It may have snuck up on you, but yes, holiday shopping season has arrived. NY1's Adam Balkin rounds up some of what are expected to be the hottest toys this time around.
As much as you may think it stinks, the holiday shopping season has arrived, especially if you consider that Hanukkah begins the day before Thanksgiving this year.
TimetoPlayMag.com, though, has you covered if there are children on your list. At its annual holiday showcase, the toy-reviewing website lined up many of its choices for what'll be the hot toys this year.
Keeping with a growing trend, so many of those toys are jammed with new technology, like the $35 Flutterbye Fairy, which floats above your hand.
"She's got an IR technology that allows her to sensor or feel your hand or a table or the floor, which then allows her to fly right back up," says Rachel Griffin of SpinMaster.
The latest version of Hexbugs, the Nano version 2S, are also trying to get off the ground now.
"They have spines or spikes on their backs," says Lindsey Carlin of Innovation First. "They've got a little bit different legs than before, and now, there's this whole tube system, so you build up and they can climb vertically, horizontally, on their back, on their feet. They can pass each other."
They run between $8 and $50, depending on the setup you want.
Finally, if it's robots you're into, but you want to choose how, where, and when your toy moves, not to mention how it talks, this is the RobotMe. His face is an iPhone or iPod touch.
"He dances. He walks around. He has edge detection. He has other item detection," says Art Janis of WowWee. "He's fully loaded, but when you put an iOS device in him, he becomes totally your robot. You can program the avatar in his face, make it look like you or anybody else. Then, you can program everything he does and says."
RoboMe is out the first week of November for around $100, but it will cost significantly more, of course, if you want it to work but do not have an iPhone or iPod touch yet.