This Christmas, the hottest toys represent a mix of new concepts, recent upgrades, and clever throwbacks. Here are some of the ones people are talking about:
PILLOW PETS DREAM LITES
Let a zoo tame your child's fear of the dark. This modern twist on the night light projects specks of light onto the ceiling from the back of a furry friend.
"It's the night light that turns your room into a starry sky," said Toys R Us manager Trace Quirk. "It's very, very popular."
Pillow Pets Dream Lights come in a variety of animal shapes, including a puppy, a giraffe, a unicorn, a penguin, and a turtle.
Price: Approx. $30
LEAP PAD 2
A second act to the Leap Frog company's wildly successful Leap Pad tablet, this upgraded educational tool progressively asks kids more intelligent questions—in the form of games.
"The iPad for kids," Quirk said.
Price: Approx. $100, plus accessories
MASTER MOVES MICKEY
Watch out Elmo. Disney is out with a Mickey Mouse doll that speaks and dances—to a decidedly modern beat. And he dresses a bit like a bad boy.
Following rampant success in 2011, these large, odd remote control balloons are back. One variant, a helium-filled shark, floats through the air to the delight of children and adults alike. It's also a great prank.
MR. POTATO HEAD
Old school; simple and iconic. No batteries. No USB. No data plan. It's back to the toy box basics with <i>the</i> original spud. And if the kids don't love it, mom and dad will enjoy the stroll down memory lane.
Price: Starting at $8
Novelty for kids; nostalgia for parents. Following a 14 year hiatus, the stuffed animal with the mind of its own is making a comeback. This generation's Furby has a personality that evolves based on how it is treated. There's even a smartphone app (of course!) to translate its gibberish into English.
This retread begs the question: Is Furby 2012 for kids or for parents who remember it from 1998?
"It's for both," Quirk said. "It starts for ages 6 and up."
Price: $50 - $70
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