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Dolls and gadgets top toy lists


NEW YORK (AP) — High-tech gadgets like tablet computers are hot picks for this holiday season's top toys. But so are low-tech favorites, including dolls and Legos, the perennial construction set favorite that has occupied children for more than 50 years.

Here's a look at top toys for this holiday season, culled from Toys R Us, Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Kmart as well as toy groups Time to Play and Toy Insider.

Dolls:

— Doc McStuffins Time for Your Check Up doll by Just Play, $39.99: Based on a hit Disney show about a girl who can fix toys and talk to stuffed animals, this doll has found its way on Time to Play, Toy Insider and Toys R Us lists.

— Lalaloopsy by MGA: Another hit in the doll aisle, several versions of MGA's hit dolls with buttons for eyes appear on top toy lists. Time to Play has the $14.99 soft plush dolls on its list. Toys R Us and Wal-Mart both have the $69.99 12-inch Silly Hair Star doll on its top toy list.

— Monster High, various dolls. Mattel's monster-themed dolls have become one of the biggest names in the doll aisle, and toy retailers have begun offering exclusive sets to draw in shoppers. Kmart put Monster High Skultimate Roller Maze gift set, which includes Ghoulia Yelps and Abbey Bominable dolls, a $26.99 Kmart exclusive, on its list. Wal-Mart has Monster High's $79.99 High School Playset on its list. Time to Play and Toy Insider also named the High School Playset.

High-tech:

— Furby by Hasbro, $59.99: This update on hit 1998 furry interactive toy robot is more responsive and has better voice recognition than Furbys of the past. Furby also landed on hot toy lists from Kmart, Wal-Mart and Toys R Us.

— LeapPad2 Explorer by LeapFrog, $99.99: Latest iteration of LeapFrog's kids tablet with faster processor and more memory. The LeapPad was a best seller last year and it could be hard to find on store shelves again this year. Kmart, Wal-Mart, Toys R Us and Time to Play all included it on their lists.

Classics:

— Legos, various sets. The Danish construction sets are perennial favorites under the tree. This year a variety of sets made different lists. Kmart has the Lego Monster Fighters: The Vampyre Hearse for $34.99 on its list. Toys R Us chose Lego's Ninjago Epic Dragon, a $139.99 Ninja-themed Lego board game. And the Toy Insider put Lego Friends $49.99 Heartlake Stables set on its list. Time to Play has the Lego Friends line on its list as well.

— Y Fliker F1 Scooter by Yvolution, $99.99: A three-wheeled scooter that is self-propelled by the rider's movement, made Toys R Us, Time to Play and Toy Insider's lists.


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