10. 03. 2007
Hot new toys for this holiday season - Hint: tech wins
The all-important annual hot holiday toy list from trade magazine Toy Wishes was released to breathless retailers and eager parents, but the fascinating factor for us was that it confirmed how tech-savvy children have become: seven out of the 12 toys featured to be this year's most popular are hooked to either a computer or TV screen. In fact, the most popular toys are high-tech updates of such classics as Barbie, Nerf, and Rubik's Cube, as well as a giant magnifying eyeball (pictured above) and a singing Hannah Montana doll.
"Today, kids have iPods and cell phones," said Jim Silver, editor-in-chief of Toy Wishes, which based its list on the publication's review of thousands of toys and interviews with retailers. "We live in a different world of how children play."
Here's the list in alphabetical order, no favorites. The manufacturers' suggested retail price is included.
American Idol Talent Challenge (Tech2Go, $49.99). Ages 8 and up.
Aqua Dots Super Studio (Spin Master Ltd., $24.99). Ages 4 and up.
Barbie Girls (Mattel Inc., device, $59.99; accessories pack, $9.99). Ages 6 and up.
Jakks EyeClops Bionic Eye (JAKKS-Pacific Inc., $49.99). Ages 6 and up.
Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock (RedOctane Inc., $99.99) Rated: Teens.
Hannah Montana Singing Dolls and Pop Star Stage (Play Along Toys, a division of JAKKS Pacific Inc., doll, $19.99; Pop Star Stage, $59.99). Ages 6 and up.
Hasbro Nerf N-Strike Disk Shot (Hasbro Inc., $49.99). Ages 8 and up.
Rubik's Revolution(Techno Source, $19.99). Ages 5 and up.
Smart Cycle (Mattel Inc.'s Fisher-Price, unit, $89.99, additional programs, $19.99). Ages 3 to 6.
Spotz (Zizzle LLC, $29.99) Ages 6 and up.
Swypeout Battle Racing (Spin Master Ltd., $19.99) Ages 8 and up.
Transformers Arm Blasters & Transformers Movie Ultimate Bumblebee (Hasbro, Bumble Bee $89.99, blasters, $29.99). Ages 5 and up.