Retail Chains Release Early-bird Holiday Wish Lists

Although the calendar still says summer, two high-profile North American retailers have already released their 2016 Holiday wish lists.

Walmart U.S. was first out of the gate last week with its list of 25 hot toys. Specialty toy chain Toys “R” Us followed this week with a longer list of 40 products ranging from a Little Tikes Activity Walker for toddlers to tech toys for tweens.

Not surprising, several well-known brands and products, including Hatchimals, and Paw Patrol Zooming Marshall (both from Toronto-based Spin Master Ltd.), appear on both retailers’ lists.

While Walmart, which holds some exclusive products, created its list under five categories, TRU tried to provide a better resource for parents by categorizing items by age. It also promoted over a dozen of its top picks under the title, Fabulous 15.

(Click below to see what the two retailers are predicting will be on most kids’ wish lists this coming holiday season.)

TRU's Fabulous 15

  • TRUS logoDreamworks Animation Trolls Hug Time Poppy Doll from Hasbro;
  • Hatchimals from Spin Master;
  • Light ‘n Go 3-in-1 Activity Walker from Little Tikes;
  • Little Live Pets Snuggles My Dream Puppy from Moose Toys;
  • Nerf N-Strike Elite Terrascout RC Drone Blaster from Hasbro;
  • Num Noms Lipgloss Truck from MGA Entertainment;
  • PAW Patrol Zoomer Marshall from Spin Master;
  • PJ Masks Headquarters Playset from Just Play;
  • Pok√©mon Z-Ring from Tomy;
  • Power Wheels Wild Thing from Power Wheels;
  • SelfieMic from Moose Toys;
  • Shopkins Tall Mall from Moose Toys;
  • Sky Viper v2400FPV Streaming Drone with FPV Headset from Skyrocket Toys;
  • STAR WARS InteracTech Stormtrooper Figure from Hasbro;
  • Think & Learn Code-a-pillar from Fisher-Price.

Walmart U.S.'s Hot Picks

  • Walmart logoMy Life As Food Truck (Walmart exclusive);
  • Num Noms Lip Gloss Truck;
  • Pom Pom Wow Decoration Station;
  • Doc McStuffins Hospital Care Cart;
  • FurReal Friends Torch, My Blazin’ Dragon;
  • Hatchimals;
  • Little Live Pets Puppy;
  • Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Batcave (Walmart exclusive);
  • Barbie Rainbow Cove Princess Castle Playset;
  • Fisher-Price Imaginext Bat Flight City;
  • Fisher-Price Little People Sit ‘n Stand Skyway;
  • My Little Pony Explore Equestria Crystal Empire Castle;
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Mega Lair Playset;
  • Pie Face Showdown Game (Walmart exclusive for limited time);
  • Razor Power Core E100 Electric Scooter (Walmart exclusive);
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Remote Control Skateboarding Mikey (Walmart exclusive);
  • Fisher-Price Imaginext Ultra T-Rex;
  • Hot Wheels A.I. Racing Playset;
  • Nerf N-Strike Elite HyperFire Blaster;
  • Tyco Terra Climber Remote Control Vehicle;
  • VTech Go! Go! Smart Wheels Treasure Mountain Train Adventure;
  • Disney Princess Carriage (Walmart exclusive);
  • Paw Patrol Zooming Marshall;
  • Sky Viper Streaming Drone;
  • Star Wars Electronic R2D2.

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