You: “Hey Lena, what are the top toys for the holidays? What should I get my 6-year old niece?”
Me: “Um, I can totally help with that!” (Visits walmart.ca/ToyAcademy) “I absolutely know what all the hot toys are!” (Searches for Top Dolls, Doll Houses & Playsets.) “Just give me a minute…” (Enough time to consult another toy list.)
Okay, you caught me. Even a self-professed shopaholic needs a little help, especially during the holiday season. Although I generally have my ear to the ground when it comes to trends and hot sellers, the truth is, I’m also the mom who wanders the toy aisles, completely overwhelmed with the selection.
Where do I begin? What’s the latest craze? Where can I find all the top toys without breaking the bank?
We asked. Walmart listened. Introducing the Walmart Toy Academy. This holiday season, it’s easier than ever to shop for the must-have toys! After spending the better part of the year tracking toy trends and analyzing ratings and reviews, Walmart has curated easy-to-navigate shopping lists based on your budget and your kid’s age and interests.
It’s all in one place and super convenient: bring up the Toy Academy picks on your mobile phone while shopping in-store or just purchase directly from the lists when shopping online!
And hello, there’s a list for everyone! You’ll find:
Top Toys 2017
Top Toys Under $20
Top Toys Under $50
Top Trending & Collectible Toys
Top Dolls, Dollhouse & Playsets
Top Robots & Plush Toys
Top Construction & Building Toys
Top Toys for Family Fun
Top Toys for Preschoolers
Toys for Drivers & Pilots
We surprised my boys with picks from the Top Toys 2017 list to gauge their reactions – and test how spot-on the selections are. True story: as soon as we unboxed the Nerf Modulus Regulator, we heard a chorus of “I love you” declarations from Reid.
For the ultimate in high-performance sports action, it’s Nerf or Nothin’! The Nerf Modulus Regulator blaster features SwitchFire Technology to choose from 3 different firing modes. We know the boys have hours (and hours) of fun ahead as they blast several darts per trigger pull. Remind me to put away my expensive photo frames!
Also high on their Yaassssss list is the Hot Wheels Ballistik Racer Vehicle.
Warning: do not unbox this indoors! It’s a super-fast remote control moto that really carves up the road (or your flooring). With off-road capabilities and all-terrain performance plus Ballistik Mode to unlock next-level speed and crazy stunt abilities, the Ballistik Racer is a beast!
My boys loved the high intensity pivots and spins. They’ll need to play with it for some time to improve their precision handling at high speed. Check out my IG Stories in the coming weeks to see them attempt to activate special stunts like the Instant Pivot Turn and the 180° Spin!
Finally, my little animal lover absolutely fell in love with FurReal Roarin’ Tyler, the Playful Tiger. This tiger cub responds to sounds and touch with 100+ sound-and-motion combinations! Pet his head and his eyes might close. Pet him on his muzzle and he moves!
Rated at ages 4 and up, Ryder and Reid agreed that this toy is the perfect all-round pick for boys and girls on your holiday shopping list.
Shopping for older or hard-to-shop-for kids? Check out Top Trending & Collectible Toys. You’re sure to grab the most talked-about toys of the season and be their gifting hero. And, don’t forget you can also search by age, budget, or toy category, making your holiday shopping experience a breeze.
With the Walmart Toy Academy, they do the work, you get the credit!
Could you use a little help this holiday season? Find the hottest toys at the lowest prices at Walmart.
This post is sponsored by Walmart Canada as part of the Toy Academy program. In exchange for this review, I have received special perks in the form of products and/or compensation. All opinions on this blog are my own.