Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man A/R Experience from Hasbro
Experience (and save) the world as Iron Man with this amazing augmented reality experience. Transform yourself and you'll really feel like one of the Avengers with this multi-level game.
Bob Ross: The Art of Chill Game from Big G Creative
Discover the relaxing world of beloved painter Bob Ross as you play a basic strategy game and make game playing an art in itself.
Fiesta Cruise Sand & Water Table with Umbrella from Step2
See the newest outdoor sand and water table from Step2. This new take on a classic play pattern will delight kids everywhere. And the umbrella adds sun protection and looks great.
Glove-A-Bubbles from Zing
It's a new way to enjoy one of the all-time classic summer activities...bubble toys! Innovative design meets great value to deliver lots of bubbles and lots of fun.

Hatchimals Colleggtibles Season 3 from Spin Master
Hatchimals Colleggtibles continue to be one of the most popular toys in a super hot category. Hatch, collect, love. And Series 3 has even more charming characters!
The Incredibles 2 Jack-Jack Attacks from Jakks Pacific
Get into the fun with Jack-Jack as he discovers his powers in The Incredibles 2. They come to life in this super cool, interactive character toy.
Jurassic World Super Colossal Tyrannosaurus Rex from Mattel
The king of dinosaurs rules the fun with this giant size Tyrannosaurus that brings the excitement of Jurassic World right to the playroom.
Jurassic World Chomp 'n Roar Mask Velociraptor Blue from Mattel
Kids can become the biggest, baddest dino in Jurassic World with this great, interactive mask that has cool sounds and looks super cool.

L.O.L. Surprise! Confetti Pop, Series 3 from MGA Entertainment
The hottest collectible doll just keeps getting better! L.O.L. Confetti Pop joins the collection as kids discover new ways to play with the original unboxing toy.
Nickelodeon Slime Super Slime Studio from Cra-Z-Art
You love slime? You'll love this set! Make lots of different types of slime, and be part of the biggest activity craze in years!
Star Wars Han Solo Mighty Muggs from Hasbro
Star Wars fans and collectors will love the urban vinyl look and the three different faces--adding a little playful interaction to a super hot collectible figure.
Twisty Petz Series 1 from Spin Master
Be the first to know about Twisty Petz, what TTPM thinks is going to be one of the hot crazes of the year! Animal figures turn into bracelets and back again.

Watermelon Smash from Yulu
Play the latest, coolest suspense game we've found! A classic summer treat becomes an hilarious game for the family. Will the Watermelon Smash on your head? You'll have to see!
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Did you know that there are more than 160,000 toys on the market in the U.S. at any given time? That's a lot of toys! They range from the simplest collectibles and impulse toys to the most sophisticated electronic marvels.

At TTPM, we see more than 10,000 new toys every year. The process starts a year or more before our lists are revealed and the toys hit the shelves. Our teams attend Toy Fairs in the U.S. and overseas, and we visit with toy companies, getting exclusive backstage peeks at toys that are in development. Over the next months, we follow the progress of these toys as they get ready to come to market, and we review them almost as soon as they come off the assembly line.

We also spend a lot of time in toy stores—not a bad gig when you think about it. It's important to see what finally makes it to the shelves, the many ways a toy may be changed from when we saw a prototype and get an early sense of what's selling. The fact of the matter is, not every toy makes the cut. As with many industries, many more ideas are developed than ever to get to the toy shelves. Along the way, manufacturers may find things are too expensive to make, a great idea in the design studio may not appeal to kids, or retailers just may not want to take a chance on it.

Even for the toys that do make it through the process, it's not always clear sailing. There are a lot of things for parents to choose from, and in many cases kids are the ones who can make or break a toy. As we always say, it can be challenging to be in a business where your success or failure depends on what a kids wants at any given time.

Then, too, every kid is different. Over the years, we've seen again and again that every child has a different play style, as unique as his or her personality. Kids also never play with just one thing. When we've interviewed kids about what they like to play with, more often than not, they'll talk about toys in many different merchandise categories—from action figures to games and almost every category of toys they play with.

As quickly as kids tastes change, so too do the toys. We continue to see more and more technology introduced into toys, allowing them to do things that are surprising in their sophistication. While those innovations are amazing to parents and grandparents, those that are successful have one thing in common: good play.

The process of selecting toys for the TTPM Most Wanted lists takes months. Our editorial team reviews the toys. We take them out of the box, assemble and play with them. We talk to retailers and, of course, track trends in the culture from play to entertainment to fashion and more.

Here are some of the key criteria we use in making those tough choices:

  • Is it New? Generally we only consider new toys introduced in the last year, or those that have been revised and updated. Many toys do come back every few years, often with innovations that make them new and newsworthy.
  • Is it On-Trend? Does it reflect some part of kid culture, whether entertainment, play pattern or category? The toy industry is constantly changing, and keeping up with it is an ongoing challenge for toymakers.
  • Is it a Good Toy? It is well made? Does it perform as advertised?
  • Is it Available? Can people actually buy the toy?
  • Do Kids Know About It? A good toy has to be well-marketed, which is part of the equation. But are they talking about it. Does a toy have that thing called "buzz?" Even if it's just getting off the ground, what's the early read on kids' reactions.
  • Is it Fun? This is probably the most important criterion. Of course, what's fun for a preschooler is not the same as what's fun for an 8-year-old, so we look at these.

Over the years we've also learned that this is a lot more an art than a science, as with anything that has such an element of fashion involved. At the end of the day, our lists are a snapshot of a moment in play time—a sense of what's inspiring imaginations and letters to Santa.

And, most importantly, one thing we always say is that no list will ever encompass the wonderfully diverse nature of the toy business—or every kid. The best thing that parents and toy buyers can ever do is know the kids that they're buying for, what excites them and stimulates their imaginations. As we say every time we announce a list, "The hot toy is only hot if it's hot for your kid."

So, check out the lists, get playing, and be sure to come back often to see our latest toy reviews.

See past winners here.