Christmas is around the corner, and retailers are already naming their most anticipated toys of the year. Movies seem to be driving this year's list, so you may want to add some DVDs or movie passes to your shopping list, too. Here's a list to help get your Christmas shopping underway, whether you choose to do it in store or on eBay.
The most anticipated toys of this year have one thing in common - Disney's Frozen. In case you've been travelling out of the universe, Frozen is an animated Disney movie that was released last November. It won two Oscars, as well as a host of other awards, and kids can't get enough of it. From costumes to play sets, stuffed toys, educational guitars, and pianos, buyers have a wide range of choices for almost every age and every budget.
The Lego empire continues to grow, in part thanks to 2014's The Lego Movie, and the colourful construction blocks are once again a hot Christmas item. You can add to a child's collection for years, or start a new one at any time. They offer sets and individual pieces that fit any budget and suit stocking stuffers as well as larger play set gifts.
Age plays a role in determining which Legos to buy. There are Duplo building blocks for the little guys, and classic and advanced blocks for kids six and up.
Perhaps because of all the drone talk, radio-controlled helicopters are all the rage this year. From the single blade chopper to the quadcopter drone, these hobby vehicles stir imaginations and provide hours of fun for the whole family. Just don't forget the batteries or battery packs.
The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are here to stay, and with the 2014 release of their latest movie, they're a hot toy again. The turtles are available as action figures, stuffed animals, Legos, ride-on toys, role-playing costumes, bedding, clothing, and more. When buying the action figures, be sure you get all the main characters: Leonardo, Donatello, Raphael, Michaelangelo, and Shredder, but do some research to find other pieces to add to the collection. Fans of the Ninja Turtles know each character's colours, weapons, and personality, so your recipient may already have a favourite in mind. For collectors, there are vintage turtles dating back to the original action figures from 1988.
The other highly anticipated toy line this year features the Transformers. With the summer's release of Transformers: Age of Extinction, action figures are flying off the shelves. Like Legos, the types of Transformers available are divided by age categories. The "Robots in Disguise" action figures are aimed at young children, while all others are for older kids and collectors.