The annual New York City Toy Fair happened a few weeks ago, and the event featured 7,000 new toys. All the biggest (and smallest) brands displayed their latest and greatest products. But we know that you, dear busy parents, don’t exactly have time to check out every single new toy your precious little ones might love. So we scoured the new releases for the real standouts — 21 exciting playthings that promise to be the best toys of 2019.
Some of our toy picks won’t even hit shelves until later this year; others are available online right now. Robots, surprise toys and llamas are still big this year, and the food-themed toys, movie tie-ins and collectible dolls (dolls for all genders) are still going strong.
Click through to see our top picks for 2019’s coolest toys yet. You may want to stock up for the whole year of birthdays and holidays — because these gifts are likely to get pretty popular. Consider this your guide to being ahead of the curve.
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Kids can learn to code with this cool robot; Artie 3000 can be programed to draw! The set includes the Wi-Fi-enabled robot, project cards, markers and more. Best for ages 7 and up.
Artie 3000 robot, $69.99 at Educational Insights
Squeeze & Growl Lightfury Plush
This adorable plush is taken from the upcoming animated movie How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. Best for ages 4 and up, this 10-inch plush Lightfury makes sounds when you squeeze her belly.
DreamWorks Dragons Squeeze and Growl Lightfury plush, $20 at Target
These realistic jointed dolls just happen to be a glamorous squad of social media influencers. There are six diverse characters to collect, pose and, of course, snap. Because the best part is connecting with the app and customizing your photos using the included green screen and doll stand.
#SnapStar dolls, $14.47 at Walmart
Imagination Station — Shop Owner
Kids can pretend to tend their own shop with this imaginative set from KidKraft. Best for ages 3 years and up, it becomes available this summer.
Imagination Station — shop owner, $69.99 at KidKraft
‘Paw Patrol’ Construction Truck
Rubble and his truck are sure to delight your little Paw Patrol fan! The vehicle comes with a Rubble figurine plus a mini steamroller. The lights, sounds and movements on this truck will make it a fan favorite.
Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue construction truck, $35 at Amazon
Disney Princess ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ 14-Pack
The hit animated sequel to Wreck-It Ralph features modernized Disney princesses. And kids can collect them with this 14-pack of dolls from Hasbro. The internet loves these loungewear-clad ladies, and so will your kiddo. The dolls ship mid-March, but you can preorder now. Best for ages 3 and up.
Ralph Breaks the Internet ultimate fashion doll pack, $200 at Hasbro Pulse
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mermal Magic
The latest Hatchimals CollEGGtibles are the Mermal Magic series. These shimmery mermaidlike creatures change colors when placed in warm water. But also coming up this year? Pixies!
Hatchimals CollEGGtibles Mermal Magic (12-pack), $19.99 at Target
My Robotic Pet Tumbling Hedgehog
Coming in July from Thames & Kosmos, this robot is an adorable hedgehog. Kids can build and program and then watch their little friend perform. Sensors make the hedgehog responsive to claps. Check out his cute somersaults! Best for ages 7 and up.
My Robotic Pet Tumbling Hedgehog, $39.99 (coming soon) at Amazon
‘The Lego Movie 2’ Queen Watevra’s Build Whatever Box!
There are quite a few new Lego sets, and we love this colorful box of bricks. Kids can use 455 pieces to build The Lego Movie 2 character Queen Watevra Wa’Nabi into 15 different forms. Also new this year? The 20th anniversary Star Wars pod racer and The Hidden Side line, which uses an interactive app.
Queen Watevra’s Build Whatever Box, $39.99 at Lego Shop
The axe-throwing craze is now kid-friendly. This fun foam ax features suction cups so it can stick to flat surfaces like walls or windows. It’s available in May from Zing for ages 4 and older.
Zax, $9.99 at Zing.Store
The latest Fingerlings are adorable Narwhals, available this spring. They feature light-up horns, blinking eyes and flapping tails among other fun movements. For ages 4 and up.
Fingerlings Narwhals, $14.99 at Walmart
K’Nex Dragon Revenge Coaster
The latest roller coaster set from K’Nex features a medieval twist — dragons! Build an exciting motorized coaster track and escape from the moving dragon. Best for ages 7 and up, the coaster will be out this fall.
Dragon Revenge Coaster, $50 at K’Nex
Juno My Baby Elephant
This innovative, interactive baby elephant from Spin Master Toys isn’t available until fall, but put her on your radar! Juno comes with a peanut and mouse toy that she can play with. Best for ages 5 and up.
Juno My Baby Elephant, $99.99 Spin Master Toys
Kids can’t get enough of unboxing adorable dolls, and we predict that this new line from Skyrocket will be a huge hit. Add water to the “seeds” in your flowerpot, and watch a surprise doll “bloom.” There are 22 different dolls to collect, each with a big colorful hairstyle. Available this summer, it’s best for ages 5 and up.
Dolls, $9.99 at Blume
‘PJ Masks’ Seeker Truck
The latest, greatest PJ Masks vehicle is a big one. The Seeker can carry up to four smaller vehicles and three figures. It features all kinds of cool things, from a cage to a light-up searchlight. It includes a Catboy figure and Cat Car. Best for ages 3 and up, the Seeker will be out this fall.
PJ Masks Seeker, $59.99 at Just Play
The Beatles ‘Yellow Submarine’ by Little People
Beatles fans and babies alike will love this adorable set featuring John, Paul, Ringo and George. Scoop them up this fall!
The Beatles “Yellow Submarine” by Little People, $20 at Fisher-Price
Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama
This hilarious robotic toy from Zuru dances, bops and plays music. It even twerks. The Pets Alive series also includes Fifi the Flossing Sloth and Magical Unicorn. For ages 3 and up, Boppi will be available in June.
Boppi the Booty Shakin’ Llama, $19.99 at Zuru
Monster Jam Monster Dirt Arena
This monster truck set includes 2 pounds of special textured Monster Dirt for creating jumps, obstacles and more for toy monster trucks. Available this fall and best for 3 and up.
Monster Jam Monster Dirt arena set, $30 at Target
The Play-Doh Stamp N’ Top Pizza Set
We’ve alerted readers to this cool set already, but keep your eyes peeled for this perfect Play-Doh pizza set! Available this fall for little ones ages 3 and up. Also new from Play-Doh is a Popcorn Party play set.
Stamp ‘n Top Pizza set, $20 at Hasbro
Bianca City Life Dollhouse
The best new dollhouse of 2019 is coming this summer. Best for ages 3 and up, the Bianca City Life Dollhouse packs a lot of fun into a slim frame.
Bianca City Life dollhouse, $159.99 at KidKraft
Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster
Kids who love the popular game Fortnite will covet this new Nerf blaster. It comes with 20 darts and is best for ages 8 and up.
Nerf Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster, $50 at Target
Pin this list for your kiddo’s next birthday.
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