Here are some of the toys expected to be top sellers for the 2005 holiday season, according to Toy Wishes, a trade publication. The list is based on the publication’s review of thousands of toys and interviews with parents, children and retailers. The list is in alphabetical order, with manufacturers’ suggested retail price included.
Black Belts Karate Home Studio (Spin Master Ltd., $24.99)
This complete karate studio helps younger kids learn the basics of karate at their own pace as they watch a 30-minute video on VHS or DVD. Age 3 and up.
Dora’s Talking Kitchen (Mattel Inc.’s Fisher-Price, $79.99)
This make-believe kitchen set allows kids to play along with Dora in Spanish and English. The kitchen resembles the one the cartoon character has on her TV show and includes lights, sounds and encouraging phrases as well as more than 25 pieces of toy kitchen ware. Age 2 and up.
Fly Wheels Assortment (Jakks Pacific Inc., $4.99 to $39.99)
This assortment of wheels builds on the success of the original Fly Wheels, but the new version now has stunt ramps, deluxe sets and rapid fire launchers. There is also a high-tech, high performance radio-controlled version. Age 8 and up.
Furby (Hasbro Inc., $39.99)
The must-have toy from the 1998 holiday season is back and more animated with advanced technology that allows the pet to recognize voices and to react with emotions from surprise to dismay. It also responds to specific words a child says. It also has an off switch, something lacking in earlier versions. Age 8 and up.
I-Dog (Hasbro Inc., $29.99)
This animated electronic dog features the iPod styling and dances along to whatever song it hears. A child can also plug any music system to the I-Dog and the tunes will broadcast through a built-in speaker. Age 8 and up.
iZ (Zizzle, Inc., $39.99)
This character allows children to create their own music by manipulating some of iZ’s ears, antennae and other parts. Iz can be posed in all kinds of positions and has a speaker where a child can hook up to any music source like an Ipod. Age 5 and up.
Leapster L-Max Learning Game System (LeapFrog Enterprises Inc., $99.99)
This game system, which plugs into a television, develops and reinforces skills in language, math, logic, writing and spelling, while also entertaining children. For children from pre-K through fourth grade.
Magnaworld Magnacity (RoseArt Industries,$49.99)
This building set features more than 100 pieces such as magnetic rods that snap together with steel balls for sturdy, fast and city building. A child can then customize the creation with stickers. Age 6 and up.
Pixel Chix (Mattel Inc., $29.99)
This handheld gadget in the shape of a house lets a child interact with an animated girlfriend. These virtual friends can play different games and change fashions. Age 7 and up.
Shell Shocker (Tyco R/C, a division of Mattel Inc., $79.99)
This radio-controlled vehicle goes beyond basic stunts; its large front wheel provides the Shell Shocker with more power and versatility when an obstacle gets in its way. Age 8 and up.
VCam Now (Hasbro Inc., $79.99)
This video camera allows children to record up to seven minutes of video or take as many as 480 still pictures. The 4X digital zoom and 1.3 megapixel resolution allows children to capture great images. The child can hook up the camera to a computer through a standard USB port and store, edit and share the image. It can also be plugged into a TV to watch videos. Age 8 and up.
V.Smile Pocket (VTech Holdings Ltd., system $89.99; games, $19.99)
The V.Smile Pocket is a portable handheld version of the V.Smile, a learning game system. Children can also connect the toy to a TV for onscreen play. Age 5 and up.