Hot Holiday Toys

Chris Byrne knows what kids want for Christmas!  He's the Director of Content for "Time to Play" magazine and joined us today to show off the season's hottest toys.

Ages 4-9
From the makers of the 2010 Educational Toy of the Year comes a breakthrough learning tablet made just for kids. LeapPad is a personalized learning tablet with a built in camera and video recorder. LeapFrog offers more than 100 learning games, books, and innovative apps, all that inspire kids and deliver educational value and fun.   This is LeapFrog’s largest library ever and all cartridge games are also compatible with Leapster Explorer.
Ages 4+
Xia-Xia are cute, colorful hermit crabs that combine the loveable charm of a real hermit crab with an imaginative, playful twist. They can dance and sing and play, bringing to life a fantasy world and that encourages creative play for children.
MGA Entertainment
Ages 6+
Bratz doll in costume-style fashions that includes a girl-sized stencil mask. The mask comes with cool stencil-on face makeup, allowing girls to apply face artwork on their faces. Includes three colors of facial makeup; the mask also activates the virtual entry onto the 3-D Brataz world online. 
Ages 6+
Bizu is a Twist on Beads and the exclusive bead activity that allows girls to create magically transforming accessories. Make bracelets, charms, and necklaces anyway you want. Give the jewelry a twist and create cute, posable, and lovable characters! With 60 characters stylized in glam, wild, rock, and funky designs - there’s a trend for everyone with thousands of possible combinations. With Bizu, fashion is your friend!
Ages 3+
Celebrating over 65 years in the industry, Funrise expands on the Tonka tradition by offering boys a variety of vehicles with different features. The easy to grasp Tonka trucks are perfect for little hands with big imaginations and feature a Police Rig, Fire truck, and Jack Hammer. 
i-Star Entertainment
Ages 8+
A revolutionary new spinning toy that puts the power to create an amazing light show in kids’ very own hands, FyrFlyz is a precision balanced instrument designed to spin on its axis. Kids create a continuous movement (figure eights, rings, etc) by swinging the connected two strings and applying tension or allowing slack. But the real fun begins when the lights go out and the Fyrflyz multi-color LED lights turn the movement into an amazing light show that kids can play themselves or show their friends. There are over 15 tricks. The more they spin, the more unique their tricks.
Ages 7+
Using cutting-edge technology to deliver a unique and fun singing experience to your favorite songs, the Paper Jamz Pro Microphone includes 2 built-in songs and the following enhanced features that help you sound like a professional recording artist. Features include: Perfect Pitch Technology (analyzes and tunes singer’s pitch in real-time); Solo/Duet Mode (sing with the artist or become the artist by turning the original vocal track ON or OFF); Auto-Harmony (doubles or triples singer’s voice and shifts pitch to create perfect harmonies); Auto-Vibrato (adds perfect vibrato to singer’s voice); Chorus (multiplies singer’s vocals to add depth); Auto (recreate original sound of song with real-time effects control).
Zing Toys
Ages 4+
The first collection of ICKEE Stikeez has 24 whimsical, wacky and hilariously disgusting characters. Each of the characters sit on a suction cup that enables the ICKEEZ to stick to any flat surface, such as lockers, lunchboxes, windows and cell phones. When pulled-off, the ICKEEZ make a cool, loud “pop”! Characters come in PODZ that are reminiscent of vending machine capsules, which also have built-in play. Kids can connect them to create various different structures and environments for their ICKEE Stikeez characters. A great stocking stuffer!
Little Tikes
Ages 4+
$9.99 for one; $24.99 for a 3-pack
Create your own animals with Zanymals. Interchanging body parts allow kids to use their imagination to create a Zanymal by switching and scrambling legs, noses, ears, and tails to create their own wacky beasts. Zanymals have a smooth vinyl finish and cool graphics; they’re easy to assemble with endless combinations. 
MEGA Brands
Ages 6+, 8+, 12+ (depending on complexity level)
3D Breakthrough Puzzles unites the traditional flat-art jigsaw puzzle with real 3D technology – that really pops out! Puzzlers, adults and children will first be able to put together the 2-dimensional jigsaw puzzle background, and then use specially-designed clips to construct the unique cardboard pieces into 3D components. The 3D Breakthrough Puzzle line includes three levels of complexity and offers a creative and fun activity for everyone to enjoy.

The Bridge Direct
Ages 6+
Justin Bieber Real Hairstyle Dolls and Justin Bieber Rockin’ Tour Bus and Concert Stage Playset are the latest additions to the hugely successful line of toys inspired by the music, concerts and personal style of the chart-topping recording artist, Justin Bieber. The Hairstyle Dolls have soft and styled hair that replicates Justin’s signature hairstyle, and the Tour Bus transforms into a Concert Stage complete with lights, a spinning floor and an mp3 dock, so Bieber fans can recreate their favorite rockstar moments at home.
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