Get ready for the hottest toy of the holiday season: a robot dog that will make your heart melt. Dog-E, the adorable pet that whimpers, blinks its eyes, wags its tail, and responds to a loving rub on the head, is predicted to be a sold-out sensation before December. Toy manufacturer WowWee announced this exciting news during the annual Toy Fair at Javits Convention Center. The only thing Dog-E won’t do? Soil your expensive rug. That’s right, this $79.99 marvel even provides an electronic notification after it “virtually poops” during one of its 200 delightful interactions. Already sold out on Amazon, WowWee is rushing to restock before November.
Dog-E is a refreshing departure from the industry’s reliance on the usual suspects like Elmo, Furby, and Barbie. WowWee’s creation is igniting the toy industry with its innovative concept, making it one of the most sought-after toys this year. And it’s not the only one. Toy Insider’s “Hot 20” list features other coveted gifts such as the Sesame Street Elmo Slide plush toy, which sings, dances, and even has its own billboard in Times Square. Just Play’s stuffed Elmo, priced at $49.99, is exceeding sales forecasts and capitalizing on the nostalgia trend that the toy industry is embracing.
Another interactive gem is Hasbro’s talking Furby, available for $69.99. With eye-blinking, ear-moving, and rocking and rolling capabilities, this furry friend is a must-have. Fans of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles franchise will love the “Mayhem Pizza Fire Van” priced at $39.99. Designed to captivate the imagination, this toy is guaranteed to be a hit during the holiday season.
Mattel, the maker of Barbie, has big plans for the holiday season with a full lineup of Ken and Barbie dolls alongside the highly coveted $199.99 Barbie Dreamhouse Playset. Meanwhile, Hasbro is unveiling the Marvel Spidey and his Amazing Friends Web-Spinners Playset for $129.99. However, for those on a tighter budget, there are plenty of stocking stuffers available for under $20.
One popular option is the slime-related Googames from Sky Castle. Priced at $8.99 each, these handheld games imitate a mobile phone experience, complete with “squishy buttons” filled with water for a unique tactile experience.
But let’s not forget about the relaunch of WowWee’s famous hit, Fingerlings, at the affordable price of $15. These adorable creatures are sure to charm children and collectors alike.
The Toy Fair, the nation’s largest industry trade show, is currently underway, showcasing the latest and greatest toys. However, after almost 120 years, the fair will bid farewell to its traditional home in the Big Apple and move to New Orleans in January 2026, according to the Toy Association. This year’s fair, after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, deviates from its usual February dates, resulting in the absence of industry giants such as Mattel and MGA Entertainment.
Vendors who attended this year’s fair expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to relocate to New Orleans in January. They anticipate challenges in garnering press coverage and expect international attendees to face difficulties booking non-stop flights. Despite these concerns, the Toy Association has signed a three-year deal to host the fair in New Orleans, scheduling it between the end of hurricane season and Mardi Gras.
“Having it in New Orleans will hurt us because some buyers don’t want to go to New Orleans,” said Kev Kouyoumjian, founder of World Tech Toys.
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