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The Source for the Hottest Toys and Gifts for the Holidays
The Toy InsiderHot 200-2 YEARS3-5 YEARS6-8 YEARS9+ YEARSShopping Guide
HOT 20
Our Toy Insider staff of experts has selected these as some of the Hottest Toys for this Holiday Season. Your child may have individual needs or passions, so review each age segment and visit our website for even more great Holiday choices. (Please note that all products are listed in alphabetical order).
0-2 YEARS
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BRIGHTLINGS EXPLORATION STATION, 6–36 MOS
Encourage your toddler to explore, push, pull, open, close, drop and spin. Includes lights, music, talking characters and learning songs. Three ways to learn: baby mode, toddler mode and music mode.
LEAPFROG, www.leapfrog.com

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SIT-TO-STAND DANCING TOWER, 9 MOS+ Grow-with-me design keeps infants busy and toddlers active. Activity panel converts from sitting floor play to standing and dancing play with motion-activated dance pads and easy-to-grip handles. Teaches colors, sounds, animals and more.
VTECH, www.vtechkids.com

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SOUND BEGINNINGS GROOVE 'N GO MUSIC MAKER, 18 MOS+
Sound Beginnings product encourages learning through natural sounds and music. Kids can change the rhythm,melody, lights and sounds by stacking rings in different combinations. Music Maker character comes to life, swinging to the tunes.
SHELCORE, www.shelcore.com

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SPIN & EXPLORE GARDEN GYM, BIRTH+ Engages baby in tummy time play with a colorful and tactile play mat. Circular design encourages physical activity and developmental play. Strengthens baby's upper and lower body muscles.
LAMAZE (RC2), www.learningcurve.com/lamaze

0-2 YEARS

3-5 YEARS
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DISNEY PRINCESS ENCHANTED TALES INTERACTIVE THRONE, 3+
Royal treatment for your little princess! Press the magical scepter to activate twinkling crown and record your little girl's name. Soft cushion seat and gold detailing.
CDI (JAKKS PACIFIC), www.cditoys.com

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LITTLEST PET SHOP DISPLAY & PLAY ROUND & ROUND PET TOWN, 4+
Display your little girl's Littlest Pet Shop collection. Includes two exclusive pets, a gondola, fancy salon and treat shop. Grow her town with additional stack 'n snap Pet Bakery and Pet Nook Playsets (sold separately).
HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

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PLAYMOBIL RESCUE HOSPITAL PLAYSET, 4+ The new Hospital was the No. 1 request by kids writing to Playmobil. Includes seven figurines, functional elevator, adjustable operating table with light, movable patients' beds, reception area, children and baby wards and more.
PLAYMOBIL, www.playmobilusa.com

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SMART CYCLE, 4+
Plug this kids' exercise cycle into your TV and preschoolers can't wait to start cycling. Cycling activates three modes of play: Learning Encounters/Arcade Games, The Big Race and Driving. Additional software available.
FISHER-PRICE, www.fisherprice.com

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TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME VOICE CHANGER HELMET, 4+
Kids can imitate their favorite character, Optimus Prime, with built-in electronic phrases, or distort their voices to sound just like a Transformers robot. Easy-to-adjust straps for comfort fit.
HASBRO, www.hasbro.com

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WHIZ KID LEARNING SYSTEM, 3–7
Kids learn and discover with this interactive learning tool. Includes cartridge-based content for portable play, or CD-ROM content for PC play. With up to 120 activities per title, watch your kids become Whiz Kids.
V-TECH, www.vtechkids.com


3-5 YEARS
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AMERICAN IDOL TALENT CHALLENGE, 8+
Sing along with your favorite American Idol performers on TV using your DVD player. DVD has 12 songs, both with and without vocals, and a working microphone and mixer. Karaoke–style screen text mode displays words.
KIDDESIGNS, www.kiddirect.com

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EYECLOPS BIONIC EYE, 6+
This simple-to-use, yet revolutionary handheld device encourages kids to explore and to view ordinary items magnified up to 200 times their original size. View on any TV screen.
JAKKS PACIFIC, www.jakkspacific.com

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HANNAH MONTANA IN CONCERT STAGE, 8
Join the concert with Hannah Montana. Realistic stage has illuminated runway, guitar, mic stand and 2 recorded songs. Includes hook-up for MP3 player and a real working microphone for sing-along role-play. (Doll sold separately).
PLAY ALONG, www.playalongtoys.com

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ICOASTER, 6+
Kids build iCoaster. 10 designs included. Magnetic spheres speed along tracks to illuminate lights and sounds and perform stunts. Included "Sound FX Music Studio" adds background music with 10 beats and 20 sound tracks, or add your own MP3 music.
MEGA BRANDS, www.megabrands.com

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KARITO KIDS, 6+
New, beautiful 18-inch fashion dolls include passports and chapter storybooks with each doll's individual storyline. Kids select charities for real dollar donations. Online, girls earn World Currency to make donations to less-fortunate kids worldwide.
KIDS GIVE, www.karitokids.com

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RUBIK'S REVOLUTION, 6+
A twist on the original, this electronic cube offers six built-in games that feature lights, sounds and voice effects. Individual or team play unlocks multi-level challenges.
TECHNO SOURCE, www.technosourcehk.com


9+ YEARS
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AIR HOGS HAVOC HELI LASER BATTLE, 9+
Grab the radio-control remotes and battle helicopters with friends. Includes twin helicopters and two remotes. Fly into position and control the air battle until your opponent's helicopter goes into a wild tailspin dive!
SPIN MASTER, www.spinmaster.com

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FASHION MAGAZINE EDITOR, 9+
Create your own Fashion 'zine to share with friends! Kit includes digital camera, tripod, camera case, strap, USB cord, magazine creation software, backdrops, layout and photography guides, and tips for shooting fashion photography.
FASHION ANGELS ENTERPRISES, www.fashionangelsenterprises.com

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MONSTER DINO, 9+
Construct your own motorized dinosaur. Uses Creator LEGO power system to move Dino's head, roar and walk. Can be re-built as a crawling crocodile or a walking spider.
Glows in the dark.
LEGO, www.lego.com

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POWER TOUR ELECTRIC GUITAR, 10+
Teaches kids to play 12 pre-loaded songs or plug in an MP3 player (not included). Classic Gibson Guitar styling, uses touch sensors instead of strings. Includes strum bar, palm mute bar, whammy control, input/output jacks,multicolored LED lights and dual function knobs.
TIGER ELECTRONICS, www.hasbro.com/tiger

0-2 YEARS



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