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It’s holiday shopping time again and our TOY INSIDER panel of experts has been hard at work previewing and playing with the best and hottest toys and gifts of the season. We know how busy you are, juggling multiple roles in your life. To help, we’ve created a guide that is comprehensive and easy to use, and provides the information you need to get a jump start on the holiday shopping season. We know the drill; we’re parents and gift givers just like you. This year’s guide is jam-packed with a new selection of the coolest toys for children of all ages. Each selection includes a description of the developmental needs and interests for each specific age group to assist you in finding the perfect gift. Our handy skill guide, located on the Hot 20 page, provides a list of icons for each toy, offering you even more assistance with ageappropriate gift giving. At our website, www.thetoyinsider.com, you will find these products and even more selections, with direct links to the manufacturers’ websites. There you can learn more about these and other products, so keep checking back to our website throughout the holiday season. The last page of The Toy Insider™ is a checklist of all the toys featured in the guide, which you and your child can use as a handy shopping wish list. Take the checklist with you when you visit your favorite retailer and shop with ease. As parents first and toy experts second, we know that toys and gift giving should be fun and bring joy to the special children in your life. Enjoy The Toy Insider™, THE source for the hottest toys and gifts of the holiday season.

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0-2 YEARS

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ELMO LIVE, 18 MOS+ The most amazing and lifelike Elmo by far! He waves his arms, sits and stands and crosses his legs all while telling stories and jokes, singing songs and playing games. FISHER-PRICE, www.fisherprice.com

K’S KIDS RYAN 28 ACTIVITY CENTER, 6 MOS+ An adorable soft plush ride-on, this fun Zebra offers 28 activities to keep babies busy. From peek-a-boo games to a variety of textures, shapes and colors, this activity center has it all. OHIO ART, www.ohioart.com

SIT TO STAND ALPHABET TRAIN, 6 MOS+ This grow-with-me toy teaches numbers, letters, colors, songs, stories and more with two learning modes. Younger kids can push it along while toddlers can climb on board for a ride. VTECH, www.vtechkids.com

SMART BUILDERS PIANO, 12 MOS+ Combine musical wonder with building fun while inspiring creativity and learning. By layering and removing blocks, toddlers can change the instruments, add beats and create their own musical masterpiece. MEGA BRANDS, www.megabrands.com

selected these as some of the hottest toys for this holiday season. Your child may have individual needs and passions, so please review each age segment and visit our website, www.thetoyinsider.com, for even more great holiday gifts that will appeal to your child.

3-5 YEARS

CLUB PENGUIN PLUSH, 4+ Six-inch plush with 12 unique characters, based on the popular cyber playground website. Rare RockHopper plush available in limited quantities. Includes a code to redeem a comparable item online at www.clubpenguin.com. JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakkspacific.com

FURREAL FRIENDS BISCUIT, MY LOVIN’ PUP, 5+ Biscuit features voice recognition and obeys six commands, including sit, speak and lie down. Moving his head and ears and even blinking his eyes, this sweet sidekick is sure to become a child’s new best friend. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

HANDY MANNY 2-IN-1 TRANSFORMING TOOL TRUCK, 3+ Manny’s truck is equipped with four tools from the show and tons of things to fix. Transforms into a tool bench for two toys in one. Bilingual phrases, sound effects and songs encourage and entertain. FISHER-PRICE, www.fisherprice.com

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN ACTION FIGURE, 4+ This Iron Man action figure stands 12 inches tall and comes with snap-on weapons, a jet pack and a removable helmet. Mimics the Mark III armored suit featured in the Iron Man film. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

KIDIART STUDIO, 4+ High-tech creative fun for kids. Built-in digital camera allows kids to capture images of family and friends and create stop-motion animations. Endless activities include art lessons, photo stamps and wacky effects. VTECH, www.vtechkids.com

TINK’S TALKING CAFÉ, 3+ Girls can have a fairy tea party with pretend tea and goodies. Many realistic sound effects and phrases from Tinker Bell herself. Includes 13 accessories, interchangeable menu pages and a light-up lantern. CDI (JAKKS PACIFIC), www.cditoys.com


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6-8 YEARS

HANNAH MONTANA MALIBU BEACH HOUSE, 6+ The largest Hannah Montana playset to ever hit store shelves, each room in this house is an authentic replica of Hannah’s house on the Disney Channel TV show. All furniture included, dolls sold separately. PLAY ALONG, www.playalongtoys.com

CLICKABLES FAIRY CHARMS STARTER SET, 7+ A magical jewelry box, a charm necklace and three exclusive charms take girls into Tinker Bell’s vibrant online world at www.pixiehollow.com. Girls can collect, share and gift charms with a simple click-link of their bracelets. TECHNO SOURCE, www.technosourcehk.com

BARBIE IDESIGN ULTIMATE STYLIST, 6+ With a CD-ROM-based computer game, USB-connected scanner and swipe-able fashion cards, iDesign combines tech and fashion for millions of ensemble possibilities. A runway show features models dressed in the fashions girls create. MATTEL, www.mattel.com

ME2, 8+ Fashioned like a pedometer, the ME2 allows kids to earn points with every step they take. The handheld game interacts online at www.me2universe.com. Kids can race against other players and redeem points at the virtual store. ITOYS, www.irwintoy.com

BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS, 5+ Magnetic marbles burst open to reveal Bakugan warrior action figures when they roll onto the real metal Gate Cards. Boys must strategically place metal Gate Cards to affect the battle in their favor. SPIN MASTER, www.spinmaster.com

9+ YEARS

TOY SKILL KEY Infant & Toddler Developmental Skills: Develop five senses, basic concepts, hand/eye coordination, active physical coordination and early language skills.

Social and Emotional Intelligence Development: Develop art, music, MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: THE WORLD EDITION, 9+ Five million Monopoly players voted on which 22 cities from around the world should be included in this groundbreaking new edition. Deal button and digital banker add new elements to play. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

SPY VIDEO ATV-360, 9+ This remote-controlled vehicle transmits real-time video and audio to a private headset. Drivers can confirm the coast is clear by pushing a button on the remote control to perform a 360-degree room scan. WILD PLANET, www.wildplanet.com

language and social skills. Explore creative, imaginative play and role-playing.

School Readiness Skills: Develop math, logic and spatial skills. Enhance language, reading and writing skills. Discover science, nature and exploration.

Physical Skills: Develop balance and coordination using large and small motor skills, exercise and body awareness.

Technology/Electronics: Enhance knowledge of computers, music, digital images, communications, internet, geography and world events. Social Interaction/Parent/Child Interaction: Encourage and develop U-DANCE, 9+ Wireless and dance-mat free, this game system features motion-sensing technology that allows players full range of movement, using their body to control game play. Perform real dance moves like jumping, sliding, cross-overs and more. TIGER ELECTRONICS, www.hasbro.com/tiger

YOUTH SIGNATURE STREET SURFING SET, 9+ The Wave deck sits atop two wheels that are both free to rotate 360 degrees, delivering the latest craze in skateboarding. Set comes with replacement wheels and a CPSC-approved helmet. STREET SURFING, www.streetsurfing.com

close relationships through shared learning experiences.

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AIR HOGS ZERO GRAVITY MICRO, 8+ This full-function R/C drives on the floor, up the walls and even upside down! Two power settings for outstanding ground control and extreme vertical and upside-down action. Four frequencies to race against friends. SPIN MASTER, www.spinmaster.com


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’50S DINER, 2+ Give kids a chance to experience a bygone era. They can prep the food, then serve friends in the ’50s-style booth. Retro-style tabletop features a jukebox that plays three tunes. Sound effects and many accessories included. STEP2, www.step2.com

INFANTS & TODDLERS Babies and toddlers amaze their parents with their continuous growth and development. Every day is a new

ABBY CADABBY BUILDING SET, 2+ Build Sesame Street’s fairy-in-training, Abby Cadabby, with this 30-piece set, then dress her in her own dress. Includes play and learn activity sheet, additional building ideas and a storage tub. K’NEX, www.knex.com

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adventure, and they are learning basic ANIMAL EXPLORATION TUNNEL, 3 MOS+ Four feet in design, the Tunnel features real-life animal images and so much to explore: crinkle fabrics, detachable toys, a chirping bird, a teether, a rattle, a mirror and mesh windows for peek-a-boo. BABY EINSTEIN, www.babyeinstein.com

skills as they explore their world. Gift givers should consider a variety of toys for infants and toddlers, choosing items that provide stimulation for their minds, bodies and all five senses. Toys for this age group encourage experimentation with colors, sounds, shapes and textures, as well as

BRAINY BABY FUN FROG ACTIVITY TOY, 6 MOS+ This 11-inch soft frog includes a mirror on the belly and Velcro-attached multi-colored bugs with varied textures, patterns, colors, shapes and counting play elements. Teaching cards are included for parents. MARY MEYER, www.marymeyer.com

interaction with some of their favorite

BRIGHT STARTS ACTIVIGATOR, 3 MOS+ Stretched out, this alligator is great for teething, or flip and fold him into a soft block for the perfect on-the-go friend. Plays fun melodies when squeezed, and multiple textures provide tactile stimulation. KIDS II, www.kidsii.com

characters. Parents play an important role in their baby’s development, and should look for toys that promote participation, curiosity and movement. By offering opportunities for hand-eye coordination, motor skills, language recognition and nurturing, parents are

CIRQUE DU SOLEIL TWISTERELLA STACKING TOY, 9 MOS+ Rattles, squeakers and crinkle paper abound in this seven-piece set that’s sure to start imaginations soaring. Part of a premium collection of toys that celebrate the creative spirit, promote self-expression and inspire imaginative play. MANHATTAN TOY, www.manhattantoy.com

providing little ones with the early development skills they need as they

CLIPO CREATIVITY TABLE, 18 MOS+ With its spinning gears and chunky connecting pieces, this system is an all-in-one play station. Toddlers can develop fine motor skills with a shape sorter and a drop slot. Includes 25 Clipo pieces, plus additional gear. PLAYSKOOL, www.playskool.com

grow up.

CURIOUS GEORGE SILLY SOMERSAULTS, 3+ Kids can enjoy Curious George's great acrobatic abilities with this cute new pal. This 14-inch plush magically tumbles all by himself. No batteries are required, just a smile and an appetite for fun. PLAY ALONG, www.playalongtoys.com

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LAMAZE EDDIE THE ELEPHANT TUNES, 0+ Allows baby to play musical notes on his trunk as well as record and play back music on his feet. Songbook teaches basic music pieces. Baby will love the bright colors and crinkles. LEARNING CURVE, www.learningcurve.com

LAUGH & LEARN SMART BOUNCE & SPIN PONY, 12 MOS+ Connects to the TV via wireless IR device. Baby can hop on, bounce up and down and spin around. Sound effects, songs and animations come to life teaching letters, numbers, shapes, colors, opposites and more. FISHER-PRICE, www.fisherprice.com

MON PREMIER TIDOO, 18 MOS+ Corolle’s Tidoo is a baby doll that helps make bath time fun. The realistic feeling beanbag body is soft, posable and so light it floats. COROLLE, www.corolle.com

MY GIANT BUSY BOX, 2+ 16 great projects in one giant box of fun. Make dough animals, collage a farm and create sticker art, paper bag puppets and tissue art pictures. Includes 10 colors of dough, tons of tissue paper and much more. ALEX, www.alextoys.us

NEUROSMITH TOGETHER TUNES TOO, 6 MOS+ Six songs and interactive panels make this a toy of wonder and discovery. Includes lyrics so parents can sing along. Features include a squeaking baby ant, crinkle meatballs, wheels that turn and a vibrating star. SMALL WORLD TOYS, www.smallworldtoys.com

PLAY TIME ACTIVITY CENTER, 3 MOS+ Great for tummy time and seated play. Has four activitypacked sides with a peek-a-boo mirror, put-and-take bird’s nest, water pouch fish tank and peek-and-see leaves. Includes teether to soothe baby’s gums. INFANTINO, www.infantino.com


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SENSITIVE BABY SCOUT, 0+ Nine-inch soft-body baby doll with vinyl face and adorable outfit is the perfect first doll for children with asthma or allergies. Can attach to car seat or stroller. THE GOLDBERGER COMPANY, www.goldbergertoy.com

SWAP ’N GO SNAIL, 6 MOS+ This musical battery-operated snail rolls along, plays a song and spins its shell as it goes. Includes two shells that are also engaging activity toys that can be played with separately. INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS, www.intplay.com

“THIS IS SERIOUS!” MING-MING, 18 MOS+ Brings the Wonder Pets! character to life with signature phrases, songs, and new dance moves. Ming-Ming teaches kids how to perform her “This is Serious!” dance, and invites them to help her on adventures. FISHER-PRICE, www.fisherprice.com

YO GABBA GABBA GROOVES GUITAR, 2+ Kids can play music from the hip Yo Gabba Gabba TV show on this special guitar. Follow the lights to play a tune featuring fun beats and sounds from the show. SPIN MASTER, www.spinmaster.com YOOKIDOO DISCOVERY DOME, 12 MOS+ This hide-away has activities on both the inside and outside that encourage physical and cognitive development through rewarding, imaginative play. Includes ball play, shape sorting, and peek-aboo games. Sturdy, lightweight, folds up for storage and portability. INTERNATIONAL PLAYTHINGS, www.intplay.com ZOOBIES PETS TAJ THE TIGER, 2+ Zoobie Pets serve as a cuddly pillow, blanket and stuffed animal all in one. Inside this plush tiger is a large 33-inch by 55-inch super soft blanket, which zips off for easy washing. ZOOBIES, www.zoobiepets.com


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PRESCHOOL Having mastered the basic skills of their toddler years, preschoolers are ready and eager to take part in a new

ANIMAL SCRAMBLE, 3+ This game features an electronic handheld tagger, named Gerry Giraffe, and his four fist-sized friends. The giraffe calls out which animals kids need to tag and tracks the amount of time taken to complete each course. WILD PLANET, www.wildplanet.com

BARBIE CARE ’N CURE WILDLIFE DOCTOR, 3+ These assorted endangered animals—a baby polar bear, a baby snow leopard and a baby panda bear—need someone special to keep them healthy. Lights on different areas indicate health levels, and the animals respond to feeding, touch and attention. KIDDESIGNS, www.kiddesigns.com

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type of play. Encourage imaginative and creative activities with roleplaying, reading and pretend play. Provide opportunities for active play,

BATMAN THE DARK KNIGHT 3-D MUSCLE CHEST BOX SET, 3+ Kids can dress up like the Dark Knight with this kidsized set. The costume comes with a 3-D muscle chest jumpsuit with attached boot tops, a molded mask and belt, two arm gauntlets and a cape. RUBIE’S COSTUME CO., www.rubies.com

exercising their bodies and their spirit of adventure. Social and emotional skills are emerging, so music, arts and crafts, teamwork and language skills are important to build self-esteem. Toys that teach vocabulary and social skills and result in a sense of accomplishment are of the utmost importance to the curious and hungry-

BEN 10 ALIEN CREATION CHAMBER, 4+ Allows kids to place five different alien parts inside the chamber and, with the twist of a knob, form their personalized alien creations. Each set includes four threeinch figures as well as alien recipe cards to create new combinations. BANDAI, www.bandai.com

CARING CORNERS MRS. GOODBEE INTERACTIVE DOLLHOUSE, 3+ Comes alive to guide children through play and reinforce life lessons. Mrs. Goodbee’s friendly voice guides preschoolers on a role-play adventure in the 12-room dollhouse. All the activities are designed to encourage caring, sharing and preparing for responsibilities. LEARNING CURVE, www.learningcurve.com

for-fun preschooler. Let the developing interests and tastes of your preschooler lead the way to the perfect partner in play.

CARS WALKIN’ TALKIN’ LIGHTNING MCQUEEN, 4+ Captures the spirit and personality of Lightning McQueen, and features lights, sounds and character phrases. Kids can make the interactive hero walk, talk and race just like in the Disney/Pixar film. MATTEL, www.mattel.com

DISCOVER RIG, 3+ At the core of the Sprig Adventure Series is the Discover Rig, a sturdy, battery-free vehicle with a removable handle. The Discover Rig harnesses a child’s push-action play to fuel its electronic features, taking the child on a self-powered safari of imagination. SPRIG TOYS, www.sprigtoys.com

DISCOVERY KIDS SMART ANIMALS SCANOPEDIA, 3+ This handheld holds more than 2,500 sounds, facts and quizzes with information for more than 200 animals. It includes a poster full of scannable images, interactive maps, games and activities to help children learn about animals. JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakkspacific.com


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DISNEY PIX JR. DIGITAL CAMERA, 3+ This kid-friendly digital camera features rubber grips and durable construction that can withstand the most rambunctious toddlers. It includes 32 MB of memory and Disney PhotoFriends software, which allows kids to insert Playhouse Disney characters into their pictures. DIGITAL BLUE, www.digiblue.com FANCY NANCY CLOTH DOLL, 4+ This 29-inch doll, based on the popular literary character, comes dressed in a purple glitter bodysuit, a pink sparkle skirt and a multi-colored waistband. MADAME ALEXANDER, www.madamealexander.com

GREEN EGGS AND HAM SPEEDY DINER! GAME, 3+ Inspired by the Dr. Seuss story, this game fosters social interaction and promotes early reading and counting. The Electronic Musical Menu helps kids make the association between letters and words, encouraging a love for reading. I CAN DO THAT! GAMES, www.icandothatgames.com GUESS WHAT I AM!, 3+ Puts a new twist on a classic guessing game. Kids place their face through the space of the mystery card, transform into one of the 30 characters and let the guessing begin. TECHNO SOURCE, www.technosourcehk.com

HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL 3 SING-TOGETHER DOLLS, 5+ Characters are brought to life with a microphone that plays a signature song when a child lifts the microphone toward the doll’s mouth. Children can take turns singing back and forth with the character. MATTEL, www.mattel.com

KIDIJAMZ STUDIO, 4+ This interactive music station lets kids record songs and music and play it back on a detachable player that includes headphones. Kids can choose from 10 different musical instrument sounds, five musical stylings and three rhythm buttons. VTECH, www.vtechkids.com


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MATCHBOX MEGA RIG SHUTTLE MISSION, 4+ Starts as a spaceship and breaks down into 30 separate space vehicles that kids can combine. Comes equipped with a space arm to grab things, an ATV and a UFO with a space alien inside. MATCHBOX, www.matchbox.com

PLAYMOBIL CIRCUS RING, 5+ The opening of this big top playset is adjustable, and the diameter of the ring measures 22.5 inches. It includes seven figures, ticket booths and a seating area that fits approximately 30 figures. PLAYMOBIL, www.playmobil.com

MY LITTLE PONY PONYVILLE SWEET SUNDAE AMUSEMENT PARK, 3+ Ponies can explore this fun-filled theme park, which features three exciting play areas in one: a Ferris wheel, complete with working lights, sounds and gondolas shaped like delicious desserts; a roller coaster and a tasty snack shop. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com STAR WARS AT-TE, 4+ Star Wars fans and collectors now have the chance to take this six-legged vehicle for a spin. Measuring two feet long, the AT-TE can transport 20 clone troopers, and is packed with sounds and firing features. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

TAG READING SYSTEM, 4+ Tag is easy to use, responsive and small enough to take anywhere. Just one touch makes words talk and pictures sing. An infrared camera at the tip of the reader “reads” the letters, words and symbols on the pages. LEAPFROG, www.leapfrog.com

ULTIMOTION DISNEY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY AND DISNEY FAIRIES, 4+ Both titles include the full UltiMotion system, along with roleplay and dress-up items. Ultimotion is a video game line that includes a console and a wireless motion controller. JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakkspacific.com


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6-8 YEARS

BELLA SARA BABY BELLA TRADING CARDS, 6+ The seventh Bella Sara expansion, Baby Bella packs include three new card types, including Parent cards, Offspring cards that show their beautiful foals and Teacher cards that reveal the caretakers that help the foals learn and grow. HIDDEN CITY GAMES, www.hiddencitygames.com

GRADE SCHOOL Independence and an evolving sense of self are the hallmarks of gradeschoolers. Their home life has

BRATZ JETSET PLAYSET WITH KATIA, 6+ This playset folds out to reveal a fashion runway, and also folds into an easy-to-carry travel case. It comes with an exclusive Katia doll, ready to travel in style, and accessories are included to add style to the jet’s cabin. MGA ENTERTAINMENT, www.mgae.com

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expanded into a broader community of school, friends and teammates. Most

CAMP ROCK FASHION DOLLS, 6+ Jonas Brothers fans can interact with musical beauty Mitchie Torres, as well as rock ’n roll superstar Shane Gray, played by Joe Jonas. The dolls are available individually or as a two-pack. PLAY ALONG, www.playalongtoys.com

kids are willing to try new experiences as they explore their choices and expand their abilities. As a significant influence in your kids’ lives, you can encourage them to seek out and pursue their passions. Toys and

DRV RESCUE SUV AND PLANE, 8+ This vehicle is a combination of a sturdy truck and a plane that charges in just 10 seconds. Control the vehicle and launch the plane from the same full-function remote controller. KID GALAXY, www.kidgalaxy.com

games can help develop an appreciation for science, the arts, EYECLOPS NIGHT VISION, 6+ Powered by infrared night vision technology, these high-tech goggles allow visibility up to 50 feet in dark environments. See what happens when the sun goes down! JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakkspacific.com

strategic and mind-stimulating activities and for caring and giving back to their community. Certain toys can also satisfy kids’ ever-present quest for anything to do with popculture and being “in the know.” Kidsafe websites are a new approach to

GROOVY GIRLS RSVP DOLLS, 6+ These soft, plush dolls are in fashion and online, inviting girls to join the party. Enter the secret code at www.groovygirls.com to join a world of friends, fun and fashion. Teaches girls about respect, self-expression, values and play. MANHATTAN TOY, www.manhattantoy.com

playing and learning that also teach basic computer skills and computer

HOLIDAY POP STAR HANNAH MONTANA, 6+ A stunning, upscale fashion doll that sings Hannah’s version of “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree.” She comes dressed in a hand-sewn, lined and styled high-end couture fashion outfit. PLAY ALONG, www.playalongtoys.com

etiquette.

KOOKY KLICKERS GIFTSET, 6+ Kookys are collectible pens with a unique personality including a headful of colorful, springy, rubbery hair. Each Kooky is named, numbered and released in limited Krews. COURAGE INTERNATIONAL, www.thekookys.com

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MYLIFE, 8+ This handheld console allows users to create their own character and lead a virtual life in full color. Tech-savvy girls can select their styles of clothing, choose and care for a pet and play fun games. PLAYMATES, www.playmatestoys.com

PLANET EARTH DVD BOARD GAME, 8+ Both children and adults can explore the planet and work together to answer a range of questions based on the BBC television series. Featured categories include Pole to Pole, Fresh Water/Ice Worlds, Shallow Seas/Ocean Deep and more. IMAGINATION GAMES, www.imaginationgames.com

NERF N-STRIKE VULCAN EBF-25, 6+ This Nerf blaster is a 25-dart, belt-fed automatic that will intimidate any opponent, and comes with a fold-up tripod to steady your aim. The Tactical Rail System allows users to customize their blaster for each mission. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

POLICE COMMAND CENTER, 6+ This 524-piece construction set features a fully equipped police truck with sides that open and close, a control room, tools, a quad bike and more. Four mini figures are included with the set. LEGO, www.lego.com

PULSE KICK ’N GO XCELERATOR, 6+ Offers a fast, smooth ride with a high-tech design. Utilizing a kick-pedal self-propulsion system, the rider can achieve blazing speed and tight maneuverability while maintaining a balanced stance. PULSE PERFORMANCE, www.pulsekickngo.com

TRI-BOT ROBOTIC FRIEND, 8+ This robot friend plays games, tells jokes and stories and can be controlled via tiltsensor and button remote as he wheels around in any direction. Different play modes for hours of entertainment. WOWWEE, www.wowwee.com


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CLUE: HARRY POTTER EDITION, 9+ Players roam around Hogwarts collecting clues to figure out who did it, with what weapon and where. Be careful–at every turn the board is changed with moving staircases, secret passages and doorways that keep appearing and disappearing. HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

9+ YEARS

TWEENS Whether online or in person, socializing is a key activity for most in this age group. While tweens are

DA VINCI INSPIRED MAV ORNITHOPTER, 10+ A marvel in micro flight engineering. With a wingspan of less than five inches and a height of just over one inch, the flyer maintains the most realistic flight patterns while allowing for excellent play value. INTERACTIVE TOY CONCEPTS, www.interactivetoy.com

comfortable with technology and the

games, being creative, and being active. Helping kids grow into wellrounded teenagers and adults starts with providing opportunities for them to try new things both on their own, and with their peers. Parents and

DOMO PLUSH ASSORTMENT, 9+ Domo is a big brown furry box with arms, legs, and a gaping red mouth. Hug him, pet him, squeeze him and, before you know it, you too will be Domo-nated. PLAY ALONG, www.playalongtoys.com

caregivers are still key role models for this age group, so continue to be GUITAR HERO CARABINER, 12+ This mini guitar features three levels of difficulty and five levels of volume. The portable game also has a whammy bar button so you can score big on those long notes. BASIC FUN, www.basicfun.com

present and involved in their passions. Family involvement is key to teaching kids communications skills so choosing items that can be played with as a family are just as important as toys that encourage individuality.

HANNAH MONTANA RAZOR POCKET MOD MINIATURE ELECTRIC SCOOTER, 12+ Fans can ride in style on the newest Razor Pocket Mod, featuring Hannah’s favorite designs for kids. The scooter features a vintage-inspired design and high-performance motor, which provides the perfect mix of utility and style. RAZOR, www.razor.com

HURU HUMIS, 10+ HURI HUMI is a line of high school characters that possess distinct identities, personalities, interests, styles and more. They talk to their owners and to each other on an interactive, social website at www.huruhumi.com. SENARIO, www.senario.com

KHET 3-D: TOWER OF KADESH, 9+ This strategy game contains four mirrored portals that transport a laser beam up to the second level, creating a 3D playing field. Pieces can rotate one-quarter turn or move one square in any direction per turn. INNOVENTION TOYS, www.deflexion.biz

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DISNEY STAR-VOCALS, 9+ Teaches kids to sing with a vocal analyzer that compares their pitch to the correct pitch of the song. Includes a lighted microphone and software with 10 Hannah Montana and High School Musical songs plus more. U.S. MUSIC CORP., www.lyonguitars.com

digital world, they also enjoy playing


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LEGENDS: KING ARTHUR ATTACK ACTION WARSHIP, 9+ Build the ship then attach a figure to the motorized oars and watch the knights row into action. Comes with a Hydra magical beast; Mordred, leader of the dark knights, and his men; plus two micro motion controllers. MEGA BRANDS, www.megabrands.com LEGO INDIANA JONES: TEMPLE OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL, 9+ This 929-piece LEGO set lets kids build a scene from the 2008 hit film. Includes Mutt Williams, Indiana Jones and Irina Spalko mini figures, three Akator skeletons and two Ugha warriors. A six-wheeled vehicle is also included. LEGO, www.lego.com R/C WHEELIE CYCLE PRO MOTORCYCLE, 9+ This remote-controlled motorcycle delivers real-world action with a cycle that performs a variety of stunts, from wheelies and jumps to rolls and spin outs. Its controller is designed just like real motorcycle handlebars. TYCO, www.tycorc.com

SAWBLADE THRILL RIDE, 9+ This two-sided construction set features motorized wheels to send its eight passengers on a ride. Standing more than four feet tall, the set provides a challenging building experience. K’NEX, www.knex.com

SPA FACTORY AROMATHERAPY CENTER, 9+ Girls can experiment and create scented perfume, lip gloss, facial masks and bath fizzies. The set includes all the ingredients girls need for their own spa experience at home. JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakkspacific.com

TREASURE OF THE LOST PYRAMID 3-D GAME, 9+ Your team must navigate its way around the interactive board and try to discover the treasures hidden in the four Pharaoh's Tombs. Teams must then race to the pyramid and guess the identity of the final treasure. BASIC CONCEPTS, www.basicconcepttoys.com


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PULSE KICK ‘N GO XCELERATOR

INVINCIBLE IRON MAN ACTION FIGURE

TRI-BOT ROBOTIC FRIEND

KIDIART STUDIO

CLUE: HARRY POTTER EDITION

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PLAYMOBIL CIRCUS RING PLAYSET

GUITAR HERO CARABINER

STAR WARS AT-TE

HANNAH MONTANA RAZOR POCKET MOD MINIATURE ELECTRIC SCOOTER

TAG READING SYSTEM

HURU HUMIS

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ULTIMOTION DISNEY’S SLEEPING BEAUTY AND DISNEY FAIRIES

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AIR HOGS ZERO GRAVITY MICRO

LEGO INDIANA JONES: TEMPLE OF THE CRYSTAL SKULL

BAKUGAN BATTLE BRAWLERS

MONOPOLY HERE & NOW: THE WORLD EDITION

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BARBIE CARE ‘N CURE WILDLIFE DOCTOR

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SPY VIDEO ATV-360

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DRV RESCUE SUV & PLANE

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