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La Dee Da Dolls (Spin Master)
($19.99; spinmaster.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and up

Meet Dee, an extraordinarily talented teen fashion designer who creates the most amazing outfits with her super-creative BFFs. From scarlet streaks to wild eye makeup, anything goes! This doll allows girls to imagine themselves as stylists and designers, too.

The Toy Insider 'Hot 20' list of 2012

Thetoyinsider.com rounded up the top 20 toys by age for the 2012 holiday season. Here's a sneak peek.

Power Rangers Deluxe MegaZord -- Samurai Gigazord (Bandai),
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Power Rangers Deluxe MegaZord -- Samurai Gigazord (Bandai), ages 4 and up

When the Megazords and Zords come together, they form the powerful Gigazord. Three ways to play! Morph it to Megazord mode, spaceship mode or combine it with all the items in the ZordBuilder collection, which is sold separately. ($29.99; toysrus.com)

Bright Starts Having a Ball 5-in-1 Sports Zone
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Bright Starts Having a Ball 5-in-1 Sports Zone (Kids II), ages 1 and up

This game zone is slam-dunk fun with five sports in one compact toy: baseball, basketball, golf, soccer and hockey. It features 360 degrees of play. Action-packed with lights, sounds and music. ($49.99; toysrus.com)

Air Hogs Battle Tracker (Spin Master) ($99.99; spinmaster.com)
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Air Hogs Battle Tracker (Spin Master)
($99.99; spinmaster.com)
BEST FOR Ages 9 and up

The Air Hogs Battle Tracker brings true physical battle play right into your home. With multiple ways to play, you can engage in an interactive battle between the all-new disc-firing heli and the missile-firing Automated Robot Turret.

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Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza (Fisher-Price), ages 6 months
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Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza (Fisher-Price), ages 6 months and up

Exciting ramp play, lights and move-to-the-beat music encourage baby to move and groove. Great for babies and toddlers at all stages of development, with many ways to play and engage. Comes with eight balls. ($69.99; toysrus.com)

Batman The Dark Knight Rises U-Command Bat-Pod (Thinkway
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Batman The Dark Knight Rises U-Command Bat-Pod (Thinkway Toys)
($59.99; thinkwaytoys.com)
BEST FOR Ages 4 and up

Featuring light-up wheels and sound effects. Front wheel pivots right and left for turning and drifting action. Send commands or a pre-programmed action to the Batmobile using the infrared remote control and it will carry out your commands.

Disney Doc McStuffins Time for Your Check-Up (Just
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Disney Doc McStuffins Time for Your Check-Up (Just Play)
($39.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and older

Doc McStuffins, a new Disney character, has magical check-up tools to make Lambie talk. Check Lambie's heart, ears and temperature. Doc also talks and sings the "Time for Your Check-Up" song.

Kurio 7 (Techno Source) Ages 4 and up
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Kurio 7 (Techno Source) Ages 4 and up

An Android-based, 7-inch multi-touch-screen and Wi-Fi-enabled tablet allows kids to access content they want, while giving parents control over everything from Internet access and play time to app access and purchases. Up to eight user profiles allow for age-appropriate access for each family member. ($149.99; toysrus.com)

La Dee Da Dolls (Spin Master) ($19.99; spinmaster.com)
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La Dee Da Dolls (Spin Master)
($19.99; spinmaster.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and up

Meet Dee, an extraordinarily talented teen fashion designer who creates the most amazing outfits with her super-creative BFFs. From scarlet streaks to wild eye makeup, anything goes! This doll allows girls to imagine themselves as stylists and designers, too.

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LeapPad2 Explorer (LeapFrog) Ages 3 and up This
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LeapPad2 Explorer (LeapFrog) Ages 3 and up

This handheld gaming console delivers fast-paced action and effective learning systems for the ultimate gaming and learning experience for your little one. Kids tilt, turn and shake the console and bring the games to life, or use the touch screen to control the action. The built-in front and back cameras and video recorders let you snap pictures and edit them as you go. Five apps are included to get your little one started, and the library of more than 325 cartridges will keep your child entertained and engaged for hours. ($99.99; toysrus.com)

Lego Friends Heartlake Stables (LEGO), ages 6 and
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Lego Friends Heartlake Stables (LEGO), ages 6 and up

Give girls an exciting new way to engage in LEGO play. Feed the horses, then saddle them up so the riders can practice their trotting and jumps. Groom them to get ready for the horse show. Includes two mini-doll figures and two horses. ($59.99; lego.com)

Lil' Princess 3-Story Enchanted Castle (MEGA Brands), ages
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Lil' Princess 3-Story Enchanted Castle (MEGA Brands), ages 1 and up

Little ones can design and build a beautiful palace that is the perfect place for a magical ball. Princess Ivy and her pony, Chestnut, can twirl and dance the night away on the spinning platform and balcony. ($39.99; megabloks.com)

Monster High High School (Mattel) ($94.99; toysrus.com) BEST
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Monster High High School (Mattel)
($94.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and up

Showcase your favorite student bodies in the Monster High High School. This two-story school features the iconic school entrance through the gargoyle statues, the mad science classroom, creepateria, casketball court and, of course, the ghouls’ creepy cool coffin-shaped lockers.

My Magical Wand Cinderella (Tolly Tots) ($49.99; tollytots.com)
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My Magical Wand Cinderella (Tolly Tots)
($49.99; tollytots.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and up

Wave the magic wand and listen to Cinderella tell her tale, as images from the story magically light up on her skirt. Sing along to “Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo” as you brush her hair and help her into her glittering slippers.

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Rocktivity Sit to Stand Music Skool (Playskool) ($49.99;
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Rocktivity Sit to Stand Music Skool (Playskool)
($49.99; playskool.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 months and up

In music mode, tots can create rockin’ songs with the built-in instruments, lights and sounds. Learning mode teaches simple concepts through music, including shapes, colors, numbers, letters and opposites, in English or Spanish.

Skylanders Giants (Activision) ($59.99; activision.com) BEST FOR Ages
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Skylanders Giants (Activision)
($59.99; activision.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and up

Using the mystical Portal of Power, players once again lead a team of Skylanders in an all-new adventure to save their world. Journey through new areas of Skylands with 16 new characters, encountering new enemies, overcoming obstacles, and finding rewards and treasure.

Words With Friends Luxe (Hasbro) ($39.99; hasbro.com) BEST
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Words With Friends Luxe (Hasbro)
($39.99; hasbro.com)
BEST FOR Ages 13 and up

Based on the popular digital game from Zynga, players take turns placing tiles onto the game board, building upon opponents’ word creations with their own. Features a large, rotating game board and digital features to enhance the game play.

Hexbug Warriors Battle Stadium (Innovation First International) ($29.99;
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Hexbug Warriors Battle Stadium (Innovation First International)
($29.99; hexbug.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and up

The ultimate battleground for all Hexbug Warriors. Comes with two Hexbug Warriors, weapons and armor, plus collectible battle arena pieces. Warriors jostle with opponents until someone loses by running out of health, at which point they deactivate.

Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Wilson's Wild Ride (TOMY) ($49.99;
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Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Wilson's Wild Ride (TOMY)
($49.99; tomy.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and up

Little conductors can build a spiral more than 2 feet tall! Pull the lever to activate sounds and start the rumbling storm. Wilson shoots down the 360 degree spiral to land in the turntable, where he spins some more!

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Wii U (Nintendo) The basic version of the
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Wii U (Nintendo)

The basic version of the Wii U will come with a gamepad, sensor bar, a Gamepad Stylus, a Wii U AC adapter, a Gamepad AC adapter and an HDMI. ($299.99; toysrus.com)

YFliker F1 Scooter (Y-Volution) ($99.99; toysrus.com) BEST FOR
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YFliker F1 Scooter (Y-Volution)
($99.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 5 and older

This scooter provides a completely different riding experience than traditional kick scooters. You simply place one foot on each stand so you can swivel your way down the block. It features a built-in, quick-response hand brake for control and safety, industrial-designed casters for self-propelling fun and a reinforced, lightweight steel frame that is easy for kids to handle and sturdy enough to last for years. Its Twist & Stow folding system is helpful for families on the go.

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