Losing Toys "R" Us felt like a blow to many parents. It was arguably the easiest place to shop at the holidays when you needed the "it" toy. Get in, get the toy, throw some elbows, and get out. Without it, many parents are left to wonder where they're going to go to get everything they need — especially at the last minute. Enter Walmart. The mega retailer just announced a reprieve for parents everywhere in the form of Walmart's new expanded toy section, complete with Walmart's Top Toys for the year. It will be complete with more aisles, better offerings, and the big discounts we've all come to expect from the Arkansas-based empire.
This year, Walmart's toy section will be 30 percent larger, featuring all the must-have items. The retail giant is stepping out in new ways with this venture, including hands-on playing, in-store demos, and new, specialty toy experiences online that will be featuring exclusive content from influencers. As of now, layaway is also back, so if you have any big-ticket items you're hoping to nab for Christmas or a birthday, you have the option to pay over time for those goods. This is a huge deal in a world where brick and mortar retail shops seem to be closing or downsizing at a lightning pace. Hopefully this new-and-improved Walmart toy section will be the answer to many of the practical problems this dearth of options has created. Their top toys are the product of a ton of research of trends, influencer advice, and their intrinsic knowledge of the best, hottest toys of the year.