It was a bittersweet moment as 13-year-old Alex Thorne unveiled the 2015 Holiday Hot Toy List for Toys “R” Us Canada earlier this week. Alex, now in high school, is set to retire from his role as Chief Play Officer (CPO) for Toys “R” Us Canada. One of the responsibilities as the CPO is to test toys, and lots of it. Each of the toys on the Holiday Hot Toy List has been vetted by Alex and given the kid stamp of approval.
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Tweenhood has chosen toys from the Toys “R” Us 2015 Holiday Hot Toy List that would appeal to the tween in your life. For additional ideas, the Toys “R” Us Big Holiday Toy Book is also now available in stores or online.
Clockwise from top left:
Guitar Hero Live – An all new twist on an old classic game. Take centre stage in the new first-person view and play to a full house in front of a real crowd and with real, reactive bandmates. Available for Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Price: $129.99 CAD; Age: 13+
Lego Star Wars Millennium Falcon – The newest LEGO version of the iconic spaceship is loaded with new external features such as a detachable cockpit and dual spring-loaded shooters. Includes six minifigures: Rey, Finn, Han Solo, Chewbacca, Tasu Leech and a Kanjiklub Member, plus a BB-8 Astromech Droid. Price: $179.99 CAD; Age: 9-14 years
Lego Dimensions Starter Pack – The quest is to defeat the evil Lord Vortech. Your arsenal includes different minifigures from different worlds, where you can use each other’s vehicles and gadgets. Characters include Marty McFly, Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Doctor Who, Owen (Jurassic World), Scooby-Do, Shaggy and Unikitty (The Lego Movie). Available for Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Price: $109.99 CAD; Age: 10-14 years
Zoomer Kitty – Whiskers is an interactive kitten that acts and plays like a real pet. The kitty can purr, pounce, and perform tricks with lifelike movements and uses True Vision technology to see and follow your movements. Price: $119.99 CAD; Age: 7-10 years
Lego Super Heroes – The Hydra Fortress Smash – Join forces with the Avengers to recover the Loki Scepter from the Hydra Fortress. The fortress features gates with an explode function, lookout point and a rooftop rotating double stud shooter, just to name a few. Also includes four minifigures with assorted accessories: Captain America, Hydra Henchman, Quicksilver and Baron Von Strucker, plus a Hulk figure. Price: $59.99 CAD; Age: 7-14 years
Monster High Frightfully Tall 17″ Ghoul Dolls – Monster High is still as popular as ever. Fan favourites Clawdeen Wolf, Draculaura and Frankie Stein are larger than life standing at 17″ tall, fashionably outfitted in their signature outfits. Price: $39.99 CAD; Age: 6-10 years
Nerf-N-Strike Modulus ECS-10 Blaster – Build your own Nerf blaster. The flexible blaster has a targeting scope, and with its many removable parts, lets you customize in more than 30 combinations. Includes a 10-dart banana clip and launches darts up to 90-feet. Price: $69.99 CAD; Age: 8-12 years
Skylanders SuperChargers Starter Pack – A brand new way to play Skylanders. A special team called the SuperChargers has been assembled to pilot a fleet of incredible land, sea and air vehicles in order to stop Kaos and save Skylands. Available for iPad iOS, Nintendo Wii, Nintendo Wii U, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One. Price: $84.99 CAD; Age: 5-14 years
Star Wars BladeBuilders – Jedi Master Lightsaber – Build your own lightsaber by twisting and snapping pieces together. Comes with main lightsaber featuring lights and sound, two independently-lit light daggers, one expansion hilt, two elbow connectors, a dual connector, and a cross connector. Combine with other Lightsabers in the BladeBuilder system to create more than 100 combinations. Price: $59.99 CAD; Age: 5-11 years
About Wendy Morelli
Wendy loves her 2 kids and her iPhone, not necessarily always in that order. She is an app obsessed mom who loves everything tech and is (unfortunately) old enough to remember the brick Motorola cell phone and the Commodore computer. Her love for technology stems back to the 10+ years of working for technology based companies. Wendy's alter ego, "AppHipMom" has been featured in Canadian Family, iVillage, Women in Biz, EverythingMom, BlogHer and Savvy Mom.