Thanks to J.J. Abrams and the Disney merchandising machine, a new generation of young people will experience the joy of bothering their parents for more Star Wars merch for years to come. See CNET's first take of the Sphero BB-8.
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Little kids love Minecraft toys almost as much as they love playing Minecraft on your laptop when you need it for work.
While they don't technically hover, they do technically explode on airplanes occasionally. Hoverboards are both expensive and dangerous, aka the two things kids most want out of a toy. The battery won't last, but the memories (and inevitable scars) will.
Doc McStuffins exerts some kind of hypnotic power over toddlers. If it means they'll leave you alone long enough to take a shower, they can have all the Doc McStuffins playsets you can fit in the trunk.
Disney somehow miscalculated the appeal of Frozen, leading to the Great Frozen Merch Shortage of 2014. Your children will always remember the excitement of finally getting their Elsa doll or stuffed Olaf.
Today's kids don't scare easily, which is why they love the idea of a high school populated by werewolves, vampires and other classic horror tropes. In just a few short years, they'll get to find out that real high school is much more frightening.
When you're too young to have to shop for groceries yourself, the grocery store seems like it's full of awesome stuff. Enter Shopkins, a collectible bunch of anthropomorphized items usually relegated to the shopping list.
Kids will fondly remember how they got to go outside and play with their drone...until they flew it into the cranky neighbor's roof, or the battery died while the drone was over a lake. See CNET's list of the best toy drones you can buy right now.