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This year’s hot new toys

November 21, 2009
By JOHN WICKLINE, Staff Writer

Want a pet for Christmas that doesn't come with the smells and responsibility of the real thing? Zhu Zhu hamsters are just the ticket as the furry little rodent-like toys are becoming the latest trend this holiday season.

Selling for about $8, the hamsters can make about 40 realistic sounds and move about in their habitat (sold separately, of course) just like the real thing.

But good luck finding one, says Elkins Wal-Mart store manager David Kesling as the Zhu Zhus are quickly becoming an endangered species.

"We can't keep up with those," he said. "It's hard to get them. We don't have any in stock, but we have them on order. I don't know if we will get them in time for (the start of the holiday shopping season)."

With the new movie in the Twilight series in theaters now, a board game based on the books is also one of the more popular items this Christmas season. There is a "New Moon" board game and a "Scene It" version of the Twilight film.

For the more traditional, there is the Barbie Fashionista doll, one that is described as extremely stylish and can pose 100 different ways. There is also Candy Land Sweet Celebration, a ramped-up version of the kids' color-matching game. The artistic ones will enjoy Crayola Crayon Town, a collection of materials with everything needed to construct your own city.

The electronics buff will enjoy "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2" or "Beatles Rock Band." The newest version in the Rock Band series features tunes of arguably one of the greatest music groups of all time.

What would Christmas be without another Elmo item? Replacing Tickle Me Elmo is the Elmo Tickle Hands.

Battle fans will appreciate the Nerf and Strike Raider rapid fire gun or the less painful Battle Strikers, a top battling system. To enhance the experience, use the Eyeclops Night Vision Goggles that enable the wearer to see up to 50 feet in total darkness.



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