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Kicking off the upcoming toy buying season, The Toy Insider, the leading holiday gift guide, announced it’s list of the Hot 20 Toys for the 2012 holiday buying season. This year features many popular gifts such as the Magical Wand Cinderella, Monster High’s High School and the Batman Bat-Pod, among many others, providing gift-givers with the inside scoop on the best toys and gifts for this holiday season.
The HOT 20 is the kick-off section of The Toy Insider holiday gift guide, which will appear in the November issue of Woman‘s Day magazine, as well as on the official website. Now in its seventh year, this year’s Toy Insider guide is the biggest ever, filled with a list of 116 toys and gifts from more than 80 manufacturers. The Toy Insider offers toy and gift ideas for all ages and both genders, broken down by age group (0-2 years old, 3-5 years old, 6-8 years old and 9+ years old) with an in-depth description of the developmental needs and interests for each specific age group. A unique toy skill key provides consumers even greater convenience to help them pick not only the hottest toy, but also the right toy for the special child in their lives.
Laurie Schacht, Toy Insider Mom and contributing toy editor at Woman’s Day said,
“The Toy Insider’s team of toy experts spent months playing with and evaluating all of the newest toys and gifts to hit the market this year, doing the research so consumers don’t have to. As parents ourselves, we know how helpful a list like this can be to get a head start and reduce the stress of holiday shopping.”
This year‘s HOT 20 are:
Bright Starts Having a Ball 5-in-1 Sports Zone – Kids II
Cruise & Groove Ballapalooza – Fisher-Price
Lil’ Princess 3 Story Enchanted Castle - Mega Brands
Rocktivity Sit to Stand Music Skool – Playskool
Batman the Dark Knight Rises U-Command Bat-Pod – Thinkway Toys
Chuggington Die-Cast Railway Wilson’s Wild Ride – TOMY
Doc McStuffins Time for Your CheckUp Doll – Just Play
LeapPad 2 – LeapFrog
My Magical Wand Cinderella – Tollytots
Power Rangers Deluxe Megazord – Samurai Gigazord – Bandai
HEXBUG Warriors Battle Stadium – Innovation First International
Kurio7 - Techno Source, a division of LF Products
La Dee Da Dolls – Spin Master
Lego Friends Heartlake Stables – Lego Systems
Monster High High School – Mattel
Skylanders Giants – Activision
Air Hogs Battle Tracker – Spin Master
Wii U GamePad – Nintendo
Words with Friends Luxe – Hasbro
Y Fliker – Yvolution
Schacht also added:
“Whether consumers are looking for toys that offer new digital media experiences or more traditional imaginative and hands-on play, this year’s issue will offer a huge variety of fun suggestions we have selected as the best on the market this year. This list will make it fun and easy for everyone to find the perfect holiday gift for all the kids on their list.”
In addition to Laurie Schacht, the panel of toy experts includes Jonathan Samet, Publisher of The Toy Book, the leading trade publication in the toy industry, Jackie Breyer, Editor-in-Chief of The Toy Book and Reyne Rice, a leading toy trend expert.