Toy trend expert, Reyne Rice, has this year's hottest toys from the New York Toy Fair!
Inspired by the movie, Minions: The Rise of Gru, kids who love Minions will go wild for this LEGO building set. First, they can build a brick version of Kevin and Stuart. Then they can turn the models around to reveal the room playset inside, complete with accessories, such as tools, hats and weapons, plus figures for role play. Kids can construct 2 toy Minion models at a time and then rebuild Kevin into Bob, who’s practicing kung fu. Inside the rooms, kids will enjoy all the intricate details matching each different Minion’s unique personality. Create inventions in the lab with Kevin or watch Stuart take a nap in his bedroom. (Piece count: 876; kids ages 8+; $49.99; available April) Visit www.lego.com for more information.
In celebration of PAC-MAN’s 40th anniversary, there is a PAC-MAN Tamagotchi. You can now raise and nurture your Tamagotchi character with the help of PAC-MAN who will save them from the Ghosts and bugs. For more fun, play the mini games Pac Game and Catch Game. You can choose from 2 different device shells or a deluxe item that comes with a PAC-MAN case to protect your toy. It easily fits into pockets or bags and even includes a wearable key chain allowing kids to take it wherever they go. ($19.99) Visit www.bandai.com for more information.
Adventerra Games is an award-winning family-owned company based in Switzerland that publishes engaging board games. These help kids learn to conserve natural resources and save the planet. The Global Warning game encourages players to work together to clean up the world by solving climate change challenges. While playing these games, players intuitively learn new behaviors that reduce their carbon footprints. When these behaviors become lifetime habits, players will have become global citizens for our planet! (each $24.95; 10+) Visit www.adventerragamesusa.com for more information.
With more than 400 highlights & over 1000 cool facts to explore, Orboot from PlayShifu is the perfect S.T.E.M. toy for kids. With the tap of a finger kids can explore and learn with the best interactive globe. Powered by the Orboot app and using a touchscreen device, kids discover the physical globe through visual storytelling, music and voice interactions with quizzes and challenges. Available in eight languages, Orboot comes with one base and the companion app. Later this year there will be two new planets: World of Dinosaurs where kids dive into the prehistoric world to learn about more than 50 dinosaurs and Planet Mars to get to know the space missions and see rovers traversing Mars. Visit www.playshifu.com/orboot for more information.