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10 Hottest Toys for the 2009 Holiday Season

  • Nov 15, 2009
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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!
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Zhu Zhu Pets Hamster
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.".
2
Webkinz
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+.
3
Nerf N-Strike Raider Rapid Fire CS-35 Dart Blaster
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.
4
Elmo Live Encore
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.
5
Lego Mindstorms
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.
6
Mindflex Game
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+.
7
Dora Links Doll
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.
8
Bakugan 7 in 1 Maxus Dragonoid
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.
9
Nintendo DSi
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.
10
Wii Sports Resort
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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November 29, 2009
So, did u queue up at the stores to get Zhu Zhu? ;-) For my christmas, all I want is the 1st prize at Lotto Max!
November 29, 2009
No, I have not yet! I've felt tempted to go to Toys 'R Us, but I decided to hold off on that till after the holiday season. I afraid of the crowds of shoppers! And I'll take what you want for Christmas, too! ;P
 
November 22, 2009
he-heh. I'll be keeping this list under 'wraps' LOL
November 27, 2009
I'm shaking my head ;P
 
November 17, 2009
I think there must be another counter-tech list somewhere. That list would be full of puzzles, wooden toys, art materials and books for the child (and parent) who oppose the technological age. Any savvy parents out there who could create that list?
November 17, 2009
@EcoMama is just the lady for you!  She created a list of Eco-Friendly Toys, a very nostalgic list for me :)
 
November 15, 2009
Fun list Debbie, I was actually doing something similar this week! It will be a little different though - a toy list for the Eco-obsessed ;)
November 16, 2009
Thanks, Anastasia! An eco-toy list would be very appropriate for @EcoMama to make ;)
 
November 15, 2009
Great list, love! I'm definitely going to have to bring it along with me when I go shopping for the little ones ;p
November 16, 2009
Thanks, babe! There's something for everyone here :)
 
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