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These Are Going To Be The Hottest Holiday Toys This Year

Ready to get a jump-start on your holiday shopping?

Parents, you know the drill: back-to-school shopping is over and now it’s time to get started on buying holiday gifts. If the child in your life hasn’t already dropped a million hints about what he or she wants this year, Amazon is making it easy on you.

The online retail giant put together a foolproof list of 100 toys that virtually every kid will be thrilled to receive come December. The list was curated by Amazon’s experts and has something for all ages. We’re giving you a closer look at 2018’s top toys, according to Amazon.

Note: All prices were current as of Sept. 11, 2018.

Paw Patrol Ultimate Rescue Fire Truck

Amazon Price: $59.97

Suggested Age: 3 years and up

Not every toy on Amazon’s list has a perfect, five-star rating or the “Amazon’s Choice” seal of approval, but this one has both. Even if your kids aren’t into “Paw Patrol,” this fire truck toy probably has something that will excite them. The truck has a 2-foot extendable ladder, a mini fire cart and a “water cannon” that actually shoots projectiles.

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Pomsies

Amazon Price: $14.89

Suggested Age: 3 years and up

These fluffy little cuties are described on Amazon as “lovable, wearable pom-pom pets” that go with you everywhere. There are several different colors and varieties of Pomsies, but all of them react when touched, purring and displaying more than 50 different responses. Their tails can be latched onto virtually anything, from a backpack to your kid’s hair.

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Lego Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall Building Kit

Amazon Price: $99.99

Suggested Age: 9 to 14 years

Of all the toys on Amazon’s list, this is probably the one most adults will want for themselves. This elaborate Lego reconstruction of one of the most iconic locations from the wizarding world has 878 pieces and stands at 14 inches tall when completed. In addition to house banners, a potions room and a basilisk to build, this kit also comes with 10 mini figures that include Harry, Ron and Hermione.

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L.O.L. Surprise! House

Amazon Price: $189

Suggested Age: 5 to 13 years

Unboxing videos have become all the rage on YouTube, and grab-bag toys like this offer kids the chance to feel the excitement of being totally surprised by a gift. The L.O.L. Surprise! House has more than 85 surprises inside, including furniture. The whole package is housed inside a wooden, multi-story house that measures 3-feet tall by 3-feet wide.

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Monopoly: Cheaters Edition

Amazon Price: $15.99

Suggested Age: 8 years and up

Monopoly has unveiled countless special editions over the years, but the new Cheaters Edition might be its most interesting yet. The game encourages players to break the rules by including new cheat cards that suggest sneaky moves for players to pull off in order to get rewards.Best of all, the game comes with a plastic handcuff that will chain a player to the jail space if they get caught cheating. This game may not win any awards for the message it sends kids, but it sure does sound like a lot of fun.

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Don’t Step In It: Unicorn Edition

Amazon Price: $19.04

Suggested Age: 4 years and up

This special edition of the hilarious yet slightly disgusting game Don’t Step In It features colorful unicorn poop. The game sees blindfolded players taking careful steps across a playing mat as they try to avoid piles of unicorn poop, which is actually a colorful clay-like compound. This version of the game is exclusive to Amazon.

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L.O.L. Surprise! Glam Glitter Series Doll

Amazon Price: $23.80

Suggested Age: 5 years and up

The third L.O.L. Surprise! toy to make Amazon’s top 25, this is the most modestly priced of the trio but still includes plenty of surprises for a kid to unbox. Each package contains seven surprise items, including a doll, outfit, shoes, fashion accessory and stickers. The package can be used as a carrying case after it’s been opened.

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Barbie Care Clinic Vehicle

Amazon Price: $52.88

Suggested Age: 3 to 7 years

Kids who want to make their Barbie doll into a first responder will love this toy ambulance. The play set transforms from a vehicle into a three-room clinic where Barbie can treat patients. Warning to parents: This toy also has flashing lights and a siren — so those AA batteries may not be required if you want some peace and quiet.

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Ozobot Bit Coding Robot

Amazon Price: $44.88

Suggested Age: 6 years and up

If you’re looking for a more affordable robot to help teach your child coding, Ozobot is a great choice, according to Amazon. This pocket-sized robot is ready to go right out of the box and charges via an included USB cable. Kids can use an easy-to-grasp coding system to program the robot themselves.

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Osmo Genius Kit

Amazon Price: $99.99

Suggested Age: 5 to 12 years

This award-winning toy doesn’t come cheap but appears to be worth the price, based on stellar Amazon reviews. The Osmo system requires an iPad to use and turns the device into an educational tool meant to make core subjects fun for kids to learn. Osmo comes with five hands-on games that improve a child’s language, math, problem-solving and drawing skills.

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You’ve Got Crabs Card Game

Amazon Price: $24.99

Suggested Age: 7 years and up

The title may not sound totally kid-friendly, but this fun card game is suggested for players as young as 7 years old. You’ve Got Crabs comes from the makers of Exploding Kittens, and is a game that promotes teamwork and plenty of yelling. The game is designed for four to 10 players and comes in a cute package.

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Kano Harry Potter Wand Coding Kit

Amazon Price: $99.99

Suggested Age: 6 years and up

This coding toy is perfect for the Harry Potter fan in your life. Using an app that works with most tablets and computers, it allows the user to build a wand that will respond to their movements. The customizable wand will allow the witch or wizard to cast spells and play games on the Kano app.

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Melissa & Doug Pet Vet Play Set

Amazon Price: $26.99

Suggested Age: 3 to 6 years

Like other toy sets from Melissa & Doug, this kit aims to help kids discover their passion in life. This one is aimed at future veterinarians and comes with a plush dog and cat, plus 24 pretend tools they’ll need to treat their furry patients. The whole kit comes in a tote bag that’s perfect for little vets who are on the go.

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FurReal Munchin’ Rex

Amazon Price: $49.99

Suggested Age: 4 years and up

The latest toy that allows kids to see what it’s like to take care of their own pet is the FurReal Munchin’ Rex. This little dinosaur has 35 different reactions when kids interact with it, ranging from excitement to disgust. The set comes with several options for kids to “feed” to Munchin’ Rex, including broccoli and a caveman cookie.

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LittleBits Avengers Hero Inventor Kit

Amazon Price: $149.95

Suggested Age: 8 years and up

This is one of the more expensive items on Amazon’s list of hot toys, but it also might be one of the coolest. This kit not only teaches kids how to code but it also lets them emulate the powers of their favorite member of the Avengers. This toy promotes creativity and STEM education and requires access to an iOS or Android device.

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Lego Boost Creative Toolbox Building And Coding Kit

Amazon Price: $159.95

Suggested Age: 7 to 12 Years

This Lego kit allows kids to make one of five wildly different creations, ranging from a dancing robot to a sweet guitar. The toy has near-perfect ratings on Amazon and promises to sneakily educate kids while they have fun. Access to a tablet or smartphone is required.

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Radio Flyer My 1st Wagon

Amazon Price: $19.97

Suggested Age: 3 years and up

It’s hard to beat a classic! This toy version of the iconic Radio Flyer red wagon is perfect for a child to haul toys or stuffed friends inside. It stretches from 19.25-inches long to 9.5-inches wide.

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Hot Wheels Corkscrew Crash Track Set

Amazon Price: $48.88

Suggested Age: 5 to 9 years

Yet another classic toy to make Amazon’s list is this Hot Wheels track. The set comes with a Hot Wheels car and lets kids unleash mayhem with a track that will launch vehicles through a series of corkscrews. Hot Wheels says the set will promote problem-solving skills by teaching kids how to time a perfect launch that doesn’t result in a crash.

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Moj Moj Claw Machine Playset

Amazon Price: $49.99

Suggested Age: 6 to 12 years

This toy combines unboxing fun with classic arcade action. This tabletop claw machine features working joysticks and six egg-shaped prizes that each contain a mystery item. The toy also makes noises and has working lights.

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Baby Alive Potty Dance Baby

Amazon Price: $48.82

Suggested Age: 3 years and up

This sounds like a bizarre one, but it currently has a perfect five-star rating at Amazon. This doll drinks real water before “peeing” it into the potty it comes with. Oh, and this new Baby Alive also does a “potty dance” when she takes a seat on the toilet.

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Nerf Rival Prometheus

Amazon Price: $199.99

Suggested Age: 14 years and up

Not only is this impressive toy suggested for the oldest kids on the list, it’s also the most expensive. How could a Nerf gun possibly be worth $200? Well, this bad boy uses a rechargeable battery to fire 200 rounds at a velocity of 100 feet per second. Yeah, that’s pretty much guaranteed to shut down any Nerf war.

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My First Mind Blowing Science Kit

Amazon Price: $23.99

Suggested Age: 6 years and up

Another top-selling toy that will also educate your kid is this science kit from Scientific Explorer. Kids who are interested in chemistry and experimenting will love this, but adult supervision is recommended during each use. It comes with three test tubes and a stand, a pipette, measuring scoops and several substances used for cool experiments, among other items.

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Hatchimals CollEGGtibles 12-Pack Carton

Amazon Price: $19.99

Suggested Age: 5 years and up

Who knew Hatchimals were still a hot commodity?! Kids who get this gift will find 12 neon-colored Hatchimals figures hidden inside toy eggs that they must hatch. This is another one that’s great for anyone who likes to be truly surprised by their gifts.

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Grow ‘N Glow Terrarium

Amazon Price: $14.99

Suggested Age: 6 years and up

This kit is aimed at kids who are into science and art. This terrarium, from Creativity for Kids, allows the user to grow their own living habitat inside a jar. It comes with all the stuff needed to get this mini-garden started in as few as three days – just add water and watch it grow!

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Hairdorables

Amazon Price: $14.99

Suggested Age: 3 years and up

Yet another gift that surprises the lucky kid who gets it, a single Hairdorables package contains one of 36 possible dolls, as well as 10 styling accessories. As the name suggests, each of the dolls has a luscious mane that’s meant to be brushed and styled. This could be perfect for kids who love watching online videos because these toys are based on a YouTube series of the same name.

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Don’t Lose Your Cool

Amazon Price: $19.99

Suggested Age: 12 years and up

This unique party game rewards you for flustering your friends and family members! Players take turns wearing a headpiece that measures their heart rate, while the others try to raise it with the help of dice that give them ideas of how to stress the person out. It sounds a little intense for family game night but the scenarios are very silly and each round only lasts for 30 seconds.

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KumiKreator Friendship Bracelet Maker

Amazon Price: $31.99

Suggested Age: 8 years and up

Creative kids will love this gift, which allows them to make some pretty sweet friendship bracelets. The toy describes itself as a “breakthrough bracelet maker” and promises that its bracelets are made with no knots needed. The kit comes with 88 spools of string in five different colors and has enough material for 10 bracelets to be made without a refill.

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Hogwarts Express Lego Kit

Amazon Price: $79.99

Suggested Age: 8 to 14 years

Another sweet Lego kit for Harry Potter fans is this set that allows you to build the Hogwarts Express train. The kit includes the mythical Platform 9 3/4 station, a luggage cart and some character figures. The train measures more than 18 inches long when completed.

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Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus

Amazon Price: $69.99

Suggested Age: 8 years and up

This epic Nerf toy comes with 30 soft darts that will automatically load in for rapid shooting. This motorized blaster means your kid would probably never lose in a Nerf war. The whole thing weighs about five pounds, so it’s not for kids who can’t lug it around comfortably.

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Funko Pop! Hulk Buster Figure

Amazon Price: $16.99

Suggested Age: 3 months and up

No matter what pop-culture thing you’re into, there’s a Funko Pop! figure for you to collect — and this one’s perfect for anyone who loves the Avengers. The 6-inch tall figure shows Tony Stark’s special Hulk Buster suit, which was first shown in “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” These figures are always well designed and look great displayed in any kid’s room.

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‘Jurassic World’ Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape Lego Kit

Amazon Price: $79.99

Suggested Age: 7 to 12 years

If your kid loves dinosaurs and the “Jurassic Park” movies, they’ll be pumped to put together this Lego kit inspired by “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.” The impressive set includes 577 pieces and includes a Carnotaurus dinosaur figure, a truck and a gyrosphere that can be launched out of a station. The kid also comes with figures of characters from the movie, including Owen, Claire and Franklin.

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Pikmi Pops Giant Flips

Amazon Price: $44.99

Suggested Age: 5 years and up

Another great choice for kids who dig unboxing surprise items, this Pikmi Pops kit includes a reversible plush that also has some secrets inside. In addition to the plush toy, the package comes with eight surprise items. Depending on what animal your kid prefers, they can choose to buy either a bunny, a dog or a cat.

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Playfoam Pals Wild Animals

Amazon Price: $11.15

Suggested Age: 5 years and up

This toy holds the Amazon’s Choice seal of approval and comes at a pretty low price compared to some of the others on this list. In addition to getting two containers of Playfoam, each comes with a surprise toy hidden inside. The Playfoam itself can be molded into any form your kid comes up with and won’t dry out, according to the company. It’s available in a two- or six-pack.

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K’Nex Bionic Blast Roller Coaster Building Set

Amazon Price: $119.99

Suggested Age: 9 years and up

This one will be loved by kids who are fascinated by roller coasters. This K’Nex kit allows the user to build an intense thrill ride using 809 pieces. Oh, and when it’s built the ride can be “ridden” with a free virtual-reality app and the included VR viewer.

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Crayola Fabulous Art Kit

Amazon Price: $22.92

Suggested Age: 5 years and up

No matter which medium of art your kids likes to make creations with, this kit probably includes it. The set packs Crayola crayons, chalk, colored pencils, markers, glitter crayons, a paintbrush and other items into one handy bucket. It also includes some coloring sheets packed in if you forget to buy a coloring book before the holidays.

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‘Jurassic World’ Walking Indoraptor Dinosaur

Amazon Price: $59.99

Suggested Age: 3 years and up

This “Jurassic World” toy from Fisher-Price has a walking, talking dinosaur that will chase your kid around the room. The toy comes with a small ATV and Owen action figure that makes the dinosaur run behind it. It’s a pretty cool toy that’s more advanced than your typical action figure. It’s perfect for kids who want to act out intense chase scenes from the movie.

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Cozmo Robot By Anki

Amazon Price: $179.99

Suggested Age: 8 years and up

Toy robots have become very popular over the past few years and — despite being expensive — can be very educational for kids. Cozmo is a cute little robot that teaches kids a basic version of coding that allows them to customize how the toy behaves. This toy requires access to the free Cozmo app, which works on iOS and Android devices.

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L.O.L. Surprise! Bigger Surprise!

Amazon Price: $89.99

Suggested Age: 5 years and up

Last year, the Big Surprise from L.O.L. Surprise! was one of the hottest toys of the holiday season, and this year, Amazon says the new Bigger Surprise! will be even, well, bigger. The whole package is a mystery grab bag that holds at least 60 surprise items inside, including dolls, stickers and accessories. Last year, the Big Surprise package sold out quickly, so you’d better jump on this one as soon as it goes on sale Sept. 25.

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Star Wars FurReal Ultimate Co-Pilot Chewie

Amazon Price: $129.99

Suggested Age: 4 years and up

Who doesn’t want to be best friends with Chewbacca in real life? This sophisticated, 16-inch interactive plush will engage kids with more than 100 sound and motion combinations that respond to talking, touching and movement. This version of Chewie is also a big softie and will react with soothing sounds when he’s scratched on the head.

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Little Live Scruff-A-Luvs

Amazon Price: $19.99

Suggested Age: 5 to 15 years

For the little animal lovers out there, Scruff-A-Luvs are a perfect holiday gift. These cute toys allow kids to “adopt” an abandoned pet whose matted fur is in need of a good grooming in order to bring out its full cuteness. The box holds either a dog, cat or bunny, and it’s a total mystery which pet they’ll get until it’s opened.

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