Best Toys 2012

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Each year we bring you our picks for the best toys for kids. Enjoy!

LeapFrog LeapPad2 Explorer Tablet for Kids

LeapFrog LeapPad2
The LeapFrog LeapPad2 is the follow up to last years hit, LeapPad. This is basically the “iPad for kids” age 3 to 9 year old. Similar to the update from the original iPad to the iPad2, the main differences here are faster processor, improved screen resolution, added front and back video/photo cameras, and increased harddrive space, 4GB for the LeapPad2. If you have existing games for the LeapFrog LeapPad (original) or the Leapster Explorer, then all those same games are compatible with the new LeapPad2. With all the quality fun and educational games from LeapFrog that are available for these systems, this new LeapPad2 is sure to be a “Hot Toy” in 2012!

ImagineNext Eagle Talon Castle

Fisher Price Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle
The Fisher-Price Imaginenext Eagle Castle Talon is a new edition to the popular Imaginenext line of toys for 2012. Perfect for kids 36 months up to around 8 years old, this castle is sure to engage the imagination of your little Knight or Princess. The castle is interactive and includes a movable drawbridge, break away wall for storming the castle, sound effects and more.

Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace

Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace
The Fisher Price Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace is great fun for girls from 18 months old up to around 5 years old. Toys from the “Little People” series by Fisher-Price are durable enough for Toddlers and this is no exception. This Palace comes with Cinderella and Snow White, additional princesses can be purchased separetly. When you place any of the princesses on a special spot on the dance floor, it automatically announces their name, key phrase, and song that is from the movie of that specific princess.

Crayola Light Designer

Crayola Digital Light Designer
The new Crayola Light Designer is a great “no-mess” art toy for kids age 6 years old and up. This toy comes with a stylus that allows kids to “draw with light” on the dome. If you want to give the markers and crayons a break, this is a fun toy to add to the mix for your child’s arts and crafts time. Includes an “animation feature” that lets kids make their drawings “move”!

Thomas and Friends: Steam and Speed Remote Control Thomas Train Toy

Thomas and Friends Steam and Speed RC Thomas
The new Steam and Speed Remote Control Thomas Train is sure to be a hit with your little Thomas the Train fan ages 24 months up to around 6 years old. While driving the train, it sends off “cool to the touch” steam which makes a fun effect. If you are looking for a toy train this Christmas, this is sure to be a hit with young kids.

Fisher Price Laugh and Learn Stride to Ride Puppy

Laugh and Learn Stride to Ride Puppy
If you need an awesome baby toy or toddler toy this Christmas, then you should be sure to consider the Fisher-Price Stride to Ride Puppy. Perfect for babies 9 months old up to Toddlers 36 months old. This toy can be used in 3 primary ways with baby sitting up, as a “ride-on toy”, or for your toddler to stand up and walk behind while pushing the toy on wheels. Helps babies and toddlers learn through movement, lights, sounds, shapes, colors, and numbers.

LEGO Friends Olivia’s Treehouse

Lego Friends Olivias Tree House
For girls age 6 years old up to around 12 years old, you should check out the new LEGO Friends Olivia’s Treehouse. This charming set of 191 Lego’s is great for creative play and can be combines with any of the other Lego Friends sets available. This particular set just happens to be the most popular for Christmas 2012.

LEGO Star Wars Millenium Falcon

Lego Star Wars Millenium Falcon
There are many LEGO Star Wars sets available, and for kids age 9 year old and up, this Star Wars Millenium Falcon is sure to be a challenge and a bit hit! With 1,254 pieces, this is sure to provide hours of entertainment. The set also includes 6 figures such as Han Solo, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, Ben Kenobi, Princess Leia Organa and Darth Vader.

For more great toys, check out our Best Toys lists from 2011 and 2010.