It’s the most wonderful time of the year — the time when kids are making their lists to Santa and dreaming about all of the fabulous toys that recently hit the market. But if Santa really wants a hint as to what everyone on the nice list actually wants, he should check with the list of eBay’s best holiday toys in 2019. The retailer crunched its sales data from March through September of this year and came up with a list of the most searched for, most in-demand toys that your kids will undoubtedly be pining for in the months to come.
If you scan the list, you can see plenty of old, retro, throwback, and anniversary toys, including new twists on Polly Pockets, Tamogotchis, My Little Ponies, and Star Wars or X-Men action figures. It’s clear that everything old is new again. So eBay has also compiled a list of its most popular retro toys of the season, from old Nintendo sets to American Girl dolls. If you’re looking for a trip through all the Santa letters of your youth, peruse the site’s vintage list, and be whisked back to your Cabbage Patch Kid-toting days. And, if you’re looking for even more gifts for kids, the Good Housekeeping Institute tested toys with kids, parents, and scientists to create its 2019 Good Housekeeping Toy Awards.
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Hatchimals WOW Llalacorn
Detective Pikachu Feature Plush
Kids who have seen the Detective Pikachu movie this year are going to want to bring home a cuddly Pokémon in a deerstalker hat, just saying.
L.O.L. Surprise! O.M.G. Swag Doll
LEGO Star Wars Snowspeeder 20th Anniversary Edition
If your family cares more about The Empire Strikes Back than The Rise of Skywalker, this throwback LEGO set will do the trick. The 300-piece kit makes the vehicle from the Battle of Hoth, and comes with minifigs of Luke Skywalker, Dak Ralter, Lando Calrissian, and a Rebel Trooper.
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Pinkfong Baby Shark Official Song Puppet
This Baby Shark toy sings its signature song faster or slower, depending on how fast you move the mouth. (Good luck getting it out of your head!)
Unstable Unicorns Game
Nerf x Fortnite AR-L Elite Dart Blaster
When used in conjunction with the Hot Wheels id app, kids can access additional features of their cars online. For example after a race, they can measure the car’s performance.
Mega Construx Masters of the Universe: Castle Grayskull
This gigantic set features more than 3,500 pieces! Once the castle is assembled, it has interactive features like a working elevator, a trap door in the throne room, and secret passageways that are accessed through pivoting turrets.
LEGO Friends Ideas Central Perk
Get this set for a Friends fan you know, and you’ll make their day, their week, their month, or even their year.
LEGO Hidden Side
Once these LEGO Hidden Side sets are built, they’re haunted! Builders can then use an augmented reality app to go in and bust ghosts or solve mysteries.
FurReal Cubby, the Curious Bear
Interactive toys are huge this year, and Cubby is as responsive as they come. He uses incredibly lifelike movements to play games like peekaboo.
The next generation of Pomsies ups the interactive factor. They react differently to different colors, and can “turn” colors into musical beats that kids can mix and match.
Mr. Potato Head Classic Figure From ‘Toy Story 4’
LEGO Minifigures Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts
You get these Harry Potter minifigs in blind bags, meaning you don’t know which one you’ve got until you open it. Try to collect them all!
LEGO Star Wars Imperial Dropship 20th Anniversary Edition
Just when you thought there couldn’t possibly be another LEGO Star Wars set, this speedy vehicle comes along. The set comes with three Stormtroopers, a Shadow Trooper, and a bonus anniversary Han Solo.
L.O.L. Surprise! Ooh La La Baby Surprise
Harry Potter Invisibility Cloak
When used in conjunction with an app, this cloak has the power to turn muggles invisible. (It works sort of like a green screen.) Mischief managed!
Hairdorables Series 3 Surprise Doll
You never know which “Hairdorable” character you’ll get, but, no matter who you end up with, she’ll have lots of hair to style in different, fun ways.
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Monopoly: Disney ‘Frozen 2’
Instead of buying properties like Boardwalk and Park Place, players here try to acquire scenes from Frozen, like “The Sky’s Awake.” If you “freeze” a scene you own, you get double the rent.
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Barbie 60th Anniversary Astronaut Doll
Barbie turns 60 this year, and to celebrate she’s revisiting some of her old professions — including her stint as an astronaut (clearly the coolest one).
Ultimate Arendelle Castle Playset
If you have a kingdom of space at your disposal, this positively huge playset — measuring 5 feet tall by 4 feet wide — will delight any Frozen fan. It comes with twinkling lights and 14 accessories.
Plumber Pants Game
One of those you-win-if-you-lose games, kids take turns adding tools to the plumber’s belt — until his pants finally fall down, you see his undies, and water sprays from the sink. Get ready for silly giggles.
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Kindi Kids Snack Time Friends
Kindi Kids dolls are designed to get kids ready for Kindergarten. Each comes with “snack time” accessories that can eat, scoop, or bite in an interactive way.
Tamagotchi on Virtual Reality Pet
Tamagotchis are back, and better than ever — now, you can connect to friends’ virtual pets, too, and explore Tamagotchi World together.
Marvel X-Men Retro 6-Inch Action Figures
The Avengers may have scooped up all the headlines this year, but Marvel X-Men are still going strong, as this wave of retro-inspired action figures proves. Find all your favorite characters including Wolverine, Storm, Dazzler, Cyclops, Iceman, and Silver Samurai.
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Polly Pocket Partytime Surprise Keepsake 30th Anniversary Compact
Everything old is cool again, including this retro Polly Pocket set, which is styled to look like the original 1989 Partytime Surprise Keepsake Compact.
My Little Pony Retro Rainbow Mane 6 Set
Another ’80s-inspired collectible, this set features the current favorite My Little Pony characters — Fluttershy, Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie, Twilight Sparkle, and Applejack — re-imagined as if they were part of the first wave of My Little Pony figures.
Star Wars 2019 Retro Collection Action Figures
You may have missed out on the original run of Kenner action figures when A New Hope first came out, but everything comes around again, and there’s still plenty of time to get in on these throwback reissues.
The Top Retro Toys, According to eBay
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