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MSRP: $54.00
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Interactive
Electronics
Robotics



New FURBY looks great in any color, but Teal FURBY seems to be our most popular so far. Maybe it's the luxuriant teal sheen of its fur, or the way the teal sets off the bright yellow-gold of its eyes. With a mind of its own, the new Hasbro Teal FURBY will develop its personality based on how kids play with it. It will dance to their favorite songs. Put it in a room with a few of its friends and they'll interact with each other in all sorts of hilarious ways while speaking either English or the special FURBY language, FURBISH. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35090      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $169.99
Age Range: 3 to 7
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Interactive
Educational



The #1 learning tablet just got better! LeapPad2 Explorer™ inspires kids to imagine and explore with front-and-back cameras, 4 GB of memory and a library of 325+ apps for limitless learning and fun. Comes bundled with Explorer Learning Game Cartridges: Disney Jake and the Never Land Pirates and Disney•Pixar Pixar Pals and a green LeapPad case. Also comes in pink.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34713      (added 7/27/2012)
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MSRP: $79.00
Age Range: 3 to 8
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Interactive
Educational



With the addition of a rotatable camera that can also take video, children can capture memories of their friends and themselves. With hundreds of apps to download, children will have so much fun they won't realize they are learning. Combines photo/video camera, interactive animated eBooks, creative activities, tilt sensor learning games and a rich collection of application. Teaches essential skills in reading, logic and creativity. Parents can also track their child's progress on a variety of educational milestones and lessons. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35091      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $59.99
Age Range: 3 to 6
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Electronics
Educational
Electronic Games



The iTikes Map and companion app are jam-packed with great content. The map comes with a smart-pen that recognizes images on the map. Through the eyes of the iDevice camera and technology of Augmented Reality, the map virtually turns into a lifelike playground. Compatible with all iDevices.
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy 100 Best Toys
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34956      (added 9/11/2012)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 0 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Vehicles - Riding
Infant & Toddler
Preschool



The Playskool Rocktivity Walk 'N Roll Rider will surprise and delight babies with more than 15 rockin' tunes and fun sounds. It converts easily from walker to ride-on, and makes music with every step and scoot. Babies will jam along as it plays tunes parents already know and love like "I Like to Move It," "Walk Like an Egyptian," "Life Is a Highway" and "Ticket to Ride." Encourages kids to be active. Dashboard has beeping horn, revving engine key and a Giraffalaff character with fun phrases. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35092      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $19.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
General Games



Make a million and win the Monopoly Millionaire game. It's just like the classic property-trading game, but with a new twist. Everything's worth a lot more and there are more ways to play. Players pay rent, buy houses, collect their salary and buy properties just like the classic Monopoly game. But in Monopoly Millionaire, there's no need to bankrupt everybody. The first player to make a million dollars wins. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35093      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 8 to 10
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Action Games
Outdoor Fun
General Toys



It's time to take N-STRIKE battling to the next level with the HAIL-FIRE blaster. The HAIL-FIRE blaster's unique rotating ammo rack gives it the highest capacity of any NERF blaster. The HAIL-FIRE blaster comes with 4 Quick Reload clips and 24 Elite Darts, but it can hold up to 4 more Quick Reload ammo clips and up to 144 darts. The blaster's acceleration trigger powers up the motor for semi-auto blasting that lets users unleash a storm of revolutionary Elite Darts at targets. Fire at targets up to 75 feet away. The Quick Reload clips work with any Clip System blaster (sold separately) and the Elite Darts work with any Elite blaster and most original N-STRIKE blasters (sold separately). With 2 tactical rails that are compatible with most N-STRIKE accessories (sold separately) and an advance handle, this blaster gives users the ultimate in Elite customization and firepower.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35245      (added 10/11/2012)
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MSRP: $39.99
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Action Figures
Action Games
General Toys



Launch into gravity-defying battling action inside the BEYBLADE METAL FURY DESTROYER DOME. This set comes with everything kids need to rip into 360-degree battles, including the DESTROYER DOME, 2 exclusive BEYBLADE tops, 2 exclusive DOME SPIN TRACKS, 2 RIPCORD LAUNCHERS, 2 Collector Cards with codes to battle online at BeybladeBattles.com, and a product guide with tips and tricks for better battles. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35094      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $84.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Remote Controlled
Cars
Vehicles - Small Toy



No terrain is too tough for the Terrain Twister vehicle. The possibilities for excitement are endless. The vehicle is equipped with pontoons sporting corkscrew-shaped treads rather than wheels that help this vehicle handle any environment. Children can conquer snow, water, dirt, grass and other tricky terrains to ride off into any adventure. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35095      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 8 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Remote Controlled
Aircraft
General Toys



No target is safe from the pinpoint accuracy of the missile-launching Air Hogs Hover Assault Radio-Controlled Helicopter. Children can take aim and blast with the push of a button. Kids can use the arsenal of plastic missiles to attack stationary targets or engage in full on air-to-air combat. With Steady Fly Technology, kids can engage targets like never before. Turn any room into the ultimate battleground with the Air Hogs Hover Assault Radio-Controlled Helicopter. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35096      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $49.99
Age Range: 3 to 8
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Play Sets
Play Houses
Pretend Play



The expanding Fisher-Price Imaginext Eagle Talon Castle Play Set brings imagination to life with sound effects, activation discs and figures to help fight the attackers. Castle magically recognizes approaching dragons, ogres and battlements to warn of impending attacks. Castle expands from 20" to 42" and is reconfigurable in different ways. Play set includes: transforming castle, 3 figure turn discs, 2 catapults, 1 "Turn Tech" cannon with 2 projectiles, 3 figures with helmets, shields and swords, 8 firing discs for catapults and eagle head, 1 treasure chest, 2 ladders and 4 flags. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35097      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $279.99
Age Range: 3 to 9
Specialty: No
Gender: Boys
Category: Vehicles - Riding
Vehicles-Powered
Cars



The Power Wheels Fisher-Price Dune Racer Ride On is a 2 seat, open cockpit design 12v battery operated ride on with large off road tires. This  dune buggy's main feature is Monster Traction which delivers superior terrain performance versus other battery operated ride ons. The Power Wheels Fisher-Price Dune Racer Ride On drives 2.5 and 5mph forward and 2.5 mph in reverse. It also has a front storage compartment and seat belts for added play, a metal frame and nickel plated side safety bars. For enhanced appearance the product has metal plated wheels, front bumper, and shifter.
— As of 10/18/2011 this product had 4.3 out of 5 stars from 12 reviews on ToysRUs.com. Pros: Low and wide build makes it more stable than other Power Wheels vehicles; fun; two kids can ride at once. Cons: Tires are very noisy; battery does not last long.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 33063      (added 10/19/2011)
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MSRP: $69.99
Age Range: 4 to 6
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Musical Toys
Interactive



The interactive Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Star Doll set comes with 6 removable hairstyles that play 6 different songs when placed on Harmony's head. Simply mount her on the dancing stage, press her chest, and watch as she sings, grooves and spins her hair around. Includes 1 doll, 1 stage, 6 hairpieces, 1 rattling pet cat and 1 poster.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35240      (added 10/11/2012)
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MSRP: $94.99
Age Range: 6 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Play Houses
Play Sets



The howl-ways of Monster High are now alive with the Monster High High School Play Set that looks just like the infamous school. This fold-up set opens to reveal six play areas. Monster High dolls are not included. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35098      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $44.99
Age Range: 1 to 6
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Play Houses
Play Sets
Dolls



The Little People Disney Princess Songs Palace is a detailed, interactive play set that brings Disney Princesses to life in a special way. The palace features seven play areas. When kids place any Little People Disney Princess figure on a special location on the magical dance floor, it recognizes the specific princess and responds with her name, character phrases and a song from her movie. Includes Snow White and Cinderella pieces. Other princess figures sold separately. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35099      (added 9/19/2012)
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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: $72.99
Age Range: 3 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Play Sets
Pretend Play



Barbie and her three sisters can take a magical trip on the Barbie Sisters Cruise Ship. While on the "water," the boat features a steering wheel and space for two lounge chairs on the upper deck. When the boat docks, the side panel opens up to reveal another deck, a fun swing that fits all four sisters and a grand buffet table. The back of the boat pulls out to reveal a fabulous pool that features two slides for racing. When the day in the sun is done, flip up the deck to reveal two beds for the sisters to slumber in. Dolls not included. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35100      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $39.99
Age Range: 5 and up
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Christmas
Collectibles



Barbie has returned to traditional holiday colors and is radiant in red. The Holiday Barbie 2012 Doll's strapless gown features rich layers in the uplifted skirt, with a red petticoat underneath, a red tulle layer adding volume and a rich brocade fabric on the dress. A sash tied around the waist produces an elegant bow with glitter detailing. A statement necklace and earrings, red nails and red lips complete the festive look. Launch date: 2012.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35101      (added 9/19/2012)
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MSRP: $23.99
Age Range: 6 to 15
Specialty: No
Gender: Girls
Category: Dolls
Tween
Collectibles



Una Verse has a body filled with floating glitter in water. She has white hair with blue streaks and glitter eyes with planet icon, spiral antennas and glitter eyelashes. Includes pet and a glow-in-the dark doll stand, and the package handle becomes an antenna headband.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34883      (added 8/29/2012)
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MSRP: $25.00
Age Range: 3 to 6
Specialty: Yes (as of 2012)
Gender: Boys And Girls
Category: Board Games
Family Games
Eco-Friendly



This 65-piece set features five game ideas that introduce and teach shapes and objects with unique tactile game play. Little pirates will be ready for games like "The Sneaky Seeker", "The Blindfold Grab", matching games, and more. For a traditional favorite, flip the game board over and play a classic game of Checkers. Clean up is easy as the 18"x18" game board has a Velcro pocket for storage and play. The gameboard is also a great map for role play adventures. BeginAgain uses plant-based and recycled materials whenever possible. The treasure map game board is made from natural (unbleached, unprocessed) cotton and the 20 game cards and 20 matching game pieces are made from recycled paperboard and colored with water-based inks. The 24 treasure coins are made from natural rubber (from rubber tree).
Awards: 2012 Dr. Toy Best Green Toys
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 34246      (added 5/18/2012)
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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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