Well, you know when Amazon releases its Top 100 Toys of the Year list it likely means the summer is coming to a close. Fortunately, that also means we are just months away from the busy deal season where we see the lowest prices of the year on the hottest items out there. Amazon’s 2018 toys list is full of usuals like LEGO, Nerf, Melissa & Doug and Star Wars items, but we are also seeing some interesting STEM products from littlebits, Anki, Osmo and more.

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Essentially these lists are created as marketing tools but they can also make your gift giving responsibilities much easier. Whether you have nieces and nephews to knock off your list or some LEGO fanatics to bring holiday cheer to, Amazon’s top toy list will at the very least give you some good ideas.

Some of this year’s LEGO picks include 878-piece Harry Potter Hogwarts Great Hall at $99.99, Jurassic World Carnotaurus Gyrosphere Escape for $64 and the 1414-piece Kessel Run Millennium Falcon at $169 or so.

Another particularly cool standout for me personally is the LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle Building Kit. This is a great gift even for older LEGO collectors and you can get the full break down in our hands-on review right here.

Clearly any LEGO fan will be in to these amazing kits, but be sure to check in with our resident expert, Blair, for more. The 6,000-piece brick-built Hogwarts Castle is an absolute must-see along with the 2,800-piece Betrayal at Cloud City Star Wars set.

Some other highlights of Amazon’s 2018 list include the littleBits Avengers Hero Inventor STEM Kit which is a great idea for the inquisitive super-hero fan on your list. We had this to say about it in our hands-on review: “All-in-all, there aren’t many downsides to the Avengers Hero Inventor Kit. While littleBits does market this towards a younger demographic of soon-to-be programmers, the sessions are interesting and informative enough to offer a compelling experience to just about anyone.”

We are also seeing the Osmo Genius Kit along with several Nerf blasters like the Nerf N-Strike Elite Infinus and the Nerf Rival Prometheus MXVIII-20K.

Several classic board games and the like are featured in the top 100 this year as well including the Cheaters Edition of Monopoly, Catan and Trivial Pursuit Harry Potter style, to name a few.

Needless to say, there’s a little something for almost anyone here. While it may lean toward the younger side of things, that is to be expected with a top 100 toys list like this.

One thing to keep in mind here is that while this is indeed a good way to get a jump on your holiday shopping, it might be smart to hold off for a deal in some cases. Keep it locked to our Twitter feed as we tend to see many of these brands go on sale on a regular basis.

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