Best of Char­ac­ter Toys

Fa­vorite shows spawn toys that turned out to be su­per pop­u­lar in our test­ing room.

Parents (USA) - - Kids - Toys -

FIRST VE­HI­CLES Got a tiny Dis­neyphile? Dis­ney Baby Go Grip­pers Ve­hi­cles have soft parts for grab­bing (not to men­tion chew­ing) and wheels that send them rolling. 12 months+, $10 for a set of two, $25 for a set of six; shopdis­ney.com

DANCE PART­NER Ap­par­ently, kids “want to take Let’s Dance Elmo every­where,” “won’t let him go,” and “don’t un­der­stand why Elmo can’t sleep in the crib.” So there’s that. 18 months to 4 years, $40; has­bro­toyshop.com

MINI MAN­SION With modern touches like so­lar pan­els, a lap­top, con­vert­ible fur­ni­ture, and an OMG pool slide, Bar­bie’s Dream­house is “a win­ner” that keeps kids “so en­ter­tained,” moms said. 3 years+, $200 (dolls sold sep­a­rately); wal­mart.com

LIFE-SIZE FRIEND Small testers spot­ted the 32-inch-tall Dis­ney Princess Play­date Ra­pun­zel by Jakks Pa­cific from across the room and fell in love—hard. One girl kept re­turn­ing to the doll’s side, un­able to part with it. 3 years+, $60; wal­mart.com

TUR­TLE TOY BOX One young at-home tester made Rise of the Teenage Mu­tant Ninja Tur­tles Epic Sewer Lair Play­set, from Play­mates Toys, home base for the tur­tle broth­ers plus a place to keep his di­nos and drag­ons. 4 years+, $120; ama­zon.com

GET­AWAY CAR Re­mote-con­trol cars are al­ways a win, but Dis­ney’s “sleek” In­cred­i­mo­bile Re­mote Con­trol Ve­hi­cle seemed to make all the lit­tle ones chan­nel Dash and his su­per ride! 3 years+, $40; shopdis­ney.com

HERO HIDE­OUT Mar­vel-ous! The Iron Man Head­quar­ters Play­set, from Playskool, is nicely com­pact, if you’re look­ing to save space, but still plenty “good for a play­date.” With Iron Man and Hulk fig­ures. 3 to 7 years, $60; has­bro­toyshop.com

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