Among the hottest toys for Christmas this season are the Monster High Dolls from Mattel. They include individual dolls such as Frankie Stein and Clawdeen Wolf, or a bundle such as the Dawn of the Dance doll bundle.
Jennifer Malta, of Evans, was shopping for her niece at Target and picked up a Monster High doll.
“She has been talking about them constantly,” Malta said.
“Her mom told me which one she had so I grabbed another one. I don’t get this fad, but I guess I don’t have to. As long as she’s happy and I can afford it, works for me.”
Angry Birds Knock on Wood game by Mattel is recommended for children 5 and older. The simple game brings the virtual game to life.
“Just like anything else, when kids see a game or movie, they want the toys,” said Jim Silverman, the editor-in-chief of timetoplay.com.
Angry Birds also comes in a stuffed-animal version with sounds, an inexpensive option for ages 1 and up.
The games cost about $10 each.
Elmo is back.
Let’s Rock Elmo from Hasbro is for children 18 months and older.
Priced around $55, Let’s Rock Elmo comes with a set of drums, a tambourine and a microphone.
Elmo recognizes when someone gives him an instrument or when someone else has one.
“It’s an interactive and engaging toy,” Schacht said.
“Kids are jamming with Elmo.”
• LeapPad Explorer has a camera, a video recorder, a microphone, and a library of more than 100 learning game cartridges, books, applications, and videos.
“My daughter is constantly grabbing my phone,” said Jean Lee, of Augusta. “A friend suggested I get her a LeapPad.”
It also features a touch screen and runs about $100.
“Yes, it’s pricey,” Schacht said. “But there’s a lot of value in it. Kids can use it from age 4 until 10 or even older.”
• The UDraw game tablet works with Wii, PS3 and Xbox and features art school, art camp or a free art section. It can download games such as Pictionary and Marvel’s Super Hero Squad Comic Combat.
“It doesn’t matter if you are just tinkering around or if you are a graphic designer,” Schacht said. “There are so many levels and games, everyone can use it.”
It costs $69 to $80, depending on the game console.