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From Hatchimals to Fingerlings: A Comprehensive Guide to Popular Toy Franchises


Even though we’d love to see ourselves as youthful, it’s easy to be mystified by all the popular toys for children on the market these days. There’s seemingly a big love for animatronic friends, who can honestly tell the difference between a Fingerling and a Shopkin (or a Hatchimal). Naturally when you get ahold of your grandchild’s Christmas list this season you’re bound to be confused by all the non-words that are populating your page. But don’t worry, we’re here to clear things up for you.

So because you want them to have a Christmas to remember (and you want to know what on Earth you’re buying) here’s a brief guide to some of the most popular toys that you may not be entirely familiar with.

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