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For the Kids: Hot Holiday Toys 2011

Santa delivered for the toy industry last year. After several years of decline, U.S. sales turned around in 2010 and grew about 2 percent from the prior year to about $21.87 billion, according to market researcher NPD Group.

The holiday season is a critical time for the industry, because that is when it rings up the bulk of its annual sales.

This year, many toymakers are sticking to tried-and-true formulas to win customers, but these classic themes often have a new twist that makes them fresh.

We’ve scanned the hot holiday toy lists from retailers, trade publications and blogs, and did a little digging ourselves to bring you a collection of toys that is sure to please.

Click ahead to see the hottest toys of the holiday season.

By Christina Cheddar-Berk
Posted 1 November 2011

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