Parents who came up short hunting for a Hatchimal, the hottest toy of the last holiday season, are about to get a second chance.
A newer version of the toy egg that hatches a host of magical creatures is expected to be in-demand again this year when it comes to gifts under the holiday tree, says Walmart in making its predictions for the top 25 toy picks for 2017.
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Walmart, the biggest toy retailer in the nation, based its list on the preferences of children ranging in age from 18 months to 12 years. The most popular are again expected to include toys based on favorite television and film characters or one that children could engage with, collect, or hop on for a ride, said Anne Marie Kehoe, vice president of toys for Walmart U.S.
Ultimately, holiday shoppers will have more than 1,000 new toys from which to choose. “This list is just beginning,” says Kehoe. “It doesn’t stop until the doors close on Christmas Eve.”
A few of Walmart’s choices were in line with the predictions of Amazon, which for the first time released its own top 25 holiday toy picks last week. Both retailers included the Cars 3 Ultimate Florida Speedway and Paw Patrol My Size Lookout Tower.
Hatchimals became hard to find last year by mid-December. Walmart says details on the new version are due Oct. 6.