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Switch & Go Dinos (VTech) BEST FOR Ages (Credit: Handout)

Switch & Go Dinos (VTech)

BEST FOR Ages 3 to 8
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $15.99 TO $49.99
AVAILABLE Fall
This is a two-in-one play toy that transforms from a dinosaur into a vehicle and back. An LCD screen lets kids change the face of the dinosaur or driver. The toy is a departure for VTech, which usually is in a toy store's education area. ( Feb. 2012)

2012 toy trends

The biggest trend in toys for 2012 is the melding of online apps with physical toys, according to several toy experts at the 109th annual American International Toy Fair taking place this week at the Javits Center in Manhattan. Here, a round-up of some of the top trends at Toy Fair.
--Compiled by Beth Whitehouse

Fruit Ninjas (Jazwares) BEST FOR Ages 6 and
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Fruit Ninjas (Jazwares)

BEST FOR Ages 6 and older
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $9.99
AVAILABLE Spring
Each 5-inch plush fruit features splat sound effects, includes a Fruit Ninja bandanna and has a mouth that is slightly sliced. Choices include Green Apple, Strawberry and Pineapple plush. There's even a Bomb. Other Fruit Ninja items include smaller plush and tablet covers. ( Feb. 2012)

AppGear Foam Fighters (WowWee) Ages 8 and up
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AppGear Foam Fighters (WowWee) Ages 8 and up

A line of collectible toys that interacts with free downloadable apps. Six choices include Foam Fighters, ZombieBurbz, Alien Jailbreak and more. Foam Fighters, for instance, comes with two planes the size of paper airplanes that can be flown by themselves or attached to a smartphone device by an arm with a suction cup. The smart device scans the chosen plane into the app's playing field for air battle. ($9.99 for product, app is free; appgear.com)

Appfinity (Spin Master) Ages 8 and up Choices
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Appfinity (Spin Master) Ages 8 and up

Choices include AppFishing, in which the smart device is inserted into the rod for a realistic fishing experience, with a simulated feel of catching a fish. AppDrive is a mini-steering wheel; in the middle of the wheel is a case to hold the smart device to give the feel of driving. ($19.99 for product, app free; spinmaster.com)

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Monsterology NUKO (Nukotoys) ($1.99 per three-card pack; $3.99
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Monsterology NUKO (Nukotoys)
($1.99 per three-card pack; $3.99 for seven-pack; free downloadable app; target.com)
BEST FOR Ages 6 and up

Collectible myth and monster cards can be played with on their own, but also added to an app for gameplay with 3-D figures. Each card has information about its subject, including unicorns, sea serpents and Cyclops based on the Ology book series. Tap the card to the screen of an iPad, iPod Touch or iPhone, and that monster appears in the game.

Bobble Bots Moshi Monsters (Innovation First International) ($5.99-$29.99;
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Bobble Bots Moshi Monsters (Innovation First International)
($5.99-$29.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and older

Based on the online Moshling characters of Monstro City. The bobble-headed mini-robotic pets use the same technology Innovation used for its HEXBUGS to help the Moshlings buzz around their environment. Launch will include 24 battery-operated monsters and a variety of replicas of their online world. Every product includes a code to unlock digital bonuses online.

Angry Birds Building Sets (K'Nex) ($29.99; toysrus.com) BEST
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Angry Birds Building Sets (K'Nex)
($29.99; toysrus.com)
BEST FOR Ages 5 and up

Angry Birds fans will be able to build obstacles from the app and knock them down with these construction toys. Sets will include the most popular Angry Birds characters, launchers and other recognizable elements from the game.

Annoying Orange 'Talking Kitchen Crew Collectibles' Line Expansion
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Annoying Orange 'Talking Kitchen Crew Collectibles' Line Expansion (The Bridge Direct)

BEST FOR Ages 4 and older
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $9.99
AVAILABLE Spring
The novelty line that launched in December will be expanded in the spring and fall, including new characters such as Grapefruit, based on the wildly popular web series about an Orange that heckles other fruits and veggies. Each 2.5-inch figure says classic jokes and puns from the videos and is textured with fruitlike detail. ( Feb. 2012)

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"Time for Your Check Up" Doc Doll with Lambie (Disney and Just Play Toys)

BEST FOR Ages 3 and older
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $34.99
AVAILABLE August
Doc McStuffins is a new series coming this spring on Disney Jr. about a 6-year-old girl who runs a clinic to heal stuffed animals and other toys out of her back yard playhouse. Doll also comes with her lamb sidekick and her magic stethoscope.. ( Feb. 2012)

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Puff the Magic Dragon and Jackie Paper Madame
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Puff the Magic Dragon and Jackie Paper Madame Alexander

BEST FOR Ages All
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $59.99
AVAILABLE Fall
A 16-inch Puff the Magic Dragon and 5-inch Jackie Paper cloth doll set. Puff first appeared in Peter, Paul and Mary's 1962 hit song and later was illustrated in a children's storybook from Sterling Publishers. This year is the song's 50th anniversary. ( Feb. 2012)

Switch & Go Dinos (VTech) BEST FOR Ages
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Switch & Go Dinos (VTech)

BEST FOR Ages 3 to 8
SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $15.99 TO $49.99
AVAILABLE Fall
This is a two-in-one play toy that transforms from a dinosaur into a vehicle and back. An LCD screen lets kids change the face of the dinosaur or driver. The toy is a departure for VTech, which usually is in a toy store's education area. ( Feb. 2012)

Chupacabra: Survive the Night Game (The Haywire Group)
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Chupacabra: Survive the Night Game (The Haywire Group) Ages 8 and up

The game, with glow-in-the-dark features, is based on the frightening creature from Latin American folklore. The name Chupacabra comes from the Spanish, based on the creature's reported habit of sucking goats' blood. ($19.99; amazon.com)

Symphony B B. Toys ($60; target.com) BEST FOR
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Symphony B B. Toys
($60; target.com)
BEST FOR Ages 3 and older

Fifteen songs and 13 instruments -- including clarinet, flute, tuba, cymbals, guitar and even sitar -- allow users to create their own music. Choose as many as six instruments at a time to place into the orchestra pit and hear how the music changes depending on the choice.

Secret Sewer Lair Playset (Playmates Toys) BEST FOR
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Secret Sewer Lair Playset (Playmates Toys)

BEST FOR AGES 4 and older SUGGESTED RETAIL PRICE $99.99
AVAILABLE August
A three-level play set based on Nickelodeon's resurrected but all-new CG-animated Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, set to premiere in fall 2012. The heroes-in-a-half-shell line also includes a variety of action figures for $7.99 an $9.99. ( Feb. 2012)

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