The definitive toy guide for 2021 is officially here!

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It seems like everyone is coming up with the ‘must have’ toy list this year so we combed through all the lists from retailers like Target, Walmart, and Amazon (are there really any others?) to find the true best-of-the-best. The Today Show recently named their hottest picks of the year and since we love all things ‘Hoda’ we were inspired to come up with our “Best of” list too!

Here’s our must-have list for kids of almost any age.  There aren’t 100 to choose from because who has time for that?!  These really are the only ones that you must know about.  More importantly, your kids will love ’em! And keep tabs on this page because we’ll be updating it all year long as new and popular must-haves are released into the wild!

Shop our picks for the new hot toys of 2021.

1.
The Best Toy Pick (So Far) of 2021

Animatronic Galactic Snackin’ Grogu

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Pre-Order: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  4+
Price Point: $$$$$

If it’s one thing we learned from last year it’s that jump on the pre-order when you can before it become totally impossible to get (again!).  The latest “Baby Yoda” this time around has 40 sound and motion combos, comes with four really cute interactive accessories, will let you know when he wants to be picked up, moves his head, ears, arms, eyes, and more. A total must-have for the ultimate Mandalorian fan! See more here.


2.
The Cute Pick

The Series 2 Blume Doll

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  4 – 9 yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

These are the surprise dolls that everyone was obsessed over last year and now they’re back with Series 2.  They still come in super cute flower pots and when you sprinkle some actual water on the ‘top soil’ with the little watering can that comes with it, your Blume Doll will actually start to sprout (almost like it hatches!) and you’ll discover which cute doll with crazy foam hair you got!  This time around their foamy hair changes color in the sunlight!  These have been tough to come by, so snag yours when you can! See more here.


3.
The Musical Pick

LEGO Vidiyo “Party Llama” Beatbox Building Kit

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Best Buy

Perfect For Ages:  7+
Price Point: $$$$$

Perfect for the kids who love the challenge of building LEGOs and the fun of making interactive music videos! They’ll be able to make their “Party Llama” come to life in their own music video with special effects (thanks to the app), and they can even star in it too. It’s actually pretty easy to do!  See more here.


4.
The Lebron Pick

Space Jam “Lebron James” Shoot + Dunk Playset

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  4 – 15 yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

Who doesn’t love Lebron and the new Space Jam movie?! With his oversized hands you can shoot from a distance or totally just dunk it right in, just like Lebron would!  You can keep score right on the net, match score with your friends, and more!  See more here.


5.
The Star Wars Pick

LEGO Mandalorian Razor Crest

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  10+
Price Point: $$$$$

The ultimate LEGO set for the ultimate Mandalorian fan!  Now they can build the official Razor Crest, that comes with just over 1,000 pieces!  It’s more for the bigger kids who may not need as much help, so we recommend this one for ages 10 and older.  See more here.


6.
The Trendy Pick

LOL Surprise “Dance Dance Dance” Doll

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  4+
Price Point: $$$$$

That’s right, LOL Surprise is back again this year and this time around the must-have is the Dance Dance Dance surprise doll.  There are currently 4 to choose from and each comes with 15 amazing surprises your kids will love to unbox. It even comes with a mini black-light so you can reveal even more fun surprises! See more here.


7.
The Suspenseful Pick

Jake the Rattlesnake Game

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  4+
Price Point: $$$$$

How fast can your kids snatch up the little pieces of gold before Jake the Rattlesnake strikes back!  This one is super fun and give you the same sense of panic as when we used to play that Operation game.  Good times!  See more here.


8.
The Cutest Pick

The 5 Surprise Mini Brands

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  3 – 11
Price Point: $$$$$

These cute little collectibles are also super tough to come by, but the kids are still obsessed with them.  In each surprise ball you’ll get 5 surprise mini popular brand products to collect like just the real brands you get at the supermarket.  Don’t worry, the actual product doesn’t come inside.  They’re just toys! See more here.


9.
The Viral Pick

Gotta Go Flamingo 

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  4 – 9 yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

This is the toy everyone is talking about and for good reason.  Look, it’s pretty funny but we gotta tell you that this cute interactive flamingo actually poops.  Yep, right into its toilet.  Sherbet is the latest from Little Live Pets that’s about to totally go viral.   Feed him, watch him eat, repeat phrases you say, sing and, of course, poop. See more here.


10.
The Cool Pick

The Air Hogs Stunt Shot

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  3+
Price Point: $$$$$

It’s already one of the most anticipated new toy cars of the year and we can see why!  This one is remote controlled, has super huge foam tires, and can ride over just about anything indoors without damaging it! You can drive it off the couch, down the stairs, off the walls and just about wherever and it’ll stay in-tact.  So cool!  See more here.


11.
The Flying Pick

Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  6+
Price Point:  $$$$$

The new release from the folks who created your favorite Hatchimals, these pretty crystal flyers will actually fly all around your home and even land back on your hand when you put it out.  She’ll even figure out how high or low to go based on how you move your hand around.  She comes in pink or purple and even sparkles when they fly! See more here.


12.
The Mystery Pick

The Playmobil Scooby Doo Mystery Mansion

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  5+
Price Point: $$$$$

Ok so this is the coolest Mystery Mansion yet!  It’s a bit on the expensive side, but it comes with so many super fun pieces to play with inside the haunted mansion and, even better, it has things like trap doors, revolving walls, hidden features, mirrors, and so much more.  Grab this one when you can!  See more here.


13.
The Glow-in-the-Dark Pick

The Treasure Alien X Glow in the Dark Slime

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  5 – 15 yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

It’s the new take on the surprise alien slime they couldn’t get enough of last Christmas.  This time around the slime is glow-in-the-dark, which makes it way cooler.  You still get to save your prized Treasure Hunter!  They’ll have to do it by cutting open this alien’s belly, digging through the actual slime, and then finding the recently eaten Treasure Hunter, a real space gem, and even more surprises.  Plus, they can even keep the gooey slime and play with it after.  See more here.


14.
The Crash-Up Pick

The Wreck Royale Exploding Cars

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  5 – 9 yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

If they like crashing up their cars (and you know they do!), they’re going to be obsessed with these Wreck Royale cars that actually explode into so many different pieces when they smash into each other!  They all have mix-and-match parts so they can build out some really cool (and pretty funny) options.  This one comes as a two-pack so let the games begin!  See more here.


15.
The Frozen II Pick

The Shape-Shifter Olaf

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  4+
Price Point: $$$$$

Olaf is back!  And this time he’s been given the super fun shape-shifter treatment.  Yes, you can move his body all around!  In fact, he has 5 different connection points, and when you put him into different shapes he’ll say some really funny phrases, including ones from the latest movie. See more here.


16.
The Motorized Pick

Paw Patrol Dino Rescue Motorized Vehicle

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  3 – 7 yrs old.
Price Point: $$$$$

If your little ones are obsessed with all things Paw Patrol (and they are) they’re going to love this fully motorized dino vehicle (the first motorized option from Paw Patrol).  Simply push a button and watch it go!  It comes with a friendly dinosaur, Chase, and even two projectiles.  See more here.


17.
The Sporty Pick

The Nerf and Strike Toy Dart Blaster

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  8+ yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

They’ll have a blast firing six foam darts at once, setting up fun targets around the house, and knocking them all down!  This is already one of the top trending picks of the year.  See more here.


18.
The Super Cute Pick

The Peekaboo Cookie Monster

Peekaboo

Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  2+ yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

Move over Tickle Me Elmo, because this year it’s all about Peekaboo Cookie Monster!  Your little ones will have a blast playing peekaboo with him, who moves and hides behind his giant cookie.  He even says a bunch of different phrases like “Me Love Cookie” and more.  See more here.


19.
The Superhero Pick

Imaginex Super Surround Batcave

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  4+ yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

Now this is one action set worth the wait!  This totally interactive Batcave has more than 200 sounds, is over 2.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide, has a control center, multi-light system, dual speakers, and even folds up for easy storage.  And, don’t worry, it comes with 13 different accessories and 5 exclusive figures like Batman, The Joker, Robin, Catwoman, and Mr. Freeze! See more here.


20.
The Giant Truck Pick

The Monster Jam Remote Control Truck

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  4 – 7 yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

Because Monster Jam trucks never get old, especially this new remote control Mega Grave Digger!  It’s over 2-feet tall, faster than all the previous ones, and can basically drive over any obstacle they setup in its way.  See more here.


21.
The Interactive Pick

Mama Josie Kangaroo from FurReal

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  4 – 8 yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

Everyone is loving Mama Josie this season!  She comes with three little babies.  One is a boy, one is a girl, and the third one is a total surprise!  She has more than 70 different sounds and motions and even comes with a yummy treat to feed her (and her little roos).  See more here.


22.
The Viral Pick

The ‘Make Me Over Challenge’

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  8+ yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

They’ve been watching these funny videos all over Youtube and now they can take the challenge with their friends at home.  They’ll have to give their friend a makeup makeover…while they wear a blindfold!  Good luck!  See more here.


23.
The Surprise Coloring-Changing Pick

The Blume Baby Pop Nursery

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  3+
Price Point:  $$$$$

If they loved their Blume Dolls, they’re going to love these new super cute Blume Baby Pop cuties.  Up to 5 different surprise dolls will spout and your kids will have to “pop” them up to see which they’ve got!  There are up to 25 amazing surprises in each nursery and when you dunk them in water their diaper will change colors so you’ll have the most fun gender reveal ever.  See more here.


24.
The LEGO Pick

The LEGO Interactive Haunted High School

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  9 – 14 yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

LEGO is getting into the interactive augmented reality space!  This +1,400 piece LEGO haunted house is super fun to built and even more fun when it’s completed.  Download the free app and use your device inside the haunted house to find and track down secret ghosts, find clues, solve new mysteries, unlock the must-find boss ghost and more!  See more here.


25.
The Racetrack Pick

The Hot Wheels ID Smart Race Track

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  7 – 12 yrs old.
Price Point: $$$$$

Set up your racetrack in over 20 different ways, play in-app challenges, earn rewards, create stunts, win races, and so much more.  It’s the latest and smartest from Hot Wheels this year!  See more here.


26.
The Exploding Pick

The New Na Na Na! Surprise Doll

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  7 – 12 yrs. old
Price Point: $$$$$

It’s the latest and greatest surprise doll from MGA where the unboxing is really the most unique thing ever!  You’ll blow up the balloon, pop it until confetti comes out and reveal some surprises for your Na Na Na! Surprise doll.  It’s fun and terrifying all at the same time!  See more here.


27.
The Must-Have Pick

The Shopkins Real Littles

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  5 – 15 yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

Yes, they’re the the food brands you’ve all come to love and now your kids can collect up to 50 different mini brand toys that are just like the real ones! This is anticipated to be one of the hottest toys for the holiday season so stock up while you can.  They seriously are so cuteRead more about Shopkins Real Littles here.


28.
The Gooey Pick

The Heroes of Goo Jit Zu Action Figures

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  4+
Price Point: $$$$$

Finally an action figure with a surprise inside!  These new Heroes of Goo Jit Zu action figures are from the super popular cartoon and are filled with all sorts of different things like slime, sand, glitter, crunchy stuff and more.  Currently there are 13 different ones to collect (each a different cool animal) and they all are super stretchy, super squishy, and super twisty. Read more about the Heroes of Goo Jit Zu here.


29.
The Frozen 2 Pick

The Ultimate Arendelle 5-Foot Castle Play-Set

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  3+ yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

This is the dream play-set of the year!  It’s 5′ tall, comes with 14 really cool accessories that will help decorate the 7 different rooms, and has a Northern Lights inspired light show when you simply press the button.  Doll houses have certainly come a long way!  See more here.


30.
The Barbie Pick

The Barbie “Made to Move” Doll

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  3 – 10 yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

It’s the Barbie we’ve all been waiting for!  She can totally move, like, just about every part of her body and can pose in so many really cool ways.  Move her neck, upper arms, lower legs, knees, wrists, hips, and so much more.  She’ll be ready to go to yoga in no time!  See more here.


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31.
The LEGO Pick

The Harry Potter Knight Bus LEGO Set 

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  8+ yrs old
Price Point:  $$$$$

Perfect for any little Harry Potter loving fan in your family, this new LEGO set comes with 403 pieces, 3 mini-figures from the movie/book, and so much more.  See more here.


32.
The Glittery Pick

The New Hatchimals Pixies

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  5+
Price Point: $$$$$

Hatchimals are back!  And this time around they’re in the form of tiny little glittery pixies.  Your kids will press on the purple heart on the egg and magically the pixies will eventually hatch and come to life.  There are 4 super cute pixies to collect and play with.  Read more about Hatchimals Pixies here.


33.
The Sloth Pick

The Fisher Price Smooth Moves Sloth

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  9 months – 4 yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

Such a great (and super cute) way for the little ones to learn their letters, numbers, sing songs, and more.  This cute sloth will clap his hands, bob his head, light up, and so much more.  There’s so much for your little one to interact with and learn at the same time.  See more here.


34.
The Interactive Pick

The Mr. Potato Movin’ Lips

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  3+ yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

That’s right, Mr. Potato Head is now totally interactive!  He talks, moves his lips/mouth all around, sings, says over 50 different phrases, and comes with 10 different pieces.  See more here.


35.
The Surprise Pick

The Blume Secret Surprise Garden

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  4+
Price Point: $$$$$

It’s the latest from Blume and super buzzed about right now!  This large Secret Surprise Garden comes with 30 different awesome surprises, an exclusive rare Blume doll, and the best part is that you can have your doll “grow” out of the cute flower pot as many times as you want!  Right now there are 22 different surprise gardens to collect so hurry up and get them while you can! Read more about Blume Secret Surprise Garden here.


36.
The Kindergarten Pick

The Kindi Kids Snack Time Friends Doll

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  3+
Price Point: $$$$$

These Kindi Kids dolls are super cute and so fun for the little ones to feed.  Each doll (there are 4 to collect) comes with 2 magical sweet treats that your kids can use to feed them and they’ll be amazed when the ‘food’ actually disappears and reappears! Each dolls head actually moves up and down and left and right just like a classic bobblehead.  Read more about KindiKids here.


37.
The Interactive Pick

The Pomsies Lumies Light-Ups

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Shop: Amazon!

Shop: Walmart

Perfect For Ages:  3+ yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

It’s the color-changing light-up fur ball on everyone’s list this year.  These Lumies will actually match any color it comes near, allows you to play over 1,000 different beats to make really cool music, and even has more than 100 different phrases and sounds.  Choose the best color for you!  See more here.


38.
The Tech Toy Pick

The Fire HD 8 Tablet for Kids

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Shop: Amazon!

Perfect For Ages:  3 – 10 yrs old
Price Point: $$$$$

We don’t love adding a tablet on a toy list, but let’s face it, most kids are using their tablets as toys so they can play games, build cool things and so much more.  This new one is a total must-have.  First, it has a total kid-proof case, comes with 1-year of Free Time Unlimited which gives them access to over 20,000 apps, games, books, videos, and more.  All kid-safe!  See more here.


39.
The Cuddly Pick

The Official Baby Yoda Plush

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Shop: Disney

Perfect For Ages:  4 – Adult
Price Point: $$$$$

Yes, this is the toy that everyone has been waiting for all year.  It’s “The Child” from Disney’s Mandalorian, but he’s more commonly known as Baby Yoda.  This 11-inch plush is up for pre-order and your best bet is to shop it directly through Disney so you know you’re not getting a knock-off.  We’ve seen plenty of those already!  See more here.


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