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Kid toy testers pick this year's best

December 10, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
Just what toys are in hot demand this holiday season? Some real expert toy testers have the answers.Consumer Reports is known for its expertise testing a wide variety of products. But when it comes to toys, the younger experts are called in. They looked at a few dozen new toys this holiday season and picked their favorites.

If you ask kids what they want this holiday season, you'll probably get a lot of different answers. So 47 kids between the ages of six-and-12 were asked to play with two dozen toys expected to be hot sellers this season. The toys ranged from newcomers, like the Bakugan Battle Brawlers ($30, Visit the Bakugan Battle Brawlers Web site) to old standbys, like Lego (Varied prices, Visit the Lego Web site).

Others were misses. The Bill Nye the Science Guy Paper Recycling Factory ($28, Visit the Scientific Explorer Web site) drew a crowd at first, but when the kids couldn't get it to work they quickly lost interest.

So what were the kids' top toys? The FurReal Friends Biscuit ($180, Visit the FurReal Web site) was really popular with all the kids. And the Hasbro Lazer Tag 2-in-1 Multiplayer Battle System ($90, Visit the Hasbro Web site) was a hit, too.

For much less, Fisher Price Color Me Gemz ($20, Visit the Fisher Price Web site) dazzled the girls.

The boys had fun building the Hot Wheels Speed Racer Sky Jump Track ($50, Visit the Hot Wheels Web site) and flipped for it when it was done.

If you have a wannabe-secret agent on your list, Consumer Reports testers said the JAKKS Pacific EyeClops Night Vision Goggles ($80, Visit the EyeClops Web site) were also a hit.

Check out even more hot toys in this year's Consumer Reports toy test


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