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Google reveals top holiday toy searches

Canadians are searching for classic brands like LEGO, Pokémon and Barbie ahead of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales extravaganza.
November 23, 2018

With shoppers around the world diving into Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales, Google has released data on Canadian consumers’ holiday habits.

According to Google, the toy brands topping Canadians’ online searches include classics like LEGO (pictured), Pokémon, Barbie and Hot Wheels. A newer entrant is Fortnite, which crossed the US$1-billion revenue mark in July and contributed to a 40% increase in consumer spending on video gaming in the US for the first half of 2018.

Spider-Man was another highly-searched toy brand, and Spider-Man products topped Google’s trending toy searches with “Spider-Man Potato Head,” “Spider-Man Toys” and “Imaginenext Spider-Man” taking the first three spots.

Google’s data also found Canadians completed just 23% of their holiday shopping as of last week, with 13% of consumers planning to consolidate their shopping during the Black Friday and Cyber Monday period. In fact, Google found that mobile searches for “Black Friday” and “Deals” have grown more than 100% in the past two years. This past week, Google searches for “Black Friday” were up 252%.

With demand during the holiday weekend so high, nearly half of customers reported they wanted retailers to improve their online inventory information (an increase over 2017). About half of customers said they visit multiple websites before making a decision, and 51% are open to purchasing from new retailers.

Retailers like Amazon and Target have released their top holiday toy lists in anticipation of the shopping season, while Walmart expanded its inventory of kids playthings by 30% in store and 40% online.

The complete Google Top Toy Brand list includes:






PAW Patrol


Hot Wheels



Google’s full Trending Toy Searches list includes:

Spider-Man Potato Head

Spider-Man Toys

Imaginenext Spider-Man

PS4 Hasbro Family Fun Pack

Fisher-Price Karaoke Machine

Jurassic World LEGO

Hasbro Monopoly

Pokémon Sun and Moon Trading Cards

PAW Patrol Wooden Puzzle

Funko Spider-Man

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