If you're looking for a toy that's really going to wow a kid, you've come to the right video my friends.
Every year I hunt for toys that incorporates technology and clever ways to level up playtime with new magic.
It doesn't have to be something complicated, sometimes very simple tech can put a refreshing and fun twist on a toy.
Here's my list of favorites from the year.
Let's start with a classic, the Hot Wheels race car.
Mattel gave it a tech boost by adding an NFC chip.
This new version is called Hot Wheels ID and these cars keep track of their race stats.
What's the top speed?
How Many Miles has it traveled?
How many laps has it completed?
The physics are calculated relative to its 164 scale model size.
It's just a nerdy way for kids to pretend how fast it would be if it was like size.
And it connects to an app to show stats with Some side games to play.
To track your speed and victories, you need both special Hot Wheels ID race car and a race portal.
It's this bluetooth piece of track that can scan a car and reads the speed.
It also can be used with normal old tracks.
And it keeps track of multiple cars at once.
Now if you wanna splurge, there's also this full smart track set, the app knows what shape of track you build.
There are 25 possible configurations and it records when you complete stunts like loops.
You have to pump the charger by hand to get it just right discord good lap times and complete challenges.
The app games are seriously detailed and well done, so many types of ways to play on the phone or in combo with the set, you complete challenges to level up your car.
And what I like is that kids can only play the app race game for a little bit before it makes you refill and refilling means, going back to your real world toy to unlock features.
This is a new approach to the connected toy, something very detailed than an app.
And it requires you to come back to get creative with your tracks set in different ways.
I think it's gonna inspire how other companies tackle the balance between digital and physical play.
But wait, you're not into apps with your racecars?
No problem, [SOUND] Who needs a racetrack?
In fact, who needs gravity?
Not this car.
[SOUND] The Air Hogs Zero Gravity Laser race car drives on walls and ceilings.
You drive it with this laser light gun.
The car follows wherever you point the light The car is super lightweight and underneath there's a fan that creates the vacuum like suction to drive on a smooth surface.
It charges with a USB cable so you're not fumbling with batteries.
You switch the fan off to save power and have a drive on hard floors.
But the real fun is driving your parents of the wall by driving on the wall.
It's not heavy enough to make marks or knock down pick your brains but boy, did I try?
It also can survive a fall from many hydrops.
And speaking of crashing into things, here is one resilient robot.
[SOUND] [LAUGH] That's not good.
[SOUND] This is D-O he's the new droid from the movie Star Wars, Rise of Skywalker.
He is a self balanced Seeing wheel droid with the personality of a curious puppy dog.
He even has a toy ball he can track to chase around.
He animates on his own and he's also controlled by an app that has a few games.
D-O is a cute robot to puppet around but maybe you want something more cuddly.
[SOUND] Gee don't take it personal.
You're cute just not bed time snuggles cute.
A lot of robot pet friends get sent my way, and they have different talents.
Many come in eggs.
But the king cuddly this year is Cubby, the curious bear.
He is so expressive as he chats and blinks and twitches his ears while his **** and pause, play peekaboo He blows kisses.
It's really cute.
[SOUND] He also can handle being thrown around by a toddler, so he doesn't break.
he reacts to sound and touch sensors.
The kids will just fall in love.
They will fall asleep.
It works like a charm with my kid.
Hubby yawns a lot and has a sleep mode to play soft music and nature sounds.
My daughter puts herself to sleep with cubby all the time, which for me makes this the miracle toy of the year.
With this next toy, you'll never go in the water again.
In the toy world YouTube is a powerful force, kids want the toys their favorite channels are talking about.
Some personalities even have their own line of toys.
But nothing compares to Baby Shark mania.
We found toddlers are especially fond of this little robot that sings when he goes into the water.
The cultural phenomenon that is Baby Shark can be found in almost every form factor.
There are singing puppets and little Puppets you wear on your finger.
All the goodness you expect from an internet fan.
How about some fun for family game night?
What do you say family?
Mattels new pictionary air has you drying in the air instead of drying on paper.
Using a wand, some augmented reality magic and a phone app.
The clues you draw float in front of you as you act them out.
The challenge is that you cannot see what you're drawing but everyone else can The app uses image recognition to record the path of light from the pen creating lines that appear on the screen.
Now if you want to mirror the phone to the TV, you can, but since it's looking for a green light, that means if you're too close to the TV and it picks up the green light off the TV, it can get a little screwy and you get some weird infinity Pictionary effect.
But otherwise, it's pretty simple.
No internet connection needed, no sinking anything.
Just pick up and play anywhere jail.
pig pig pen Here's one that's a little harder to pick up.
This is the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle arcade cabinet by arcade one up.
Retro gaming is having its moment right now and arcade one up has brought back this bad boy from 1989.
What if nostalgia for the Ninja Turtles doesn't have you saying Cowabunga, they have many other great games and designs.
It's fun decor and my favorite pic for party dudes and dudettes.
Because cool toys aren't just for little kids.
They're also for us kids at heart.
If you have any questions about how any of these toys work, hit me up in the comments.
I'm happy to help.
Just don't ask me to help with your rapping.