This year Walmart is featuring the Top 20 toys Chosen by Kids for Christmas, and as one of the Walmart Moms I get to play with and share 5 of those toys.
What do I mean “Chosen by Kids”? Well for the second year Walmart has held a huge event where they gathered hundreds of kids, ages 18 months to 12 years and turned them loose on the hottest new toys. The kids gave their honest feedback on what they loved and why. Walmart used that to choose the top 20 Chosen by Kids toys for the 2014 Holiday!
Last week I shared my experiences with the Sew Cool Threadless Sewing machine. This week the kids and I played with Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin.
Kids are so intense about their favorite characters, aren’t they? I remember when Princess loved the Disney Princesses. She REALLY loved them! If you wanted to get her a gift, you knew anything with those characters would be sure to elicit a squeal of joy. If you know what a child’s favorite licensed characters are it makes it so much easier to pick out something they will enjoy.
So I know all about Disney Princesses, but I wasn’t familiar with the Disney Princess Palace Pets. It turns out each Princess has a couple of pets–one of Cinderella’s is a puppy named “Pumpkin”. This particular version of Pumpkin is the “Magic Dance” Pumpkin. So now you understand the mouthful of a name “Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin“!
This adorable, interactive, remote control puppy has over a dozen phrases and sounds and even does two different pre-programmed dance routines! The child controls the puppy using a light up “Magic Wand” controller. The body is plastic but the ears and tail are a soft fur. She wears a removable tiara, skirt and bow. The Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin retails for $49.97 at your local Walmart.
To test out the Disney Princess Palace Pets Magic Dance Pumpkin I called on the kids for help. Although they are both too old for this toy at 13 and 11, they were happy to play with something remote controlled.
Pumpkin takes 4 AA batteries and the wand takes 2 AAA batteries. I thought it was a nice touch that the toy already includes the triple A’s in the wand, so you just need to provide the double A’s.
At first we couldn’t get her to move, but when we got desperate and actually read the directions (shocking I know) we realized the wand has a “try me” setting for in the box (so folks can push the button and see it light up) and an “on” setting. Once both Pumpkin and the wand were in the “on” position we had no further issues.
One of the things I really liked about “Pumpkin” is her look. The blue and white color scheme was refreshing–sometimes you’ve just had enough pink and purple!
Both kids enjoyed trying out this toy. There is just something about a remote control! We will be giving Pumpkin to my 5 year old neice–I expect her to be overjoyed. This really is a terribly cute and fun toy.
Walmart has lots of other licensed toys from blockbusters like Disney’s Frozen and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, as well as popular TV shows like Doc McStuffins. Here are a few that are especially popular:
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Leo Action Figure ($8.99 at Walmart) This Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles toy is the movie version of Leo and comes as part of a set (other figures sold separately) so your child can collect them all.
Transformers Age of Extinction Generations Leader Class Optimus Prime Figure ($34.05 at Walmart) This mighty Optimus Prime figure is a high-powered commander whether he’s in robot mode or semitruck mode. With his Sword of Judgement in one fist and his Vector Shield on his arm, he’s ready to take down any foe in robot mode.
Disney Frozen Karaoke Machine with Monitor plus Bonus CD+G and Lyric Booklet ($89.96 at Walmart) The Disney Frozen Karaoke Machine is easy-to-use and allows your kids to sing along with their favorite music. A bonus CD+G and lyric booklet are included, featuring hit songs from the movie: Let It Go, and Do You Want to Build a Snowman.
Once you pick out the perfect licensed character and gift, don’t forget that you have plenty of ways to shop at Walmart this holiday season. You can order online for delivery to your home with free shipping on orders over $50 and on ALL top 100 gifts. You can order online for convenient pickup at your local store (free of charge). You can put your purchases on Walmart’s Holiday Layaway. Of course you can always do price match and use coupons, plus now with Savings Catcher you can just enter your receipt online and “catch” any savings you’ve missed from other stores.
Disclosure: As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I’ve received product samples and compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.