Toy trends to look for range from way too cute to oh, so gross
Some things, like monsters, zombies, mustaches and duct-tape crafts are still holding strong. But there are a number of new trends waiting to pounce on this year's unsuspecting toy buyers. Here are our favorites:
There's an app for that. Really. Have a teddy bear? There's an app to go with it. New robot? App. Learning Portuguese? App. There are even toothbrushes with apps (no kidding).
Interactive talking toys. Dolls, bears and robots that respond to speech, do as you request, answer questions, sing and tell stories.
Unicorns. Nearly every major manufacturer has at least one, as a doll's “pet” or as a stand-alone product.
Retro. Some toys, like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, are back with a new look. Others, like the Fisher Price dial-up rotary phone, look exactly like they did when they first came out decades ago.
Weaving. The Rainbow Loom, which uses rubber bands, is the standout in this category, but there are all sorts of other kits for weaving everything from bracelets and potholders to scarves and rugs.
STEAM. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. But what about the right side of your brain? Adding Art turns STEM into STEAM. This will be big for teachers, homeschoolers and every parent who does more than park the kids in front of an iPhone or TV all day.
Everything poops. Really. You can mold poop out of clay, clean up after your pooping bear or doll, run a pooping app or play games about poop. We even saw unicorns that poop rainbows. Gross? Yep. But funny (just ask any kid, most dads and some moms).
Blind packs. These are small bags that cost about $4 and contain a mystery toy. Lego has been doing this for years. But in 2014, Playmobil, Reeves Horses, Trash Packs — you name it and there's a blind pack for it.
Cats, cats, and more cats. From Grumpy Cat to Lil Bub, every cat you've ever seen on YouTube is now available as a plush stuffie.
GoPro-type cameras. There are cameras designed to mount on bicycle handlebars or helmets, clip onto a hat or attach to a remote-controlled helicopter. One was a watch. Some relay video via Bluetooth, others put it on an SD chip. They're relatively inexpensive and fun, but, annoyingly, few are waterproof. We all know that those cameras are going to end up in the pool, the lake, the toilet or the sink.
Armin Brott and Samantha Feuss are staff writers for McClatchy-Tribune News Service.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Finally healthy, Letang looking to make his presence felt as a leader
- Martin’s homer rescues Pirates in 4-2 victory over Brewers
- Moore hopes to see red (zone) in Steelers debut
- Beaver footprints found along Allegheny River bank, not gator
- Steelers notebook: Ravens DL fined for hit on Roethlisberger
- Police, bloodhound team locate former athletic director, Greensburg official
- Harhai campaign emails from 2007 under review, Westmoreland County DA says
- Inside the glass: Johnston’s opening practice grueling
- Orders for Pittsburgh police hats soar with new uniform policy
- Sears to close store at Century III Mall in West Mifflin
- High school roundup: No. 9 North Allegheny takes down Upper St. Clair