What’s really hot for the holidays?

Bloomberg Digital reporter Polly Mosendz predicts this season’s hits aimed at melting gender stereotypes and raising the bottom line. So check your inventories and see how well she did. Toys from Lego, Mattel and Vex Robotics.

Upcoming Holiday Toy Trends

Linzi Walker, chief buyer for U.K. retailer Argos, runs down the projected trends among this year’s holiday shoppers — includes the latest collectibles, construction kits and movie-inspired merchandise, as well as retro games and plush.

This ain’t your granddad’s school gear

Reviewer Krystal Key looks at a few amazing, and affordable, items for returning students. Erasable notebooks, electronic pencils, recharging backpacks, folding keyboards, plus a tracking gizmo that alerts kids when somebody messes with their stuff. Back-to-school has never been this cool.

Combating Summer Brain Drain

There’s still a lot of summer ahead. Speech pathologist Sherry Artemenko covers six pretend-play toys — Gombi Rainforest Camp, Janod Fantastic Castle, new Folkmanis puppets, Vtech’s Baby Amaze stroller, Hape’s Teepee Tent, and Playmobile’s Rocket and Launch Site — that will sharpen kids’ storyteling skills till school opens in September.

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