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Top 10 Toys of 2012 New York International Toy Fair

These toys rose from the masses to steal the media spotlight


New York International Toy Fair 2012 has come to a close, but TDmonthly Magazine is continuing our extensive coverage of the show. We've been to the fair, we've seen the toys, and now we need to know - which will be the breakaway hits of 2012? More than 100,000 new products were given their chance to shine - but the ten toys below are the ones that stole the media spotlight.
Check out our Top 10 Boys Toys and Top 10 Girls Toys, too!




Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Electronic Games
Video Games
Interactive



This follow up to last year's Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure features 8 Giant Skylanders, 4 Light Skylanders, 8 New Skylanders, and will also work with the 24 re-released Skylanders. Each Giant Skylanders is about twice as large as the originals. The toy can be used for Xbox 360, Wii, PS3, and Nintendo 3DS. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33685      (added 2/13/2012)
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MSRP: $199.99
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Computers
Electronics



The Kurio is a 7 inch children's tablet that runs on an Android OS. Techno Source has developed a kid-friendly user interface for the tablet, which boasts HD video playback capabilities, 4 GB of storage, Wi-Fi, and comes with apps like games, an e-book reader, a music player, and more. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33659      (added 2/13/2012)
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MSRP: $9.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronic Games
Computers



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. Launch date: April 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33662      (added 2/13/2012)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 1 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Infant & Toddler
Preschool
Family Games



To play, simply toss the big plush cube and identify which colored side faces up. Choose a matching color card and perform the simple activity shown. “Make a happy face,” “Moo like a cow,” etc. The activities supported by Roll & Play are designed to help kids shine, supporting healthy development and celebrating success. Roll & Play gently introduces play patterns and rules through a loving, joyful play experience. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33637      (added 2/12/2012)
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MSRP: $12.99
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Collectibles
Licensed Products



Relive the opening scene of "The Fellowship of the Ring" in LEGO form. As Gandalf the Grey makes his way through the Shire on his horse and cart, he meets an excited young hobbit, Frodo Baggins. Includes 2 minifigures: Gandalf the Grey and Frodo Baggins. 83 pieces. Launch date: June 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33654      (added 2/12/2012)
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MSRP: $37.99
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Robotics
Electronics
Interactive



Yippits are pets for Fijit Friends. The Yippits can learn tricks, and bark, growl, and dance along with their Fijit owner. They can work on their own, too. Launch date: June 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33688      (added 2/14/2012)
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Age Range: 6 and up
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Computers
Electronics



This tablet features a 7-inch color touchscreen, can can download movies, musics, apps, and e-books. The tablet boasts web-browsing capabilities, and parents have the ability to limit content and websites of their choice. Downloaded content can be stored on an SD card, or to embedded memory. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33695      (added 2/14/2012)
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MSRP: $24.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: General Games
Electronics
Electronic Games



Download a free app to begin playing this update of the classic game Life. The app syncs with each player’s turn on the game board and shows appropriate clips from Vin Di Bona’s America’s Funniest Videos and humorous animations as they travel around the game board. Additionally, players can create their own “Peg Person” avatar and use the app’s virtual spinner on their iPad. Includes game board, 4 car movers, 52 pegs, money pack, 4 rubber pads, Quick Start Guide. iPad not included but required to play the game. For 2 to 4 Players. Launch date: February 10, 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33626      (added 2/12/2012)
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Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Electronic Games
Electronics
Cars



Hot Wheels Apptivity™ lets kids take a 1:64 scale Hot Wheels car and race through three exciting game modes. Launch date: May 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33633      (added 2/12/2012)
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Age Range: 7 to 14
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Construction
Play Sets
Halloween Merchandise



The set contains a ghost train with three ghosts, and a red plane with four flick-fire missiles for the two Monster Fighters. When the train moves, the ghost train wings move too. All the ghosts glow in the dark. 422 Pieces. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33655      (added 2/12/2012)
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Justina HuddlestonWriter's Bio: Justina Huddleston graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College with a BA in Writing, Literature, and Publishing in 2009. After graduating she was the on-site director of the Boston Children's Museum gift store for a year, selling educational, developmental, and creative activity toys that tied in with the museum's exhibits. Justina also interned at children's book publisher Candlewick Press before moving from Boston to Los Angeles, where she is now Editorial Director of TDmonthly Magazine. Read more articles by this author

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