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12/2/04-Tyler

Hot Toys Of The 2004 Holiday Season

It's that time of year when parents and old Saint Nick are checking their list twice, making sure every doll, game and gadget are just what the little ones want.
"With all the commercials on TV, my kids have told me months before what they want," said Julie Parks.

In the endless sea of playtime items, it can be hard to tell what's hot and what's not.
"This year we're seeing a shift back to 80's trends," said Target employee Jacob Wilson. "A lot of the things that you saw 80's the Care Bears, the Cabbage Patch Dolls, they're all coming back.

If a cute plush isn't what your future scientist wants, don't worry.
"Kids are so much more computer savvy than they have been," said Jacob. "We're seeing a shift from your traditional action figures to more like electronics geared for children like the Leap Frogs, the Leap Pads things like that."

Leap Frogs' "I-Quest" acts an electronic tutor for your little student, and for your toddler the big buy is Leap Frogs' "Little Touch Together Time."

"Little People's Discovery Village" is made by Fisher Price along with another popular toddler toy, the "Dancin'' Bandstand."

"Sony Playstations, your X-Boxes, your Nintendo game cubes those are all going very quickly and they're pretty hard to keep on the shelf," said Jacob.

Good luck finding a Playstation 2 this year. Many retailers are out of stock. Also on the gift list, an old school video game that's bringing enjoyment to a new generation.
"Ataris are coming back," said Jacob.

So what is the hot toy this holiday season? Well Elmo has struck again. This time with a little help, from the Village People. The E-L-M-O Elmo is a big buy.
"My little boy, he likes Elmo everything," said Stephanie Taylor. "I bet I better get it."

Other hot toys this season are the Holiday Barbie dolls, Bratz, Power Rangers and "Wiggles" toys. Of course, there's a big demand for that child favorite who lives in a pineapple under the sea, SpongeBob SquarePants.

Maya Golden reporting, mgolden@kltv.com

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