We are parents, and as parents, we put much thought and consideration into the toys we buy our kids. We want said toys — all toys, but especially toys for big kids — to be inspiring and educational, intriguing and challenging, well-made and built to last. And then, there are those other toys. The popular kids’ toys. The ones that are loud and plastic and have nothing much going for them except that they’re fun as hell to play with. These instant gratification toys are the ones that older kids — the same ones who give you side-eye at the mention of anything that’s not a tablet — gleefully, greedily embrace. These are not the worst toys, to be clear: They’re just silly. And if there’s a year when kids need more silliness, this year is it. Here are the best silly toys for big kids (ages 5 and up) this year.
This standout Lego set is finally back in stock. It comes with seven action bricks for different interactions with the LEGO Mario figure; Mario has a color sensor, plus LCD screens in his eyes, mouth and belly to display more than 100 different instant reactions to movement. There's even a speaker.
This is going to sell out. Repeat: It is going to sell out. Pre-order it now while you still can and it will arrive in 2021. And yes, the wait is worth it. The built-in speaker makes series-accurate blaster sounds and there’s an electronic scope with an illuminated lens.
One of this year's most coveted toys, this set includes two — yes two — rock bands and more than 70 surprises. Kids get four L.O.L. Surprise! dolls (and their sisters) and four rock instruments that really play music. Yes, real, actual music. In fact, each instrument has six unique sounds.
Barbie has finally entered the world of surprise toys. This set features 50 surprises that include a Color Reveal Barbie doll, a Color Reveal Chelsea doll and three Color Reveal pets. How does this work? Well, kids remove Color Reveal Barbie from the tube, fill it with warm water, then insert the doll and swirl her around. And when kids pull her out, her features are revealed. Surprise!
This thing is hard to find. But you can sign up for alerts to know when it's back in stock. Seriously, this is something the whole gaming family will appreciate. It loads fast, has insanely cool graphics, and adaptive triggers, plus 3D audio. It's immersive and cool as hell.
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