Toys"R"Us, left for dead a mere two years ago, appears to be fully recovered and has relaunched its annual Geoffrey's Hot Toy List for the upcoming 2020 holiday season.
The company’s toy detectives have kept their eye on what kids and parents have been asking for, and it’s an interesting list of old school faves, toy trucks, and techtronic gadgets.
The complete list
This year's Top 20 Hot Toy List plays out like this, in alphabetical order:
Barbie Dreamhouse Dollhouse with Wheelchair Accessible Elevator from Mattel
Blue's Clues & You! Dance-Along Blue Plush from Just Play
Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers Pink Magical Flying Pixie Toy from Spin Master
Hot Wheels Sky Crash Tower Track Playset from Mattel
KidiZoom Creator Cam from VTech
LEGO DOTS from LEGO
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Astronomy Tower 75969 Building Set from LEGO
LEGO Super Mario Adventures with Mario Starter Course 71360 Building Kit from LEGO
Little People Launch & Loop Raceway from Fisher-Price
Monster Jam Official Megalodon Storm 1:15 Scale All-Terrain Remote Control Monster Truck from Spin Master
Nintendo Switch™ Console with Neon Red/Neon Blue Joy-Con from Nintendo
Operation Pet Scan Board Game from Hasbro
PAW Patrol Dino Rescue Dino Patroller Motorized Team Vehicle from Spin Master
Peppa Pig Shopping Mall Playset from Jazwares, LLC
Pets Alive Fifi the Flossing Sloth from Zuru
PJ Masks Transforming 2 in 1 Mobile HQ Playset from Just Play
Rainbow High Fashion Dolls from MGA Entertainment
Squeakee The Balloon Dog from Moose Toys
Star Wars: The Mandalorian The Child Animatronic Edition from Hasbro
The Animal Interactive Unboxing Toy Truck from Spin Master
Timing is everything when it comes to toys and the holidays
As anyone who’s ever sweated out finding a hot holiday toy knows, once word gets out and children start wanting the same things every other kid wants, finding those toys could be a fight to the finish.
Having pared back its physical U.S. locations from 739 to two (Paramus, New York and Houston Texas), Toys"R"Us has loaded up its warehouses with the toys it says are hot and seems ready to take on the Amazons, Walmarts, and Targets of the world.
To add some incentive, Toys"R"Us will be hosting its first Toys"R"Us 21 Days of Toys Sweepstakes. Starting Wednesday, customers in the U.S. can enter the sweepstakes for a chance to win one of the toys from this year's Hot Toy List and the grand prize, a $400 virtual shopping spree at the Houston Toys"R"Us store.
Word of caution
When it comes to buying items from Toys"R"Us, consumers should be fully aware of the company’s return policy. ConsumerAffairs couldn’t find a “return policy,” per se, listed on the company’s website, but reader reviews suggest some caution.
Toy shoppers should also be aware that buying larger items such as a bicycle might prove difficult if the item has to be returned to a returns center and not an actual store. As we mentioned, Toys"R"Us has only two physical store locations in the U.S., but more than 80 in Canada and hundreds overseas.