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Top 100 Toys Trends of 2015

From Interlocking Eco Toys to Playful Programming Games

— January 30, 2016 — Life-Stages
As the top 100 toys trends reveal, parents are increasingly looking for ways to make playtime an educational experience. Playtime is an important part of childhood because it gives kids an opportunity to be creative and use their imagination. However, now there are toys that help children build additional skills through play.

A consistent theme among the top 100 toy trends is the focus on educational activities. More specifically, companies are increasingly focused on building toys that can be used to learn programming and robotics. Whether it is a kid-friendly robot or an interactive video game, these toys are targeted at parents who want to give their kids a head-start when it comes to learning valuable skills.

What is most interesting about the shift towards high-tech toys is the focus on marketing these kinds of products towards young girls. In fact, many toy companies are specifically focusing on marketing tech toys to girls as a way to empower more women in the fields of science and technology.

Beyond toys, Trend Hunter's 2016 Trend Report also explores high-level patterns concerning children, parenting and education.
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Popularity
Activity
Freshness
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Girl-Empowering Campaigns
Girl-Empowering Campaigns
The Barbie Be Super Movement Embraces the Superhero Culture
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99
Kid-Friendly Robots
Kid-Friendly Robots
This Programmable Robot is Designed to Entertain and Educate Children
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98
Buildable Cartoon Sets
Buildable Cartoon Sets
The LEGO Simpsons Kwik-E-Mart Set Will be Unveiled at SXSW
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97
Craft-Containing Cans
Craft-Containing Cans
The Creativity Can Lets Kids Get Imaginative With Less Structure in Place
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96
Transformative Dinosaur Toys
Transformative Dinosaur Toys
The VTech Switch & Go Dinos Turbo Spur Toy Can Turn into a Truck
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95
Toy-Creating Kiosks
Toy-Creating Kiosks
PieceMaker's 3D Printing Booth Dispenses Tiny Customized Toys
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94
Futuristic LEGO Cities
Futuristic LEGO Cities
This Project Allows Children to Design Singapore's City of the Future
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93
Kid-Friendly 3D Printers
Kid-Friendly 3D Printers
This Form of 3D Printing Helps Bring Children's Drawings to Life
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92
Individually Styled Dolls
Individually Styled Dolls
The Who is Barbie Campaign Introduces a Sense of Self-Expression
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91
Personalized LEGO Portraits
Personalized LEGO Portraits
Two Three Bricks Customized LEGO Figurines to Look Like You
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90
Artisanal Anime Masks
Artisanal Anime Masks
The Cubone Pokemon Mask is Perfect for Nostalgic Adult Fanboys
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89
App-Controlled Dancing Dolls
App-Controlled Dancing Dolls
Yukai Engineering's iDoll Makes Realistic Moves Directed by a Phone
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88
Jungle Gym Vests
Jungle Gym Vests
The Athletitti Athletic Vest Turns Parents into Mobile Playrounds
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87
LEGO-Friendly Laptop Protectors
LEGO-Friendly Laptop Protectors
The Brik Case for Macbook is Infinitely Customizable and Playful
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86
Smart Friendship Bracelets
Smart Friendship Bracelets
Minecraft Inspired the Programmable Jewelbots for Tween Girls
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85
Facial Distortion Accessories
Facial Distortion Accessories
Hyperlip Prosthetic Lips Mess Up Your Mouth for Hilarious Selfies
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84
Internet-Connected Dolls
Internet-Connected Dolls
My Friend Cayla is a Toy That Has Smart Conversations with Kids
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83
Recommending Toy Campaigns
Recommending Toy Campaigns
These Play-Doh Toys Show the Role Imagination Plays in Children's Lives
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82
Remote-Controlled Pterodactyls
Remote-Controlled Pterodactyls
The Flying Pterodactyl Realistically Flaps Its Wings and Screeches
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81
Sci-Fi Fantasy Drones
Sci-Fi Fantasy Drones
This High-Tech Star Wars Toy is Essentially a Millennium Falcon Drone
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80
Wearable Programming Toys
Wearable Programming Toys
The DynePods Can Be Used To Create Interactive Programs For Toys
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79
Mink Hide Plushies
Mink Hide Plushies
Fur Coat Stuffed Animals Are Crafted from Old Donated Jackets
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78
DIY Sword Toys
DIY Sword Toys
The 'Nature Sabre' Sword Handle Turns Sticks into Tools for Combat
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77
Kid-Safe 3D Printers
Kid-Safe 3D Printers
Bonsai Labs' 3D Printer for Kids Operates at a Lower Temperature
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76
Smart Wooden Dolls
Smart Wooden Dolls
Avakai by Vai Kai Brings Technology and Traditional Toys Together
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75
Educational Activity Kits
Educational Activity Kits
'Raina to the Rescue' is a Hands-On Educational Toy for Kids
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74
Plush Wellness Toys
Plush Wellness Toys
The Doodle Toy Monitor's a Child's Health and Wellness Through Play
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73
LED Building Blocks
LED Building Blocks
Builds Upon are Light Up Bricks That Work with LEGO Pieces
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72
Militant LEGO Figurines
Militant LEGO Figurines
These Tiny Military Action Figures are Designed for Combat Play
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71
Girl-Targeted Science Kits
Girl-Targeted Science Kits
Yellow Scope Produces Creative and Rigorous Science Kits for Girls
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70
Whimsical Paper Playsets
Whimsical Paper Playsets
This Paper Craft for Kids Inspires Kids to Create Dreamy Cloud Cities
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69
Talking Sheep Robots
Talking Sheep Robots
Takara-Tomy's OHaNAS Omnibot is an Intelligent Robot Companion
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68
Intelligent Personal Robots
Intelligent Personal Robots
Musio is an AI Robot with Interchangeable 'Brains' for Different Tasks
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67
Playful Electricity Generation
Playful Electricity Generation
A Skipping Rope Lamp Uses Daytime Games to Power Light at Night
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66
Tiny Pink Trailers
Tiny Pink Trailers
This Girls' Toy Tractor Shows How a Macho Machine Can Be Made Fun and Feminine
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65
Tablet Stamping Blocks
Tablet Stamping Blocks
The JouJou Cube Touch is a Modern, Mobile Stamp Pad
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64
Interactive Teddy Bears
Interactive Teddy Bears
The Smart Toy Bear Connects to an App to Teach Kids Lessons
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63
Custom LEGO Furniture
Custom LEGO Furniture
The LEGO Brick Coffee Table Lets You Decorate Like a Kid
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62
Toy Inventor Apps
Toy Inventor Apps
Make Toys with Autodesk's 3D-Printing Tinkerplay App
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61
Fatherly Playtime Kits
Fatherly Playtime Kits
The Cooper Kit Supplies Monthly Dad and Kid Activities
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60
Motorized Toy Attachments
Motorized Toy Attachments
RC Bricks Enhance a LEGO Toy with Electronic Attachments
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59
DIY Robot Toys
DIY Robot Toys
These 'Kamigami' Robots Feature DIY Construction and are Remote Controlled
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58
Life-Sized Building Blocks
Life-Sized Building Blocks
The 'Everblock' Bricks are Larger Versions of the Classic LEGO Blocks
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57
Hi-Tech Cartoon Toys
Hi-Tech Cartoon Toys
Disney Dream Play Uses Augmented Reality to Bring Figurines to Life
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56
Crochet Disney Characters
Crochet Disney Characters
This Artist Crocheted Disney Characters & Left Them Around the City
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55
Intelligent Creativity Campaigns
Intelligent Creativity Campaigns
The Play-Doh Ad Campaign Shows How the Toy 'Makes Smart Kids'
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54
DIY Rainbow Putty
DIY Rainbow Putty
This Kid-Friendly Craft is Made Using Simple Household Ingredients
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53
Intergalactic Samurai Toys
Intergalactic Samurai Toys
These Star Wars Samurai Figurines Are Based on Sci-Fi Characters
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52
Brick Record Players
Brick Record Players
This Functional LEGO Turntable is Made Almost Entirely Out of the Block Toys
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51
Gender-Neutral Dollhouses
Gender-Neutral Dollhouses
This Modular Dollhouse Collection Promotes Shared Play
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50
Kiddie Electric Standing Scooters
Kiddie Electric Standing Scooters
This Self-Balancing Scooter is Like a Segway for Kids
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49
Concrete Monster Toys
Concrete Monster Toys
The Collectible United Monsters are a Line of Art Toys for Adults
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48
Retro Sitcom Toys
Retro Sitcom Toys
Samuel Hatmaker Pitches a Golden Girls LEGO Set to Be Produced
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47
$8.5 Million Dollhouses
$8.5 Million Dollhouses
This Mini Mansion is the World's Most Expensive Dollhouse
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46
Educational Robot Toys
Educational Robot Toys
Codie Takes a Simple Gaming Approach to Teaching Coding to Children
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45
Overcomplicated Kids Toys
Overcomplicated Kids Toys
The 13 x 13 x 13 Rubik's Cube by YJ MoYu is Impossibly Difficult
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44
Creativity-Inducing Kits
Creativity-Inducing Kits
'Curiosity Boxes' Aim to Enhance Children's Imaginations & Curiosities
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43
Children's Magazine Pop-ups
Children's Magazine Pop-ups
The ANNIVERSARY MiLK Pop-up Shop is Designed for Kids
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42
Art History Action Figures
Art History Action Figures
These Flexible Sculpture Figures are Modeled After Famous Works of Art
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41
Educational Toy Subscriptions
Educational Toy Subscriptions
Spark Box Toys' Rental Service Entertains and Educates
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40
Insect-Examining Toys
Insect-Examining Toys
Hi-Tech Bug Viewer Encourages Curiosity and Education with Handheld Device
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39
Responsible Kite Packaging
Responsible Kite Packaging
Lily Li's Versatile Design Can be Repurposed as Storage and Supplies
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38
Illuminating Doll Boxes
Illuminating Doll Boxes
This Toy Box Packaging for a Doll Doubles as a Lamp
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37
Interlocking Eco Toys
Interlocking Eco Toys
Tobo Toys' Eco-Friendly Toys for Kids Join with Other Track Playsets
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36
Kid-Sized Disney Dolls
Kid-Sized Disney Dolls
These Disney Frozen My Size Dolls Feature a Human Height
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35
Liquified Glass Plasticine
Liquified Glass Plasticine
This Liquid Glass Thinking Putty Looks Like Ice and Aids Concentration
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34
Sustainable Timber Playgrounds
Sustainable Timber Playgrounds
These Eco-Friendly Rocking Chair Animals are Playful & Attractive
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33
Playful Programming Games
Playful Programming Games
Code Kingdom Teaches Coding for Children Through Play
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32
Skateboard Scooter-Bikes
Skateboard Scooter-Bikes
This Scooter-Bike-Skateboard Hybrid is Pretty Rad
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31
Drastic Doll Make-Unders
Drastic Doll Make-Unders
These Bratz Dolls Are Given Startling Transformations
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30
Autonomous Dinosaur Toys
Autonomous Dinosaur Toys
WowWee's Robot Dinosaur Takes Cues from Beacon Technology
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29
Kids' Programmable Pendants
Kids' Programmable Pendants
Linkitz are Wearable Hi-Tech Puzzle Pieces That Respond to Commands
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28
Inclusive Disability Dolls
Inclusive Disability Dolls
The Toy Like Me Campaign Spurs The Makies to Create More Diverse Dolls
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27
Entertaining Toy Shops
Entertaining Toy Shops
Hamleys Toy Shop in Moscow Displays Toys Like Amusements in a Theme Park
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26
Teddy Puzzle Toys
Teddy Puzzle Toys
Ozobear Challenges Kids with Twisting 3D-Printed Blocks
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25
LEGO Bottle Caps
LEGO Bottle Caps
Clever Caps Link Up with LEGO for Useful Bottle Cap Recycling
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24
Artisanal Stuffed Animals
Artisanal Stuffed Animals
These Aquatic Toys are Handcrafted and Distinctive
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23
Educational Craft Subscriptions
Educational Craft Subscriptions
Green Kid Crafts' Activity Boxes Gift Smarts & Sustainability
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22
Sitcom Building Block Sets
Sitcom Building Block Sets
The Big Bang Theory LEGO Kit is Made for Nerdy Fans
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21
App-Connected Educational Toys
App-Connected Educational Toys
This Interactive Toy is Designed to Introduce Kids to Technology
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20
Crocheted Canine Figurines
Crocheted Canine Figurines
Etsy's Miniature Stuffed Animals are a Charming Collector's Item
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19
Apocalyptic LEGO Cars
Apocalyptic LEGO Cars
LEGO Will Imagines What Mad Max LEGO Vehicles Would Look Like
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18
Real Life Toy Photography
Real Life Toy Photography
Legography by Samsofy Imagines Minifigs Interacting with the Real World
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17
Multifunctional Baby Rockers
Multifunctional Baby Rockers
Rokii's Baby Chair Doubles as a Rocker and Toy
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16
Child Coding Playsets
Child Coding Playsets
Cubetto Introduces Programming Basics to Kids with a Robot
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15
DIY Yoyo Kits
DIY Yoyo Kits
The Modernized Sling-Slang Yoyo is a Fun Homemade Project
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14
Smart Dinosaur Toys
Smart Dinosaur Toys
The CogniToys Dino Talking Toy Learns and Grows Alongside a Child
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13
Crafty Marker Scissors
Crafty Marker Scissors
The ColorCutter ShapeShark Transforms Doodles into Creative Cutouts
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12
Sleek Rocking Toys
Sleek Rocking Toys
This Wooden Kids Toy is a Modern Version of Traditional Rockers
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11
Off-Road Child Cars
Off-Road Child Cars
This Luxurious Land Rover Kids' Pedal Car is Perfectly Built to Scale
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10
Augmented Reality Blocks
Augmented Reality Blocks
LEGO Connect Gives Kids 3D Virtual Visuals of Unbuilt Toy Brick Sets
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9
Children's Design Festivals
Children's Design Festivals
The Kids Design Week in Milan is the First of Its Kind for Young Ones
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8
Amazing Engineering Toys
Amazing Engineering Toys
This Building Toy Allows Kids to Create their Own Water Recycling System
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7
Scientific Office Toys
Scientific Office Toys
This Advanced Desk Toy Was Designed by an Astronomy and Physics Professor
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6
Industrial Chess Sets
Industrial Chess Sets
This Portable Chess Set Makes It Easy to Set Up a Game Anywhere
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5
Educational Packaging Toys
Educational Packaging Toys
IDEO.org Creates Eco-Friendly Packaging that Doubles as Playthings
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4
Two-Toned Toy Packages
Two-Toned Toy Packages
Technology Will Save Us & Oliver Helfrich Designed the Educational Toy Kits
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3
Age-Adapting Bicycles
Age-Adapting Bicycles
The 'Infento' is the First Convertible Bike That Transforms into 18 Rides
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2
Tiny Drone Toys
Tiny Drone Toys
SKEYE Nano Drone Buzzes Like an Electronic Insect, Navigating Nooks and Crannies
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1
Playful Snack Blocks
Playful Snack Blocks
Varvara Komarova's Snack Packaging Concept Doubles as a Toy for Kids
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