Top 15 Holiday Toys of 2012
From dolls that look like members of a famous boy band to furry interactive "pets" that speak a "foreign" language, Toys"R"Us has compiled a list of the most in-demand toys of the 2012 holiday shopping season.
Some of last year's bestselling toys are hot again this year. Christmas will just not be the same without Lalaloopsy Silly Hair dolls, LeapPad Explorer tablets and LEGO Ninjago sets.
If money is a concern this year, consider the 1D Collector Doll from Hasbro, which retails at $19.99 each -- the cheapest item on the list. The average price of the toys on the list is $76, but that excludes the Wii U from Nintendo, which will not be available until November 18.
Some items on the list that have yet to hit the shelves may be available for pre-order. Beginning today until October 31, shoppers may also take advantage of the new Hot Toy Reservation program from Toys"R"Us.
Here is the full list of the best new toys of the 2012 holiday season (listed in alphabetical order).
1D Collector Dolls (Hasbro)
One Direction is a British-Irish boy band consisting of Niall Horan, Zayn Malik, Liam Payne, Harry Styles and Louis Tomlinson. The members of the worldwide musical sensation have now been immortalized in these fashion dolls.
Toys "R" Us recommends these to kids ages 8 to 11, but fans of all ages have been going crazy for the entire collection.
Each doll is sold separately at $19.99, so prepare to shell out about a $100, if you want all five. As collector dolls, Zayan, Niall, Harry, Louis and Liam don't sing and dance, so no batteries are required.
Doc McStuffins 'Time For Your Check Up' doll (Just Play)
Doc McStuffins is an animated television series on Disney Channel and Disney Junior. It's about a six-year-old girl, Dottie "Doc" McStuffins, who can "fix" toys, with a little help from her stuffed animal friends. Every time the show ends, Doc gives advice to viewers about staying healthy.
This dolled-up version of Doc comes with a "co-pay" of $39.99. Kids can sing along to the "check up" song and converse with Doc, who can can bring her stuffed friend Lambie (included in the price) to life with the touch of her stethoscope.
Gelarti Designer Studio (Moose Toys)
This is the perfect gift for a child who loves all things crafty -- and enjoys turning walls and windows into instant works of art. Using paint pens and other tools included in the kit, the little one can design and accessorize a bunch of peel-off stickers.