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Ready for School Elmo (PlaySkool)

BEST FOR AGES 2 and up
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $29.99
AVAILABLE Fall
Help little ones develop their fine motor skills with everyone's favorite “Sesame Street” character. Explore colors and shapes along with zippers, snaps and fasteners. Elmo also sings the ABCs and a number song.

The hottest toys at 2012 Toy Fair

A dancing Mickey Mouse, a back-to-school Elmo, a talking Justin Beiber doll, unique family board games, plush animals, electronic gadgets and more, one thing's for sure -- the Toy Industry Association's 2012 Toy Fair had it all. Here are some toys your kids may be clamoring for this year.
--Compiled by Jennifer Berger and Beth Whitehouse

Alex Jr. Sort & Count (Alex Toys), ages
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Alex Jr. Sort & Count (Alex Toys), ages 10 months and up

Count, sort and color match six wooden shapes into Max's house. The roof is made of colorful counting beads. ($43.99; amazon.com)

Magic Mirror Laptop (Kidz Delight) BEST FOR AGES
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Magic Mirror Laptop (Kidz Delight)

BEST FOR AGES 1 and up
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $29.99
AVAILABLE: Now
Children can see their reflection while images they have chosen appear in the mirror while they learn and play with ABC's, 123's, colors, shapes, animal names, music and more. The screen folds making it easy for on-the-go.

Servin' Surprises Cook 'n Serve Kitchen & Table
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Servin' Surprises Cook 'n Serve Kitchen & Table (Fisher-Price), ages 2 and up

Place any Servin' Surprises food item on the serving tray and it recognizes that specific food and responds with related sound effects and songs. The table features a built-in stovetop with burner and grill and open-and-close oven that lights up with sounds. The set includes a four-slice pizza with customizable toppings and a pizza cutter, plus four cookies on a cookie tray. It also includes two place-settings with forks, spoons, cups and plates. ($79.99; toysrus.com)

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Roll & Play (Thinkfun), ages 18 months and
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Roll & Play (Thinkfun), ages 18 months and up

Made especially for toddlers, this fun, interactive game will get the whole family involved. Simply toss the big plush cube then choose the matching color card and perform the simple activity shown. Some examples are “Make a happy face,” or “Moo like a cow” or “Where is your belly button?" ($19.99; thinkfun.com)

Ready for School Elmo (PlaySkool) BEST FOR AGES
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Ready for School Elmo (PlaySkool)

BEST FOR AGES 2 and up
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $29.99
AVAILABLE Fall
Help little ones develop their fine motor skills with everyone's favorite “Sesame Street” character. Explore colors and shapes along with zippers, snaps and fasteners. Elmo also sings the ABCs and a number song.

Peppa Pig Peek 'n Surprise Playhouse (Fisher-Price) ($34.99;
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Peppa Pig Peek 'n Surprise Playhouse (Fisher-Price)
($34.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and older

Play out Peppa's everyday adventures as the Playhouse opens up to reveal four floors of play space including a bedroom, living room, kitchen and bathroom. The set comes with more than 15 play pieces such as a washing machine that flips open to reveal clean clothes and a fridge that features food, along with Peppa and George figures.

Laugh & Learn Puppy's Playhouse (Fisher-Price) ($19.99;
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Laugh & Learn Puppy's Playhouse (Fisher-Price)
($19.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 months and up

This adorable set includes a soft, plush puppy and his playhouse full of activities, nine sing-along songs and more. Babies can place the puppy inside his house or simply cuddle with him. There are three modes of play so your baby can learn letters, numbers, colors, opposites, greetings, manners, weather and more. The house is also interactive — press the doorbell to hear the ABC's and press the dog bone, which lights up and activates content about numbers and greetings and plays a song about the puppy.

Skylanders Giants (Activision) BEST FOR AGES To be
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Skylanders Giants (Activision)

BEST FOR AGES To be determined
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE To be determined
AVAILABLE Fall
The follow up to popular videogame Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure, with new games, and new, bigger characters. When playing the Skylanders games, users put real toy characters onto a portal to beam them into the computer game. While characters from Spyro’s Adventure were 7 inches tall, the new game will have 14 inch characters. ( Feb. 2012)

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Tobbles Neo (Fat Brain Toys) BEST FOR AGES
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Tobbles Neo (Fat Brain Toys)

BEST FOR AGES 6 months and up
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $26.99
AVAILABLE May
A new take on the favorite stacking toy, kids can build, tilt, wobble and topple the Tobbles Neo. Six weighted pieces balance, nest and spin together.

La Dee Da (Spin Master) BEST FOR AGES
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La Dee Da (Spin Master)

BEST FOR AGES 6 and older
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $19.99 each
AVAILABLE August
La Dee Da line of dolls includes Dee and her three BFFs; the Dee doll is the teenage creator of a fictional outrageous, bold fashion label. Accessories include hair extensions and Dee’s dog, Le Bun.

Meep! (Oregon Scientific) Ages 6 and up The
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Meep! (Oregon Scientific) Ages 6 and up

The new Meep! kids’ tablet runs on the Android operating system and offers music, movies, e-books, and apps on a 7-inch color touch screen. Featuring rubber silicon sleeve for added protection. ($129; meeptablet.com)

Tickety-Tock Clock (Manhatten Toy) BEST FOR AGES 3
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Tickety-Tock Clock (Manhatten Toy)

BEST FOR AGES 3 and up
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $30
AVAILABLE Now
Preschoolers can learn to tell time with this wooden clock that features adjustable clock hands that click when moved. Kids can rotate the center image to indicate day or night, or practice their numbers and words by writing their favorite times of day on the chalk board. The set includes five pieces of multi-colored chalk.

Pajanimals (TOMY) BEST FOR AGES 2 to 6
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Pajanimals (TOMY)

BEST FOR AGES 2 to 6
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $10 and $20
AVAILABLE October
Squacky, Cow Bella, Apollo and Sweetpea Sue are plush characters from the Pajanimals PBS-TV show. They come either 9-inches or 15-inches tall. Line will also include a story book nap mat.

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Suspend! (Melissa & Doug), ages 8 and up
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Suspend! (Melissa & Doug), ages 8 and up

Suspend comes with 24 notched, rubber-tipped wire pieces to hang from a tabletop stand. Each time a bar is added, the balance shifts and the difficulty changes. Can you add all your game pieces without making it fall? For one to four players. ($16.99; melissaanddoug.com)

Sit to Stand Music Skool (PlaySkool), ages 6
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Sit to Stand Music Skool (PlaySkool), ages 6 months and up

This interactive table features more than 50 musical activities, including songs like the ABCs with three ways to play. In the music mode, little ones can create songs with the built-in instruments, lights and sounds. In the learning mode helps teach kids simple concepts through music including shapes, colors, numbers, letters and opposites in either English or Spanish. ($49.99; toysrus.com)

Master Moves Mickey (Fisher-Price and Disney) ($69.99; toysrus.com)
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Master Moves Mickey (Fisher-Price and Disney)
($69.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 2 and up

Mickey Mouse is dressed in his freshest dance gear and ready to get down with a whole new set of 15 break-dancing moves. With a signature handstand, Mickey moves and grooves with 8 original songs, interactive dances and plenty of awesome humor to get the whole family up and dancing.

Justin Bieber Talking Dolls (The Bridge Direct) ($14.99;
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Justin Bieber Talking Dolls (The Bridge Direct)
($14.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 4 and up

Justin is still hot; this is the third year that The Bridge Direct is offering a Bieber toy. This time, the doll says 10 phrases in Bieber’s voice, such as “I love my fans.” The doll also sports Bieber’s new, shorter haircut. Comes in three versions.

My Little Bakery (Manhattan Toy), ages 18 months
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My Little Bakery (Manhattan Toy), ages 18 months and up

This realistic-looking baking set includes an oven with an easy-to-carry handle and an oven door with Velcro-like closures, a baking sheet, spatula, oven mitt and six cookies. All pieces can be stored in the oven. ($27; walmart.com)

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Custard 'n Jelly BEST FOR AGES 3 to
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Custard 'n Jelly

BEST FOR AGES 3 to 11
SUGGESTED RETAIL VALUE $14.99/ea. AVAILABLE Now
This line of seven ethnically diverse plush guardian angel buddies feature round, happy faces and iridescent wings which you can hook to your backpacks or belt loop. The angels are apart of GARD, Guardian Angel Rainbow Division and they each have a talent, special skill and have earned their wings by teaching an emotional strength. As part of the purchase price a donation is made to one of three children's charities that the child gets to choose online.

TheO (Physical Apps) ($25;physicalapps.com) Download the bowling app,
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TheO (Physical Apps)
($25;physicalapps.com)
Download the bowling app, put your smartphone into the niche in the ball, “virtually” aim, and roll it along the floor. Your action will knock over pins on the smartphone screen; pick up the ball and see what you got. It automatically keeps score. Also available is a Hot Potato app.

Chameleon Crunch Game (Mattel) BEST FOR AGES 4
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Chameleon Crunch Game (Mattel)

BEST FOR AGES 4 and up
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $19.99
AVAILABLE June
Kids learn about colors and insects from the hungry lizard who walks, talks and eats. The first player to feed all their "bugs" to Chameleon Crunch wins -- just be careful as sometimes the bugs escape and you've got to feed him all over again.

My First Crayola Bath Canvas and Crayons (Crayola)
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My First Crayola Bath Canvas and Crayons (Crayola)
($9.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 1 and up

Character bath crayons can be grasped in toddlers' palms so they can draw on canvas that adheres to the tub wall and then rinses clean to be used again. Includes a dual-sided bath canvas, two animal-shaped bath crayons and two refill bath crayons that can be inserted into the holder when the original ones wear down.

PLAY-DOH Candy Cyclone Playset (Hasbro) ($19.99; toysrus.com) BEST
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PLAY-DOH Candy Cyclone Playset (Hasbro)
($19.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and up

This machine mixes PLAY-DOH compound and cranks out molded “gumballs.“ Kids can pop the “gumballs” into the EZ Load Extruder tool to create fun-shaped PLAY-DOH treats. The set includes four, two-ounce cans of PLAY-DOH compounds, enough to make 50 “gumballs.“

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Arthur's Little TV (Kidz Delight) BEST FOR AGES
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Arthur's Little TV (Kidz Delight)

BEST FOR AGES 2 and up
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $29.99
AVAILABLE Fall
Learn about colors, quantities and more with Arthur's TV. Simply insert one of the nine cards into the TV and answer the questions by choosing the corresponding character key on the remote control. Play different tunes using the infra-red remote.

Laugh & Learn My Pretty Learning Purse (Fisher-Price)
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Laugh & Learn My Pretty Learning Purse (Fisher-Price)

BEST FOR AGES 6 to 36 months
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $17.99
AVAILABLE Now
This soft, stylish purse includes a rattle phone, compact mirror, bracelet, credit card and keys. The purse straps are sized just right so baby can slip the purse on her arm or shoulder. There are three modes of play so kids can learn about ABC's, colors, numbers, manners, opposites, greetings and more. Plus, all the play pieces easily fit inside the purse to take on-the-go.

Codee (Techno Source) ($7.99; toysrus.com) BEST FOR Ages
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Codee (Techno Source)
($7.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and older

Follow a provided code to turn a strand of flexible blocks into animals — one is a penguin, another a flamingo. There are six total collectibles. An additional six in the line are surprises; buyers won’t know what they’re putting together until they complete the code.

Come 'N Play Cookie Monster Kitchen Cafe (PlaySkool)
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Come 'N Play Cookie Monster Kitchen Cafe (PlaySkool)
($59.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 18 months and up

Cook along with chef Cookie Monster in this interactive kitchen, which features a window that slides open where Elmo and Abby Cadabby join in on the cooking fun. Kids can "feed" Elmo and Abby Cadabby their food, which will disappear and then magically reappear in the oven. Slide the burner on to hear fun sizzling and cooking sounds. The set includes six "food" pieces, spatula, frying pan and an alphabet menu.

Winx Club (Jakks Pacific) ($7.99 to $39.99; toysrus.com)
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Winx Club (Jakks Pacific)
($7.99 to $39.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and up

Fashion doll line based on the six girls in the “Winx Club” cartoon on Nickolodeon. The girls attend Alfea College, a fairy school, and whenever trouble arises, they don their wings and come to the rescue.

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Musical Stack & Ball Game Elephant (Tiny Love)
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Musical Stack & Ball Game Elephant (Tiny Love)
($29.99; tinylove.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 months and up

This fun game helps kids develop many skills such as stacking, sorting, threading, opening and closing. Two game levels, and lights and music will keep kids busy for hours.

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game (Educational
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The 7 Habits of Happy Kids Game (Educational Insights) Ages 6 and up

A get-to-know-each-other-better board game meant to be played by parents and children together, based on the book of the same name by Sean Covey. It’s a listening and talking game for three to seven players in which everybody wins. ($29.99; amazon.com)

Scribbo (Winning Moves) Ages 10 and up Bingo
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Scribbo (Winning Moves) Ages 10 and up

Bingo using words, for two to four players. Each player has two game grids. Each takes turns calling out a number and a letter that must go in that spot in a race to spell words. ($12.99; amazon.com)

Smithsonian Kids Alphabet Board (Kidz Delight) ($39.99; target.com)
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Smithsonian Kids Alphabet Board (Kidz Delight)
($39.99; target.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and up

Enjoy seven fun activities and learn about letter names, sounds, words, spelling and more. The sun image lights up as a reward if you answer correctly.

FauxCabulary (Out of the Box) Ages 13 and
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FauxCabulary (Out of the Box) Ages 13 and up

A party game for three to seven players, FauxCabulary has players compete to come up with the most creative word for something there’s currently no word to describe. For instance: That sticky substance on movie theater floors. The game’s creator, Matt Nuccio, lives in Merrick. ($29.99; amazon.com)

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Buddy the Skateboarding Dog (Jada Toys, Inc.) BEST
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Buddy the Skateboarding Dog (Jada Toys, Inc.)

BEST FOR AGES 4 and up
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $49.99
AVAILABLE April
This is one cool bulldog. Kids can scoot Buddy forward, right, left and reverse as he actually rides a skateboard.

HoodiePets (HoodiePet) BEST FOR AGES Toddler to tweens
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HoodiePets (HoodiePet)

BEST FOR AGES Toddler to tweens
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $29.99 for hoodie and one plush; $7 each additional plush
AVAILABLE Now
A hoodie with a slot for interchangeable plush animals. They range in sizes from 1 to 2 for toddlers and 3 to 10 for kids and tweens. Available online at hoodiepet.com. (Feb. 2012)

Scene It? Star Wars (Screenlife) ($29.99; screenlifegames.com) BEST
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Scene It? Star Wars (Screenlife)
($29.99; screenlifegames.com)
BEST FOR Ages 13 and up

Watch scenes from all six Star Wars movies and compete to answer questions about them.

Bounce Bounce Tigger (Just Play) ($39.99; toysrus.com) BEST
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Bounce Bounce Tigger (Just Play)
($39.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and up

Dancing, shimmying, rocking version of the iconic Winnie the Pooh character. Plays his signature theme song to the tune of the hip hop hit “Jump, Jump.”

blankZ (Always Been Creative) BEST FOR AGES 5
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blankZ (Always Been Creative)

BEST FOR AGES 5 to 12
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $13.99
AVAILABLE Now
These wash and dry animals let kids decorate with included markers, then wash the toy and start again. Bear, elephant, dog, seal, rabbit, pig or bull. The toy was created by Port Washington resident Glenn Rudin; available at theblankz.com. ( Feb. 2012)

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Where’s Waldo Pocket Packs (Techno Source) BEST FOR
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Where’s Waldo Pocket Packs (Techno Source)

BEST FOR AGES 6 and older
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $2.99 each
AVAILABLE Fall
This year is the 25th anniversary of Where’s Waldo? These mini take-along packs feature a classic Where’s Waldo? scene split into nine cards, each with a search list on the back. Find all the hidden items on each card and then put the cards together to reveal the full picture and hunt for bonus items. Available in four collectible packs.

Creative Cakes (Lego) ($24.99; toysrus.com) BEST FOR Ages
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Creative Cakes (Lego)
($24.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 2 and older

Make cupcakes out of LEGO bricks; 55 colorful shaped DUPLO bricks, including muffin tops, meringues and candles. The storage box lid doubles as a serving tray. Includes building recipes.

Lyla Tov Monsters (Erin Black) BEST FOR AGES
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Lyla Tov Monsters (Erin Black)

BEST FOR AGES 2 to 8
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $39.99
AVAILABLE Now
Lyla Tov means Good Night in Hebrew; the monsters were conceived by Erin Black’s daughter, Lyla, when she was 3 and wanted to give her dad a monster as a holiday gift. With a Lyla Tov monster, kids will feel safe at night. The Black family is from Astoria, Queens, and this is their first foray into Toy Fair.

Brobo (Keji Inc.) BEST FOR AGES 2 to
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Brobo (Keji Inc.)

BEST FOR AGES 2 to 6
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $24.99
AVAILABLE Now
Five plush robot friends from the future: Brobo, Trex, Dog, Mumu and Pep. Touch their hand or paw to the light on their tummy and it lights up for five minutes, great for allowing young ones to self-soothe when they get nervous at nighttime.

Elephant Ball Pit (PlayWow) ($24.99; amazon.com) BEST FOR
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Elephant Ball Pit (PlayWow)
($24.99; amazon.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and up

Edgar Elephant ball pit is a soft place for children to play either indoors or outside. Ball pit includes 20 soft, colorful play balls and two inflatable rings that can be tossed onto the elephant's trunk. Up to two children can play at a time. Easy to inflate and take with you on your travels.

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Game of Life zAPPed (Hasbro) Ages 8 and
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Game of Life zAPPed (Hasbro) Ages 8 and up

The traditional board game of Life is enhanced by an iPad app; the iPad becomes the spinner and shows related videos. ($24.99; amazon.com)

Sidekix (Sidekix) BEST FOR AGES 6 to 12
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Sidekix (Sidekix)

BEST FOR AGES 6 to 12
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $9.99 each
AVAILABLE Now
A small stuffed animal that flds into a round carry case that you can attach to a backpack or belt. Five animals in all — zebra, dog, panda, dragon or chick. Can also be played with as a ball.

SeatPets (SeatPets) BEST FOR AGES 4 to 8
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SeatPets (SeatPets)

BEST FOR AGES 4 to 8
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $19.95
AVAILABLE May
A plush pet that attaches to a car’s shoulder seat belt. (Should not be used with carseat harnesses.)

Monsuno (Jakks Pacific) ($7.99 to $27.99; toysrus.com) BEST
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Monsuno (Jakks Pacific)
($7.99 to $27.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and up

Action figures, collectibles, accessories and more based on the animated 30-minute cartoon Monsuno set to premiere this winter on Nicktoons. In the cartoon, a group of boys battles power-hungry villians determined to cause global destruction.

Pony Royale Princess Pony Collection (Razor USA) ($14.99;
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Pony Royale Princess Pony Collection (Razor USA)
($14.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and older

The 12 collectible ponies have “Change-It-Up Hair,” giving the ability to style manes and tails. Each pony comes with an extra mane and tail, a hair brush and one set of Mix-It-Up Fashions, including a Saddlette, saddle blanket, crown and skirt. Pony Royale is a departure for Razor, known for its scooters. It’s meant for a girl older than those in the "My Little Pony” age group.

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Jumbo Bananagrams (Bananagrams) BEST FOR AGES 5 and
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Jumbo Bananagrams (Bananagrams)

BEST FOR AGES 5 and older
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE Approximately $40
AVAILABLE Summer
Bananagrams, tiles that usually come in a banana-shaped sack, are going jumbo for play on a floor, yard, or beach. Each tile will be 3 inches square and packaged in a giant yellow banana-shaped tote bag. The company will also produce a jumbo version of Zip-It.

iBounce (JumpSport) ($129.99; amazon.com) BEST FOR Ages 2
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iBounce (JumpSport)
($129.99; amazon.com)
BEST FOR Ages 2 to 5 (up to 80 pounds)

A trampoline that also has a mount for an iPad so kids can exercise at the same time they are watching their iPad videos. Comes with a 12-minute exercise video cartoon “Hop-Along with RompyRoo — Where is Mr. Fuzzy?”

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