The Toy Guy, Chris Byrne from "Toy Wishes Magazine," shares his top holiday gift picks. CLICKSTART MY FIRST COMPUTER
Introduce little ones to the world of computers with this age-appropriate device. The computer features a series of engaging games to help little ones build basic preschool computing skills. The computer includes a cartridge console that plugs into the TV, a working desktop, and child-designed controls.
LEAPFROG, $59.99, 3-6 HIGH SCHOOL MUSICAL SING-ALONG MIC
Sing-along with Troy, Gabriella, and their friends from East High with this new microphone. Kids will feel like one of the gang as they sing to hit High School Musical tunes including "Start of Something New" and "Breaking Free."
ZIZZLE, $19.99, 4+ HOT WHEELS FLIP 'N GO SPIN CITY PLAYSET
With only one-step assembly required, this playset is perfect for travel. Kids drive their Hot Wheels into Spin City and tune up at a variety of service stations, including the tire shop, gas station, car wash, food drive-thru, and more. MATTEL, $42.99, 5+ POLLY WHEELS RACE TO THE MALL PLAYSET
Polly and Lila can literally race to the mall with this fun Polly Pockets playset. Just put the girls in two cars at the gate, push down the keys, and watch as the cars pick up speed through the loop and go up the automatic escalator. The first one to reach the boutique captures a shopping bag and wins.
MATTEL, $34.99, 4+ PUPPY GROWS AND KNOWS YOUR NAME
This amazing toys starts as an adorable puppy, but grows to a full-size dog in a week. As it grows, the dog learns to speak and recite a child's name.
FISHER-PRICE, $49.99, 3+ RUBIK'S REVOLUTION
The original Rubik's Cube puzzled the world. Now, one of the first puzzles since to earn the endorsement of Professor Erno Rubik, brings new challenges to a new generation. Six addictive electronic games will keep you and your family busy. It gets tough, but it's not impossible, as each level you complete unlocks a new one. It's fast-paced, grab-and-go fun for everyone.
TECHNO SOURCE, $19.99, 5+ SHINING STARS HOLIDAY COLLECTION
These plush animals are dressed for the holiday season and come with the ultimate accessory ? a star. Each plush comes with a chance for kids to register and name their own star with the International Star Registry.
RUSS, $15, 4+ SQUAWKERS McCAW
This animatronic parrot from the Furreal Friends line has plenty to say. It repeats words like any parrot, but can be programmed to respond to certain phrases, and even dances to music.
HASBRO, $69.99, 4+
September 15, 2008 11:25:24 AM PDT
By Judy Hsu