No parent wants to spend the holiday season frantically hunting for the one toy their child wants—which, naturally, is the same toy that every other child somehow wants.
So everyone tries to get an inside line on which toys are likely to fly off shelves. Wal-Mart unleashes kids in a room full of toys; review site TTPM.com combs ratings and clicks. But to find the hottest of the hot, CNBC cross-checked seven lists: Amazon's "Mom's Picks," Kmart's "Fab 15," Target's "Top toy List," TheToyInsider.com's "Hot 20," TTPM.com's "Most Wanted List," Toys R Us' "Hot Toy List" and Wal-Mart's "Kid-Approved 2014 Holiday Toy List."
There was plenty of overlap, with nearly a dozen toys appearing on two lists. Among them: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Stretch 'N Shout figures (like the Raphael toy pictured, $19.99) and the Razor Crazy Cart ($349).
Some toys were even hotter. These 10 made it on at least three lists—and one made it on six of the seven.
—By CNBC's Kelli B. Grant
Posted 2 Nov. 2014