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Kids are testing the season's hottest toys

November 14, 2007 12:00:00 AM PST
Last year we spent over $22 billion on toys. Almost half of that was spent during the holidays alone. So what's going to be hot this year?Usually, Eyewitness News teams up with a group of highly experienced consultants at Consumer Reports to test out the latest products. But in our latest toy test, the team was made up with children.

There were high-tech toys like a $200 Revell VEXplorer Robotic System to good old fashioned Legos. Some were a hit, and some turned out to be for the birds.

The FurReal Friends Squawkers McCaw Parrot ($70) was a tough sell.

"You wouldn't be able to play with it that long, because sometimes it gets a little boring after awhile," said one pint-sized toy tester.

But the $80 Magnetix iCoaster was popular with Consumer Reports' toy testing team, even though the smaller kids had a tough time putting it together.

"It's pretty cool after you put it together," said a child toy tester.

Even the bigger kids had some trouble, but it didn't stop them from having fun.

The $25 Zizzle Spotz was a big hit with the girls.

"It's really cool, because you can make your own creations," said one of the girls.

The boys, on the other hand, were drawn to the $50 Nerf N-Strike Disk Shot. The Lego Fire Station ($60) was also a hit with the boys.

"It makes you think, 'Where do you put this piece? Oh, you put it here,'" explained one young boy.

But boys and girls alike really liked the $30 Hot Wheels Racing Timer, which clocks your speed at the finish line. A flag pops up to tell you the winner. Based on the looks of things, all the kids were winners on our testing day.

If you have a budding scientist on your list, the $50 JAKKS Pacific EyeClops Bionic Eye was another favorite with Consumer Reports' testers. It magnifies an image 200-times normal size on any TV you attach it to.


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