10 trending toys that are likely to end up under Christmas trees

News Dec 01, 2016 by Dominik Kurek East York Mirror

Toys have become a lot more technical and sophisticated over the years, no question. Yet, many of the things that kids play with haven’t changed that much in decades.

“I’ve been in the business for 42 years and it’s amazing how much has changed and how much is the same,” said Steve Morris, chair of the board for the Canadian Toy Association (CTA).

The association held a Hot Toys for Holidays event at Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre Tuesday, Nov. 22 where more than a dozen children played with the toys that are most likely to be wrapped up and put under Christmas trees this year.

“All those years later, we still have little kids who want to play with Hot Wheels toys, build things, create things,” Morris said.

Eight-year-old Jordyn glued herself to the new Barbie Hello Dream House. While she has a dollhouse at home, this one is outfitted with a mechanical elevator, lights, sounds and more. It retails for $499.99.

Margot Somerville, chair of marketing for the CTA, said digital technology is appearing in more and more traditional-style toys.

“We’re now into a totally teched-out house,” she said of the new Barbie toy. “Even your traditional play-kitchen, you bring your tablet in and all of a sudden you have this interaction between cooking and washing and cleaning.”

While the organization brought about 80 toys for the kids to play with, some got much more attention. Below are some of the ones that got the most interest:

Remote controlled toys

• Force Band & Battle-Worn BB-8 Bundle ($249.99) – This smartphone-controlled toy lets users control the "Star Wars" character with hand motions. “One of my favourites is BB-8,” said 10-year-old Jake. “I like how it has Bluetooth.”

• Skateboarding Mikey RC ($79.99) – Users control this "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" character who has sound effects and rides a skateboard.

• RC Tire Twister ($54.99) – This remote-controlled toy is easy enough to control that it’s suitable for ages three and up.

Create and make

• Gemmies ($34.99) – This toy allows children to create using crystals and elastic rings. “It’s a cool idea that you could make something out of elastics and beads and turn it into something like an animal,” said 12-year-old Mary.

• Crayola Creations Jewel Maker ($27.99) – Kids create their own jewelry.

• Lego – The brick building toy company makes toys for nearly every age group and price range.

Traditional play

• Go! Go! Smart Friends – The Enchanted Princess Palace ($69.99) features a palace that expands to four feet wide, and Treasure Mountain Train Adventure ($69.99) features a mechanical train.

• Little Tikes – Cook 'n Learn Smart Kitchen ($199.99) – This toy takes the traditional kitchen and pairs it with a tablet for more interaction.

• Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash ($54.99) – a mechanized crash track from the maker of the popular dinky cars.

• Paw Patrol, Zoomer Marshall, Interactive Pup ($99.99) – While there are many "Paw Patrol" toys out there, this one feature more than 150 sounds, does the "Pup Pup Boogie" (dances) and more.

For a full list of toy suggestions from the CTA, visit www.canadiantoyassociation.ca.

10 trending toys that are likely to end up under Christmas trees

News Dec 01, 2016 by Dominik Kurek East York Mirror

Toys have become a lot more technical and sophisticated over the years, no question. Yet, many of the things that kids play with haven’t changed that much in decades.

“I’ve been in the business for 42 years and it’s amazing how much has changed and how much is the same,” said Steve Morris, chair of the board for the Canadian Toy Association (CTA).

The association held a Hot Toys for Holidays event at Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre Tuesday, Nov. 22 where more than a dozen children played with the toys that are most likely to be wrapped up and put under Christmas trees this year.

“All those years later, we still have little kids who want to play with Hot Wheels toys, build things, create things,” Morris said.

Eight-year-old Jordyn glued herself to the new Barbie Hello Dream House. While she has a dollhouse at home, this one is outfitted with a mechanical elevator, lights, sounds and more. It retails for $499.99.

Margot Somerville, chair of marketing for the CTA, said digital technology is appearing in more and more traditional-style toys.

“We’re now into a totally teched-out house,” she said of the new Barbie toy. “Even your traditional play-kitchen, you bring your tablet in and all of a sudden you have this interaction between cooking and washing and cleaning.”

While the organization brought about 80 toys for the kids to play with, some got much more attention. Below are some of the ones that got the most interest:

Remote controlled toys

• Force Band & Battle-Worn BB-8 Bundle ($249.99) – This smartphone-controlled toy lets users control the "Star Wars" character with hand motions. “One of my favourites is BB-8,” said 10-year-old Jake. “I like how it has Bluetooth.”

• Skateboarding Mikey RC ($79.99) – Users control this "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" character who has sound effects and rides a skateboard.

• RC Tire Twister ($54.99) – This remote-controlled toy is easy enough to control that it’s suitable for ages three and up.

Create and make

• Gemmies ($34.99) – This toy allows children to create using crystals and elastic rings. “It’s a cool idea that you could make something out of elastics and beads and turn it into something like an animal,” said 12-year-old Mary.

• Crayola Creations Jewel Maker ($27.99) – Kids create their own jewelry.

• Lego – The brick building toy company makes toys for nearly every age group and price range.

Traditional play

• Go! Go! Smart Friends – The Enchanted Princess Palace ($69.99) features a palace that expands to four feet wide, and Treasure Mountain Train Adventure ($69.99) features a mechanical train.

• Little Tikes – Cook 'n Learn Smart Kitchen ($199.99) – This toy takes the traditional kitchen and pairs it with a tablet for more interaction.

• Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash ($54.99) – a mechanized crash track from the maker of the popular dinky cars.

• Paw Patrol, Zoomer Marshall, Interactive Pup ($99.99) – While there are many "Paw Patrol" toys out there, this one feature more than 150 sounds, does the "Pup Pup Boogie" (dances) and more.

For a full list of toy suggestions from the CTA, visit www.canadiantoyassociation.ca.

10 trending toys that are likely to end up under Christmas trees

News Dec 01, 2016 by Dominik Kurek East York Mirror

Toys have become a lot more technical and sophisticated over the years, no question. Yet, many of the things that kids play with haven’t changed that much in decades.

“I’ve been in the business for 42 years and it’s amazing how much has changed and how much is the same,” said Steve Morris, chair of the board for the Canadian Toy Association (CTA).

The association held a Hot Toys for Holidays event at Toronto’s Ontario Science Centre Tuesday, Nov. 22 where more than a dozen children played with the toys that are most likely to be wrapped up and put under Christmas trees this year.

“All those years later, we still have little kids who want to play with Hot Wheels toys, build things, create things,” Morris said.

Eight-year-old Jordyn glued herself to the new Barbie Hello Dream House. While she has a dollhouse at home, this one is outfitted with a mechanical elevator, lights, sounds and more. It retails for $499.99.

Margot Somerville, chair of marketing for the CTA, said digital technology is appearing in more and more traditional-style toys.

“We’re now into a totally teched-out house,” she said of the new Barbie toy. “Even your traditional play-kitchen, you bring your tablet in and all of a sudden you have this interaction between cooking and washing and cleaning.”

While the organization brought about 80 toys for the kids to play with, some got much more attention. Below are some of the ones that got the most interest:

Remote controlled toys

• Force Band & Battle-Worn BB-8 Bundle ($249.99) – This smartphone-controlled toy lets users control the "Star Wars" character with hand motions. “One of my favourites is BB-8,” said 10-year-old Jake. “I like how it has Bluetooth.”

• Skateboarding Mikey RC ($79.99) – Users control this "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" character who has sound effects and rides a skateboard.

• RC Tire Twister ($54.99) – This remote-controlled toy is easy enough to control that it’s suitable for ages three and up.

Create and make

• Gemmies ($34.99) – This toy allows children to create using crystals and elastic rings. “It’s a cool idea that you could make something out of elastics and beads and turn it into something like an animal,” said 12-year-old Mary.

• Crayola Creations Jewel Maker ($27.99) – Kids create their own jewelry.

• Lego – The brick building toy company makes toys for nearly every age group and price range.

Traditional play

• Go! Go! Smart Friends – The Enchanted Princess Palace ($69.99) features a palace that expands to four feet wide, and Treasure Mountain Train Adventure ($69.99) features a mechanical train.

• Little Tikes – Cook 'n Learn Smart Kitchen ($199.99) – This toy takes the traditional kitchen and pairs it with a tablet for more interaction.

• Hot Wheels Criss Cross Crash ($54.99) – a mechanized crash track from the maker of the popular dinky cars.

• Paw Patrol, Zoomer Marshall, Interactive Pup ($99.99) – While there are many "Paw Patrol" toys out there, this one feature more than 150 sounds, does the "Pup Pup Boogie" (dances) and more.

For a full list of toy suggestions from the CTA, visit www.canadiantoyassociation.ca.