- The Washington Times - Sunday, October 8, 2006


Here are some of the toys expected to be top sellers for the holiday season, according to Toy Wishes. The list is based on the trade publication’s review of thousands of toys and interviews with parents, children and retailers. The list is in alphabetical order, with manufacturers’ suggested retail price included.

• Barbie and the 12 Dancing Princesses (Mattel Inc., dolls, $24.99; horse & carriage, $32.99). This playset, which includes a full line of dolls, is inspired by Barbie as star in the latest DVD “Barbie in the 12 Dancing Princesses.” Age 3 and older.

• Bratz Forever Diamondz (MGA Entertainment, $29.99 each). Each of the Bratz dolls is outfitted with faux diamonds, and each doll comes with a real diamond pendant that girls can wear. Age 6 and older.

• Butterscotch My Furreal Friends Pony (Hasbro Inc., $299.99). Advanced animatronic technology allows the 3-foot pony to come to life with realistic movements. When a child climbs on, the pony, which has a thick plush coat, responds with clip-clop and walking sounds. Age 4 and older.

• Digi Makeover (Radica Games, $59.99). This high-tech makeover system includes a built-in camera and a touch pad. Youths can plug the unit into their television and snap a picture, enabling them to experiment with new looks. Age 8 and older.

cFly Wheels XPV (Jakks-Pacific, $59.99). This lightweight radio-controlled vehicle can take off and land from any hard surface and then soar more than 20 stories into the air. Age 8 and older.

• Kids Tough Digital Camera (Mattel’s Fisher-Price, $69.99). This built-in 1.3 inch liquid-crystal display screen holds up to 60 pictures and is expandable with a separate memory card. It includes big buttons and easy controls. The camera can be connected by USB to the computer for downloading photos to a computer. Age 3 and older.

• Lego Mindstorms NXT (Lego, $249). This robotic kit enables the user to create an even more powerful robot than the original Mindstorms introduced in 1998. Age 10 and older.

• Magtastik (Mega Brands Inc., starter set $29.99; individual sets $5.99 and up). The starter building set, which features big, plastic brightly colored pieces, can be complemented with different kinds of special sets. Ages 3 and up.

• Monopoly Here & Now (Hasbro Inc., $29.99). This limited edition of this classic game reflects today’s real estate prices and features iconic properties such as Times Square and Rodeo Drive. The railroads have been replaced with airports. Age 8 and older.

• Speed Stacks Stackpack (Play Along Toys, a division of Jakks Pacific Inc., $39.99). This game challenges children to stack and restack specially designed cups in precise formations. It comes with competition-ready cups, an official StackMat, timer and instructional video disc. Age 4 and older.

• T.M.X. Elmo (Mattel’s Fisher-Price, $39.99). In this new version, timed with the 10th anniversary of Tickle Me Elmo, Elmo’s squeaky laugh and body movements grow more pronounced with three successive tickles. Age 18 months and older.

• WII (Nintendo, $250). This game console (pronounced “We”) uses a unique TV-style remote controller that can be waved like a tennis racket to manipulate action on the screen. Age 6 and older.

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