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Some of the toys kids have on their wish lists this year may come as a surprise. Furby and the Ninja Turtles have made comebacks and there are also a number of staples; like Hot Wheels, Legos and Disney characters.
If you have preschoolers don't be surprised if you see “Doc McStuffins” items at the top of their lists. There are now dolls and dvds based on the Disney cartoon character. Dottie is six-year-old who wants to be a doctor just like her mom. Dottie's patients are dolls and stuffed animals. Disney's Doc McStuffins Time For Your Check Up Doll retails for around $49.99.
Another popular Disney Junior show, “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” has a couple toys on the Hot Gifts list. The series focuses on a group of young pirates who spend their days competing against Captain Hook and Mr. Smee for treasure. Fisher-Price Jake and the Never Land Pirates - Musical Pirate Ship Bucky retails for around $45.
Lalaloopsy Dolls are again topping holiday wish lists. The dolls were a big hit in 2010. The dolls measure 12” and have ragdoll-like faces. So far, 42 different Lalaloopsy dolls have been released. The company behind the dolls said each is designed to teach kids that everybody is unique in their own special way. The dolls retail for about $50.
Just like Lalaloopsy Dolls, another must have toy from the past is becoming a gotta have. Parents and kids alike waited and demanded Furbies in 1998. The hamster/owl looking robot boosted sales of 1.8 million sold in its first year. An updated version of the popular toy hit store shelves in September and retails for around $60.
While it seems like most of the must have gifts are $50+ the Gelarti Designer Studio is more affordable at $25. Gelarti is great for the little artist at your home and allows kids to make colorful art using paint pens, glitter and 3-D accessories. Kids can paint and decorate peel-off stickers with the studio, which rotates for easy use, and then remove and re-use them in another location.
Hard to believe the LeapPad has now been around for 13 years. It could be considered the original tablet computer and has topped the Hot Toys list just about every year. The LeapPad2 retails for about $100 and games can be purchased for about $25.
Little boys will probably have this on their lists: the Micro Chargers race challenge. The gift comes with a track and race cars, and a timer controlled finish. The Micro Chargers Time Track Race Track is sold exclusively at Toys R Us for $35, but similar models are available at other department stores.
More than 20 years after their original release, the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are proving to still be relevant. The Secret Sewer Lair playset stands 42 inches tall and resembles the Turtles home in the TV show. It's recommended for kids ages 4-6 years and retails for $100.
YFliker F1 Scooter is putting a new twist on the popular toy. The company says it's easier for kids to ride and has two separate footpads. It's marketed to kids 5-9 years old and sells exclusively at Toys R Us for $100.
A new remote control car from Hot Wheel is the perfect gift for kids in Wisconsin. The Terrain Twister Vehicle can climb through dirt, grass, sand, water and even snow. It's best suited for kids eight years and up. It sells $100.
It's one of the more expensive products on the list, but the LEGO Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle is one of the most popular sets of the current line of Masters of Spinjitzu. The theme centers on the world of Ninjago, home to both modern cities and ancient villages. There are dozens of Lego sets in the line and they range in price from $20 to $120.
They'll be the envy of Barbie and little girls everywhere- Hasbro's line of One Direction action dolls. Each band member doll sings a 30 second sound clip. The dolls are sold individually and retail for $30 each.
Skylanders Giants Starter Pack for Nintendo Wii includes a ton of stuff for kids just getting into the game. It includes the Wii game, 3 Skylander figures, a post, 3 sticker sheet with secret codes, and 3 trading card. The games description seems similar to Transformers and is appropriate for kids 6 years and older, as some of the pieces could be choking hazards. The starter pack will cost you about $75.
Created just for kids, the Tabeo Tablet offers 50 popular kid-friendly apps and Wi-Fi connectivity. The tablet uses the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system and offers more than 7,000 free apps available for download. Kids won't feel left out as the product looks a lot like Mom's and Dad's tablets, but with a variety of parental controls. The Tabeo retails for about $150.
Wii U is supposed to be the latest and greatest as far as video game systems go. It is more than a gaming system, it's a total media center that allows you to connect with family and friends. The Wii U is the first Nintendo console to support high-definition graphics, and has a much longer battery life than other game pads- up to five hours in some cases. It offers a lot of tablet-like features including letting you watch Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and TiVo. If you're lucky enough to get your hands on one, it will cost you. An 8G Wii is about $420.
Hot list items courtesy Toy R Us.