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Hot Holiday Toys

November 16, 2008 4:46:12 PM PST
Over the past 25 years, Christopher Byrne has spent some part of every day playing with new toys. He calls himself "The Toy Guy." During an interview on ABC 7 News Sunday morning, he shared some of his toy picks for the up-coming holiday season.BARBIE & THE DIAMOND CASTLE These beautiful dolls are inspired by the latest Barbie movie, to let girls bring the story to life and create their own magical adventures. In addition to their beautiful clothes--which transform from simple skirts into lavish ball gowns with the twist of a button--the dolls also feature light up necklaces and sing songs from the movie. When the two dolls hold hands, they sing a duet. MATTEL, $24.99, 3+

CLICKABLES FAIRY COLLECTIONS This is one of most innovative toys we've seen in years--and an extraordinary use of technology that takes the rich virtual world and continues the play in rich and engaging ways for kids offline. Become immersed in the world of Disney Fairies with Clickables. Visit PixieHollow.com to create a fairy and play online using the Clickables. This starter set includes a jewelry box, charm necklace, and three exclusive Disney Fairies charms powered with Clickables technology. Touch the charm to the center of the jewelry box and it comes alive with lights and music. Each charm then unlocks a unique virtual fairy gift, which will be revealed in the Disney Fairies Pixie Hollow virtual world via a USB connection. Best of all, kids can share their worlds with their friends by simply touching their Clickables together. Everything has been designed to insure a safe, secure online experience for girls. TECHNO SOURCE, $29.99, 7+

CRANIUM FAMILY EDITION Celebrate 10 years of giving everyone a chance to shine with this twist on the original version of Cranium. This family edition offers 16 collaborative, hysterical activities for players of younger ages. Team up to figure out the planets closest to the sun. Use a teammate's hand to draw jellyfish. Stand on one foot while balancing something with the other. This game is designed for four or more Craniacs. HASBRO GAMES, $19.99,8+

CRAYOLA COLOR SURGE Just in time to blast away kids' winter blues when they're counting down to spring, Crayola Color Surge lets kids create extraordinary art on colored paper that's brighter than you ever thought possible. Unlike regular markers that look a bit ho-hum on colored paper, when the supercharged Color Surge markers meet the ultra-bright Color Surge paper, the color is so intense you just might need a pair of shades! Color Surge comes in four different varieties: Color Surge Classic Tips Set, Color Surge Deluxe Tips Set, Color Surge Crazy Tips Set and Color Surge Mega Pack. Each set features colors like "shocking blue," "laser green" and "lightning white, "a "brilliant" breakthrough in marker colors, and double-sided Color Surge paper to amp up kids creativity! CRAYOLA, $7.99-$9.99, 5+

HELMET HEROES Preschoolers to the rescue! Slip on the realistic-looking helmet, which features lights and sounds and use the attached microphone for the ultimate in realism. Playskool's Helmet Heroes Policeman set comes with a handheld motorcycle "driving" device to simulate going on patrol. The Helmet Heroes Racecar Driver set features a "steering wheel" to win the big race. Three AAA batteries are included in the helmet. Two AA batteries are needed for the steering device. Each set is sold separately. HASBRO, $29.99, 3+

MAGNEXT 360° CASE A slick and cool building platform with endless configurations and building possibilities, the 360° Case comes with 100 MagNext pieces and allows kids to set the case at any angle they desire, setting up two building bases. Build on top, on the side and even underneath the case, and because of its stable and compact size, you may build virtually anywhere, even in a moving car. The case also provides convenient storage for your pieces. MEGA BRANDS, $59.99, 6+

SPIKE THE ULTRA DINOSAUR Spike the Ultra Dinosaur brings prehistoric adventures right into the living room! This life-like, remote controlled Dinosaur is the "ultimate" must-have dinosaur for kids. It comes to life as it walks forward, turns left or right, opens its mouth, blinks its eyes, stands up on its hind legs and even throws a boulder. FISHER-PRICE, $129.99, 3-8 years old

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