MIAMI (CBSMiami) – As we head into the holiday season, toy experts looked at hundreds of new and trendy toys.READ MORE: Crestview Towers Residents Being Allowed To Slowly Return To Move Out Belongings
For the young, and the young-at-heart, there are plenty of holiday toys that hit the mark, including the Nerf Imperial Death Trooper Blaster.
Laurie Schacht is the chief toy officer at Toy Insider and says Star Wars toys are expected to be among the season’s bestsellers.
“We know that the Star Wars toys are gonna get on the shelves and fly right off,” Schacht said.
From over-sized action figures to customizable lightsabers, Star Wars toys come in all shapes sizes and sounds.
There’s the Kylo Ren voice changing helmet to a Millennium Falcon drone, which is one of many drones on the market.
But the break out toy this holiday season: Hatchimals.
The small interactive creatures hatch, grow up and eventually learn to walk, talk and play games.READ MORE: Estelle Hedaya, Last Victim Of Surfside Condo Collapse Identified
The toys, which retail around $50, are sold out at most stores, but people are selling online for well over $100.
“There’s going to be a shortage. I mean if you see this on shelves, buy it, don’t think twice,” Schacht said. “In fact, buy as many as they have and don’t think twice.”
The WowWee Chip robot is a tech toy for families that aren’t ready to commit to a pet but enjoy a game of fetch.
Pikachu is also in-demand thanks to the popular app Pokémon Go.
“So we have our light up checks and ears that wiggle and some great Pikachu sounds,” Schacht said, demonstrating a Pikachu toy.
With so many popular playthings on kids’ wish-lists, toy makers have something to celebrate.
The industry is expected to have its best year in more than a decade.MORE NEWS: Shake-A-Leg Celebrates 31 Years Of Making Miami One Of The Most Accessible Cities
Market research firm NPD Group expects toy sales to grow six and a half percent in 2016.