Every year, a toy captures national attention AND the hearts of children around the country. And with the decade nearing its close, the world’s largest retailer, and America’s Best Toy Shop, Walmart, has taken a look back at the most popular items under the tree over the past ten years.
Parents and kids alike likely remember hot ticket items like Hatchimals in 2016, the Star Wars Remote Control BB-8 in 2015 and all of the “Frozen” merchandise released in 2014. It’s been a decade of furry friends and movie-themed fun!
Here’s the official list of Walmart’s best toys of the decade. Happy shopping!
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Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper
Your backyard becomes the ultimate travel destination with this Power Wheels Barbie Dream Camper vehicle! Kids can drive to their favorite spot with the Barbie’s voice providing directions, and then set up camp—just open the back to reveal an awesome play kitchen with tasty treats inside. A fold-out grill and pretend campfire add to the role-play fun. This Power Wheels vehicle drives at a max speed of 5 mph, over both hard surfaces and grass, with a parent-controlled, high-speed lockout and Power-Lock brakes for added security.
Design your own fierce, custom hairstyles with L.O.L. Surprise! #Hairvibes. Unbox 15 surprises, including mix & match wig pieces to create so many hairstyles. Each doll comes with 3+ real hair wig pieces in unique styles. Will you find curls, pigtails, crimped waves or a fab updo? Mix & match two wig pieces at a time by sticking them onto your doll’s head in different ways to create a fierce hairstyle. This set also includes 4 plastic wig pieces for even more looks. Wig pieces are easily removed and reattached, so you can update your doll's style again & again.
Legendary Jedi Master Yoda
Train to become a Jedi with Legendary Yoda! Small in size but wise and powerful, Yoda has trained Jedi’s like Luke Skywalker for over 800 years. Now it’s your turn as Legendary Yoda guides you on the path to becoming a Jedi Master. With dynamic 360-degree movement and speaking 115 phrases that will lead you to Jedi Wisdom and Lightsaber mastery, Yoda comes to life with never-before-seen Lightsaber action!
BB-8 App-Enabled Droid
The Sphero BB-8 Droid offers hours of interactive fun. Based on the character from the Star Wars saga, the Sphero droid features an adaptive character that changes as you play. Based on your interactions, BB-8 will show a range of expressions and perk up when you give voice commands. Use a variety of Bluetooth-capable devices and the Sphero droid app to wirelessly control BB-8. Set it to patrol as it explores its environment autonomously or guide it yourself on a new adventure for even more ways to play.
Disney Frozen Sparkle Elsa Doll
The Disney Frozen Sparkle Elsa Doll makes it easy for your little girl to reenact Elsa's adventures from the Disney film Frozen. Elsa comes with clothing and accessories that your little girl will recognize from the film. This Disney Sparkle doll wears a delicate, ice blue gown with a white sheer overlay covered in a snowflake pattern. A scooped neck of white fabric helps to showcase the bodice that is accented with blue sparkles and a deep blue sash. The gown on this Disney Frozen doll stops just above her feet so that her translucent blue heels can be seen. A blue tiara sits on top of the head of this Elsa Doll. It helps to encourage children to use their imaginations as they play. Children can come up with adventures and scenarios for Elsa, which helps them to develop skills such as reasoning.
Time to dust off your Furbish dictionary because Furby is back and ready to take the world by storm! Feed it, speak to it, tickle it, play music for it and shake, tilt or turn your Furby upside down. The more you play with the Talking FURBY, the more English it will speak. It responds to your touch, your music and even to other Furbys (each sold separately). But remember: your Talking FURBY has a mind of its own! You can also download a free app to help you translate Furbish, as well as virtually feed your Furby and other interactive features.
Let’s Rock Elmo
Elmo sings! Elmo makes music! You can too! Join Elmo's band by grabbing and instrument and rockin' out! Elmo is a big hit with little ones everywhere. The LET'S ROCK! Elmo toy is a singing delight. Dressed in his own concert-style t-shirt, you choose which instrument Elmo plays, and he magically recognizes which one you give him. He even interacts with the other LET'S ROCK! Instruments (each sold separately). Elmo can tell when you are playing the LET'S ROCK! Guitar, Keyboard or Microphone—and he plays along with you! This toy set is ideal for kids from 18-months to 4-years old.
The world of Squinkies fits in the palm of your hand. These soft and squishy figures are so cute you'll want to collect them all. The Squinkies come in their very own little bubble container—it's a surprise inside. Rings and things big and small, friends and pets collect them all.
Zhu Zhu Pets
The cheerful Hamster Nugget is a second-generation Zhu Zhu Pet - perfect for those who have to have the latest in Zhu Zhu Pets! He makes a great addition to any Zhu Zhu Pets collection. Features two play mode. The nurturing mode features hamster coos and purr, while the adventure mode lets your hamster explores the habitat with intelligent audio and mechanical responses to various habitat stimuli.