What Are The Latest Crazes For Kids?
We look at latest toy trends – including the Christmas predictions from the big retailers – to bring together the new toy crazes to hit the playground in second half of 2018, If you can’t find any of these products locally, we’ve included links to Amazon (see Disclosure).
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New Toy Crazes – The Latest Collectibles
Brand new collectible toy that combines lots of top toy trends in its different sets – mystery packs, unboxing, unwrapping, slime and robots. You can build, mix and match robots with lots of exciting options for robot wars and play possibilities. With collectible toys riding high, Ready2Robot looks set to be a Must Have Toy. Part of Tesco’s Christmas Showcase 2018.
LOL Surprise keeps on coming up with new products. This is the Pearl Surprise. It’s 30cm in diameter and packed full of lots of surprises for LOL fans.
Paw Patrol Mini Boos
The hugely popular Paw Patrol characters are now available in TY Mini Boos. In recent years, Paw Patrol has always featured heavily on the seasonal toy lists from the big retailers and industry experts. These mini figures make good party presents and stocking fillers.
These new collectibles were also part of Tesco’s Christmas Showcase 2018. They are mini confetti poppers with a little doll inside. Also comes with surprise accessories and the box transforms in to a party scene. Larger playsets are also available to extend the play of these collectibles.
New surprise unboxing collectible from Hasbro featuring the little Lost Kitties. Each carton includes a Lost Kitties figure, two accessories and a meme sticker, all hidden inside soft, shaping compound. There are lots of different kitty squads, each with their own personality. Very cute and cleverly packaged.
A new type of squishy collectible that comes in lots of different character forms. They are jumbo sized and highly squeezable with beads that move around inside. The hidden surprise in the power charms contained in each one.
Cry Babies Magic Tears
New from the Cry Babies are these bottle-shaped collectibles. Each contains a doll – that cries tears after drinking water from their bottle – and six different accessories. There is a tie-up with online webisodes too.
The Fingerlings monkeys were a huge hit last Christmas. Now they’re back with a new unicorn and dinosaur. The dinosaur features on Argos’s Christmas Toy List 2018. This is the No 1 Bestseller in Electronic Pets on Amazon.
Harry Potter Brickheadz
New Harry Potter LEGO is out later this year including Hogwarts Castle. These adorable Brick Headz buildable sets (for ages 10+) are high on detail and a must for any HP fan.
New Toy Crazes – Slime
Slime is sticking around as a toy trend. A good way to buy it is a DIY kit. The ones below all get good reviews on Amazon and make great gifts.
Cra-Z-Slimy Creations is Amazon’s choice for slime kits. At under £10 it is well-priced for a present too.
Slime Lab brings the science in to slime. This set is by trusted brand GALT.
Also by GALT is Robo Slime Factory which includes 8 slimy activities.
New Toy Crazes Down The Years
Back in the day, it was the hula-hoop, Yo-Yo and the Rubik’s Cube. In fact, sales of the Rubik’s Cube have been increasing recently. Could it be that we’re in for another Cube Craze…?
We had double-dutch skipping and hopscotch crazes too. For boys it was mostly trading cards and stickers.
More recently Squinkies, Loom Bands, Tsum Tsums, Zhu Zhu Pets, Silly bandz and Moshi Monsters have all trended in our house. Sometimes, it is the oddest things that take off – there was a mini pumpkin craze one Halloween at my daughter’s school.
Personal experience suggests these crazes and trends are at their height between the ages of 7-12 years.
Many toy crazes get banned from the playground
Also, you know a craze is a craze when it is banned from school. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean it’s over. Lots of crazes are reinvented time and time again. Rubik’s Void is an example. This is a reinvention of the incredibly popular Rubik’s Cube which was around in the 1980s. Then you had to buy a book to find out how to solve it. Today kids can just jump to YouTube where the solutions can be found in minutes. Also new for 2018 are Rubik’s Juniors – easier puzzles in the shape of animals.
Children love new toy crazes
Children love a craze because they love novelty. If something’s new, they want it. Kids don’t have the same ability to wait for things. Sometimes this can be very frustrating for adults. Furthermore, children are influenced by friends and other kids around them. This could be people on social media as well as real-life friends and acquaintances. If someone they admire has something, they may well want it to because they want to be like that person.
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