While Oscar buzz is still swirling, it's the perfect time to share some of the top 2015 movie-related toys my colleagues and I recently saw at the International Toy Fair. Each year, we look at thousands of toys (and yes, that's both as fabulous and as mind-boggling as it sounds!). Toys related to movies are always popular, but this year, three upcoming movies stood out as real toy trendsetters.
Star Wars: No Jedi mind control is needed to see that this will be THE toy trend for 2015. While most of the toys from the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens are still top secret, toys related to any of the Star Wars movies are going to be flying off the shelves. Two of my faves:
Play-Doh Millennium Falcon Playset from Hasbro, $19.99
Star Wars Bladebuilders Lightsabers Sets from Hasbro, $19.99, expertly wielded by our Research Chief Beth Honeyman.
Dinosaurs: Two dinosaur films are slated for 2015 release: Jurassic World and Pixar's The Good Dinosaur. Although some of the toys based on Jurassic World (likely to be rated PG-13) might be a bit too scary for young kids--not to mention me!--little ones can still get in on the trendy fun with our pick:
Dino Sand Glove from Haba, $14.99
Minions: Gru's lovable sidekicks get their own feature. My boys and I are super-psyched for this one! While we wait for the big-screen film, we can amuse ourselves with silly toys such as this one:
Minions Singing Sound Pad from Skyrocket Toys, $19.99
Ellen Harter Wall is FamilyFun's toy editor and the mother of three boys (which could explain why you don't see any Frozen toys here). Her desk is always surrounded by the latest toys, video games, and DVDs, meaning she's the most popular adult in the office with kids who come by for a visit. And with her kidlike colleagues.