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As this Christmas season approaches, some of the hot things on the toy market will be hard to get your hands on as they always are. Years ago it was the Furby and Tickle Me Elmo... Last year the world saw Hasbro taking command with it's "Littlest Pet Shop Round and Round Pet Town and Transformers along with other best selling items like anything Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus stuff. This season, it appears as though Mattel will take a huge boost in revenue as it capitalizes on the Twilight series by introducing Bella and Edward Dolls. Dora the Explorer and Diego will also be a big seller along with Webkinz Lil' Kinz and Zhu Zhu Pets. It is amazing at how quickly some things take off, such as is the case of Twilight. Twilight has become the next Harry Potter, though, I do not believe it will ever get to that magnitude of Potterness. Twilight already has many original Twilight spoofs that can easily be found on Youtube... Check it out if you don't believe me; some are rather funny. Now, Mattel, with it's Barbie franchise being one of the biggest, if not the biggest toy franchises ever, will attempt to Capitalize on the Twilight craze by introducing the Bella and Edward Barbie dolls. When describin these dolls, Mattel says this about the Edward doll: "At the heart of the phenomenal Twilight series, can true love can conquer all? Fans forever can embrace the epic romance of dazzling vampire Edward Cullen, ever intriquing in a buttoned wool-look jacket, blue and white striped shirt, jeans and black shoes.The Twilight novels, by author Stephenie Meyers, are New York Times Best Sellers and hugely popular movie series." I am not a big fan of the movies, books, or Robert Pattison but I know this is going to be a big seller because of the hype of the young teenage girls out there.

The next big thing, if not the biggest thing on the market this year will be the Zhu Zhu Pets. Zhu Zhu Pets™ drive around in little cars, zip up ramps and spin down slides, run in their hamster wheels, and get into all sorts of crazy situations. Their artificial intelligence even allows them to know what room of their hamster habitat they are in. They make toilet-flushing or teeth-brushing sounds when they enter the bathroom and sleeping noises and alarm-clock sounds when they go into their bedroom. And although Cepia turns out 220,000 Zhu Zhu Pets per day, they still cannot keep up with the deman as stores are continuosly sold out. Walmart.com is currently out of Zhu Zhu pets.

After the Zhu Zhu pets comes a slight staple of the toy biz with Dora the Explorer's "Dance Around Dora" doll. This toy is also currently out of stock at walmart.com but can be found on Ebay and Amazon.com. I am actually going to buy this toy for my daughter as she is a HUGE Dora fan, more so Boots than Dora but still a big, HUGE Dora fan. Dance Around Dora is an interactive doll inspired by Dora’s Crystal Kingdom adventure. She is dressed in crystals from head to toe. Girls can press Dora’s necklace to watch her do a programmed dance, or to dance along with her as she prompts you with instructions. The most magical part is how Dora walks and twirls on her tippy toes! Although this toy goes for around $50, I cannot say "no" to my 2 year old little girl when it comes to Dora and she says, "Please, Daddy."

Finally, Webkinz will do well for themselves this year as well. My neice received one of these toys last year and to me, they are a little freaky, but kids love them so they will definitely be a big hit. Webkinz pets are lovable plush pets that each come with a unique Secret Code. With it, you enter Webkinz World where you care for your virtual pet, answer trivia, earn KinzCash, and play the best kids games on the net! Again, for the 2nd year in a row, this will be a hot item on kids' wish lists.... Why can't they just go back to slinkies and yo-yos?

Links:
http://www.webkinz.com

http://www.amazon.com/Fisher-Price-Dance-Around-Dora/dp/B001W1WI6K/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=toys-and-games&qid=1259862234&sr=8-1

http://www.zhuzhupets.com

http://shop.mattel.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3937152