Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Hottest Holiday Toys for 2011

Now that Halloween is past, there is more talk of Christmas and holiday gifts as retailers, I am sure, are desperate this year to increase their profits.

I am already looking for holiday gifts and took at look at CNBC's list of "Hot Holiday toys" to get some ideas. The list looked pretty much like updated versions of old toys such as the Sesame Street Let's Rock Elmo that interacts with kids 18 months to 3 years old and recognizes which instrument they give him. Nerf is putting out a new line of four guns that shoot greater distances for kids 8-10 or so. The Nerf Vortex Praxis is said to be the least expensive of the bunch and seems kind of fun. Finally, there is the top toy of the CNBC list called My Keepon - Interactive Robot that is supposed to be exclusive to Toys ‘R Us but it seems to be on Amazon, at least when I looked and there were a few left. A couple of the comments at Amazon did not make this toy sound too good, however.

Anyway, the holiday season is always fun for kids and for adults who like toys. What were your favorites as a kid or now?


Blogger Zorro said...

Favorite as a kid: my Hot Wheels race strip.
Favorite as an adult (alleged): My Jonny Quest DVDs. The original series from the 60s, not the gay 80s remake.

1:29 AM, November 02, 2011  
Blogger redrajesh said...

My favourites were always cars of different types especially build it yourself and then use it cars. The top recommended toys of TRU seem to be rather weird in my opinion...last years zhu zhu were also kind of boring...and kids of these days have so many hi tech options, I find it hard to believe that they actually like all these small toys which do not do much anyway. Do people buy toys just because TRU recommends them(and I have been working as a consultant for TRU for the last 4 years to boot :-))

2:26 AM, November 02, 2011  
Blogger GawainsGhost said...

My favorite toy as a child was the Man from U.N.C.L.E. spy kit.

It was a black brief case that contained an automatic spring-loaded pistol that shot red hollow plastic bullets, with a barrel and stock extension so that it could be coverted into a rifle, a periscope, a camera, and a knife.

The really cool thing about it was there were these buttons on the handle of the briefcase that you could push to fire the pistol, eject the knife, or take pictures.

I was a spy. Back then we had to wear uniforms to school. People would see me walking down the sidewalk in my uniform with my briefcase, and they would think, "How cute, the young professional." (They didn't know I was Secret Sam.)

I was out there, spying. Peering around corners, looking into windows, taking pictures, always on alert for suspicious activity.

One day I was standing on the playground, spying, and this fat kid came up and demanded to know what was in my briefcase. I told him to go away. He tried to take it from me, so I shot him. POW!

He started crying, teachers came running, and they dragged me into the principal's office. When she opened my briefcase, I immediately went from young professional to nascent terrorist. They called my parents and everything.

Yeah, I got expelled from kindergarten. Best toy I ever had.

5:30 PM, November 02, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

I also seem to recall a Johnnie Magoomba Hunting Rifle with REAL FIRING BULLETS!

Real plastic spring-loaded bullets that hit Mom in the back of her head and got me a whipping with my Hot Wheels race strip.

Total kill shot, but it left me conflicted over my race car set.


8:02 PM, November 02, 2011  
Blogger Zorro said...

From the Instahubby's blog: http://www.autoblog.com/2011/11/01/chevrolet-camaro-hot-wheels-concept-fulfills-a-childhood-fantasy/


8:34 PM, November 02, 2011  
Blogger br549 said...

Hmm. Had to be my bicycles. Mobility. I was an "explorer" as a kid, and I could cover much more ground on a bike.

5:33 AM, November 03, 2011  
Blogger Greg said...

My favorite was a chemistry set. Back in those days, they still came with potassium chloride. Awesome, unsafe good ole days.

8:58 AM, November 03, 2011  
Blogger Greg said...

Meant to say potassium nitrate. We ate a lot of salt back then too...

9:21 AM, November 03, 2011  
Blogger Ern said...

I loved the Erector set that I got for Christmas when I was seven. I built every single thing in the instruction book. Just about the perfect present for a future geek.

7:41 AM, November 04, 2011  
Blogger Mike H. said...

My favorite was a crystal radio kit. After I built it I could lay in bed and listen to the 100 Watt radio station that played jazz all night. Brubeck was the main draw.

10:04 PM, November 05, 2011  
Blogger Cheryl Jones said...

Actually someone asked me that today, what I would like for Christmas. I said a gift card to one of the places I buy vitamins would be nice.

12:40 AM, November 06, 2011  
Blogger CharlieSays said...

When I was a little kid I was envious of of other kids who had the Tickle Bee game, but I never remembered to ask for one. I casually mentioned that to my first wife's mother, and the next Christmas there was a Tickle Bee under her tree for me. (My ex-mother-in-law always said she liked me more than her own daughter. In retrospect, that should have clued me in that the marriage was doomed.)

That Tickle Bee was a great party game for alchohol enhanced young sailors.

5:23 AM, November 06, 2011  

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