Each year, manufacturers unveil many of their most intriguing toys for the Christmas shopping season. Here is a list of ten toys-of a variety of types, for a variety of ages and tastes-that can be expected to be especially popular for the 2010 holiday season:
1. Squinkies Cupcake Surprise! Bake Shop (Blip)
Fill the dispenser with your favorite squishy, insert a penny, dime, or special Squinkies coin, and get a Squinkies surprise. Opens up into a sweet shop playset so kids can be bakers and their customers. Nine Squinkies pencil-topping figures included, with more sold separately.
2. Disney Dance Star Mickey (Fisher-Price)
This is a very active, and interactive, Mickey Mouse. Press his foot and he dances, walks, and talks. Children can dance along to the “Mickey Says” and “Freeze Dance” games with him. The toy plays six different songs, of styles including Disco, Latin, and Techno. Mickey’s dance steps even include his version of the Moonwalk.
3. Imaginext Bigfoot the Monster (Fisher-Price)
A little more cute than scary, at 14 inches tall and bulky this monster may be nearly as big as some of the little ones unwrapping him on Christmas morning. A remote control (with symbols for those too young to read) makes Bigfoot exercise, do flips, throw a ball, stomp around, lie down for a nap, throw a tantrum, and burp, among more than 80 actions and sounds.
4. FurReal Friends Furry Frenzies (Hasbro)
The Furry Frenzies are collectible cuddly pets with a variety of clothes, houses, playsets, and other accessories. They move and make their own distinct noises, such as a dog that walks, wags its tail, and barks. There are also cats, hedgehogs, rabbits, raccoons, squirrels, and more to choose from.
5. NERF N-Strike Stampede ECS Blaster (Hasbro)
The tame little NERF ball has come a long way over the decades. The latest NERF incarnation is a massive gun that shoots NERF darts up to 25 feet. The handle becomes a bipod for added stability, there is a detachable shield to block incoming shots, and there are three detachable clips that hold 18 darts each and a fourth that holds 6.
6. Minotaurus (LEGO)
Minotaurus is a combination board game and LEGO construction toy. Players use 211 LEGO bricks to make the game’s maze (complete with menacing Minotaur) more difficult for their opponents to navigate. The object is to be the first player to reach the hidden temple in the maze.
7. Loopz (Mattel)
A memory game with Simon Says style instructions, Loopz requires players to mimic motions and sounds. The longer you go and the more successful you are, the faster come the flashing lights and music, and the more complicated your tasks become, until you mess up. Incorporates seven different games that can be played alone or with multiple players.
8. Sing-a-ma-jigs! (Mattel)
There are six of these plush collectibles available now, with more on the way. Squeeze their bellies and they each sing their own special song. Designed so that their voices will harmonize when more than one is squeezed at the same time.
9. Xbox Kinect (Microsoft)
The latest Xbox technology is this attachment that has no controller because it is motion-activated and voice-activated. Immerse yourself directly in the games. Run, throw and kick, rather than pressing buttons to simulate these activities, and the sensors will translate your actions.
10. My Pillow Pets (Ontel)
Stuffed animals have always been great to snuggle with, but these plush 18-inch animals are shaped to also be able to function as pillows. Among the available choices are bears, dolphins, giraffes, ladybugs, lions, monkeys, penguins, puppies, tigers, and unicorns.
Shop for these hot toys on Black Friday and you can get your Christmas shopping done early for most of the younger folks on your list (not to mention some not-so-young folks who would still appreciate something like the Kinect).
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