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"Hot Dozen" Toys for 2008 Holiday Shopping

Toy Wishes Magazine announced their 2008 Hot Dozen list during the magazine's holiday preview event in October at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City.

"Hot Dozen" recognizes projected "in demand" toys for the upcoming holiday season, the toys expected to be at the top of children's wish lists.

And they are…drum roll please:

Kota the Triceratops1. Kota the Triceratops, by Hasbro, $300, ages 3+; What kid doesn't love a dinosaur? Basically a toy for kids to simply sit on, Kota also reacts to kids motion that lends an exciting interactive feel for young kids and toddlers.

2. Bratz Girlz Really Rock, MGA Entertainment, $19.99, ages 6+; rock stars come with personalized guitars, their own set of musical instruments, and two outfits. If you have a tween Bratz Girlz fan in your household, this is the holiday must-have.

Lego Mobile Command Center3. Lego Mobile Command Center, Lego, suggested retail $89.99, ages 6+; gone are the days when all you had to go was fit the pieces together. Lego pulls out all the stops with their newest mega adventure featuring a big rig that holds an extreme spy adventure.

Bakugan Battle Arena4. Bakugan Battle Arena, Spin Master, suggested retail $29.99, ages 6-11; an exciting strategy board game where magnetic marbles magically pop open into power Bakugan warrior action figures. Answer the call to brawl and decide the fate of the galaxy!
Animal Scramble5. Animal Scramble, Wild Planet, suggested retail $19.99-$29.99, ages 3-5; a new twist on "tag" as kids up and race around to tag the correct match with an hand-held tagger shaped like a giraffe (with four fist-sized friends - a monkey, parrot, tiger and elephant).

Disney Fairies6. Disney Fairies Clickables - Fairy Charms Starter Set, Techno Source, suggested retail $29.99, ages 7+; fashion jewelry, charms, and bracelets from the House of Mouse that extends the fun online at

U-Dance by Hasbro7. U-Dance, Hasbro, suggested retail $74.99, ages 8+; Using wireless motion tags on their legs, dancers follow on-screen commands which track their every step. Comes pre-loaded with 12 hits so kids can learn to get up and boogy down!

Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker8. Girl Gourmet Cupcake Maker, Jakks Pacific, suggested retail $29.99, ages 8+; Kids make their own cupcakes with this no-muss, no-fuss "no baking required" set. The Cupcake Maker comes complete with four special cupcake mixes and frosting.

This is Serious Ming Ming9. Wonder Pets, This is Serious Ming-Ming, Fisher Price, suggested retail $37.99, ages 18 months+; The plush doll features signature phrases, songs, and dance moves with 3 modes of play: Dance Along, Rescue Adventure and Animal Charades.

Crayola Glow Station10. Crayola Glow Station, Crayola, suggested retail $29.99, ages 6+; a new, bright idea from the crayon maker featuring a wand that allows kids to draw with light! Comes with special canvas, wand, stencils and tracer shapes, or let kids go wild drawing their own light creations.

Alphabet Train11. Sit to Stand Alphabet Train, VTech, suggested retail $49.99, ages 1+; For floor play, this learning toy doubles as a pull-along walker or as a train — teaching babies numbers, letters, colors, songs, stories and more with two learning modes.

Wall-e robot toy12. Ultimate Wall-E, Thinkway, suggested retail $384.99, ages 8+; an advanced robot that brings this endearing movie character to life. Allows kids to interact as Wall-E performs with Hollywood movie-like movement, original character voice & special effects.

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Toy Guru Toy & Game ReviewsAbout the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood educator who believes in learning through play and the value of good toys.

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