KUSA - Toy expert Chris Byrne has been researching, analyzing and consulting for Fortune 100 companies since 1988.
He specializes in tracking kid trends, product development and strategic marketing campaigns.
His work has been published in "The Topic of Toys," "Family Life" and "Time to Play."
He is also the editor-at-large for "Toys & Family Entertainment and Royalties."
Byrne stopped by 9NEWS to explain some of the key factors for holiday shopping this season, in addition to some of the marquee toys on the market.
"Ferby is back from 1998 - 44 million of those sold. He now has an app that he interacts with," Byrne said.
"The other big one is the 'Nerf Hailfire.' It can shoot up to 144 darts," Byrne said.
Byrne also emphasized the importance of shopping early. Inventory is low this year, which means toys will sell fast. For more information, you can go to timetoplaymag.com.
Nate Chisholm contributed to this report.
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