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Holiday shopping is starting even earlier this year, with many looking to avoid shipping delays and beat the usual gift-buying crowds. So it's no surprise that these trendy toys are selling out like hot cakes, and we want to make sure you get them while you still can.
Stephanie Oppenheim from Oppenheim Toy Portfolio joined TODAY to share this year's winners of the Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Awards. The company's experts run all their toys by a panel of kid-testers and take into account educational and play value, safety, age, parental feedback and more. So you can trust everything on their list is something your child will love.
Add these award-winning toys to your shopping cart before they sell out again.
Train sets are like open-ended puzzles, Oppenheim says, which makes them perfect for preschoolers. This one is cleverly designed for quick clean-up: The storage box is a part of the roadway. It's compatible with other wooden train sets, so the possibilities for expanding their train's route are endless.
Parents will love this remote-controlled car, because it has soft wheels that won't scratch the floors. With an easy-to-use remote, your kid will have a blast as they make the car do 360-degree spins, wheelies and other stunts.
Oppenheim says this is one of the best LEGO builds they have ever reviewed. The NASA-inspired model includes a multi-stage rocket, launch control tower, astronauts and other figures.
For Pokemon fans, this build will keep your little one's hands busy as they snap together 600 pieces to create this iconic character. "Our Pokemon-obsessed builder put this together in about five hours and the good news is that it has stayed together," Oppenheim says. The box recommends this toy for ages 10 and up, and she agrees.
With only 211 pieces, this set may be more appropriate for little builders. It stands over 4 inches tall and has a movable waist, arms and legs so it can be posed in a number of battle-ready positions.
If you're considering buying this toy, Oppenheim recommends making the purchase sooner rather than later. It's one of the hottest toys of the season and will likely sell out fast. The animatronic Baby Yoda (from "The Mandalorian") makes more than 25 sound and motion combinations. Plus, they can activate “the force” to make the character mimic his unique powers.
This set comes with three customizable water globes, so your kid can keep one and share the others with friends, Oppenheim says. Choose between three different themed sets: sweet treats, under the sea or holiday snow globes. It's a good choice for kids in their early school years who love having an end product they can play with when their creative work is done, she adds.
This fun and educational toy will turn your kid into a mini archeologist. They'll dig in with a chisel to uncover a dozen different gemstones, including jasper, amethyst and tiger's eye. The gem identification poster will teach them scientific and historical facts about their finds. This is marked ages 4 and up, but Oppenheim says it's a better choice for early school age kids.
This puzzle features endangered and vulnerable species of the world. As they put the pieces together, they can use the key to identify each animal. For younger kids, this 100-piece version is the perfect choice. For a family activity, get the 1,000-piece version and work together to complete the beautiful image.
This seasonally appropriate game will provide fun for the whole family. Blow up the antlers and rings with the provided pump, then aim to get your rings around the antlers. This one Oppenheim highlights is sold out, but the one we've shared here is a close alternative.
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