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Despicable Me 2 Minion Collector's Edition Figures (Thinkway Toys), ages 4 and up

The quirky and lovable characters of "Despicable Me 2," Minion Dave (9-inch), Agnes (11-inch) and Gru (14-inch) interactive figures feature moving heads, eyes and mouths. Each character recites at least 30 phrases from the comical movie in their original voices and each responds to sound for back-and-forth conversation. ($69.99 each; toysrus.com)

The Toy Insider 'Hot 20' list of 2013

Thetoyinsider.com rounded up the top 20 toys by age for the 2013 holiday season. Here's a sneak peek.

Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo (Playskool), ages 18
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Sesame Street Big Hugs Elmo (Playskool), ages 18 months and up

When little ones give Elmo a hug, he'll wrap his arms around them to show how much he loves them. The cuddly 22-inch lifelike Elmo has flexible arms and a soft head. He sings songs and bedtime lullabies. ($59.99; walmart.com)

Go! Go! Smart Wheels Construction Playset (VTech), ages
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Go! Go! Smart Wheels Construction Playset (VTech), ages 1 and up

Kids can role-play as construction workers with this play set that includes different vehicles and six SmartPoint locations. The tall, rotating crane has a working claw that sorts, picks up and drops four different shaped pieces. The set includes a cargo loader, conveyor ramp, weight station and a Go! Go! Smart Wheels dump truck. ($34.99; target.com)

Babies will enjoy playing on this interactive Laugh
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Babies will enjoy playing on this interactive Laugh & Learn Crawl Around Car from Fisher-Price with lights and sounds on the dashboard, more than 50 songs, tunes and phrases, learning modes for ABCs (through the radio), numbers, colors and more; ages 1 and older; $39.99 at walmart.com.

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Twilight Turtle Tunes (Cloud b), ages 0 and
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Twilight Turtle Tunes (Cloud b), ages 0 and up

The friendly turtle features Bluetooth technology where you can download a free app to create a lullaby play list for your little ones. It also glows in blue, amber and green and projects the constellations and the colors morph from one to the other every five seconds. ($51.95; cloudb.com)

Despicable Me 2 Minion Collector's Edition Figures (Thinkway
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Despicable Me 2 Minion Collector's Edition Figures (Thinkway Toys), ages 4 and up

The quirky and lovable characters of "Despicable Me 2," Minion Dave (9-inch), Agnes (11-inch) and Gru (14-inch) interactive figures feature moving heads, eyes and mouths. Each character recites at least 30 phrases from the comical movie in their original voices and each responds to sound for back-and-forth conversation. ($69.99 each; toysrus.com)

Disney Planes Pilot Pals Dusty Crophopper Remote Control
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Disney Planes Pilot Pals Dusty Crophopper Remote Control Plane (Mattel), ages 3 and up

Push the button on the remote control to set the plane's propeller spinning and move it forward, then use the two controllers -- one for each wing -- to tilt the wings and control its movement. ($39.99; mattel.com)

Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends
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Sofia the First Talking Sofia and Animal Friends (Mattel), ages 3 and up

Dressed in her signature princess gown, the 10.5-inch doll can talk to Clover the Rabbit, Robin the Robin and Mia the Bluebird. When kids bring each animal close to Sofia’s amulet, it glows and Sofia can recognize and talk to each friend and get unique responses in return. ($39.99; target.com)

The Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center (Just
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The Doc McStuffins Get Better Checkup Center (Just Play), ages 3 and up

Help Doc give healthy checkups using healing toys, the electronic Big Book of Boo Boos, slide-in play X-rays to activate lights, a portable scale, bandages and more. Lambie is included. ($79.99; target.com)

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LeapPad Ultra (LeapFrog), ages 4-9 A kid-friendly version
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LeapPad Ultra (LeapFrog), ages 4-9

A kid-friendly version of your smartphone, this tablet includes popular apps as well as educational games and e-books. It can be connected to WiFi and includes a front and back camera. ($149.99; Amazon.com)

HEXBUG Nano V2 Gravity Defying Robotic Creatures (Innovation
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HEXBUG Nano V2 Gravity Defying Robotic Creatures (Innovation First), ages 3 and up

A new breed of gravity defying nano that can climb up, vertically, to the top of any nano V2 habitat set. Collectible and connectable Habitat Sets include a starter set, tower loop, barrel roll, crow’s nest and black hole. The Nano V2’s head spikes give this species the ability to climb up, through and around tubes of track. ($7.99-$49.99; toysrus.com)

Battroborg (Tomy), ages 7 and up Battroborg is
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Battroborg (Tomy), ages 7 and up

Battroborg is the first battling micro robot brand that takes players center ring, with two-handed motion-controlled nunchuks (similar to Wii controllers) that let opponents dictate the robot’s every move with their jabs. ($79.99 for two Battroborgs plus the 3-in-1 Battle Arena; toysrus.com)

Blingles Bling Studio (Moose Toys), ages 6 and
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Blingles Bling Studio (Moose Toys), ages 6 and up

This all-in-one station features more than 300 gems, a gem pen, transfer slides and a glue roll. You can make your own designs or use the pre-set patterns to decorate and personalize up to 10 designs. Each jeweled sticker you make can adhere to any smooth hard surface. ($19.99; toysrus.com)

Disney Infinity (Disney Interactive), ages 10 and up
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Disney Infinity (Disney Interactive), ages 10 and up

Features characters from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ movies. As in Skylanders, real-world toy characters are placed on a device Disney calls the “Infinity Base” to activate their appearance on the “Play Sets” on the screen. As players advance, they collect characters, vehicles, gadgets and more that they can save in a virtual “Toy Box” and take out to create more adventures and add to their screen play. Compatible with Nintendo, Wii, Wii-U, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PCs. ($74.99; bestbuy.com)

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Flutterbye Fairies (Spin Master), ages 6 and up
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Flutterbye Fairies (Spin Master), ages 6 and up
AVAILABLE August

These fairies can fly; girls control them with the palms of their hands. (Suggested retail price: $34.99 includes fairy and base)

Mega Bloks Barbie Build 'n Play Super Star
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Mega Bloks Barbie Build 'n Play Super Star Stage (MEGA BLOKS), ages 5 and up

This play set includes about 290 pieces, including sparkling blocks, microphones, guitars, a DJ booth, keyboard and an elevator with a spinning feature. It also comes with three songs and the two-story Super Star Stage has real lights that flash to the beat of the music. ($59.99; target.com)

Skylanders SWAP Force (Activision), ages 6 and up
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Skylanders SWAP Force (Activision), ages 6 and up
The newest game in the Skylanders franchise lets players reconfigure the 16 new action figures into more than 250 characters by “swapping” the top and bottom halves of their bodies. Mixing and matching changes characters’ powers and moves to give players more choices. Abilities include flying, climbing, digging, bouncing and teleporting. ($99.99; toysrus.com)

Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt (Spin Master),
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Air Hogs Elite Helix X4 Stunt (Spin Master), ages 12 and up

A high-performance R/C quad-copter that utilizes 2.4GHz radio control, gyro stabilization and 4-ducted fans, the Helix X4 has two control modes: beginners can easily learn to fly, while advanced pilots can work to master flight. ($89.99; target.com)

Draw Something Party Game (Hasbro), ages 8 and
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Draw Something Party Game (Hasbro), ages 8 and up

Players draw on the double-sided, glowing screen with their finger or included stylus. They choose one of three words, ranging from easy to difficult, and work as teams to draw clues and shout out guesses to earn coins. The game includes one pencil-shaped Draw Something Party drawing tablet, 180 cards and one stylus ($24.99; target.com)

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Kurio Touch 4S Tablet (Techno Source), ages 3
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Kurio Touch 4S Tablet (Techno Source), ages 3 and up

It's sleek, stylish and pocket-sized. Kids can record videos, take photos, listen to music, message friends, play with apps and games and safely surf the Web. Available in black and white; preloaded with more than 30 free games and apps. ($99.99; target.com)

CHIMA Cragger's Command Ship (LEGO), ages 8 and
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CHIMA Cragger's Command Ship (LEGO), ages 8 and up

Kids can build the captain’s command ship and compete for the power of CHI. The command ship features secret boats and compartments as well as articulated tail and claws and opening croc mouth. Accessories include a mini-helicopter, flick missiles and six minifigures.The ship floats on water for outdoor or bathtub play. ($79.99; amazon.com)

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