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Do you remember the specific had-to-have-em cool toys you listed on your list for Santa? I do!

Mickey Mouse Disco.

Peaches ‘n Cream Barbie.

Crayola Caddy.

Lite Brite.

Barbie Perfume Maker.

Spirograph.

Fashion Plates.

I remember wanting these items, wishing for them on stars and writing them on my list. I also fondly recall being delighted when I found them under the tree. They were THE GIFTS that were mega popular amongst children in the late ’70’s and early ’80’s. Wanting them and OMGosh receiving these bright and exciting toys, instead the sensible Garanimals clothes and Little Golden Books, was part of the Christmas magic.

So what are the equivalents of the Castle Grayskull and Teddy Ruxpin today?

K-Mart has the ultimate line up!

Kmart has identified the Fab 15 Toys of 2015. These Kmart.com/Toys include kids’ favorite characters like Elsa from Disney’s Frozen, Star Wars, LEGO, Barbie and NERF. The list is carefully curated based on industry trends, input from parents and kids, and more than 50 years of experience in knowing what toys kids love to play with and find under their Christmas trees.

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My crew and I got a chance to open up these amazing #Fab15Toys and here are my children’s reactions. Please forgive the excitement and lack of professionalism and cries of “I want that!” This is our first family unboxing video and the boxes were packed to the rim with the coolest toys!

The Complete #Fab15Toys List! 

Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo by Hasbro
Hot Wheels® Ultimate Auto Garage by Mattel®
Imaginext Ultra T-Rex by Fisher-Price®
Paw Patroller by Spin Master™
Disney Frozen Sing Along Elsa Doll by Jakks Pacific®
VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam
Star Wars Signature Lightsaber by Hasbro®
Zoomer Kitty with Toy Mouse by Spin Master™ (Kmart exclusive)
MONOPOLY Here & Now by Hasbro®
Monster High® Boo York Floatation Station™ with Astronova™ Doll by Mattel®
Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2015 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)
FurReal Friends Star Lilly the Unicorn by Hasbro®
NERF® Zombie Strike Doominator by Hasbro®
Hulk Smash RC Vehicle by Jakks Pacific®
 LEGO® Friends Pop Star Show Stage

Which of these toys are best for kids’ ages? I had my own kids and niece and nephew break it down for us! 

My 12 Year Old Son Charlie’s Picks

Star Wars Signature Lightsaber by Hasbro®

MONOPOLY Here & Now by Hasbro®

NERF® Zombie Strike Doominator by Hasbro®

My 9 Year Old Daughter Eve’s Picks

Zoomer Kitty with Toy Mouse by Spin Master™ (Kmart exclusive)

FurReal Friends Star Lilly the Unicorn by Hasbro®

LEGO® Friends Pop Star Show Stage

My 5 Year Old Niece Abbey’s Picks 

VTech® Kidizoom® Action Cam

Hulk Smash RC Vehicle by Jakks Pacific®

Monster High® Boo York Floatation Station™ with Astronova™ Doll by Mattel®

My 4 Year Old Daughter Alice’s Picks 

Paw Patroller by Spin Master™

Disney Frozen Sing Along Elsa Doll by Jakks Pacific®

Holiday Auburn Barbie™ 2015 Doll by Mattel® (Kmart exclusive)

My 2 Year Old Nephew Henry’s Picks 

Playskool Sesame Street Play All Day Elmo by Hasbro

Hot Wheels® Ultimate Auto Garage by Mattel®

Imaginext Ultra T-Rex by Fisher-Price®

I personally believe that every single one of these items makes for an awesome Christmas present for children this year. These are gifts that are engineered completely for KIDS. Give ’em the socks, underwear and copies of Tom Sawyer another time!

Disclosure: I received compensation for sharing these top toys and my family received samples. My children each chose two items as early Christmas gifts and the rest of the toys are being donated to local families in need as identified by my church. All opinions are our own. 

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