Toy Wishes Magazine's Holiday 2004 Hot Dozen
Toy Wishes Magazine announced on October 5th, the Holiday 2004 Hot Dozen – the toys predicted to be the most in demand and toughest to find once the buying season gets underway.

Over the past five years, the magazine has accurately predicted the best-selling and most popular toys of the year, from the more than 150,000 toys on the market at any given time. While Toy Wishes Magazine features more than 500 new toys, only those predicted to be the most impossible to find because of their popularity receive Hot Dozen status. So, in an attempt to relieve holiday shopping jitters and frantic attempts to find the impossible, this year’s Hot Dozen is as follows (in alphabetical order):

• Balloon Lagoon (Cranium/Ages 5 years & up/$19.95) -  It's all the fun of a day at the carnival!  For fast-paced activities to keep kids (and adults) challenged and amused as they race to collect balloons.  Flip the frogs in the pond, spin the wheels to match the picture, fish for letters in the lake, match the treats as they spill out of the snack shack, and do it all before the musical Merry-Go-Round timer stops.  It's the perfect combination of skill, chance and thinking.
Available at Amazon  | AreYouGame | Barnes & Noble | | eToys | KBtoys | Target

• Barbie as Princess Anneliese and Erika (Mattel/Ages 3 years & up/$19.99) - Barbie is back in the movies this year, starring in two roles in The Princess and the Pauper, a reworking of Mark Twain's famous story. These two stunning dolls feature Barbie in her costumes from the movie, and both come with a special pet.  Each of the dolls sings the original songs from the movie's score; put the dolls together and they will even sing a duet!
Available at Amazon  | | eToys | KBtoys | Wal-Mart

• Bella Dancerella (Spin Master/Ages 3 to 8 years /$29.99) - So many girls dream of being a ballerina - even the youngest ones.  Now those dreams can come true... at least in make-believe.  Bella Dancerella is a complete ballet studio that includes costumes and ballet accessories as well as an easy-to-follow video that will have little girls dancing along in no time.  A great way to encourage activity with a favorite way of playing.
Available at Amazon | Boscov's | Wal-Mart

• Bratz Tokyo-A-Go-Go Dance N' Skate Club (MGA/Ages 3 years & up/$89.99) - You already know those Bratz dolls are hip, trendy, and totally put together!  Now the stylish gang can enter a retro-disco world with this club playset that includes a lit dancefloor, revolving DJ booth, roller rink, lounge, working speakers, executive doll and many funkadelic accessories!
Available at Amazon | Wal-Mart

• Cabbage Patch Kids  (Play Along/Ages 3 years & up/$29.99) - They're back in a big way this year - and better than ever!  The original, one-of-kind adoptable doll is ready to delight a whole new generation of kids.  Both old and new fans will love the great looks, high quality clothes, and of course, the thrill of officially registering their adoptions and their doll's unique name and identity.
Available at Amazon  | Boscov's | eToys | KBtoys | Target  | Wal-Mart

• E-L-M-O (Fisher-Price/Ages 18 months & up/$29.99) - Who would have thought that one of the biggest novelty songs of the disco era would have become a classic preschool hit?  It has, and now everyone's favorite Muppet gets into the act singing and playing aloud as he goes through the motions of spelling out the letters in his name.
Available at Amazon | ShopPBS | Target

• Interactv (Fisher-Price/Ages 3 years & up/$39.99) - Watching TV has become more interactive and more educational.  Kids watch DVDs of their favorite characters (like Barney or Dora the Explorer) and use the electronic tablet to answer the questions and play along.  Easy for parents to set up and super easy for kids to operate, this brings TV to life in a new and wholesome way.
Available at Amazon | Boscov's | | eToys | KBtoys | Target | Wal-Mart

• MS. Pac-Man TV Games (JAKKS Pacific/Ages 5 years & up/$20.00) - You don't need a console to bring home videogame excitement.  Simply plug it into the TV and you are ready to play five classic Namco games including Ms. Pac-Man, Galaga, Pole Position, Xevious and Mappy, all designed to give you hours of fun - at extraordinary value.
Available at Amazon  | AreYouGame | GameStop | Wal-Mart

• Nitro Battlerz (Radica/Ages 8 years & up/$39.99) - Ultimate competition and ultimate thrills!  These customizable RC cars are built for power and built to compete. Create your vehicles and a challenging dome and get ready for super competition.  Dramatic design and a sense of power ramp up the thrill of racing - and crashing.  This awe-inspiring set brings new excitement (and incredible value) to the RC category.
Available at Amazon

• Tamagotchi Connection (Bandai/Ages 8-14 years /$14.99) - Remember the craze these critters caused the first time around?  Now the original virtual pet is back and better than ever.  Different modes of play, a pause button ("Hooray! says parents") and new pets make this a new experience.  Best of all, owners can interact wirelessly with other owners and take interactive play to new levels, even creating new generations of pets.  Get ready for kids to fall in love with Tamagotchi all over again.
Available at Amazon  | |  eToys | GameStop | KBtoys | Wal-Mart

• VideoNow Color (Hasbro/Ages 6 years & up/$75.00) - It's a kid's personal video player.  Last year VideoNow made the list for its breakthrough technology, and this year it has gotten even better!  Now the videos are in full color and the durable unit features the coolest design ever that's totally portable and goes anywhere. Plus, kids can choose from whole library of favorite shows to create their own personal video collection with hits from Nickelodeon, special programs from Hilary Duff, Tony Hawk, and much more.
Available at Amazon | Boscov's

• VTech VSmile (VTech/Ages 3-7 years/$59.99) - Even the youngest kids are fascinated by video games, but sometimes they are just too small to play.  No more!  VTech has created a fantastic learning system that takes the play of video games and creates an exciting, interactive, educational environment that's just right for preschoolers.  Plug the unit directly into the TV, insert one of the many different "Smartridges" and kids are playing and reinforcing language, math, problem-solving skills and much more - all with their favorites characters.
Available at Amazon | Boscov's | | eToys | KBtoys