Prices: $6 to $22
Ages: 4 years to 6 years old.
Looks like Cepia — the company that brought us the last truly smoking hot holiday toy, the Zhu Zhu pet — may have another hit on its hands. Xia-Xia (pronounced Sha-Sha) is a line of bright, colorful hermit crabs.
Xia-Xia has some of the characteristics that made Zhu Zhu so popular: It’s a collectible toy, and each is fun to watch as it walks around. But similarities may end there. Xia-Xia is a little more slick than its furry predecessor, even down to its packaging.
Kids also can have the Xia-Xia crabs share shells, and they will likely use the shells to store little things as well. The little critters are on store shelves now, but the playsets won’t arrive until early November, so you might want to move fast if you want to get your claws on them.