Top 10 Most Popular Toy Characters That Kids Love

Every child has a toy character that they absolutely love and many parents choose toys for their children by these specific characters. Because there are so many toys now tied in with shows and movies, there are countless gifts that you can buy that your child will love.




Whatever character is the most popular, or was featured in the latest kids’ blockbuster, you can find it on the shelves. You’ll find action figures, electronic games, dolls and stuffed animals depicting either the character or something related to that character.


Barbie Doll Characters


Barbie Dolls Dressed In Different Careers


Barbie is one of the most well known fashion dolls in the world. From the moment the doll burst onto the toy scene, she’s been a consistent bestselling toy that’s loved by children and collectors alike.




There are so many versions of the doll that you can buy along with her plentiful accessories, playsets and even household items like bedding. Many of the Barbie dolls are created after movie characters and some are created with a particular career, such as Barbie as a veterinarian.

The Barbie and The Secret Door Princess Alexa Singing Doll is a princess doll based on the story of Barbie and The Secret Door. The doll can play tunes from the movie and comes with a magical light up bodice.

The Barbie and The Secret Door Princess Alexa Singing Doll

The neon skirt of her dress shimmers with beautiful flowers. The doll comes with a wand and tiara and the batteries are included with the doll. The Barbie Beach Summer Doll is all ready for summer with her stylish swimsuit and sunglasses.

The doll will go great the Barbie Glam Pool. Now Barbie can have all her friends over for a day of fun in the sun. The pool comes with a slide, umbrella and tropical drinks. Barbie’s sister Skipper is also available with the Barbie Sisters Skipper Doll and Tiki Hut Playset.

The Barbie Glam Pool And Barbie Sisters Skipper Doll and Tiki Hut Playset

In the set, along with the doll, you’ll get the tiki hut, a volleyball net and ball for games with friends, drinks, stools, a cash register, sunglasses, flippers, a snorkel and more. The Ken doll is a great doll to go along with your Barbie dolls.

You can get Barbie Beach Ken Doll if you’re looking for a Ken doll to go along with your Barbie pool accessories. Or you can get the doll as part of a two pack set in the Barbie Careers Barbie and Ken Doll Giftset.

Barbie Careers Barbie and Ken Doll As Pilots Giftset And The Barbie And Ken Date Night 2 Pack

This set has both dolls dressed in pilot outfits complete with luggage and passports. But if you’re looking for a more relaxed Barbie and Ken, you can go with the Barbie and Ken Date Night Doll, which is also a two pack set.

Even dolls need a vacation – and the Barbie Glam Vacation House makes the perfect place to relax and have fun. The house can be either one or two story depending on if you stack it or not.

The Barbie Glam Vacation House

The living room also serves as the bedroom with a few changes. The furniture can be rearranged and they have grooves that keep the furniture from moving around when you want to stay in one place.

The beautiful kitchen has all of the expected Barbie appliances such as a refrigerator and stove – plus, there’s a bar. The vacation home has a television, couch and other accessories. With the diversity of the Barbie line, these dolls will be around for quite awhile.





Superhero Toy Characters


Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash Toy Action Figures


From the time that they’re very small, kids love pretending to be superheroes. They love the challenge of defeating the villains and saving the day. There’s something magical in a superhero and kids recognize that magic.

Now, you can give them the toys they can play with to spur their crime fighting imaginations with a collection of superhero toys. Thor is a hero who happens to be a god.




He is from a planet called Asgard and protects humans from things that would harm them. He has the ability to use the weather to help him fight his battles and is known for his incredible strength.

Mjolnir is the hammer that he carries and he uses it to wield his mighty power. No human has the ability to lift Thor’s hammer. The Marvel Avengers Assemble Titan Hero Series Thor 12″ Action Figure is a replica of the hero.

The Marvel Avengers Assemble Titan Hero Series Thor 12" Action Figure

The figure comes dressed in black with Thor’s hammer, helmet, and red cape. The Iron Man hero came to life because of Tony Stark. The wealthy businessman created a suit of armor in order to help save his own life after he was injured.

The powerful suit later became his identity as a super hero. Tony Stark, as Iron Man, fought unwillingly at first, side by side with Thor in the Avengers movie. The toy Iron Man in the Avengers Series Marvel Assemble Titan Hero Iron Man 12″ Action Figure has an identical red and gold suit of armor created by Tony Stark.

The Marvel Avengers Assemble Titan Hero Series Iron Man 12" Action Figure

Captain America is also part of the Avengers franchise. This character changed into a strong super soldier after he took serum that toughened and bulked him up. He’s known for his red, white, and blue superhero outfit.

The Marvel Avengers Assemble Titan Hero Series Captain America 12-inch Figure is like the hero in the movie and comes complete with the shield. Some super heroes have remained legends for years.

The Marvel Avengers Assemble Titan Hero Series Captain America 12" Action Figure

Among those is Spiderman. This crime fighting hero burst onto the scene after a bite from a radioactive spider gave him incredible powers. The Marvel Ultimate Spider-man Titan Hero Series Spider-man 12-inch Figure is a durable toy for kids aged 4 and up.

The figure comes dressed in the red and blue costume with the spider design on the front. When he was a little boy, Bruce Wayne saw both of his parents murdered. That traumatic event caused the boy to grow up to become Batman because he was determined that those who committed crimes would be brought to justice.

DC Comics Batman And The Marvel Ultimate Spider-Man Titan Hero Series 12-inch Action Figures

The DC Comics 12 inch Batman Figure is dressed in the blue and gray costume. It also has the gold bat belt around the waist and the bat symbol on the chest of the costume, making it a favorite with fans.





Disney Princess Characters


Disney Princesses Belle, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, Ariel, And Snow White


Even before there were Disney princesses, kids loved to dress up and pretend that they were a princess. The first Disney princess of Snow White tapped into that love of all things princess and a line of films and toys were created that sold astronomically well.

Over time, these heroines evolved, becoming more modern, more self-reliant but still much loved. Many children collect the princess characters in a myriad of decorated items such as wall décor, bedding, books and movies.




One of the most popular kind of toys kids love to have when it comes to these princesses are the dolls that represent the characters. The Snow White character can be purchased for toddlers on up.

The My First Disney Princess Disney Basic Toddler Snow White Doll comes wearing the costume like you see in the movie including the signature red shoes. She also wears a tiara. Her arms and legs can be posed and her hair can be brushed.

My First Disney Princess Snow White Toddler Doll

Cinderella was the second Disney Princess. Once Cinderella’s father dies, she’s left alone with her cruel stepmother and hateful step-sisters and is forced to do the chores around the house.

She’s treated more like a servant than a relative. When the King and Queen hold a ball, Cinderella meets the handsome prince, but rushing back home to make it before midnight, she loses a shoe.

The Disney Princess Sparkle Cinderella Doll And My First Princess Cinderella Toddler Doll

The prince searches the land for the one who fits the shoe and discovers Cinderella again. The Disney Princess Sparkle Cinderella Doll wears a blue gown that sparkles, a tiara and the glass shoes.

You can find the Cinderella doll in a toddler version as well. Plus, there are plenty of great accessories for either doll – including a carriage, a castle, the handsome prince and more.

Disney Princess Cinderellas Carriage and White Horse

You can also get building block sets with mini figurines to build Cinderella’s world like the LEGO DUPLO 6154 Disney Princess Cinderella’s Castle. The movie Tangled was a huge hit and featured the Disney princess Rapunzel.

This reawakened a frenzy for anything to do with the princess. With the Disney Princess Sparkling Princess Rapunzel Doll, kids can have a replica of the movie character. The doll comes dressed in her beautiful gown with matching shoes and a tiara.

Disney Princess Sparkling Princess Rapunzel Doll And Figurine Playset

For those who want the figurines from the movie featuring this Disney princess, the Disney Tangled Rapunzel Figure Play Set is a great choice. This set has seven different characters from the movie.

Belle from Beauty and the Beast is another favorite Disney princess and the doll of
Disney Princess Sparkling Princess Belle Doll is still a favorite. There are many Disney dolls and toys to choose from, and each one will give your child hours of fun pretend play!

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Star Wars Characters


Original 1977 Star Wars Action Figures


In 1977, the first Star Wars movie released and an epic series of movies and memorabilia followed. The franchise has a huge supply of fan items and a legion of diehard fans that to this day still attend Star Wars events and conventions.

When heroes Luke Skywalker and Han Solo teamed up to fight the dark forces of evil, kids all over the world began to hold pretend rebellions and mimic the scenes from the movie.




With the characters of Princess Leia, R2-D2 and C-3PO, Darth Vader, plus the addition of the heroes, kids can have hours of fun playing. The character of Han Solo had known trouble and wasn’t afraid to cause it, either.

He was instrumental in his part of fighting against the Empire. You can own the character in figure form with the Star Wars The Black Series Han Solo Figure. The figure comes with a removable holster as well as both an imperial blaster and a hand blaster.

Star Wars The Black Series Han Solo Figure

He has a white belt that the holster is on and the white belt is over the brown one. He also comes with a pair of gloves. Luke Skywalker was destined to fight the Empire and over time, he learned how to become a formidable Jedi Knight.

With the Star Wars The Black Series Luke Skywalker figure, you’ll have a replica of the movie character. The figure comes with a light saber. Of course, every hero needs a villain to fight and no one can forget the fearsome Darth Vader, who was once Anakin Skywalker.

Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader And Luke Skywalker Figures

The Star Wars The Black Series Darth Vader 6″ Figure is dressed like the movie character and even carries a light saber. The attention given to the details also makes this a great gift for people who collect Star Wars memorabilia.

Most villains want to command an army of others to help them do their evil bidding and Darth Vader was no exception. Now you can have a replica of those who helped Darth Vader with a Star Wars The Black Series Stormtrooper Figure 6 Inches.

Star Wars The Black Series StormTrooper, Boba Fett And Yoda

These fighters were always available to help Darth Vader try to get the upper hand. The figures have a replica of the Stormtrooper armor and also have a blaster weapon. The battle wouldn’t be complete without Star Wars The Black Series Boba Fett Figure.

This figure is a replica of the movie character used by Darth Vader to do his bidding. The character was a legendary bounty hunter with extreme skills. The figure comes with the rifle. Any figure collection wouldn’t be complete without the Star Wars The Black Series #6 Yoda Figure. He comes with a cane, lightsaber, snake and necklace.





Toy Story Characters


Toy Story Characters Woody, Buzz, Jessie, Rex, Trixie And Mr Potato Head


Toy Story is a series of movies about toys that are actually alive. The movie stars the cowboy doll, Woody who’s played by Tom Hanks, and spaceman Buzz Lightyear who’s given a voice by Tim Allen.

Woody fights his jealously over the introduction of the new Buzz Lightyear toy, but it’s clear to see that’s he’s worried his owner, Andy will like Buzz better. When he tries to make sure that he’s the one chosen by Andy for an outing and not Buzz, he unintentionally creates chaos that leads the other toys to believe he tried to harm Buzz.




The two end up trapped in a claw machine and are won by a little boy who delights in torturing toys. The movie was nominated for several awards. The characters inspired a line of toys that are still popular.

The Toy Story Pull String Woody 16″ Talking Figure Disney Exclusive doll is for kids who are 3 and older. The doll will say 19 different phrases when the string is pulled. One of the characters from the second and third installment of the popular movie franchise is Jessie, the yodeling cowgirl.

Toy Story Pull String Woody And Jessie Talking Figures And Bullseye

Jessie is available in doll form with the Toy Story Pull String Jessie 16″ Talking Figure as a Disney Exclusive. If you pull the string on the back of the toy, the doll can say up to 17 phrases.

She comes dressed in her signature outfit – including her red hat, which is removable. Her body is made of soft, huggable material rather than hard plastic. You can also get Jessie’s faithful sidekick, Bullseye.

12” Disney Toy Story Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure

The Toy Story Deluxe Bullseye Figure is just like the horse from the movies. Made of molded plastic, the horse can rise on his legs if you push his tail. The figure of Buzz Lightyear is still a fan favorite and the 12” Disney Advanced Talking Buzz Lightyear Action Figure can say 15 phrases.

You’ll hear him speak just like he did in the movie. Of course, who can forget the funny antics of Mr. Potato Head? The Mr. Potato Head Toy Story 3 Classic Mr. Potato Head is a must have for kids who loved the movie.

Toy Story 3 Classic Mr. and Mrs. Potato Head

Just like his animated counterpart, the toy comes with plenty of accessories and even has the Tater Tush storage area in the rear. You can also get the Playskool Toy Story 3 Classic Mrs. Potato Head – which is created like the movie version.

She comes with the facial accessories and also includes a purse, flower, glasses, hat, shoes and earrings as well. Like Mr. Potato Head, she also has the rear storage. Slinky, the adorable dog in the movie, wiggled his way into hearts all across the world.

Slinky Disney Pixar Toy Story Plush Slinky Dog

With the Slinky Disney Pixar Toy Story Plush Slinky Dog, you’ll get a toy that’s soft and cuddly and is suitable for kids as young as 3. Plus, he won’t get all tangled up like the toy version in the movie did at times!





Ever After High Characters


Four Ever After High Dolls


The characters of Ever After High are based on the web series that began in 2013. The setting for the series is a fictional boarding school. The characters are the offspring of favorite fairytale characters.

The series features the characters who want to remain as Royals, which means they want to follow the destiny as their fairytale parents did. It also features the Rebels – characters who want to make a destiny that they choose rather than one that’s been decided for them.




Raven Queen is one of the characters on the series and she’s the offspring of the Evil Queen. Not content with having her destiny decided for her, she breaks with tradition in an attempt to choose her own.

The Ever After High Raven Queen Doll

The Ever After High Raven Queen Doll is created like the character. The doll comes with her trademark standup collar and spiked headband. She also has her bracelets and ring. The doll comes with a bookmark that shows she’s on the Rebel side.

Apple White is Snow White’s daughter. Unlike the famed character of Snow White, Apple has blond hair. The Ever After High Apple White Doll has a crown headband, an apple purse, bright red shoes and comes with a story bookmark showing that’s she’s chosen to side with the Royals.

The Ever After Blondie Lockes And Apple White Dolls

The daughter of Goldilocks is Blondie Lockes and she rules the boarding school’s gossip mill. She’s chosen to align herself with the Royals as well. The Ever After High Blondie Lockes Fashion Doll wears a dress featuring the three bears on the skirt portion. She comes with a lock purse, a bracelet and a charming hair bow.

A member of the Ever After Royals in the series, Lizzie Hearts has a British accent. At first view, she comes across as a bit harsh – but is actually quite lovable. The Ever After High Lizzie Hearts Doll comes dressed in a red and black dress paired with tights that have heart decorations on them. She has red and black hair and carries a heart shaped purse.

The Ever After High Lizzie Hearts Doll

Holly O’Hair and Poppy O’Hair are twin sisters and their fairytale mother is Rapunzel. Holly has long hair and is carrying out the destiny of her mother’s fairytale because it’s assumed she’s the firstborn daughter.

But it was actually Poppy who is. However, Poppy, who wears her hair short, isn’t convinced that following her Royal destiny is what she wants from life. The Ever After High Holly O’Hair and Poppy O’Hair Doll come as a two pack.

The Ever After High Holly O'Hair and Poppy O'Hair Dolls

Holly wears a purple skirt with metallic designs, fishnet stockings and a crown created from flowers. Poppy wears leather pants and a skirt featuring long locks with scissors aimed at the locks.

The Ever After High Ashlynn Ella & Hunter Huntsman Dolls

The Ever After High Ashlynn Ella & Hunter Huntsman Doll is a two pack and features the daughter of Cinderella and the son of the Huntsman. Ashlynn has chosen the Royals and Hunter has chosen the Rebels. These are only a few of the characters that are available, be sure to check out the rest and find your favorite.


Transformers Toy Characters


Transformers Toy Action Figures From The 1980s


Arriving on Earth from the planet Cybertron, the autobots do their best to help the human race. Their battle against the Decepticons, their arch enemy, often causes much conflict against the humans.




There are those on Earth who would capture the autobots to use their abilities for evil. The autobots can transform into a variety of vehicles – ranging from cars to trucks and even to vehicles used by the military.

The box office success of the first Transformers movie in 2007 led to a series of the movies well known for their fast paced action and fight scenes. The leader of the transformers team is Optimus Prime.

The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Optimus Prime Toy

His heroic deeds and empathy for the humans as revealed in the movies is one of the reasons toys featuring this character are in such high demand. The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Optimus Prime Figure is one of those toys.

The toy has the ability to change into either a robot or a vehicle. When it’s in vehicle mode, the autobot is a semi truck. When the figure is in robot form, he can hold the saw, which comes as an accessory.

The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Heatwave the Fire-Bot toy

The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Heatwave the Fire-Bot Figure was created after the character who can turn into a firetruck. He comes with a water cannon that he can hold onto. These robots are easy enough for toddlers to transform into vehicles and back again, yet tough enough to handle the rough play.

The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Bumblebee toy

Bumblebee was the first autobot introduced to the world when the original Transformers movie came out. Audiences loved his affinity for Sam Witwicky played by Shia Labeouf. Kids love Bumblebee toys and the Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Bumblebee Figure is a big hit with kids from ages 3 and up.

The figure comes with a jackhammer and in vehicle mode transforms into the sports car like the one shown in the movie. The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Chase the Police-Bot Figure can transform from a robot to a police car.

The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Energize Chase the Police-Bot Toy

The rescue claw will mount into the front of the police car mode. This autobot, along with the other pieces do fit the Transformers Rescue Bots Playskool Heroes Optimus Prime Rescue Trailer, which is what’s used to transport the autobots when needed.

The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Blades the Copter-Bot Toy

Kids love the Transformers toys – whether they’re on the ground or in the air. The Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Blades the Copter-Bot Figure is one that kids can play pretend with in the air. This autobot can transform into a helicopter and the robot can hold the rescue hook that will fit the helicopter. Be sure to check out all the transformer toys that are available. 


 

Monster High Characters


Five Monster High Dolls


The creation of Monster High came to life in 2010 and the popularity of the dolls and related toys haven’t waned. The characters in the Monster High series are the children of famous monsters down through the years.




These characters all attend Monster High, which is a school exclusively for them. Frankie Stein is Frankenstein’s daughter and she’s one of the sweetest characters. She’s also known for having two different colored eyes.

The Monster High Original Favorites Frankie Stein Doll And Deluxe Fashion Pack

One is blue and the other is green. She also has both black and white hair. The Monster High Original Favorites Frankie Stein Doll comes dressed in her original plaid dress with necktie.

She’s also wearing the zebra striped shoes. You can get fashionable outfits for this doll with the Monster High Frankie Stein Deluxe Fashion Pack. The set comes with two outfits, a jacket, shoes, earrings and a purse.

The Monster High Frankie's Vanity Playset

Frankie also has the Monster High Frankie’s Vanity Playset that you can get. This set has a vanity table and chair, makeup, perfume, a hair dryer and more. Another character in the series is Clawdeen Wolf. The daughter of the werewolf, she makes freaky the new fabulous.

With the Monster High Original Clawdeen Wolf Doll you get the original doll with a brush, purse, journal and Cresent, her scary cute little pet kitten. Like the other characters in the series, she rules the school.

The Monster High Clawdeen Wolf Doll

The school makes the perfect backdrop for Clawdeen and her schoolmates. The Monster High Deluxe High School has 8 rooms with the Library/Study Howl, the main hallway, the radio/DJ booth and the busy Creepateria. The schoolrooms, bathroom, balcony and the two staircases are perfect for playing out high school stories.

The Monster High Deluxe High School

Another playset is the Monster High Freaky Fusion Catacombs Playset. This one also has three levels and there’s room for up to 15 of the dolls to fit in the playset. The elevator can take the dolls from one spooky floor to the next.

There are cool places to hang with friends like the café or the balcony. There’s also an underground lab where the characters can get together and create ghoulish surprises. The set comes with lab tables and chairs, accessories for the lab, books, a laptop, torches, dishes, food, doll clips and more.

The Monster High Freaky Fusion Catacombs Playset

Deuce Gorgon is the son of Medusa and is well-liked. He enjoys skateboarding and has the power to change people into stone. He is the love interest of character Cleo De Nile on the series.

The Monster High Scaris Deuce Gorgon Doll And The Cleo De Nile Doll

The Monster High Scaris Deuce Gorgon Doll comes with the sunglasses like Deuce wears to keep his power under control. The doll also has the hair snakes and comes with a travel bag. There are quite a few different doll in the Monster High collection, be sure to check them out and find your favorites.


Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle Characters


The Four Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles


The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were first introduced to the public in the mid 80s. Kids of all ages loved these teenage crime fighters and the popularity of the characters soared.

There was a huge clamor for merchandise featuring these characters including dolls, figurines, bedding, Halloween costumes, and more. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo is the leader of these heroes.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Leonardo Action Figure

This character is named after Leonardo da Vinci. He’s the one who tries to keep his brothers in line. As a hero, he carries a badge of honor and he likes to be the responsible one in the group.

Being the leader of a group often results in disagreements and this hero has more than his fair share of those with Raphael. The Leonardo doll wears a blue mask and comes with ninja weapons.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello Action Figure

Next in the group is Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Donatello. He’s the scientist of the group, named after a sculptor by the same name – but he often goes by the nickname of Donny.

He’s a turtle of quiet strength and prefers to avoid trouble if possible, but isn’t afraid to use his skills if needed. The doll wears a purple bandana and comes with a Naginata bo staff.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael Action Figure

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Raphael is the hero of the group who has a reputation for not always waiting to fight back. His temper can sometimes cause trouble. He was named after Raphael, an Italian painter.

This turtle is tough, loyal and has a great sense of humor. This doll wears a red bandana and carries ninja weapons. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo is one of the more outgoing heroes of the group.

 

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Michelangelo Action Figure

He’s named after Michelangelo and is always making jokes. His personality is less aggressive than his brother Raphael. He’s skilled in using the Kusarigama. When he uses the weapon, he always gets the upper hand.

The Shredder is an enemy of the Turtles and you can get a figure of this character with the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Movie Shredder Basic Figure. He uses his destructive armor to achieve his dark goals.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rat King And Shredder Action Figures

Another villain is Dr. Falco who became the Rat King. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rat King Action Figure. The figure comes with the palm rat, long coat and staff.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Baxter Stockman Evil-Minded Mad Scientist figure is a replica of the villain from the series who teamed up with the Shredder. The figure comes wearing a battle suit featuring T-tech.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Baxter Stockman Evil-Minded Mad Scientist And Newtralizer Action Figures

The Neutralizer is a force to be reckoned with and is determined to cause destruction. One of his skills is his ability to track those he wants to destroy. The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Newtralizer Action Figure wears the same armored costume – including the belt, plates and weapon.


These are only a few of the toy lines in the stores these days, but these characters seem to be some of the most popular among kids. With the release of new characters and story lines resurrected every few years these toys are sure to be around for generations.




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