It’s always a gamble: Do you buy the toy as soon as you see it for fear that it will be a Hatchimal situation of 2016 or a Tickle Me Elmo of 1996 or a Furby of 1998 or do you wait until you see a deal — like a 50 percent off deal?
DealNews.com, a site that tracks deals, has these predictions for the hot toys of the year (aka, the ones you want to grab now and not wait for a better price):
Hatchimal: Yes, they’re still hot. Your kid will still want one.
“Star Wars: Last Jedi” Porg: We’re hoping for the film’s sake that Porg isn’t another Jar Jar Binks. It really looks like a hamster, so maybe it’s more Ewok cute than Jar Jar annoying.
Legos: They are always classic and you can never get enough. Watch your parents struggle to follow the picture instructions for hours. Watch how you build it in minutes. It’s great family fun.
“Coco” toys: This new Disney movie about a boy who wants to become a musician and travels to the Land of the Dead to do so, reminds us of “The Book of Life.” We know kids will want Miguel’s companion dog, Dante. They’ll probably also want the actual dog — the Xolo breed.