Hottest Toys of the Holiday: Get a jump on Black Friday

(Fisher-Price Bright Beats Dance & Move BeatBo)

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — We’re days away from Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season. Your little one is probably already working on a wish list.

Virginia’s 8News anchor Morgan Dean talked to two family experts and a child to take a look at some of the top toys of the season.

“It seems like it’s more about table top games for families or crafts for kids to do on their own.”

Carissa Garabedian with says Christmas is going old school this year.

The ‘Pie Face’ game is actually decades old, but thanks to viral videos, it’s one of the most wished for toys of the year.

Jennifer Bittner with says it’s no surprise why kids want this one.

“So basically, every kid wants this so they can see their parent get whip creamed,” she says.

From pies to cookies, the Easy Bake Oven 2.0 lets kids make Girl Scout cookies at home — without making a mess in Mom’s kitchen.

“I can get Thin Mints anytime I want” Garabedian says. “That’s really fun.”

She says it really does seem like an improvement from the original.

“It had a warming station, you can put it back in afterwards to melt the frosting which is neat. It’s simple.”

If cookies aren’t their thing, how about candies? The Chocolate Pen lets them make their own chocolate creations.

9-year-old Alex Bittner had never heard of the Chocolate Pen until we showed it to him.

“You can create 3-D models of animals and stuff!” Alex says. “Oh yes, this is on my Christmas list, you can eat it.”

“He likes chocolate and he likes art,” his mom says. “Two of his favorite things together.”

This Christmas, the kids may also be roaring for the Imaginext Ultra T-Rex. It’s a playset that includes action figures.

“The fact it walks and stands and roars is cool!”

With the new Star Wars movies coming out, toys from the far, far away galaxy are sure to be a big hit this year, too. Taking a cue from the Disney parks, the new Bladebuilders Lightsabers lets the force be with kids.

They can modify and build their own versions of the Jedi weapon. Within seconds of unboxing, Alex was already working on his fighting skills. Mom likes the toy, but with a warning.

“This is very cool. I like you can get foam for the ends so the kids don’t spend Christmas day hitting each other in the head,” she says. “I just hope parents realize, when you buy this, to be able to do all this stuff, you have to buy extra sets.”

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