15 Cool Surprise Toys, Mini Dolls and Collectibles for Kids

A girl playing with Calico Critters mini toys

Tablets and gaming sets can be great for learning, but good old-fashioned dolls encourage kids to create their own imaginary worlds, which is different from solving a puzzle or strategizing a video game. Research shows that doll play activates areas of the brain that allow kids to develop empathy and process social information. Throw in an element of surprise (as with unboxing toys) or an extra-tiny size and dolls become more interesting than ever. Here are just a few of our favourite surprise toys, mini dolls and collectibles of the year.

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1. L.O.L. Surprise!
$ 39.97

L.O.L. Surprise! Deluxe Present Surprise Series 2 Slumber Party Theme

Ages 4 and up

If your kid loves L.O.L. Surprise! mini-dolls (even though you have to watch out for those teeny tiny shoes left on the floor!), they’ll find it hard to resist the “Deluxe Present Surprise” series, which features big and little sisters. It’s on the pricey side but is worth it for the superfan thanks to the two dolls, party banner, party invitation, confetti and kinetic sand.

$ 11.97

L.O.L. Surprise! Present Surprise Series 3 Birthday Month Theme with 8 Surprises

Ages 4 and up

L.O.L.’s birthday girls come with all the glittery details your child already knows and loves, but each all-new character comes with fun outfits and accessories to match. Best of all, each doll is already wrapped, complete with a bow on top (making it perfect for the birthday gift you almost forgot about!).

$ 11.97

L.O.L. Surprise! Colour Change Dolls

Ages 4 and up

In an exciting colour-changing twist, both the doll and the ball change their shade in water with this L.O.L. series. Each fan-favourite doll comes with seven cool surprises, a secret message and a collectible family portrait sticker.

2. Polly Pocket
$ 24.97

Polly Pocket Koala Adventures Purse

Ages 4 and up

The TinyPawprints series is a fun addition to the Polly Pocket range. Your Polly fan will go wild for the jungle theme interior on this playset, plus the special details like the flippable BBQ and a spinning wombat that makes the kangaroo hop. It even has a strap so your kid can wear it as a purse.

$ 29.97

Polly Pocket Spin ‘n Surprise Compact Playset

Ages 4 and up

It’s a purse! It’s a playground! There are three floors of micro fun in this playset. It comes with a hot air balloon ride, ice cream cone fountain, banana split see-saw and two micro dolls. Plus, your mini-doll lover will be impressed by the 25 themed surprises inside.

$ 20.97

Polly Pocket Birthday Cake Countdown

Ages 4 and up

For the seven days leading up to their big day, kids can reveal an exciting Polly Pocket surprise by opening the seven doors in this birthday cake playset. It comes with a grand total of 25 play pieces including two dolls, pets and even a party pinata!

3. Calico Critters
$ 24.96

Calico Critters Hopscotch Rabbit Family

Ages 3 and up

If your family is new to Calico Critters, you’ll appreciate their timeless, classic styling and super-soft feel. The miniature animal figurines, originally from Japan, are known for their special flocked material that makes them extra-adorable. This set features the Hopscotch rabbit family of Father Harlin, Brother Skip, Mother Heidi and Sister Bell.

$ 24.96

Calico Critters Pookie Panda Family

Ages 3 and up

This little panda family, like all the Critter families, has jointed arms and legs, turnable heads and removable detailed clothing. It includes two parents (Debra and Walter) and two kids (Angela and Tyler), making for endless play possibilities.

$ 22.96

Calico Critters Triplets Care Set, Dollhouse Playset

Ages 3 and up

Meet Phillip, Fauna and Flora Hopscotch Rabbit. These itty-bitty triplets come with a rocking cradle, blankets, highchairs and feeding accessories—everything your little one needs to care for their baby bunnies.

4. 5 Surprise Mini Brands
$ 9.97

5 Surprise Mini Brands Mystery Capsule

Ages 3 and up

If your family is new to 5 Surprise Mini Brands, here’s the deal: Each toy consists of five small plastic capsules, each containing a surprise mini replica of a real-life grocery item, like Heinz Ketchup, Jell-O or even itty bitty BabyBels.

$ 31

5 Surprise Mini Brands Electronic Mini Mart Playset

Ages 3 and up

Your little grocery getter can create a mini shopping world with this store set. It includes three types of shelving, fridges and more to help them stock the aisles. Plus, your kid’s mini-dolls could totally party in this Mini Mart!

$ 34.98

5 Surprise Mini Brands Mini Toy Shop Playset

Ages 3 and up

You guessed it: This playset is just like the grocery store, but for toys—think Crayola crayons, Rubiks Cubes and many more. It comes with a full toy-store layout and five mini toy surprises.

5. Hatchimals
$ 9.97

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, Shimmer Babies Multipack

Ages 5 and up

Oh, baby! These four shimmery and sparkly little Hatchimals babies hatch out of the eggs—and another character is hidden somewhere in the packaging. But the surprises don’t stop there. Kids can count on a gender reveal, a mystery baby stroller and more.

$ 19.97

Hatchimals Pixies Riders, Shimmer Babies Pixie Baby Twins with Glider

Ages 5 and up

Glide into adventure with this set that reveals a pair of pixie twins with either a narwhal or unicorn they can ride. You can even slide open the box to reveal a nursery backdrop for added play opportunities.

$ 29.97

Hatchimals CollEGGtibles, Shimmer Babies 12-Pack Egg Carton

Ages 5 and up

Kids can get crackin’ on some major mini-doll fun with this set of a dozen shimmer eggs and babies. Find their favourites, like Draggle, Penguala, Tigrette and many more—since there are 40 Shimmer Babies to collect.

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Karen is an award-winning journalist who writes about health, parenting and a variety of lifestyle topics. Her work is frequently published in Today’s Parent, Best Health and Canadian Living. As a busy Toronto-based mom of two, Karen runs on lattes (a lot of them!) and, as it happens, running.

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