‘Hot toy’ list is released
Posted: Monday, September 24, 2012 9:10 pm
By: Mae Anderson, AP Retail Writer
By MAE ANDERSON
AP Retail Writer
NEW YORK (AP) — It’s still technically summer, but for some it’s not too soon to think about what the kiddies will want for the holidays.
Toys R Us has come out with its annual “hot toy” list that includes tablets for kids, fashion dolls in the likeness of boy-band sensation One Direction, and even retro hits like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Furby.
Knowing early what will be popular during the holiday shopping season is crucial to retailers seeking to have the right mix of toys at the right prices.
The holiday season can account for about 40 percent of a toy seller’s annual profit.
The Toys R Us hot toy list has a mix of items that it carries exclusively, as well as toys available everywhere. Toys on the list come from both established companies as well as from some lesser-known toy makers in the U.K. and Australia.
Here are the top 15 toys on Toys R Us’ list. The complete list of 50 can be found at toysrus.com/hottoys.
• Doc McStuffins Time for Your Check Up doll by Just Play, $39.99.
• Furby by Hasbro, $59.99.
• Gelarti Designer Studio by Moose Toys, $24.99:.
• Hot Wheels R/C Terrain Twister by Mattel, $99.99.
• Jake and the Never Land Pirates Jake’s Musical Pirate Ship Bucky by Mattel’s Fisher-Price, $44.99.
• Lalaloopsy Silly Hair Stars Harmony B. Sharp by MGA Entertainment, $69.99.
• LeapPad2 Explorer by LeapFrog, $99.99.
• Micro Chargers TimeTrack by Moose Toys, $34.99.
• Nickelodeon Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Secret Sewer Lair Playset by Playmates, $119.99.
• Ninjago Epic Dragon Battle by Lego Systems Inc., $139.99.
• One Direction collector dolls by Hasbro, $19.99.
• Skylanders Giants Starter Pack by Activision Publishing Inc., not yet priced.
• Tabeo by Toys R Us, $149.99.
• Wii U by Nintendo, not yet priced.
• Y Volution Fliker F1 Flow Series Scooter by Atomic Sports, $99.99.