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Hottest Toys For The 2008 Holiday Season

The 2008 holiday season is just around the corner and it’s time to start thinking about them. I usually wait till the last day to do everything. People say that I’m crazy, but it’s not as bad as it sounds if you know what you are going to get. If you are going that late just to search, then you’re in trouble.

I, for one, want to get somebody something they want, but they never know what they want. I am not much better, but it’s easy to put off shopping when you just don’t have the time to wander stores for hours aimlessly, hoping for something to catch your eye.

Yahoo has put together a list of 30 hot toys for kids of all ages, from babies to teens, and none of them are from dollar stores. Take a look at the list and see if any of the products on the list match anything on your child’s wish list.

Not all of them are toys in my opinion. Some of the products on that list are video games and some shouldn’t really be considered “toys”, but it’s a good list. The toy prices range from $6.95 to $399.99, the $399.99 toy is an electric scooter. The rest are more reasonably priced.

The Video Games
There are some good video game gift ideas that will be available for the holidays. For the PS3, the game Little Big Planet was just released after a short delay. I have to get this one. The Spore video game for the computer has been out for a little while with some DRM issues, but the monster creation is fun. The Wii has Wario Land Shake It which is supposed to be like the old style Mario Brothers games. With the success of Megaman 9 going back to the old NES style, we might be seeing more games like that instead of full 3D games that are much shorter.

The XBOX 360 has its own holiday offering with a game called Viva Piñata Trouble in Paradise and for something not game console related, there’s the Smart Cycle Physical Learning Arcade. It’s an exercise cycle that plugs into your television so the child can get exercise, but they also learn stuff.

The Non Toys
Some of the items aren’t really toys to me. There are some book sets, the Harry Potter Hardcover Boxed Set and the 65 Years of Little Golden Books set. They also have some DVD sets of kid stuff, not really toys, like the Fraggle Rock complete first season and Team Baby Entertainment.

The weirdest thing I saw that they consider a toy was something called Air Fork One. It’s an airplane built around a fork that’s really meant for eating, not playing with. They also mention these safety ear buds, the Loud Enough Ear Buds, that lower the volume to prevent hearing loss.

The Likely Popular Toys
Star Wars toys are always popular and the LEGO Star Wars Ultimate Collector’s Millennium Falcon sounds like it will be a hit this year. It comes with 5,000 pieces and is about three feet long and two feet wide. Transformers are another popular toy with the live action movie this past year and there are deluxe Transformers movie figures available for all their favorites. The old generation Transformers were my favorite back in the day.

The Air Hogs Havoc Helicopters are radio-controlled helicopters that fire infrared lasers and the Snap Circuits SC-300 is an electronic circuit board learning tool with several projects to make, great for kids interested in electronics and components.

You can view the entire Yahoo Shopping article here, even if it’s just to find out what the Struwwelpeter is, one of the hottest toys.

Happy Shopping.

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