Best Toys of the Year

Best Big-Kid Toys of 2013

Jakks Pacific EZ Pro DJ

Jakks Pacific EZ Pro DJ

Use the free EZ Pro DJ app to import songs from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch. Slow tunes down, speed them up, and mix two together, like a real DJ! 8 years+, $50; walmart.com

Hot Wheels Car Maker

Hot Wheels Car Maker

The name says it all: You make cars with this! There are two molds and enough materials to create and detail ten vehicles. 8 years+, $50; toysrus.com

Lego Cragger's Command Ship

Lego Cragger's Command Ship

Lego's Chima world includes Cragger, the Croc prince, who steers this ship that has a giant snapping mouth. 8 to 14 years, $80; legostore.com

Zing Sky Ripperz

Zing Sky Ripperz

Zing's lightweight rockets can be shot surprisingly high and far with the springy slingshot. 8 years+, $18 for three; toysrus.com

American Girl Saige Copeland

American Girl Saige Copeland

Out through December, Saige's backstory is that she's a sweet 10-year-old in Albuquerque who yearns to be an artist like Grandma. 8 years+, $110 for doll and book; americangirl.com

Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope & Journal

Nancy B's Science Club Moonscope & Journal

Real-life scientist Nancy Balter is out to convert young girls to astronomy with this powerful tool. It comes with a book detailing how to locate stars and a journal for writing observations. 8 years+, $50; toysrus.com

Marbles the Brain Store Catchoo

Marbles the Brain Store Catchoo

Your child wraps the blue band around his wrist and works to use the red ball to snag the orange balls as fast as he can. 8 years+, $30; marblesthebrainstore.com

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