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All I Want for Christmas

It may be too soon to tell whether this holiday season will be a blockbuster for certain toys, but it’s never too soon for retailers to place their bets. Several major toy retailers —Toys ‘R Us, Wal-Mart Stores, Sears Holdings’ Kmart, and Kohl’s— have weighed in with their picks for this year’s hottest toys.

There are already some strong contenders. Several toys have earned a place on more than one list, but others turned up in fewer places.

The lists also offer clues regarding popular trends in the toy industry. Most notably, it looks as though retailers are expecting parents to spend a little more this year. Some of the items on this year’s hot toy lists are quite a bit pricier than those that were on last year’s lists.

There’s also a sense of deja vu. Furby is back, and so are the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Classic toy brands such as Lego, Barbie, and Twister have snagged some spots. There’s a new version of three toys that were popular last year. There is a sequel to the Skylanders videogame, and the LeapPad and VTech tablets have returned with faster processing speeds and new features.

So what will be the must-have this holiday season? Click ahead and decide for yourself.

By Christina Cheddar BerkPosted 24 September 2012

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