Holiday and Christmas shopping season is approaching, and anyone with a bright-eyed little boy or girl on their list needs to act quickly before all the top toys go out of stock.
Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster
Pick from five different realistic-looking hamsters fully outfitted with interactive artificial intelligence features. Each hamster has over 40 sound effects and is fully mobile. Additional hamster funhouse accessories can be purchased separately – a special sensor tells the hamster what room of the playhouse it’s in so it can perform the right noises and actions. Kids get a cute pet to love and play with, and parents can avoid all the cleanup and feedings associated with a real hamster. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
ChixOs Design-A-Luxury Loft
This funky loft dollhouse comes with three trendy mix-and-match dolls. Girls can combine ChixOs shoes, pants, tops, and hairstyles to create any three of the 243 possible combinations. Spray with special glitter to solidify the dolls and they’re ready to party. The 4-room loft comes with 11 pieces of furniture and 300 pixOs (colored beads that can be arranged into any shape and sprayed with the glitter) to make furniture, accessories, or whatever else the ChixOs require. Recommended for ages 4 and up.
Moxie Girlz Jammaz Dolls
Newer than Barbies and more kid-friendly than Bratz, Moxie Girlz are all about girl power. Each of the four Jammaz Moxie Girlz shows off her distinct personality with a pair of her favorite pajamas, tiara, sunglasses, microphone, heart-shaped guitar, and rock star wig. Girls can collect all four dolls for mix-and-match slumber parties. Recommended for ages 6 and up.
Bakugan Battle Brawlers New Vestroia Maxus Helios 7-in-1
Bakugan is a 2-player action and strategy game (the new wave of Pokemon cards) that boys go crazy for. The battle brawler action figures tuck into balls and pop out when rolled onto a Gate card. The New Vestroia Maxus Helios comes with 7 Bakugan characters (Helios, Scraper, Klawgor, Foxbat, Fencer, Leefram and Spindle) that can combine to form the ultimate Bakugan fighter. Parents will like the convenience of buying all 7 together, rather than searching for each one separately. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Transformers: Revenge of the Construction Devastator
Straight from the blockbuster movie, these six construction machines combine to make a mega-sized Devastator. Kids can play with them separately or combine them and re-enact their favorite scenes from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. Electronic lights and sounds make for epic battles, and boys who already have a Transformer toy addiction will love to add this to their collection. Recommended for ages 5 and up.
Kids strap on the headset that measures their brainwave activity, and they can experiment with telekinesis. Focusing or relaxing their thoughts propels a small ball up, down, and through an obstacle course using the power of their minds. Five game modes including multiplayer games challenge kids to guide the ball through hoops, tubes, and other obstacles, sometimes against a timer. This could be the newest incarnation of alternative video games – like the Wii, but for the brain. Recommended for ages 8 and up.