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The Toy Guy, Chris Byrne's Top Toys for 2012

Bounce Bounce Tigger from Just Play
The new Bounce Bounce Tigger from Just Play brings to life the beloved children's character with dancing, shimmying, and rocking moves. Move the switch on its back to "Play" and press Tigger's foot to activate three different modes of play!


For ages 3 and up: $39.99.
www.justplayproducts.com.

 

 




 

La Dee Da from Spin Master
La Dee Da is a new fashion doll collection centered on 16-year-old Dee and her friends who have started their own fashion label, La Dee Da. Each doll in the collection comes with a fashion, accessories, and an activity booklet with instructions on how to make a different craft.

For ages 5 and up: $19.99
www.timetoplaymag.com.

 

 




 

Monster High High-School & Ghouls Rule from Mattel
Just like regular kids, it's time for the Monster High students to go back to school. The academy where ghouls rule comes to life in an incredibly ingenious new building, the Monster High High-School. This playset features all the locations that any school should have: a school entrance, a "casketball" court, a classroom, a locker hallway, and a creepateria that can be turned into a school dance scene with a DJ booth on the level above.

For ages 6 and up: $94.99
www.shop.mattel.com.

The Monster High Ghouls Rule is $29.99 - The characters from Monster High are starring in their first DVD movie, Monster High Ghouls Rule.

www.shop.mattel.com.


 

Barbie Photo Fashion Doll from Mattel
The Barbie Photo Fashion Doll is a standard 11.75-inch Barbie doll, which is also a great digital camera. Charge up the internal battery with the included USB cable. Switch on the doll and make sure the switch on the doll’s belt is in the up position. Then you’re ready to point and shoot. The camera lens is on Barbie’s back. In typical Barbie style it looks like a gem in her necklace. The screen is on the front of the doll in the T-shirt. The doll will hold more than 200 photos at a time, and you can also add one of 30 different photo effects to your shots before you take them. You can also use the USB cable to connect Barbie to the computer and upload your pictures to add more effects. Photo Fashion Barbie works with both PC and Mac operating systems.)

For ages 6 and up: $49.99.
www.shop.mattel.com.


 

Furby from Hasbro
Furby is the “animatronic friend” that created a sensation in 1998 - and the original sold more than 40 million units when it first came on the scene. Hasbro has brought it back, and while we were a little skeptical at first, we have to say, they did an incredible job. The result is a new version of the toy that uses advanced technology and humor to make the play experience seamless and fun - and the toy more sophisticated and responsive than ever. Furby speaks a language called “Furbish,” and the more you play with it, the more English it learns and speaks. An updated attitude and vocabulary, and the new electronic, animated eyes let Furby be more expressive than ever.

For ages 6 and up: $59.99
www.hasbro.com/shop.


 

Hiccups from PlaSmart
Hiccups is a new brainteaser from PlaSmart, the company behind the challenging Perplexus series of puzzle games. There is a ball inside the spherical Hiccups and eight colorful cups. The object is to pass the ball sequentially from cup to cup without a hiccup, or letting the ball drop.

For ages 6 and up: $14.99
www.plasmarttoys.com.


 

Rockboard Scooters
Propulsion is achieved with each rock, wasting zero energy and allowing the scooter to reach speeds up to 10mph. The patented Rockboard Scooter comes fully assembled and can be folded to a compact size for storage. Can be ridden for hours without ever putting a foot on the ground.

www.rockboard.com.

 

 




 

Micro Chargers from Moose Toys
Micro Chargers is a new line of micro-sized, collectible racecars that feature quick-charge technology for fast-paced racing, jumping, and looping. Micro Chargers take eight seconds to charge and race at scale speeds of up to 600 scale miles per hour. Using the included handheld, battery-operated charger, kids charge the cars then launch them to race.

For ages 6 and up: Price $19.99 - $34.99 (Track Sets)
www.microchargers.com.


 

Nerf N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire from Hasbro
Takes the technology from the N-Strike line to the next level. The N-Strike Elite Hail-Fire boasts a revolving clip carousel and the highest dart capacity of any Nerf N-Strike blaster ever: 144 darts. The darts can travel up to 75 feet. The Hail-Fire’s revolving clip carousel has slots for up to eight clips of any size. Simply press the trigger to fire all the darts from one clip, and then advance to the next loaded clip with just the pull of a handle.

For ages 8 and up: $39.99
www.hasbro.com.


 

Air Storm Z-X Cross Bow from Zing Toys
A new foam arrow shooter that makes it easy and safe for kids to shoot arrows. Current safety regulations prevent manufacturers from creating bowstrings, but Zing Toys has cleverly solved the problem by creating elastic loops and placing hooks on the foam arrows. Kids can send the arrows flying up to 45 feet.

For ages 8 and up: $19.99
www.zingtoys.com/zing-air/z-x-crossbow

 



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