Toys for tots to teens
Published: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 1:55 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at 1:55 p.m.
Many of this season's top toys will have parents blissfully reminiscing about their childhood, and teens saying, "I can't believe that is popular again!"
Popular characters such as Winnie the Pooh's Tigger and the Disney Princesses are on the hot-toy list this year, along with toys familiar to at least a couple of generations, including Nerf, Hot Wheels and Crayola. But the must-have toys this holiday season won't be exactly what parents remember playing with as youngsters.
Mickey Mouse is now doing hip-hop dances, Barbie can take photographs with her body, and the Game of Life can now be played on a tablet.
Instead of crayons, Crayola plans to entertain the art enthusiast with a stylus and digital designer, and the floor game Twister now requires players to show their dance moves.
Toys on the list below can be found at one or more of the following retailers unless otherwise noted: Toys 'R' Us, Kmart, Target, Best Buy and Walmart. Prices vary among stores, many of which are offering price cuts for the holidays.
iTikes Canvas, $39.99
In addition to using magnets for their creations, toddlers can now "doodle" on an iPad. The iTikes Canvas, made by Little Tikes, is compatible with the Apple iPad and, after downloading a free app, parents can let their little ones enjoy magic coloring pages and interactive games.
Master Moves Mickey Mouse, $69.99
Made by Fisher-Price, Mickey Mouse has perfected his funky dance moves
and can perform 15 original dance combinations. Preschoolers can dance alongside Mickey as he does a handstand and "The Windmill."
Little People Disney Princess Song Palace, $49.99
Toddlers can create their own fantasy world with this interactive Little People castle by Fisher-Price. The castle has a spinning dance floor and recognizes each Disney Princess and responds with her name, special phrase and classic song.
Winnie the Pooh Bounce Bounce Tigger, $39.99
Made by Just Play, the Bounce Bounce Tigger bounces up and down and left and right on his springy tail. Parents will recognize Tigger's classic theme song, and toddlers will enjoy the song's hip-hop spin.
Jake and the Never land Pirates — Musical Pirate Ship Bucky, $44.99
This pirate ship takes children — and parents — on a journey back to Never Land. Preschoolers will enjoy playing with the Jake and Skully action figures aboard this interactive ship, with 25 recorded phrases and a pirate adventure song. Made by Fisher-Price.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset, $139.99
The Ninja Turtles are back! This playset, made by Playmates, stands more than 42 inches tall and includes a zip line, spring loaded projectile, floors that fall out and more.
Hot Wheels Wall Tracks Power Tower, $45.99
The Hot Wheels track, made by Mattel, takes playing cars to a new level. The track attaches to the wall on an exciting backdrop, allowing children to drop their car down the track and watch it fight its way through several obstacles. A motorized elevator moves the car back to the top of the track.
Nerf N Strike Elite Hail Fire Blaster, $44.99
The days of a Nerf blaster holding only one dart at a time are long gone. The Hail Fire Blaster can hold up to 144 darts (with additional clips and darts), and it delivers a semi-auto stream of darts when the trigger is pulled.
Barbie Photo Fashion Doll, $49.99
Now children can do more with Barbie than imaginative play. By pushing
Barbie's belt buckle, children can instantly take photos that will appear on Barbie's LCD T-shirt screen. Barbie can hold up to 200 pictures that are customizable.
Hasbro's Furby has returned to toy shelves. Available in several colors, this interactive pet responds to talk, touch and music and will develop a unique personality depending on how it's treated. A free app is now available that will let Furby owners virtually "feed" their new pet and translate its "Furbish" language.
Crayola Digital Light Designer, $59.99
Using a stylus instead of a crayon, children can create their own light masterpieces on a 3-D surface. Drawings can be animated, personalized with a message and saved. The designer also comes with a game and activity mode.
Twister Dance, $34.99
Twister, one of the biggest names in party games, is back and ready to rock. A dancing twist on the classic, Hasbro's Twister Dance has eight moveable spots that must be stepped on when the matching light flashes. Players will learn dance moves to the five songs included with the game, or they can hook-up their MP3 player to the game for an even bigger song selection.
Wii U, $299.99 and up
Wii, the system that sent people rushing into stores more than five years ago, has been re-invented. Nintendo released the Wii U — a touch-screen gamepad controller with console — Sunday. The system allows gamers to download games and applications and connect with friends and family. The gamepad and TV also can work as two integrated screens, increasing the playing possibility.
The Game of Life: Zapped Edition, $29.99
The classic Game of Life, made by Hasbro, has entered the 21st century. Now, players use their iPad and game board together to create an even more exciting playing experience. Cars still move along the board "through life," but players now spin and make other decisions via their iPad with the free app.
Nintendo 3DS XL, $199.99
Video games have come a long way since Atari's arrival in the 1970s.
Nintendo, one of the most popular names in the gaming world, recently released its hottest — and biggest — handheld gaming system. With a 90 percent larger screen, longer battery life and larger SD card, this gaming system will please novice to advanced gamers.
Bop It! Smash, $19.99
First it was Bop It!, then came Bop It! XT, and now, for the 2012 holiday season, Hasbro introduces Bop It! Smash. As with the classic game, players can choose between three modes: solo, pass it or multiplayer. No matter the mode, players are required to smash the lights as they appear. As play advances, the lights speed up.
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