Here at Parents, we get the year's new toys sent to us months before the holidays (lucky us!) and invite kids of all ages to come in and give them a whirl (lucky them!). See which toys came out on top! 

By Jessica Hartshorn

This remote-control hero flips around impediments by waving his big arms in a circle; our testers gleefully followed Jakks Pacific Hulk Smash like it was one of the craziest things they'd ever seen, $70

Spin Master Bunchems! are an innovative art form—soft, small burrs that kids stick together to make cool creations, $25

Girls in our testing room went straight for the Mattel Barbie Color, Cut, and Curl Deluxe Styling Head eager to try nail art and neon clip-ins. Parents take note: She comes in three shades of skin and hair, $30

Master builders, unite! With 790 pieces, Lego Classic Large Creative Brick Box is the most vast, open-ended collection in years, $60

Mesmerizing movement! Fisher-Price Spinnyos Giant Yo-ller Coaster lets your kid direct spinning discs around a track. They'll crash through barrels and bounce back up, seeming to defy gravity, $50

Enhanced graphics elevate the huge catalog of learning games on the Android-based LeapFrog Epic Kids' Tablet, $140

This toy got no downtime on testing day! Doc McStuffins Pet Vet Checkup Center begs for stuffed animals to visit as patients, and several kids can share the "office," $80

A kid holds a stamp to a glowing color on Crayola Color Wonder Light-Up Stamper then it works on Color Wonder paper (but nothing else in your house). No ink to dry, and you can switch colors anytime, $25

No, it doesn't pop! Players win International Playthings Buddy's Balloon Launch game if they make the balloon lift off when it's their turn to crank the arm, $20

We like that Lakeshore Learning Fully Furnished Adventure Treehouse —in addition to being sturdy and good-looking—attracted both boy and girl testers wanting to play "family." Sweet! $50

Fans of the Nick Jr. TV will love the Spin Master Paw Patrol Patroller which is long enough to fit all their favorite characters inside (doubling as toy storage), $60

Puppet fun: We bet parents will slip a Hasbro Jurassic World Chomping Velociraptor head on their hand as soon as their kid lets go of it, $20

Our testers couldn't get enough of wielding a kiddie drill to make patterns with Educational Insights Design & Drill BrightWorks; at least one mom went home with the deets to pass along to Santa, $40

Hasbro FurReal Friends StarLily, My Magical Unicorn is a new FurReal star. She's big, with blinking eyes, fluttering wings, a glowing horn, and a berry to "eat," $120

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