with two pounds of kinetic sand, in colors of red, blue, and yellow. It has over ten tools, so you can have hours of play creating unique sand sculptures.

Some of these tools include six shape shifters, a sand scooper, two extruder tubes, and more.

The playset opens up to give you a play area on the lid, so you can even play with it on the go.

Use the sand scooper to drop sand into one of the extruder tubes in the shape of a burst or a cloud. 

Gently squish the sand down using the plunger, then add more layers of sand. 

You can use several different colors of sand to for a unique look. Once the tube is full, you can snap on a shape shifter at the end of the tube.

This will allow your sand to keep a shape has it flows out of the tube. 

You can store mixed sand in the empty compartment of the case.

Kids can also use the extruder tubes as molds, and also use the plunger as a roller if needed.

The line of Little People toys have long thrilled young children. The Little People Launch & Loop Raceway is one of 2020’s hottest products in this line of toys.

This playset has several different colorful tracks to set up that allow the wheelie cars to race in competition against each other.

The playset has a fun crash zone in the middle where racers can collide and this action always delights kids.

The playset has multiple stunt points for plenty of fun. This includes a jump ramp as well as a loop-the-loop. 

There’s also a trap door. The set has a double car launcher than can send cars down the track at the same time.

All the tracks end in different ways, so your child can have a lot of fun seeing where their wheelie ends up at once it shoots off the tracks.

A great feature with this toy is the sound system. The playset is designed with sounds to imitate real races.

This makes the action feel more realistic to your little one. It also has lights around the playset tracks.

Another great feature of the playset is that it can help build fine motor skills in kids. It helps strengthen a child’s hand-eye coordination.

The playset comes with two wheelie cars, and when your child is done playing, the wheelie vehicles can be stored easily inside the playset. 

The playset is designed for toddlers eighteen months and older.

Kids love being a hero and if your child dreams of being a firefighter, then a great gift idea is the VTech Helping Heroes Fire Station

This set comes with two firefighting heroes, Frankie and Fiona. The set is a multi-level fire station where the heroes can sleep or work out while they wait for a call.

Your child can help the two characters get ready to battle the flames by checking the equipment to make sure everything is in order.

When it’s time for them to go and fight a fire, Frankie and Fiona are dropped through the opening and into a mini rescue vehicle.

Once they’re in there, you can transform the fire station into a fire truck, complete with a ladder and siren.

If you place Frankie or Fiona on the Talking Point location, the truck will let out music and sound effects. It will also teach your child phrases about the roles of firefighters.

There are three play modes included in the playset: Music & Sounds, Rescue Mission, and Explore & Train. 

When you combine the modes with the three action buttons, your child can have an educational, yet fun playtime.

The playset also comes with a helicopter your little one can use for important firefighting missions. 

One firefighter can fit into the helicopter at a time.

The truck also comes with a water hose and a sprayer. The playset is intended for kids eighteen months and older and requires two AA batteries.

One toy that continually sells well every Christmas is Hot Wheels. Both the cars and the sets are highly popular, and this year is no different.

That’s why the Hot Wheels Sky Crash Tower made our list. 

This toy is a great gift for little Hot Wheels fans. It stands at just over two and a half feet and is designed for racing and crashing action.

Children can use the booster to push their vehicles up for an epic jump, which can result in cool mid-air collisions. 

The booster is motorized, so it’s easy for even young children to be able to use.

The tower has parking for more than twenty cars, so this is a great gift for a child who collects Hot Wheels vehicles. 

The track that loops multiple times along with the curves can help your child improve his or her motor skills while improving their racing skills. The track can be used to race multiple cars at a time. 

There’s no limit to how many Hot Wheels vehicles can be raced down the track.

Your child can enjoy racing them or setting up outrageous jumps that will result in crashes and collisions.

The tower set folds up quickly and easily, making it perfect for storage.

It’s also is a great playset to take on the go for sleepovers or playdates.

The set comes with just one Hot Wheels vehicle, so you may want to buy some additional ones if they don't have a collection already.

The tower playset is recommended for kids aged five and up.

The Beyblade Burst Rise Hypersphere Vortex Climb Battle Set is a toy that’s designed after the animated series. It’s a spinning top toy that’s one of the hottest collectibles around. 

Kids love using the tops to create battles and this set has everything that’s needed for the ultimate victory. It comes with a couple of launchers as well as some right-spin battle tops. 

One of the battling tops included is a Prime Apocalypse A5, which the type of top that attacks.

The second battling top included is the Golden Judgement Dragon D5, which is a balance type of top. 

Both are popular with kids. The tops come with GT chips in their Energy Layers.

These chips are interchangeable, so you can mix and match with other right-spin GT chip tops that are compatible to these. 

The battle set has four different sections uniquely designed to give a child the most exciting battles.

The Beystadium is customizable. The top level, called the Battle Axis, can be removed. 

By doing this, your child can have two ways to play with the Beystadium. When the top is on, you can climb the ramp to reach it.

Once you’re there, you can drop down into the battle using the Hypersphere Brink Plane. 

It speeds the attack process inside the Battle Axis whenever you start climbing up the ramp.

A great feature with this battle set is that kids can compete in battles that are digital using a code in the Beyblade Burst app to unlock the Beystadium. 

This toy is recommended for kids aged eight and up.

Remote control vehicles can improve a child’s hand and eye coordination. They also improve a child’s reflexes and, of course, they’re also a lot of fun!

The Monster Jam Megalodon Storm RC makes the list of hot toys because it’s both fun and durable.

It has the ability to handle even tough terrain because the truck can drive on water, concrete or gravel and never even slow down. 

The truck has a cool appearance because it’s designed to look like the Megalodon portrayed in the media, complete with the wide-open jaws.

Despite its cool design, it’s built to withstand all kinds of weather, including snow.

It has lightweight custom tires that let you switch back and forth on terrains without having to stop and start over.

The tires are official BKT tires, which means they feature a cool authentic design, just like if a child was driving a monster truck. 

The speed and agility of the vehicle is controlled with the remote that has a frequency of 2.4GHz. Six vehicles can be raced at one time.Even with multiple vehicles, each one still has an incredible amount of power and conquers all terrain.

anaged up to a hundred feet away. If the truck starts drifting too far away, the controller will begin beeping to let you know.

Any of the toys on this 2020 hottest toys list would be a winner for your Christmas shopping needs. Happy shopping!

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