|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
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 years Hot Dozen is as follows (in alphabetical order):
(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.
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!
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.
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!
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
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
(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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.