PHOENIX -- It may be hard to even think about the holiday season in the midst of our triple-digit temperatures. But you can bet that toy manufacturers are already rolling out what are sure to be the hottest toys for next Christmas!
3TV's Heidi Goitia gave us a sneak peak at some of those hot items at a toy trade show going on in Phoenix this weekend.
The American Specialty Toy Retailing Association (ASTRA) 2014 Annual Convention & Expo is underway at the Phoenix Convention Center. Top-sellers include everything from chemistry sets to costumes to craft kits.
Kathleen Tomes of Brilliant Kids Products showed off some innovative ideas, like non-toxic "play tape", which allows you to can make your own roadways for your matchbox cars. "Basically you can roll out your world," says Tomes. One looks like a train track, one looks like a street, etc.
"Magformers" are also a must-have.
Eco-friendly is one of the buzzwords for the toys this year. "That's a big movement we're seeing," says Tomes. "Also, inspiring creativity."
ASTRA has picked all this year's top toys for all ages for the 2014 holiday season. For a complete list, visit ASTRA's website.