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
September 30, 2016
Advertisement
Best Toys Li’s Lighthouse Lookout
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Hasbro Gaming Pie Face Showdown
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Diggin Mega Rocket
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Spin Master Hatchimals
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys My Life As Doll
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Mattel Hot Wheels Star Wars Carships Death Star Revolution Race Track Set
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Hasbro Furby Connect
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys American Girl WellieWishers
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Activision Skylanders Imaginators
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Crayola Color Spinout
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Lego City Fun in the Park—City People Pack
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Ravensburger Buggaloop
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook
Best Toys Space Scooter
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook

Already a hit in Europe, Space Scooter debuted in the U.S. this year. Speed can be controlled by foot-pumping the board instead of pushing off, which allows a rider to go slow (riding next to a walking friend) or fast (when it’s time to zip). 8 years+, $149.

Best Toys Rule Your Room Kit
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook

Inventors and makers find inspiration in the littleBits Rule Your Room Kit. Kids can use the pieces to arm their diary with a burglar alarm, for instance! 8 years+, $100.

Best Toys Spin Master
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook

Assemble a robot! Spin Master Meccano Micronoids are what Erector sets have become. You don’t just build; you program a creation to move and dance. 8 years+, $40 each.

Best Toys Stick Stack
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook

Wonder Forge Stick Stack is a mesmerizing tabletop game that challenges players to pay attention to the colors as well as the precarious balance as they take turns putting down pieces. 8 years+, $17.

Best Toys Batmobile
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook

Kids adored the Spin Master Air Hogs Remote Control Batmobile, which zips faster than many RCs and just bounces off of walls and obstacles. It has to pause for charging, but when it races, it’s a thrill. 10 years+, $60.

Best Toys Battle Drones
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook

Though they sound fierce, MGA Entertainment Air Wars Battle Drones are simple flying fun as far as our testers are concerned. They flew them side by side rather than battling; after all, having two means not having to take turns. (Or, charge one while the other goes!) 8 years+, $110.

Best Toys Heel Wheel
Credit: Jeffrey Westbrook

Razor Jetts Heel Wheels turn sneakers (youth 12 to adult 12) into skates. But wait...they also send off sparks! Our testing shows that they need some practice to master but that it’s worth it. 8 years+, $40.

Parents Magazine