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Popular Toys for 2012

Hot New Toys for Kids of All Ages


Every year there are hot new toys that are released by toy companies throughout the year, and come October start flying off the shelves for the holiday season. Classic games and traditional toys are generally popular and may include train sets, dinosaurs, baby dolls, dollhouses and play kitchens. However, these are my stand-out picks, in no particular order, for some of the most popular toys of the holiday season that include popular gaming devices, technology toys, interactive pets, new fashion dolls, blasters and role-play toys from popular movies and television shows.

1. LeapPad2 - LeapFrog


Last year, the original LeapFrog LeapPad was Toy of the Year, and the LeapPad 2 tablet brings additional features such as front and back cameras, a faster processor, additional educational gaming content and longer battery life. Recommended for kids ages 3-9.

2. Leapster Gs - LeapFrog

Leapster GS

The Leapster Gs brings the same educational content from LeapFrog into a handheld gaming system. However, this new generation has fast action game play, given it’s new and improved built-in motion sensor, camera, video recorder and microphone. This allows kids to put themselves, right into the games they play. Additional content can be purchased in the form of gaming cartridges or online through the LeapFrog App Center.

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3. Doc McStuffins Time for Your Check Up Doll - Just Play

Doc McStuffins Time for Your Check-UP Doll
©Just Play

Based on the popular preschool television show on Disney Junior, Doc McStuffins dolls and playsets are already flying off the retail shelves. This doll says interactive phrases when the “magic stethoscope” is placed on her friend Lambie. The doll also sings a portion of the popular song from the show, "It's Time For Your Check-up."

4. Avenger Toys

Hulk's Hellicarrier Breakout LEGO

One of the biggest movie hits of 2012 was Marvel’s The Avengers. This list of Avenger's toys includes various role play toys and action playsets that feature the characters Iron Man, Hulk, Captain American and Thor.

5. InnoTab2 - VTech

InnoTab2 from VTech

The InnoTab 2 by VTech is a touch screen tablet for kids ages 3-9, that encourages kids to learn educational concepts through various game apps and cartridges. Upgrades compared to the original Innotab now include a rotatable camera so kids can capture digital images or video of themselves or others, and wifi capabilities with the InnoTab 2s (compare prices) version.

6. Air Hogs Battletracker - Spinmaster

Air Hogs Battle Tracker Spinmaster

Remote controlled cars and helicopters are always very popular at the holiday season for older kids. The Battle Tracker by Air Hogs, includes two controllable devices. Players fly the helicopter around the room, while the BattleTracker tries to shoot at the helicopter with foam darts. Recommended for kids ages 8 and up.

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7. Furby - Hasbro

Hasbro Furby

Several years ago, Furby was the bigggest holiday sensation. This year, Furby has been re-released with additional features kids ages 6 and up will love. The more children talk and interact with Furby, the more it will develop it’s own unique personality. Initially the toy speaks Furbish, but the more the child interacts with it, the more English their Furby will speak.

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8. Barbie Photo Fashion Doll - Mattel

Barbie Photo Fashion Doll

Barbie is not only a classic fashion doll, but this Barbie has a digital camera installed inside that allows kids to personalize Barbie’s clothing while also capturing their favorite memories through digital images. Additional Barbie toys and accessories are also available this year that include a closet, motorized car and pool set.

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9. Skylanders Giants Construction Sets - MegaBloks

MegaBloks Skylanders Giants Arkeyan Copter Attack

For kids who love Skylanders toys and video games, this year, Mega Bloks has released an entire line of Skylander’s construction playsets, like the Arkeyan Copter Attack. This set includes 136 construction pieces and is recommended for boys ages 5 and up.

10. American Girl Doll Caroline Abbott - American Girl

Caroline Abbott American Girl Doll
©American Girl

Girls love baby dolls. However, dolls that are part of the american girl collection are more than just dolls. Aside from their beautiful clothing and detailed accessories, these dolls arrive with a book that tells their unique historical story. Caroline is the newest member of the historical collection. Girls ages 5 and up will love collecting accessories for this gorgeous doll.

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