Not only have I just realized that the holidays are right around the corner, but I've also just discovered how high-tech toys have gotten! This list is based off of several 2009 toy lists that I've found on the web. I may be in my twenties, but I still wanna check out these babies out. In fact, several of these make me nostalgic because they're new spins on classic toys. Check 'em out!
So adorable with an equally adorable name. There has been some drama in acquiring these cute toys since they're so in demand, just like the Furbies and Tickle Me Elmos of previous years. I had always wanted a hamster as a little kid, but my parents never let me have one (scarred for life!), so I would've loved to have a Zhu Zhu, which are said to interact with folks like a real hamster. Heck, I'd still get a Zhu Zhu now if I could find one. These babies retail for about $10, but stores are sold out, so parents have been shelling out around $50 for them on sites like Amazon and eBay.
See the full review, "The Story of Nugget & How I Came to Own a Zhu Zhu.".
Webkinz are stuffed animals that come with a "secret code" to access the Webkinz site. Once on the site, a virtual version of the stuffed animal can be created to interact with other Webkinz online. Crazy, right? This toy is so 2009! I imagine the virtual version would be something like NeoPets. Their prices really vary. They're typically around $15 though there are deluxe ones that can be $50+.
It's Nerf... Or nothing! Glad to see another classic still so popular. The CS-35 has two shooting modes and can hold up to 35 darts. My Nerf from the 90's could hold peanuts. Obviously, the CS-35 is a major improvement. This is reasonably priced at around $30.
Yes, apparently, an Elmo doll is still popular and in demand! You can still tickle him, and he'll sing songs, tell jokes and stories, among other features. Too cute. I'd love to snuggle up with one! This doll is perfect to celebrate 40 years of Sesame Street (it first aired in 1969!). Retails for about $50.
This is a far cry from the bucket of Lego pieces that I use to play with as a little kid. You can actually build your own functioning robotic toys with this kit as well as program it. Way too cool. I wonder how much of a genius I have to be to put something like this together. This'll cost you a pretty penny though, $299.
This is literally mind control! To play, you would put on a headset that measures your brainwave, and from there, you use the supplied apparatus to do things like lift and move around a ball. You can even build an obstacle course to move that foam ball around. With your brain. This game is really in demand and sold out in many places, so your best bet is finding it online, where it will cost $100+.
This doll is insane! It reminds me a bit of a Webkinz. Not only can a Dora Links doll be connected to a computer via a USB cord for virtual interaction with other dolls, but the appearance of the actual doll can be changed on the computer! Eye color, pendant color, etc, can be changed, and the craziest part? The hair can be shortened and lengthened. With all the R&D put into it, of course it's going to be pricey. This doll runs for about $60. There's also a version of this doll without the virtual capabilities that runs for $20.
This is like a Transformer! It has seven pieces that can be put together in a variety of ways to create various figures. If all seven pieces are put together, it becomes an eleven inch robot! Not too exciting or high tech, but seems to be very popular since it was on several other lists. These are around $40.
So much better than that Gameboy I use to have. In addition to playing games, this also has photo, music, voice recording and web surfing capabilities, as well as a touch screen. Retails for around $170.
This is the sequel to Wii Sports... Except on an island resort! Players get to play and compete in such delightful sports as archery, basketball, bowling, golf, table tennis, fencing, air sports, canoeing, cycling, Frisbee, power cruising and wakeboarding. This costs $50 in addition to the Wii system.
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