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Top 10 Girls Toys of 2012 New York International Toy Fair


Technology was the biggest buzzword at this year's Toy Fair, and the tech influence can be seen in many of the most talked about girls toys from the fair. Other trends in toys for girls included art & crafts and interactive toys. See all of the Top 10 Girls Toys at Toy Fair below, and don't forget to check out our overall Top 10 and our Top 10 Boys Toys.



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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MSRP: $50.00
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Electronics



This Barbie has a 5 megapixel camera and LED encase in her chest. When kids snap a picture, it appears on Barbie's t-shirt (the LED screen). This rechargeable Barbie can hold up to 100 pictures, and features 15 different effects to alter the photographs. To upload pictures to a computer, simply hook Barbie up via the mini USB port in her back. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33694      (added 2/14/2012)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 1 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Construction
Play Sets
Preschool



This is the first line of construction toys designed for preschool girls ages 1 and up. Features sparkly translucent blocks,  princesses with sparkling tiaras, ponies, and more. This tub includes sparkly and regular blocks, two princesses, and a little pony. Launch date: Fall 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33698      (added 2/15/2012)
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MSRP: $20.00
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Girls
Category: Plush
Animal Figures
Tween



This plush item is based on the real life Boo, a Westminster Dog Show champion who has more than 3 million Facebook fans. Launch date: April 2012.
— In a May 2012 survey, Joe Berardoni, owner of Pun's Toys in Bryn Mawr, Pa., told TDmonthly that "Normally I would tell you a line of plush sells well rather than an item but this past month there has been a standout. We quickly sold out of a dozen of 'Boo' from Gund, the Westminster Dog Show winner. I have more on order."
— Greg Larson, owner of Larson's Toys and Games in Columbus, Ohio, told TDmonthly in a late Summer 2012 survey that Boo from Gund is one of their top-two bestselling novelty items.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33649      (added 2/12/2012)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 6 to 14
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls



Monster High Create-A-Monster Vampire and Sea Monster Starter Set: Dr. Frankenstein isn't the only one who can create monsters-now kids can build their own. The Monster High Create-A-Monster sets provide all the body parts and fashions needed to create unique scary cool ghouls. Kit includes a torso, two sets of limbs, two heads, one hairpiece, two fashions and a unique add-on like wings. The mix and match pieces can be assembled in more than 250 ways. Kids will enjoy creating their own monsters again and again. Show off your individual creations to friends. Also check out additional Monster High Create-A-Monster add-on accessory parts, sold separately. Launch date: December 2011.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33640      (added 2/12/2012)
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MSRP: $11.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Gender: Girls
Category: Fashion & Accessories
Tween



Create the hottest hair trend with these temporary hair coloring chalks. The uniquely designed Hair Chox and grips make applying color fun and mess-free.  Wild color that washes out. Includes 5 temporary hair color chox, 5 grips, 24 beads, 24 rubber bands and bead threader. Launch date: February 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33563      (added 2/8/2012)
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Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Interactive
Animal Figures
Plush



This smaller scale version of the original Butterscotch is an interactive pony that responds to touch, or when kids brush its mane. The legs are posable so kids can make it lie down. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33638      (added 2/12/2012)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Dolls - Accessories
Interactive



Baby Alive is ready to walk — and she can really learn to do it with girls' help and loving care. She has lots to say with more than 40 fun phrases and sounds like "Hold on tight!" and "I did it!" Walking makes her happy, but she'll be happiest when girls scoop her up and give her lots of hugs to show her how proud they are. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33686      (added 2/13/2012)
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MSRP: $29.99
Gender: Girls
Category: Collectibles
Play Sets
General Toys



Bobble Bots Moshi Monsters House allows the ultimate collector to scurry their Moshlings home and cultivate their ever-growing gardens. Each Bobble Bots Moshi House comes with the ultra-rare Oddie #88 Moshling, four cobblestone building tiles, ten brick borders, nine grass pieces, one garden patch, one Scarecrow, one small bush, three flowers, two mushrooms, three weeds and two rocks. The house also includes one foundation building tile, one door, one roof, one shelf accessory, three different house walls featuring three wallpaper designs, and secret codes that unlock fresh, new content in the online virtual world of www.moshimonsters.com. Launch date: Spring 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33570      (added 2/8/2012)
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MSRP: $49.99
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronic Games
Electronics
Interactive



Using a digital stylus, kids can draw on this dome using light. Simply select the thickness of the line to be drawn, and choose from one of eight colors. Kids can also play games on the dome, like mazes, connect the dots, and more. Launch date: September 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33690      (added 2/14/2012)
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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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